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Shootar401
17-Sep-2015, 23:02
I'm headed to Iceland in November for a few days and taking along my 4x5. For those of you who have been there do you think a 90mm is wide enough for some landscapes or should I pack a 65mm as well (trying to pack light)

Thomas Greutmann
17-Sep-2015, 23:13
Landscape in Iceland is typically wide open, so for most shots the 90mm will do. Nevertheless I personally would bring the 65mm (or my 47mm), just in case for the one shot where it may be needed. Iceland is a very unique landscape and it would be bad just to miss that one opportunity.

Greetings, Thomas

mdm
17-Sep-2015, 23:47
Wow, Iceland is becoming the new Yosemite, even some of the local South Island geese are leading a tour there.

Emil Schildt
18-Sep-2015, 07:20
yea - but when you have a rock like this... it is like going on a safari... :)

Robert Langham
18-Sep-2015, 09:26
Don't leave equipment you might need behind. Just hump it along.

Daniel Stone
18-Sep-2015, 16:58
Bring LONG lenses. I used my long lenses more than my short ones when I was there. And I know I'll do the same when I return(hopefully next year). Maybe that's just me, but just be prepared. And bring rain gear.

Shootar401
18-Sep-2015, 18:49
So far I'm bringing my 90, 150 and 240. Was going to leave the 65 here but might take it now.

I also have a 300 that I had no plans to take.

So if I take everything it will be a 65, 90, 150, 240 and 300

redrockcoulee
24-Sep-2015, 07:36
Bring LONG lenses. I used my long lenses more than my short ones when I was there. And I know I'll do the same when I return(hopefully next year). Maybe that's just me, but just be prepared. And bring rain gear.

That is good to know. I hope to go there next spring but taking my Hasselblad rather than LF. I had already decided to take the 250 rather than the 150 for the longer reach and the 150 is so close to the 100mm. My only decision left is whether to take my wife's SWC for wider than my 60.

RHITMrB
24-Sep-2015, 08:20
I went with a 90 and a 150, right after I'd gotten my first 4x5. I definitely used the 150 the most and wished I'd had a 300, but the 90 was indispensable as well.

Steve Goldstein
24-Sep-2015, 13:33
Iceland can be very windy so you should have a plan or two of how you'll deal with it. I brought my Mamiya 7 gear on my first (and so far only) visit and was glad I did. LF would have been much more challenging on that trip.

Michael Rosenberg
29-Sep-2015, 09:55
I was there a few years ago and wind is a big factor. The weather is variable because the glaciers will make their own weather. I took my heaviest tripod, and a canvas bag to hold a rock off the center hook; but be aware that the rock/bag touch the ground so it does not swing in the wind. I also extended the tripod legs and placed them apart to give the broadest base possible. Do not use too long a lens that you have too much bellows draw, but put something under the bellows to stabilize it. Lastly, if you can, use your vehicle as a wind break. I did all of these when I took this picture in a 40 mph wind:

http://www.mprosenberg.com/photo6288684.html

Also be aware that alll shoulders on the roads may be very soft!

Mike

Fr. Mark
29-Sep-2015, 11:20
Save room in your pack to bring home some woolens. I was only a kid on the way through on a military space-available flight that stopped a few hours in Iceland. I got a pair of mittens of Icelandic wool that I still treasure 30+ years later, about the only thing that compares is Alpaca. Sorry to be off topic. I hope you have a great trip.

Steve Goldstein
29-Sep-2015, 12:48
Also be aware that alll shoulders on the roads may be very soft!

Mike

IIRC, it's frowned upon (or outright illegal with a fine to be paid) to pull off on the shoulder of many or all roads. Use the nearest pullout and carry your gear to where you want to set up.

howardpan
29-Sep-2015, 15:34
Steve, is that only for Iceland (illegal to pull off on to the shoulder) or also true in the United States?

Bob Sawin
29-Sep-2015, 19:14
Howard,

I live in Washington and was advised by a State Patrolman that the shoulder is for emergency use only and other uses are illegal. It came up recently in the news when people pulled off the road to take a cell call rather than chat and drive.

Steve Goldstein
30-Sep-2015, 03:06
Steve, is that only for Iceland (illegal to pull off on to the shoulder) or also true in the United States?

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I was speaking specifically about Iceland.

howardpan
30-Sep-2015, 05:38
Thanks guys. I wasn't aware. But upon reflection, it makes sense.

Alex_5228
1-Dec-2015, 17:22
Not sure where I found this link.

Hope it is helpful to anyone thinking of travelling there.

http://www.icelandontheweb.com/articles-on-iceland/travel-info/photo-guide-to-iceland

antonioandress
19-Dec-2015, 22:54
Is Iceland a good idea? I want to visit the place.

JaZ99
20-Dec-2015, 03:16
Is Iceland a good idea? I want to visit the place.

I've been there quite a few times (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaz99/albums/72157637963495014).
If you have a specific question, I'll try to help.

Michael A. Smith
2-Feb-2016, 09:43
Iceland a great place. Here are links to our two new books of photographs of Iceland. There are further links to view all of the photographs.

http://lodima.org/shop/lodima-press-books/paula-chamlee-iceland/
http://lodima.org/shop/lodima-press-books/michael-a-smith-iceland/

Paula and I shipped our old Land Rover over three times, in 2004, 2006, and 2010. We live out of it when on the road overseas. We photographed for six months and went almost everywhere there was a road.

We get back there every year. I just got back from a quick trip less than two weeks ago. We are giving a talk and having a book signing at the National Museum in Reykjavik sometime in mid-to-late June. Exact dates not set at this writing. If anyone is over there at that time and would like to meet, just let us know. We can recommend places to photograph for a one-week trip, a two-week trip, etc. Be aware that since the financial crisis in 2008 Iceland has become a number one tourist destination. When I was just there I was told that all hotel rooms are already booked for the summer. But new hotels are going up at an unbelievable rate.

Michael A Smith

Gudmundur Ingolfsson
2-Feb-2016, 16:15
If you are interested in a nice book from Iceland take a look at this: http://www.timrudman.com/content/iceland-book