Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

As a visitor to Iceland, it almost seems like there’s a waterfall around every bend. Dramatic cascading falls, beautiful ribbon-like streams, rainbow trimmed sheets of water, and thundering cataracts.  But the grandest of all Icelandic waterfalls is Dettifoss, where the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river drops 45m into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.  Fed by the Vatnajökull glacier, and frequent rain and snow, the falls are the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Dettifoss, Iceland

Here’s the link to the weekly photo challenge.


10 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

  1. Tiare Meegan December 11, 2013 / 01:48

    WOW. Is your photo in black&white or is the color of the water??? The turbulence in the water is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • vickyinglis December 12, 2013 / 17:15

      Thanks. The photo is colour and I adjusted the curves and levels to increase the contrast a little, but the landscape was a range of greys, black and white. The river itself is milky grey, filled with rock flour from the glacier at its source.

      • Tiare Meegan December 14, 2013 / 19:52

        Thank you for sharing your tips-I am new to photography and am in awe with how much you can do with a good photo. Have a great weekend.

  2. Jaye December 11, 2013 / 07:51

    this is just beautiful!

    • vickyinglis December 12, 2013 / 17:17

      Thank you! It’s not the most picturesque waterfall I visited in Iceland, but it certainly was impressive.

  3. wisemonkeysabroad December 11, 2013 / 09:11

    Just from looking at that photograph, we can almost picture the sound of the water thundering down!

    • vickyinglis December 12, 2013 / 17:18

      Thanks. It was possible to hear the falls well before I could see the spray rising out the top of the gorge.

  4. bluebee December 15, 2013 / 03:43

    I can hear it! 🙂

  5. Jaspa December 28, 2013 / 18:56

    Fantastic shot! I think Iceland is top of my list of places I’d like to visit again.

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