Iceland 2016

This October my exemplary wife took me to Reykjavik for a few days for my birthday. Iceland has been on each of our ‘must visit’ lists for years and despite the absence of any Northern lights due to cloud, the trip was still incredible and we’re already planning to go back one Summer for a camping road trip to really get in all the bizarre landscapes the country has to offer. This trip mostly centred around the capital, Reykjavik, plus a couple of excursions to points of interest on the South coast.

I really need to learn to drive. I’m forever missing sublime photo opportunities simply because I’m speeding past in a train or a bus. Next time. Mark my words. Next time.

Needless to say, Iceland yielded many a photo. A selection of which follows.

 

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4

The blocks of flats around Reykjavik look like the sort of grimey council flats you’d see in England but apparently they’re much nicer on the inside. There’s no unemployment and the standard of living is universally high. This photo above was taken on Halloween and is probably my favourite photo I’ve ever shot.

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4

They’ve got some fucking incredible street art because it’s encouraged there and artists are commissioned to do this stuff. Graffiti is still illegal, but genuinely skilled work like the above is all over the city.

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4

The wife in question. Neither of us are Summer people and we loved the icy, icy October weather.

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101

A particularly stormy, windy, rainy day at the black sand beach featuring people getting too close to the waves and becoming soggy. Here’s a guy legging it. This may as well be a colour photo, it’s that monochrome on this beach.

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101

Standard transportation for people who need to leave the city in the Winter. Another reason to move to Iceland: Monster trucks are actually warranted and don’t just make everyone assume you’re a dick.

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Voigtlander VF 101
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Pentax ME Super /  Pentax M 28mm 2.8

Went to see a god damn glacier and it was incredible. The thickest ice was a deep blue inside. Pretty much the entire landscape is black, white and a bit of yellow. Tours of people were hiking up on top of the ice itself but we couldn’t afford such frivolities and took photos from below. I stroked it.

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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4
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Voigtlander VF 101
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 28mm 2.8
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Pentax ME Super / Pentax M 50mm 1.4

This was some Kono film that went horribly wrong. One or two shots came out great but the vast majority ended up like this. Oh well.

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Voigtlander VF 101

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