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Iceland

Postby warth man » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Just had a four day break in Iceland. Beautiful place.

This pic is of Gullfoss waterfalls. It was so cold and the wind came down that valley so fiercely that it was truly difficult to work the camera and to hold it still. Scale is provided by the figure on the clifftop to left. D600/24-85VR.
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Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is possible to walk behind this one in better weather. Ice made it a no-no. See the staircase off to the right, which also gives scale. RX100.
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This is the staircase. RX100.
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Last waterfall. This is Skogafoss. 200 feet high, 80 feet wide. The spray was converting to snow while we were there and the wind then took it horizontally about quarter of a mile. RX100
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This was also taken at Skogafoss, same visit. The wind picked up the volcanic dust and ash which lies everywhere and blasted it out onto the road. It doesn't do a vehicle's paintwork a lot of good. RX100.
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I'll put a few more up later. I also had a photographic night to forget when out on our second night to get the Northern Lights. Knocked over the gorillapod zoom, breaking 24mm f2.8 lens and, worse, the D600. Switched to the RX100, which seemed to be doing a cracking job going from the images on the screen, only to discover back at the hotel that I had actually left its memory card there in a viewer after looking at the daytime shots! What an error!!!! And I had three spares with me but didn't realise - or check. I'll not do that again. Still embarrassing to think about it. Still - we saw the Lights, and that was the main thing. But it would have been nice to have the pictorial memory too. Lesson for everyone hopefully.
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Re: Iceland

Postby pierovera » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:06 pm

Great shots! :)
By the way, memory cards are something I always have problems with, so sad to hear that you couldn't capture such a thing like the Northern Lights. And it's a shame that your D600 broke. :(
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Re: Iceland

Postby warth man » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:42 pm

Thank you Piero. I really couldn't believe I'd done that. Never mind. We must move on. Here are a few others from the highly photogenic Iceland. Little bit like New Zealand in some ways.

Strokkur. A reliable geyser that erupts every few minutes. D600/24-85VR.
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Hallgrim's Church, Reykjavik. D600/24-85VR.
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Old Reykjavik, early morning. The sunrise behind me has provided the light on the clouds. RX100.
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Ice cave, inside a glacier. RX100.
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Close-up of the ice wall inside the glacier. Note the air bubbles. The black line is a deposit of volcanic ash from an eruption thousands of years ago. RX100.
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This pic was taken by my wife, using our "old" Canon A620. 7.1 megapixels. I think it's great.
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This is a pic of the volcano that stopped all flights in Europe for a while when it erupted three years ago. Couldn't look more peaceful now. RX100.
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Re: Iceland

Postby cujo » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:50 pm

Great photos warth man. Looks like a good country to go and visit. Sorry to hear you broke your D600 and your 24mm f2.8. I hope both can be fixed. Shame you missed the photos of the Northern Lights. Let's hope you have a chance to go back one day.
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Re: Iceland

Postby 4xxxx » Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:54 am

Amazing set warth man, after being used to sun and blue seas most days these are a spectacular sight set for me. I have left my SD card in the computer a few time and lucky I had my second one in the camera.


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Re: Iceland

Postby warth man » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:03 am

Thank you for the comments cujo, 4xxxx. I will definitely be going back. The good thing is that Reykjavik is only a two hours twenty minutes flight from Manchester. I should have gone years ago. Meanwhile, I have to say that the forced usage of the RX100 has been revealing. The RX100 fitted easily into my jacket pocket, even in its soft case. No weight around my neck; no bag; no tripod (the gorillapod has gone back to the retailer); no additional lenses. There always seems to be somewhere you can rest or brace such a small camera and it has as much shooting flexibility as you could wish for. Best of all, I'm pleased with the results. It is really making me think about the future shape of my outfit.
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Re: Iceland

Postby Woor » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:42 am

Nice pictures warth! How come you decided to visit iceland in winter time? Was there any particular reason? It would be really sad and ironic if you went to photograph the norhthern lights, as far as I understand march is one of the best months for that.
The rx100 really does look like a nice piece of gear for traveling.
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Re: Iceland

Postby warth man » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:41 am

Hi Woor

My wife and I went there primarily to see the Northern Lights. Getting pics of them was secondary to that and touring around came next. So the main thing was achieved and it was something we will never forget. However, the brilliant colour displays you see in photographs are not what you see with the naked eye. That is something I had not known. The all-seeing camera picks up far more than we do. What you actually see is a tinted grey on a fairly light night such as the one we had. The moon had quite an effect and I think everything is better when it is in a dark period. We have found some people via the internet who were out near Reykjavik on the same night and they have kindly sent us some of their pics, so we have done as well as we can in the circumstances. I can think of better ways to learn lessons and still can't believe I did what I did.

On reflection, next time I go I will probably take a video camera along too, because the movement of the lights is quite something and the more specialised kit would do it all more justice.
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Re: Iceland

Postby pierovera » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:36 pm

Great shots warth man! I think the "old", as you so called it, A620 did a great job, the place looks amazing. :)
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Re: Iceland

Postby Lvistam » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:48 pm

Just read this one and agree that often being forced is good for the creative mind. So glad to see such great photography with this little gem.

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Re: Iceland

Postby warth man » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:18 am

Just heard back from Nikon. I got away relatively lightly. Repairs to both lens and camera will come in at around £200 including tax and delivery charges. Should have them back before the end of next week.
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Re: Iceland

Postby cujo » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:41 am

That's good news warth man. It could have been a lot more expensive.
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Re: Iceland

Postby pierovera » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:58 pm

What damage did it have?
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Re: Iceland

Postby warth man » Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:04 pm

Thanks cujo. I agree - I thought it was going to be more! Not sure about all of it piero but the lens requires some dismantling and tightening of the innards apparently. Most of the damage on the camera seems to have been with the diopter/viewfinder. Not sure how that happened unless I got it wrong and in the darkness it actually toppled backwards - but would that explain the lens? Either way, the camera would appear to have been tougher than I thought.
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Re: Iceland

Postby pierovera » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:28 pm

Well at least the lens didn't crack, it would've been totally lost
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