Arild Heitmann Unveils the Otherworldly Highlands of Iceland

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Iceland is a famed destination sought after by intrepid travelers and adventurous photographers. Just how many of us have drooled over and dreamed of setting foot in such a surreal place? All the photos we’ve seen prove that when it comes to otherworldly locations, we often don’t need to look far. Today’s featured snaps by landscape photographer and adventurer Arild Heitmann are no exception. If you’ve ever needed some convincing to finally fly to the magical island nation, let this stunning series give you the final push!

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Julieanne Kost Gives Us a Stunning Bird’s Eye View of Iceland

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Our recent fascination for breathtaking aerial photography continues today. This time, we turn to the work of California-based Julieanne Kost, who recently shared the abstract beauty of Iceland’s landscapes as seen from above. Whether you’ve been looking for inspiration or great examples of aerial photography, or like seeing well-known travel destinations in a new perspective, we’re sure this series is worth checking out.

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Dean Bradshaw Proves Blue Can Be Bleak Aboard a Fishing Trawler

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It’s fascinating to follow a photographer’s epic adventures through their photos, not only to get a glimpse of their experiences but also their interpretation through choices in creative elements like color, composition, and mood. A perfect example is the cinematic documentary Icelandic Fishing series of Dean Bradshaw, where he shows us what went down during the 12 hours he spent aboard a fishing trawler in Iceland. If you’re looking for inspiration for documenting your next adventure, this set is certainly worth a look.

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Christophe Audebert Uses Long Exposures to Highlight Geothermal Power

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“Nowadays it is critical to save our planet,” Christophe Audebert firmly states as he talks about the impact climate change is having on the world. Where other photographers choose to document the damaging effects, Christophe, a Parisian based landscape photographer, is highlighting what we can do differently. In his series Liquid Time Iceland, he photographs and educates how the Nordic island is making use of its natural resources. When it comes to innovation, Iceland is one of the leading nations producing geothermal power. He explains, “It’s cheap, abundant, no greenhouse effect, a lower risk for pollution. The advantages are plenty.”

During our conversation with Christophe, we look at what the world can do to be better, how his creative photography is helping to make a difference, and how he aims to focus more on societal concerns in the future.

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In the Realm of Legends: Discovering the Majestic Icelandic Horses with Drew Doggett

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When we speak of Iceland we immediately envision the surreal landscapes that make it one of the most sought after places for both travelers and photographers. But, apart from the volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, and coastlines that comprise its dramatic landscape, the Nordic island nation has one more natural wonder that will mesmerize you; the Icelandic horse. Photographer and filmmaker Drew Doggett has recently put the spotlight on the majestic horses, setting them against Iceland’s magical landscapes for a stunning series aptly titled In the Realm of Legends.

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Paul Hoi Used a Mamiya RZ67 and Expired Polaroids for These Surreal Landscapes

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Traveling with film of all kinds and formats has become increasingly popular these days, and we all have the analog resurgence to thank for it. Instant films are now among the staples of traveling film photographers, and some would even be keen on experimenting with what expired Polaroid films are still out there. The results, as experimental landscape photographer Paul Hoi found out four years ago, can be rewarding.

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Verena Kersting Captures an Extra Surreal Iceland Using LomoChrome Purple Film

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The LomoChrome Purple film is without a doubt one of the trippiest, most interesting things we can enjoy with today’s film photography resurgence. It has become a film traveler’s staple, especially for locations with lots of greenery for pleasantly surreal keepsakes of their trips. Case in point is this captivating set that Germany-based Verena Kersting took during her trip to Iceland in 2013.

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Michael Schauer Shares a Whale Watching Story with Gorgeous Aerial Photos

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In our previous features on Michael Schauer, the Munich-based landscape photographer shared his love for cold northern landscapes, and his passion in searching for new ways to interpret places and stories. He definitely has a knack for turning both personal travel stories and fictional narratives into stunning and often surreal landscape photographs. Today, we focus the spotlight on a body of work that once again showcases this expertise, this time telling the story of his whale watching experience as seen from above.

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Florian Wenzel Illustrates the Power of Color in “Farbfleck”

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The power of color in photography isn’t always in the display of the most vibrant hues, or filling the frame with the most eye-catching color combinations. It’s also evident in the simplicity of minimalist techniques and approaches. German photographer Florian Wenzel demonstrates how this works with a short series curiously titled Farbfleck.

