During the month of June, I was lucky enough to spend 17 days exploring Iceland shooting timelapse and video. The natural, chaotic beauty of the country made it a place that I had wanted to see for a long time. When the opportunity finally arose, I knew that I had to take it. Driving nearly 4000 miles, sleeping in the passenger seat of a small SUV, and eating gas station food, it was all worth it.
Arriving in Reykjavik on the 14th, we picked up our rental car, and hit the road. Luckily, I was able to pick up a SIM card in town, making it possible for me to keep in touch with everyone at home and post iPhone photos of the various locations that we visited. If you follow my Facebook Page, you might have seen some of these shots.
For the next 17 days, we drove constantly from location to location, only stopping for gas, food, and the occasional random campsite. I had an idea of what to expect of the landscape in Iceland, but that idea was nothing compared to what I saw during the trip. The waterfalls around every corner, vibrant green mountains, massive fjords, glacial lagoons, and ever-changing landscape/weather really made for an eye-opening experience.
For gear, I decided to keep things as simple as possible to save room in the SUV, while still being able to get 3 axis movements. Using my Tamrac backpack, I was able to pack 3 camera bodies, 4 lenses, multiple filters, intervalometers, all of my camera batteries, and more smaller accessories all in one pack. For support and motion control, I brought 3 tripods, 2 Manfrotto Carbon sticks, and 1 small Induro tripod, as well as a 5 foot Kessler Crane Cineslider and Kessler 3-Axis CineDrive system. Though this was a decent amount of equipment, I could carry it all at once when I needed to.
The resulting video is a collection of some of my favorite shots from the trip. Because we were there during the midnight sun, we never got a real glimpse of the night sky. I definitely hope to go back again to capture more of this beautiful country and explore it deeper.
I want to also thank the band For a Minor Reflection for letting me use their track Flóð for this piece.