Bat Women

Sunday, 23 November 2014

coat: Zara / top: Zara / cardigan: Sel by Peppercorn / skirt: Zara / boots: H&M / hat: Zara / ring: Zara


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Meet Kisa (Icelandic: kitty), the first of the PyroPet animal shaped candles with hidden skeletons, and my first ever window display design attempt.

Запознайте се с Kisa (исландски: котенце), първата от серията свещи във формата на животни с вградени скелети PyroPet, сега вече и в концептуален магазин Detailor, както и с първия ми опит за дизайн на витрина.

candles: PyroPet / window display: EdgyCuts

Hair Tucked

Sunday, 9 November 2014

sweater: French Connection / skirt: vintage / booties: Burberry / paper bag: Lexon Air

Matte Black

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Remember how big this H&M golden choker was back then in 2011? I, too, loved the design, but not the quality. Soon, the cheap metal tarnished terribly, but, as I love to repurpose and refurbish stuff, I decided to keep it, just in case I come up with an idea how to drag out any use left of it in the future. And, here it is, powder coated in matte black, all new and ready to be worn again.

coat: Hearts and Hands / top: Zara / jeans: Zara TRF (customized) / sneakers: Adidas /
paper bag: Lexon Air /
 frames: Vivienne Westwood / choker: H&M (customized)

Lava Lava In The Hole - Part III

Friday, 24 October 2014

{part I} {part II}

It's just an hour left before our takeoff to the Holuhraun eruption site. With the time pressing on, the intense feelings regain control over me. On one hand, the sweet excitement of the forthcoming long-awaited date with an erupting volcano doubles with every passing minute. On the other, despite having read tens of articles both about aerial and volcano photography, I feel anxious, unsure of whether we'd be able to take the pictures I so much crave for.

We have already realized the mistake we had made by renting a crop sensor body as our second camera for the job, that is why now we must be a lot more careful in considering our lens choice. But then, to begin with, comes the dilemma of wide-angle vs. telephoto as we can't estimate the size of this thing, nor the distance we'll be photographing it from. Next, we need to decide which lens to mount on which body, and then how to share out the photo gear between ourselves (remember we'll be flying in different planes?).

Incapable of making a well-reasoned judgement, we just stand there, at the airport, in the middle of the parking lot, desperately looking for some help. Until we spot the landing Cessna. And then, the hefty cameras hanging on the necks of two men who's just stepped off it with big grins on their faces. Gotcha! What's more, it turns out one of these friendly guys is not just some pro photographer, but one of the Canon's Explorers of Light, Ken Sklute! Not only we get the chance to know what to expect of the flight and preview the eruption scene, but we also gain the much-needed technical know-how straight from the pros (Thank you, Ken, once again, for the insight and valuable tips)! And in the midst of the nice chat we've started, it finally occurs to us. The single seat in these Cessna 206 aircraft we're going to fly with is the one beside the pilot, i.e. the place with the best view, and both of us get it! Everything happens for a reason, doesn't it?

6 p.m. It's time to take off, at last. And after 20 minutes of cruising over a bleak volcanic landscape, we finally see the telltale giant white gas plume, a mixture of sulphur dioxide, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, rising from the eruptive site.

Holuhraun eruption, 20 September 2014
Holuhraun eruption, 20 September 2014

When we fly past the crater row and I see these enormous, boiling, red-hot-lava-spewing pots, my jaw drops in astonishment. I find this mighty display of the Earth's fury so strikingly beautiful, I even cease to breathe for a moment.

the central and biggest crater, Baugur
the central and biggest crater, Baugur

What fascinates me the most, though, is the way the bursts of lava fountain into the air and then fall down as in a slow-motion projection. The molten rock ejected from the vent then lands on the crater cone as spatter, cools rapidly and builds it up. The largest and most active vent since the beginning of the eruption, Baugur, has already formed a crater taller than 50 m.

lava spew and spatter, abstract
lava spew and spatter, abstract

While I'm focused on taking the sharpest close-ups of the lava I can, my man, determined to present me the best pictures of the volcano possible, regardless of the space obstructions and the terrible visibility through the dull plastic plane windows, morphs into Barbapapa and starts shooting at all angles and directions, even through the front window. And so, the plane I'm on gets into his frame too (note that, because of the perspective, the crater on this photo appears much smaller in scale to the plane than it really is).

