If you're driving through the town of Vík on the southern coast of Iceland, you're likely to see this little church perched atop the hill above. We only had a quick stop on the @sorelleamore Iceland experience for a potty break and some snackage, but I was delighted that we had enough time for me to bust out the telephoto to snag a few quick pics of this little beauty.
Sorelle challenged me to shoot for simplicity this day. How'd I do?
This was one of the shortest stops on our Icelandic experience with @sorelleamore and @davidtheguide ... So short in fact, that some of our crew never got out of the van. But for whatever reason it was one of my favorites. The lava fields from the past volcanic eruptions were covered in this thick green moss for about as far as the eye could see and it made for such an interesting landscape. I really loved this one f @the_nomadic_group and his bright red jacket contrasted against the green off in the distance.
Black beauty on the barren landscape. These little Icelandic horses are seriously next level. They're so friendly and fluffy. Turn your back to one to pet another and the one behind you is sure to get jealous and nuzzle up to you for some more loving. Definitely one of the best stops on the trip with @sorelleamore and @davidtheguide
The most unexpected thing about our Iceland experience was this dude right here. I knew we would have a native Icelandic guy driving us around, but I was not prepared to be hit full force with the crazy awesomeness of @davidtheguide. Not only did he show us his homeland in all it's majesty, but he instantly became someone I am glad to call my friend. He shared with us his truest self and brought us into his most sacred of spaces.
When things are meant to happen, they happen. It has been a theme for David thoroughout his life, and the serendipity continued on our trip. Everything happened perfectly, which I'm pretty convinced is due to the numerous connections he was able to call upon throughout the trip. When the Blue Lagoon claimed my wedding ring (on our honeymoon no less), David the legend was able to retrieve it and has already dropped it in the mail.
This photo was taken taken from my drone flying over the frozen crater of Kerid, and I feel it perfectly encapsulates the vastness of his personality. Calm and collected, but also as vibrant and energetic as the seismic activity that created it.
It's still hard for my mind to wrap itself around the impressive scale of the Icelandic landscape. This waterfall drops almost 200 feet into a cave below, so taking a look from the ground, I was blown away. Then @bradmcknight suggested we find out what was above, so we decided to take the drone for a flight for some more investigation and caught a glimpse of this extraordinary scene from above.
This waterfall took a lot out of me. The first stop of the day...the hike in was windy, the path muddy, and the rain whipping just as hard as it has the whole trip. Then we arrived and I was determined to get the perfect spot. I tested the ice on the frozen river coming from the waterfall and stepped out. The first shot was fine, but the framing was better a step and a half to the left (farther onto the ice). I shuffled over and immediately heard that deep cracking as the ground under me gave way. Somehow was able to scramble to a rock after going in up to my knee. The waterlogged boot and the impressiveness of the basalt columns towering overhead is a great reminder of how powerful nature can be.
PS: @lisaverwey in our group unknowingly got a video of the fall (up on my insta story if you're up for a good laugh)
Legitimately 'flipping a tit' about this Icelandic adventure. The weather hasn't been kind to us, but holy hell is there something magical about this place. There's something so raw and powerful about the nature that I don't expect I'll see anywhere else in the world. Add to that the truly amazing crew that @sorelleamore has assembled and it becomes clear that this is a trip of a lifetime.
First full day of our Icelandic adventure was one for the record books. Hot spring hikes, a bus stuck in the snow, drone flights into frozen craters, and some of the most magnificent waterfalls I've ever witnessed.
The official start of our Iceland trip kicked off with a bang today. I knew we were in for an unreal experience, but definitely didn't expect to instantly feel such a sense of wonder with this place. We haven't even left Reykjavik, and already the people we are going to be sharing the trip with have made it clear that this is going to be unforgettable. Can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us.
I'm still quite impressed with how unique and the amount of history that is present on this small bit of rock. For ten years I looked out onto the bay and had known so little about Alcatraz, and it wasn't until I returned back to SF from Europe as a visitor that we made the trip over and I must say I was blown away. I truly can not recommend it enough.
The beauty of the Bay Area will always be hard to match. I'm back in Ireland now but I've got a few more left from our visit home to California for our wedding. Excited to rest up this week and get mentally prepared for Iceland next week.
I'll admit, it has taken me some time to get used to using the telephoto lens for landscape shots. Now that I'm starting to get the hang of it, I love the amount of compression you're able to capture within a photo. This one of the new Bay Bridge poking out behind Yerba Buena island with some of the houses of North Beach in the foreground and the Berkeley hills in the background is a great example... About 15 miles worth of stuff all within the same frame.
Most people don't realize that Sutro tower is taller than the Golden Gate Bridge. Walking around the old stomping grounds last week I found a nice view of the radio tower that sits atop Twinpeaks and was able to snap this one with the telephoto.
Long before I started photography, my roommate had some photos of this spot hung above the TV in our living room. I remember looking at them and thinking how cool it would be to capture the Golden Gate from this spot. When @haylicans gave me my first camera, I had this idea that I'd one day figure out how to take a shot that could hang on that same wall. A few years later, I finally felt I could do the iconic bridge some proper justice. Not sure if @spacemanrace wants to hang it up, but I'm still stoked on the progress made.
Hard to put to words how amazing this weekend was. Seeing so many friends and loved ones after being out of the country for so long was one thing, but getting to marry my best friend all over again was truly magical. @carol.merriman was able to share with us a few of the moments with us and hot damn... that bride of mine is stunning.
It's funny how, when you live in a city forever, you take the most famous attractions for granted. After living in the bay for 10 years, it took moving to Europe to finally feel the need to get to Alcatraz on our visit back to SF. Totally worth it.
Spending some time away from San Francisco has helped me appreciate how picturesque it really is. Things I used to walk by and take for granted, I now can see with a new eye. I don't miss the smell of pee on the streets, but I sure do miss views like this.