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Title: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 01, 2015, 11:57:21 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/286/20208240172_98e2661ca5_h.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Kk075r)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on August 02, 2015, 12:01:54 AM
Oh wow, the release of the year!
Title: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, a...
Post by: chucksterace on August 02, 2015, 12:08:41 AM
Whats the rating? I am not allowing to watch anything BELOW R
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yoruel on August 02, 2015, 12:17:25 AM
@SF--Can we have a competition to name the photo?
the winner can get this
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.msg1202171#msg1202171
or
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.msg1201646#msg1201646
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chff on August 02, 2015, 12:21:00 AM
You made me laugh
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2015, 12:36:13 AM
Alol'ed
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on August 02, 2015, 12:40:44 AM
That's awesome
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on August 02, 2015, 12:41:09 AM
Sweet

Can't wait!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: grodnoking on August 02, 2015, 12:49:54 AM
Sounds exciting! Cant wait!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on August 02, 2015, 02:04:58 AM
Lol so cool!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: jj1000 on August 02, 2015, 02:06:31 AM
I am more excited about this than any movie trailer I've seen all summer.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on August 02, 2015, 03:14:18 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: lunatic on August 02, 2015, 08:50:51 AM
Hope there are sufficient arrows and boxes so we can all follow
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Jm1248 on August 02, 2015, 09:08:09 AM
Sounds amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on August 02, 2015, 09:13:18 AM
Wow
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: morgs on August 02, 2015, 11:03:34 AM
Cant wait!! (PLEASE dont keep us in suspense for as long as the maui one though... :P)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2015, 02:20:41 PM
Are we going to have to wait the usual few months from the time a trailer is released until the movie comes out, or it the time between TR trailers and releases shorter? :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2015, 02:26:05 PM
Are we going to have to wait the usual few months from the time a trailer is released until the movie comes out, or it the time between TR trailers and releases shorter? :P
;D ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Jm1248 on August 02, 2015, 02:37:41 PM
Are we going to have to wait the usual few months from the time a trailer is released until the movie comes out, or it the time between TR trailers and releases shorter? :P
Lol. Maybe we can pre-order
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Centro on August 02, 2015, 02:54:36 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/286/20208240172_98e2661ca5_h.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Kk075r)
So who shot "this" photo?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on August 02, 2015, 03:04:55 PM
NU?...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chucksterace on August 02, 2015, 03:07:48 PM
So who shot "this" photo?

Knowing SF he definitely wouldn't have went with ONLY one camera, so my guess is one on a tripod with remote shutter.

ETA: But don't forget, it was photoshopped so who knows.  ;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Centro on August 02, 2015, 03:36:16 PM
Knowing SF he definitely wouldn't have went with ONLY one camera, so my guess is one on a tripod with remote shutter.

ETA: But don't forget, it was photoshopped so who knows.  ;)
A few (lot) lenses I can understand but why 2 cameras?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Einstein on August 02, 2015, 03:42:06 PM
HAHAHA cant wait
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on August 02, 2015, 03:47:09 PM
A few (lot) lenses I can understand but why 2 cameras?
Only 2?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chucksterace on August 02, 2015, 03:48:05 PM
A few (lot) lenses I can understand but why 2 cameras?

You think he will go all the way to Iceland without a backup in case one breaks?  ::)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Centro on August 02, 2015, 03:51:38 PM
You think he will go all the way to Iceland without a backup in case one breaks?  ::)
Right
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on August 02, 2015, 06:29:03 PM
A few (lot) lenses I can understand but why 2 cameras?
Wait, so you're saying he didn't plan this shot tease in advance  ???
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 02, 2015, 06:34:39 PM
@SF--Can we have a competition to name the photo?
the winner can get this
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.msg1202171#msg1202171
or
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.msg1201646#msg1201646

I actually have a rock off Eyjafjallajökull, but that's not up for grabs :D.

Cant wait!! (PLEASE dont keep us in suspense for as long as the maui one though... :P)
Are we going to have to wait the usual few months from the time a trailer is released until the movie comes out, or it the time between TR trailers and releases shorter? :P

I kinda boxed myself in with "coming this summer", so I can't shlep too long...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 02, 2015, 06:34:46 PM
So who shot "this" photo?

Chuck's right. On a trip like this you need spares for any critical equipment. We had redundant cameras, lenses, tripods, clothing, everything.

The picture of the three of us was taken with whYME's camera on his tripod, using a wireless remote. The camera he's holding in the picture is my spare.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/510/20239956585_909b783de1_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/61vF6F)

(Yes, taking a picture of taking a picture. Welcome to a PhotoDO ;D)

The pictures of the aurora and the ice in the word SNOWPANTS were taken by me.
Title: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, a...
Post by: chucksterace on August 02, 2015, 06:38:05 PM
Is that pic from a go pro inside the car?

But yay, I was right.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on August 02, 2015, 06:39:45 PM
Oh boy. This will be epic. (it better be epic)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 02, 2015, 09:20:22 PM
I am more excited about this than any movie trailer I've seen all summer.

+1,000
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on August 02, 2015, 09:59:06 PM


Is that pic from a go pro inside the car?
yes

Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on August 03, 2015, 02:44:47 PM
This is going to be good...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ari9 on August 03, 2015, 11:29:53 PM
this is turning into one of those threads where every time it pops up in unread posts, I get excited that something good has been added
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: grodnoking on August 04, 2015, 01:01:51 AM
this is turning into one of those threads where every time it pops up in unread posts, I get excited that something good has been added
Your not getting the cause you know. (And this isn't either )
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2015, 09:54:19 PM
This TR will be written by all three of us, so we'll keep it color-coded for easy following.

The pictures will be from all of us as well, and each one will say who took that particular one.

Being that this was a PhotoDO and not a typical vacation, there will be many photography tips interspersed throughout as well.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2015, 09:54:52 PM
[Something Fishy] The germ for a trip like this was planted years ago.

Seeing the Aurora Borealis had been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember. Many trips were planned and subsequently abandoned for one reason or another; each time this happened I just wanted to go more and more.

Truthfully there are many places to see the aurora; Alaska, Norway, and parts of Canada come to mind. But none of these compare to the absolute wealth of photographic opportunities and incredible variety of Iceland. There are many other advantages to Iceland over these other locations - Alaska is twice as far (from NY), Norway has polar bear issues (an armed guard is required at all times), etc. etc.

Ultimately it was two main things which made me choose Iceland over anywhere else: the weather and the variety.

Even though Iceland is notorious for having terrible weather, due to its relatively small size and varied topography it may be possible to simply drive to better weather. OTOH, Alaska for example, if it's cloudy where you are, driving somewhere else will generally not help you. Since seeing the aurora is dependent on clear skies, this was a tremendous advantage for us.

The other element is Iceland's fantastic variety. This was our insurance policy; even if the auroras don't make an appearance (as is far too often the case), we will still have mountains, beaches, waterfalls, tundra, icebergs, glaciers, and a million other things. Even in nasty weather, these will still be beautiful.

The ball started rolling when whYME commented on a video I had put up on the Funny/Strange/Interesting Video thread.

[whYME] I too have had seeing the Aurora high on my bucket list since I was a child, ever since I read about it in R' Refoel (Folle) Kahan's memoir of his exile to Siberia.

Although I was dying to see the Aurora, Iceland was not on my radar at all; I always assumed I would end up seeing the Aurora in Alaska. That all changed when I caught a ride with Something Fishy to a PhotoDO at Hudson highlands state park (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=35505.msg788956#msg788956) and we had a discussion of our top bucket list items. Suffice it to say that after a few short minutes my "Why would anyone want to go to Iceland in the winter" was quickly supplanted with "Dang it, I really need to get to Iceland one of these winters."

[Something Fishy] And then came the video:

https://vimeo.com/90536368

Absolutely amazing. Makes me want to go to Iceland ;)
This video really needs to be watched full screen. The first time I watched it i kind of skimmed through it in "regular" size, big mistake.

Then a couple of months later:

Another one:
http://vimeo.com/112167521

The downside of watching these videos is that it's going to be disappointing once I do make it to Iceland and if I'm lucky my pictures will be half this good...

Maybe we should make a PhotoDO ;)

lol
I was gonna add before, that if anyone thinks I'm dreaming by thinking I can get pictures even half that good, it's because whenever I do make it there I'm going to have to kidnap you and take you along so at least I have a fighting chance ;)

Duly kidnapped, a couple of frenzied days of planning followed. We had preliminary dates and a rough plan, and we decided to see if anyone else is batty enough to head to Iceland in the dead of winter:

Iceland photography trip:

JFK-KEF 2/22 (rev. flight)
KEF-BOS-LGA 2/25 (rev. flight + 4.5k Avios)

3 days, 2 nights. Intense, non-stop photography. Napping in a camper van. Chasing the light, chasing the aurora.

Would be more of a photography trip than a teaching trip, so this is only if you're very comfortable with a camera and have (or could rent/borrow) some relatively "serious" gear.

This will only be for photography, not to see or do any tourist stuff. No Blue Lagoon on this trip... More like hours standing out in the cold in the middle of the night hunched over a camera.

So who's crazy enough to join? whYME and I are in so far. 4 people max.

[Chaim'l] I, unfortunately, did not share SF and whYME's dream of seeing the Northern Lights since my childhood. I had however seen an ad at the beginning of the winter for a kosher tour of Lapland, with one of the highlights being the Aurora. I was strongly considering it, however my better half didn't share my enthusiasm for the cold weather (especially as I would be busy with my camera a lot of the time) and so we eventually nixed the idea.

Fast-forward to January and a post pops up in the Photo DO thread (yeah, I follow that more closely than the Interesting Video thread) inviting people to an Iceland Aurora DO. I had been to one DO with SF and whYME before that and really enjoyed the learning experience. Couple that with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Aurora the way they were meant to be seen, I jumped on it and confirmed my attendance.

[Something Fishy] Off we went to book.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on August 31, 2015, 09:55:46 PM
Amazing
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: E-MAN on August 31, 2015, 10:02:58 PM
Can't wait for the pics!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on August 31, 2015, 10:04:31 PM
Nice start.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on August 31, 2015, 10:06:56 PM
Oh boy. Just please tell me you'll be faster then AJK and Dan.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on August 31, 2015, 10:13:29 PM
Can't wait for the pics!
+1

The second vimeo link doesn't seem to be working, btw
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on August 31, 2015, 10:13:56 PM
+1

The second vimeo link doesn't seem to be working, btw

Its private and requires a password it seems.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on August 31, 2015, 10:29:24 PM
+1

The second vimeo link doesn't seem to be working, btw
Its private and requires a password it seems.
It was working when i posted it. It was another Iceland video by that same guy.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on August 31, 2015, 10:38:40 PM
Love the write-ups, the color coding, the trailer, the behind the scenes pictures and decision making.  Waiting anxiously for the next installment...and for more pix! 
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on August 31, 2015, 10:48:25 PM
Oh boy, it's finally here! I can't wait for the whole thing! SF, do you think you'll break your Maui TR most-photos-in-a-TR record with this one?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2015, 10:52:47 PM
Oh boy, it's finally here! I can't wait for the whole thing! SF, do you think you'll break your Maui TR most-photos-in-a-TR record with this one?

Possible, but they won't all be mine ;)

Love the write-ups, the color coding, the trailer, the behind the scenes pictures and decision making.  Waiting anxiously for the next installment...and for more pix! 

I'm glad. We had quite a bit of back-and-forth on how to best present it.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: coralsnake on August 31, 2015, 11:05:16 PM
So who took the picture of taking the picture of taking the picture????

How deep does this rabbit hole go?

I'm confused.... :-\ :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on August 31, 2015, 11:07:28 PM
Oh boy. Just please tell me you'll be faster then AJK and Dan.
Erm, you do realize that this trip took place more than 2 months before our hopper did, right?

Anyway, love the format, great start!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on August 31, 2015, 11:07:58 PM
So who took the picture of taking the picture of taking the picture????

How deep does this rabbit hole go?

I'm confused.... :-\ :P
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=recursion
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2015, 11:12:07 PM
So who took the picture of taking the picture of taking the picture????

How deep does this rabbit hole go?

I'm confused.... :-\ :P

I think we actually beat that one in Cuba. CatInTheHat has a video of whYME taking a picture of me taking a video of CatInTheHat taking a picture......
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2015, 11:14:18 PM
Erm, you do realize that this trip took place more than 2 months before our hopper did, right?

Anyway, love the format, great start!

Hmmmm. You sent a draft to AJK, and it took two weeks to come back. I sent a draft to a different country and got it back the same day.

Take THAT.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on August 31, 2015, 11:15:52 PM
I think we actually beat that one in Cuba. CatInTheHat has a video of whYME taking a picture of me taking a video of CatInTheHat taking a picture......
lol I was just going to find my picture of that
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on August 31, 2015, 11:16:52 PM
Hmmmm. You sent a draft to AJK, and it took two weeks to come back. I sent a draft to a different country and got it back the same day.

Take THAT.
That's because AJK was "working." (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji1.png)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: noturbizniss on September 01, 2015, 12:07:51 AM
Hmmmm. You sent a draft to AJK, and it took two weeks to come back. I sent a draft to a different country and got it back the same day.

Take THAT.
But your draft got sent out6 months post DO if my math is correct, central American interlude notwithstanding!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: SSLPhD on September 01, 2015, 04:51:26 AM
I think we actually beat that one in Cuba. CatInTheHat has a video of whYME taking a picture of me taking a video of CatInTheHat taking a picture......
Almost circular.  Try that next time, with GoPro to catch it all...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: @Yehuda on September 01, 2015, 07:36:02 AM
Very exciting!
How do you manage having 2 intense hobbies? Hehe
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 01, 2015, 09:25:52 AM
Erm, you do realize that this trip took place more than 2 months before our hopper did, right?


I mean once the TR gets kicked off I hope that they are actually able to update us on a "more regular" basis.  :D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 01, 2015, 09:32:35 AM
Very exciting!
How do you manage having 2 intense hobbies? Hehe
I manage 2 hobbies, although one can make a point that my second hobby isn't as intense, though it involves lots of heat.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shoobi on September 01, 2015, 08:11:40 PM
Really cool beginning, definitely formatted like the pro that SF is... Excited about the next installment
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ar on September 02, 2015, 10:22:32 AM
Nice! Wanna read the next part...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Aaaron on September 02, 2015, 10:45:31 AM
Every time I see this bumped I hope for pictures.  The Aurora has been my top bucket list item for years.  Really excited for this TR!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2015, 10:48:26 AM
Every time I see this bumped I hope for pictures.  The Aurora has been my top bucket list item for years.  Really excited for this TR!
From my sneak preview, you won't be disappointed.
Well you may be, but only in that you didn't decide to go with them!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AsherO on September 02, 2015, 10:49:50 AM
From my sneak preview, you won't be disappointed.
Well you may be, but only in that you didn't decide to go with them!

Should be posted to DDMS IMHO :D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Aaaron on September 02, 2015, 10:50:30 AM
From my sneak preview, you won't be disappointed.
Well you may be, but only in that you didn't decide to go with them!

I'm certain I won't be.  Photography ain't my forte though, so I would've just been a hindrance.

PS:  Sneak Previews ain't fair   >:(   Just do a pic dump already!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shoobi on September 02, 2015, 10:51:45 AM
Should be posted to DDMS IMHO :D

+100
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2015, 10:52:58 AM
I'm certain I won't be.  Photography ain't my forte though, so I would've just been a hindrance.
Not mine either, but it's a process.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 02, 2015, 11:15:35 AM
The thing about this trip is, the way things turned out, the views/sights were so incredible that even if you didn't have a camera you would've been perfectly content just laying back and enjoying the show.

Once I got my pictures of the Northern Lights in Iceland, I put the camera down and just watched the show.

Of course that's all in hindsight, had you asked me before the trip I would've said if you're not into photography don't bother coming.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: mechayamom on September 02, 2015, 05:06:11 PM
Fascinating reading.  Cant wait for the next installment and the pictures
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Marco Polo on September 02, 2015, 05:17:06 PM
Great intro, can't wait for more.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on September 02, 2015, 05:19:07 PM
Every time I see this bumped I hope for pictures.  The Aurora has been my top bucket list item for years.  Really excited for this TR!

+1...

Maybe this thread should be locked, except for the OP's
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: moish on September 02, 2015, 06:27:30 PM
were you guys able to enjoy it as well or were you hyper focused on the photography aspect?

i find it to be a tough balance to maintain even though i dont go to a destination solely for photography but more as a way to document my trip
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 02, 2015, 07:44:31 PM
were you guys able to enjoy it as well or were you hyper focused on the photography aspect?

i find it to be a tough balance to maintain even though i dont go to a destination solely for photography but more as a way to document my trip

Absolutely; we didn't just see Iceland through our viewfinders. In fact during the last day we hardly took any pictures at all, as (spoiler alert 8)!) Iceland unleashed all the weather-fury it could muster at us.

And this happened plenty throughout the trip, not just during the aurora:

Once I got my pictures of the Northern Lights in Iceland, I put the camera down and just watched the show.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: moish on September 03, 2015, 03:46:31 AM
i found it to be a blessing in disguise that they did not allow cameras on the beach of oman as we watched a sea turtle lay her eggs. i would have been so preoccupied with trying to get the shot, i would not have appreciated the niflaos haboreh

i guess the northern lights is a longer event where you can have time for both
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 09:57:18 AM
That's because AJK was "working." (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji1.png)


😂😂😂
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 10:02:16 AM
From my sneak preview, you won't be disappointed.
Well you may be, but only in that you didn't decide to go with them!

+1,000,000,000,000

I didn't even bother mentioning it to my wife, because I didn't dream in a million years that she would be okay with me going. But we were sitting at lunch the day that the guys arrived in Iceland, and I mentioned it to my wife, and she's like "oh, why didn't you go with them?" :o :o :o
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 03, 2015, 10:08:40 AM
+1,000,000,000,000

I didn't even bother mentioning it to my wife, because I didn't dream in a million years that she would be okay with me going. But we were sitting at lunch the day that the guys arrived in Iceland, and I mentioned it to my wife, and she's like "oh, why didn't you go with them?" :o :o :o

Would have never happened either way. Women just know how to milk the most out of any given situation. >:D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 10:29:25 AM
Would have never happened either way. Women just know how to milk the most out of any given situation. >:D


Actually, she told me to take out my phone right then and there and check if there were still any flights leaving to KEF that day, but the only flights available were the next day, had 2 connections, and cost a fortune. But thank you for having so much faith in her. >:(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 03, 2015, 10:33:12 AM

Actually, she told me to take out my phone right then and there and check if there were still any flights leaving to KEF that day, but the only flights available were the next day, had 2 connections, and cost a fortune. But thank you for having so much faith in her. >:(

Lol. She probably knew that and knew that the trip was already in action.  ::)

Then again, IME those Arzei women do tend to be very friendly and accommodating. She might be a keeper after all.  :D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 10:35:39 AM
Lol. She probably knew that and knew that the trip was already in action.  ::)

Ah, screw you. Forget it. >:D

Then again, IME those Arzei women do tend to be very friendly and accommodating. She might be a keeper after all.  :D

We don't live in Arzei, sorry. But thanks for playing! We have some lovely consolation prizes for you on your way out...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 03, 2015, 10:38:44 AM

We don't live in Arzei, sorry.

You led me astray with the Arzei Makolet!

Quote
But thanks for playing! We have some lovely consolation prizes for you on your way out...

 >:( Stop reminding me of the "take a spin" game I keep loosing at!  >:(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 10:43:26 AM
You led me astray with the Arzei Makolet!

 >:( Stop reminding me of the "take a spin" game I keep loosing at!  >:(

Okay, enough. Time to get this thread back on topic, or we're gonna get our @$$es handed to us. :o
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: noturbizniss on September 03, 2015, 02:36:37 PM
Okay, enough. Time to get this thread back on topic, or we're gonna get our @$$es handed to us. :o
At the very least youll get a date with the world famous rusty hacksaw
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 03, 2015, 06:56:06 PM
[Something Fishy] During the winter, there is only one way to get to Iceland direct from New York - Icelandair. Since Icelandair has the dubious distinction of having a frequent flyer program that is worse than Delta's, cash it was :'(.

It came out around $200 cheaper to book two one-ways, and another $200 less if returning to BOS instead of JFK. In the end, whYME and myself were booked JFK-KEF-BOS-LGA, with the last leg costing 4500 Avios.

Sun., 2/22: FI614 JFK-KEF, 8:00p – 6:45a, +1

Wed., 2/25: FI631 KEF-BOS 5:00p - 5:40p
--- 2:20 connection ---
Wed., 2/25: US215 BOS-LGA, 8:00p – 9:25


[ChAiM'l] There are three airlines that fly to Iceland from London, however two of them don't have mileage programs and the third is Icelandair (see above). BA are starting to fly that route this October, so that'll open a viable mileage option for the future.

Easyjet is a cheap no-frills airline that serves many destinations primarily within Europe and they had a flight available for the outbound leg which I booked. Their return flight however, didn't work with our planned schedule, so I booked that on Icelandair.
 
Mon., 2/23: U22295 LTN-KEF, 7:45a – 10:50a

Wed., 2/25: FI454 KEF-LHR 4:30p - 7:30p


[Something Fishy] Iceland's main airport is in Keflavik, a town around a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Reykjavik's own airport is used for short-haul domestic and Greenland flights only. There are buses from the airport to the central bus terminal in Reykjavik every couple of minutes, and that is the route most people take.

The plan was for whYME and myself to land, daven, and take the bus into town. We would then get the car and stock up on groceries, and head back to the bus terminal to pick up ChAiM'l. The timing seemed perfect; alas this would turn out to be quite the snafu ;D.

(http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=jfk-kef-bos-lga,+color:green,ltn-kef-lhr&MS=bm&MP=rect&MR=540&MX=720x360&PM=*)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 03, 2015, 06:56:50 PM
[Something Fishy] One thing we knew from the get-go is that we'll need to be as mobile as possible. We can't stay in a hotel in Reykjavik if we were to hunt auroras all night; we can't waste time packing, transferring hotels, and repacking when there are pictures to be shot. On top of that, in order to get to all the locations we wanted to photograph, we would be covering a tremendous amount of ground.

The obvious answer then was to rent some sort of camper. We wouldn't be tied down to anything; we'd be able to go where we want, when we want. And with three drivers, we could keep going as long as needed.

There are three types of campers available in Iceland. There's the pickup-mounted one (which PBaruch had during his trip (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=9572.msg1208945#msg1208945)), the typical RV-type, and a van-style.

Doing some research, we found that the pickups are generally outfitted for off-road, Highland driving. This being the dead of winter, the Icelandic Highlands were inaccessible anyways. Renting a truck like this would have cost a fortune, and we couldn't even use it for what it's made for. The next option - the RVs - were beautiful, modern, with all the comforts of home. They were also dirt cheap - suspiciously so. Digging deeper, we found that the reason for that is the wind. The RVs are so tall, that there is a very real danger of them being tipped over by the ferocious Icelandic winds. Umm... No, thanks. An on-board toilet is kinda worthless if it's sideways.

That left us with the third option, the van-style. In Iceland these are generally referred to as campervans, and as it turned out would be the perfect vehicle for us. Around the size of a Mercedes Sprinter, these sleep 3-5 people.

The big campervan player in Iceland is KuKu Campers. Their prices were great, the reviews were positive, and we were getting ready to book. But then in a bit of last-minute research, I suddenly came across this Trip Advisor post (http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g189952-i223-k7624035-To_all_Israelis_traveling_to_Iceland-Iceland.html):

:o :o :o!

Five minutes of Googling confirmed that this is indeed true. Among others, we found articles in both Haaretz (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.605561) and on Icelandic websites (http://grapevine.is/news/2014/07/12/company-refusing-service-to-israelis-breaking-law/) reporting the exact same thing. In fact, last year they had designated the low, cheap season as "Jew Season":

(https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQAN8BwR7ZWb-y3g&w=470&h=246&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kukucampers.is%2Fimages%2Fcampers-in-iceland---prices-2013.png&cfs=1&upscale=1)

Needless to say, they did not get our business.

Eventually we came across Campervan Iceland (http://www.campervaniceland.com/). Their diesel-powered Campervan Big slept four, and came with a stove, fridge, sink, and an independent heating system. Crucially, it came with unlimited mileage (kilometers actually ;)). They also paid for the airport bus (20EUR value), and offered free pickup from the bus terminal.

Coming in at a final price of $220.01/day - cheaper than Kuku - it was a simple choice to make. We had to take it for four days, as they could only be booked in 24-hour increments. Split between the three of us, the $880.04 total came out to $73.33 per person, per day. Incredible deal, IMO.


[Chaim'l] Self-portrait under an incredible auroral display:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/674/20480022624_9e4252347c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/w43Z8G)

[whYME] A couple of hours and many miles later, Chaim'l and Something Fishy enjoying the still-ongoing show:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5816/20467682323_d02799ab4a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/ez6d05)

[Something Fishy] Sometime the next afternoon:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/21088751525_3f8f522bab_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/YT6EqV)

(Taking a picture of the van with one hand and filming with a head-mounted GoPro. This picture was taken with a remote camera triggered with my other hand)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 03, 2015, 07:10:51 PM
Yay!!  The story continues! Great pics so far, thanks for sharing; can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on September 03, 2015, 07:11:19 PM
Oh oh now you are starting to talk. Nice pictures so far
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 03, 2015, 07:16:24 PM
More. Me. Want.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on September 03, 2015, 07:18:20 PM
Awesome! Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on September 03, 2015, 07:20:25 PM
Great stuff, very informative and sweet shots.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: noturbizniss on September 03, 2015, 08:08:45 PM
Yay!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on September 03, 2015, 08:33:54 PM
Aurora pictures are awesome! Looking forward to hearing inside tips on when and where to find the auroras. Gotta go to Iceland now.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 03, 2015, 08:45:59 PM
Aurora pictures are awesome!

Heh. You ain't seen nothing yet ;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: PBaruch on September 03, 2015, 08:49:06 PM
Beautiful pictures.  Many times here on DDF praise is lavished on those who are completely undeserving of it - folks who post mediocre and/or plain lousy pictures (my personal view).  Although we expect excellence from SF, praise is certainly well deserved here.  I look forward to seeing more pictures.

PS:  I am absolutely livid at the revelation about Kuku. 
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: MosheD on September 03, 2015, 09:02:25 PM



PS:  I am absolutely livid at the revelation about Kuku.

I'm actually kinda indifferent.
Am I a bad person?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 03, 2015, 09:12:00 PM

I'm actually kinda indifferent.
Am I a bad person?

Yes. :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dywert on September 03, 2015, 09:55:01 PM
Wow!! So far Amazing! Muh Rabu Masechah Hashem!
Do you have any pics of the inside of the camper? Just curious what it looks like.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 03, 2015, 09:59:04 PM
Do you have any pics of the inside of the camper? Just curious what it looks like.

Yes, all in good time :D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on September 03, 2015, 10:01:28 PM
Yes, all in good time :D
>:( .  Repeat to myself: Patience is a virtue.....patience is a virtue....patience is a virtue
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AsherO on September 03, 2015, 10:13:27 PM
We need a separate discussion thread for this TR, or threaded conversations...

I too say: MORE! MORE! MORE! Please!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: noturbizniss on September 03, 2015, 10:17:12 PM
We need a separate discussion thread for this TR, or threaded conversations...

I too say: MORE! MORE! MORE! Please!!!
Great idea! Like the report a new amex offer master thread and the discussion thread
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: lunatic on September 03, 2015, 10:39:27 PM
Awesome tr, thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on September 03, 2015, 11:13:27 PM
Great idea! Like the report a new amex offer master thread and the discussion thread
Cuz that worked perfectly :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: noturbizniss on September 03, 2015, 11:15:17 PM
Cuz that worked perfectly :)
It's been much better lately
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on September 03, 2015, 11:15:58 PM
It's been much better lately
true
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 04, 2015, 02:08:38 AM
Great TR so far... Aren't there laws there that can get them (camper rental company) in real trouble for that?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: MosheD on September 04, 2015, 02:39:10 AM
Great TR so far... Aren't there laws there that can get them (camper rental company) in real trouble for that?
Only if they are boycotting the lgbtq whatever-else community.
Or if they, G-d forbid, boycotted the bds community... It's classic hypocrisy.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 04, 2015, 02:42:24 AM
[Something Fishy] Sometime the next afternoon:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/21088751525_3f8f522bab_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/YT6EqV)

(Taking a picture of the van with one hand and filming with a head-mounted GoPro. This picture was taken with a remote camera triggered with my other hand)
kinda random, but I was just thinking about how (the story behind) this picture could be a whole section in of its own.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 04, 2015, 03:13:11 AM
kinda random, but I was just thinking about how (the story behind) this picture could be a whole section in of its own.

8)
One of the most nerve-wracking, yet at the same time most serene things I have ever experienced.

But,
all in good time
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on September 04, 2015, 10:03:07 AM
8)
One of the most nerve-wracking, yet at the same time most serene things I have ever experienced.

But,
Hey, are you teasing us??
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AsherO on September 04, 2015, 10:06:58 AM
Great idea! Like the report a new amex offer master thread and the discussion thread
Cuz that worked perfectly :)

Ideally it would be built into the forum, like a sister thread with the mods having an easy way to move things to the other thread.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on September 04, 2015, 10:18:29 AM
Ideally it would be built into the forum, like a sister thread with the mods having an easy way to move things to the other thread.
sounds good. but complicated
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: username on September 04, 2015, 10:26:26 AM
We need a separate discussion thread for this TR, or threaded conversations...


The WIKI makes it easy to find the juicy parts.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on September 04, 2015, 10:32:43 AM
The WIKI makes it easy to find the juicy parts.

i never noticed the wiki. nice!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on September 04, 2015, 10:46:55 AM
The WIKI makes it easy to find the juicy parts.
but the thread still gets bumped every post
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 06, 2015, 02:31:19 PM
sorry for bumping the thread again but the tr is beautiful, entertaining and very informative! beautiful!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on September 06, 2015, 02:37:49 PM
It's Sunday. Tomorrow is Labor Day.

Please update...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 13, 2015, 12:36:09 AM
I know you guys are waiting for the "meat" of the TR to begin :D...

There are two "planning" posts nearly done (just waiting for minor edits), then one more short post. After that the real stuff begins ;D.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 13, 2015, 12:48:12 AM
I know you guys are waiting for the "meat" of the TR to begin :D...

There are two "planning" posts nearly done (just waiting for minor edits), then one more short post. After that the real stuff begins ;D.
Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on September 13, 2015, 01:13:10 AM
I know you guys are waiting for the "meat" of the TR to begin :D...

There are two "planning" posts nearly done (just waiting for minor edits), then one more short post. After that the real stuff begins ;D.


but, but, but summer is over   :'(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 13, 2015, 02:23:40 AM
but, but, but summer is over   :'(
Considering how drenched in sweat I am right now I might disagree.

Sorry guys, I think I'm the one holding things up now... (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji15.png)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on September 13, 2015, 02:25:22 AM
Considering how drenched in sweat I am right now I might disagree.


Lol
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 13, 2015, 01:02:27 PM
Can't wait :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 18, 2015, 12:21:46 PM
[Something Fishy] Serious consideration had to be given to our choice of clothing. Iceland in the dead of winter is not to be trifled with; being ill-prepared for the weather can be deadly. Interestingly enough, the main danger in Iceland is not the temperature; that stays within relative reason (at least for a New Yorker). The issue here is the wind; it's not uncommon for winds to reach 50 - 60 MPH, or even higher. Not having adequate protection could lead to serious consequences.

So the general idea is that no matter the weather, as long as you're dressed properly you'll be snug as a bug. And indeed, even in the crazy weather we ended up having, we were nearly always perfectly comfortable standing for hours outside, even in wet and icy conditions.

For a base layer, the gold standard is Merino wool. Nothing compares to it as far as warmth retention and moisture wicking. Problem is that Merino is crazy expensive, and for a 3-day trip we weren't gonna blow $150 on what's essentially fancy underwear. We found Merino wool socks at REI for $12ish a pair, so we bought two pairs each. For the top and bottom, we found a 30% Merino blend from ColdPruf on Amazon (link to everything below) which had great reviews and so we bought those at $50ish for both. In the end these preformed incredibly well and I highly recommend them. [whYME] With all my "natural insulation" I was actually more worried about being too hot in all these layers rather than too cold. I ended up using a lighter version of the ColdPruf base layer which was ~$30 for the pair.

The next two layers were tougher. The mid layer is in charge of the bulk of insulation, while the outer later on the other hand is responsible for two crucial things: keep out both water and wind. As I've said earlier, these are the main enemies we'd be facing in Iceland.

We kept on running into two problems: size and price. All of us are over 6' tall, and between us we must have weighed well north of 800 pounds ;D; there simply were't to many options. And whatever was available, was incredibly expensive.

After much searching, we came across the Columbia Eager Air jacket, which was a perfect solution for both layers. It had an incredibly warm fleece liner, and a removable water- and wind-proof shell. Best of all, it came in sizes for all of us.

For pants, the only thing available in my size was a snow bib. These are insulated, water- and wind-proof coveralls and are fantastic. Kept me warm and dry all the time.  [whYME] I went a little lighter here as well. I used rain pants (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQZ12L2) for my outer layer and when necessary put on a middle layer underneath.

For boots I wore my 10-year old pair of Sorels. Incredible stuff, rated to -40°F; weighs a ton but is totally worth it. [whYME] I wanted to get Sorels but IIRC I couldn't find them in my size. (well it was either that or I was just being cheap, I seem to remember that I couldn't find any that I liked.) I ended up getting redneck Baffins (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D48RE2). What I didn't realize at the time, but learned the hard way later in the trip, was that the ones I got are not at all waterproof above the rubber bottoms, but that's a story for later...

Gloves were problematic as well, as we needed to be able to control our cameras without exposing our fingers. I ended up getting a pair of thin, water- and wind-resistant glove liners. Used in tandem with my trusty old old pair of photographer's  gloves (the fingertips roll down) I had a perfect setup. [whYME] I was able to borrow a pair of mitten/liner glove combo (you can kind of see them in the "promo" picture, I'm wearing the liner glove and the mitten is hanging down) made for skiing/snowboarding. I find them great for cold weather photography; when I need my fingers I take of the mitten and keep the thin glove on, to warm up I put the mitten (which has a built-in hand warmer pocket) back on. Too bad I can't seem to find them for sale anywhere, eventually I'll probably just buy gloves and mittens individually and just tie them together myself.

A waterproof neoprene balaclava completed the lineup.

Figuring out all this took multiple trips to REI and Campmor, and countless Amazon orders and returns. Of course the Friday before half our things hadn't arrived ;D... But thankfully by the time Sunday came around we were all set up and ready to go.

[whYME] Countless Amazon orders and returns indeed. Here's one day's haul of mine:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/582/21508041875_94c975b438_b.jpg)

It was kinda funny, my cousin was just joining the IDF at the time, and was having stuff shipped to my house. He was ordering a lot of the same stuff I was ordering and at first it got me very confused. I was looking through my arriving orders and thought they had sent the wrong thing(s)/sizes until eventually I figured out what was going on.


[Something Fishy] To this day, I'm still in awe how absolutely comfortable we were in one of the least hospitable places on earth, during its worst weather. We spent a tremendous amount of time and effort figuring all this out, but it was well worth it. And to anyone planning a trip like this - make sure to take the time and prepare properly. It'll definitely be the difference between being comfortable or miserable, and could even save you from far more serious trouble as well.

For the curious, here's a link (http://amzn.com/w/UA709OCSGXM9) to the exact items I used.

[ChAiM'l] Given that we don't have stores as comprehensive as REI and the likes in the UK, I was basically limited to doing online research and shopping. Based on SF's research I had a pretty good idea of what was necessary. I found an online store (http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/ (http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/)) that sells mostly their own brand stuff at reasonable prices. I stocked up from there on the base layers, waterproof insulated hand gloves/liners.

I also bought a pair of Sorels, which as mentioned above are veeery heavy. Walking in them at first feels like you have a pair of weights strapped to your feet. After a while you get used to them and they keep you very warm.

Finding the right jacket in the right size was quite the challenge, especially as the Columbia gear aren't sold in the UK in the larger sizes. I chanced upon this one (http://m.houseoffraser.co.uk/Tog+24+Rocket+mens+milatex+jacket/209608849,default,pd.html) which was £75 at the time. It ticked all the boxes and I wasn't disappointed by the warmth and protection it provided.

I also stocked up on hand and foot warmers, which came in very handy after I lost a glove in the Auroral excitement. [Something Fishy] Premonition alert; by the time the trip was over Chaim'l would be practically half naked ;D.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 18, 2015, 12:23:21 PM
[Something Fishy] With the flights and transportation/lodging out of the way, it was time to get to the Photo part of the PhotoDO. Camera gear!

We each needed a relatively high-end camera (preferably full frame, as it needed to be great in low-light) and a couple of lenses. A wide-angle zoom for general landscape photography, a long telephoto zoom for landscape details and compression, and a very wide, very fast lens for auroras and stars. Additionally, we would need rock-solid tripods and head, as well as filters, headlamps, many spare batteries, memory cards, lens cleaners, and so on.

On a trip like this, it is absolutely crucial to have backups of everything important. The rule is simple - if a piece of equipment is important enough that the trip will be messed up if it fails, you bring a backup. This includes camera bodies, lenses, and tripods. [whYME] And laptops (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji16.png).

Mostly we each already had the gear we needed, but we all ended up having to borrow some things and "borrow" some others ;). Serious-camera-wise, both Chaim'l and myself owned full-frame cameras - a Nikon D610 and D600, respectively. whYME, on the other hand, only had this lousy, useless, so-called-camera "Canon" thing. It was time to bring him over to the dark side.

[whYME] The truth is, I had already known for a while that I needed to upgrade from my Canon T3i (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28454.msg990408#msg990408). It served me well as a beginners camera but it was time to move on. After a few attempts at capturing the Milky Way it was clear that I really need something with better low light ability (well, that and I needed to up my skill level  ;). ) One thing that became clear after a little "research" (i.e. a discussion with Something fishy ;) ) Is that I should move on to a full frame camera. It seemed to me that I was definitely heading in that direction, and sinking any more money into my APS-C system would just delay the inevitable and make things more expensive in the long run.
I know it sounds easy and simple, but the truth is it was not an easy decision. There would definitely be advantages to sticking with APS-C. Just about everything in the full frame ecosystems are bigger, heavier and far more expensive. Ultimately I did decide that it's time to cut my "losses" and move on.

So now the question was Canon or Nikon?

With the switch from crop sensor to full frame I was really starting anew, almost nothing in my kit that was specific to Canon would carry over to full frame. There was the Nifty Fifty (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-USA/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html) and a couple of Shutterboss remote cables. Everything else was either incompatible with full frame, or would work with both the Canon and Nikon ecosystems. I wasn't going to be swayed in such a big decision by $100 worth of equipment.

Ultimately there were two things that swayed me to Nikon:
A. Their sensors are slightly better for low light.
B. Both Something Fishy and Chaim'l have Nikons which would make things far easier for me on this trip (and all future trips with Something Fishy :) )
I settled on a used D600 with a refurbished Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 as my "everyday" lens.

[ChAiM'l] I had most of my kit prior to this trip, however I was still missing the fast, wide-angle lens necessary to best capture the Aurora. SF suggested the Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 14 f/2.8 which is great for night photography, so I went ahead and bought that.

I also needed an intervalometer. Until now I had made do with various IR remotes which seemed to have done the trick. There were however the obvious limitations to the longer exposures we would need etc. They also tend not to be 100% reliable IME. Both whYME and SF (jinx?) recommended the Vello Shutterboss as a solid device and I duly ordered the wireless version.

Tripod - My tripod is an Oben carbon fibre which is great for travelling. It extends to very tall (I'm 6' 4") ([Something Fishy] HAHAHA LOL shrimp ;D ;D ;D) ([whYME] At 6' 2" I'm not accustomed to being the shortest one in the group (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji16.png)), is quite light and has served me well on my travels. It was no match, however, for the ferocious Icelandic winds. It needed some serious stabilisation and at some points (particularly on Vik beach) I really had to grab onto it to prevent it from tipping. I would therefore recommend if you are planning to shoot in very windy weather, to stick with aluminum.  ([Something Fishy] Spot on. This is exactly why I took along my monstrous aluminum Manfrotto as the main tripod, and the carbon fiber Oben only as the backup.)


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5781/20639190553_1845954faa_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/zNUq7s)


[whYME] I still had plenty of equipment to buy or borrow. My "Costco" travel tripod wasn't gonna cut it for this trip (though I did bring it along as a spare) and I didn't have the lenses I needed.

Sorry for the bad picture, my phone's camera is absolutely horrible,   but here's my gear before I loaded it in to my Lowepro Fastpack 250:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5649/21480371636_f1746075df_b.jpg)




[Something Fishy] I ended up taking the following (sorry - no picture of everything, I forgot to take one):

Together we also had a vast collection of accessories. 3+ batteries per camera, chargers, filters (circular polarizers various NDs), remotes, GPS geotaggers, headlamps (with red LEDs to preserve night vision), car power inverters, camera rain covers, Capture Clip systems, cleaning stuff (cloths, Lenspens, and blower bulbs), hot shoe bubble levels, gaffer tape, and miscellaneous screwdrivers, allen keys, and a Leatherman.

We also brought along a number of spares. Since we were all now shooting Nikon full frame, we were able to mix and match spare parts, thereby cutting down on the amount of stuff schlepped. For lenses we didn't have any backups per se, but being that we were all shooting the same system, had we had a lens failure there was always a different one to borrow.


And lucky we did. In the end, our casualty list included one frozen tripod head, whYME's laptop, a lost 64GB card (empty, thankfully!), a broken battery, a lost Capture Clip, a quick-release plate, and nearly all the remote cables.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on September 18, 2015, 12:46:16 PM
more more more more
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Marco Polo on September 18, 2015, 01:10:47 PM
How was the picture of all the camera gear taken :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: David Smith on September 18, 2015, 01:12:44 PM


How was the picture of some of the camera gear taken :)
Ftfy

Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on September 18, 2015, 01:14:56 PM
okay, let's read the update
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 18, 2015, 01:16:35 PM
How was the picture of all the camera gear taken :)
Sorry for the bad picture, my phone's camera is absolutely horrible
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on September 18, 2015, 01:19:38 PM
Add new reports to Wiki Please
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on September 18, 2015, 01:22:50 PM
more more more more
+1
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 18, 2015, 01:23:51 PM
Wow, that's a lot of detailed specs. I'm not (yet) super into photography, but I'm sure those who are really appreciate everything. I sure appreciate the end results that are coming in a future post (hopefully soon).
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on September 18, 2015, 01:35:50 PM
So when is your Ebook coming out? "Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Photography Saga"

The detail is AWESOME.  You may even be able to get some of mentioned manufacturers for paid ads.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dywert on September 18, 2015, 01:46:03 PM
Horray! The saga continues!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 18, 2015, 02:24:42 PM
@SF @Chaim'l, what do you think? should we put up a couple more planning posts or get on to the actual trip already? (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji48.png)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 18, 2015, 02:28:13 PM
@SF @Chaim'l, what do you think? should we put up a couple more planning posts or get on to the actual trip already? (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji48.png)
I vote for planning posts if you have them. That's what makes it easy for others to plan their trips.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ChAiM'l on September 18, 2015, 02:38:55 PM
@SF @Chaim'l, what do you think? should we put up a couple more planning posts or get on to the actual trip already? (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji48.png)

(http://www.quickmeme.com/img/7a/7a3fd98db774e167373225588238fdd634e21b2b2979d215a85ccd80f8f03383.jpg)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 18, 2015, 02:44:12 PM
@SF @Chaim'l, what do you think? should we put up a couple more planning posts or get on to the actual trip already? (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji48.png)

I think 5-6 posts on shooting location planning would be appropriate, don't you?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 18, 2015, 03:08:20 PM
I just want to know the cost of all of that gear?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 18, 2015, 03:19:40 PM
I just want to know the cost of all of that gear?
The camera gear will probably be a lot more than non-photography enthusiasts are willing to spend. The clothing prices are listed on the link above.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 18, 2015, 04:41:33 PM
Of course ;) just curious the value of all the gear they were schlepping. How many thousands?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 18, 2015, 04:52:17 PM


How many tens of thousands?
FTFY

Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 18, 2015, 05:41:44 PM
A quick, back of the envelope calculation of our camera gear gives me a total of $31,655.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on September 18, 2015, 05:46:26 PM
A quick, back of the envelope calculation of our camera gear gives me a total of $31,655.

And deduct the "borrowed"...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 18, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
And deduct the "borrowed"...
Not necessarily.
just curious the value of all the gear they were schlepping
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: EJB on September 18, 2015, 06:10:34 PM
And deduct the "borrowed"...

They still would have potentially lost that if something happened on the trip (though CC protections/insurance might cover some of the losses).
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on September 19, 2015, 09:55:51 PM
What a detailed write up... @SF you forgot to write your height  ;) :D :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on September 19, 2015, 09:59:13 PM
FTFY
Seriously? Did one of you really hit 10k?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 19, 2015, 10:58:01 PM
Seriously? Did one of you really hit 10k?

I hit $15k+
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on October 11, 2015, 06:38:55 PM
[Something Fishy] While the other guys are working to finalize the next part of the TR (the first day in Iceland), I figured I'd put together a quick post on how I find locations to shoot, and how to plan all the details beforehand.

There are three parts to planning a photoshoot for me:
1. Finding interesting locations.
2. Determining when the best time to shoot is (seasons, time of day, etc.), and if this fits in with my travel plans.
3. Having all that information organized and readily available, both while planning and on location.

Finding interesting locations: Easy enough to do, generally. My main tools are Flickr, Google Earth, and photography blogs.

For Flickr I use an iPad app called Flickr Studio. Unlike Flickr's own site, this app lets me search my map properly. This is my first step - I check out an entire area and see what's interesting around there. The good pictures give me a good idea of the pictures I could expect to get, and an idea of the lenses/settings that would be useful there. The bad pictures, on the other hand, give me other valuable information. A badly-composed image will show me which things I could expect to get in my way - garbage cans, fences, crowds. Sorting the results by date gives me near-real-time info; for example it could show me if a certain waterfall froze over for the winter already or not.

The sheer amount of pictures available make this an invaluable planning tool:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/769/22091726381_d0b13b5b7d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/0tU0VR)

I use Google Earth for some of the same things as Flickr - namely finding location ideas on a map. But its real value lies in the ability to show me the precise topography and lay of the land for any spot on Earth. Ideally I'd scout the location before the actual shoot, but more oftne thannot the is impossible due to time constraints. Google Earth lets me do this visually, ahead of time. There have been times when I've shown up to a pre-dawn shoot in the pitch dark, and recognized every rock and inch of shoreline even though I've never been there before. Being able to set up my tripod and wait for the light in the precise spot I wanted is an incredible thing.

Of course there are things Google can't show you - on occasion I've gotten to the perfect spot, only to find the entire view blocked by fresh vegetation... But overall it's still a very important tool in my box.

Once I have a couple of locations in mind, I look around for photographers who are either local or specialize in that location. More often than not their blogs are a treasure trove of tips and suggestions that only someone closely acquainted with an area could know.

Of course all this is for ideas and inspiration. I am not interested in creating a duplicate of a picture I liked online (although I will take the time if I have it to go for the "trophy shot" that's been done a million times). Looking at pictures and locations is what tells me if a spot is worth to see and explore or not, and what kind of priority I should place in visiting it.

Videos are useful as well. Professional productions on Vimeo give me ideas, shaky clips on YouTube show me the surrounding areas, and locally-produced travel videos on Amazon Prime often teach me of out-of-the-way places.

For Iceland, though, Amazon failed me :D:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5815/21596351765_0968bb07a5_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/1ix299)

That's Icelandic for you ;D...

[whYME] The last time I saw that screenshot was in response to my whatsapp comment "I'm really looking forward to using the GPS just to hear it try and pronounce these Icelandic names (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji1.png)"

Determining when to shoot: One of the most important things to plan for a photoshoot is when to be there. In general, landscape photography works only when the sun is low. Depending on the location and season, this is generally around an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset (often called the "golden hour"). This is when the light is soft and golden (hence the name), and shadows sculpt the landscape. During the day, the light is harsh, hazy, and flat.

The next thing to determine is if the location is a sunrise or sunset (or thereabouts) spot. For example, the Tetons in Wyoming are indisputably a sunrise location. Why? Since the park and the best views are to the east of the mountains, this means that you'd be shooting facing west. Now, since sun rises in the east, it means that it will illuminate the mountains opposite with wonderful morning light. For sunset, on the other hand, the sun will set right over the mountains. So before it has set, you're shooting directly into the glare - not ideal. The instant the sun slips behind the mountains, they'll be in deep shadow - again, not a good picture. This is not to say that you can't get incredible sunset pictures in the Tetons; only to point why sunrise if far more ideal and productive. (FYI - I plan on doing a greatly-expanded version of all this in the Learn Photography thread (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28108) in the near future.)

[whYME] I feel like I should make a version of that video with the spanish guy laughing his head off with subtitles along the lines of "He said he's gonna update it in the near future... and they believed him again!"

In order to figure all this out, I use an app called The Photographer's Ephemeris. I use their app, but they have a free desktop version as well. This is a very powerful tool and tells me everything I need. First it gives me the times for everything - sun and moon rise/set, civil/nautical/astronomical twilight (vital for nighttime shoots), and the like. It shows me where the sun and moon will be at any given time in relation to my chosen location, and the length of the shadows throughout the day.

Additionally, I could place a second pin on the map and have access to more advanced features. For example, I could see if a certain nearby mountain will be casting a shadow on my location, and for how long. I could find the exact date to shoot the moon rising between two specific buildings. Etc., etc.:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/683/22091928141_061d19bdc5_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/thpHyW)

Organizing everything: I always have a bunch of running lists in Evernote where I drop in anything interesting I find about a location I'm interested about, even though I don't have any immediate plans. When this trip was being decided upon, I already had two years' worth of notes waiting for me. As the shoot list became more focused, the Evernote list became more organized.

Since on this trip we were going to be covering a lot of ground, planning an efficient route was critical. I used Google's My Maps to drop in locations as I found them, using a different color or shape for each type of spot (ocean, waterfall, etc.). Helps plan everything once your see them all laid out:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5757/21897060579_93a2a8eb95_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/9ogA94)

I also created a spreadsheet of our highest priority locations. For any two location pairs it listed driving time (Google's estimate), kilometers (so the road signs and odometer makes sense), and mileage (so that it made sense to whYME and myself). The sheet proved to be very valuable once bad weather moved in and we had to make difficult choices:
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5703/21617497241_e51f1900c1_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/V83GTX)

If you're wondering, the longest drive we ended up taking was Jokulsarlon to Kirkjufell (6:30, 540 km, 335 m). Of course it ended up taking nearly 11 hours due to all the stops we made on the way. [whYME] I think driving through the mountains in the snow in whiteout conditions might've had a little something to do with that as well.

[Something Fishy] For this trip I also found the Alaska Geophysical Institute's website (http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast) very helpful for aurora forecasts:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5825/20985753644_0818f76098_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/bR4wu1)

[whYME] And all this is (one reason) why I go with Something Fishy if I want to get good pictures:)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on October 11, 2015, 06:46:14 PM
Very informative post, I enjoyed it, thanks.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on October 11, 2015, 07:07:23 PM
Very informative post, I enjoyed it, thanks.
+100
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on October 11, 2015, 07:43:34 PM
Wow, such detail in planning! Seems that app is made for real experts in photography. While I'm not anywhere near even good at photography, it's nice to know such an app exists.

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: MosheD on October 11, 2015, 10:51:06 PM
Holy ****
So good photography is not just about knowing how to use expensive gear. The amount of work put into this is amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Super Speed on October 11, 2015, 11:02:26 PM
This is getting more unreal with each post! Keep it coming!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on October 12, 2015, 12:39:52 PM
I am truly in awe.  No words (pretty rare for me  :o ).
My admiration for you and your work just went from 10 to 20.  (on a 1-10 scale)
Love the detail.  Waiting for more.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AharonInIsrael on October 13, 2015, 06:37:38 AM
Wow. Learning so much. Thanks!
SF, you are an organizational expert :-)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: csl1 on October 13, 2015, 09:15:05 AM
Thanks for all your information about photography and travel preparation.  i'm actually in the process of insuring my relatively inexpensive gear ( $1800 )in preparation for a trip next month.  Will the insurance company pay for the price i paid for my camera and lens, which was purchased 4+ years ago?  I also purchased the   SLIK SPRINT PRO-II TRIPOD (GUN METAL)/REG 89.55 89.55 at B&H along with the hammock for stabilization - would that work for winter /windy conditions although not quite as stormyas you put your gear through?

thanks alot
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Emkay on October 13, 2015, 09:26:52 AM
Wow! The preparation you put into this is astounding
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on October 13, 2015, 10:15:41 AM
Good. Lord.

I thought I was organized. This last installment, though, takes planning, attention to detail, and diligence to an entirely different level. And therein lies the beauty of an SF TR...

(i) planning/attention to detail/diligence;
(ii) talented photography; and
(iii) the ability to retell the story in a clear, grammatically correct, and compelling way.

A TR can be great with only the last of these, but if a TR has all 3? Special things happen.

Well done, SF.

(That said, I think I'm losing patience... I need to see the meat, baby!  :D)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Toasted on October 13, 2015, 11:21:21 AM
Good. Lord.

I thought I was organized. This last installment, though, takes planning, attention to detail, and diligence to an entirely different level. And therein lies the beauty of an SF TR...

(i) planning/attention to detail/diligence;
(ii) talented photography; and
(iii) the ability to retell the story in a clear, grammatically correct, and compelling way.

A TR can be great with only the last of these, but if a TR has all 3? Special things happen.

Well done, SF.

(That said, I think I'm losing patience... I need to see the meat, baby!  :D)
+3

How about adding TR points to ddf profiles? It involves far more work than copy/pasting from SD to get an HT. 500 for sf.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on October 13, 2015, 01:31:33 PM
Thanks everyone for the feedback, it means a lot ;D. These things are mighty hard and time consuming to put together, especially with three people involved...

(That said, I think I'm losing patience... I need to see the meat, baby!  :D)

The meat will be served starting later today iy"h.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on October 13, 2015, 01:49:24 PM
Thanks everyone for the feedback, it means a lot ;D. These things are mighty hard and time consuming to put together, especially with three people involved...

The meat will be served starting later today iy"h.
It's already out of the oven and being put on platters :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on October 13, 2015, 01:50:11 PM
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on October 13, 2015, 02:05:45 PM
[Something Fishy] The last couple of hours before leaving passed in a somewhat frantic blur, as most of my clothing had only arrived late on Friday. Last minute food shopping, charging a zillion batteries, packing everything up, and the taxi calling with a time change all added up to some crazy rushing.

My SOP is that the night before a trip, each and every battery coming along gets charged, no matter what. I keep a running list of the batteries, status, and charging outlet locations to preserve my sanity:

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I posted this list to the Whatsapp group we were doing all the planning on. Apparently whYME's night was no less harried, as he responded asking what the heck my camera was doing in the microwave and why I had both a milchig and fleishig GoPro ;D.

I think we were secretly happy to be bound for the warm Icelandic weather, as this is what NY was like the morning we left:

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A couple of hours later I met up with whYME at JFK and proceeded to check in, where they threw the book at us and weighed our carry-ons.  [whYME] You make it sound so simple :). I arrived at the airport before SF, but I had to wait for him before checking in so we could transfer some weight from his bag to mine. It's kind of interesting standing outside the departures area and watching people, you're just standing there twiddling your thumbs and everyone else is running around like a madman. After what felt like an hour and a half (it was only 20 minutes) Something Fishy finally showed up. Now the real fun began, as I'm sure anyone who's ever needed to transfer weight between suitcases in the airport can attest. Eventually we were all done and headed to the checkout counter. Luckily there was no line as we were already running quite a bit later than we had planned. Even though we were each carrying a huge camera backpack, we had packed only the valuables inside for the trip in case this very thing happens. Luckily we were within the weight limit, and even luckier, they didn't double check the size of the bags.

[whYME] Going through TSA with Something Fishy when he's wearing his boats boots can be quite the experience. You should've seen the look on those TSA agents' faces when he put his boots on the belt (no precheck by Icelandair :(). One of them even said "wow, I have never seen such big boots in my life!" and called her friends over to have a look at them.

Our original plan was to hang out in the lounge for a while until the flight, but since we were already so late we headed straight for the gate. It turns out there was no need to have rushed. The boarding was delayed a little and we were just standing at the gate for a 1/2 hour.

[Something Fishy] The flight was - as expected - just about tolerable. We had selected seats towards the rear of the plane, hoping that even if the plane filled up the middle seat would be among the last seats selected and would remained empty. Even though we were quite cramped, it was not exceedingly uncomfortable, as our strategy paid off and the middle seat did indeed remain empty. The flight itself is short - under five hours - and it went by quickly as I gave whYME a Lightroom crash-course.

Icelandair flies a plane they call Hekla Aurora (http://www.icelandair.us/hekla-aurora/), which is a hand-painted 757 depicting the aurora and with an interior light show to match. They maintain a Twitter feed listing the routes the plane will fly over the next couple of days, and alas it was scheduled to fly SEA-KEF (IIRC) on our dates. No worries; we were hoping to see the real thing instead 8).



We landed in KEF around 6:45 and headed nervously to customs. Our food mainly consisted of cold cuts (for wraps) and keilbasa (which we were planning to sautee). Problem is that officially no raw meat is allowed into the country - and they specifically cite "sausages and deli meat" as examples :-X . The plan was that if found, we'd try to convince them that the meat is actually cooked (my local deli charges $2 to write whatever you want on the label. I had him put "Cooked Kosher Meat" on the cold cuts ;) ). In a worst-case scenario they'd confiscate it, but Chaim'l was bringing a load as well a couple of hours later as backup.

In the end we shouldn't have worried... We walked through the "nothing to declare" line without an officer in sight to give us a second glance. We could've walked a live cow through there and nobody would've stopped us.

My decision to recently switch from Sprint to T-Mobile was reaffirmed - for the umpteenth time - as I stepped out of the customs area. A text message had arrived:

Quote
Free T-Mobile Msg: Welcome to Iceland. Unlimited web included as part of your global coverage. Unlimited text included with your global coverage. Talk $0.20/min.

How cool is that! Instead of being incommunicado for three days, I now had unlimited web and text. True, the web was 3G only (4G was paid-only), but outside of Reykjavik itself 4G is nonexistent anyway. I could even use Whatsapp voice notes as a psudo-phone call (these were the dark days before Whatsapp calling). As it turned out, this free coverage would prove invaluable multiple times throughout the trip.

[whYME] Sprint.   (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji16.png)(http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji16.png)
I believe it was right about this time that I made a decision to get T-Mobile before my next trip.

We then headed past the Flybus ticket counter to find a quiet place to daven shachris. Stupidly, we didn't think of getting the schedule for the buses into town >:( . We found a great spot downstairs, freshened up, and davened. After a bit we went up to the but ticket counter, only to find out that the last bus to Reykjavik for the next three hours left five minutes ago! We were kicking ourselves for our oversight.

After some back and forth, the agent suggested we take the next bus to the Blue Lagoon, which would be leaving in an hour. From there we'd be able to pick up another bus to Reykjavik. Even though the Blue Lagoon stop adds 1/2 hour to the trip, this plan would still get us into town close to an hour earlier than the next best option.

Not wanting to klutz in the airport for a couple of hours, we agreed. The agent gave us "boarding passes" (a fancy receipt really) for both legs of our journey, and (graciously) only charged us only the standard Keflavik-Reykjavik fare instead of the more expensive Keflavik-Blue Lagoon-Reykjavik one.

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During the hour-long wait we tried in vain to reach the camper rental place, as we had made up to be picked up at the central bus station at 9:00; we will now be a couple of hours late. A friendly food vendor kept on calling for us, but kept on reaching a full mailbox :(.

[whYME] As we sat around waiting Something Fishy prepared his GoPro for the heavy use it was about to go through (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji1.png).  (My original caption was going to be along the lines of "And here we have it, proof that Something fishy did indeed unpack his GoPro in Iceland (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji48.png)")

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[Something Fishy] Eventually we gave up and headed outside to wait for the bus. Even though it was now an hour or two past sunrise, there were still beautiful colors lingering in the sky. This would be out first introduction to the incredibly long Icelandic sunrises and sunsets, which is absolutely incredible for photography. We also got our first taste of Icelandic weather. At this point we weren't dressed up for the weather properly, and the wind cut into our every bone. It was around 25° or so, and the wind was brutal. It was so cold that I couldn't even think of taking my camera out.

It didn't take long for me to regret that :P. An airport worker was walking around the parking lot collecting luggage carts, wearing nothing but shoes, shorts, and a plastic safety vest :o :o :o. Oh, and did I mention that there was snow being blown around at the time as well ;D?

Eventually we got on the bus, followed by a collection of seniors. The landscape on the way is stark and barren; sharp lava rocks softened somewhat by a layer of snow. Here and there low mountains broke up the horizon line

Photo by whYME:

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A short 20 minutes later we arrived at the Blue Lagoon:

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The Blue Lagoon is the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland, bar none. They market it as a great place to stopover on your way to or from Europe or vice versa, and are apparently quite successful at it. It is also, in my opinion, the biggest tourist trap this side of Times Square. Millions of tourists pay an inordinate amount of money to go bathe in what is - get this - industrial runoff.

One nice day someone at the Svartsengi geothermal power station noticed that the runoff water had pooled in the lava field behind the plant, and that it had a cool blue color (due to the dissolved minerals); the rest is history. Iceland is dotted with hundreds of natural hot springs, all in the same blue shade, but instead of experiencing something natural - and free! - people flock here instead. I'll never understand it.

Looks like fun! Tourists line up to part with their baggage before they part with their money:

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We had a short wait in the parking lot while the bus driver, who was planning on bringing his bus into the depot for maintenance at that point, called his dispatcher to find out what to do with us. While he sorted it out we stepped out and took a couple of pictures.

Apparently whYME wasn't kidding when he spoke of his "natural insulation", as here he is channeling the spirit of that airport worker we saw earlier ;D:

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After a bit the driver told us that he's taking the two of us into Reykjavik. We were the only people on the bus, so he kept up a running commentary all the way into town, telling us interesting snippets about Iceland's history, pointing out landmarks we passed, and the like. It was quite a pleasant trip.

[whYME] Heading into town:

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At one point whYME grabbed my camera and shot a picture of us in the empty bus:

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[whYME] I love these Icelandic road signs. After seeing about 6,000 of them I just had to get a picture :).

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We arrived at the bus station, to find no one from the rental place waiting for us. Best we could do was Whatsapp Chaim'l and wait. And wait.....

ChAiM'l - Early Monday morning, I made my way to Luton airport. Luton is a relatively small airport which services mostly budget airlines and as such, is quite shabby and very basic. For example, one cannot drive up to the terminal to drop off passengers and it is a 7 minute walk from the drop-off point to the terminal entrance, without a luggage cart in sight.

I had paid in advance for two checked bags (Easyjet is a no-frills airline and everything is charged for), so I didn't have an issue with overweight.

I took advantage of my Priority Pass card to access the lounge. The lounge is small and claustrophobic although they are supposedly expanding soon. The lounge is also used by El Al for their one Luton flight and there is a corner where there is kosher food before the flight for the Elal passengers.

The flight was fairly short and uneventful. On approach to Reykjavík, we were treated to amazing scenery, it almost looked like we were landing on a different planet.


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Excuse the quality, was taken from the aisle seat and passed through WhatsApp before being uploaded

I had paid extra for a front row seat extra legroom and was looking forward to disembarking the flight first. That was not meant to be, however. When the FA tried to open the door, she couldn't move the lever. After much trying (I offered my help, but they politely declined), they announced that the door mechanism was frozen stuck and that we would be exiting from the rear door. So much for my front row seat.

After waiting for a full flight to empty out, I finally made it outside. Being that Easyjet is a budget airline, they don't get a jetway, but are given a stand in the middle of the tarmac from which one walks to the terminal. I didn't expect this and wasn't yet equipped for the weather, as I had planned to gear up in the terminal. The wind was bone-chilling and my thin sweater didn't do much for protection.

In the meantime, I had been in contact via WhatsApp with Something Fishy who unexpectedly had internet service. He advised of their delay and as I had regular cell service, asked me to contact the Campervan company. After trying them for close to an hour, I finally got through to them and arranged the pickup.

[Something Fishy] After what seemed like an hours-long wait, we spied a guy walking around as if looking for someone. Lo and behold, it was our guy! His English was terrible, and we weren't able to figure out what exactly happened there. But what mattered was that we were on the way - finally!

The drive to the office was short and sweet, as was the guy behind the counter :D.

[whYME] Once we started speaking to the guy in the office it became clear what had happened. We had booked through "Campervan Iceland" which I (should've, but) didn't realize at the time was not the actual rental company, rather a broker who books for multiple rental companies. The actual company we rented from was, as you can see from the pictures, "CampEasy." Unfortunately the number we kept calling was the Campervan Iceland number. Eventually Chaim'l tried calling CampEasy directly and was able to arrange the pickup

[Something Fishy] We hit a snag when he needed Chaim'l driver's license so he could put him on the contract as an additional driver, but luckily he was happy to accept the picture that Chaim'l hastily sent us.

He walked us to the garage and gave us a tour of the camper. He showed us how to use the stove (it ran on lighter fluid!), and gladly gave us six extra cans when we asked for it.

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The front seat supposedly sits three. Yeah... No. Not three of us. The thing on the lower left is the fridge (a powered cooler, really). It wasn't too large, but it did fit everything we needed it to, and kept it nice and cold:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/709/21898015390_1232a21343_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/6VB061)

The middle seat folds down to become a bed for 3 (read: 2):

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The orientation out of the way, we headed back to the bus station to pick up Chaim'l.

ChAiM'lI bought a bus ticket and as I made my way outside, I saw the bus starting to board. There's plenty of room underneath for luggage. After a pretty smooth journey we arrived at the bus terminal in Reykjavík. The terminal building itself is fairly small, there is some seating in the middle of a hall with shops surrounding it (most of which were closed). As with most places in Iceland, there is free unlimited Wifi, which was surprisingly fast for a public hotspot.

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After waiting for what seemed like ages (SF and whYME seemed to think that I also needed to do time in the bus station), they pulled up with the campervan and after loading my stuff, we set up the GPS and got ready to continue on the road...

[Something Fishy] Before we could hit the road proper, we needed to do one more thing - find food. I had been in contact with a guy who makes Pesach sedorim there every year (there's no Chabad in Iceland), who'd given us some pointers. We therefore headed to Bonus, which is a local grocery chain. Pretty much the only things we found with a hechsher were Nature Valley bars, including some flavors I had never seen in the US. However, this being Europe, we knew that there are probably a good many items which are Kosher but not labeled as such. Luckily, we had brought along our very own European! With Chaim'l leading the way, we soon had an overflowing shopping cart. We had drinks, chips, canned foods, ketchup, and mayo. We also bought a pile of fresh veggies and a dozen eggs, as well as paper goods.

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We loaded up the car, changed into our cold-weather clothes, and hit the road. For real this time.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on October 13, 2015, 02:51:56 PM
Awesome installment again, worth the wait!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on October 13, 2015, 03:06:28 PM
Fantastic!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: MosheD on October 13, 2015, 03:22:24 PM
omg!
Each one just leaves me itching more for the main course.
Great stuff
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on October 13, 2015, 03:36:06 PM
Wow! This is so exciting! I can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on October 13, 2015, 03:49:04 PM
i think it's time we see your faces. what's the worst we could do, rent a car?  ;D
loving every minute of this. SF, i think you should copy your preparation post and put it in your trip planning thread. it's incredible!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on October 13, 2015, 03:55:21 PM
It's starting...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 13, 2015, 07:58:03 PM
This is... spectacular.

I salute you.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Ydad on October 13, 2015, 08:01:21 PM
Epic, man!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: JoshNY on October 13, 2015, 08:18:51 PM
Absolutely amazing!

The amount of detail that went into the planning is phenomenal and very inspiring!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Jm1248 on October 13, 2015, 08:20:32 PM
Awesome!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chff on October 13, 2015, 09:52:33 PM
Sorry for this post...
@flyingradar24 Many transatlantic flights this evening may see the Aurora. http://www.flightradar24.com/52.41,-30.48/5 via @NOAA h/t @FlyingPhotog
654087786815979521[/tweet]] (http://[tweet)[/URL]

Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on October 13, 2015, 09:57:58 PM
👆 that's cool!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Jm1248 on October 14, 2015, 12:22:25 AM
Very cool! Anyone flying tonight who managed to see it? 😉
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Deal Guy on October 19, 2015, 10:07:31 PM
Very interesting to see places I will never go to. Looking forward to many more parts to the trip.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on October 19, 2015, 11:48:34 PM
Wow even though I'm no expert in photography I wish I would've been on this trip keep it coming
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shoobi on October 26, 2015, 07:43:35 PM
Really really cool.. lovin' it.

Now, about that "meat"...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on October 26, 2015, 07:52:44 PM
Yeah, what's going on?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on October 26, 2015, 07:53:46 PM
Really really cool.. lovin' it.

Now, about that "meat"...
you got me excited when you bumped this thread (what I did was not do bad bc it was already bumped )
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on October 26, 2015, 07:54:32 PM
you got me excited when you bumped this thread (what I did was not do bad bc it was already bumped )
Happens every time.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on October 26, 2015, 07:54:56 PM
Happens every time.
+1 every post
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on October 30, 2015, 12:42:33 PM
it's been a week since the last installment. when will we start seeing aurora pics?!?

ps so sorry for bumping this thread
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on October 30, 2015, 01:00:27 PM
One it been bumped we may as well apply the pressure!   Come on already it's been months
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on October 30, 2015, 04:09:48 PM
One it been bumped we may as well apply the pressure!   Come on already it's been months
+100000
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on November 09, 2015, 09:28:21 AM
I'm going to be evil for bumping this.

NU!!!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on November 09, 2015, 09:31:22 AM
I'm going to be evil for bumping this.

NU!!!!!
I got excited for a minute
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on November 09, 2015, 09:46:07 AM
Should be up today iy"h.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on November 09, 2015, 09:55:32 AM
Should be up today iy"h.

See, it helped!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on November 09, 2015, 05:18:16 PM
[Something Fishy] After missing the bus and the whole SNAFU with the van, we were now a good few hours behind schedule. Eager not to waste the few hours we had left until sunset we quickly dumped everything in the van and hit the road.

The roads in Iceland are great. Clearly marked, well paved, and simple to navigate. The main road is called the Ring Road, and it surrounds the Island completely. The vast majority of things to see and do are off this road. Outside of Reykjavik (and other larger towns), there is obviously a more complicated road network, but overall it's quite simple. On the whole, the roads are kept clear of snow - in some areas we encountered more snowplows than fellow travelers. But as we were to learn, while the snow is actually falling all bets are off.

Reykjavik is a pretty boring town, and we were glad to put it behind us. We struck out on the Ring Road, headed east.

As soon as we left the city, we were blown away by the natural wonders of the country. We drove through stretches of storybook winter wonderland scenes, areas of bare and brown mountains, and over mile-wide, slow moving glacial rivers. With every turn in the road incredible new scenes opened up before us.

Just outside Reykjavik:

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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whYME observing the view, by Chaim'l:

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Overlooking the town of Hveragerði:

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The temperature at this point was not terrible (I'd estimate it in the high 30s), but the wind was just insane. It was impossible to even keep a camera steady. This is a series of shots taken continuously in under 2 seconds - check out how badly the camera was being blown:

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Wider view, by whYME:

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Something Fishy doing his thing, by Chaim'l:

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The far-off Vestmannaeyjar Islands seen through the haze:

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[whYME] Why are all my pictures from this part of the drive panoramas?

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[Something Fishy] Even though sunset was still a long while off, the colors are already noticeable in some pictures. And as you can see, the weather kept on shifting between nice and sunny and quite overcast. Such iffy weather is very typical of Iceland.

Further on there was less snow on the ground, and lots of bare, foreboding-looking mountains:

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The above four shots were taking out the window while driving. This is something we would be doing a lot; the roadside scenery is just so incredible.

Typical rural Icelandic house, by Chaim'l:

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Another random spot:

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[Something Fishy] The unassuming mountain in this picture is in fact the infamous Ejaff---  Eyjafj---  Eyjafjafjallajalejafjallajokujafjajafjallaajokujajafjallafajokull---  ... GAH! I give up. It's that crazy volcano that messed up worldwide air travel for a month a couple of years back:

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[whYME] Since Something Fishy seems to have abandoned the photography lesson thread I'm gonna step in his territory and give a little lesson here: (http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji13.png)
The following picture was taken just feet away from the previous one by SF, yet it's a totally different picture. This is a good illustration of lens compression. In SF's picture, shot at a relatively wide angle, it appears as if the photographer is some distance from the fence and snow in the foreground and that the buildings are way off in the distance. In my picture below, taken with a longer lens, it appears as if he's quite close to the fence and snow and as if the buildings are fairly close.
Also note that because it's shot with a small aperture both the foreground and background are sharp, there's no blurred background.


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The eruption (eldgos) visitors center, by Chaim'l:

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[Something Fishy] After a couple of hours driving we arrived at our sunset spot, near the town of Vik. The Vik area consists of a small town, and some absolutely incredible beaches, and is dotted with cliffs and sea stacks. It's an absolutely wonderful area (not to mention having the only Icelandic name that's both pronounceable and spell-able ;D).

For the first time, we dressed in full crazy-weather mode. It was freezing cold, and an incredibly wild arctic wind was blowing non-stop. This was our introduction to the fact that no matter how bad the weather is, as long as you're dressed properly you'll be comfortable. A thermal base layer and warm middle layer, covered with water- and wind-proof jacket and pants, plus two pairs of gloves, balaclavas, hats, and hoods. We may have looked like stuffed penguins, but boy we were nice and cozy.

We jumped out of the van to meet an incredible scene: the ocean was roiling, 10-foot waves crashing over each other in rapid succession, the wind ripping the spray into a frenzy. To our right was a sea arch and sea stacks; to the left were volcanic basalt columns and more sea stacks. The beach we were standing on was black as ebony, its sand made out of volcanic rock pulverized over the eons by a violent sea. The sun was slowly setting, painting the sky with shades of orange and the water in pigments of pink.

To the right are the Dyrhólaey sea stacks:

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[whYME] The master at work:

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Photos by whYME

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[whYME] Don't think the hands on the cameras are there for manipulating the controls / taking the picture, they're there to prevent the wind from blowing the cameras over.

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[Something Fishy] Once the sun slipped below the horizon the colors became more subtle - and pretty:

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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The Dyrhólaey sea arch, by Chaim'l:

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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[whYME] A few of my shots of this absolutely incredible sunset:

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[Something Fishy] Watch the video in full screen and 1080p to get a taste of the sheer power of the ocean that night:



To the left are the Reynisfjara sea stacks and basalt cliffs:

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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[Something Fishy] During all the excitement, I needed to change memory cards, not an easy feat while wearing two pairs of gloves. Removing the old card from the camera, putting into my bag, taking out the new one and popping it into the camera requires some fine motor skill, which I was sorely lacking. Suddenly a card slipped out of my hands, got caught on the wind, and disappeared into the sand. Even though I know it was futile, I began searching for a tiny black memory card on a black beach... I think it goes without saying that I never found it. To my sheer astonishment (knowing how my luck usually goes ;D), the lost card turned out to be the empty one. Oh well... It was a sweet brand-new card, but I was just glad that no pictures were lost.

[Chaim'l] The card wasn't the only thing that was gone with the wind. When we arrived to the beach and opened the door of the van, my glove liners -which I was relying on to keep warm whilst removing my gloves to change the camera settings- decided to take a flight, never to be seen again. Later on in the middle of the night (and the middle of nowhere) the same fate befell one of my outer gloves, which although was too heavy to fly too far, landed in the middle of a field surrounded by barbed wire. After that, I had to rely on the hand-warmers I had brought along until we found an open gas station the next night which sold gloves.


[Something Fishy] Due to its northern latitude, sunset (and sunrise) in Iceland seemingly last forever. I've shot many sunsets and sunrises; never did I shoot such an incredible scene, and never did I have such a gloriously luxurious long time to do it. Normally shooting a sunset is a race against the clock, with the best pictures only possible is as little as a fifteen-minute window. We stood on this beach for over an hour, and didn't even see half the show.

We got back in the van and drove up and around the cliffs, through Vik town proper, and onto the Vik town beach. By this time it was quite dark already, and the road had ended some time before. Our van was very definitely not made for off-road driving, so we stopped on the dunes before we got in over our heads. It was a short walk to the beach and a wonderful view of the other side of the Reynisfjara sea stacks.

But our cameras would not cooperate. The wind was so powerful that it was simply impossible to obtain a non-blurry shot. We needed to be zoomed in fairly tight to get the composition we wanted, and that served to exaggerate the blur even more. Even with rock-solid tripods, image stabilization, and proper long-lens technique, we weren't getting the shot. In the end I took over 50 identical shot, and prayed that at least one would come out sharp enough.

And so it did - a single exposure out of 53. I think it was worth it 8):

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Photo by Chaim'l:

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[whYME] Got my one clear shot:

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[Something Fishy] By now it had become properly night, and we settled down to our first real meal - which would end up being our only real meal ;D. We fired up our little stove, boiled some water, and had couscous and mashed potatoes:

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(Terrible cellphone shot...)

After dinner, we were bone tired. We'd left home more than 24 hours ago, and had been running around non-stop ever since. But now with nightfall, the real reason we came to Iceland was (hopefully!) approaching: the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The forecast was calling for a strong display, but now we were at the mercy of the local weather. The one critical thing we needed was clear skies. Had one area been clouded in, we were prepared to drive hours in any direction hunting for good skies.

The problem with that is that we needed up-to-the-minute cloud reports. Even though I ended up having phone service in the end, we were now heading into ultra-remote areas and were going to be without a connection for hours. I had anticipated this ahead of time and came up with a pretty good solution. We had arranged handlers back home who'd feed us cloud cover maps, general weather info, and road closure info every two hours. We had handlers in New York, Los Angeles, and London working in eight-hour shifts, thus ensuring a report every two hours around the clock. Their reports were sent both by Whatsapp and regular text messaging, and both in plain text and image format. This whole setup ensures that even though we may not have service now, if one of us connects even for a minute the info would get downloaded.

The plan worked like a charm. For the first day we didn't need any of this, as the very short term forcast we got the day before was reliable enough. But now, right on schedule, the first report arrived - and we very nearly wished it hadn't:

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The. Entire. Country. Will. Be. Covered. In. Clouds.

>:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

The main reason we had done this trip... Poof, gone.

Our one consolation was that we have another night here, and one more chance at this. But cutting our already-narrow odds in half was not encouraging, at all.

We now had a decision to make. The sunrise spot we had chosen, Jokulsarlon, was close to three hours away. Should we camp at Vik, then leave for Jokulsarlon at around 2 AM? Or do we drive there right away, and sleep once we're in position? After much back and forth, we decided on the latter.

Disappointed in our bad weather-related luck, we struck out East.

Unbeknownst to us, the adventure of a lifetime was but an hour away.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on November 09, 2015, 05:22:21 PM
Awe. Some.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Aaaron on November 09, 2015, 05:23:02 PM
Noooooo.  Me.  Need.  Aurora.


Amazing installment, guys. 
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Post by: Something Fishy on November 09, 2015, 05:26:43 PM
Noooooo.  Me.  Need.  Aurora.

Well, I could promise that this doesn't refer to a pottery class ;D:

Unbeknownst to us, the adventure of a lifetime was but an hour away.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2015, 05:47:11 PM
Amazing pictures!! Do you leave us on cliffhangers on purpose?
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Post by: Moshe123 on November 09, 2015, 05:47:31 PM
WOW!
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Post by: LoLo on November 09, 2015, 05:48:18 PM
Amazing! Thanks for taking the time to write it all up
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Post by: tageed-lee on November 09, 2015, 05:51:19 PM
Incredibly breathtaking! #Jealous #AmazingPictures
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Post by: PBaruch on November 09, 2015, 06:00:44 PM
I spy a bonus supermarket bag.   :)
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Post by: MosheD on November 09, 2015, 06:06:34 PM
just wow!
Continuing to be the stuff of DDF legend- and it didnt even include one first class cabin  ;D
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Post by: ChAiM'l on November 09, 2015, 06:08:16 PM
I spy a bonus supermarket bag.   :)
Yep. The ubiquitous pink piggy...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 09, 2015, 06:24:52 PM
Wow Wow Wow!
Absolutely incredible!
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Post by: Joe4007 on November 09, 2015, 07:12:48 PM
INCREDIBLE!
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Post by: Yaalili on November 09, 2015, 07:48:26 PM
Wow!
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Post by: srap on November 09, 2015, 07:54:01 PM
Gorgeous pictures, mouthwatering scenery, fascinating photography info, and literary cliffhangers to boot!  You three are A. MA. ZING!!  Thank you.
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Post by: Super Speed on November 09, 2015, 08:00:41 PM
UNREAL!!!
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Post by: yoruel on November 09, 2015, 08:09:08 PM
These blow my mind.
These are the pics that convince my wife to agree to opening CC etc..., which get the trips rolling.
we are looking forward to the rest of this TR, and to the others.
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Post by: yitrap on November 09, 2015, 08:12:07 PM
Amazing!!!
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Post by: benjie1305 on November 09, 2015, 08:19:34 PM
Me Happy!
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Post by: shlonx on November 09, 2015, 10:30:41 PM
I just wiped my keyboard clean of the drool that dripped out of my mouth as it hung open for 5 minutes straight while I scrolled through the pictures. It looks like a different planet over there - UNBELIEVABLE trip report!!
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Post by: VacationLover on November 09, 2015, 11:39:05 PM
Frankly the internet I have here in Europe from T-mobile doesn't load the pictures ::) but from the installment and the comments it sounds really amazing  8)
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Post by: chff on November 10, 2015, 12:45:46 AM
My. Next. Trip.
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Post by: stbaum on November 10, 2015, 01:22:20 AM
So beautiful! Thank you all for doing this for us! Standing by for the next installment.
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Post by: yakrot on November 10, 2015, 01:39:32 AM
Thank you all for the hard work you clearly put into this. Waiting (not so patiently) for more!
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Post by: AharonInIsrael on November 10, 2015, 03:50:07 AM
Breathtaking pictures and writing! Thank you thank you! Can't wait for the next part
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Post by: ah on November 10, 2015, 04:09:58 AM
nice guys!
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Post by: @Yehuda on November 10, 2015, 09:41:28 AM
Awesome stuff, guys! Glad the actual trip has finally started :P Really enjoying the story as well as the pictures, of course.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yslkwd on November 10, 2015, 04:49:14 PM
wow!
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Post by: Something Fishy on November 11, 2015, 01:23:59 AM
The power of RAW: this picture was taken as a test shot while setting up. Turns out it's a cool shot, but completely overexposed. But since it was shot in RAW, Lightroom was able to pull back all the info that the sensor recorded.

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Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AharonInIsrael on November 11, 2015, 05:27:28 AM
The power of RAW: this picture was taken as a test shot while setting up. Turns out it's a cool shot, but completely overexposed. But since it was shot in RAW, Lightroom was able to pull back all the info that the sensor recorded.
Wow, that's quite the difference. The "improved" version reflects more accurately the actual image you saw with your eyes?
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Post by: Something Fishy on November 11, 2015, 07:40:54 AM
Wow, that's quite the difference. The "improved" version reflects more accurately the actual image you saw with your eyes?

Yes. While setting up we take pictures at different setting to achieve the correct exposure and blend of sharpness/movement in the water. So the first couple of shots are often improperly exposed and thrown away. In this case however it captured an interesting scene; due to the power of RAW we were able to recover details that would otherwise be unrecoverable.
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Post by: VacationLover on November 11, 2015, 11:09:46 AM
Frankly the internet I have here in Europe from T-mobile doesn't load the pictures ::) but from the installment and the comments it sounds really amazing  8)
Just got my internet connection to work properly. WOW, INSANE! Especially the sunsets
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Post by: shoobi on November 12, 2015, 02:15:31 PM
Unreal. Not sure if I'm more blown away by the trip and pictures or that you put in the sheer effort to write this EPIC TR...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on November 12, 2015, 02:42:37 PM
Keep it coming
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2015, 05:38:01 PM
I think that any Icelandic trip report would be incomplete without this gem ;D:

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/volcano_name/1.png)
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/volcano_name/2.png)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on November 12, 2015, 05:43:10 PM
I think that any Icelandic trip report would be incomplete without this gem ;D:

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/volcano_name/1.png)
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/volcano_name/2.png)

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on November 12, 2015, 05:56:35 PM
I think that any Icelandic trip report would be incomplete without this gem ;D:

Awesome! I was just looking for that one :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2015, 06:00:51 PM
That's great!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on November 13, 2015, 12:20:52 AM
I think that any Icelandic trip report would be incomplete without this gem ;D :
Gem? I can't stop laughing.  ;D ;D Such a perfect, logical explanation.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on November 24, 2015, 12:04:38 PM
is this over? it's been 2 weeks since the last part :(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on November 24, 2015, 12:05:22 PM
is this over? it's been 2 weeks since the last part :(
You just got many peoples' hope up that the next installment was posted.  >:(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on November 24, 2015, 12:07:04 PM
You just got many peoples' hope up that the next installment was posted.  >:(
+1, but we probably have to give them some slack until after Cyber Monday.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2015, 12:08:49 PM
Very definitely not over ;D.

There's a tremendous amount of work going into this TR (any TR, really), it just takes time.

You can't rush art ;).
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on November 24, 2015, 12:15:34 PM
Very definitely not over ;D.

There's a tremendous amount of work going into this TR (any TR, really), it just takes time.

You can't rush art ;).
I for one wasn't asking for a rush job. Take your time and let the art speak for itself.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on December 02, 2015, 03:53:38 PM
Very definitely not over ;D.

There's a tremendous amount of work going into this TR (any TR, really), it just takes time.

You can't rush art ;).

...Should have just said yes. 8)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on December 02, 2015, 04:10:52 PM
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2015, 02:02:33 AM
Next installment (auroras!) is done from my end. Chaim'l and whYME are adding their pictures and comments now.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on December 10, 2015, 05:42:40 AM
Next installment (auroras!) is done from my end. Chaim'l and whYME are adding their pictures and comments now.
Woohoo!  We're already drooling...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on December 10, 2015, 07:09:15 AM

Next installment (auroras!) is done from my end. Chaim'l and whYME are adding their pictures and comments now.

Finally! Been waiting on this one. How many more installments are coming out? Think we will wrap this up before 2017?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on December 10, 2015, 09:36:30 AM
^ said no person ever who has put the time and effort into an above-average TR.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on December 10, 2015, 09:39:06 AM
Because it is actually questionable if it will be done by that time?

I love it and anticipate these TRs to the nth degree. As the end consumer of them I would love them to be published faster but totally understand that quality writing takes time especially when people work as well. Just excited about it. That's all.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 10, 2015, 11:21:34 AM
@SF are you planning another trip?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2015, 11:23:08 AM
^ said no person ever who has put the time and effort into an above-average TR.

Bingo, thanks.

@SF are you planning another trip?

Many things flying around my head, nothing concrete at this point.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on December 21, 2015, 09:31:29 AM
Next installment (auroras!) is done from my end. Chaim'l and whYME are adding their pictures and comments now.

Bump.

Hate me.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: PBaruch on December 21, 2015, 04:32:31 PM
A Star Wars movie was made in shorter time than this TR.   :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on December 22, 2015, 02:59:11 AM
A Star Wars movie was made in shorter time than this TR.   :P
Give me $100mm to work with and it'll be done in no time. :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on December 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM
[Something Fishy] We had been on the road to Jokulsarlon for only a couple of minutes, when it started to snow >:(. If we weren't annoyed enough at the Icelandic weather, we definitely were now... The road was very well marked, with evenly spaced reflectors along both sides, but our progress slowed considerably.

Luckily, after about half an hour, we passed the area of bad weather and left the snow behind completely.

whYME was driving at the time, ([whYME] naturally :D) while I was in the passenger seat gloomily watching the sky for the aurora I knew was not coming. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a point of light. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what it was - a star! This can't be right... the entire country is cloudy! whYME slammed on the brakes, turned off the lights, and I jumped out to investigate.

Thousands of stars were twinkling at me. Here and there a small patch of clouds still hung, but unbelievably, the sky had cleared!

Adrenaline pumping with excitement, we hit the road again, this time all three of us watching the sky intently. Not ten minutes later, I shouted for whYME to stop. Unless I was very much mistaken, I had just seen the faintest glimmer of green in the sky.

Again I jumped out of the van, rested my camera on the hood, and pointed it in the general direction. Lo and behold, there it was! While incredibly faint, there was no doubt about it. Even though it was hardly visible to us, my camera's long exposure had seen it clearly:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5770/22971746654_1f066f4762_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/30Wac6)

Like maniacs, we threw on whatever layers we could find, grabbed our cameras and tripods, and ran (literally) out into the night. We parked the van on a little outcropping of road, turned off all the lights, and sprinted to the other side of the road for a better composition.

We were a sight to behold. Three nutjobs, running and slipping across a frozen field, shouting instructions and tips over the wailing wind, trying to take a picture of what was really the lousiest aurora display you could imagine. Two minutes later the display brightened up a drop, and we had our primary objective for the trip completed: a picture of a real, live aurora. Sure, it was as meh a picture as I ever took, but at least we had seen something:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/699/23304238420_1c53292b9f_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/94V11T)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/575/23491323122_6fd0c5f76e_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Zke5K2)

Let me digress for a moment and address the elephant in the room: the vast majority of the time, the aurora doesn't look as bright or as colorful as you see in all the pictures and time-lapse videos. Often, there is a lot of Photoshop put into each picture to bring out the aurora and show it the way people want to see it. Additionally, since a long exposure is needed to properly capture the lights, there are no videos to be had, only time-lapses (this has since changed with the introduction of the incredible Sony A7r camera). This means that the quick "dancing" we're used to seeing does not exist at all; reality is more like a shimmer, or a quick-moving cloud. Mercilessly, I kept on reminding Chaim'l and whYME about these facts; we must be prepared and not have our expectations exceed reality.

[whYME] Although I heard Something Fishy's warnings, it never quite registered with me because even though I knew not to expect it to look quite like the time lapses, I wasn't expecting it to be that bad.

[Something Fishy] As we were bundling back in the van, I mentioned this yet again. We were of course hoping that this display was just a teaser, but we know that it won't look like the videos we had seen ahead of time.

The above pictures are pretty much exactly the way we saw it in real life; as a demonstration, here's what they look like after some Photoshop wizardry:

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7aCVHKxOZltrCDjG/giphy.gif)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/xT9IgnytOA1T9w5Cik/giphy.gif)
 
Heading back to the van Chaim'l continued his clothing-losing streak, when his glove blew away into a pitch-dark, fenced-in field. From my end, my memory-card-losing trend appeared to be over, thankfully.

Our low spirits were now very definitely gone.

[whYME] Um, what? I guess SF and Chaim'l were happier, but me? That was quite another story.

Uch, such a disappointment. At this point, in a sense, I was even more disheartened and dejected than when we were looking at total cloud cover. And SF's insistence that this is how it often is didn't help matters. At least beforehand there was hope for the clouds to clear and we'd still see something, but now you're telling me that it's all a bunch of BS and I won't actually see the aurora looking anything like they appear in the pictures and videos?

Of course on one hand I was excited to have at least seen something, and was certainly hopeful and optimistic that we'd still get somewhat better views. On the other hand, with the full reality of Something Fishy's dire warnings setting in, I couldn't help but think "Really? that's what the fuss is all about? What a bummer."

Little did I know...

[Something Fishy] Back on the road, we got into the real hunting mode. We layered up everything we owned, from balaclavas to ice spikes for our boots. We set our cameras to manual mode, ISO 400, f/2.8, and 8 seconds (a good exposure starting point). We manually focused our lenses to infinity, and taped them down in that position. Bubble level in the hot shoe, wireless remotes receivers plugged in and set. We put our cameras on our tripods, fully extended legs their legs, and put those on our laps. The point of all this was simple: if the aurora appears again, we're ready to shoot in two seconds flat.

Turning off the car's heat so that we don't melt, we hit the road again. I don't remember who it was, but at this point someone pointed out that we must look like the yidden eating the korban pesach for the very first time - מָתְנֵיכֶ֣ם חֲגֻרִ֔ים נַֽעֲלֵיכֶם֙ בְּרַגְלֵיכֶ֔ם וּמַקֶּלְכֶ֖ם בְּיֶדְכֶ֑ם  ;D ;D ;D.

It was around half an hour later when the sky EXPLODED. We ran out into an otherworldly scene, one whose intensity took our breaths away. Auroras stretching from horizon to horizon; curtains of green, pink, and purple twisting, dancing in a cosmic dance. A thick green line drops, stretches, expands in all directions. It spreads into the vertical, the upper reaches changing from green to pink to purple. The dark, black landscape is transformed: the brightness of the aurora lights up even distant mountains; every patch of ice and snow glows eerily green. The silence was absolute; nothing could be heard but the melancholy wail of the wind.

Pictures? Who could think about pictures now.

We did however take some ;D. After drinking deeply of the incredible phenomenon before us, we now tried to capture it in camera. I should point out that these pictures are pretty much as we say it; other than the typical RAW adjustments (sharpness, contrast, etc.), these pictures are barely edited. We were truly luck to catch an exceptionally powerful display:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/16432318267_1fca7038da_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r34VJc)

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/588/23190819093_9f2ddaab9d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Bki1yv)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1543/23701096280_da44f98c3b_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/53Qm2G)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7681/17142191247_df033a603a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s7Ndev)

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/644/23521744750_361b9dcbfc_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/C38Z1n)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/16017230484_d5aae14f09_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qpouAh)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/624/23645828635_d61f3a878b_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/gR3W09)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7627/16313479693_d6859e11e3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qRyRag)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5795/23913559251_072e5a3330_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Craf2H)

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/635/23791343796_1cc5e85db8_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/7zs9Lp)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/763/23619739656_9e24ebe399_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/88485e)

[Something Fishy] For a couple of seconds, we even even lucky enough to see a somewhat rare coronal aurora, where the rays all appear to emanate from one point directly overhead:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/584/23277880899_66679562ff_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Gz79WW)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1526/23970023886_a2841317c9_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/iZ5Bd0)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5822/23700404390_de298db3d2_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/25U8J5)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1687/23970023696_65ebdcf528_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/21fasv)

[Something Fishy] Once we had our shots, we put the cameras down and just watched.

In my opinion, this is something that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. There's something spiritual about it; words cannot begin to describe the feeling of lying on the ice, in the middle of nowhere, in the freezing cold, and watching the spectacular display of Hashem's work. I don't think I've ever made as heartfelt a birchas Osah Massai Bereishis as I did that night.

[Chaim’l] There isn’t much I could add to SF’s excellent oratory. It was a most amazing experience, lying on the snowy ground beside my tripod in the stillness of the night, watching the most awesome display of dancing colours across the sky. At that moment you cannot help forgetting about lost gloves and any other trivialities. This was Nifla’os HaBorei at its best.

[whYME] Wow! Just wow.
There's not much for me to add other than after thinking of Something Fishy's earlier dire warnings, I've never in my life been so glad to be able to tell someone "Ha! you were wrong!"

[Chaim’l] I took the opportunity to capture some pictures of SF and whYME lying on the ground spellbound by the show.

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/689/23524692059_d19169b357_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/09c5K9)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/620/23536237149_1744aa8435_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/xCFq63)

[Something Fishy] After 35 minutes, the show began winding down. With a final burst of pale green and pink, the display came to a close:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5681/23563415171_c35f03fe69_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/454yx3)

Absolutely exhilarated, we got back in the van. After such a disappointing weather forecast, to be witness to such a spectacle, was just beyond our wildest dreams.

Once again, we headed to Jokulsarlon.

Except that we didn't. Fourteen minutes into the journey we, once again, hightailed it off the road. That sky!

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8759/17323648086_d253c34823_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/soQe2G)

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5725/23521734560_755330facc_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/9381y5)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7641/16726199607_f9f4d3bb0a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ru39pR)

[Something Fishy] This video I took - while absolutely abysmal in quality - allows you to get an idea how the aurora dances, shifts, and fades in real-time:



This display was quite short; after 11 minutes, this one, too, faded to black:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/695/23017636624_e27fdcfb14_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/2X34Eg)

This was turning into a pattern, and no sir, we did not mind one little bit ;D. Back in the car, drive a couple of minutes, screech onto the side of the road, and see display after marvelous display:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7752/17142181677_fa7b81be2d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s7Naov)

Photo by Chaim'l:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5711/23449678529_2fc42f01fc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BJaJse)

[Something Fishy] Sometimes we didn't bother taking pictures. For example, at one point in this weird and wonderful night, there was no aurora to be seen save for single, thick, bright green stripe stretching from horizon to horizon. Like a giant celestial snake, just hanging there, overhead; sometimes still, sometimes hypnotically waving from side to side. No way a camera could capture this otherworldly apparition. But we stood there, spellbound, until it faded into a memory.

[whYME] Perhaps there was no way for a camera to capture it, but I was still willing to give it a try :):

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/778/23608063630_c9d233d1ab_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/dDDHXf)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/592/23821280101_1b60d39b00_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/X70333)

Meanwhile Chaim'l and Something Fishy just enjoyed the show:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5816/20467682323_d02799ab4a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/ez6d05)

[Something Fishy] As the hours passed, something incredible happened. Unbelievably, we were getting aurora fatigue. Spoiled by utterly epic displays, we'd see a medium-sized aurora and say, "Eh, not worth stopping for. We've seen better than that". I think that's the only reason we actually made it to Jokulsarlon in the end, by forging on and ignoring multiple "lesser" displays.

[whYME] Some lessons learned while driving that night:

1. If you're the one driving, try and leave the sky-watching to the passengers. I know it's important to know if there's any new aurora displays, but it's more important to pay attention to the road.
2. When disobeying rule #1, if you're approaching a one-lane bridge, be extra cautious and make sure you're not about to hit a tractor trailer head-on.
3. When disobeying rule #2, you darn well better hope the tractor trailer flashes his high beams and honks his air horn at you to get your attention with enough time for you to stop before the bridge...

[Something Fishy] At around 3:00 AM, we finally pulled into the parking lot at Jokulsarlon. The weather had turned overcast again and the parking lot was deserted, save for two cars whose occupants were fast asleep. Our goal now was simple - get some sleep ourselves. Other than a 2-hour nap on the plane, we had all been up for 40-something hours at this point; we were running on pure adrenaline.

Now the real fun started. While the camper supposedly sleeps five, it only really fits three adults - on two beds. The bottom bunk was not bad: there was plenty of room for two, and a camera bag divider did a nice job of maintaining, uh, a secure Demarcation Line. The top bunk, on the other hand, while being plenty wide, only had a clearance of twelve inches or so :o. I volunteered to climb up and be the guinea pig.

Oh. My. Flipptin'. Felusa. You have never felt something as claustrophobic as this. Once I was in, my fate was sealed; no way I'm getting out of there without some major gymnastics. I couldn't roll over; I couldn't bring my arms up or down. In fact I woke up at one point in the middle of the night freezing cold, as my blanket had fallen down and there was simply no way for me to retrieve it.

And it goes without saying that the bed (shelf?) was not exactly long enough. Chaim'l and whYME were laughing for half an hour straight when they caught sight of this:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/685/23537272322_4b4bdb394b_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/7929ve)

[Chaim’l] This was probably the most comical turn-ins I've ever experienced. Due to the cramped space inside and ferocious winds outside, it was nigh on impossible to get undressed properly. We went to sleep almost fully clothed save for our snow boots and mid-layer tops. Although not the most comfortable sleepwear, it kept us warm and meant that when we awoke we were almost ready to go.

On the note of ferocious winds, it is recommended to check the wind’s direction before answering nature’s call outdoors in these conditions. An airfield windsock attached to the vehicle would do nicely.

[whYME] Indeed, the wind can be a bit of an issue when standing at the edge of the water and aiming for an iceberg, but with a little effort it's doable :D.

[Something Fishy] Sunrise was scheduled for 8:54. That meant we wanted to be ready to shoot by 7 o'clock, the latest. By the time we had settled down it was 4:00; we had two whole hours to sleep before our alarms went off at 6:00.

We were asleep in seconds.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: David Smith on December 27, 2015, 03:52:38 AM
Incredible. Your writing skills do; indeed bring this amazing trip to life. Worth every second of waiting. Wow.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: LoLo on December 27, 2015, 04:45:06 AM
Woooof, I'm out of words. What an amazing experience and write-up.

Now, if only there was a good way of predicting these shows, I'd be on the next plane..
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chff on December 27, 2015, 07:54:06 AM
Wow, the pictures are beautiful! Keep em coming
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on December 27, 2015, 08:28:19 AM
Wow!

Words cannot describe!

It was worth waiting for.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: HowYaDoin on December 27, 2015, 08:50:12 AM
Amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on December 27, 2015, 09:09:24 AM
BH
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on December 27, 2015, 09:13:27 AM
My two year son was watching me read this TR and he thought the aurora was a butterfly :)
Thanks for another amazing installment!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on December 27, 2015, 09:49:36 AM
Incredible pictures couples with some great and enlightening commentary makes this one of the best segments ever done on DDF. Congrats and just great!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on December 27, 2015, 12:06:55 PM
A Star Wars movie was made in shorter time than this TR.   :P
and star wars we got!!
Thanx...... finally
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on December 27, 2015, 01:03:30 PM
awesome!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2015, 01:15:10 PM
Simply amazing. I'm full of regret.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: jj1000 on December 27, 2015, 01:20:14 PM
Simply amazing. I'm full of regret.
Wanted to share the top bunk with SF?

Unreal TR!!! Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on December 27, 2015, 01:33:57 PM
Speechless, keep it coming
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on December 27, 2015, 02:11:04 PM
Really cool!!!
Can't wait for the next part the end of January
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yslkwd on December 27, 2015, 02:47:11 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on December 27, 2015, 03:19:24 PM
Really cool!!!
Can't wait for the next part the end of January 2017
ftfy
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: MosheD on December 27, 2015, 03:45:35 PM
Absolutely amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on December 27, 2015, 03:58:30 PM
ftfy
It's already in the works.

Another holiday weekend coming upbe optimistic.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on December 27, 2015, 03:59:11 PM
Bookmarking this for later, thanks.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on December 27, 2015, 06:15:56 PM
Simply amazing! No (other) words!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on December 27, 2015, 08:03:10 PM
Incredibly insane!! I too couldn't stop laughing from that sight  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Super Speed on December 28, 2015, 01:35:21 AM
Speechless.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on December 28, 2015, 12:50:45 PM
epic! those pictures are priceless. just curious, do you photograph as a hobby or do you sell the photo rights?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: username on December 28, 2015, 07:25:24 PM
epic! those pictures are priceless. just curious, do you photograph as a hobby or do you sell the photo rights?
See the first post in the "Learn Photography" thread.
Quote
(A quick note on my photographic "record" and where I'm coming from:: I was a salesperson and later trainer in one of the biggest photo stores in the US, and trained salespeople in all topics I hope to cover. I currently work as a product developer for a large manufacturer, where I design and develop photo and lighting equipment and accessories. You could see a small selection of my photography on my Flickr page - click the little globe under my user name to get there.)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on December 28, 2015, 08:05:03 PM
Fantastic. Love the pics. And whYME's rules of driving
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on December 29, 2015, 10:05:50 PM
I don't want to post any comments here because I don't want to be teased by every bump of the thread when it's not actually the next...

...oh well, just posted...    ...too late...
...but once I'm at it I'll already mention my amazement of Hashem's creation laid out so nicely in such a well written TR. I'm awestricken!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Chapshnell on December 30, 2015, 10:03:23 AM
Something Fishy, Whyme, Chaim'L... WOW! GOOD JOB! What a great & beautiful TR.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shwarmabob on December 30, 2015, 03:19:00 PM
Amazing. Bucketlist grew /+1
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on December 30, 2015, 03:32:44 PM
Amazing. Bucketlist grew /+1
Lets Go! http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/81702
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: srap on December 30, 2015, 04:01:39 PM
Stunning.  Hashem has no bounds. 
The humor (humour, for you Chaim) and wit in the posts from the three of you has turned this TR into a classic must-read. 
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: E-MAN on December 30, 2015, 04:14:37 PM
Best TR ever? DDMS worthy
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Chapshnell on December 31, 2015, 09:08:06 AM
Best TR ever? DDMS worthy

It is on DDMS.

I see its going to happen locally:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/powerful-solar-storm-hit-earth-years-eve/story?id=36010574
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shoobi on January 10, 2016, 04:05:48 PM
How do you get 100 old ladies DDF'ers to yell "F**K" at the same time?  Get one lady to yell "BINGO" the next installment of this TR up!

Un-Freakin-Real. Waste of words to try to describe an accurate reaction.

(And yes, I also love the rules for driving. Lol'd)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dr Moose on January 10, 2016, 04:34:15 PM
Un-Freakin-Real. Waste of words to try to describe an accurate reaction.

(And yes, I also love the rules for driving. Lol'd)
I think something got messed over there. Not sure why you're quoting me...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on January 12, 2016, 10:27:11 PM
Thank you all ;D!

Just wanted to say that the next segment will not take as long to post as the last one :D... We're also aiming to have finished the entire TR by the end of February.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ari9 on January 12, 2016, 10:33:14 PM
Thank you all ;D!

Just wanted to say that the next segment will not take as long to post as the last one :D... We're also aiming to have finished the entire TR by the end of February.
Excellent!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on January 13, 2016, 12:45:11 AM
Just wanted to say that the next segment will not take as long to post as the last one :D ... We're also aiming to have finished the entire TR by the end of February.
(http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji95.png)(http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji158.png) acknowledged (http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji45.png)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on January 13, 2016, 07:39:09 AM

(http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji95.png)(http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji158.png) acknowledged (http://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji45.png)

Lol! Seems like not everyone is agreeing with SF's timeline
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on January 13, 2016, 10:28:42 AM
Is there and over under... Accepting bets?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on February 04, 2016, 05:22:53 PM
Is there and over under... Accepting bets?

I hope no one actually took any bets
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on February 04, 2016, 05:26:07 PM
I hope no one actually took any bets

You got me excited there for a second.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on February 04, 2016, 06:49:01 PM
You got me excited there for a second.

maybe that counts as him posting ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shlonx on February 23, 2016, 09:32:32 PM
Nu, first anniversary of the trip and no new segment? We're waiting for some more amazing stuff!!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on February 23, 2016, 09:56:05 PM
Nu, first anniversary of the trip and no new segment? We're waiting for some more amazing stuff!!!!

The next segment (and most of the one after that) has been ready from my end for weeks... I'm waiting on the other guys now.

But with Norway being just a couple of says away, I highly doubt they'll have the time.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on February 24, 2016, 01:24:34 PM
The next segment (and most of the one after that) has been ready from my end for weeks... I'm waiting on the other guys now.

But with Norway being just a couple of says away, I highly doubt they'll have the time.
Norway? Who, all three of you again?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: EJB on February 24, 2016, 01:47:15 PM
The next segment (and most of the one after that) has been ready from my end for weeks... I'm waiting on the other guys now.

But with Norway being just a couple of says away, I highly doubt they'll have the time.

And afterward they will have the time??? Push them!!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on February 24, 2016, 03:27:28 PM
Norway? Who, all three of you again?

Yes. And Dan, and Mr. Anonymous.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yakrot on February 24, 2016, 03:29:53 PM
Oh wow sounds great maybe we'll get a trip report right away bc Dan will want it up on the sight (wishful thinking)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2016, 03:34:06 PM
Oh wow sounds great maybe we'll get a trip report right away bc Dan will want it up on the sight (wishful thinking)
ROFL
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on February 24, 2016, 03:40:19 PM
ROFL
Uh oh, doesn't sound good.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 24, 2016, 03:48:17 PM
Yes. And Dan, and Mr. Anonymous.

When are you all headed over?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on February 24, 2016, 03:51:03 PM
When are you all headed over?
Search through this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?board=2.0) board you'll probably dish up something somewhere.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 24, 2016, 03:59:52 PM
Search through this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?board=2.0) board you'll probably dish up something somewhere.

Thanks for the chase  :D

Found the upcoming trip but no mention that I saw of when...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on February 24, 2016, 04:27:52 PM
Search through this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?board=2.0) board you'll probably dish up something somewhere.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44320.msg1412069#msg1412069
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on February 24, 2016, 04:40:20 PM
I love how an Iceland trip thread just took flight to Norway...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 24, 2016, 04:43:02 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44320.msg1412069#msg1412069

I'll stop hijacking-but still just seeing vague quotes. Closest thing I found was this:

In a couple of weeks.

Very much looking forward to reading about this-wish I could join
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: bluesky on February 24, 2016, 05:23:24 PM
I love how an Iceland trip thread just took flight to Norway...
Are we going to Abisko next in Sweden? The SAS $47 fare before Purim works for the Northern Lights.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on February 29, 2016, 02:18:52 PM
Thank you all ;D!

Just wanted to say that the next segment will not take as long to post as the last one :D... We're also aiming to have finished the entire TR by the end of February.
Nakdimon Ben Gurion in the Gemara in taanis proved that one has until the end of the day to make good on a promise... just sayin
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2016, 08:52:17 PM
[Something Fishy] After what felt like 10 seconds, the alarms began going off. It was 6:00 AM, and we had been asleep for less than two hours. Time to shoot the sunrise!

A quick peek out the window later and we knew that there ain't being no sunrise today. The sky was opaque with thick and low clouds; no way something like this could clear in time. Instead of getting upset, we made the best of it: we hit snooze and turned over to the other side.

An hour later, we were up again: it was beginning to get light outside. The clouds were as thick as ever, but the deep blue light fit the icy location perfectly. I shimmied out of my perch, we pulled on around 16 layers of clothing, slipped crampons on our boots, and headed out into the frozen world.

The scene was stunning. Ice, ice, and more ice, as far as the eye could see. Ice coating the ground, icebergs floating in the lagoon, and glaciers coming off the mountains all around us. Last night this was all but invisible to us; now it took our breath away.

Jokulsarlon is one of the most famous places in Iceland, and for good reason. Located in Vatnajökull National Park, the immense Breiðamerkurjökull glacier feeds into an ever-growing lagoon, the deepest lake in Iceland (814'). Chunks of ice as big as a house calve off the glacier's face and tumble into the lake, where the water carves them into beautiful shapes. Slowly, these bergs make their way through a channel and into the open ocean, where they are further churned up, broken apart, and spit onto a perfectly perfect black-sand beach.

It was to the lagoon that we headed first. A quick walk from the parking lot led us to the edge of a cliff, with and endless variation of color and shapes to photograph. I don't think I've ever seen so many shades of blue.

A general overview of the glacier and lagoon, in the blue twilight:

Photo by Chaim’l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1632/24653906269_bbe4aef165_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/9347Lp)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1463/26377160350_1e2ec7d2e7_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/NBwT49)

[Something Fishy] Chaim'l & whYME....

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1642/24425486296_fc81d1c5df_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Mc40o6)

Spot the dragon:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1653/23823478814_4ab48776bf_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/8135J5)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1690/23824930043_c50a7c51a8_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/s34k83)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1596/24369217701_b443a34577_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/ChA99k)

Spot the dolphin:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1456/24343357032_8da18d56eb_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/L24arP)

Photo by Chaim’l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1599/24903260902_ae8dc3f18c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/0d3Mcm)

Photo by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1599/26044686174_078f10122d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/45gP20)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1464/24451598445_c09f82dd2d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/cTbmHi)

Slowly it got more light, but the cloud cover remained:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1527/23823403244_9e8eebd279_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/19K340)

Spot the beluga whale:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1611/24369176111_6996d4817c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/pws6vZ)

After a while, we hiked down the cliff to the edge of the water:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/617/22680291419_0404b3a4cb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Aybqte)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1473/23846128704_b193039c46_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/462L19)

Photos by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1493/26377158680_9c203391a7_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/45Bw8a)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1544/26044685694_2ddd632293_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/13A431)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1555/26046895683_3dd7aa6609_b.jpg) (http://hhttps://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/Hw1v68)

Photo by Something Fishy:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1456/24451601615_b3352d7c6b_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/0336HA)

It was during this shoot that we experienced our first major equipment failure: my tripod head seized up from the cold and simply refused to budge in any direction. Not a problem: within five minutes I had run back to the van, removed the busted head, and replaced it with one of two spares we had brought along. As mentioned in the beginning of this TR, we had backup for all critical equipment. Boy was I glad of that fact now.

[Chaim'l] When we started shooting, the place was more or less deserted, save for another photographer or two. When I was done shooting, I turned around and saw the place littered with photographers and the ubiquitous Asian tourists. Of course — given the proximity of our sleeping accommodations — we had front-row seats to the view.

The scene behind us:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1659/25361091646_ea016eefe8_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/65t8RP)

Myself:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25268982792_62ebafb596_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/27071p)

Something Fishy shooting the scene...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1456/25294257111_443b478ed9_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/J53Hr1)

[Something Fishy] After a bit more than an hour's shooting, we decided to head over to the beach and photograph the washed-up icebergs.

The scene that greeted us was straight out of an alien world in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of stunningly-blue icebergs lay on the pitch-black sand, glistening sapphires as large as boulders. The dark clouds and roiling sea created a perfectly dramatic background.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1556/23824765303_300534308d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/GmS2LB)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1550/23823380224_9fe95604f0_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/ZU0172)

Photo by Chaim’l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1673/24120741629_2a9e127735_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CKt78F)

[whYME] While Something Fishy and Chaim'l headed straight out to the icebergs closer to the edge of the water, I hung back a bit and took some shots of the little bits strewn about farther up the beach:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1652/26377157800_3dd7aa6609_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/35Set0)

Foot:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1714/26046895163_ec8d7f3060_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/8afph5)

A goat with a backwards baseball cap?

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1693/26377157310_06267c3ebd_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/8fdJSH)

Chaim'l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1634/26046894633_2919f64949_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/m6Z4Le)

Something Fishy:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1666/26689074571_fb097c9f73_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/2nfV9d)

[Something Fishy] Every minute or so a wave would reach far enough up the beach and create lovely patterns around the ice. I call this one "Broken Heart":

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1542/24083998269_acb987a5c5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CGdMBt)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1593/24425345336_71820f3b51_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdohcJ)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1640/24369092711_0e0ea633c6_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/aa472x)

And if you weren't careful and holding on tight to your tripod...:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1485/24155957020_3d0c182905_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/95Zsf6)

Photos by whYME:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1524/26624029796_edea22679c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/97p1F4)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1471/26044683614_5e80541fac_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/r0MT4q)

Photo by Chaim’l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1459/24725760860_4dd82bf76d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/w704xj)

Photo by Chaim’l:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1446/24928335581_b94577813d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/y7r178)

Wide view of the beach. Can you spot Something Fishy?

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[whYME] A particularly powerful wave smashing into a iceberg:

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 That same wave as it reached the ice I was shooting:

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 The thing with waves is, that the more powerful they are the farther up the beach they reach and the deeper the water will be. When I realized that this particular wave was gonna be quite a bit higher than the before it did I quickly get out of the way? Heck no! I stood my ground, hoping to get a great shot out of it. By the time the wave reached about half way up my boots I realized I was in trouble. Remember back in the "Clothing" part (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54461.msg1266490#msg1266490) where I mentioned that unbeknownst to me my boots were not waterproof? Well with a wave reaching about 3/4 up my boots I sure found out the hard way.

With my feet completely soaked I headed back to the van to change shoes. Luckily I had decided to bring a pair of hiking boots as a backup. Being stuck with only my Crocs would not have been fun.

([Something Fishy] Let me interrupt for the record here: whYME - obviously! - did not learn his lesson... This is him a year later, in Svalbard, during the winter, a couple of hundred miles from the North Pole:

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:P)

[whYME] With my feet dry and warm again I tried to get whatever shots I still could without heading back down to the water, such as this one of Something Fishy:

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[Something Fishy] Poor whYME shooting from the top of the beach:

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We drank our fill of this incredible scene and headed back to the van. At the last moment, we decided to have a quick look at the opposite side of the lagoon which we had shot earlier. This side provided a better overall view of the place:

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A bunch of seals and seagulls were relaxing on a long, thin iceberg:

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Luckily for this eider duck, there were no eider duck hunters around; unluckily for us, this meant we will be continuing to Snæfellsnes without the ever-trusty Hans (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_Center_of_the_Earth):

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Here, too, the water had carved the icebergs into all manner of splendid shapes:

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Photos by whYME:

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We now had a big decision to make: where do we go next? Both Vesturhorn and the Lækjavik Coast were high on our to-do list, but these were 1:10 and 1:30 driving time to the east. On the other hand, Kirkjufell, a higher-priority location, was six and a half hours due west. After some discussion, we decided to skip Vesturhorn and Lækjavik. For starters, with the weather this dreary the photography at these locations will not be very good; both spots need strong, nice light to look their best. Additionally, heading west would give us the opportunity to make the drive slowly and stop along the way, as opposed to making an 8-hour beeline from Lækjavik to Kirkjufell.

So we headed west. Only ten minutes later we came to our next location: Fjallsárlón. This glacier and lagoon are Jukulsarlon's little sibling; they look nearly identical. Fjallsárlón however is missing a beach; to make up for it, the glacier's face is pretty close to the near edge of the lagoon.

The spur road approaching Fjallsárlón:

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Photographically, Fjallsárlón was incredibly challenging. You'll notice in the above pictures that it's impossible to see where the mountains and glaciers end and the sky begins. I remember commenting to the guys that this is the first time in my life that the real-life scene looks like a badly-exposed picture - the sky and mountaintops were quite literally the same shade of pure white. No amount of fiddling with the camera or Photoshop was able to fix this; it was simply like that in real life.

The fact that the glacier's face is so close allows for some pretty cool abstract photography:

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[whYME] I wish I had taken that picture.

This is another one if those things where I really need to learn my lesson: when we're at a shooting location and it seems there's no shot to be had, if Something Fishy is shooting something, shoot whatever he's shooting. Don't just stand around saying "nu, let's get out of here"

This is the best (least worst?) Shot I got:

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[Something Fishy] Looking at this scene, I was struck with its similarity to Alaska, particularly the Chugach Range. They say that everything is bigger in Alaska; I could say with some confidence that Iceland is just more... epic than Alaska. Like Alaska on steroids. Where in Alaska you would have a glacier coming off a mountain, here you had ten. Click on the video below and watch it in full-screen mode, at 1080p - you'll see 360° of mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see. It's simply an incredible sight:



(Note: the lower-quality pictures (muddy colors and less sharp) from here on are from a windshield-mounted GoPro.)

Leaving Fjallsárlón, our next project was getting gas (diesel, actually). The big chain in Iceland, N1, has stations every now and then along the Ring Road. Research prior to the trip had shown that we should buy a prepaid gas card when we can, as most stations don't take American credit cards and have no services - basically just a pump. Luckily, the first station we came across now was a larger one with a store attached. We bought the largest gas card available - 10,000 krona - hoping that this would last us at least till tomorrow.

Not four minutes into the fill-up, the pump stops due to lack of funds. I marched back into the store to get a replacement, as this card was obviously defective or something. The cashier takes it, checks it, and declares that it's not broken; we had simply used up the 10,000 krona already.

Say what :o?

But he was right - their largest card available didn't even have enough capacity for a single fill-up. Thankfully Chaim'l has European cards with chip-and-PIN so we were able to get gas in the end.

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Back on the main road, we were struck by something which we had had not paid too much notice yesterday: there are pretty much no trees in Iceland. Sure, here and there you'll come across a stand of a couple of trees, but as a rule, there were no trees to be seen. You'd expect something like this in a desert; driving through a snowy and mountainous landscape with zero trees makes for a very weird experience.

A random turnout brought us to a singular sight: a lone, bare tree standing tall against a snowy mountain cliff:

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Perplexed about the purpose of this turnout, we convinced ourselves that it must be a shrine to the last remaining tree in the country or something ;D. (The real answer was more boring, as we found out later. There were some old ruins there, from the time people first settled the island. Covered in snow, we had not seen the interpretative signs.)

Believe it or not, this is a color photograph:

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Whereas some glaciers empty into lagoons, some drain into tremendously wide riverbeds, cutting ever-changing channels. This particular bridge spans such a riverbed, which is over a mile wide. The bridge is one lane wide, with periodic pullouts on the side to allow for passing traffic:

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Coming off the other side of the bridge, the weather took a definite turn for the worse. First the wind picked up and started blowing snow across the road:

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Then the snow started blowing everywhere:

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And then it started to snow. First lightly, then heavier and heavier.

It was around this time when we arrived at the turnout for Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, an item pretty high on our bucket list. It wasn't long after we started down the road that we realized that we may be in trouble. A narrow bridge spanned a deep gorge, the road rapidly disappearing beneath a couple inches of snow. Ahead was a steep hill, with no way to turn around:

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We had to soldier on.

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So on we soldiered.

And then we got stuck.

[whYME] Starting up the hill I commented that no matter what we cannot stop on the hill or we won't make it up.

So naturally as soon as I said that I managed to skip a gear and the van slowly came to a halt.

[Something Fishy] Luckily, we were still pointing up the hill, so we were able to use gravity to assist us. The u-turn was laborious, but in the end we made it. Had we been on flat ground, or would there have been another hill on the way back to the main road, we would have been in serious trouble. The spot was incredibly remote, and this was a serious storm brewing here.

But we made it back to the main road. Or at least that's what the GPS said. This is what the road looked like - an absolute white out:

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Anyone remember whYME's Three Rules of Driving?

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We drove through this for what felt like hours, but eventually the storm died down and revealed a fairy tale landscape:

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Onward we pressed, still westbound.

Apparently the storm was somewhat localized, as we passed some areas that couldn't have gotten more than an inch or so:

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A roadside pull-out not on our list caught our attention, and so we stopped for a bit to stretch our legs, relax from a somewhat harrowing couple of hours, and clear the van from snow.

I'm still kicking myself for forgetting to take this picture before we cleared the snow off the van... Oh well, next time:

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All around us, poking out from beneath the fresh snow, were thousands of stone cairns. Turns out this was Laufskálavarða, the site of a volcanic eruption in the year 894. So, for the last 1121 years, travelers have been erecting stone cairns here so that they will have good luck on their journeys (I'm not quite sure how piling some stones at an ancient volcano brings good luck, but I digress). Every year, the Icelandic roads department dumps a couple truckloads of gravel so people could continue this tradition.

Some of the cairns, atop a small hill:

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whYME shooting the cairns, while Chaim'l tries to juggle his camera and selfie stick at the same time:

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Side note: Selfie sticks are now banned from all PhotoDOs, with violators getting dunked in the nearest body of water (bonus points if the water in question is the Arctic Ocean (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44320.msg1390908#msg1390908) - take note, Chaim'l).

An exception is made for truly epic selfie sticks, such as my own:

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(FishyStickTM in action at the Cuba PhotoDO)

[Chaim'l] Interesting, the guy in the middle holding the selfie stick looks a lot like SF... Or was that a "FishyStickTM"?

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[Something Fishy] AHEM! You gave me your stick since I had the best view!

Sooo... After hanging around for a bit and stretching our legs, we decided to take a group portrait. Out came the tripod and one of the spare cameras, and we had some fun:

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The final result (looks familiar?):

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[whYME] Right about now we had this brilliant idea to get some pictures of the van driving down the road. The plan was pretty straightforward. Something Fishy would wait there at the side of the road with a camera (and a head-mounted gopro), and we set up another camera across the road on a tripod with Something holding the remote.

Chaim'l and I would drive a bit up the road and turn around at the first opportunity and as we passed by SF would take the pictures.

Sounds like a simple enough plan, nothing to worry about, so off we headed, looking for a place to turn around.

1 kilometer in and still no turnouts. 2 kilometers in, still no turnouts. We figured there has to be something coming up any moment where we'd be able to turn around. On we went, waiting and watching, waiting and watching, all the while getting farther and farther from Something Fishy who by now must be wondering if we'll ever come back for him and if he should start trying to find shelter for the night.

[Something Fishy] So there I was, marooned all alone in a strange world, with only a pistol and a single shot three cameras to shoot and survive with. The scene was surreal, yet slightly creepy. White, white as far as the eye could see, from horizon to horizon, the ground and the sky. Not a sound to he heard, not a whisper in the air.

Just me.

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After around 5 minutes, the creepiness level started slowly to rise. 10 minutes, 15 minutes... No sign of the guys. Did they run out of gas? Did they go off a cliff? Were they villainously cackling and rubbing their hands together, glad to finally be rid of me?

[whYME] Turning around safely on the road wasn't really an option. It was a narrow two-lane road and as seen on the pictures above, the sides of the road were completely covered with snow and we had no idea if there was solid ground underneath.

After about 10 minutes we finally found a place to turn around headed back, hoping Something Fishy would still be waiting for us. Another 10 minutes later and we finally got back. My original intention was to pass by at full speed so we'd get the full effect of the snow being kicked up etc, but I wasn't taking any chances with finding another place to stop, so I made sure I'd be going slow enough to make the turn.

[Something Fishy] Finally, after what seemed like hours, a cloud of snow appeared on the horizon. I'm saved!

As they got closer and closer, I saw that they were going far too slow to get the shot we wanted... Oh well, it'll be a hot day in Iceland when I tell them to give it another shot.

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View from the GoPro:

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View from the remote camera:

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Finally safe and sound back in the van, we continued our long trek west. It was no longer snowing, but as the cliché goes, storm clouds were gathering on the horizon (premonition alert):

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It was starting to get dark, and yet again it was clear that there isn't being a sunset worth shooting tonight. As it was getting late, we had to skip one of our top targets, the lovely Skogafoss. We caught a distant glimpse of the falls from the road, but didn't stop. We had no regrets; this is just how landscape photography goes. You need to flow with the weather.

We stopped to stretch our legs over a slightly interesting river in front of slightly interesting hills, below a slightly interesting sky:

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...and thus concluded day two.

I made a compilation of the day's driving - make sure to watch it in full-screen and 1080p. You'll see the epic drives, sick weather, and, at the end, a sneak preview of our attempts at reaching Kirkjufell in a full-blown blizzard:



And with all the crazy weather we had today, it was nothing - nothing - compared to what the next 24 hours will bring.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: yochiek93 on May 01, 2016, 08:53:18 PM
It's about time I was getting impatient thank you
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: tageed-lee on May 01, 2016, 09:25:12 PM
AMAZING!! Well worth the wait!! Love the different animals you guys found!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2016, 09:37:36 PM
Another great installment! Thanks for taking the time guys. Your pictures are amazing.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on May 01, 2016, 10:09:59 PM
INSANE
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on May 01, 2016, 10:33:12 PM
And read it now. I'm captivated. This should be a book, or a series in a magazine.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: benjie1305 on May 02, 2016, 11:31:53 AM
Very well done. Excellent report and pictures.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on May 02, 2016, 12:21:17 PM
Truly epic. Those pictures are incredible! You've got to stop leaving us with teasers .... Especially if it's going to be months before the next installment ;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 02, 2016, 01:52:16 PM
Wow-incredible pictures guys

Clearly the planning for this trip was just as epic
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: username on May 02, 2016, 02:27:30 PM
W O W

Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: LoLo on May 02, 2016, 04:02:46 PM
Very well done. Excellent report and pictures.
+1, Great job.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on May 02, 2016, 04:40:57 PM
Wow, another great installment. The pictures are amazing!! Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on May 02, 2016, 09:14:00 PM
Wow, another great installment. The pictures are amazing!! Thanks for posting!
+1
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on May 02, 2016, 09:34:20 PM
Waiting for tomorrow
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Deal Guy on May 03, 2016, 03:09:10 AM
Very nicely presented.
When should I come back for more?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 29, 2016, 01:02:42 AM
Bumped into this last week... I think many here can relate ;D ;D ;D:

Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: A3 on May 29, 2016, 07:31:35 AM
Bumped into this last week... I think many here can relate ;D ;D ;D:


Nice
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ash on May 29, 2016, 03:39:47 PM
amazing
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on May 29, 2016, 03:45:57 PM
I thought another installment is coming....
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 29, 2016, 07:47:18 PM
I thought another installment is coming....

Hehe, I live for this .
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on May 29, 2016, 09:38:01 PM
Bumped into this last week... I think many here can relate ;D ;D ;D:



ALOL

And btw it was a tease, you got me excited for another installment
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 30, 2016, 02:22:19 PM
[Something Fishy] After what felt like 10 seconds...


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1550/23823380224_9fe95604f0_b.jpg)


Zman (this month) page 95. Coincidence...?  :D :D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 30, 2016, 02:24:18 PM
Zman (this month) page 95. Coincidence...?  :D :D

I'm not aware of anything... Have a scan or something?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 30, 2016, 02:51:23 PM
I'm not aware of anything... Have a scan or something?
Not with me. Maybe in the evening I'll get one.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 30, 2016, 03:22:56 PM
Not with me. Maybe in the evening I'll get one.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: stbaum on May 31, 2016, 10:28:58 AM
oh nice! a new post on this thread!

OMG last poster was SF!!!!

WTF is this?!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on May 31, 2016, 01:11:16 PM
Thanks.
similar, not the same pic
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on May 31, 2016, 01:11:58 PM
oh nice! a new post on this thread!

OMG last poster was SF!!!!

WTF is this?!

Hehe, I live for this .
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 31, 2016, 02:17:38 PM
I'm not aware of anything... Have a scan or something?
(https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=2b8d65eeb2&view=att&th=155056271288b5be&attid=0.0&disp=safe&zw)

similar, not the same pic
We live in the photoshop age.  ::) I'm not even so sure that I'm really who I am...  ;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: pcgeek on May 31, 2016, 02:20:04 PM
(https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=2b8d65eeb2&view=att&th=155056271288b5be&attid=0.0&disp=safe&zw)

The image isn't displaying
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 31, 2016, 02:24:12 PM
(https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=2b8d65eeb2&view=att&th=155056271288b5be&attid=0.0&disp=safe&zw)
We live in the photoshop age.  ::) I'm not even so sure that I'm really who I am...  ;)

Looks like you linked from an email attachment, there's nothing showing.

(Sorry for this post, stbaum )
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 31, 2016, 02:47:37 PM
The image isn't displaying
Looks like you linked from an email attachment, there's nothing showing.

(Sorry for this post, stbaum )
Sorry I only have it as an email attachment and it's too large to load as an attachment here. Any other way?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on May 31, 2016, 02:49:13 PM
Sorry I only have it as an email attachment and it's too large to load as an attachment here. Any other way?
imgur
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 31, 2016, 02:52:24 PM
imgur
??? What's that?

ETA: My filter blocks it out, so...
Any other way?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 31, 2016, 03:09:38 PM
Here we go...

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7178/27380479375_822999f5ec_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: pcgeek on May 31, 2016, 03:16:24 PM
Here we go...

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7178/27380479375_822999f5ec_b.jpg)
Side by side comparison?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on May 31, 2016, 03:17:12 PM
Here we go...

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7178/27380479375_822999f5ec_b.jpg)
Trip Report Part 2...


...The way a glacier works is that its own weight presses down on itself, expelling every impurity from the ice down to the molecular level. This means that the meltwater is the purest water anywhere in the world. Since the glacier forms high in the mountains and is constantly moving forward, it means that the ice which is now melting is about 400 years old - perfectly perfect, with not a trace of dirt, pollutants, or anything else.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/13988161247_2f256aca9c_b.jpg)

Look at which words you left beneath the picture in question. Any coincidence...?  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 31, 2016, 03:19:01 PM
Look at which words you left beneath the picture in question. Any coincidence...?  ;D ;D ;D ;D

LOL :))
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: VacationLover on June 01, 2016, 12:32:06 PM
Nu, is the arctic / icberg water so special like the Zman puts it down?  ;)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/13988161247_2f256aca9c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/9z9x8z)
 :o So you also work in construction?...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Dawie on June 01, 2016, 01:14:10 PM
Nu, is the arctic / icberg water so special like the Zman puts it down?  ;)
 :o So you also work in construction?...
Trip Report Part 2 (Link to part 1 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3395.msg797231#msg797231))

There are some spots where the water pours out above the surface, and we stopped to drink. Never in my life have I tasted anything like this - it was absolute heaven. I had prepared some bottles back in the RV to bring along, but of course I forgot them ::). I sat in an ice crevice and drank and drank and drank. The water comes out under extreme pressure, in a supercooled state. This means that it was about 25° cold and still liquid - delicious, but painful when you're using your hands as a cup :o. My hands were numb, but I didn't care; I simply could not stop ;D:

---The end---

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/14195080633_d2cabc55bd_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/592B4g)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on June 01, 2016, 01:20:07 PM
Nu, is the arctic / icberg water so special like the Zman puts it down?  ;)

I haven't read the article, but I'm absolutely in love with the Arctic/northern landscapes. Heading back to Iceland next month, and hopefully back to Svalbard next winter as well.

:o So you also work in construction?...

Lol, they make you wear that on the glacier for safety.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on June 01, 2016, 03:48:51 PM


Lol, they make you wear that on the glacier for safety.
Not in Argentina
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on June 01, 2016, 03:50:21 PM
Not in Argentina

I guess in Argentina they don't get sued every time someone bumps their keppela.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on June 01, 2016, 03:52:49 PM
I guess in Argentina they don't get sued every time someone bumps their keppela.
Or they just pay off the investigator for less money than a hard hat would cost...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on June 01, 2016, 03:53:34 PM
Or they just pay off the investigator for less money than a hard hat would cost...

Also an option ;D
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on June 28, 2016, 12:17:01 AM
Back on the main road, we were struck by something which we had had not paid too much notice yesterday: there are pretty much no trees in Iceland. Sure, here and there you'll come across a stand of a couple of trees, but as a rule, there were no trees to be seen. You'd expect something like this in a desert; driving through a snowy and mountainous landscape with zero trees makes for a very weird experience.

Random fact I learned today: Iceland has so few trees, that throughout its history they burned "only" 25 witches. It simply wasn't economical :o.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: LoLo on June 28, 2016, 01:36:34 AM
Just posting so that people don't see SF as the last poster and get excited for nothing..

Oh, and interesting random fact SF..
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 01, 2016, 01:46:32 PM
[Something Fishy] The weather - for now - had quieted down.

We were still on the way to Kirkjufell. Between the weather and stopping for pictures, we hadn't even covered a third of the distance all afternoon. With another four and a half hours of driving time ahead of us, we were glad for the temporary lull in the bad weather.

There was still plenty of snow on the ground, but the driving was relatively easy and pleasant:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1466/24366034492_b6c955a863_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/2u694x)

Approaching Vik - you could see the Reynisfjara sea stacks we shot yesterday off to the left:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1676/24448136906_d782b9a65c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Ud3Yks)

Passing through town, we noticed that the large general store on the side of the road was still open. When we had passed through last night it had been closed already, so Chaim'l had been unable to see if they had a replacement for his lost gloves. He now ran inside, his frozen fingers grasping at straws. He emerged five minutes later, still gloveless :(...

We had some dinner, and hit the road again. Outside town, we hit another squall; thankfully this one lasted for just short minutes:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1650/24366038772_0879149d52_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/1r9H9n)

The terrain became more mountainous again:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1503/24391956641_3ace0e677c_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/4664d8)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/xT9IgkJ2voMKKM2JLW/giphy.gif)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7aDd0l5DRdQCaFBm/giphy.gif)

Another one of those long, one-lane bridges, this time at night:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1595/24178764030_9e77025414_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/7xhFnn)

And then, just as we thought that the weather is on our side again, it started to snow. Hard.

And here we thought we'll have another chance to see the aurora tonight.

We continued west, skirted the outskirts of Reykjavik, and turned north. The snow never let up.

After an hour or so of this, we pulled into a nice large gas station, where this search-and-rescue monster was being fueled up:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1476/24340744184_5f7d2d91b9_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/b95r9T)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1716/23846166814_ef3be1b2fa_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/C7v66Y)

But best of all, the attached deli had free Wi-Fi. We sat there for a while catching up with the world and posting a teaser to DDF (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=35505.msg1074670#msg1074670) while the snow wound down.

Back on the road, through the Hvalfjarðargöng Tunnel (this pretty new tunnel shaves over an hour by going under Hvalfjörður Fjord instead of around it), and into Iceland's West Fjords region. By the time we were driving along Borgarfjörður, the sky was nice and clear, and we were on the lookout for auroras again. And lo and behold, there it was! A faint glimmer in the northern sky:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/24344487693_4dd0b5f7db_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/0y4x3e)

But we were still spoiled rotten from the night before, so we declared the display a resounding "meh" and shot some startrails around the summit of Hafnarfjall volcano instead:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1458/24340735584_fa9254e0d2_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/oG36Ho)

Half an hour further north and we turned into the remote Snæfellsnes Peninsula, home to the legendary Snæfellsjökull volcano and its portal to the center of the earth. Here the weather - once again - turned utterly nasty (do you detect a pattern here :P?). The wind picked up, the snow fell down, and we pushed on:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1649/24106594299_4d56f5acc7_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/JoeW56)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1591/24391954071_63046efa89_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/hXhbcK)

Finally, after hours and hours of driving, we arrived at the dirt road leading to Kirkjufell's lake and began this horrific drive:

(https://media.giphy.com/media/l378q32j4AyKYCR3y/giphy.gif)

...only to find this:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1472/24106608269_ebf5bd8a2d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/J5r8k7)

Yes, a blocked road.

Awesome.

whYME and I volunteered to hike out to scout the night's planned shoot location: the triple waterfall with Kirkjufell in the background. We geared up and set out... Or, more accurately, stumbled out. The road was on an exposed ridge, and the wind literally kept on knocking us over. Icy snow was blowing in our faces, our gear doing little to protect us. After a protracted battle with the elements, we finally reached the waterfalls. But in the beam of our headlamps we saw that it had all been for naught: the falls were frozen solid, and the entire area was covered in a couple of inches of solid ice. Even without the crazy storm going on, it would have been incredibly dangerous to attempt a shoot here.

Back to the van we struggled, where we found Chaim'l being obnoxiously warm and dry. Writing this shoot off as a bad deal, we turned around and headed for the main Kirkjufell parking lot, next to the lagoon.

It was here that we met a small group of Chinese tourists, who informed us that what we're seeing now is only the beginning of an incredibly bad storm, even by Icelandic standards. There had been travel alerts issues throughout the country, and all airports will be closed and all flights canceled until at least tomorrow afternoon.

So here we were, in a remote part of Iceland, in the throes of a violent storm, our flight the next morning most likely canceled, and no cell phone or internet service.

So we did the only logical thing: we pointed the van into the wind so that it doesn't blow over, and prepared for sleep.

[whYME] Something Fishy had about enough of the top coffin bunk the previous night so I (was) volunteered to be tonight's korbon. While Something Fishy is the clear winner in the length department, I make up for it in width. Boy was that an experience getting into that space. Let's just say a bottle of lube would've come in quite handy. Once I was in I was stuck in place and that was it, I literally did not have enough space to roll over.

[Something Fishy] Outside the storm grew wilder, but inside the camper was nice and cozy. With the snow and wind howling, we fell into an exhausted sleep.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: SrulyS on August 01, 2016, 01:53:03 PM
YAY :D

ETA: Now that I've read it; not a very long update  >:(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on August 01, 2016, 02:10:59 PM
It's always nice to see the TR hasn't been forgotten and that an SF post was actually a TR part. Thanks!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on August 01, 2016, 02:38:03 PM
YAY :D

ETA: Now that I've read it; not a very long update So sorry to hear that this failed. >:(
FTFY
Was sure that that will be the purpose of your edit...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on August 01, 2016, 05:32:56 PM
Incredible pictures.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: JoeyShmoe on August 02, 2016, 01:21:42 PM
There needs to be a "Previously on the Icelandic Saga..." introduction :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 02, 2016, 01:22:41 PM
There needs to be a "Previously on the Icelandic Saga..." introduction :)

Lol ;D

I promise that the next segment (it'll be the last one) will not take this long :P.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on August 02, 2016, 01:27:45 PM
I kept telling myself not to read it until it was finished but I couldn't help myself!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 02:54:28 AM
[Something Fishy] We woke up around 9 the next morning and climbed out of bed. Or, more accurately, Chaim'l and I climbed out of bed. From above, all we heard were groans: whYME was, quite simply, stuck ;D.

We told him to hang in there, while we suited up for the storm outside. Dressed in everything we owned, we opened the back door and began the rescue operation. Chaim'l pulled from the front, I pushed from the back, and slowly but surely, we got him loose ;D ;D ;D.

It had snowed all night, but the winds had been so ferocious that the snow barely stuck. It was still snowing now, but not too heavily.

The scene that greeted us when we woke up:


(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8308/28198378774_0a7b2ed583_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/497BZC)

[whYME] Ferocious winds might be an understatement. At one point I opened the door to step outside and in a second my yarmulka was gone. Like really really gone. Not like "oh let me go chase it and try to catch it" gone, this was more of a "how the heck did it disappear so fast" gone. Fortunately Something Fishy was wise enough to include "spare yarmulka" in his recommended clothing list. Unfortunately, that was the one thing I didn't pack. Luckily I had a ski cap to wear for the rest of the trip.

[Something Fishy] Once we got dressed (and whYME back to Earth), we knew that our highest priority is to find Wi-Fi and cellphone service. whYME and I were scheduled to fly to Boston at 5:00 PM (we were connecting to JFK), and Chaim'l's flight to LHR was at 4:30 PM. We were a couple hours' drive from Reykjavik, plus we needed time to clean and return the camper, and then catch the bus to the airport. Problem was that according to the tourists we met the night before, there were delays and cancellations all around. It was imperative that we find out the facts on the ground, and make different arrangements if needed.

But first, a picture. We spent seven hours yesterday driving to Kirkufell; no way we're leaving without a picture, no matter how bad the weather. So we pulled out of our spot and back to the main Kirkjufell parking lot. Right away we saw that this won't work: the lot was covered in a thick layer of snow, slush, and ice - no way we're risking getting stuck in that:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8565/28710828032_5fc8bba5e2_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/461KSh)

Back onto the road, where we pulled off to the side to take a really bad picture of the mountain, through the driving snow:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8743/28739117191_e49e980011_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/8GKHQV)

The resulting picture, after a whole lot of Photoshopping ::):

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8129/28531585510_f24af966fc_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/05PqM9)

One of the lousier pictures of the trip, but hey: proof that we've been to Kirkjufell.

Off we drove to Grundarfjörður, the closest town. The drive was harrowing, but quite pretty:

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8661/28739114741_5b5c4ac537_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/qWg5h7)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3ov9k0iTEryCtRZJx6/giphy.gif)

Once in town, the search for Wi-Fi was on. There was no obvious place to try, and not a soul stirring that we could ask. So we just drove around, stopping outside any building that looked like it may have some signal leaking out. Unbelievably, this batty idea actually worked. After a couple of false hits, we found some sort of clinic with an open "Guest" network, presumably for patient use.

On the Wi-Fi hunt:

(https://media.giphy.com/media/l378bbiy8dVBH9Jfy/giphy.gif)

As soon as we connected, a flood of emails came in: All of our flights were indefinitely delayed, and the airport is shut as well. In a way, we were somewhat pleased, as we now had more time to reach Reykjavik, which we needed due to the bad weather. On the other hand, obviously, this was very bad news. whYME and I would definitely be missing our BOS-LGA connection, which was booked separately with Avios.

At this point, Chaim'l had gotten cellphone service, and began making calls. Before long, he had new estimates for all flights. Best of all, he was able to sweet talk the agent to put us on the direct flight to JFK 8)! Our flight was now scheduled to depart at 9:00 PM, while his was at 6:00 PM.

Eventually we peeled ourselves away from the Wi-Fi and began the long drive to Reykjavik. The scenery was absolutely incredible, and the weather had stabilized a bit - for now. Save for the surprisingly large number of snow plows, the roads were pretty much deserted.

Views leaving the Snæfellsnes Peninsula:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8021/28739287201_6c223d2cc0_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/59g7i5)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8532/28198485984_6cff33ddef_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/d9D1m7)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8774/28531304840_411ccbab66_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/8R2Q2Y)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3ohhwkpMaf44jWf9kY/giphy.gif)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3ohhws4bHc7o56F87S/giphy.gif)

[whYME] One of the downsides of being the one driving is that it's really difficult to get pictures at the same time... Here we are driving by all this beautiful scenery and Something Fishy is hanging out the window snapping away, while I'm stuck driving. I really needed to get some pictures, so I grabbed my camera and started drinking shooting and driving. I'm not quite sure exactly why, but for some strange reason Something Fishy and ChAiM'l freaked out when I tried that. I needed another plan. Something Fishy graciously offered to steer ("AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH LET ME STEER YOU NINCOMPOOP!!") while I worked the gas, and so we merrily continued driving and shooting.

Photos by ChAiM'l:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8225/28848432186_823edde0a5_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/088sW2)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8758/28848434926_5c04b6925a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/6u3a9x)

[Something Fishy] Only 138km left:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8313/28198452774_5c7e872f85_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/729PxU)

A quick stop to shoot Hafursfell mountain looming over the road:

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8860/28201153163_62602767ce_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Y3em82)

Photo by ChAiM'l:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8647/28844949681_ea15e6e9b8_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/129901934@N03/59sHD6)

The wind at this point was so wild that it was impossible to stand; the only way to take the picture was the either crouch down to the road, or lean on the van for support:

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8052/28200988773_f2a360402f_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/RjEgnh)

whYME shooting:

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A lonely house in the middle of nowhere:

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A while later, whYME fighting valiantly against to wind to take a cellphone shot:

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8244/28815870245_8097d3a133_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/6d1pYe)

But back on the mainland, the bubble of better weather burst. The storm returned in full force, along with near-whiteout conditions:

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As we headed further south, however, the snow slowly turned to driving rain:

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Along with the rain came insane winds - at one point they were blowing over 80MPH (!), hard enought that we were getting blown off the road. With no other choice, we actually drove in the opposite lane, so that we would periodically get blown back into the correct lane:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8243/28710771362_578738d9c2_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/v5jPk3)

After about an hour of this, our nerves were shot. Needless to say, every time an oncoming car appeared on the horizon we instantly swerved into the correct lane, and then we had to physically fight the camper to stay on the road. It was just too dangerous. By and by we spotted a gas station, so we pulled in and took shelter behind a tall wall while we waited for the winds to subside.

At this point we were beginning to get a bit antsy; it was getting late and we had planes to catch. After an interminable wait, we judged the winds low enough to allow for safe driving and prepared, yet again, to hit the road.

But first, we needed a volunteer to step outside into the nastiness and fill up the diesel tank. whYME picked the short straw, strapped a GoPro to his head, and went to do the dirty work:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8894/28710761032_f4d0776538_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/6Hb156)

...Only to find the pump closed ::):

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This video grab he captured while getting back into the van shows part of the rat's nest of inverters, adapters, and chargers that kept our mountain of electronics running:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8197/28531307760_589d0f7e27_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/63641s)

At one point the rain let up for a minute, so we ran out to stretch our legs in the barren wilderness.

Photo by Chaim'l:

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In the end, it took us nearly seven hours to cover a route that should have taken two and a half hours. By the time we got to Reykjavik, it was too late for ChAiM'l to take a bus to the airport as we had originally planned, so we ended up driving him there.

[ChAiM'l] After  spending the day feeling like going through a spin-cycle (bear in mind, I spent the ride in the back of the camper without a seatbelt, holding on for dear life and trying to shield myself from flying suitcases, pots, pans, and whatnot), we finally arrived at Reykjavik Airport. I had spent the last half hour of the ride - in which we had relatively calmer weather – organising and packing up my stuff, as well as changing from my heavy duty clothing into something more travel-friendly. When we pulled up to the terminal - which looked eerily empty – we wasted no time, said our goodbyes (no group hug this time ;)) and I ran to catch my flight.

Luckily, I made it with plenty of time to spare and had some time to freshen up and buy a magnet for my travel collection. Prices at the airport are doubly overpriced being both an airport and in Iceland.

I made it onto the flight with an adjacent seat to spare (phew!) and we took off on time. Unbeknownst to me, SF & whYME’s saga was still ongoing…

[Something Fishy] We now headed back to Reykjavik once again, this time to the Camp Easy office to return the camper. Emptying the can was an adventure in and of itself: three days of living in cramped quarters served to create a mess of epic proportions. Camp Easy's parking lot was covered in a foot of slush, and the wind was intent on blowing everything we owned out of the van and into the goop. We spent more time chasing after our belongings than packing up, and there were some things that got lost in the depths, never to be seen again.

Finally, we were packed, the van was looked over and declared in pristine condition, and we were casually informed that we had missed the last bus to the airport.

Wait, what?????

But indeed we had. The bus was leaving the central bus station in 10 minutes, but it would take us at least 20 to get there. But have no fear!, says our new best friend, he knows a shortcut. He promptly piled us and our luggage into a car, and speeds off in the opposite direction of the bus station.

After a short drive, he pulls up to a random bus stop on a busy street and tells us that the airport bus will come by shortly, thanks for renting with Camp Easy and have a safe flight. whYME and I exchanged worried glances - this didn't sound like a very reliable plan. But what were we to do? It was getting late, and we were stranded in the middle of a strange city with nothing to go on but the word of a local. So we shlepped our suitcases into the bus shelter and waited.

Ten minutes... fifteen minutes... No sign of a bus. Goornisht.

It goes without saying, I think, that it now began to snow. Hard ;D ;D ;D:

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Twenty minutes... half an hour... still nothing.

[whYME] So there we are stuck at a random bus stop in a strange city with no Wi-Fi, no cell phone reception and no idea where we even are.  All we had to figure that out by was a map like this hanging in the bus stop shelter:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8270/28308627814_3e91f6deda_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/04ohh7)

Not to worry, we had my "super-sleuthing (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/88035)" skillz on the case :))

After a few short minutes our location was found:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8093/28579216230_03a1428926_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/21774049@N05/858znR)

OK, great. So now we know where we were still far from being out of the woods. This map did not tell us anything about the bus to the airport (at least I think it didn't, my Icelandic is a little rusty :)) ) so we still had absolutely no clue if there really was going to be a bus coming.

Meanwhile Something Fishy was unsuccessfully trying to keep dry in the semi-protection of the bus shelter:

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[Something Fishy] We were now in serious trouble. It was still an hour's drive to the airport, the weather was horrible, and there's no bus in sight. The Hotel Viking across the street was beginning to look mighty tempting.

Suddenly, as if in a mirage, a bus appeared, flashing the magical words above the windshield: Keflavik Airport! We ran out into the street and began waving like mad. Two minutes later, we were comfortably and warmly ensconced in the nearly empty bus and heading for home.

Unbelievably, not only did we make it to the airport in time, but we were actually early. The only lounge in KEF is for Saga class passengers, so instead we headed to the bathrooms before security to change and freshen up. Truth is, we were stinking ;D. We had not showered or changed clothes in four days; I pitied the poor sap that would end up sitting next to us on the plane. But the bathrooms in KEF are actually quite large and very clean, so we freshened ourselves up as much as we could before the flight.

Right before we went through security, we decided that it was a waste to bring all these cold cuts to Iceland and not touch them. Thus found two very large, very odd looking guys sitting on a bench in the middle of the airport, shoveling down four pounds of plain pastrami and turkey. Every couple of bites we'd grab a bottle of ketchup and shpritz in the general direction of the food.

For reasons I still haven't figured out, we were getting lots of stares ;D.

Checking in, there was one more surprise waiting. Due to the weather mess, the planned B752 had been swapped with the stretch variant, the B753. This meant that there was an additional exit on the plane, which of course meant 6 more bulkhead exit row seats. Being that we were technically "displaced passengers" from the BOS flight, we had been assigned the two bulkhead aisle seats. After such a crazy few days, the gobs of extra legroom was more than welcome ;D...

[whYME] This is not something you'd ever expect to say sitting in economy, but this was the most legroom we had all week! It was nice to lean back, stretch out and relax (and catch up on a week's worth of Chitas and Rambam):

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[Something Fishy] And so off we went, back to the relatively normal and predictable weather that was New York in February.

-----

And with that, the most epic DO DDF has ever seen came to a close.

The end.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 03:01:46 AM
Thanks for everyone who stuck with us and enjoyed this report - it only took a year and two weeks ;D!

Now go back and read it from the beginning ;D ;D ;D.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: ChAiM'l on August 12, 2016, 03:05:36 AM
Shout-out to Something Fishy for proposing this trip and making it happen. I enjoyed it immensely and subsequently went along on another epic Photo DO to the Arctic. That TR however, will probably premiere in 2020 ;).
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 03:07:02 AM
Shout-out to Something Fishy for proposing this trip and making it happen. I enjoyed it immensely and subsequently went along on another epic Photo DO to the Arctic. That TR however, will probably premiere in 2020 ;).

...and be finished in 2086 :D.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on August 12, 2016, 03:07:52 AM
Now go back and read it from the beginning ;D ;D ;D .
great something to read on the fast :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on August 12, 2016, 06:45:07 AM
love the sprite bottle on the windshield!

great read, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Moshe123 on August 12, 2016, 06:51:04 AM
WOW!!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Zevi16 on August 12, 2016, 07:00:28 AM
I got a cold from reading this
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: @Yehuda on August 12, 2016, 08:12:42 AM
Wow, what a story! Thanks for taking the time and finally getting it all out. Feels good to finish a TR, no? Aside from loving all the pictures, of course, I really liked the video of looking for a building with wifi. Very funny.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: tageed-lee on August 12, 2016, 08:28:34 AM
Amazing amazing TR!!!! Epic!!! Really enjoyed all of the pics....
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: username on August 12, 2016, 08:51:42 AM
Amazing!
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: mgarfin on August 12, 2016, 08:58:09 AM
great something to read on the fast :)

Na too enjoyable. Sounds better for Shabbos Nachamu.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Joe4007 on August 12, 2016, 10:28:16 AM
Awesome from start to end!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on August 12, 2016, 10:49:48 AM
epic is right!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: good sam on August 12, 2016, 10:52:06 AM



(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8565/28710828032_5fc8bba5e2_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/461KSh)
Awesome that you managed to capture some of the Aurora in your car!

(or is it sprite?)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 10:54:01 AM
Thanks everyone :D!

Feels good to finish a TR, no?

No rest for the weary :P. I already have two segments of the Cuba TR ready to go live, while at the same time working on the Norway TR as well.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 10:55:24 AM
Awesome that you managed to capture some of the Aurora in your car!

(or is it sprite?)

I think it was this ;):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(lightning)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: @Yehuda on August 12, 2016, 10:55:57 AM
No rest for the weary :P. I already have two segments of the Cuba TR ready to go live, while at the same time working on the Norway TR as well.
No worries. I still have 5 countries to cover from my honeymoon. :-X
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on August 12, 2016, 11:06:52 AM
Wow! Great conclusion to the TR! It was really enjoyable and makes me definitely not want to visit Iceland in the winter. I'll stick with the calmer and closer Alaska.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 11:11:37 AM
Wow! Great conclusion to the TR! It was really enjoyable and makes me definitely not want to visit Iceland in the winter. I'll stick with the calmer and closer Alaska.

Thanks.

I would go back in the winter in a heartbeat. Sure, the weather's retarded but that's part of the adventure. We had an absolutely incredible time. I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2016, 11:45:00 AM
Oh boy, it's finally here! I can't wait for the whole thing! SF, do you think you'll break your Maui TR most-photos-in-a-TR record with this one?

Tuns out Maui still rules. 359 vs. 265.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on August 12, 2016, 12:20:56 PM
Tuns out Maui still rules. 359 vs. 265.
As of now. Also Maui is a more popular destination, so that makes sense.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: etech0 on August 12, 2016, 03:42:56 PM
amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: LoLo on August 12, 2016, 04:26:00 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/l378bbiy8dVBH9Jfy/giphy.gif)

#TheGreatWifiHunt

Was great reading this from the comfort of my home.. Thanks!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: chff on August 12, 2016, 05:01:10 PM
Great TR!! Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on August 13, 2016, 11:09:17 PM
Awesome awesome TR, every picture tells a story.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: User6669 on August 15, 2016, 03:48:01 AM
great something to read on the fast :)

Absolutely was!! It's unbelievable! #NoWords
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on August 15, 2016, 02:04:40 PM
BRAVO!!!!! A job well done!

Since I wasn't actually there I may take the chutzpah to say that the TR is better than the actual trip...  :P

My mouth is indeed watering!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on August 15, 2016, 02:38:19 PM
BRAVO!!!!! A job well done!

Since I wasn't actually there I may take the chutzpah to say that the TR is better than the actual trip...  :P

My mouth is indeed watering!

it was for sure warmer and dryer
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on August 15, 2016, 02:53:50 PM
it was for sure warmer and dryer
I got a cold from reading this
;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on August 19, 2016, 12:34:01 AM
Great ending. I feel tired just from reading it.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 04, 2016, 08:23:53 PM
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/letter-without-address
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shulem92 on September 04, 2016, 08:33:52 PM
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/letter-without-address
U sent that letter? Lol
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on September 04, 2016, 08:59:35 PM
Cool! Wondering what would happen if we tried it back here at home.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shoobi on September 07, 2016, 11:25:00 PM
Just finished reading through this ... Wow thanks so much for putting it together, considering the enormous effort it took. Definitely first ballot hall of fame
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 01:08:37 AM
I just finished designing the Shutterfly photobook I make from every trip, so I figured I'll share it here. Maybe a person or two will find it mildly useful :P (layout ideas and so on).

This is a 73-page, 8x11 hardcover layflat book.

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Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yehoshua on September 12, 2016, 01:24:07 AM
Wow!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shulem92 on September 12, 2016, 01:29:07 AM
Do u sell these in stores? lol
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 01:45:03 AM
Do u sell these in stores? lol

No, but I'd be more than happy to sell you a copy .
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: myi on September 12, 2016, 02:02:50 AM
No, but I'd be more than happy to sell you a copy .
Fantastic job on the photo book and truly amazing pictures! Can I ask what the green sky is all about? Is that a real sky or was that some photo-shoped  pictures?

   Amazing to see how beautiful the world is! Thanks for helping to bring it out to all who can scroll through your stunning pictures!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 12, 2016, 02:12:38 AM
Fantastic job on the photo book and truly amazing pictures! Can I ask what the green sky is all about? Is that a real sky or was that some photo-shoped  pictures?

   Amazing to see how beautiful the world is! Thanks for helping to bring it out to all who can scroll through your stunning pictures!
did you read the whole trip report? thats basically what they went for!
SF, epic TR, epic SF book. wheres the pic with the web of wires? i loved the way you matched the background color to complement the pics and not detract. the panoramas are incredible too.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 02:13:09 AM
Fantastic job on the photo book and truly amazing pictures! Can I ask what the green sky is all about? Is that a real sky or was that some photo-shoped  pictures?

   Amazing to see how beautiful the world is! Thanks for helping to bring it out to all who can scroll through your stunning pictures!

Thanks!

Here:http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54461.msg1361476#msg1361476
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 02:17:57 AM
SF, epic TR, epic SF book. wheres the pic with the web of wires? i loved the way you matched the background color to complement the pics and not detract. the panoramas are incredible too.

Thanks ^-^

Yes, I always try to have the background compliment the pictures. Only neutral shades, simple textures, and something that matches the "feel" of the page.

The layflat books are simply incredible for panos; as you can see, I can't get enough of them.

These books (for me at least) are something to come back to years after the trip and relive it a bit, and to show to others. It's always a balance of what to include in a book and what to exclude; in this case I didn't feel the web of wires added to the book. It fits in very well into a TR storyline, but it kinda stuck out as a bit random in the book.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 12, 2016, 02:22:11 AM
i hear ya. the quality looks a million times better than my SF books, and im afraid i need to stop blaming them and start considering that maybe its got something to do with my Canon P&S...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: normaly on September 12, 2016, 02:50:02 AM
Your pictures got/getting me to sit for hours on kelbyone.. 
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: User6669 on September 12, 2016, 05:39:07 AM
I just finished designing the Shutterfly photobook I make from every trip, so I figured I'll share it here. Maybe a person or two will find it mildly useful :P (layout ideas and so on).

This is a 73-page, 8x11 hardcover layflat book.

WOW! WOW! WOW!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on September 12, 2016, 06:01:05 AM
A masterpiece in your book, thanks for sharing!
Title: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: davidmal on September 12, 2016, 07:39:28 AM
I just finished designing the Shutterfly photobook I make from every trip, so I figured I'll share it here. Maybe a person or two will find it mildly useful :P (layout ideas and so on).

This is a 73-page, 8x11 hardcover layflat book.
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that was insane
did you adjust the saturation before you uploaded them
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Yaalili on September 12, 2016, 07:43:32 AM
that was insane
did you adjust the saturation before you uploaded them

Who will be next to quote all the pictures? :)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on September 12, 2016, 11:49:13 AM
I just finished designing the Shutterfly photobook I make from every trip, so I figured I'll share it here. Maybe a person or two will find it mildly useful :P (layout ideas and so on).

This is a 73-page, 8x11 hardcover layflat book.

I only see a like button. No "love" option?

Amazing!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Zevi16 on September 12, 2016, 11:53:39 AM
If only everyone understands how hard it is to make a photobook. Just starting with choosing the pictures can turn anyone off.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 12, 2016, 12:29:10 PM
If only everyone understands how hard it is to make a photobook. Just starting with choosing the pictures can turn anyone off.

+1 that's the hardest part!

Thanks SF for sharing, it's gorgeous!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 12:35:18 PM
Thanks everyone, glad people are enjoying it. I wasn't sure whether I should post it or not, glad I did in the end.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: tageed-lee on September 12, 2016, 12:52:19 PM
I wasn't sure whether I should post it or not, glad I did in the end.

Thanks for posting!

Always neat to see how others set theirs up...

Amazing!!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on September 12, 2016, 12:59:36 PM
If only everyone understands how hard it is to make a photobook. Just starting with choosing the pictures can turn anyone off.
+1 that's the hardest part!

Thanks SF for sharing, it's gorgeous!!
I'm not sure what the general consensus are regarding how to go about picture choice, but I will share my (meager) experience. The first time I tried to put together a book I uploaded all the pictures I had of the event and tried to choose the best ones in shutterfly's website. To say the least, I did not end up finishing that book...  :(
The next time I came around to it I created a separate folder on my computer, reviewed all my pictures in the original folder and transferred the ones I liked to the new folder. Once I was done with my selection I just uploaded the entire new folder to shutterfly, and voila!  :)
One of the most beneficial parts I found with this is the zoom and pan that's easier in my computer than online. At that stage I also doctored any images I felt needed the tweaks, and only transferred the final version.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Zevi16 on September 12, 2016, 01:06:13 PM
I'm not sure what the general consensus are regarding how to go about picture choice, but I will share my (meager) experience. The first time I tried to put together a book I uploaded all the pictures I had of the event and tried to choose the best ones in shutterfly's website. To say the least, I did not end up finishing that book...  :(
The next time I came around to it I created a separate folder on my computer, reviewed all my pictures in the original folder and transferred the ones I liked to the new folder. Once I was done with my selection I just uploaded the entire new folder to shutterfly, and voila!  :)
One of the most beneficial parts I found with this is the zoom and pan that's easier in my computer than online. At that stage I also doctored any images I felt needed the tweaks, and only transferred the final version.
Correct. That's is the easiest way. I've given up on 3 occasions. Only once did I complete. DW whereas....
I came to the conclusion that the average male doesn't have the called for patience. Next time I'm going to do random pick.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: whYME on September 12, 2016, 01:28:43 PM
Can I ask what the green sky is all about? Is that a real sky or was that some photo-shoped  pictures?
Please tell me you're just trolling and that wasn't a real question.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: AJK on September 12, 2016, 03:01:49 PM
I seriously cannot understand how you find the time.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 03:04:10 PM
I seriously cannot understand how you find the time.

This book took me around 4 hours to make, so not too bad. But yeah... If I had the time I wound't be 4 TRs and 6 books behind :(.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on September 12, 2016, 03:07:30 PM
I seriously cannot understand how you find the time.
If you look at the project as a whole, you're right. I allocate a certain amount of time every day/week that I know to focus just on that. It takes time and you won't necessarily see the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon; but you'll surely get there.

Look at this book. When did the trip take place? So just because it was that long ago the book becomes irrelevant?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Aaaron on September 12, 2016, 05:12:36 PM
Wooooah at that book.  Perfect coffee table piece.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Zevi16 on September 12, 2016, 05:14:52 PM
Wooooah at that book.  Perfect coffee table piece.
+1 nice thick rug, fluffy throw on a soft leather couch and a cup of hot cocoa
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: skyguy918 on September 12, 2016, 05:36:27 PM
This book took me around 4 hours to make, so not too bad. But yeah... If I had the time I wound't be 4 TRs and 6 books behind :(.
4 hours on top of this TR. How much longer do you think it would've been if you had started from scratch?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 05:36:59 PM
+1 nice thick rug, fluffy throw on a soft leather couch and a cup of hot cocoa

Lol, true.

4 hours on top of this TR. How much longer do you think it would've been if you had started from scratch?

The pictures needed sorting and editing regardless. The TR is just a good catalyst to actually do it.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: davidmal on September 12, 2016, 05:39:51 PM
I can't get over how amazing it is
Are you planning on making any panoramic prints?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Mordyk on September 12, 2016, 05:40:46 PM
next trip im in! :) although i know nothing about photography i would love to see these views live!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 05:41:17 PM
I can't get over how amazing it is
Are you planning on making any panoramic prints?

Yes. I have this dream of a sukkah with wall to wall panos, maybe even one giant 360-degree one.

One day...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: davidmal on September 12, 2016, 05:42:34 PM
Yes. I have this dream of a sukkah with wall to wall panos, maybe even one giant 360-degree one.

One day...
Wow!!

You took 360 bubbles?
Are any in hd?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 05:43:07 PM
next trip im in! :) although i know nothing about photography i would love to see these views live!

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=62659.0
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=35505.0

;)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on September 12, 2016, 05:44:30 PM
Wow!!

You took 360 bubbles?
Are any in hd?

No, for something like that I'd go and shoot it purposely. I will be bringing a 360 camera on future trips, but that'll be a GoPro-type thing.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: User6669 on September 12, 2016, 09:09:22 PM

What happened to your profile picture? I memorize DDFers by their profile.  >:(
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shulem92 on September 12, 2016, 10:14:08 PM


What happened to your profile picture? I memorize DDFers by their profile.  >:(
Sorry . I like this pic better. I won't switch it again now that I know how much it means to u...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: User6669 on September 14, 2016, 02:29:00 AM
Sorry . I like this pic better. I won't switch it again now that I know how much it means to u...

Thanks. :) If you feel in the future that you want to change it, don't refrain yourself because of me.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: davidmal on September 19, 2016, 04:19:52 PM
Yes. I have this dream of a sukkah with wall to wall panos, maybe even one giant 360-degree one.

One day...

http://www.panoramicsukkah.com
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: good sam on October 06, 2016, 01:00:35 AM
Did you meet this guy?
http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/chasing-the-northern-lights-for-a-living/?iid=ob_homepage_showcase_pool-test
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on October 11, 2016, 01:17:15 AM
I didn't even bother mentioning it to my wife, because I didn't dream in a million years that she would be okay with me going. But we were sitting at lunch the day that the guys arrived in Iceland, and I mentioned it to my wife, and she's like "oh, why didn't you go with them?" :o :o :o

Heh, just noticed this ...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: SSLPhD on May 03, 2017, 07:37:01 PM
Just saw the Shutterfly book.  I've been trying to put together my own Shutterfly book on Iceland, but couldn't figure out how to do the Icelandic letters, and did not want to use another program.  Can you share how you did it?
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on May 03, 2017, 07:47:50 PM
Just saw the Shutterfly book.  I've been trying to put together my own Shutterfly book on Iceland, but couldn't figure out how to do the Icelandic letters, and did not want to use another program.  Can you share how you did it?

Simple: copy and paste. Grab the correct text from anywhere on the internet and paste it in; Shutterfly will keep the Icelandic characters.
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: SSLPhD on May 03, 2017, 07:56:04 PM
Simple: copy and paste. Grab the correct text from anywhere on the internet and paste it in; Shutterfly will keep the Icelandic characters.
i tried typing it in Word, then copying, but I'll try from the Internet.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: shulem92 on May 03, 2017, 08:20:55 PM
Simple: copy and paste. Grab the correct text from anywhere on the internet and paste it in; Shutterfly will keep the Icelandic characters.
Didn't work for me with ivrit
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2017, 07:05:04 PM
My OCD is so happy right now.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/38343525912_8398e9b619_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on November 12, 2017, 08:40:18 PM
My OCD is so happy right now.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/38343525912_8398e9b619_b.jpg)
Just to make your OCD happier...
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on November 12, 2017, 09:23:14 PM
How do you like a like? ...err... make that four...

Paging @etech0
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: 12HRS on November 12, 2017, 09:31:30 PM
How do you like a like? ...err... make that four...

Paging @etech0

your not a real DDFer if you don't know the MBM trick  :P
Title: Re: Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
Post by: Work-for-ur-muny on November 12, 2017, 09:32:07 PM
your not a real DDFer if you don't know the MBM trick  :P
That's only to "like" a post. Doesn't work for liking likes.  :)