Night falls

This is the infamous Seljalandsfoss in Iceland. It was about 20 minutes from our hotel, so when the northern lights started dancing at the hotel, we headed here with the hope that I could get the lights dancing from behind the falls. Unfortunately it is Iceland, with the most temperamental weather in the world, so by the time we got to the falls it was completely overcast and raining. So no lights. They also throw a light onto the falls, meaning even if I could see lights it would've taken a composite to work it into this shot, since the falls would've been completely blown out to expose correctly for the lights. We waited a few hours for the rain to clear, but that didn't happen. So I trudged through the rain and wind and cold and mud to the back of the falls to at least get something for my efforts. This was the result. I only had one shot at this since the mist onto my lens was so severe that any additional shots would've been a disaster, and cleaning your lens in rain / mist is not always very successful. So I shot at ISO-800 to see whether there is a hint of lights in the distance (sometimes your eyes can't see them but the sensor can). No luck, so we waited a while longer, and then gave up and went to bed.

Danie, I want to know whether a square crop works better or just as well. I'm going through a "Kenna" phase, so liking the emulation of medium format, but I also don't want to lose anything by sticking to that alone. Obviously composing for a square crop in a DSLR is not the easiest. My personal opinion is that a square cropping a slither off the right and then a lot off the left works well (will post my suggestion in a comment), but would love your opinion?

Nikon D750
Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G
f/6.3
3 sec
ISO-800
Edited in PS using Luminosity masks

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Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 4, 2017 at 16:17
Thanks Susan :-)
Comment by Susan van Wyk on February 4, 2017 at 11:35

Wow Nadia, I dont have the words.... stunning, stunning, stunning !!!

Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 4, 2017 at 10:38
Thanks Ken :-)
Comment by Ken Jennings on February 3, 2017 at 22:58

Congrats on SOTW - this is beautiful

Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 2, 2017 at 11:03

Ag dankie Anneli, lekker om weer van jou te hoor, jy's so stil die laaste ruk! :-)

Comment by Anneli Botha on February 2, 2017 at 8:13

Hi Nadia, Sjoe dit is onbeskryflik pragtig!!  Baie goed gedoen - definitief die beste foto wat ek in 'n lang tyd gesien het!

Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 1, 2017 at 17:57

Hahaha, thanks Antoinette, that's really sweet of you :-)

Comment by Antoinette Reinecke on February 1, 2017 at 17:35
Sheesh Nadia, I need a thesaurus to keep up with commending your work! Absolutely incredible. Love love love
Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 1, 2017 at 12:32

Thanks Peter!

Comment by Peter John Martin on February 1, 2017 at 12:26

Well done Nadia! What an exotic location ..

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