The ultimate artist is nature. Iceland is famous for its hot springs and geothermal areas. In the central highlands of Iceland, you will find a beautiful geothermal area, called Hveravellir or the Hot Spring Fields. It is one of the pearls in Iceland, a nature reserve 650 meters above sea-level. We were with customers there on our fifth day of traveling. After driving through the vast, barren highlands it is so lovely to encounter such an oasis.
We always have our Drone with us in the car, and try to use every opportunity to use it. And being there we could not resist taking a picture. It came out very well as we had expected. The Drone was quite high but the weather was good slight wind. It is though surprising how much wind we can have when putting the Drone in the air.
Taken with a Phantom4 pro+ 7 meters above hot spring. ISO 100, Lens 8,8mm, f/5,6, Speed 1/640 sec
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We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year.
We can really say Merry Christmas and happy new year as for us the year has been one more extraordinary year. Ordinary in one sense of the word i.e. a lot of routine but it has also been extra. It has been a special year to remember. First and foremost everyone in the family has been healthy and we have enjoyed a lot of time together. Our friends and customers have also been a rich source of joy. A big thank you to our customers for enriching our lives. Our customers tend to become our friends. On our long intensive photography tours we go through thick and thin, sweet and sour. We did a number of long photography tours with customers this year and a lot of one day tours.
We visited the Ukraine in January to help handing out Christmas packages to children in orphanages. In April we bicycled down the West Coast of North America from Vancouver Canada to San Diego, California close to the US-Mexican border. In July we were in Poland, August we were in Orlando, and in November we travelled to Germany and Czechia. For our bicycle travel logs this year and previous years go to facebook page IcelandAcrossAmerica
As one happy and eventful year comes to an end we ask ourselves if life can really go on like this. Can it really be this one big everlasting adventure? Yes it can if we have objectives and take good care of our body, soul, family and friends. It is a matter of how we allocate our time and energy. Take time to train your bodies, cultivate positive thinking, spend time with family and visit friends. Already we have a number of photography tours with customers being lined up. We plan to bicycle 4-6 weeks April/May in North America and visit South Africa in August/September.
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Private Photography Tours Iceland is maybe all you have thought about and wanted on a trip to Iceland. We at Photo Tours in Iceland are here to help you plan your photography tour and guide you through it. To have Private Photography Tours in Iceland for Photography and even Droneography can make your life much easier. Helping everybody is our passion because photography is both for beginners as well as for professionals. We do only private photography tours as we think you will get more out of it. Our customer can vary from two to four. No more.
Iceland is the country in which we were born. We do know our country and are very willing to share with you. Iceland is our passion as is photography and has been for many decades. Sharing our knowledge on photography and our land is something we love. Experienced licensed guides with passion are at your service.
All tours are Private Photography Tours. We have on our web some tours to choose from. From one day to eight days or more. They are seasonal to get the most out of the nature when there is birdlife, the fall colours or the mountains and glaciers are both in the winter season and summer season.
The image above is taken from a drone at the Hraunfossar waterfalls in Iceland. We have visited these waterfalls and rivers for a number of years but always observing them from the ground. Seeing things from the air gives a completely different perspective. Lines and impressions change completely. All this opens up a new world of vision and composition. The drone gives an opportunity to apply , shadows, leading lines, rules of thirds etc. etc. in a new and exciting way. Colours and patterns get a new meaning and possibilities. As a result is a new and exciting space of creativity.
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Unspoiled waterfalls are symbols of Iceland. Iceland is only 103.000 square kilometres. The small population of 340.000 makes it one of the most sparsely populated country on the planet. Therefore Iceland has huge areas in the highlands that have no inhabitants at all. We must keep our guard protecting the environment. Especially in this day and age with increased pollution and overpopulation.
Iceland is unusually well suited for waterfalls. This small island country has a north Atlantic climate that produces frequent rain and snow. In addition its near-Arctic location produces large icecaps and glaciers. These feed summer melts to the many rivers. Most of the water falls of the highland plateau. As a result, it is home to a number of large and powerful waterfalls Some of the most famous ones are Gullfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Godafoss, Dettifoss, Öxararfoss, Hraunfossar, Svartifoss etc.
Strong women have always lived in Iceland. Some of the leaders of the families that settled the country in the ninth and tenth century were women. Audur djupudga was the most famous one. A strong willed lady was Sigridur in Brattholt. She saved the Gullfoss waterfall from being destroyed by a hydroelectric dam. Therefore Icelanders are greatful to her as they consider Gullfoss to be one of our most beautiful waterfalls. Others that have fought for the protection of our land’s nature to name just a few are our former lady president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir as well as Björk our pop star.
As a result of the above let us hope there will be more strong women in the future protecting our nature.
We organise private exclusive tours for our customers. Select a tour from the tours we post on our page. Then we can change it in accordance with your vision and wishes. So come with us on a tour exploring the unspoiled waterfalls. Contact us.
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Reykjavik Marathon 2017 is an excellent opportunity to photograph people. In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful than photographing people with a flash. It takes some practice as with everything else.
The Reykjavik Marathon (Icelandic: Reykjavíkurmaraþon) is set annually in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Reykjavik Marathon is held to coincide with the city’s Cultural Night Festival in mid-August. The run has taken place every year since 1984. Along with the full marathon, a half marathon and several races of shorter distances are arranged. Almost 15.000 runners participated in 2017 coming from more than 80 nations.
Many members of our family have participated over the years. This year was special as our son-in-law Ásgeir was running his first full Marathon.
