I left Borgarnes, bypassing the Westfjords peninsula via Route 1. However, the next time that I find myself in Iceland, I plan on roaming through the entire peninsula, if possible. The roads on Route 1, between 60 and 61 were absolutely awful. I found myself driving over a snow-covered mountain from hell, where I could barely see in front of my car, and I couldn't go any faster than 20 MPH. A lot of the roads were hugging the side of a cliff, where one wrong move, one slippery slope, and I was going to meet my demise. It was a bit unnerving, to say the least.
Lately I’ve been focusing on a lot of various photography-related articles to help offer insight on the ins and outs of travel photography – from “Great cameras for 2014 travels” to “Choosing the right camera for travel photography”, as well as my 6-part “Guide to Travel Photography” series. Recently, I’ve been asked quite often what sorts of equipment I use and prefer, and if I could offer reviews on my gear. So, here I am, reviewing my new little grab and go gear backpack by Case Logic. I’ve been using this bag for a few weeks now and I really like the way it’s setup, as it had two completely separate sections that zip apart, where the camera and a lens fits snuggly and safely at the bottom, while an iPad, other lenses, and/or other small gear pieces can sit in an open padded section at the top of the bag.
Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice, has been at the top of my 'must experience' list for a very long time – and I have to say that it certainly didn't disappoint. I arrived in Reykjavik via Iceland Air from London, England, with a brief stop over in Oslo. I grabbed my luggage from the belt and proceeded through the main doors of the Keflavik International Airport, where a man stood holding a sign with my name on it – I can't say I've ever had that happen before, so it was sort of exciting. As I walked out of the airport, the crisp and chilling Iceland air took my breath away, yet the quality of the air and the mesmerizing moods of the island took a hold of me immediately.
2013 has been a very kind year for my art. My writing and my photography have reached new and exciting levels, and it looks as though my work will continue to advance and grow. My technical and photographic abilities have grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, with particular peaks hitting just a couple of months ago when I was blessed to be able to spend some time exploring the magical, powerful, and mesmerizing landscapes of Iceland, Scotland, and Switzerland. I don't make much of a living from my photography work, but it's a definitely become a work of passion for me, so as long as you're enjoying the final product, then I'm quite happy.
For 2014, I have a few particularly thrilling trips in the works – from road tripping around the USA, via the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and the Pacific Northwest, to sunbathing on the island of Aruba, with a few possibilities of international travel to the continents of Asia and Africa.
Choosing the right camera for your upcoming trip can be a bit of a daunting task if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. There are dozens of companies offering quick shoot cameras, mirrorless, entry-level DSLR’s, and professional grade systems – plus, most cell phones have decent cameras now-a-days too! With all of those choices comes a nearly unlimited number of lenses and accessories, so how in the heck are you supposed to know what’s best for the amount of money you wish to spend? Well, it’s not always an easy decision to come to, not even for me, but there are several websites out there that break down your options in a reasonably simple way – like that of B&H Photo/Video.
It’s a thrill that only the true photographer can appreciate – the tweaking of the lens and the shutter speed; waiting for the right light to hit before you take your snap and, as the digital viewfinder loads your shot, you’re treated to a perfect picture of your creation.
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