Users using the vOICe may want to tun out the sky in the top part of the view. Try the zoom feature. Note the bolders at the bottom and the ripples that you may be able to see.
See the attached cloudscape. The sea and sky predominate the image with a sliver of land in the middle. I was using the vOICe in hopes of being able to see a whale. No luck. Either the camera did not pick up the whale since it swum mostly under water or I was not looking in the right direction. Another possibility is that there was too much sky in the image so I would need to narrow the view by using the blinders option from the command line.
For anyone trying any synthetic vision device while whale watching, whales mostly appear as blobs in the sea. You may have a better chance of seeing dolphins but that is still very difficult. I had the vOICe at 2-fold speed and no luck. I did try 4-fold speed but I lost too much detail so reduced speed.
However, I was not disappointed. Looking at the sea from a moving boat is a fascinating exercise especially when you can see the arc like ripples the boat makes. The sea and clouds also provide much visual information. Another diverting exercise is to try and see landmarks like small islands as you cruise past them.
My compliments to Captain Gunnar of the Andrea for the wonderful tour of his bridge and engine room and for answering all my questions. May your Volvo Penta TMD engines always run trouble free and roar like they did during our trip!
The Thingvellar national park is paradise for photographers especially if they are into landscapes. So many rocks, streams and walkways. It is a place of infinite angles and unlimited camera possibilities.
The images that show water are also good at giving a sense of space.
The red plant in the (see image number 7) rock is particularly interesting especially since it seems to be so insubstantial when viewed by using the color filter feature of the vOICe.
Note the rope lava and the effect of light on the images. Finally, this set of images is superb for getting a sense of texture in the image. Rock has a rougher texture while water has a softer and well, watery texture.
Sometimes, we photographers got carried away and took pictures of one another taking pictures as demonstrated in image number 2.
An image of Kerid an extinct volcano, filled with blue green water. I was standing near the rimof the crater. I had to use the phone version to line my shot since my netbook’s batteries had run down.
When looking at the image with the vOICe , You can get a sense of the shape of the crater and see some of the rocks. The texture is not smooth and I suspect the hazy bit especially towards the right is the water. Try setting the color filter to blue to only see the water. Hester does something interesting to the space in the image. It sort of flattens the bowl like shape of the crater. Which is the correct representation?
To the chronically down to earth, geysers are just smelly things that send water into the air and take it all back. Some have equated them to natural tea kettles. I was at a geyser in Iceland and there is a unique majesty in the way the Earth spews the water into the air, generates steam and recycles the lot. Geysers are quite hot and temperatures range around 160°C. We were not permitted to get close to any of them. There were walkways built and we were able to move around in relative safety.
From a photographer’s perspective, the Crown jewel was a blue bubble that is created during the start of a geyser’s eruption. The attached images have descriptive filenames and are sequential.
If using the vOICe, set the color filter to blue when viewing image number 3 and you will catch the start of the blue bubble at the top right of the image.
A significant part of the fun is watching people waiting for the geyser to erupt. Take what the tour guide says about aching arms seriously. You need hair trigger reflexes and do take your time to get into position. A tripod may help too.
If the first two or three irruptions are lackluster, do not lose hope. Mother nature knows she is on display and will oblige.