Sports photography is different from landscape photography. Mountains stand still but runners are moving. In landscape photography we can choose the hour of the day like the golden hour. Photographers have no control over when the run takes place. Therefore focusing, shutter speed etc. are different. One way to freeze action is to use flash. It also opens up shadows in harsh sunlight and makes for crisper photographs. This photo I took of our son-in-law and his brother after finishing the run. Both very proud and in high spirits with their medals.
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There were tens of thousands of people taking part in the “Coup against the Constitution” in Protest Warsaw Poland last night. People were singing and repeating words that we did not understand holding candles and flowers in their hands. Our hearts really went out for them. It reminded us that not so long ago people in Iceland were also protesting as the government did not do do their job. People came from all over Iceland and gathered in front of the Þinghúsið – House of Parliament banging all kinds of kitchenware for weeks.
When going over the history of Poland and realising how many fights they have had to fight, third of the people lost in WW II, depression in Communist times etc. you cannot but …………
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The Laugavegur Ultra Marathon was held yesterday. The 55 km run starts in Landmannalaugar and ends in Thorsmork. There were over 500 participants that were taking part. Both Icelanders and people from abroad. The landscape the runners run through is magnificent. The green colours and white snow, black sand and blue water. The weather yesterday was not what you would have chosen if you had permission from the one above. But in Iceland you just have to deal with the weather and be happy about it. The people that organise this event should be really proud of there work. All the staff did as well as they could even though in the highlands in Iceland you really don’t have much extra. Thank you all for a good and memorable day. Here you can see a few of the picture from Sigurjón0 Read More
The name of the beautiful bird in the picture is Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea). The Icelandic name is Kría. We admire this bird for how strongly they protect and look after their chicks. As a result of this when photographing them nesting you need to have some protection. For instance a cap on your head or a stick that is higher than yourself as the terns are really aggressive. The bird in the picture is somehow posing for the camera.
The Arctic terns are medium-sized birds. Colouring is mainly grey and white plumaged. They have red/orangish beak and feet, white forehead, black nape and crown streaked with white and white cheeks. Arctic terns are long-lived birds. Consequently a lot of them reach fifteen to thirty years of age. Their food is mainly fish and small marine creatures. The species is abundant, with an estimated one million individuals. While the trend in the number of individuals in the species as whole is not known. However exploitation in the past has reduced this bird’s numbers in the southern reaches of range.
The Arctic tern flies a long way in its migration and life. Recent tracking studies have shown average annual coverage of lengths of 70.900 km for birds nesting in Iceland and Greenland and 90.000 km for birds nesting in the Netherlands. The bird in the photo breeds in Iceland. In the fall it flies all the way to the Antarctica. The longest migrations known in the animal kingdom are those of the Arctic Tern.
The Arctic tern flies as well as glides through the air. They nest once every one to three years. When the birds have finished nesting they take to the sky for another long southern migration.
We are a tour operator. We organise Bird Photography Tours. So come with us.
The Faxi waterfall in south Iceland is in our opinion one of the more beautiful waterfalls in the country. Because it is in the lowlands it is very accessible. The main road lying just 50 meters away from the waterfall. As a result of this it can almost be photographed without stepping out of the vehicle. Due to this it receive many visitors.
Iceland is unusually well suited for waterfalls. This small island country has a north Atlantic climate. So it receives frequent rain and snow. A near-Arctic location produces large icecaps and glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers. Due to this it is home to a number of large and powerful waterfalls. Here are some of the most noteworthy waterfalls in Iceland: Gullfoss | Iceland’s Most Popular Waterfall. Glymur. | Iceland’s Second Tallest Waterfall. Hengifoss. | Iceland’s Third Tallest Waterfall. Haifoss. | Iceland’s Fourth Tallest Waterfall. Dettifoss. | The Most Powerful Waterfall in Europe. Seljalandsfoss. |Hraunfossar. | …
We are tour operators. So come with us on our Golden Circle Tour we visit waterfalls.
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When you visit Iceland you might find The Love Mountain Iceland. You don’t have to drive far to photograph interesting Lakes, Mountains and Hot Springs. In the picture you see a Mountain with a green heart in it. We call this beautiful mountain “The Mountain of Love” because of the heart shaped green gras that has been planted on it. The drive over there is only 20 minutes from our hometown, which is the reason we go there very often. The area is called Krysuvik. There is a large lake there called Kleifarvatn as well as hot spring with boiling water as well as beautiful colours.
We often drive there with our customers because this place is both beautiful and picturesque. If you want to get engaged or married we will take you there for a unique photoshoot.
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Photography and travel go so well together as can be seen in this photo from Lake Campbell, Fidalgo Island, WA. The two of us are now on a bicycle tour cycling from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, California. The islands off Vancouver and Seattle are a constant thing of beauty. So we stop every now and then and photograph. We estimate our bicycle tour will be 30 days until we hit the US/Mexican border just south of San Diego in California. You can follow our progress on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/icelandacrossamerica
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The Three Arch Rocks provide habitat for Oregon’s largest breeding colony of tufted puffins. These are flamboyant birds with their large bright orange beaks and long yellow head tufts. As a result they are one of the most recognisable seabirds on the Oregon coast.
Designated as the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi River. Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge lies offshore of the community of Oceanside. One of the Oregon coast’s best-known landmarks. The refuge consists of three large and six smaller rocks totalling 15 acres. The refuge is one of the smallest designated Wilderness Areas in the country.
We are now bicycling from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, California. This is a bit different than Photo touring in Iceland our home country.
We are a touring company offering Photo Tours in Iceland. So come join us on a tour when we get back.
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