Friday Travel Photo

Bucolic Iceland

Last year, I spent 4 days in Iceland on my way back from the Netherlands, where I visited my mother for her birthday and had a great time with family.  This was my first stay in Iceland, and let me start by saying that 4 days is not nearly enough time to spend on this fantastic island!

As there is so much to see in Iceland, I decided to stay in one area rather than traversing the entire island, rushing from spot to spot.  As one of the factors for this short visit was to get a bit of time to decompress, I purposely looked for an area away from most tourist attractions, and settled on the northern part of Iceland by Akureyri.

The next step was to find a place to stay, for which AirBnB worked to perfection, as I found a room at a lovely farm, just north of Akureyri, with the following view…

View toward Eyjafjörður

It’s pretty tough to take when your view is of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, every morning.  And, yes, this was a real farm (no longer active dairy, but the character was preserved), which is illustrated here…

Farm view!

The hosts were wonderful, with a great breakfast, and the option of a home-cooked, traditional Icelandic meal for dinner.  I definitely recommend taking this approach, if you’re looking for something different than the usual hotel accomodations.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

Both images were captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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