Roads of Iceland

On a recent trip to Iceland (my second), I went around the ring road, took some country road detours and drove on dirt tracks. Each one was magical and fantastic. Some reminded me of what Jerry Seinfeld once said, “sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” These are some of the photos I made with my iPhone7Plus. Each photo is just a snapshot of the beauty and magic of Iceland, a country I absolutely adore and can’t stop thinking about.



Skutustaoahreppur

Fljotsdalherao

Sauoarkrokur>
Djupavogshreppur>
Hornafjorour


Sveitarfelagio Hornafjorour

Sveitearfelagio Olfus

All photos made with iPhone7Plus. Slight edits using VSCO.

Roads of Iceland: A Photo Collection

“Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again!”  —
 Willie Nelson, On The Road Again! 

As someone who doesn’t drive, I love driving across vast open landscapes, through mountain passes, quiet valleys, along the sea, watching the world change. And no place is as fascinating as Iceland, where every mile brings a new adventure and a new show of nature’s immense power and magic. As Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

On a recent trip to Iceland (my second), I went around the ring road, took some country road detours and drove on dirt tracks. Each one was magical and fantastic. Some reminded me of what Jerry Seinfeld once said, “sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” These are some of the photos I made with my iPhone7Plus. Each photo is just a snapshot of the beauty and magic of Iceland, a country I absolutely adore and can’t stop thinking about.

Back in San Francisco

After nearly a week in Iceland (and airports) I am back in San Francisco and ready to resume daily life. The trip was quite hectic and I have had trouble with the worst kind of jetlag. I hope to get back to normal by end of day today. I am seriously backed up on my email and reading and also have been running slow on my column. This moody photo of San Francisco skyline from TwinPeaks shot on a Leica M with a Zeiss 25mm lens. The photo reflects my mood pretty accurately. 

P.S.: A really great summary of Startup Iceland is here.

Iceland bound

I had been staying put in San Francisco for a few weeks and enjoying the company of friends, especially those who I work with at True (Ventures.)  It has been board meeting season and last week we had terrific updates from two True family companies — Academia.edu and Narrative — both of which are expecting to launch, new amazing things in the near future. It has also been a chance to reconnect with some of my photographer friends. But mostly it has been a chance to enjoy the frenzy of Silicon Valley. 

No surprise I was getting restless so it is time to pack my bags and head out for a few days to a place I have been dreaming about for a while — Iceland. I am attending Startup Iceland and will be speaking on stage with my dear friend and superhuman Brad Feld. He is going to share his wisdom about startups, venture capital and basic founder values. I am just the eye candy on stage. 

Startup Iceland is the brainchild of Bala Kamallakharan who has willed together this event. It is remarkable how far and how deep the startup culture has spread. The economic reinvention is still at the “batting practice” stage of value creation and like my dear friend Akamai founder Paul Sagan said in 2010, “this is a 20 year cycle at the very least.” 

Iceland also means I am going to be taking pictures — lots of them. I am taking two cameras — iPhone 6+ (along with Moment Lenses) and Leica M (with a 35 mm and 24 mm lenses.) One is automatic and the other is autocratic. I will be sharing some photos on my Instagram and Facebook and of course will put up a gallery here. It is weird for me — I have not traveled with a laptop in a while and I am taking along my new MacBook 12. I think it is a better way to process photos! 

What does all this mean? I don’t know – more photos, fewer frequent updates and of course slow response to emails. 

May 25, 2015, San Francisco

PS: If you are in Iceland and want to meet up for a photo walk, look me up and drop me a note via direct message on Twitter with your email. 

PS 2: Any tips for landscape photography, again drop me a note.