Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland



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Svartifoss is one of the cooler waterfalls I've seen. It's set in a lush green valley in what passes for a forest in Iceland. The falls flow over an over hanging cliff of columnar basalt. I walked behind the falls, but left my camera behind, so sorry, no photos from that angle.

Taken July 2, 2004
Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

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Date Created 3/19/2009

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jamescatz Over 1 year ago
These photos are absolutely amazing. Can you just imagine being there in person?
michaeldenis Over 1 year ago
I can. That's what it's like, shown here by a great jump from an ultra-ultra wide shot to an up-close shot right ontop of the waterfall. I went here before I discovered Photosynth and that jump-step is top-notch, although I always wish you'd take about ten fold as many photos, Tony ;)
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
These photos were all taken in 2004, well before Photosynth was around, I spent alot of time going through my archives finding photos that would synth. While the results arent always as synthy, each shot was individually composed. If I had been taking with creating a synth in mind I definitely would have taken more photos. Im still undecided what makes a better experience though. A few well composed shots (like this synth) or a many many shots trying to cover all the angles, but without each photos getting individual consideration (example:

What do you think?
michaeldenis Over 1 year ago
I see what you mean: Many photos confuse where few photos illuminate.

What I'm noticing in my own work is the advantage of drilling into a photo by approaching an object and taking another photograph, and then repeating this approach five to ten times.

Your point is well taken, though. What I would consider to be the best "statue synths" are those that follow a *single* circle of photos around an object (creating the donut orbis) and then, perhaps, come in through a single drilled path in order to get a lot of close-ups. My sense is that these 3D models are more difficult than the rock art or museum galleries to synth.

Personally, I love shooting objects that have both possibilities in them: A long approach and a "end object" that looks good in close-up.

I am just wrapping up a trip to Southeastern Utah and I've created a series of synths that should exemplify this type of approach. I'm writing from a hotel now, I'm afraid.

Glad to catch your reply at last.
michaeldenis Over 1 year ago
Contrast my photosynth of a pictograph in Canyonlands National Park:

versus simple synth that tends to prove the concept really well:

Your efforts on photosynth probably reach more towards proof of concept, I'd imagine, and therefore minimalism really does make sense.

I was surprised to learn that you'd shot these shots at Skaftafell prior to PS's creation. Serves me right for only scanning the description...
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