Down by the Pond

The pond in #downtown #reykjavik at night. #swans #iceland

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The beacon

The John Lennon memorial, the Imagine Peace Tower, always looks impressive, but in cloudy weather it creates a highly visible halo of light where the beam hits the clouds. Here it competes for attention with a full moon peeping from behind the clouds and the streaks of light reflected in the water of the bay.

Here we have a different viewpoint, with the bright cloudlight cut off and some foreground details added:

DSC_7223-1These photos were taken from the platform around the Sólfar sculpture.

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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