Thursday, August 23, 2012


An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) hovers, evaluating the threat from me and my camera before dive-bombing me.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Orton poppy

After a Photoshop treatment, the pollen inside this poppy appears to glow.
I started by using Auto Levels, which creates strange colour shifts when used on a photo with a narrow colour range. I then Ortonised it in the same way as Geometry.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mountain panorama

I think, without being absolutely sure, that this is the east side of Ingólfsfjall in southern Iceland, seen from the road from Geysir to Þingvellir. The photos making up this panorama were definitely taken from that road, whatever the mountain may be called.

This was one of my first attempts to use the Canon PhotoStitch software to stitch together photos taken on a DSLR rather than a compact camera. It was a bit tricky, as you have to put in the focal length of the lens and are only given a limited number of choices. I used three photos and you can clearly see one stitch and the other of you look closely. I'll probably fix them in Photoshop when I have the time and inclination. Until then, enjoy the clouds and the landscape:

Monday, August 13, 2012

A day at the beach, part 3

You can find various beautiful rocks on the beach without looking too hard.
Here is one with the view across the Húna bay in the background:

A tiny bit of seaweed clings to this one:

This one shows a beautiful marble-like pattern:

This strange offering was left by a sandworm:

And this pattern was left by a wave that deposited some sand on top of dry sand:

This concludes the series.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A day at the beach, part 2

A footprint in the sand looks like it has been embossed there because of the angle the photo was taken at:

Various types of seaweed and kelp wash up on the shore.
The colours range from green to red to brown and yellow:

These bladders of dried-up seaweed (genus: Fucus) look like stranded Zeppelins in the sand when shot in macro:

Part 3 of this series will appear tomorrow.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A day at the beach, part 1

When I was growing up, this beach was mostly rock and coarse gravel and the sand only appeared at low tide, but now so much sand has been washed up on the beach that it reaches above the tide-line and there is very little gravel to be seen. The black sand is typical for Iceland's beaches, although you will also find a handful of beaches with golden sand.

The Spákonufellsborg is close by (link will open in new window):

And now for the main subject: The little stuff on the beach that often goes unnoticed. 
Broken barnacles on the end of a stem of kelp:

Live barnacles uncovered by high tide, looking like a cluster of strange buildings:

In close-up:

Part 2 of this series will appear tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

"My, what a big hose you have!"

A fireman preparing the playing field for a swamp-soccer tournament. The European Swamp Soccer Championships take place every year during the Verslunarmannahelgi - the first Monday in August and the weekend leading up to it. I was able to watch the junior competition in 2010, but missed the adults. If you follow the link to the official website, you can click on any of the links under "Myndir" (right sidebar) to see some photos from past championships.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Church of the month: Stykkishólmur

This unusual church, which was consecrated in 1990, looks like something out of Star Trek. 
You can't deny it is striking:

You can't complain about the location, alone on a promontory, with no other buildings to crowd it:

Wednesday, August 01, 2012