It was March, 2016 when fellow Team Induro Members, Michael Shainblum and Andrew Studer, along with our friend Mia, decided to head to Iceland and see what all the fuss was about.
Iceland has always been a popular vacation spot because of its natural beauty and expansive landscapes. However, its proximity to the Northern Lights was a key reason for us to pack up all our gear and make the trip.
There were a number of options for us to choose from in making plans for traveling around Iceland. However, he four of us ultimately decided to rent a camper because it would give us the most amount of freedom to explore the landscape in the way we wanted to. Getting four people into one vehicle, along with all our equipment, was definitely a squeeze, but we made it work.
In the end, having a vehicle like that allowed us to set up camp at every place we wanted to photograph, which saved us time and money by not having to find and pay for hotels, which aren’t exactly prevalent in many places around Iceland, especially where we wanted to be shooting.
Understatement of the century: Iceland was INCREDIBLE!
One of the most exciting things that occurred, while we were on this trip, was being able to witness a 6.7kp solar storm, which is a type of Northern Lights event. Seeing this phenomenon left me speechless and was immensely spectacular on every level. However, I was so mesmerized by its beauty and it happened so fast that I unfortunately did not get many chances to create the images I wanted to.
That said, while it would have been nice to get that perfect image, witnessing an event like this was worth the trip in itself. It was quiet, nearly silent, and I simply just found myself lost in the moment, captured by the faint sound of the lights singing in the distance. No joke!
From shooting waterfalls, to withstanding heavy wind gusts, to capturing the Aurora, this was one of those trips where having a sturdy tripod was not only a good thing, it was a total necessity.
We even ran into another Team Induro member, Colby Brown, during this night.
From shooting waterfalls, to withstanding heavy wind gusts, to capturing the Northern Lights, this was one of those trips where having a sturdy tripod was not only a good thing, it was a total necessity. The three of us do a lot of time-lapse photography, so it’s important to be able to set up a camera to capture it while we run with our second cameras.
Additionally, having multiple tripods give us other creative options if we choose to use our camera sliders or second cameras. It’s a lot of tripods, but having them allows us to multi-task and get the most content from time-lapse, video and stills in short periods of time.
Understatement of the century: Iceland was INCREDIBLE! I simply can’t wait to get back and would encourage anyone who has the desire, to travel there as well.
Toby’s Go-To Tripod Combo for Adventure Trips:
The CLT 104 is a great lightweight tripod for camping/backpacking trips and is extremely small and light. It can handle my typical DSLR setup without any issues and works great as a secondary tripod or as a ground-level support for a slider. It is also great if you just want to throw your phone on it as well.