Iceland – Stuck in Customs

when you realize the sun never really went down

Daily Photo – when you realize the sun never really went down

Around the middle of the summer, the sun never goes down in Iceland. I spend the days sleeping in empty schoolhouses and the evenings lost in song and mystery.

This was taken around 3 AM when everything seems dreamy and possible. I would hike and explore all night long. About this time each evening, after going ages without seeing a human, after going ages listening to strange ambient music, everything became wonderfully strange. Sometimes I would create things like this, and I was convinced (and still am) that it was not really me.

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when you realize the sun never really went down

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  • Date Taken2010-06-12 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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Not of this Earth?

Daily Photo – Not of this Earth?

These are the bubbling sulfur pools of geothermal Iceland.

Not of this Earth?

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  • Date Taken2022-01-11 23:32:33
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Distant Mist. Iceland.

Daily Photo – Distant Mist. Iceland.

While in Iceland, I traveled through a lowlands area early in the morning. A mist, a video game like mist, started moving quickly across the ground and through the distant hillocks. It was all so surreal that I barely remembered that I should be taking a photo of this. That was a strange feeling, since the whole reason I was there was to take photos! 🙂

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Distant Mist. Iceland.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-06-14 03:49:26
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length170.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The First Time I Ate Horse. Iceland.

Daily Photo – The First Time I Ate Horse. Iceland.

My friend Helga has been wonderful enough to invite me to her farm in Iceland many times. It’s always a fun trip up to the north to see her. But I always get a little lost. Finding the particular turn-in along this fjord is constantly a source of confusion, especially at night. I don’t know why it is so difficult to me, because after I get there, it is plain as day. And I’m sure all Icelanders think I am crazy… but it’s like a hidden door, fey and fleeting with the light, and you can only see it during certain portals of time.

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The First Time I Ate Horse. Iceland.

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  • Date Taken2011-06-16 23:04:30
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

Daily Photo – Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

I’ve never really been the kind of person that attaches too much mystical meaning to shapes, but in this picture, I think I see a genie coming out of that geothermal vent. This was shot in Iceland on a rather chilly day. Here’s a fun fact. “Geysir” is the only Icelandic word that is used in English. I’m 98% sure this is true.

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Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

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  • Date Taken2021-12-02 22:07:39
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3 AM. Iceland.

Daily Photo – 3 AM. Iceland.

When I started getting hardcore into photography, I spent four summers in a row in Iceland. The middle of the summer is quite special there because the sun never really goes down. So, I would sleep during the day and then go out to hike during a 5-hour sunset followed immediately by a 5-hour sunrise. It was very peaceful and moving…

3 AM. Iceland.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 01:37:56
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Geothermal Action in Iceland

Harriett the Hypochondriac & Trey the Tautologist Zoom folks Around the World About Their Lockdown – Again

Out of boredom in isolation, Harriett and I decided to zoom up some friends from around the world to check on their situations… This one has Clayton Morris in Portugal and Jessica Anne Schwartz who I thought was in New York but made an escape to Virginia. Enjoy!

See Jessica’s art at: http://jessicaanneschwartz.com/
See Clayton Morris at https://morrisinvest.com/
See Harriett in a full hazmat suit at the grocery store.

Mentions:
The Untethered Soul 
Odd Mom Out – TV show mentioned by Clayton
Minimalism – Netflix
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Daily Photo – Geothermal Action in Iceland

There are areas of Iceland where steam is just busting out of the ground all the time. This is in an area in the south where there are lots of geothermal power plants, but they could build about 100x more. I haven’t looked into it, but I think they have more than enough power there. I did read they have so much free power from the earth that it’s actually cheaper for aluminum companies to ship their aluminum to Iceland for final processing.

Geothermal Action in Iceland

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  • Date Taken2010-06-12 05:57:56
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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The Rugged Coast of Iceland

Passport Iceland Sunday!

Today if you’re a Passport Member, we take another trip back to Iceland! Enjoy!

Iceland Edit

This was a very fun one to work on and I hope you enjoy it!

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Daily Photo – The Rugged Coast of Iceland

Here is another recent Iceland Edit. These are some of the hardest rocks in the world to walk on. Also, if you lose your footing and fall, you’re going to end getting sliced into a thousand pieces because the edges are like glass. I almost went out a little further on the rock, but I figured that if I slipped and fell, no one would find my body for ages. Either way, if you’re a Passport Member, you can see the edit for that here!

The Rugged Coast of Iceland

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  • Date Taken2007-02-12 12:48:39
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Edge of Iceland

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, then you’ll get to see the full edit of this photo. It was a particularly fun one because of the extreme contrast in colors. Enjoy!

Editing a Photo from Iceland

In today’s video, you’ll get to see a quick edit of how the photo above was achieved. Keep on playing with Aurora HDR and eventually, you’ll get super-fast like me! 🙂

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Driving Across Iceland

Netflix Show Recommendation

Okay, this is a really dumb but funny show. For whatever reason, I find it hilarious at times. It’s called “Toast of London.” I even had this crazy dream where I met this guy and we got to be best friends. Even better, he was exactly the same way in real life.

Daily Photo – Driving Across Iceland

Here’s a photo from one of my many road trips across Iceland. I’ve been thinking about going back here for another solo road trip during the summers there when it never gets dark. It’s hard to explain how different it is at the latitude of 66 degrees. I thought New Zealand would be similar, but we’re only at 45 degrees. The summers here keep the sunlight all the way past 10 PM, but there are still many hours of darkness until the morning. I find it hard to force myself to be awake for 4 hours in total darkness to wait for the sunrise, but it’s a lot easier in Iceland where there is no wait at all!

Driving Across Iceland

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  • Date Taken2010-06-13 02:12:51
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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