Iceland has been on my bucket list for the longest time and I'm so glad that we finally made it happen. My brother went to Iceland earlier this year and his photos looked amazing, so I knew I had to make it a goal to get there this year as well! We got really lucky and found an awesome flight deal with IcelandAir and booking a 5 nights trip. To be honest, I kind of wished we did a bit more research before finalizing the flight plans because we would have added at least 2 more days onto our trip! Originally we had 4 people going, but as we started sharing our plans with other friends, more people started to join and in the end we ended up with 9 people in total.
We booked two different Airbnb’s because it was the most efficient and economical way for us. Food was very, very expensive (imagine a can of Pringles ranging anywhere from $4 to $10 USD). We stayed roughly 10 mins east of Reykjavik for the first two nights and stayed two nights at a renovated farmhouse just west of Vik (basically in the middle of nowhere). As long as you rent a car and have a GPS, everything will be pretty easy to find in Iceland.
Because we went to Iceland in June, sunset was at 11:30 p.m., sunrise was at 3:00 a.m. and golden hour was well....golden HOURS! The sun would start setting and just take forever to set. Night time isn’t exactly dark...so Iceland is a photographer's dream! We mainly explored southern Iceland since we were only there for 5 nights (4 full days). I was very ambitious when I first created the itinerary...I had grand hopes of the 9 of us leaving our Airbnb at 9:30 a.m. to start our day but that didn’t happen. But that was okay because we still had a good 12 hours of sunlight even though we left at noon.
Here’s our itinerary for our 4 days in Iceland:
Day 1 - The first full day, we explored the Golden Circle which is a must see for everyone and included the following sites:
Day 2 - The Black Sand Beach is a must see! My favorite waterfall was the Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the falls!
Day 3 - The plane wreck was quite high on my list. It's a 4km walk just to the wreckage (about 45 min. walk). When you get to the wreckage, don't forget to walk past it and go towards the beach because it was magnificent!!
Day 4 - Explore Reykjavik
One of the main reasons I love Iceland is that there is so much land to explore and you are often found roaming without other tourist around. It makes for such a calm and relaxing trip!
I feel energized when I'm at a wedding; I get to be part the most important day of these two people's lives! They've allowed me to be part of their celebration and it is truly exciting and an honour to create everlasting works of art that will be shared with their future generations. Everyone deserves to have their Day creatively documented; my goal is not to be just their photographer, I want to be their storyteller.
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As photographers, we’re always on the lookout for new tools that will make our workflow faster and easier (while making our images look their best), and when we found Mastin Labs’ film presets for Lightroom, specifically Fuji Pro, Ilford B&W and Kodak Portra, we knew we had hit gold!
We downloaded and installed all three, and watched the included Getting Started tutorials Edit Your First Image and Using Tone Profiles that hold your hand and walk you through the presets and how they work.
The presets are incredibly easy to use, and quick to apply. And, we love that they are designed to replicate the films that we have known and loved.