8 November, 2012

Radiant Flow | Seljalandsfoss Iceland

So there we were, driving around the south of Iceland inside of a campervan we affectionately named Truck Norris, fully stocked up on pre-brewed espresso, and eager for the photographic discoveries to come. Seljalandsfoss — one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland — was one of our first destinations on what turned out to be an extraordinary 6 day “on the road” adventure, as we toured the stellar Icelandic Countryside.

One of the most extraordinary things about Seljalandsfoss is that you can walk all the way around the waterfall, finding many great vantage points along the way. The only tricky part is finding spots that aren’t being saturated by the swirling mist in the wind. I spent an entire hour back there waiting for the right light and when I was done, I was completely soaked and chilled to the bone. Thankfully Truck Norris was waiting in the parking lot to help warm me up. 😉

Technical Mumbo Jumbo || Before And After Comparison

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 14 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 50 at f/22
5 Exposure Brackets ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK

Technique and Details: Digital Blending using 5 Bracketed Exposures at f/22. ISO 50 was used to extend the exposure times and create the soft water effect.

In photoshop—using Hand Painted Masks—I blended all 5 exposure brackets together. Exposure 0 made up the base with a blend of +1 and +2 for the landscape elements, followed by -1 and -2 for the sky and waterfall. The green and gold tones were natural vibrant so aside from a bit of touch up, very little color correction was applied. I did however have to paint out a lot of dust and water spots. f/22 is a great tool but it really shows how dirty your camera sensor is.

Espresso: Cafe Bustelo (Since I was processing this in South Florida)

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.