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25th August 2016

Three boat prows in Lerwick harbour, Shetland Islands, Scotland Yachts moored in Lerwick harbour, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Here are the final two images from the lovely town of Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, that my wife Liz and I visited on our cruise to Iceland and back.

Lerwick is first and foremost a seafaring town, so it's appropriate to end this series of photos from this beautiful location with photos of boats and the harbour.

Next stop - the Orkneys.

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24th August 2016

Rowing boat at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old rowing boat in dry dock at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Anchored boat and a patch of seaweed Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Walking around the harbour town of Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, Liz and I very quickly became aware that this was a communtity based on the sea. (And the odd sheep or two!)

Boats and nautical paraphenalia were everywhere, so naturally I featured the odd boat or two in the photos I took during our day's excursion in this lovely and friendly town.

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23rd August 2016

Old stone buildings on the seafront at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old boat and stone house on the seafront at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old stone seawall and houses on the rocky foreshore at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old stone slipway and house on the rocky foreshore at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Here are four more of my favourite images from the lovely seaside town of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, featuring the juxtaposition of old stone buildings, the azure sea and blue skies.

I'm sure the weather isn't like this all the time, but I'm certainly glad we caught the sunshine on the day Liz and I visited.

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22nd August 2016

Panoramic image of Lerwick harbour, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old stone house, beach and replica Viking boat at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old stone house, beach and replica Viking boat at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland Old stone house by the sea at Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

OK - just got back from a week's trip to the west coast of Ireland (soggy but lovely, as usual!) - and it's time to resume showcasing the best views from Liz's and my cruise up to Iceland and back, taking in the beauties of Scotland and northern Ireland on the way.

To my mind, the loveliest harbour town that we visited on our cruise was Lerwick, the capital of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

Quaint olde worlde stone buildings, glorious sunshine and plenty of local wool shops for Liz - a winning combination!

The panorama is the view from the back of the P&O liner Azura, moored offshore, and shows some of the dramatic coastline around Lerwick iteslf while the standard images show just one of the photogenic spots we stopped at to photograph on our tour around the town.

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12th August 2016

Time lapse video showing dramatic clouds, sunlight and shadows passing over Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast Time lapse video in three parts showing sunset and dusk as viewed from the West Shore promenade at Llandudno on the North Wales coast Time lapse video showing the transition from day to night over Conwy Morfa, Llandudno and the Conwy estuary on the North Wales coast. Filmed from high up on Sychnant Pass above the A55 expressway

Time to catch up on recent time lapse video production here at goHOWiE.com, with these three clips showcasing the beauties of the North Wales coast.

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11th August 2016

Snow capped mountains at the side of the Eyjafjordur fjord, Akureyri, Iceland. Viewed from the P&O liner Azura Cloud capped mountain at the side of the Eyjafjordur fjord, Akureyri, Iceland. Viewed from the P&O liner Azura

Here are the final two images from Iceland, taken as we sailed away on the P&O liner Azura from the northern port of Akureyri, up the Eyjafjordur fjord and out into the North Atlantic Ocean.

It was kind of ironic that the sun started shining as we were leaving, having spend the previous three days under leaden grey skies for the most part.

Anyhow, I took full advantage of the sunshine and dramatic fjord scenery to take a lot of photos.

From the hundreds of images available to me from that sail away, I chose these two as my personal favourites, showing off the stunning scenery under lovely light.

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10th August 2016

Panoramic image of the Eyjafjordur fjord at Akureyri, Iceland Panoramic image of the Eyjafjordur fjord from the P&O liner Azura, Iceland

Our last sail away from the amazing Iceland, leaving the town of Akureyri and travelling up the Eyjafjordur fjord into the north Atlantic ocean and the sun finally comes out!

Magnificent snow capped mountains glide by as minky whales play in the ship's wake, so of course I'm making the most of the situation, trying my hand at hand-held panoramas.

