Five-Years Ago (01-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 3: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

The group did a high-speed RIB Safari boat tour to the islands around Vestmannaeyjar. We needed to get into arctic survival suits, and had  shoulder harness belts holding us in our seats. I strapped a camera to my chest with a fisheye lens and set it to automatically take images every few seconds. At times the boat was traveling at 40 knots with lots of heavy bouncing. We went all the way out to Surtsey island that I remember reading about as a kid rising from the sea as a volcano. At one point we saw a whale, so slowed down and stopped to take pictures. While stopped the boat rocked a lot, causing one or two passengers to lose their breakfast.

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Five-Years Ago (01-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 3: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

Pair of Icelandic Horses Showing Affection on a Summer Pasture. Heimaey Island Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 185 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure.

Pair of Icelandic Horse on a Summer Pasture. Heimaey Island Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 185 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)
Pair of Icelandic Horses on a Summer Pasture. Heimaey Island Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 185 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. The volcanic eruption back in 1973 almost swallowed the town – there are homes buried under those rocks! Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec).

Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Located on a lava field on the eastern point of Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).

Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Located on a lava field on the eastern point of Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Academy Photo Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (01-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 3: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

European Golden Plover Doing the Broken Wing Dance — Attempting to Distract us From Her Chick. Vestmannaeyjar (Westman), on Heimaey Island Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec).

European Golden Plover Pretending to have a Broken Wing -- Attempting to Distract Us From Her Chick. Vestmannaeyjar (Westman), on Heimaey Island Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Safari (David J Mathre)
European Golden Plover Pretending to have a Broken Wing — Attempting to Distract Us From Her Chick. Vestmannaeyjar (Westman), on Heimaey Island Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Safari (David J Mathre)