it's me in that Cessna, witnessing an erupting volcano - a dream come true
it's me in that Cessna, witnessing an erupting volcano - a dream come true

giant lava cake - the smaller Krakkinn crater
giant lava cake - the smaller Krakkinn crater

the inactive Suðri vent
the inactive Suðri vent

up to 40-meter-high fountains of molten rock burst into the air
up to 40-meter-high fountains of molten rock burst into the air

After 15 minutes of utmost excitement, we are brought back to earth, literally and figuratively. Overwhelmed by emotion, both of us feel exhausted and dizzy. We are quite disoriented too, and thus agree the best way to spend the evening is to further loose touch with reality and go visit the nearby Hverir geothermal area.

the Hverir geothermal area at sunset
the Hverir geothermal area at sunset

We walk around in a daze and snap some random shots till it gets dark. 

steaming fumarole
steaming fumarole

There's nothing else we can do on this day, but find some nice place to park the car and have a good night's sleep. Under the aurora :}

the auroral arc over Másvatn lake
the auroral arc over Másvatn lake


Saturday, 18 October 2014

sweater: Selected / leather track pants: Topshop / heels: Alexander Wang Lovisa / clutch: MMM with H&M /
hat: Zara / frames: Vivienne Westwood / bracelets: unknown

Lava Lava In The Hole - Part II

Thursday, 16 October 2014

{part I}

20 September 2014

It's a lovely Saturday morning at the lagoon. Sunny and calm, just as forecasted.

the view from our bed - sunrise over the Jökulsárlón bridge

Time to pay the usual visit to the beach and capture some diamonds :}

isolated ice chunk lying on the beach

my man playing on the field

An hour later we are back to the lagoon for a romantic walk along the shore.

Jökulsárlón lagoon

the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue calving into the lagoon

Mr. & Mrs. Hitrov, Jökulsárlón, September 2014

The clock is ticking and we better hurry up. It's a five-and-a-half-hour drive to the Mývatn airport, provided we don't stop to take pictures of the scenery every few minutes, which is hard to resist, especially as this part of the country is new to us. Hence, I promise to try, as much as I can, to shoot through the window while we are on the move.

along Road 1, Southeast Iceland

When I see a flock of swans chilling in a lake next to the road, though, I ask my man to stop the car.

Whooper swan / Cygnus cygnus / Álft

look at me, I'm beautiful...

... and flirtatious

Further down the way, we reach our first fjord - Berufjörður. Mesmerized by the view, we miss the shortcut at the end of the fjord - the scenic Öxi road - and continue along Road 1.

Berufjörður and the Búlandstindur Mountain

In the meantime, Road 1, a.k.a. the Icelandic highway, has turned into a narrow unpaved road. 

on Road 1, East Iceland

But driving some extra kilometers on steep gravel doesn't bother us at all. The energy of the day is quite different from yesterday's. The weather is supreme, the scenery - unexplored, and, although we have to get to our destination by 5 pm, we are not rushing through.

dangerous turn ahead

Road 1 making twists and turns

We stop at the gas station in Egilsstaðir to fill up, have a cup of coffee, and check the updates on the eruption, before we take up the next 170 km through the most humdrum part of the island.

Road F88 leading to the eruption site closed due to risk of flood

After a 2-hour drive across a barren moorland, we reach Mývatn area and head straight to the Reykjahlíð Airport. We have a quick look around the airfield, and, since we are a couple of hours early, decide to check the nearby sights.

all quiet on the Reykjahlíð Airport

It's such a diverse landscape around Mývatn, one must devote at least 2 days to fully explore and enjoy it. To make full use of the little spare time we have, we decide to hunt up the Grjótagjá lava cave, famous for being used as a popular bathing site and a location for filming the 5th episode of the 3rd season of Game of Thrones. Turns out it's easily reachable by car via Road 860. There, in the parking area in front of the cave entrance, we find another bizarre creation - the quintessence of life in the harsh Icelandic nature.

hard is the life of the Icelandic tree

Another landmark that catches our eyes wherever we turn our heads is the giant striated black mountain Hverfell. In fact, it's a rare and particularly enormous example of a tephra explosion crater, one kilometer in diameter. I so much want to go to the crater rim, but the time we have here most probably won't allow for such a walk. I sigh a long sigh, and get into the cave.

Grjótagjá cave

Since, due to volcanic activity in the 70s and 80s, the water temperature had risen to more than 50 °C, bathing in the cave is strictly forbidden now, thus there's nothing much we can do there besides taking a couple of pictures. We take a short walk along the steamy fissure above the cave and return to the airport.

armed to the teeth and ready to conquer

The best is yet to come...
{part III}

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