Seljalandsfoss is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. I have seen so many photos of this place that I was very excited to see it first hand and it didn’t disappoint.
It’s definitely on my list of places to return to when I visit Iceland again (surely, I must!) and hopefully I’ll have more opportunities under different lighting conditions.
While there, I had an opportunity to master the technique of cleaning my lens under the shower cap and learning to use the 2 second timer in conjunction with the shower cap 🙂 How’s that for putting a positive spin on it?
Seriously though, it is a good technique to learn! A little wind mixed in with the mist from the falls means that you only have the possibility of one clear shot before you have to clean the lens, and you might not even get that. I had to try many, many times before I got a shot without water droplets on the lens!
Here’s a view from in front of the falls. I like this perspective too!
I had a rain cover for my camera, but I found that the shower cap technique was easier and faster. The shower cap is just the right size to cover the camera and lens without a lot of extra material like the rain covers have.
I left the shower cap on while I got ready, choosing my composition and selecting my exposure. Then I would typically take the cover off to focus, and then set the camera to manual focus so it wouldn’t try to focus again. Then clean the lens and put the shower cap back on. Then wait for people to walk by. Then hit the shutter with the 2 second timer, count to 1 and lift the shower cap from the front of the lens, wait for the shutter to close and put it back. Then clean the lens again and repeat.
It was actually a lot of fun!
One thing I forgot though is what a hassle my glasses are when shooting in the rain, or in windy mist. Not only do I have water drops on my lens, but on my glasses too! It’s a loosing battle. I think I’ve finally given up on wearing my glasses when shooting! It’s just so much easier without them and unless I have to read some signs in the distance I don’t miss them very much.