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)

Two-Years Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland.

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

We spent the day on the island of Vestmannaeyjar. Puffins, sheep, and landscapes. The main town on the island was nearly destroyed by volcanic activity in 1973.

Puffin with Fish in Flight. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Puffin with Fish in Flight. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Icelandic Sheep Attempting to get its head through the fence on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I think the fence was to keep the sheep from the Puffin Nests. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Icelandic Sheep Attempting to get its head through the fence on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I think the fence was to keep the sheep from the Puffin Nests. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Sheep grazing on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/9, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Sheep grazing on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/9, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. The volcanic equption 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). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. The volcanic equption 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). (David J Mathre)
Grass Seed and Driftwood on a Black Volcanic Sand Beach. Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 69 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)
Grass Seed and Driftwood on a Black Volcanic Sand Beach. Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 69 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icelandic Grass Seed and Driftwood on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)
Icelandic Grass Seed and Driftwood on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year 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. This is a rough cut before adding titles, stills, a GPS map, and music. Beware if you are prone to motion sickness. Images captured with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.

WARNING – THE TIME-LAPSE VIDEO MAY CAUSE MOTION SICKNESS

One-Year Ago (01-August-2013) — Iceland

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

Juvenile European Golden Plover in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec).

Juvenile European Golden Plover in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juvenile European Golden Plover in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)