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« on: July 15, 2013, 04:54:48 PM »
My wife has booked a holiday for us to Iceland for out 10th wedding anniversary next May - as it's a place we both want to visit - and as there will be lots of photo opportunities for me (including the Northern Lights).

I've not seen the details of the trip, but it will involve a range of unusual scenery - such as Glaciers, Lava Flows and The Northern Lights.

I'm fairly excited at the prospect, and there will be a pro photographer on hand for at least part of the trip to offfer help and advice, but would prefer to get advice before I leave where possible.

In particular, are there any particular bits of kit that would make life easier?
EG: CPL, 10 Stop ND ?
(I have a Lee holder, WA adaptor for my 24-70, 1, 2 & 4 stop ND, 0.6 Hard & Soft Grads.)

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 05:48:18 AM »
You will have a great trip. I was fortunate to spend 3 days there many (many) years ago.

For sure the polarizing filter. As for glaciers, northern lights and lava, I can't see a need for ND filters, but if you like to take specialty photos by all means. If you are concerned about kit size, then you could probably live happy with nothing more that polarizing filters. Naturally, you will need a tripod if you are fortunate to see northen lights. 

You will see some very neat scenery with old lava rock, deep moss ... and sheep. ;)

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 05:33:00 PM »
Great trip Faldrax. all I have seen from Island is excellent, I wish you all the best and bring back a lot of photos
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 08:17:32 PM »
Clive - thanks for the info, it was the sort of thing I was after.

I already have a CPL for both my 24-70 and 70-300G, but do not have 105 for the lee filters - if I can get away with leaving the Lees at home it will save space, and the cost of a big CPL :)
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 07:49:43 AM »
Iceland is a great place, especially for photography. I was there a couple of years ago in Feb and it was very icy and cold, but it wasn't for a photography trip at that time.

It's on my list of places to go back to though and to explore more. Fantastic scenery, lovely buildings that just seem to be perfectly placed for photos and some great food too! I expect you'll be using the wide of the 24-70 a lot. The few places I visited to take pictures rarely needed a long lens but you may get to see more wildlife than I did so it's worth taking it along.

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 05:39:14 PM »
You "may" find this interesting in one way or another...

http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/featured/fashionscape/

Enjoy your trip :)
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 09:39:58 AM »
You "may" find this interesting in one way or another...

http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/featured/fashionscape/

Enjoy your trip :)

Thanks, it was an interesting read - everything I see about Iceland suggests it is an amazing location for photography.

I'm not sure my wife would approve of my suggesting I get a model to accompany us though :lol:
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 10:07:19 AM »
:lol: ... my wife would be 'similarly' impressed with me also if I did that :lol: And I know she'd be less impressed if I suggested she act as the model...

Did you watch the video that links in with one of the shots on the page?

Have a great time :)
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2013, 10:27:11 AM »
I've been lucky enough to go to Iceland twice both times in July.  It is just the most beautiful place, I would love to go again now I know more about photography, I'm sure you will love it.

One piece of advise I have is take warm clothes as well as those for warm conditions.  In July we had everything from t-shirt and short weather to needing full on winter clothes.  When the wind blows it really blows and it can be really cold, hats and gloves are a must especially if you want to be out and about taking pictures.  Don't forget your swim suits for the Blue Lagoon - a definite thing to put on the visit list. If you have a waterproof thing for your camera you can get some weird steamy landscape shots from in the pool. I didn't have such a thing for my camera but took a disposable waterproof camera which was fun - do they make those anymore!!???

The best thing we did whilst there was a trip to the 'interior'. This is something you will need to book with an experienced driver, unless you are much more adventurous than we are.  The landscape in the centre of Iceland is out of this world as has been mentioned, but the highlight of the trip was when the driver let down the tyres and we drove up onto a glacier, the views were stunning and it was a brilliant feeling to be up there.

As for photography stuff, all the usual landscape kit really, as has been said.  I would take graduated filters and deffinitely polarising filters and some spare plastic bags, it can be quite dusty and the waterfalls can generate a lot of spray.

Hope you have a wonderful trip and look forward to seeing some pictures.  If you are driving in Iceland don't be tempted to play 'Icelandic roulette'!

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