In this set that is part conceptual and largely landscape-driven, Florian was inspired by an idea encapsulated in a quote by a German musician. “I’m a spot of color in a black and white world.” His train of thought later moves into the melancholic imagery often best depicted in black and white. “You just lay in your bed for hours, sad, and you don’t know why. It’s like the colors disappear and you turn black and white like the world around you.”

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Michael Schauer Weaves Stunning Stories Into Landscape Photography

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I am Michael Schauer, a 27-year-old landscape and nature photographer, photographing since late 2014 and hailing from Munich, Germany. During my Sociology studies I picked up photography as a new creative outlet and started out with the forests and mountains surrounding Munich but soon found that my heart beats for the cold and northern landscapes. In my work I look for new ways to interpret places and stories through my own creative point of view, giving it a surreal twist in hopes that the viewer can relate to the feeling of solitude and calmness.

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Maciej Kalkosinski on Photographing Iceland’s Landscapes in Black and White

Editor’s Note: this is a guest blog post from Maciej Kalkosinski.

If you ever got into landscape photography, you know that there are places that act as a magnet for shooters. I always felt that uncontrollable force gravitating me towards vast empty spaces. That was the reason I moved from central Europe to Scandinavia, and that was the reason I always wanted to visit Iceland. Making my dream come true was not that easy though.

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Extended First Look: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

When Olympus announced their latest flagship Micro Four-Thirds camera at Photokina, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (EM1 Mk. II), we got a chance to do a quick overview of what the newest flagship had to offer. Overall we were pleased with what the specs promised to both the high-level enthusiasts and to the professional photographer as well, but just how well did it deliver in the real world? After spending four days with the camera, here’s what we found.

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Bimal Ramdoyal’s Jaw Dropping Images of Iceland on Velvia

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“I bought my first film camera and things took a different turn then.” says Bimal Ramdoyal; one of the photographers who embraces the analogue world of picture taking. “I fell in love with film.” Bimal started out with his Canon EOS- T1i and still shoots digital for his ‘safe’ shots, but the work he is known for is his film work. Amongst this body of images, we’ve fallen for Bimal’s images of Iceland shot on Velvia–which is as stunning as anything digital can produce.

We asked Bimal some questions about how he got into photography, what draws him to film, why he chooses velvia and of-course – which gear he is using to produce these incredible images.

For any of you interested in film in the slightest, this is a must read.

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Jakub Polomski: Creating Aerial Images of Iceland

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Photographer Jakub Polomski was born in 1985 in Poland. In 2005, he started out with photography and was originally inspired to work in the industry by National Geographic Magazine. Since then, he’s gone on to win many awards as a photographer.

“I borrowed a DSLR from a friend and then it began,” Jakub said. He grew as a photographer by posting images in online communities and getting feedback from others. Years later, he would get more into landscape photography and as the industry changed and grew, he got into drone photography.

We talked to him about photography and creating landscape images that captivate a viewer.

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Chris Schmid On Preparing to Photograph Iceland

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All images by Chris Schmid. Used with permission.

When it comes to adventure and landscape photography, Chris Schmid has to be one of the best that there is out there. Having just completed a special project in Iceland, Chris did what every photographer does when they market themselves–contacts editors, art buyers, etc to ensure that he can get work. Naturally, we wanted to know about the trip and preparations for it.

Chris tells us that he used 500px and Google Maps to find the best locations for him to shoot on the limited time he had.

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Creating the Photograph: Lárus Sigurðarson’s “Blue”

20130318_0008 Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. Lárus Sigurðarson is a photographer based in Iceland–and whose work that we absolutely fell in love with upon finding this image on his 500px page. He is a commercial, wedding, editorial, landscape and portrait photographer whose work is mesmerizing due to the ideas and scenes that he creates. Not only does he have excellent ideas, he is also a master of lighting and knows how to get the image that he has in his head based on his original concept. We asked Mr. Sigurdarson about his image above, called “Blue.” Here’s his story. Continue reading…

How I Packed to Shoot Landscapes in Iceland

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Recently I spent almost two weeks on a trip to Iceland with a primary purpose of shooting landscapes of the amazing country. It is always hard to guess exactly what I would need, especially considering I am more of a portrait photographer than a landscape photographer and am not especially experienced at landscapes, though like nearly all photographers, I love shooting landscapes.

