Watch This Incredible Timelapse and Drone Footage of Iceland

Patrick and I have been in Iceland for 2 weeks with Elia Locardi filming our next tutorial on landscape/travel photography. We brought a truck-load of gear with us but our favorite piece has been our DJI phantom quadcopter. Here's a quick cut of our best drone footage in Iceland.

To film this we used a DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal.  For a video camera we used a GoPro Hero 4 Silver shot at 2.7k at 30fps and then slowed to 24fps in post. Slowing the footage down 20% gives it a slightly dreamy look and shooting at 2.7k and then downsampling to 1080p gives you super sharp video that you can zoom into if needed. I can hardly believe that none of this footage was graded, enhanced, or stabilized in any way. The GoPro was left on "auto everything" for every shot and it did an absolutely stunning job. We've actually found that the footage out of this GoPro looks significantly better than the footage from our Nikon D810 cameras. 

In total, this entire project will span 2 months of filming in 6 different countries and we hope to have it completed in Spring of 2015. If you would like to stay up to date on this project and get early access and a discount when it is released, sign up for the newsletter below.

 
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25 Comments

Pye Jirsa's picture

This looks incredible Lee/Patrick! Can't wait!

Oskar Ragnarsson's picture

The first clip is just 1 hour away from my town, Djupivogur. Next time you'll have to stop for coffee and I will show you some hidden gems here :)

I can't wait to come back!

So sickkkkk!!!!!

Felix Inden's picture

Really gives me some goosebumps to see the nice landscapes, can´t wait for the next adventure. And the video of course :)

Just great!!!

Tam Nguyen's picture

I've watched this video more than 10x and it gives me goosebumps each time. Soooo good.

Burt Johnson's picture

We spent 2 weeks there recently, just getting back a week ago. Looks like you had some clear sky at least part of the time. We had a clear sky for exactly 4 hours one night -- which happened to be a good aurora night. I recognize all but one of your locations though! :) (still working on my gallery for there, but this is my blog entry from that aurora night -- http://www.mindstormphoto.com/2014/11/22/iceland-9-major-aurora/ )

Patrick Hall's picture

I've never seen so many weather patterns change every 30 mins than those I witnessed at Kirkjufell. Our first day of filming required us standing out in freezing rain, hail, snow, ice, and the craziest winds I've ever experienced outside of a south eastern hurricane. Looks like you got the perfect weather for northern lights at that monumental location!

Amazing, I love it. I'm always complaining about the super wide view of the GoPro and the bended horizons, but this one was done very well and it is very pleasant to watch. Congratulations. I can’t wait to see more.

i don't usually interact on here, but had to login for this one, simply wow!

Jared Lacey's picture

It is amazing the added production value a Drone can add. And to think only a few years ago you would have required a helicopter to get the majority of that footage!

Daniel Haußmann's picture

Iceland is an amazing place. Almost drowned by drone in Dettifoss this September. Still the result was worth the tension: https://vimeo.com/107796698

:)

Mike Anderson's picture

This is just beautiful!! Jealous! Job well done guys!!!!

Sometimes I think a lot drone footage is getting a bit dull and repetitive, but you guys totally nailed it. Great compositions throughout. Amazing work. Can't wait to see more from this trip.

Jason Ranalli's picture

Great work....although I'm more interested in the plumbing problems you've been having :)

Also, see you guys made it to Cinque Terre...one of my favorite places on the planet. If you have time you MUST go to Ristorante la Lampara Ciak in Monterosso and have the best seafood risotto(or any risotto) of your life made by this old school sailor looking guy...he cooks every night.

David Leyland's picture

Hi Lee Love the video could you tell me what FOV setting you used for the GoPro wide, medium.
Thanks

We shot wide most of the time. Sometimes medium.

Nathan Joseph Dodson's picture

This is beautiful work!

Any estimation on when this tutorial will be available?

We hope to have it done by the end of June. End of July at the latest

Looking forward to it, really hoping for end of June as I head to Banff in early July. Can't wait for the opportunity to learn more and build upon the skills!