Posts in Category: Urban

Gandhi

Gandhi, an Indian restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/25s

Yellow Lighthouses

Yellow lighthouses at the mouth of Reykjavik Harbour in Iceland.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

I Love Gebes

Sticker on the back of a street sign in Reykjavik, Iceland

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Opera House Glass

A detail from the Opera House, Reykjavik.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Yellow and Pink

A small corner house in Reykjavik, Iceland. Love the colours.

There was a music lesson going full swing when I passed there. I think they were beating drums.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 48mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Drekinn

Drekinn, a shop in Reykjavik, Iceland. Drekinn means dragon in English.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Have a cuppa

Jovial graffiti in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 59mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/500s

Bump Ahead

A sign warns of bumps ahead in the road. Pretty large bumps in the distance too.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/5000s

Sólfar, The Sun Voyager

This is a metal statue in Reykjavík of what looks like a Viking longboat but according to the Wikipedia page is in fact a “dreamboat”.

It is a common misunderstanding that Sun Voyager is a Viking ship. It is quite understandable that many tourists think like this when travelling in Iceland, the land of the sagas. Nonetheless, it should be stressed that this was not the original intention.

Jón Gunnar was himself very ill with leukaemia at the time that the full-scale Sun Voyager came to be constructed, and he died in April 1989, a year before it was placed in its present location. Some people have thus suggested that Jón Gunnar conceived the work during this period, at a time when he might have been preoccupied with death, and argued that Sun Voyager should be seen as a vessel that transports souls to the realm of death. While this is a nice idea and might be imagined to have some validity, it actually has little truth (at least from the point of view of the artist). As noted above, Sun Voyager was essentially envisaged as being a dreamboat, an ode to the sun symbolizing light and hope.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/2500s