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Aldeyjarfoss waterfall

The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is situated in the north of Iceland at the northern part of the Sprengisandur Highland Road which means it is to be found within the Highlands of Iceland. One of the most interesting features of the waterfall is the contrast between the black basalt columns and the white waters of the fall. The river Skjálfandafljót drops here from a height of 20 m. The basalt belongs to a lava field called Frambruni or Suðurárhraun, hraun being the Icelandic designation for lava. (Christopher Lund/©2012 Christopher Lund)

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is situated in the north of Iceland at the northern part of the Sprengisandur Highland Road which means it is to be found within the Highlands of Iceland. One of the most interesting features of the waterfall is the contrast between the black basalt columns and the white waters of the fall. The river Skjálfandafljót drops here from a height of 20 m. The basalt belongs to a lava field called Frambruni or Suðurárhraun, hraun being the Icelandic designation for lava.

This image was shot with Nikon D800E and the Ziess Distagon 21mm lens. I used the LEE Big stopper to slow down the exposure, resulting in an exposure time of 50 seconds. That enhances the contrast between the rough lava formations and the smooth water.  I furthermore got a more interesting sky as well, since the cloud movements are recorded as streaks, which add to the composition – leading the eye towards the waterfall.

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