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This scene was taken at 3am in Iceland. Just look at the light available at that time!
I have to admit I walked this lonely wooden path. It took me through a lot of sulphuric mounds and up to a viewing platform. I returned from it okay…apart from the smell of rotten eggs up my nose…and so the title of this post is a little misleading. However, I do feel you can look at this shot and imagine the path leading on into the unknown – so I ran with that.
I took another of these shots in a self portrait style with my hooded character; however as I wasn’t wearing my hoodie the Berghaus coverall simply didn’t have the desired effect so I opted to process the set of brackets without me in them; the sulphuric steam was also much better in this one with a more even spread.
Over the weekend I processed a few images to try and build up a bank of them in preparation for my trips away. Out of my desired 16 images I processed 8, so halfway there, and I’ve enjoyed going back in to some of the Icelandic ones from earlier this year.
This path is a long and and winding one; it works it’s way up the left hand side of the Krimml Waterfalls in Austria. It’s a tiered waterfall, but I believe the 5th largest in the world.
I’m not the fittest of folks. Generally, the only exercise is get is when out with the camera, and though I’ve been known to climb 30 odd flights of stairs on an Urbex trip that’s generally fuelled on adrenaline and rewarded with a blast of cold air once on the rooftop.
Here it was another stinking hot day in the mid 30s (I was very thankful for the tree coverage), and this simple looking path turned nasty at times with rocks and tree roots acting as giant steps. Coming down, no problem, but going up – what a beast.
On the right side of the waterfall is a simpler path, paved over and built for walking – but someone opted to charge €7 to go up that way and I’m a big fan of a workaround to unnecessary costs such as that.
My biggest issue when climbing was fluid. We left the car intending on just going to the base of the falls, and as it w as a huge tourist spot I gathered the walk there would be a simple one. It was, not an issue. However, when leaving we came across a sign pointing us upwards and the photographers inside just thought…well…it sure would be nice to see the falls from a little higher up – let’s just do the 45 minute trek to the next viewpoint. And so the upwards walk began.
After what seemed like 3 hours we arrived at a clearing where a trough was viewable and full of water which was coming out of a tap.
‘Is it safe to drink?’ we wondered
A sign behind a fence was illegible to us, but I figured it was something to do with the fence being electric or not climbing stuff, and not about the water, so in I went.
During my recent photowalk with Dylan, James, Jay and John we ended up at this point around Millbank. Everyone was happily walking along when I called out for them not to take a step further, as if I had just seen a landmine they were about to step on. Actually I had just seen this stretch of path out ahead of us and wanted to try and take a shot of it empty before it was ruined by joggers…or fellow photographers.
I added a lot of contrast to the dark areas of the shot during processing, and think it is interesting to look at the original in comparison to how the completed version came out: