Iceland Day Seven | Godafoss & Back To Reykjavik

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Day Seven of my Iceland adventure, again, mostly consisted of travelling, but rest assured we went to some AMAZING places! And yes, that includes another waterfall! I think, even though we have visited LOADS of waterfalls on our travels round Iceland, it amazes me how different they are, and how they amaze me every time. Most people would think 'oh, it's just another waterfall' but every time we went to see a different waterfall, it still managed to take my breath away!

We spent our morning in Akureyri's botanical gardens, which is the most Northern botanical garden in the world! It was a cool, crisp morning and it was so lovely spending time is such a beautiful place. The colours of the trees were spectacular, and my favourite plant/flower was their decorative cabbages that they have sprawled across the gardens!

 The next few pictures are of Godafoss, or 'The Waterfall of the Gods'. I read in one of my Icelandic fairy-tale books that the reason it's called this is because way, way back  in the year 999 or 1000, a man named Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi Thorkelsson voted in favour of Christianity being the main religion in Iceland, over-ruling Norse Paganism. When Christianity was declared the nation new religion, Thorgeir threw his Norse idols over Godafoss waterfall, hence it being called the 'Waterfall of the Gods'.

It was very spectacular, and I loved reading and learning about it from my fairy-tale, myth and folklore books that I bought!

The rest of the dy consisted of travelling to small places and also visiting some FILMING SITES OF GAME OF THRONES! No big deal... We visited the famous cavern involving Jon Snow and Ygritte ;) 

You can really tell why Iceland is such a popular place to film! It's landscape feels so other-worldly. I could have seen them making Lord of the Rings here! In a way, it's very much like New Zealand, but just on the other side of the hemisphere!

Lastly, we visited some mud pots just off Lake Myvatn, one of the largest lakes in Iceland. It looks like some guy named Mike knows whats up...

The mud pots, much like the Geysirs, can reach up to temperatures of 100C, so it is very wise to stay at a safe distance. And again, also like the geysirs, the mud-pots spewed Sulfuric fumes, so there was a very eggy smell in the air...

This is going to be the last post of my adventures in Iceland! Even though we spent two more days in Iceland (nine days altogether) the next day (the 8th) was my birthday, and I completely forgot to take any pictures at all! And we were travelling home on the 9th day, so there wasn't many photo oppotunities, but we did go to the Blue Lagoon! WHICH WAS AMAZING!

I hope you have enjoyed these posts, and I'm looking forward to my next trip to Iceland (whenever that may be!)

If you want to see my vlogs of my time in Iceland, head over to my second Youtube channel here :)

Love, K :)

Sparkler Season

Friday, 4 November 2016

Bonfire night is upon us; how quickly has this year gone! October felt like it lasted only 5 minutes! In the UK, Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is a night filled with fireworks, sparklers and bonfires, and is always observed on the 5th of November; 'Remember, remember the 5th of November'.

Bonfire night is one of my favourite times of the year. There are always local firework displays to go to, and they often have live music, food and drink and bonfires. It's such a cozy time of year! I love wrapping up warm in my coat and scarf and pulling on my hat and gloves. I don't think there is anything better than watching the beautiful fireworks go off and to smell the sweet burning of the logs on the fires. And of course all of this should be enjoyed with a hot drink to keep you warm and a candy apple for your tummy.

This year, myself and my sister decided to try and take some pictures with sparklers using the long exposure settings on my camera. I was inspired by my boss (I hate calling her my boss, because she is actually a very good friend of mine!) who is a wedding photographer. I saw one of her photographs from a wedding she shot earlier in the year where she used sparklers to encircle the married couple, and the result was amazing! That's what I tried to recreate in these pictures.

Me and my sister had so much fun making these photo's, and it was really interesting to try different settings and techniques to see how the picture turned out.

I have a Canon 750D and the settings I used were all on the manual mode on the camera. The settings I used were:

Exposure: 6.0 sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 400

It was good to experiment with the settings and I might try to try spelling words with sparklers soon, as I think that looks really cool! When taking the pictures, you have to make sure that your subject is very still, otherwise they will look blurry (like some of my pictures!). The way we took the pictures is; we got whoever was in the picture to stand very still and made sure that they were in focus. As it was really dark, it was hard to see if they were in focus or not, so to resolve this I got my sister to shine a light on her face so I could zoom in on her face and focus that way, then she took away the light and I lit the sparkler and pressed the shutter button and frantically ran around her, or waved my arm in loops around her.

I am really pleased with how these pictures turned out and I hope to take more like it! I hope this has inspired you all to do something creative and fun this Bonfire Night! I hope your night is filled with sparkle, nice food and crackin' fireworks :)

Let me know if you've taken some awesome sparkler pictures in the comments below!

Love, K :)

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