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I am venturing out into the unknown. I'm trying out the border idea...
I would Love to know what you think about it.

The picture was taken very close to this one.
Gullfoss itself is divided into two parts, the second one being the one most people take pictures of.
When you go to the waterfall, there is the widely visited part on top where you can look down to the waterfall, then there is the wet part right by the waterfall, and then even deeper, below this second part, there is a little path (that is falling apart, just so you know) that takes you almost under the first part of the waterfall. I'd spotted the path without knowing where it was leading and asked my travel companions to check it out with me eventhough there was this "do not cross" ribbon at the beginning of the way. They agreed and some Moments later, this fantastic slice of Heaven was all ours :D

In this picture you are looking, on the left, at the first part of the waterfall pouring down in free-fall, smashing onto the rock in the middle, and on the right you can see the water splashing on into what becomes the main part of Gullfoss some ten meters further.
It is an absolutely amazing place to stand at.
The color of the water with the sky right behind declines itself in simply magnificent tones, whilst the roar of the crashing water reflected on the rock behind oneself drills its way directly into your Heart, bringing with it an undefinable sense of Peace.
The power of that water is simply beyond words.
Although it seems fresh and makes you (well, at least me) want to put your/my hand into it, once you stand there every single cell in your body tells you to keep away from it. I believe if you were to put your hand there you would fall and then make your way down into a 20 meter high waterfall. Not something a lot of people consider a good idea.
And to be honest I had my little moments of fear as I leaned in towards this part of the waterfall: a few centimeters more and I could have easily been swept away by the water.

Besides resizing this picture and saving it in the save-for-web option of PS CS2, I have slightly increased the contrast to lift off a veil of grey mist, added some saturation to bring back the color of the water as it was that morning, and sharpened it! :D
I hope you enjoy this little Moment of powerful Peace :D
Some pure enjoyment from my Heart to your eyes!

An advance Thank You to all those amongst you who take the time to criticize and/or leave a comment!

Nikon D70
2005/08/13 11:40:16.2
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 44mm
Digital Vari-Program: Sports
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1600 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200

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