Solfar in Reykjavik

A dream boat – an ode to the sun. According to the artist it’s not a representation of a Viking boat. Hmm.

A sculpture sits in Reykjavik, Iceland as an ode to the sun. Not So SAHM

Solfar in Reykjavik – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Aug

The original photo was dark. I did a lot of adjustments including increasing the contrast and clarity, adjusting the tint, and brightening the shadows. I also turned it black and white. Here’s the original:

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Hallgrimskirkja

Named after a 17th-century Icelandic poet.

Climb to the top for an amazing view of Reykjavik.

Hallgrimskirkja's wonderful architecture stands tall in Reykjavik, Iceland. NotSoSAHM

Hallgrimskirkja – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Aug

The edit was pretty simple for this one – I wanted to bring out the lines and the texture of the brick. I was happy with the composition, so I made it black and white and increased the contrast and clarity. I increased the exposure (barely) and highlights because the sky still seemed too dark. I used a graduated filter on the base to lighten the shadow down there. Here’s the original:

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Thingvellir Church

Thingvellir National Park in Iceland is one of the coolest places on earth. It’s where the North American and European tectonic plates meet and it’s also where the first parliament ever in the world met. . . sometime around 930 AD. Today, the cutest little church sits along the river.

A church sits along the river at Thingvellir National Park - where two tectonic plates meet and where the first parliament in the world met. Not So SAHM

Thingvellir Church – ProjectEdit365 – 03 Aug

The original was a little dull. I cropped in to frame the church better. I also increased the vibrancy, clarity, and contrast a little bit. I used adjustment brushes to give more contrast to the mountains in the background, and to sharpen the rocks in the foreground. The original:

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And, now that I’m comparing the two here, I see that I should have either cropped out the car or cloned it out. Oops! 🙂

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Vacation, all I ever wanted

I’ve been wanting to wait until I can get through editing all the pictures (about 2,000) before I post about our trip. I would never blog again. We got to go somewhere I’ve been wanting to go for a long time:

ICELAND!

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We were only there for two days. You could spend weeks. I’m going to have to go back another time, in the fall, to be able to witness the Northern Lights.

A couple of things I learned.

1) The Icelanders favorite snack or fast food isn’t some kind of seafood. It’s the “pylsur”:

Mine is on the left. We went to “the best hotdog in town” Baejarins Betzu Pylsur. The way to get a pylsur is with everything on it. Everything includes some kind of white sauce, some kind of yellowy-tan sauce and caramelized, French-type onions underneath the dog. The sauces are a mix of savory and sweet. It was really very good.

2) Icelanders love their geothermally heated pools. There are seven, I believe, in Reykjavik. They do pools like we do Starbucks.

3) There are actually trees in Iceland. Apparently the settlers cut them all down. That’s the short story. Icelanders are trying to reintroduce trees that are native to that climate so they bring them from Siberia and Alaska. 

4) Almost every Icelander can trace his or her roots back to the Vikings and Celts that arrived 1200 years ago. This is the Solfar sculpture.


5) Icelanders like to go out. And stay out late. And talk real loud when they’re out walking in the streets in the middle of the night. They don’t get much sleep in the summer.

It was an amazing two days.