sonofjohan
26 Feb 20	Our window of opportunity that allowed for the photo of the cellist also allowed for a photo of the music hall in which he played. The statue of the cellist was apparently not originally located where we photographed it but was moved there after his death at the request of his widow as that was where he wanted it to be located. If you were to draw a line parallel to the front surface of the brown block upon which he sits (look at yesterday's photo), it would take you to the corner of the Harpa Music Hall. Originally named the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre, a part of what was to be called The World Trade Centre of Iceland, it was renamed on the Day of Icelandic Music on 11 December 2009. The all glass building was designed to look like the basalt columns seen all over Iceland and won the European Union’s Mies van der Rohe award for contemporary architecture.  After taking the photos we made it about a block further down the waterfront before the rains and wind returned. So we made our way back to our cave to settle in for the night unaware of what was in store for the evening. Remember, this was an adventure more than a photo tour. Later that evening, our inner workings suggesting it was time to refuel, we made our way to the dining area and had a simple but delightful meal. Finished, we waited for our waiter to present us with the damages but he never reappeared. After perhaps 20 minutes of no contact we took the matter into our own hands and made our way to the maitre d's stand and offered to pay for our meal. The individual standing there informed us that he was not such and that he too was a patron of the hotel. More so, he  introduced himself as the owner, and not only the owner of that hotel, but the owner of 8 others in Iceland. He gave us a nice tour of the facility including a thoroughly detailed history for us which was quite interesting. Educational session complete, we parted for the evening but that was not to be the last we would see of him.<br />
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The image has been somewhat altered to correct some of the distortion imparted by not having a sufficiently wide enough lens to take it all in without distortion. I had an equivalent 24 mm when a 14 mm would have been appropriate or a 35mm perspective control neither of which I had available. I also gave it a bit of contrast improvement to better show the simulated basalt (glass) columns. Harpa Music Hall  Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/2000 sec @ f / 9.