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My Iceland Adventure: Outside the City

Here at last, is part two of my Iceland adventure! Find part one here: My Iceland Adventure: Reykjavik.

I’ve saved up my favourite photos from the trips I took outside of Reykjavik, and in all seriousness, looking back on the trip now, I can hardly believe how lucky I was to see so many stunning things. I hope you enjoy these photos, and maybe get inspired to visit Iceland – I cannot recommend it enough!

The Northern Lights

Photo of green northern lights
Watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky was one of the most amazing and awe inspiring things I will ever do. I was so fortunate to see such a wonderful display of colour and movement. My photography skills let me down… but I have learned a lot from the experience (mainly that I need to practice long exposures more and test out tripod stability too).

Photo of green and yellow northern lights
I’ve included the people in the photos to give the spectacle some context. These photos were taken with a super-wide angled Sigma lens and my Canon 60D on a light weight tripod or placed directly on the ground, lens facing up.

Photo of pink and green coloured northern lights
These shards of light were directly overhead, arcing across the sky, changing shape and colour.

The Blue Lagoon

Photo of the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is like a spa, only set on another planet! The temperature of the water is so hot that it constantly steams. Its a divine experience, though getting in and out is very cold!

Photo of mist rising off the Blue Lagoon
If you visit the Blue Lagoon, make sure to take INTENSIVE hair conditioner. The water absolutely ruined my hair and its not been the same since. Lesson learned!

Langjökull Glacier

Photo of Bonny on a glacier
This glacier was like nothing I have ever seen. We took a snowmobiling safari and got to drive all over it. It was like being in a film – so stunningly beautiful, and painfully cold. I lost a camera on this glacier with many treasured photos on it – its a lesson to use lots of smaller memory cards as loosing a few photos is bad, but loosing hundreds was terrible.

Photo of Langjökull glacier

Geysirs

Photo of an Icelandic Geysir
The geysirs stank. Really, really stank. Gag-worthing stank! Beautiful, but oh-so-smelly! I have been told the ones at Yellowstone in the USA don’t smell like these ones, so if you fancy seeing some steam burst out of the Earth, they may be a more pleasant experience!

Photo of a geysir erupting
There she blows!

Photo of geysir steam against snow capped hills

Gullfoss Waterfall

Photo of Gullfoss waterfall
Gullfoss waterfall is two waterfalls on top of each other. Its right near the Geysirs – so its worth a look if you visit those and vice-versa. The food in the cafe near Gullfoss is disgusting though!

Photo of Bonny at Gullfoss waterfall
I was so painfully cold here. You can see the pain in my face. I’m trying to smile, but its just not working.

The land of landscapes

The thing about Iceland, is its one amazing landscape after another. Your eyes cant take in all the stunning scenery. They become overwhelmed with the awesome.

Photo of a lake
This is close to the place where the Icelandic parliament was first founded. Its also right near where the Icelandic prime minister has a summer house.

Photo of rocks crushed by tectonic plates
The power of nature and the Earth is apparent everywhere. In this photo you can see how the North American and European tectonic plates are crushing each other.

Photo of steam over rocks
How other-worldly is this?!

Photo of the Icelandic coastline
The coastline is ravaged by the freezing cold sea. Its stark and stunning. I went on a whale watching trip but sadly saw no whales, I believe there is more chance in the summer months.

I really hope you enjoyed my photos, and are perhaps inspired to visit Iceland – I certainly want to go back – I cant wait.

Analogue Digital Experiments

Photo of blurry Christmas lights

Before Christmas I ordered a Holga lens for my Canon 400D DSLR, eager to reinvigorate my passion for taking photographs. I have tried taking pictures using the Lomography Diana+ camera in the past, but found its unpredictable results frustratingly expensive. The cost and hassle of getting medium format film processed stopped me wanting to do it anymore. I considered getting a Holga 35mm camera to play with, but realised it made more sense to just order a lens from China and try it on my existing camera.

Photos of a Holga lens for Canon cameras

The lens was really cheap (for a lens) at about £12 including postage. It took about ten days to arrive, which wasn’t bad either especially as I ordered it well into December and I still received it the day after Boxing day. The lens is very small, and only has four ‘settings’ based on distance from their focal point. These require a fair amount of guess-work as you can’t see the difference they make through the viewfinder very easily due to the lack of light the lens lets through.

The lens is completely manual – so there is no auto-focus. Be prepared to take a lot of fuzzy shots! Like with the real Lomo cameras, they need a lot of light to work well without a flash. As you’ll see in the photos below, the lens has a lot of vignetting, making daytime shots appear darker than they are. That is partly to blame for the grey winter weather at the moment too though.

I have a feeling that I will pack this lens away until summer when it will be more fun to use. It’s too dark and grey at the moment.

Photo of oranges in a box

Photo of a garden duck ornament

Photo of a Christmas tree

Photo of a lily

Photo of flowers

If you’ve tried a lomo lens on a DSLR I would LOVE to hear how you’ve found it, and if you have any tips for how to take better pictures with it – so please share any links in the comments below!