A few posts ago I published a picture taken from behind Seljalandsfoss in Iceland.  The image below was taken from the slightly drier side of the waterfall.  If you look closely, you can just see the path that you can take to get behind the falls.  That’s if you don’t mind getting extremely wet that is.  The photograph was taken at 12 minutes before midnight incidentally! Midnight sunshine is a feature of the Icelandic summer that takes some getting used to for those of us living in more southerly lattitudes.  :-)


35mm f/4 1/60 sec. ISO-125

I took this photograph hand-held with my Sony A7R.  I certainly wouldn’t be able to hand-hold my D800e and get a sharp picture at 1/60 sec. which adds to this cameras versatility.  There’s a lot to be said for a light compact mirrorless camera.

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45 responses

  1. What a fabulous shot, Adrian! Twelve minutes before midnight? Incredible to see how light it is there. How do people ever get to sleep? :?

    July 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I thought I’d have problems, sleeping with it being so light, but everywhere we stayed, the curtains were of the blackout variety. I guess that’s standard. :-)

      July 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm

  2. Very nice . . . I’m now struggling with ditching all my Nikon stuff and make the switch to Sony (I can’t justify owning both). It would be nice if I could still use some of the Nikon lenses (in anything other than manual mode) but it looks more and more as if it’s smarter to do a clean sweep.

    . . . still debating it, though . . .

    July 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    • Thank you Emilio! I bought an adapter thinking I’d use my Nikon lenses with the Sony but to be honest, they look ridiculous on such a compact camera and really defeat the object of having the Sony in the first place. The Carl Zeiss lenses are superb. I’ve just bought a 24-70mm to compliment the 35mm prime and to be honest, the D800e will only come in to play on very specific shoots. For everyday photography, the Sony really does the job and the mirror-less design has got to be the future. I’m really not missing having to work on all the dust and oil spots in Photoshop that get fired onto the sensor everytime that mirror flips up out of the way on the Nikon and other DSLRs.

      July 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    • The thing is, the majority of my shots are either macros or wildlife (long zoom). My macro plus zooms from 200 to 400mm account for 60% of my photos.

      the 200mm to 400mm account for close to 40% of my photos (and remember those are multiplied by 1..5, hence the effective zoom is 300mm to 400mm).

      . . . the $3K cost of the 70-200mm Sony lens gives me pause since I would be replacing part of my optical zoom capability with hoped-for digital zoom equivalent.

      You know, as I write this all down it’s suddenly making my decision a lot easier.

      July 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      • That’s a lot of money and your kit is working for you Emilio. My decision to supplement my D800e plus lenses with the Sony was simply because I couldn’t hand-hold the D800e, I just don’t have the strength in my arms because of my MS. I felt I was missing a lot of impromtu shots and luckily, I wasn’t in a position to have to choose one or the other just now.
        The A7RII is raising the bar again with its 42 megapixel sensor but I’m not in a postition to pay the $3000 to upgrade. If I’d known the A7RII was coming, I’d have waited of course and not bought the A7R. I’m not sure the extra 9 mega pixels is going to make a whole lot of difference to me though so I’m happy to stick with what I’ve got. We’ll see how things develop over the next few years..

        July 21, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      • Well, the massiveness of what I use is a concern for me as well . . . 17 pounds worth of gear is difficult to travel with, and although I can handle it now, not fun to carry.

        As for the MP, I stopped chasing those . . . the number of photos I take and process make even my current paltry 16.2MP files a chore to work with and store. I had to upgrade my computer when I bought the D7000, and I’ve since had to keep bumping up my storage solutions.

        July 21, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      • Storage is certainly becoming a real issue for me too.

        July 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

  3. Beautiful shot ….. I have a ricoh gr and I love it!

    July 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    • Thank you Therese! You have a good camera!

      July 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  4. What a beautiful waterfall….and so crazily bright at midnight, too. :)

    July 22, 2015 at 2:57 am

    • Thank you Scott! It really is very beautiful!

      July 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

  5. Fantastic picture, I love that the water is not silky smooth and not frozen but somewhere in between. Really beautiful.

    July 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    • Thank you Ben! Much appreciated!

      July 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

  6. One of my favourites on Iceland. Beautiful shot.

    July 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

    • Thank you Leyad! It’s a beautiful place! :-)

      July 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  7. Sue

    An advert for mirrorless (I am happy I switched because of the weight)! Great image, amazing light at that time of night!

    July 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    • Thank you Sue! So much to be said for mirrorless. :-)

      July 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      • Sue


        July 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

  8. Sometimes it pays to dither. I had almost decided to upgrade to something (couldn’t decide) from my trusty Canon Rebel, when I started hearing good things about the Sony. I’m very much leaning toward mirrorless, but now have to wait for the old house to sell.

    The waterfall and your image of it is utterly amazing! (as usual)

    July 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    • Thank you so much Gunta. It does indeed pay to dither sometimes. Especially given the rate at which camera manufacturers update the models you’ve just paid a couple of thousand for.

      July 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

  9. WOW, I could really get used to that kind of light at midnight since I’m a nightowl! I agree, quite an Advert for the Sony!

    July 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

    • Thank you Tina. It’s a really lovely soft light, the midnight sun, perfect for pictures.

      July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

  10. such a beautiful picture- so sharp!

    July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

    • Thank you very much!

      July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

  11. so smooth, yet so powerful :)

    July 23, 2015 at 6:22 am

    • Thank you Joshi! :-)

      July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

  12. The colors, textures and the power of the fall-all magnificent!

    July 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    • Thank you very much Elena. Seljalandsfoss is a favourite of mine! :-)

      July 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

  13. Gorgeous shot of the waterfall at this time, Adrian.
    You really have me thinking now that I have read all the comments about the Sony. The D800 is a heavy load, I agree.
    All the best, it’s amazing how you cope with MS and manage to keep your spirits up and make the best of it. Take care!

    July 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    • Thank you so much Dina! You are very kind and thoughtful. I really appreciate it! :-)

      July 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  14. Oh wat a great one.Fantastic !

    July 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      July 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

  15. That’s absolutely brilliant!

    July 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

    • Thank you James!

      July 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

  16. Stunning shot and a great perspective from your earlier photo ~ and what is amazing is that it is almost midnight :-) What an experience this must have been (and from your photos, it is clear that it was indeed). Cheers Adrian.

    July 29, 2015 at 1:22 am

    • Thank you Randall! It was an interesting night to be out taking photographs. Not what I’m used to at that hour! :-)

      July 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  17. Beautiful shot, and such an interesting discussion, especially with “dispenser.” I’ve been using mirrorless for quite a while as I have no patience for tripods and tire easily around the neck and shoulders…it’s just much more attractive, the smaller camera. I’m glad it makes things easier for you – and the electronics just keep getting better and better, so…

    July 30, 2015 at 4:15 am

    • Thank you so much Lynn. The compact mirrorless cameras really are becoming very serious contenders. DSLR technology has perhaps had its day. :-)

      August 3, 2015 at 8:06 am

  18. I can’t wrap my head around the sunshine midnight, but I am intrigued. Another fabulous image.

    August 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    • The midnight sun is interesting to say the least Elena! You have to remind yourself you really need to get some sleep despite the light outside. With so many wonderful locations to photograph, you have to be particularly strict with yourself. :-)

      August 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

  19. It’s amazing that this is taken at midnight. A truly wonderful photo.

    August 19, 2015 at 1:05 am

    • Thank you so much Otto! The midnight sun is interesting to say the least. A sunset that rolls into a sunrise without any real darkness in between can be a bit disorientating.

      August 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm