This short film was shot during May and June of 2013 in Iceland. The trip was how I celebrated my college graduation and my one year anniversary of buying a camera. I lived in my car for four weeks, driving as it rained and shooting when the weather permitted. Almost all of the shots were taken between 10:30pm and 4:30am as the Midnight Sun glowed golden and pink. In total, I shot roughly 40k pictures and drove about 3000 miles. Iceland is a breathtaking country and there were so many places I failed to capture but remain a humbling part of my trip.
"There is something about doing this sort of stuff that just makes you want to keep coming back for more and more. Maybe it's the experience of being out there at one with the incredible beauty of this landscape. Maybe it's the challenge of capturing it in the camera in the way that you witnessed it. Maybe it's the excitement of seeing just what you got when you finally render it all out. Maybe it's the satisfaction you get out of showing this to other people. Most probably it's a combination of all these things." -Bevan Percival
I went on a trip to Iceland last year and what can I say… This is one gorgeous country. I have never seen so much beauty in one place and I was absolutely amazed by the island. It is as if someone decided to put everything interesting nature has to offer in one spot. A little volcano here, a steep cliff there, sprinkle some blue icebergs in between, put some of the biggest waterfalls over there, and on and on…
12 facts you probably didn't know about the video:
0:44 - every tiny white dot appearing and disappearing on the left-hand side is a bird (Iceland is the perfect place for bird watching) 1:03 - there appear "little people" on the left-hand side. 1:04 - there's a security camera attached to the wind wheel despite the wheel standing absolutely in the middle of nowhere. It powers - no kidding - a coke, snickers and snack vending machine in a little hut. 1:56 - there are people in the background too (on top of the mountains)! 2:09 - there's no road but a very fast jeep. 2:36 - the two men were burying their own brother (I kindly asked and they said they are fine with me filming). 2:57 - you can find these houses in many front yards and gardens. The owner told me they are "for the elves". So basically you build them to compensate the elves for their land. 3:14 - this is the ferry coming from Denmark. That's the way to go if you don't want to travel by plane. 3:25 - everything smells intensely of sulfur. You often get the same effect when you take a shower - depending on the area you stay in. 3:35 - this is the blue lagoon (surrounded by lava rocks) near Reykjavik. In the background you see a geothermal power station. 3:50 - this was shot in the Þingvellir national park. You can see some guys fishing and a loving couple on the left hand side. 4:07 - in the bottom left corner you can see the smoke trails of cars appearing.