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2006-12-31
691. Snaefellsjökull 8.



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691. Water has been found on Mars.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-30
690. Snaefellsjökull 7.



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690. Mythical bird.
In situations like this you cannot trust your lightmeter. There is a lot of light coming from the snow and hardly any from the black rock material. The contrast between the snow and the mountain is very high. I took a spot metering from the snow with the diagonal shadow lines and I based my exposure on that. In Photoshop I lowered the contrast and raised the brightness.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-29
689. Snaefellsjökull 6.



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689. Two trolls having an argument.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-28
688. Snaefellsjökull 5.



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688. Sometimes it looks as if the snow has been painted on the rocks by Savador Dali.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-27
687. Snaefellsjökull 4.



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687. This is the road that passes on the east side of the glacier. Nowhere else we could feel the mystic atmosphere of Iceland more than here. There is only a 5 minute time difference with the previous picture.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-26
686. Snaefellsjökull 3.



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686. Fog alternating with a beautiful blue sky.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-25
685. Snaefellsjökull 2.



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*********MERRY CHRISTMAS*************************

685. A white Christmas after all.
In the distance the top of the Snaefellsjökull.
This was a beautiful day, wisps of fog alternating with full sunshine. This was the best day in Iceland regarding photography.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-24
684. Snaefellsjökull 1.



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684. The road going up to Snaefellsjökull.
Snae-fells-jökull, snow-rock-glacier is a small glacier in western Iceland. Because of the low-hanging clouds almost all colour has disappeared from the landscape.
We visited almost every country in Europe with our camper van.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)



2006-12-23
683. Icelandic landscape 22.



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683. Zoomed in version of picture 682. The previous picture is exposed in a way that fore- and background are still reasonably exposed. This photograph is only exposed for the background.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)



2006-12-22
682. Icelandic landscape 21.



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682. It was a rather gloomy day, all of a sudden we saw in the distance the sea and sunshine.

Iceland, August 1, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-21
681. Icelandic landscape 20.



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681. One could dedicate a whole series to the phenomenon of hay bales in plastic.

Iceland, July 31, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-20
680. Icelandic landscape 19.



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680. Another one of those typical Icelandic zen landscapes.

Iceland, July 31, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-19
679. Icelandic landscape 18.



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679. Icelandic horses usually are allowed to roam free. This picture is a good illustration of Icelandic weather. One moment beautiful clear weather with sunshine, but past the next hill rain and fog. The weather can sometimes change every 5 minutes.

Iceland, July 31, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-18
678. Concert Sigur Rós 10.



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678. Jón Birgisson playing his guitar with a bow.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-17
677. Concert Sigur Rós 9.



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677. Attention for a helicopter in the sky. The helicopter was probably used for tv-registration.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-16
676. Concert Sigur Rós 8.



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676. He had a good view on the shoulders of his father. It was a very mixed audience, parents with children, young and old, male and female.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-15
675. Concert Sigur Rós 7.



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675. A striking face between all the blonde Icelandic women. This is an enlargement of about 1/8 of the original frame. Here too I could not zoom in anymore nor get any closer.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-14
674. Concert Sigur Rós 6.



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674. They came to see and to be seen.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-13
673. Concert Sigur Rós 5.



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673. When you trust your light meter in a case like this, you'll get a bad result. The big spot shines straight into the lens. First I zoomed in and measured the light on the singer, and then I zoomed out again and took the picture.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

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2006-12-12
672. Concert Sigur Rós 4.



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672. Here again attention was not focussed on the stage.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-11
671. Concert Sigur Rós 3.



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671. During the concert there was not only interest in the music but also for each other.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-10
670. Concert Sigur Rós 2.



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670. The concert of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.
Sites:
http://www.sigur-ros.is/
http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-09
669. Concert Sigur Rós 1.



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669. Lead singer and guitarist Jón Birgisson of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.
The coming days pictures of the free concert of sunday night July 31, 2006 in Miklatún, a park in Reykjavik. The concert was also broadcast live on radio and tv. There was very little light, hardly enough for tv-registration. The band likes a mysterious atmosphere also regarding the lighting.

Technical data.
Camera: Nikon D50.
Lens: Nikon AFS DX VR 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G
ISO: 1600 (maximum)
Focal length: 200 mm (maximum)
Aperture: 5.6 (maximum opening with 200 mm)
Exposure time: 1/15 of a second.
With the ISO and the aperture I couln't go any further, so the only option was the lowering of the shutter speed.
Here the VR (Vibration Reduction) of the lens demonstrated itself. I was wobbling on my toes in order to be able to photograph a moving singer over the heads of the people in front of me. It was impossible to freeze the motion of the right hand with this shutter speed, but it adds to the dynamics of the picture. With a normal lens at 1/15 and 200mm (300mm in 35mm) a picture like this would have been impossible.
I cut away about half of the frame (left, right and top) in Photoshop, because I couldn't zoom in anymore or go closer when I took the picture. There was no further treatment with PS, except a little sharpening.

Iceland, July 30, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-08
668. Icelandic landscape 17.



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668. In Iceland in the summer you never know exactly if you are watching a sunset or a sunrise. The sun disappears behind the horizon for a certain time depending on the date, but the sky never turns completely dark.

Iceland, July 29, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-07
667. Icelandic landscape 16.



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667. The lighthouse of Reykjanes, the sun has set already, this light is reflected by the clouds and the sky. Because Iceland is very northerly, the sun sets very late in the summer. The sunset lasts very long too, because it sets very slowly, this in contrast with the areas around the equator where the sun sets vertically or almost vertically.
See also picture nr. 1 in Archives of May 2005:
http://www.zenzien.zoefzoek.com/zenzien.php?lang=uk&page=arc...

Iceland, July 29, 2006
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-06
666. Icelandic landscape 15.



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666. Just before sunset.
Near the lighthouse of Reykjanes.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-05
665. Icelandic landscape 14.



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665. This photograph was taken from the same position as picture 664, I zoomed in on the part in he middle. So it is possible to get a completely different feeling just by using a different focal length.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-04
664. Icelandic landscape 13.



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664. Close to the lighthouse of Reykjanes.
The point in the distance is where the southcoast and the westcoast of Iceland meet.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-03
663. Gunnahver 3.



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663. Hot earth.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-02
662. Autumn 2006, 14.



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662. Silhouette of an autumn tree against the evening sky.
The foreground was not interesting at all, much too dark, so I made a new composition afterwards with Photoshop.

The Netherlands, November 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-12-01
661. Autumn 2006, 13.



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661. The moors between Hilversum and Loosdrecht.
I just managed to keep the sun out of the frame. With my left hand I held the camera and with the right hand I could shade the lens to keep the direct sunlight out. The VR-lens is ideal when you use only one hand to hold the camera. A VR-lens corrects the possible vibrations of your hand. Even better is a tripod, but I hate dragging along extra equipment, and furthermore you only have a few minutes with lighting situations like this.
The vertical white lines top left are birch trees.

The Netherlands, November 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)