Picture This!

September 07, 2012

Hello again!

Well, since it’s the fifth day of our trip and the third where it’s raining… we’ve hijacked a corner of a truck stop which happens to offer free wifi and power points…! This means picture downloading, blogging, editing and relaxing. Given that I’ve had time to download all my current shots, look at many and process a few, I thought it was time to stop teasing you with images and actually post more, after all, I am a photographer, and a photographers blog without photos is like a restaurant without food.

From my journeys thus far, here’s a few outtakes / shots with Josh in them. You can see the types of Landscapes we’ve been shooting and get an idea as to what the final product, (sans Josh) will look like!

These edits are quick and somewhat messy. They are not the final finished product. However I’ve felt my posts of late have been too picture light, so here’s a token of my appreciation for following this blog :)

 ^ Day 1 at Thingvellir (the english translation of a name my Character Map cannot spell)

This was our rude introduction to Icelands’ icey rainy wind, of varying intensities.

^ Day 1. The landscape is littered with features such as this. This will be one of the many hundred shots I get of similar surroundings.

Skipping forward a day or so, here’s another example of such features:

^ People seem to think that building a house at the bottom of an ex-volcano is a good idea.

 ^ Day 1. This is a great example of the roads around this country. Gravel and winding. This is especially cumbersome when needing to travel many hundred kilometres in a journey, even longer if it should happen to rain. Add this to the difficulty and initial mind-screw of driving on the wrong side of the road.

 

 ^Day 2 at Snaefelesness. Well, not quite. We were headed tht way and happened to see some amazing light displays on the hills.

Stopping constantly for unexpected landscapes is the best part about this trip – the unplanned awesomeness!

 ^Day 2: Snaefelesness: Josh photographing a scene…

^ Day 3: Dynjandi (at the very top). There was a beautiful collection of waterfalls all embedded into the hillside above where we were camping.

 ^Day 3: Looking back into the valley of the Fjords. This is from a higher perspective than in the shot above.

It shows you the campground also, middle left hand side. This is where we spent the night, and woke up to sunrise over the snow-capped distant hills you see in the background.

^Day 3: On the way back from Dynjandi, towards another location. This moss is everywhere in the mountains in Iceland.

It’s seriously unique. It’s about 10cm thick from the top to the dirty roots. It’s thick and luscious like a sheeps’ wool, and it’s the only living plant that inhabits these parts. The tops of mountains are densely rocky, covered in this moss and there’s giant craters as if you were on the moon. It’s seriously surreal. This moss also bounces. You can sit on it, walk through it and rarely does it tear or break. I’ve joked many times about wanting to have a nap on it, even just sitting on it is a comfortable pleasure!

 

 ^ Day 4: Last night I saw the Aurora Borealis for the first time in my life.

It was so beautiful, ribbons of light dashed across the night sky as if being led by a rhythmic dancer. It varied intensities, colours and shapes. It was pure joy to witness, and I hope it is not the last time that I see this amazing display before I leave.

But for now, it’s time to hit the road.

^ An example of a good road here.

Thanks all for following me and my travels. I so very highly recommend you check out Josh’s blog. He writes differently to me and provides other insights that I seem to always miss.

Catch you on the flipside!


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