In Episode 07 of Adventure Photography On Location I’m taking you behind the scenes of one of my favourite adventure photos of Iceland. The kayaking shot in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on the south coast of Iceland.
When I was planning my trip to Iceland it was all about maximising the amazing locations Iceland has to offer (like theJökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon location above) and creating an adventure worth remembering. So I collaborated with as many outdoor/adventure companies I possibly could.
I had my Jaseboard longboard with me, an Oru Kayak that I got through the official german importer and the perfect ride: a LandRover Defender provided by ISAK4x4 to get me anywhere in Iceland. All the ingredients were there.
Then there went a lot of planning into travelling around Iceland. Where did I want to go? What shots did I want to get?
Check out my google map that I used in combination with Michael Levy’s amazing International Photographer Iceland Map + Roadbook .
Like in EP03 of Adventure Photography On Location we made use of the foldable Oru Kayak and the amazing location that Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon in Iceland is.
We got the Kayak out and I sent my dad for a paddle – hoping he wouldn’t flip the kayak and die. The other dangerous part was the constant moving and crumbling of the icebergs. Some of them were losing large chunks which were dropping in and creating large waves… not a spot I wanted the kayak and my dad to be in. But we played it safe and it all worked it perfectly.
The whole shoot took about 2 hours until I had what I considered the best possible shot I could have gotten on that day.
We even had a glacier lagoon boat tour company check us out and even better: a seal. Unfortunately I didn’t capture the seal as it was very careful to not stay around too long…
I didn’t know my dad talked over some of the footage and was surprised to hear his voice when I finally put this video together. By the sounds of it he really enjoyed the time out there and the feeling the final shots convey hopefully reflect exactly that feeling.
Him, alone, between a ton of ancient icebergs, total silence but the crashing waves from the beach behind us.
As usual it was all about keeping it minimal to not get too distracted by the gear and focus on getting a clean shot of the kayak at the glacier lagoon.
Most images were captured with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II and Hoya Circular Polarisers (62mm and 72mm).
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With over 5000 images captured during my 2 week trip it was a painful process going through the images. But the idea was to create a series of images that belonged together and stood for the theme of the trip: Adventure In Iceland.
Which is why I wanted to create a look that would work across any situation / light and yet tie the images together so that they belonged together visually.
I shot so many images in Iceland Preset that one preset pack alone would not have done it justice. So I’m offering a double pack! The presets to the images above you will find in the Iceland Preset Pack II.
Put together as a result of editing over 5000 iceland photos (and a LOT of previous) images I edited over the past years I combined a double collection of filters that work great for landscape and moody weather shots. Think: overcast, grey, rainy days… your typical Icelandic weather.
By buying this preset pack you support my work and help me create future episodes and of course more Lightroom preset packs. So thank you in advance if you do decide to buy one!
In the next episode I will be shooting on the Faroe Islands to shoot some skateboarding and fight some of the worst weather you could wish for as a landscape photographer… but more of that soon.
So plenty to stay excited about!
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If you haven’t yet seen the first few episodes. I recommend watching (and reading about them) in the links below.