DIY motorhome

This old Bedford truck has been turned into a motorhome by the simple expedient of replacing the platform in the back with a trailer.
BTW, the van in the back is also a motorhome.

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Not sure I want to continue with this blog…

…when it’s so much easier to blog on Tumblr – which is where I have been posting lately.

This blog has been mostly about Iceland, but the Tumblr one is about showcasing my photographs, both good and bad (and I have taken some terrible ones – hopefully someone can learn from my mistakes). Still, I am loath to let go completely of this blog, seeing as I have managed to acquire 200+ followers. I will probably go back to posting regularly here sooner or later – probably when the weather here in Iceland gets a bit better, or when and if I figure out the inefficient and troublesome new dashboard on WordPress (which I may not bother to do since I can’t even find my f***ing drafts). I have been trying to post mostly new or at least season appropriate photos here and I simply ran out of photos to post. The weather here has been nothing but low-pressure areas rolling over the country for weeks on end, alternating stormy weather with snow and stormy weather with rain and keeping me from going out to take photos.

I do have a few snow photos I plan to post before long. Until then, here’s a bit of rust for you:

Headlights of a rusty old car

Missing headlight of a rusty old car

Unlucky tourists

Occasionally my family, or lately just my parents and I, will get in the car and go for a drive. Sometimes we go somewhere specific, but we also like to casually explore an area. This usually takes the form of driving along the highway and going down likely side-roads to see where they lead.

Around mid-August we went on one such exploration, on which one side road yielded something unexpected: tourists in trouble. Icelanders like to say that tourists are always getting into trouble in their rental cars because they have no experience driving in Icelandic conditions and therefore underestimate the potential for getting into scrapes. (The truth is that Icelanders get into similar scrapes, even people with years of driving experience in the country. We just don’t talk about it).

On this particular occasion I think the guy was just unlucky, as evidenced by the fact that he got stuck on the way back, not the way down, and that just after we pulled the car out of the sand trap, three more cars, none of them 4WD vehicles, made it across the sand trap with no problem at all.

These people only spoke Spanish, a language none of us speaks (I know how to order beer, but that’s about it), but it’s amazing how far you can get with gestures and international vocabulary.

Here is a photo of the rescue operation:

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Here’s a second photo of the car, showing the kind of road we were on:

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Something’s not right

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Classic muscle cars parked outside the Litla Kaffistofan cafe and diner (Ring Road on the way to Selfoss). The one on the right wouldn’t start. If it weren’t for the date on the window, this could have been taken 30-40 years ago. Even the licence plates are old.  Click to enlarge photo.

Night-time excursion

Last night there was a nearly full moon and a favourable aurora borealis forecast, so I went on a photography excursion to lake Kleifarvatn to take some night photos. I knew I couldn’t rely on the aurora to show themselves (and they didn’t, at least not while I was there), but I had long wanted to photograph the lake in the moonlight. In the end, however, it wasn’t the lake that yielded the most interesting photos, but passing traffic and a car belonging to a fellow photographer I came across.

First the passing car:

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Then the stationary car:

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I have long known that using Auto Levels on a photograph with a limited range of colours can yield interesting and often surreal colour shifts in photos. Just look at what happened when I used it on the above photo:

(I like how the clouds ended up resembling aurora)

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