1. Be patient.
Watch and enjoy. Learn how the geyser flows. Take in what you see before you; and let your personal excitement run free.
Once you have had your fill, relax and think about your image possibilities. Get a feeling for how the geyser operates and plan what you would like in your image.
2. Use a tripod.
Creating your image on a tripod will allow for sharp, fine tuned and consistent images. Ask yourself; what is in your fore ground or background, is there a random little building or garbage can that spoils the finished image? Move your equipment until you are happy with the final frame.
3. Use a remote.
When the geyser blows, it is exciting and your natural reaction is to jump. Using a remote will help you get a clean and crisp image. The chances are when it blows, you will still jump and possibly miss the moment. Having your finger on the trigger, means that you are able to react as soon as the geyser starts to stir. With the camera set up on a tripod, you do not need to think about the frame as you have already prepared the image, you just push the trigger.
4. Check your focus point and camera settings.
Capturing The Geysir requires a fast shutter speed. I used 1/1250 to capture the water droplets as they flew from the ground. My focus point is the base of the water. I used an aperture of 6.3 although I could have used a larger aperture and made the background more blurry. It was quite a dull day, and I let my camera use its auto ISO settings and so these images were at ISO 4000.
I set my focus point at the hole where the the water blows from. Using manual focus, this meant that the focus was locked where I wanted it and my focus point did not change while the water blew out of the hole. Depending upon your settings, auto focus may follow the flow of water meaning that the main explosion from the base is no longer the main focus point.
5. What goes up, must come down.
The hot water has to go somewhere, and depending upon the way the wind is blowing, you may or may not get wet. Make sure you and your gear are protected, even by something as simple as an umbrella. The water from Strokkur Geysir can reach temperatures of 180°F; (82°C;). and as per usual, I got a bit wet making these images.
There are more points to photographing this natural phenomenon, but these basic tips will get you started on making better images. I hope my photography inspires you to explore and to make your own Geysir images.
And remember to follow my journey 🙂
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