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2006-09-30
599. Icelandic landscape 4.



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599. The breast of mother Earth.
In the foreground lava chunks overgrown with moss.

Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-29
598. Icelandic landscape 3.



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598. Beautiful man-made patterns with green tints and shades.

Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-28
597. Icelandic landscape.2.



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597. You can see these plastic-covered hay-bales everywhere in the summer. They came in black, white and green.
Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink for the fans of the Icelandic band: Sigur Ros:
http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/media/dldvideo.php


2006-09-27
596. Birches.



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596. Iceland doesn't have many trees, although they are really trying to change that. Birches are reasonably well equipped against the cold climate, But they stay small and often have crooked trunks.
Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-26
595. Farmstead with cold runnig water.



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595. An old farmstead. The beautiful rust colours make a nice contrast with the green surroundings, although the farmer probably doesn't see the beauty of rust. The waterfall gets its water from the Vatnajökull.
Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-25
592. Vatnajökull 22.



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594. The blue shadowy parts give depth to this picture.
Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-24
593. Sunset at Loosdrecht, the Netherlands 2. (6:56 p.m.)



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Every day a new photograph of our summer trip to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Start with picture nr. 560, archives August 2006.
Yesterday and today a Dutch photograph.

593. Another picture of the sunset.
In front a maizefield, or as Americans say: a cornfield.
Loosdrecht, the Netherlands, August 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-23
592. Sunset at Loosdrecht, the Netherlands 1 (6:49 p.m.)



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591. For a change a photograph taken from our balcony at home. There was an incredible sunset last night. The cliché "The sky was burning" is applicable here I would say.
Loosdrecht, the Netherlands, September 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-22
591. Vatnajökull 21.



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591. The difference between the thumbnail and the enlarged picture shows the feeling one has in reality. From a distance the glacier looks reasonably flat, but when you come closer you see how dangerous the surface is. It's not advisable to walk on it without a guide and the right equipment.
Iceland, July 23, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)



2006-09-21
590. Vatnajökull 20. (9:42 p.m.)



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590. At this lakeside we spent the night in our camper as we did in 1999. We were all alone from 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 a.m. The peace was only disturbed by the crying of seals and the occasional loud bang followed by a splash when a piece of ice would break from the glacier.
Iceland, July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink:
Well, it's still there in these digital times: black-and-white photography:
http://www.sachadeboer.com/



2006-09-20
589. Vatnajökull 19. (9:27 p.m.)



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589. It's amazing how many subtle colour shades you can see in the glacier ice. With this evening light you can see a lot more shades than in daylight. You can see this even better in picture 585. Due to the skimming light from the back the texture is clearly visible.
Iceland, July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-19
588. Vatnajökull 18. (9:26 p.m.)



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588. In Iceland you can see steam coming from the ground sometimes, but these are clouds.
Iceland, July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-18
587. Vatnajökull 17. (9:22 p.m.)



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587. Because the fog and the clouds were moving fast, the light on the glacier changed almost every second.
Iceland, July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink:
The BBC programme Countryfile has a yearly photo contest, here you can see the 12 finalists:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/countryfile/photo...


2006-09-17
586. Vatnajökull 16. (9:21 p.m.)



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586. I called this glacier the Vatnajökull, but actually this branch of Europe's largest glacier is called Breidamerkurjökull.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-16
585. Vatnajökull 15. (9:19 p.m.)



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585. This picture was taken just before the previous one, but a little more to the right.
In this picture you can see that a glacier is a very slow moving ice river.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-15
584. Vatnajökull 14. (9:19 p.m.)



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584. Above the glacier fog will easily form when the sun and thus the heat is gone. One ray of sun can cause a fantastic effect.
( July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-14
583. Vatnajökull 13.



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583. History twisted.
This piece of ice was upright first, it toppled over under its own weight. The black layers are volcanic ashes of many centuries old.

This will be the last picture of the ice sculpture series for the time being, tomorrow I will start a new series: evening light above the glacier.
( July 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-13
582. Vatnajökull 12.



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582. This picture too was taken with backlight, the ice gets a nice light rim this way. Don't trust your lightmeter with scenes like this. A lightmeter is no more than a stupid little machine that measures the light in one or more spots, then it makes an avarage of that. The sky gives a lot of light so you shouldn't measure that. I only measured the light in the bottom right, that's why the people became silhouettes.
The picture was taken from a moving "boat", I waited for exactly the moment that the dark hill made little dark lines between the sky and the ice.
The "boat":
http://www.hornafjordur.is/jokulsarlon/myndasafn//album/137/...
July 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink:
http://blog.eljee.nl/index.php?x=browse




2006-09-12
581. Vatnajökull 11.