I want to go through what I decided to pack for my trip to Iceland, why I decided to pack it, and what I would do differently if I knew what I knew now after two weeks in Iceland.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post from former Phoblographer staffer Thomas Campbell

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Andy Lee’s Landscapes Digital Infrared Landscapes Will Leave You in Awe

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All photographs shot by and used with permission from Andy Lee.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows about Iceland’s best kept secrets, what with all those mind-blowing images and time-lapses we often see on the web. As if those weren’t enough, we see Iceland in movies and in TV shows as well. Not that anybody can blame those who seek out the country’s landscapes – they are quite possibly out of this world! But it would be refreshing to see a different take on them.

Enter photographer, creative director, filmmaker, and all around artist Andy Lee. He takes on Iceland with a different perspective, if you must, using digital infrared to capture the country’s highlights, and it’s truly effective.

In Lee’s epic but also somehow minimalistic photographs, there’s a clear line between light and darkness, as if he just happens upon scenes where lone mountains, modest chapels, and waterfalls take center stage and literally have the one spotlight in the entire theater directed upon them and nowhere else. And not only does Lee have a knack for emphasizing his subjects, drawing his spectators’ attention immediately to them, he knows how to perfectly set the overall mood of his photographs, evoking emotions from their viewers.

This is one take on Iceland that I’m sure we’d all like to see more of.

See more photos from the series after the jump.

 

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Epic Timelapse of the Northern Lights During the Solar Maximum

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All photos taken by and used with expressed permission from Henry Jun Wah Lee.

Iceland’s mesmerizing, almost surreal landscapes are easily some of the most photogenic places in this world. Unfortunately, Iceland’s unpredictable weather doesn’t make them so easy to capture. As Evosia StudiosHenry Jun Wah Lee puts it, “just being at the right place is half the battle. The other half, timing and weather, is up to Mother Nature.”

Good thing Mother Nature was kind enough to Lee during his last visit to the Land of Fire and Ice. Going back to Iceland just in time for the solar maximum, the Los Angeles landscape photographer and filmmaker managed to capture its incredible night sky without a single hitch:

I have never seen northern lights in person before. That first night I was greeted by a spectacular display of lights that extended across the entire sky. The sky was crystal clear. Five days later, a strong x-class solar flare hit the Earth’s atmosphere, producing trippy, psychedelic lights. You’ll see them in the film at 3:10. Typical lights are green, but these were shades of red, orange, pink and purple. It was really crazy. I thought I was in an episode of Star Trek!

On and off for 16 glorious days, Lee sought the best spots and spent his nights in the middle of the Icelandic wilderness, shooting the even more spectacular light shows of the Aurora Borealis during this peak solar activity for hours on end.

Lee’s the first to admit that despite the clear skies, it still wasn’t easy shooting in Iceland in the wintertime – the roads were icy and he only had his sleeping bag and the back of his 4-wheel rental for refuge.

I shot most nights and spent the days sleeping and/or scouting and driving. Many of my locations were far from hotels so I slept mostly in the back of my truck. Plus with timelapse, you need to let the cameras run from 15 minutes to several hours out there. Sometimes I would set up my cameras and let them shoot while I sleep.

Judging from his latest timelapse creation that resulted from his Icelandic adventure, however, it’s clear that it was more than worth it. Eye of the Storm is the perfect display of just how magnificent the landscapes and skyscapes of Iceland can truly get. Witness the epic-ness of it and some cool stills after the jump.

Lee and timelapse photographer Thorvadur Arnason are planning on holding an exciting Icelanding timelapse workshop in the fall. Email him for details at info@evosia.com.

 

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Pros Have Bad Moments: The Drone That Loved The Icy Waters

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Though we wish that no photographer has a bad day, it sure seems like Chase Jarvis had one. In an experiment gone horribly wrong, a DJI Phantom, a Quadracopter meant for photographers and videographers, took a swim in the frigid Iceland waters. When it fell into the water, a Sony RX 100 II went along with it. They were trying to use that camera because of its image stabilization and raw capabilities. However the Quadracopter was meant for a GoPro camera. The hack they tried was well thought out, but it did not work out well in the end.

Check out the video after the jump.

Via PetaPixel

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Chris Burkard on Photographing Surfers in the Cold

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All images by Chris Burkard. Used with permission.

Photographer Chris Burkard is no stranger to surf photography. He is the senior staff photographer for Surf Magazine, and Nikon trusts him enough to beta test their cameras. We’ve talked to Chris before, and this time around he is shooting in Iceland. While the most common connotations of surfing have to do with beautiful warm weather, Iceland is known for its waves too.

Chris recently went to Iceland and Russia to capture surfing in a weird seascape with ice floes and all. We got to chat a bit with Chris about shooting in the cold and also a bit about staying inspired by new locations.

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