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9th August 2016

Boiling geothermal mud pool, at Hverarond, Iceland Geothermal steam vent at Hverarond, Iceland Geothermal steam at Hverarond, Iceland Video of boiling geothermal mud at Hverarond in Iceland Video of boiling steam issueing from a geothermal vent at Hverarond in Iceland

Yesterday I presented some images from Iceland, showing volcanic landscapes, albeit extinct. (For the time being!)

Today, the emphasis is very much on active geothermal features, and although we weren't treated to a major eruption during our cruise around Iceland we did see, and smell, some pretty impressive steam vents and pools of boiling mud at Hverarond.

There's a mix of static images and also a couple of videos of the features Liz and I saw during our all too brief stop at this amazing place.

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8th August 2016

Panoramic image of the volcanic landscape at Dimmuborgir, Iceland The inside of the crater of an extinct volcano at Kerio, Iceland Stark volcanic landscape, with a winding road, at Hverarond, Iceland Volcanic landscape and lake at Myvatn, Iceland

Of course, the main reason to visit Iceland is to take in the amazing landscape, formed of fire and ice.

Liz and I didn't see much ice on our trip there, but we did see plenty of landscapes formed from past volcanic activity.

Here are four examples of what I'm talking about, but the images don't really do justice to the jaw dropping effect of actually being there.

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5th August 2016

Large portrait on the side of a building in Akureyri, Iceland Close up of a large portrait on the side of a building in Akureyri, Iceland Blue flowers in a street planter in Akureyri, Iceland

With a couple of hours to spare before having to get back on board the P&O liner Azura and to sail away from Iceland, Liz and I explored some of Akureyri.

Liz was looking for wool shops and I was looking for photo opportunities, and of the two of us she had more success.

However, I did manage to find some amazing, and huge, street art to photograph, together with some of the flowers that had been arranged in planters on the street, helping to alliviate the grey.

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4th August 2016 (extra)

Time lapse video showing dusk falling over Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast as the streetlights come on

Here's an extra item for today here at goHOWie.com - my latest time lapse video filmed at dusk on the North Wales coast at Colwyn Bay.

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4th August 2016

The airport at Akureyri, Iceland, built out into the end of the Eyjafjordur fjord with mountains behind The airport at Akureyri, Iceland, built out into the end of the Eyjafjordur fjord with mountains behind. Duotone.

The view from the top deck of the P&O liner Azura revealed the runway of Akureyri airport, sticking out in to the end of the Eyjafjordur fjord on the north coasat of Iceland, so of course I took advantage of the high viewpoint to photograph this unusual addition to the landscape.

Back home I made two different images from the same original RAW file, each conveying a very different mood.

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3rd August 2016

Snow and cloud capped mountains along the Eyjafjordur fjord at Akureyri, Iceland Waterfront building on the side of the Eyjafjordur fjord at Akureyri, Iceland

Two more images showing the dramatic scenery around Akureyri, on the north coast of Iceland, under stormy north Atlantic skies.

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2nd August 2016

The waterfront at Akureyri, Iceland The end of the Eyjafjordur fjord at Akureyri, Iceland

Being eighteen decks up on the top of the P&O liner Azura certainly gave me a unique perspective out over the town of Akureyri and the Eyjafjordur fjord while we were berthed there.

But it was the all too rare and brief appearance of the sun that made all the difference for these two images.

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1st August 2016

Panoramic image of Akureyri and the end of Eyjafjordur, situated on the north coast of Iceland

This panoramic image of Akureyri, situated at the end of the Eyjafjordur in the North of Iceland, shows the first glimpse of sunlight that we'd seen during our Iceland cruise, and those patches of light transformed the landscape into a visual wonderland.

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30th July 2016

Compilation of short time lapse video clips showcasing the beautiful and dramatic scenery of Wales, United Kingdom

Another short diversion away from the beauties of Iceland today, to show you a compilation video I've made comprising short clips from the best of my time lapse sequences, filmed around Wales.

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29th July 2016

The Godafoss waterfall, Iceland The Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland

Iceland is called the land of fire and ice, but there's plenty of water around as well.

These two images are of the famous Godafoss and Gullfoss waterfalls, both spectacular cascades set in amazing landscape.

But tricky to get decent photos in the prevailing conditions.

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28th July 2016

Panoramic image of town of Isafjordur, situated at the end of one of the largest fjords in Iceland

This panoramic image of Isafjordur, nestled at the end of one of the longest fjords in the North of Iceland, shows a typical summer's day at a latitude of 66 degrees north on the edge of the North Atlantic ocean.

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27th July 2016

Time lapse video showing clouds and sunlight passing over the abandoned slate quarry, Llyn Peris and Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales Time lapse video showing colourful clouds at sunset over the Irish Sea from Deganwy on the North Wales coast

Two more time lapse videos from beautiful North Wales to bring goHOWiE.com up to date with my current work.

The first is a dramatic overlook up the Pass of Llanberis in Snowdonia, as viewed from the orther-worldy Dinorwig slate quarry.

The second is a glowing sunset sky over the Irish Sea, as watched from the promenade at Deganwy.

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26th July 2016

Time lapse video dawn at Penmon Point lighthouse and Puffin Island on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales Video showing dawn at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. Featuring the lighthouse, Puffin Island and a passing yacht with the newly risen sun

A brief pause from exploring the scenery of Iceland here at goHOWiE.com, to showcase some time lapse videos that I've been working on recently.

First up is a gentle time lapse showing the dawn on a very calm morning at Penmon Point on the lovely Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast.

As a bonus there's also a real time video, shot on the same morning at the same spot, giving a feel of the sights and sounds of early morning at Penmon.

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25th July 2016

Colourful rainbow socks, Reykjavik, Iceland Colourful painted grid, Reykjavik, Iceland Street art on display in Reykjavik, Iceland

Here are the last three examples of local colour, photographed in the grey streets of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

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22nd July 2016

Cafe Babalu, Reykjavik, Iceland Poster advertising the Cafe Babalu, Reykjavik, Iceland Neon sign advertising the Cafe Babalu, Reykjavik, Iceland

My favourite spot in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, was the Cafe Babalu.

A riot of colour, light and warmth set in otherwise chilly, damp and grey surroundings.

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21st July 2016

Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art ans sitting man, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland

Here's the second and final set of Reykjavik graffiti images, the photographing of which brightened my day in the cold and drizzly capital of Iceland.

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20th July 2016

Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art, Reykjavik, Iceland Graffiti street art at cafe Babalu, Reykjavik, Iceland

My overwhelming impression of Reykjavik, the captial of Iceland, was of grey.

Grey weather, grey architiecture.

Thank goodness the Icelanders rebel against all this grey with some beautiful and colourful graffiti that was a treat for my eyes (and camera, of course).

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19th July 2016

Time lapse video showing sunset and dusk falling over the Great Orme and the promenade at Llandudno on the North Wales coast

A short interlude from images from Iceland today, to show this time lapse video, shot much closer to home on the promenade at Llandudno on the North Wales coast.

No volcanoes or glaciers, just a lovely sunset and twilight over this classic British seaside resort.

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18th July 2016

Sun Voyager Viking ship sculpture on the seafront, Reykjavik, Iceland

This dramatic sculpture, the 'Sun Voyager', is the focal point of attention along the seafront at Reykjavik, Iceland, so of course, I had to photograph it.

But I wasn't content with just a snapshot.

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15th July 2016

Harpa building interior on the seafront at Reykjavik, Iceland Harpa building mirrored ceiling, Reykjavik, Iceland Harpa building mirrored ceiling, Reykjavik, Iceland

The inside of the Harpa building, on the harbour side at Reykjavik, Iceland, is a photographer's wonderland of abstract concrete and glass.

Here are just three images from the many that I took inside the Harpa.

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14th July 2016

Harpa building on the seafront at Reykjavik, Iceland Hallgrimskirkja church at Reykjavik, Iceland Cafe Babalu, Reykjavik, Iceland

Walking round the streets of Reykjavik, Iceland on a grey and drizzly summer's day doing the tourist thing, I came across three buildings of note.

Two were modern concrete, steel and glass monoliths, and the other was a small cafe, seemingly put together out of random bits of wood and steel sheet.

I wonder which one you like the best? I know which is my favourite!

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13th July 2016

Panoramic image of the beautiful beach at Horgabost on the island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland on a stormy day

Carrying on our photo-journey based on the cruise Liz and I took up to Iceland on the P&O liner Azura, and today I'm presenting a panoramic image from the beautiful and dramatic beach at Horgabost of the Isle of Harris.

The weather was wild, but that just added to the beauty as far as I was concerned.

I doubt if my fellow travellers thought the same though!

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12th July 2016

Panoramic image of Belfast harbour in Northern Ireland, featuring the Harland & Wolff shipyard and the Titanic museum

This panoramic view of Belfast Harbour, with some of its iconic industrial landmarks, was photographed from the highest point of the P&O cruise liner Azura as she was berthed there on the first stop of a cruise up to Iceland and back.

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11th July 2016

Video of the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland Video of boiling steam issueing from a geothermal vent in Iceland Video of boiling steam issueing from a geothermal vent in Iceland

Back to the wonders of Iceland today here at goHOWiE.com, and three realtime videos showing some of the amazing sights that Liz and I experienced during our tour around the north of the country, taking in the Godafoss waterfalls and the geothermal activity at Hverarond.

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8th July 2016

Time lapse video showing the incoming tide at sunset on the estuary of the river Conwy at Conway on the North Wales coast

A brief diversion from our tour round Iceland and the Scottish Islands today here at goHOWiE.com, to showcase this lovely time lapse video that I shot just three evenings ago.

Standing on the road bridge over the river Conwy and looking up the mouth of the estuary gave this lovely view of the sunset while the incoming tide slowly covered over the sandbanks and mudflats in front of Liz and I.

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7th July 2016

Time lapse video showing the changing views sailing out of Isafjordur on the north coast of Iceland from the upper deck of the P&O cruise liner Azura

Here's the second of only two time lapse videos that I shot during Liz's and my cruise around Iceland and the Scottish Islands, and shows our departure from the port of Isafjordur on the north coast of Iceland and the sail up the fjord out into the North Atlantic ocean.

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6th July 2016

Time lapse video showing the changing views sailing out of Belfast Harbour into the Irish Sea from the upper deck of the P&O cruise liner Azura

Wow! Liz and I have just got back from a two week cruise up to Iceland and back, taking in a few dramatic UK ports of call as well.

So for the next few entries here at goHOWiE.com we'll be taking a look at some of the bizarre, beautiful and enigmatic sights that we experienced.

We're starting off with a time lapse video showing the view out over the stern of the ship as we sailed away from Belfast harbour and out on into the Irish Sea.

Maybe not the usual scenes of striking natural beauty that I'm normally after photographing, but a strangely compelling and emotive journey none the less, past some of the UK's industrial heritage.

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5th July 2016

Point of Ayr lighthouse at sunset, Talacre, North Wales coast Point of Ayr lighthouse at sunset with vivid clouds, Talacre, North Wales coast Point of Ayr lighthouse in silhouette at sunset, Talacre, North Wales coast

A triple bill of images today here at goHOWiE.com, all featuring the iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse at sunset on the beach at Talacre on the North Wales coast.

No wonder photographers travel from far and wide to capture this scene, so I'm really blessed to live only half an hour away!

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4th July 2016

Point of Ayr lighthouse at sunrise, Talacre, North Wales coast

There are some locations that just keep on giving, photographically speaking, and the beach at Talacre on the North Wales coast, featuring the iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse, is just one such place.

Best seen at dawn or dusk, this lovely image was taken at sunrise on a clear, crisp spring morning.

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3rd July 2016

Point of Ayr lighthouse with a new crescent moon at dusk, Talacre, North Wales coast

Here's a second image of the Point of Ayr lighthouse, on the beach at Talacre on the North Wales coast, again set against the moon.

But this time the moon is just a faint cresent, setting at dusk rather than being full and rising at dusk.

I just love the marvellous way that these heavenly bodies cycle through the months and seasons.

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