I’m just in the door from a truly epic trip to Iceland with some great people. They also happen to be fantastic photographers. Hosted by the mighty Thor, we also had on board Thomas Heaton, Nick Page, Sean Bagshaw, and Norman McCloskey. Photographs were taken, whiskey was consumed (lest we forget the bourbon), and many a laugh was had. Nick is an absolute dynamo on the BBQ and a gentleman in every sense of the word. Norm drives a Defender like it’s his last day on this planet, especially on roundabouts. Sean snores a touch, but it’s more than offset by his infectious enthusiasm and lust for the great outdoors. Tom is as gracious in person as he is on screen, plus his iconic van is packed and ready for every eventuality. Thor is a God – enough said.
Bringing things back to photography, let me explain what follows. Long before the trip started, I had decided that my primary creative goal was drone photography. Committed. I didn’t even bring my tripod or filters. Just my z7 and 24 – 70. I wanted to create abstractions within the landscape and find a new source of inspiration. Just having one gadget to contend with really helped my focus, and the trip has given me tonnes of new ideas. The next installment of the blog will feature the abstractions and a gallery on Peter Gordon Photography. For now, I will feature some of the guys on this blog, plus some of the ‘big view’ images that I shot with the drone and my solitary camera and lens.
If you fancy joining me and Thor for a helicopter adventure in November we have just had 2 late cancellations.. Check it out HERE ..
A few candid snaps of the gang enjoying the good times Iceland style ..
Just another amazing view driving through the Icelandic Highlands. It wasn’t a planned stop but the light screamed, ‘Thou shalt not pass’. and Im not one for arguing with Gandalf. I tried the shot handheld with the Z7 but the drone got me squarer to the river which I liked. Processed with TK 8 but looking forward to upgrading to TK9.
In a week that the drone was the main event I just couldn’t resist this scene with my z7. Thor was kind enough to lend me a tripod. Vertical and HDR stitch.
If you look closely you can see Thomas Heaton and that yellow Shimoda Bag on the edge of the cliff. Really need to get myself the yellow version although I love my black Shimoda Bag too. If you look even closer you can see the campsite at the foot of the valley. We camped under this stunning mountain for 4 days.
When you get that drone up in the air the pattersn of the highlands are beyond stunning.
I spent most of my time looking straight down with my drone and I have a new collection of work to edit which I’m excited to share with you guys really soon. Here’s a sneak preview.
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