It was our second time in Iceland, but the first time we could explore this amazing country from the air. Unlike the Washington, DC, area, Iceland has mercifully relaxed drone regulations, which makes photographing the stunning scenery all the more exciting.
The biggest challenge shooting in Iceland was choosing how best to use our three batteries' worth of flight time when nearly everything around us begged to be photographed. The photo above was a perfect example of Iceland's hidden beauty. Having just finished a multi-day drive across the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where we'd flown over glaciers, down waterfalls, and chased our jeep down a mountain, we'd stopped in at an N1 station on the road back to Reykjavik. As we waited for our tasty Icelandic lamb hot dogs, I walked behind the station and was greeted with an absolutely breathtaking view - the sun shining through the broken clouds over the mountains in the distance. We never imagined, however, the view that awaited us as our Phantom buzzed across the water. Suddenly, the reflection of the clouds appeared on the mirror-like surface of the water.
The irony was immediately apparent - in a country full of thundering waterfalls, towering glaciers, and restive volcanoes, we had found ourselves gaping in awe at the image on our iPhone screen while standing in the back parking lot of a gas station.
At the same time, it drove home the amazing ability of drone photography to discover completely new angles and perspectives. Our trip would feature more moments of wonder - threading the needle between two icebergs, a flaming sunset in the highlands, a few car chases, and plummeting down a thousand-foot waterfall (which I'll talk about in later blog posts), but this moment, so early in our trip, made a lasting impression on us, and was a reminder of how beauty sometimes can only be found from above.