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Sleeklens Through the Woods Adobe Lightroom Presets Review

Sleeklens Adobe Lightroom Presets Review

What about processing? Do you use Adobe Lightroom Presets? I’m a bit of an old fogey when it comes to my photographic workflow. Maybe it’s because when I was in college we processed and printed our own photos in the darkroom but my style is to replicate what I saw, rather than add a lot of effects. I also prefer to control the adjustments rather than apply blanket ones. For those reasons I tend to stick to adjusting the colour balance, shadows/highlights and […]

3 tips for using geothermal pools in Iceland

3 Tips to using geothermal pools in Iceland

One of the nicest things to do in Iceland is relaxing in one of the geothermal pools in Iceland, especially in the winter. The small tubs or pool are known as hot pots (which, confusingly for people from the British Isles, has nothing to do with stew). And there’s honestly nothing better than soaking in hot water with snow all around. Even the swimming pools are heated. But Icelandic pools are just a little different to your regular ones so here three tips to using […]

What to bring? Hiking trip packing list and printables

What to bring? Hiking trip packing list and printables

I am an outdoor gear junkie. I hate clothes shopping in general but put me in an outdoor shop and you had better take my credit card away from me. And so I love prepping my outdoor kit for hikes, making lists and checking things off. With that in mind here’s a handy printable hiking trip packing list to keep you organised for your next trip. Hiking trip packing list Day pack: I use a 14L Deuter for short hikes or […]

5 Instagrammers who will make you want to go to Iceland

5 Instagrammers who will make you want to go to Iceland

As if you need any excuses … ! This is by no means a definitive list and I’m having a really hard time to limit myself to just five but here it goes… my favourite 5 Instagrammers who will make you want to go to Iceland 5 Instagrammers who will make you want to go to Iceland 1 – Icelandic Explorer Gunnar Freyer’s feed is beautiful, epic and intense. What more needs to be said?! On the other side. #biteoficeland #westfjords A photo posted […]

3 Tips on how to avoid the crowds in Iceland

3 Tips on how to avoid the crowds in Iceland

Tourist numbers in Iceland have been skyrocketing. Accommodation options are being stretched to the limit as well as bringing about a host of other problems. In 2016 tourists from the US will have outnumbered the local population or if you prefer pictures here are some lovely graphs. As a responsible tourist I have moved here to balance things out. With so many visitors it’s understandable if feeling of claustrophobia start setting in. Some smart asses might say well don’t go and add to the problem […]

5 Tips for planning an Airbnb trip

5 Tips for planning an Airbnb trip

Airbnb has revolutionised travel accommodation, although somewhat controversially. Iceland has recently restricted Airbnb rentals as much of the rental market has switched to more profitable, short-term rentals. For travellers, especially in a group Airbnb can be quite reasonable when compared to hotel rooms and much cosier. I stayed in one in Reykjavik and honestly it was my dream house. I want to live there it was just so beautiful. We got a much better rate for a group to stay in […]

Stock photography Alamy Adobe Fotoila

Stock photography now available!

Alamy and Adobe Fotolia Stock Photography I’ve been a busy little bee since Christmas and I’m delighted to announce that select images from my portfolio are now available to purchase as stock photography on Alamy Stock and Adobe Fotolia Stock. I will be adding to these collections as time goes on but for now you can purchase travel images of beautiful Iceland with landscapes, details, nature and wildlife; as royalty-free or rights-managed images which will be perfect for your next project!

Hiking in Ireland: Art O Neill Challenge 2017: Glenmalure Finish

Hiking in Ireland: The Art O Neill Challenge

How about a nice 53km walk in Dublin and Wicklow, starting at midnight, non-stop, in January, through the mountains, snow, bog and fog? Sounds good Dad, I’m in. And that’s how I ended up committing to the Art O Neill Challenge, and challenge being the operative word. One of Ireland’s most grueling hikes organised by The Great Outdoors and the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, as a fundraiser for the latter and is named in memory of a man who died […]

Road trip: Tips for safe winter driving in Iceland

Road trip: Tips for safe winter driving in Iceland

The other day I was nearly killed by a tourist. Heading in to Keflavik Airport this guy in a hired car was driving on the wrong side of the road and even though I stopped, beeped and flashed my lights he still didn’t realise what he was doing. In 2015 over 200 tourists were involved in car accidents and with so many tourists opting for a self-drive holiday here are some tips for safe winter driving in Iceland. This post is not […]

My travel bucket list

If money and time were no object where would you like to visit? The short answer is, well, everywhere but I have a few dream journeys that I really want to do: my travel bucket list. Actually I dislike the term bucket list because it implies that there will be nothing to do after that but say my ultimate wishlist. 1. Mongolia The steppes, the horses, archery (I have a Scythian bow which is very like a Mongol bow), in my head […]

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