Iceland part 3: from above!

April 21st, 2011

The first few photos in this post are from the viewing platform at the top of The Hallgrímskirkja, the enormous church you can see from nearly anywhere in Reykjavik. We used it as a beacon whenever we got lost and the GPS was not co-operating with my attempts at Icelandic spelling.

The rest of the photos are from our helicopter trip! My mum, the adventure seeker, spent four days wearing me down before I agreed to go with her and the whole hour in the air practically hanging out of the window taking photos. I spent the first 10 minutes absolutely terrified and the next 50 trying not to puke. It was really cool to see stuff from above (more photos to come!), but the intense motion sickness was just too much for me. Thank god we didn’t go for the 2.5 hour tour, I would have died.

btw, we went with this company, who were really great and only lightly made fun of me for being a total pussy (when they saw that we both had dSLRs, they offered to take the doors off for us for better pics and I squeaked ‘NO, IT’S REALLY OK, KEEP THE DOORS ON!!!’).

(all photos mine)

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  1. Anna Emilia says:

    Lovely to see the old home streets from this point of view.

    Very beautiful and glad you see it in sunshine.


  2. sami says:

    i can’t believe those pictures are real/ i could have sworn they were doll houses.
    so glad you took that helicopter ride– although i too would have been horrified!


    ps. check out my giveaway!


  3. Halla Sverrisdóttir says:

    Thank you for allowing me to see my home town in a completely fresh way – you really capture the varied and dynamic light, which is the element that is truly unique about Iceland, and it seems to me you actually see Reykjavik for what it is – a slightly surreal and unformed settlement of people who have a slightly vague sense of identity :) Lovely pictures – and I have to find out more about this tilt-shift effect you´re using. This artificial twisting of the images somehow seem to fit the hazy outlines of the city perfectly.

    There is an Icelandic saying that can be roughly translated as “Keen is the eye of the visitor” – “Glöggt er gests augað” in the original – and your pictures are ample proof of that. Loved them!

    Halla Sverrisdóttir, resident of Reykjavik


  4. Trude says:

    How cool! And yet I would’ve had the exact same reaction as you, hate the traveling part of traveling (unless I’m driving) for just that reason! But at least you had the perfect lens to get the dollhouse look! :) Such great photos!


  5. Mot says:

    I think I’m in love with your blog. I just went through all your entries (in one sitting … ) and I was just amazed!
    Congratulations! A big hug from Mexico.


  6. Melwa says:

    I totally feel like a useless photgrapher whenever I check out your blog… you never cease to amaze me, really!


  7. Felicity says:

    These look so great. I now have a rather large hankering to go to Iceland. Though, my money is already spend on planned trips to Amsterdam, Snowdonia and possibly Venice etc :/


  8. Kristina says:

    Wow, those tilt shift pictures are wonderful!!!
    I am in love!


  9. Andrea says:

    Wow…these are beautiful photos. Is it just me, though, or do a lot of them sort of look like they’re of an elaborate model, rather than a real, life-sized, city?


    kris atomic says,

    May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    It’s not just you, it’s the tilt shift effect ;)


  10. These pictures are so amazing – they make the houses and streets look like a pop-up book. Very lovely.


  11. Jaimi Ryan says:

    Do you digitally alter your photos in any way or are these raw images? They are so incredibly color saturated!


    kris atomic says,

    May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Oh no, I edit! I shoot in raw and edit all sorts in Lightroom.


  12. Jane S. Kim says:

    Your blog is so inspiring. Whenever I visit, I want to get to work on a project. Thank you for sharing so much beauty. I love how these photos give the effect of toy houses and cars.


  13. Edit says:

    Nice photos! and fun to read and see blog :)
    I my self have a photoblog, it’s all in icelandic, check it out if you like!


  14. Gorgeous photos! I especially love the helicopter shots. Really amazing.


  15. Whoops, sorry, I thought this post ran in with the previous post. Hope my other comments wasn’t confusing!


  16. Kamila says:

    Wow, first without reading I wasn’t sure if the houses are real! It looks like a minature – lego city, I want to go there, thank you for shearing these photos.


  17. Anna says:

    It looks like pictures of a miniature model city, I couldn’t believe it was pictures of real Reykavik! The pictures shows Iceland in an adorable way and I just moved Iceland up a bit on my “places I have to go to”-list.


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  19. Eloise says:

    Oh wow these photos are so stunning! Well done for standing up there!

    I love the tilt shift effect! It’s so well done I thought it was from a tilt shift lens!

    I really need to brush up on my tilt shift! I try it in lightroom but its never as good as I want it to be. Any tips on how to get it great in photoshop? I REALLY love all your photos!

    I love taking photos for a hobby with my canon 500d and I’m so wanting to get a 5d, well at lease a 50mm f1.4 lens. I know a few people who have the 35mm l series f1.4, what are your thoughts on the difference? i think your photos are pretty amazing so I might just get the 50mm. I have the cheap 50mm f1.8 and I’m so in love with it! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos! They are really inspirational!


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