Everyone knows that Iceland has amazing landscapes throughout the whole country. But Iceland doesn’t only look beautiful from the ground. It also looks incredible from the sky.
On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to expand my aerial photography portfolio and focused on mostly top down images. Photographing top down is not easy. The landscapes look completely different than you’re used to. It’s like seeing a whole new world. New ‘paintings’ go by every second and you have to be quick to capture them properly. Rivers, ground textures, valleys... they all look very different from a top down perspective. The advantage of using a plane is that you can quickly fly everywhere and your perspective is much higher as opposed to using a drone.
Photographing from an open window out of a flying plane is not easy. Using a shutter speed of faster than 1/250s is a must if you want things to be sharp. This series was taken a few months ago in Iceland. Special thanks to Volcano Pilot for yet another great flight.
Swirling glacial rivers. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'
Flying next to the Icelandic coast with interesting textures in the water. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
This flight was late autumn with lots of autumn red covering the valleys. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Top down abstract of the bottom of a wide river. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Simple top down view of the waves on the black of the Icelandic beach. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Different colours of different mud and glacier streams coming together out of the mountains. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Sunlight hitting the greens in a valley in the Icelandic Highlands. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
A river formed like a smoke finding its way into the ocean. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
An abstract view from the bottom of a glacier stream. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Harsh light on a bunch of streams. It looks like they’re forming the roots of a tree. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Another close up abstract in the form of an arrowhead or an organ. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
The autumn red combined with the blue of the rivers make for a beautiful complimentary color palette. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Black & White abstract of river flows. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Rivers along the coastal areas with lots of different textures combined. It looks like a water painting. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Big rivers mounting into smaller streams. The excerpts are like organisms on their own. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.
Did you know that our Iceland Photo Tours are drone-friendly? You can get up in the sky on one of our photo workshops!