Travel Journal: Iceland

Waterfall 2

Fire and Ice.  That’s the theme of the tour.  Given the cold 4-8 degrees Celsius weather in mid-May, I’d say mostly ice.  But no matter how cold, it’s the best trip yet!  Lots of landscape to shoot.  But for this trip, I decided to travel light…  opting for a mirrorless camera over DSLR.  And I have to say, my back isn’t complaining this time around.

During my previous landscape adventure at the Canadian Rockies, I brought along my D800, Nikon lenses, and tripod.  After a while though, my back and shoulders really felt the weight of my gear.  But despite having a lighter system, I am more curious to see how it will perform compared to my trusty old DSLR.

I brought my Fujifilm X-T1.  It’s known for image quality and it really didn’t disappoint.  I just used the widest lens I have which is an XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR, snap on a variable ND filter and slowed down the shutter speed.  I tried a number of f-stops and shutter speed but once I’m satisfied with what I have, its all about composition.

While the principles of landscape photography is the same, you still need to have the essentials.  A sturdy tripod and some filters depending on the condition of available light.  Especially for waterfalls, you would want to slow down the water falls and get it smooth and silky.  A variable or graduated neutral density (ND) filter or maybe a circular polarizing (CP) filter are typical items you need to have in your camera bag.

Iceland is famous for its waterfalls. One of the most famous, Skógafoss (pictured above), is a classic rectangular waterfall that spans 25 meters wide and has a drop of 60 meters.

Waterfall 1

Gullfoss, located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland.  As one of the most popular tourist attractions, the view is simple breath taking.



I only have about 15-20 minutes for most of the landscape pictures I took.  We are in a tour bus so the amount of time in each location is limited.  And with just 3 days, we tried to go to as many places as we can.  And there’s still a lot more to explore.  Nevertheless, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

balck sea

light house

Tree line


horses on the hill


mountain 1

Harpa Glass

Harpa Pier


Reykjavik Pano

While DSLRs are still the equipment of choice, small mirrorless cameras surely has come a long way from when it was first introduced.  Image quality is actually quite impressive.  And its size and weight certainly trumps DLSRs especially for travel.

Iceland left an impression.  And I hope to go back for more of what Iceland can offer.  #northernlights.



by Brix Tan on September 26th, 2015 | Blog | No Comments » |

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