Dyrhólaey Peninsula is famous for its black sand beach, spectacular rock formations as well as bird watching, puffins especially.
At the time of our arrival, however, nearly all of the puffins were taking a leisurely swim and were out of my lens’ reach. But what we did find, a little further in land, was this


8 thoughts on “Dyrhólaey

  1. The puffins were out of reach? They must of known you were coming! Check out Opteka’s 500mm mirror/lens if you’re ever in the mood to have a little fun. For less than $100 — you’d be surprised at the amount of reach you’ll have.


    • The puffins had clearly seen me coming, those damn guillemots must have tipped them off!

      What a curious lens the Opteka 500mm is! I’ve never seen a mirror lens before, went on youtube and saw some reviews. It seems that one would have to use a tripod and have quite a bit of patience to work with it.

      Do you have one of these yourself?


      • I do use a mirror lens, actually. I’ve been using one the past two years. My experience with mirror lenses first started with telescopes, and then progressed to a camera lens.

        I don’t use a tripod. You can use this type of lens handheld, but it takes practice. I shoot as low as 1/200 of a sec, which takes the grip of a ninja to pull off. But it can be done.

        Ideally, you’ll want to keep the ISO at around 1600 and expose around 1/1000 sec.

        Image quality is not like a standard refractor lens. The low contrast is not desirable for most people, but with post processing, you can add plenty of contrast with layers and such..


      • The aperture is fixed at F8 isn’t it? What sort of things do you shoot handheld? I’d imagine with an extension tube this can be converted into a macro lens.

        I’m currently using a crop sensor camera, with ISO1600, things are going to get seriously grainy! But on the other hand, the magnification would be even higher after multiplying by 1.6

        Might give it a go


      • Yes, the aperture is fixed at F8 — it’s more like a telescope than a standard camera lens. Opteka makes an F6.3, but I don’t have experience with that particular model, but I plan on getting one soon.

        As for noise, 1600 ISO is easily manageable with post processing (if you’re into that kind of thing.) If you’re going to use this lens handheld — you’ll need as much ISO as you can handle.

        There is a learning curve with any mirror / lens. Don’t be surprised if you don’t like your results at first. Once you discover what works — that’s when the real fun begins.


      • Hmmm….good question. For moon imagery I generally use a 102mm maksutov. I don’t know how to link things in this comment box, but I do have one image taken with the Opteka on this blog — it’s the turkey vulture that I labeled “Death from Above”. On my Flickr page I have images of the moon taken with the Opteka 500mm.


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