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Svartifoss | by andywon
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Svartifoss was among Iceland's waterfalls that I was most eager to visit. However, when we arrived there after a short trek through the Skaftafell national park I was a little bit underwhelmed. The waterfall was smaller than initially thought and didn't carry too much water. However, we stayed there quite a while for resting and slowly I began to appreciate its beauty again. I think the most interesting feature of Svartifoss is not necessary the waterfall itself but its surrounding with the black basaltic lava rocks -- and how it interacts with them.


When we stayed there it was very sunny with the harsh light making any photos quite difficult. So for most of my photos I shot at a fairly long focal length, allowing me to take the sky out of the picture (see my previous picture from the fall). However, after going through my photos again I think a composition showing most of the interesting basaltic wall and the sky looks better. I only faced one dilemma in this case: The sky was quite dull and didn't really matched the mood I wanted to convey with my photo. So I exchanged the sky here with a cloudier one which just fits better to the waterfall in my opinion.

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Taken on July 3, 2012