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581. And what does this make you think of?
When Napoleon saw the pyramids and the sphinx he allegedly said to his soldiers: "Forty centuries look down upon you". The ice of this "sphinx" is probably a lot older than forty centuries.
July 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-11
580. Vatnajökull 10.



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580. With a little imagination you can see a couple of animals in this picture, and top right some buttocks. This phenomenon is called pareidolia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
July 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-10
579. Vatnajökull 9.



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579. The next morning.
Sunlight contains all the colours of the spectrum. When the glacier ice is still very compact, without cracks and/or air bubbles, it absorbs all colours except blue, that's why the ice has a blue colour. In the previous picture the ice has become a lot more porous, then it looks white or glasslike.
July 22, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-09
578. Vatnajökull 8. (9:35 p.m.)



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578. This ice scuplture is as opposed to the ones in the previous pictures very small, about 1 foot wide. It was taken in backlight. I chose my position in such a way that the sunlight gives an optimum effect. Very small movements with the camera up or down or to the left or the right gave a big difference in the amount of light shining through the ice. Because the water reflects hardly any light the contrast is even larger. A bigger difference in light between this picture and picture nr. 576 is hardly possible, still they were both taken on the same night with only 45 minutes between.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-08
577. Vatnajökull 7. (9:45 p.m.)



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577. This is a zoomed version of picture 574.
The photograph was taken at 9:45 p.m. on the same evening as the 5 previous ones. In summer the days are long and the nights are short in Iceland.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink:
http://www.timotca.org/art/Iceland.html


2006-09-07
576. Vatnajökull 6. (8:50 p.m.)



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576. This picture was taken when the sky was overcast.
At 8:50 p.m. I didn't expect the sun to come out again, but it still happened: the previous picture was taken at 9:30 p.m.
Later there was really beautiful light just over the glacier.
These pictures will be posted later.
I chose a position where the reflection of the top still falls within a dark patch of water.
The black stripes in the ice are layers of ashes from various volcano eruptions.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-06
575. Vatnajökull 5. (9:30 p.m.)



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575. In this picture the same light as in yesterday's.
In Iceland the weather, and hence the light, can change by the minute. It's always fascinating to see how the same place can look totally different with different light.
July 21, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-05
574. Vatnajökull 4.



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574. This picture is dominated by the two round ice shapes and their reflection in the water, the reflection of the two mountain tops give a nice "echo"
Ice is very difficult to photograph. Especially when the sun is shining it reflects a lot more light than the surroundings. The contrast is then much too high. Of course you can expose so that the ice is exactly right, but then the surroundings will be too dark.
With an overcast sky the contrast is a lot lower. Yesterday's picture is an example of this. In today's picture the sun is shining but the light comes from the back left, that gives a nice rim to the ice so that it stands out more clearly against the dark background.
July 21, 2006.
(Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-04
573. Vatnajökull 3.



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573. The coming days a series of ice sculptures in the Jökullsarlon.
July 21, 2006.
(Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-09-03
572. Vatnajökull 2.



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572. Jökullsarlon. This means something like glacier lake. A glacier is actually a slow moving ice river. The Vatnajökull slowly crumbles away into this lake. The big pieces of ice melt under the influence of the sun. It makes for beautiful ice sculptures.
July 21, 2006.
(Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Pictures of trips in 1999 en 2000 in archives:
http://www.zenzien.zoefzoek.com/zenzien.php?lang=eng&page=ar...
(Picture 454)


2006-09-02
571. Icelandic landscape 1.



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571. You can find this kind of small lake everywhere, icy cold and the water is crystal-clear.
The light in Iceland can change by the minute.
Top right you can see the beginning of 5 minutes of sun, followed by 5 minutes of rain.
The advice in Iceland: If you don't like the weather wait for 5 minutes.
July 21, 2006.
(Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Pictures of trips in 1999 en 2000 in archives:
http://www.zenzien.zoefzoek.com/zenzien.php?lang=eng&page=ar...
(Picture 327)


2006-09-01
570. Vatnajökull 1.



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570. The Icelandic glacier the Vatnajökull is the largest of Europe.
When I took this picture it was heavily clouded and it drizzled, that's why it has such an eerie atmosphere. Colours are always at their best with this kind of light.
July 21, 2006.
(Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Pictures of trips in 1999 en 2000 in archives:
http://www.zenzien.zoefzoek.com/zenzien.php?lang=eng&page=ar...