Architecture, Black and White, Canon 40D, Iceland, Photography, Photos, Reykjavik, Sigma 18-200, Urban

Windswept in Reykjavik

Windswept

One of the many buildings in Reykjavik, Iceland that are battered by the harsh weather there. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the sky here but it was quite cold when I took the photo. I think it was at the end of a short photowalk around the city centre when our fingers were numb with cold.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/400s
Standard
Architecture, Canon 40D, Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Urban

Telecom Club

Telecom Club

The Telecom Club on McCurtain Street, Cork.

Telecom Éireann was the state telecoms monopoly until other companies came into the country some years ago but in it’s current state, Éircom, they still own most (all?) the copper phone lines that go into homes here.

I’m not sure of the history of the Telecom Club in Cork, but I have been in there. A few years ago I took Spanish classes there for about 3 months until my interest waned. Don’t take that for a sign of how you’ll do with your new year’s resolutions. 🙂

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/40s
Standard
Architecture, Canon 40D, London, Look up, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Sky, United Kingdom, Urban

The London Eye

While on my way to Iceland a few months ago I had about 10 hours to kill while in London. Thankfully John Godley collected me at the airport and gave me a quick tour of the city centre!

I got loads of photos of the London Eye, here’s one of them.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 144mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s
Standard
Abstract, Architecture, Cadiz, Canon 40D, Look up, Photography, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Spain, Urban

Four Points Cadiz

Image
Architecture, Canon 40D, Houses, Iceland, Photography, Photos, Reykjavik, Sigma 18-200, Street, Urban

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
Standard
Architecture, Boat, Canon 40D, Iceland, Photography, Photos, Reykjavik, Sigma 18-200, Urban

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
Standard
Architecture, Iceland, Photography, Photos, Reykjavik, Sky, Urban, Vehicles

Derelict Reykjavik Highrises

What I’ve seen of Reykjavik so far has been really nice. Buildings are colourful, the streets are for the most part well maintained and the city centre has cobbled streets so it’s pleasant to walk around.

While on our photowalk today we passed these buildings on the sea front. I thought they were just another apartment building until I noticed that the balconies were fenced in by planks of wood held together loosely!

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s
Standard