„Brúará“ ( Bridge River) is Icelands longest freshwater river which originates at the foot of the Icelandic outback and flows to the south where it meets and joins the glacial river „Hvítá“ ( White River ) on the fertile lowland in southern Iceland.
Its origin in „Laugardalsfjöll“ is indeed quite humble, just a tiny squirt of water emerges through a small fissure. On its journey down to the lowland, it gradually gets larger as it constantly collects more water from various sources of fresh water fountains and smaller streams in the vicinity.
More than halfway through it‘s journey, having grown to a considerable size and strength, the river passes over a lava field with a large fissure. At that point this magnificient waterfall, „Brúarfoss“ ( The Bridge falls“ ) can be found.
This spot is one of my favorites, and I have visited this site many times in different time of the year.
I shot this photo in mid winter in very low, fading daylight. The exposure time was 6 seconds, and I did not have to use ND filter to achieve that exposure time.
For me, this is my favorite shot of this waterfall. I really like the stark contrast between the dark, almost black lava and the white, milky water. The ice on the rocks adds to wintery feeling, and so does the fact that I chose to shoot with a very tight framing, using a 70 – 200mm zoom lens @ 200 mm.
This shot did turn out to be one of the most expensive I have made, as can be read here:http://500px.com/Pall_Gudjonsson/stories/87113/some-photos-come-at-a-price