08. 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 have to have great timing and an amazing team working with you. Trying to tackle the freezing cold mist and the midday sun was a challenge but I think that we can all agree with how amazing the final shots turned out.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Can we execute similar shot with 4 speedlights at full power? May be at 1/30th or 1/10 of a second?

    1. Hi Pradeep, yes that would be possible but not in a parabolic reflector as you need point light source that is visible from all sides (not just the front) to reflect correctly in a parabolic reflector. However you should be able to attach a dome to the speedlite to create the right type of light source. The next thing will be if the speedlites had sufficient power, for example a 600EX speedlite on full power should be sufficient but the recharge times will be quite slow. The shutter speed doesn’t need to change, if you wanted to get the flowing water in the same way as I shot this then you would still want to go with 1 to 2 seconds exposure with the camera fixed on a tripod. 1/30th wouldn’t record the flow of water in the same way.

  2. Thanks Karl. I have 135 Octa and 70 cm deep Octa. I will give it a try with them. I guess Umbrella should also work. The setup what you have shown in one of your Advanced photography sections.

  3. Cheers Karl. One of my OCD tendencies is camera care. After this incredible (and wet) photo shoot, what steps did you take for the Hasselblad? Was is just basic drying off, or did you pack it in a sealed case with something like silica gel?

    1. I wiped it down with a cloth left it on the table in the hotel room and went for a pint 🙂 We put the Para 222 fully opened in the hotel reception and had some strange looks from guests at breakfast!

  4. Boy, these were great films! Everything was perfect and interesting. The scenery, the music, the crew and I am so impressed by your spirit of adventure and experience to take on such a massive project. Hope we get to see more like these.

  5. Remarkable! and so very inspiring. The value of a great crew and model also cannot be over-stated when working in these conditions. Congrats to all!

    1. Hi Martin, absolutely. In all forms of fashion photorgraphy it always relies on a team effort from the assistants, model, makeup, stylist etc. One piece of the puzzle fails and the whole thing can turn into a disaster! 🙂

  6. That was absolutely not easy, I appreciate how hard you wokred and how long you waited for the right time to photograph beautiful image such as this, thank you for sharing Karl.

  7. Epic, Karl! Congrats! At one time you said to the model to stand still even after the flash fired. This sounds to me as a first curtain flash, although the Hassy has leaf shutter, right? Well, why did you use “first curtain” instead of “rear”?

    1. Hi Bogdan, because she needed to stand still no matter what so it is better for her to know at one point, so the flash indicated the correct moment. First of second curtain wouldn’t make any difference in a shot like this as she wasn’t moving so no ‘direction of travel’ would have been recorded before or after the flash fired.

  8. Is the “ghosting” in the image caused by the movement of the model that the flash didn’t freeze a problem for your final image?

    1. Hi Anthony, yes thats exactly right, there is a little bit of ghosting on her arm and also from the dress. This is from where the dress moved in the wind and she moved slightly during the 1-2 seconds exposure.


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