"BIG" Iceland Panorama

Here is the BIG Panorama I was talking about on Facebook. 50 images stitched to become one.
This gave my computer quite a hard time, rendering and processing. It is the biggest panorama I’ve ever shot.

It is actually so big, that you can’t really see all the details in it.
So, I’ve uploaded the image to my Dropbox, for you to see it in a higher resolution.
Click the link to see the image in a bigger size: https://www.dropbox.com/s/st826errskjw221/ICELAND%20PANORAMA.jpg?dl=0

In the image: Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Southern Iceland

Tórshavn by mobile phone

In September I’ve spent 9 days in the amazing Faroe Islands. I have been travelling through the country, shooting some amazing stuff with my DSLR. But with modern technology so advanced and available for everyone it made sense to take some snapshots with my Iphone. Like basically everyone would do right?

Below is a selection of shots that I’ve taken with my Iphone, in the capital city of the Faroe Islands. Tórshavn. You can easily go about capturing this small, but super cosy and amazing city with your mobile phone. A great picture doesn’t necessarily need to be taken with and expensive and professional camera.
Not at all. (technical) Quality matters, but not always. In my eyes, composition and “feel” is key to a great photograph. Tórshavn is so pretty, and photogenic that you will find lots and lots of good compositions and perspectives to snap a very nice photo with your mobile phone.

Have a look at the ones I took!

Down by the water at Tinganes. Kneeled down to get a little bit more of the water in the foreground in the frame.

Down by the water at Tinganes. Kneeled down to get a little bit more of the water in the foreground in the frame.

Very famous spot among photographers, in the heart of Tórshavn.  Tórshavn Cathedral  and Bryggjubakki street (left) and Undir Bryggjubakka street (right) at the centre of the city

Very famous spot among photographers, in the heart of Tórshavn. Tórshavn Cathedral and Bryggjubakki street (left) and Undir Bryggjubakka street (right) at the centre of the city

Tórshavn by night. This was the street I stayed on during my visit.

Tórshavn by night. This was the street I stayed on during my visit.

Narrow streets, down by  Áarstova . One of the best restaurants in The Faroe Islands.

Narrow streets, down by Áarstova. One of the best restaurants in The Faroe Islands.

Old, new, big and small… all types of boats in the harbors of Tórshavn.

Old, new, big and small… all types of boats in the harbors of Tórshavn.

SMS, the shopping centre in Tórshavn. And the biggest in The Faroe Islands

SMS, the shopping centre in Tórshavn. And the biggest in The Faroe Islands

Typical street scene in Tórshavn

Typical street scene in Tórshavn

I just can’t get enough of how cool these houses look!

I just can’t get enough of how cool these houses look!

Tinganes, the old and very cozy area of Tórshavn. Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese landsstýri (government)

Tinganes, the old and very cozy area of Tórshavn. Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese landsstýri (government)

Romantic and beautiful, Tórshavn is both!!

Romantic and beautiful, Tórshavn is both!!

Typical and beautiful Faroese houses.

Typical and beautiful Faroese houses.

Hey, this street smells like fish… makes sense!

Hey, this street smells like fish… makes sense!

View on Tórshavn, seen from the town/area of Argir.

View on Tórshavn, seen from the town/area of Argir.

The amazing people at Visit Faroe Islands will provide you with all information and details you need.

The amazing people at Visit Faroe Islands will provide you with all information and details you need.

Lots of cozy coffeehouses to take a break, and enjoy the city, staring through the windows.

Lots of cozy coffeehouses to take a break, and enjoy the city, staring through the windows.

Skansin is a historic fortress in Tórshavn. And it has a nice lighthouse

Skansin is a historic fortress in Tórshavn. And it has a nice lighthouse

Thank you for checking out my images. Keep in mind, all these shots were taken with an Iphone. They were edited on an Iphone as well. With the VSCO app. That lets you apply certain looks and feel to a photograph, and gives you control over some basic edit tools as well.

It also supports RAW files. So you can also transfer your DSLR images to your app, and edit them on your phone, on the go, very modern, very nice.

The Faroe Islands: 3 Photographs

Gjógv

Gjógv is a village located on the northeast tip of the island of Eysturoy, in the Faroe Islands and 63 km (39 mi) north by road from the capital of Tórshavn. The village was named after a 200-metre (650 ft) long sea-filled gorge that runs north to the sea from the village. You can see the gorge on this photograph. And even though the weather wasn’t all that I still decided to go up on the hill that overlooks the town. I slid down and fell on my face a few times, but that did not stop me from enjoying this amazing view.

Gjógv, I got dirty and soaking wet, slipped and fell on my face a few times. But I just had to get up here to take this shot.

Gjógv, I got dirty and soaking wet, slipped and fell on my face a few times. But I just had to get up here to take this shot.

Kópakonan

The legend of Kópakonan (the Seal Woman) is one of the best-known folktales in the Faroe Islands. Seals were believed to be former human beings who voluntarily sought death in the ocean. Once a year, on the Thirteenth night, they were allowed to come on land, strip off their skins and amuse themselves as human beings, dancing and enjoying themselves.
More about the saga right here: Visit Faroe Islands

Kópakonan (Seal Woman)

Kópakonan (Seal Woman)

Syðrugøta

At first I had this photograph up on my site, saying it was the town of Leirvik. But I was contacted by a friendly Faroese lady that told me that the village on this photograph was not Leirvik, but Syðrugøta. So I was wrong at first. Thank you correcting me misses! Many believe that the great Viking, Tróndur í Gøtu lived and had his headquarters in Syðrugøtu, among many reasons why, is because of the good view he would have had out to the horizon and the short distance to his fleet, stationed Undir Gøtueiði. There are still many unexcavated ruins of centuries old farmhouses buried in the ground in Syðrugøtu. Another fun fact about Syðrugøta: The famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir was born here

Leirvík

Leirvík

Kerið

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, along the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland's Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact. The caldera, like the other volcanic rock in the area, is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. The caldera itself is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. The other two are Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.

Kerið

Kerið

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

So, I just came back earlier this week from another trip to Iceland. I was booked to shoot some wedding portraits on Iceland's south coast. There will be a separate blog post containing some images from shooting with this amazing couple sometime soon. 

I will start sharing some images that I took during my time in Iceland. It has, as always been amazing again!

Another and probably one of the most visited/photographed locations in Iceland. The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

But you can clearly see why. It is so beautiful! It feels like being on another planet when you stand at the lagoon, watching over these floating pieces of icy art.

Foggy forest

This morning we finally had some rain, after a few very dry and warm days. I was so happy it rained and cooled down a bit. On my way to work I spotted this forest with some nice looking fog in it. You know I can't resist such things. Parked the car, walked into the forest and snapped some shots (with my phone) Here are the results!

Nice and moody morning in the forest

Nice and moody morning in the forest

Strabrechtse Heide

I am an idiot. But sometimes its nice to be an idiot.
So I went out to shoot some landscape and sunset shots last night, at the Strabrechtse Heide. Very cool, all good. Only to forget how big this natural heath land is. 

So the entire distance that I had walked from where I had parked my car needed to be covered again. I am talking quite some kilometers here. And all in the dark. Now, walking our hiking in the dark is no issue. But at this place it gets DARK!! 

About 30 minutes before the sun went down

About 30 minutes before the sun went down

Trust me, hiking this place in the dark was no joke. It got my adrenaline levels right up, because there's wild boars, wild Highland cattle probably not super happy with me strolling through their habitat during breeding season. While I am actually also managing to find my way back in the pitch black forest. 

But hey, that's my dose of adventure for this week! Haha... But let me tell you, I was quite happy to make it out of the forest a bit faster then usual this time...

Quality time with mother nature.

Quality time with mother nature.

Check out more images in the gallery below. Click on them to see the original aspect ratio.
Thanks again for looking at my work, it means a lot to me. Feel free to comment and share.

Spring is here!

The temperatures are rising again, the trees and flowers are turning green and colorful again. People awake from their winter sleep and head out into nature. As much as I love the winter, Spring is always welcome. I just love the seasons, as they pass. They all bring their own beautiful assets to the table.

Therefore my wife and I decided it was time for a little bit of outdoor fun today. And we drove down to the south of the province that we live in (Limburg) To the town and area around Gulpen. Its so gorgeous. Super green, nice hills (which are rare in The Netherlands) and we just had the best weather for a decent hike. Below are some shots from our day in Gulpen, check them out. And if you ever are in the area be sure to make your way outside of the town for a bit, to get a amazing panoramic view over the town

*All shots in this blogpost were shot on my Iphone 8 and edited with the VSCO photo editor.

Panorama of Gulpen