Welcome back to our weekly segment of Photographing The World Behind the Scenes where we take you through the process of filming our landscape photography tutorial with Elia Locardi. In last week's video, episode 2, we ran through 4 different lessons in 4 completely different locations around Iceland. This week's location, a glacier ice cave, was so amazing that we decided to dedicate an entire episode to it.
We actually never planned on visiting this glacier ice cave. Elia had mentioned that these caves do exist but he also said that he had never been able to see one in person because each time he had visited Iceland, the cave tours were already sold out. Also these caves are only accessable in the winter because they are simply too unstable to explore when temperatures are above freezing. We made a reservation at Hali Country Hotel to film a lesson at the Glacier Lagoon and while we were there we were approached by a local guide. He told us that he had an opening the very next day and would be willing to give us a private tour of the Ice Cave. The tour included a 4 wheel drive SUV and it certainly wasn't cheap but it was well worth the price.
This lesson ended up becoming all about managing "scale" in your images. Elia decided to put himself in the image so that you can actually tell the size of the ice cave.
A very small number of people are able to visit the ice cave each day and I feel very fortunate to have been able to see it during my very first trip to Iceland. It ended up being one of the highlights of the entire 3 months of filming.
In case you've missed the other episodes you can easily find them below.
You can find the finished tutorial in the Fstoppers Store.