Skogafoss Waterfall Shoot

Even with a beautiful waterfall as our background, it’s still not always easy to take a great shot. For shots like this, you still need great timing and an amazing team working with you. Trying to tackle the freezing cold mist and the midday sun was a challenge but the amazing final shots made it all worthwhile.


  1. I thought I was the only one having bad luck or to fight the elements, the lesson here is determination will get the shot. On the very last scene there’s a dark fringing down the models left arm. Ive had this before when using flash indoors. What causes this please?

    1. Hi, yes determination and knowing what you want to get is key. The fringing is covered in the post production discussion at the end of this series but to clarify here it is where the model has blocked ambient light with her body and then moved slightly during the exposure leading to an area with less ambient light being recorded than elsewhere.

  2. Hey Karl,

    Amazing stuff.

    Apologies if I missed it, how many stops is the ND filter you were using and are your flashes set on first curtain sync or second?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Charbel, 3 stops on my ND filter. If you’re ever not sure you can check the equipment list on the lower right and all the kit used is detailed there.

        1. Hi Charbel, I can’t remember but that wouldn’t matter as the only thing the flash was lighting was the model and she wasn’t moving.

  3. Karl, one more question, this time related 🙂 You had a Para 88 behind the model on your right, but I don’t see any traces of light on the [left] side of the dress or her arm. Was the Para off or its effect is very subtle? Is it possible to replace the back para with a standard reflector (~40 deg)?

    1. Hi Oleg, yes it was very subtle and yes as it was just as a slight fill even a silver umbrella would have worked or a P70.

  4. What an adventure, Karl! You could probably convert this to a feature film, or at least a serious documentary 🙂 The final image is outstanding – all your troubles were definitely paid off.

    I’d like to ask you a semi-related question… How far do you need to go with the stretchering lever on the 222? Is there some kind of “indicator” that can tell if it’s fully opened? The instructions manual sheet (it’s literally a laminated piece of paper) doesn’t tell anything, and the official Broncolor YT video doesn’t have words at all… It’s like a silent movie. I feel that I can go very far, and I’m afraid to break it. Thank you!

    1. Hi Oleg, thank you. The classes are in order in this section as a sort of ‘fly on the wall photography documentarty’. With regards the 222 wind it up and hit on the back until it feels like a drum then you’re there, I think you’d struggle to overwind it.

      1. Ha ha, I’m not a native English speaker so had to google the “fly on the wall” meaning 🙂
        Nevertheless it’s very enjoyable to watch, and whoever filmed you did a great job.

        It’s good to know about the 222. I just got it yesterday and didn’t want to break on the first day of usage lol. Thank you!!!

        1. No problem, I wouldn’t have known you weren’t a native English speaker from your typing! Anyway I hope you enjoy your 222 let us know how you get on. All the best Karl.

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