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Time-lapse Photography by Doug Urquhart (www.UPTHINK.TV) The story behind ICELANDIA: Iceland is a land of many geological wonders. In celebration of our 3-year wedding anniversary, Karen and I travelled to Iceland for two weeks of relaxation and exploration together. I documented parts of our trip with time-lapse photography in an attempt to share our experiences with others. The midnight sun had passed (as well as the tourist high season) and the nights were rapidly becoming longer as we transitioned into the month of September. Although the Solar Maximum is just around the corner, the auroral activity was very low for a majority of our travels. After 11 nights of cloudy conditions and an unexpected geomagnetic flat-line, we were eventually treated to a stunning Aurora show over the lesser travelled shore of Jökulsárlón that lasted for a majority of the night. We started our adventure in Reykjavik around 7am on Sunday, August 26th, 2012. From Reykjavik we travelled to the West Fjords, Troll Peninsula, Mývatn, Askja, Vatnajökull, Landmannalaugar and everywhere else in between that we could reach before our departure back to our home in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. We camped for a majority of the trip and slept comfortably thanks to the bomber www.TheNorthFace.com Mountain 25 tent. Thanks to Icelandair, Go Iceland Car Rental, Room with a View, Kirkjubol in Bjarnardalur, Grettislaug, Fossholl Guesthouse, Vogafjos-Guesthouse, Dreki Hut, Hotel Skogar, Guesthouse Skálafell, Guy Thorsby for the Mountain 25 tent, Jim & Margi Urquhart for watching our Siberian Huskies, Jennifer Rice-Morton, Paul Zizka for the beta and anyone else who helped us along the way. Huge thanks to Ríkharðour for the late-night assistance when our suv got stuck. This short montage was created using a minimalist time-lapse set-up that travelled in one backpack. Gear list: Canon 7D, Canon 5DmIII (thanks www.aperturent.com !), Canon 17-40L, Canon 10-22 EF-S, Canon 70-200, www.DynamicPerception.com Stage One 42" motion control dolly & MX-2, B+W & Tiffen 1.8 ND filters, Cokin ND grads & Induro AKB2 tripods. To license any of these shots, please contact DOUG-at-UPTHINK.TV Music by Of Monsters and Men (www.ofmonstersandmen.is) Track: Slow & Steady Album: My Head is an Animal http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/of-monsters-and-men/id487906750+ More details
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Eine Island Durchquerung mit dem MTB - durch die abgelegenen Gebiete der Vulkaninsel - am Rande des größten Gletschers Europas durch die Missetäterwüste - wo niemand vorhersagen kann was einen an Wind und Wetter erwarten wird - Auf sich alleine gestellt der Natur ausgesetzt - Nicht nur die physische Belastung sondern auch die eigene Psyche stellt Dich auf die Probe - ein Abenteuer...+ More details
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In August, two curious travellers started their adventure. The goal was to reach the area between the Vatnajökull glaciers by foot. ...searching for the secret of "Bone Valley" 20 days, 284 km through deserts and rivers over glaciers and mountains. 10 days without any kind of human traces. In the face of Iceland+ More details
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On our trip through Iceland we passed Vatnajökull, one of the largest glaciers of the world. The region around Vatnajökull is effected from this great glacier. Read more about our journey to Iceland on http://www.zauber-des-nordens.de (german website) -------------- Filmed with a Canon HV20 (automatic settings and cinema mode) Captured and edited with Final Cut Express 4 -------------- Music: "Avalon" from the Album "Ágætis Byrjun" by Sigur Rós http://www.sigurros.com+ More details
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Skaftafell is near by Skeiðarársandur. The shots were taken at Skaftafelljökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull. The shots out of the car were taken with a Panasonic GH1, the rest with a Panasonic TM300. Logged and edited with FCP 7.+ More details
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In April 2014 I was privileged to be part of the 4 People 6 Legs team that attempted a world first expedition in Iceland. Our goal was to become the first team, including a disabled athlete, to snowkite across Vatnajökull, Europe's largest icecap. In doing so we aimed to support the pioneering work of Wings for Life, Spinal Cord Injury Research Foundation. http://www.wingsforlife.com/en/ Over the last three years I have been working with paraplegic athlete Sean Rose, on a project aiming to prove that no matter the obstacles, great things can be achieved. We had to develop our own equipment, we had to tackle learning curves both expected and surprising, we had to trust each other in a potentially deadly environment, and along the way overcome countless setbacks. At times we despaired: after months and years of work March 2014 arrived, and there were still doubts; would we actually get to the glacier? Throughout it was Sean's unquenchable determination that saw us through. Infectious beyond measure, his ability to challenge perceptions and forge ahead kept the team on course and was without doubt the glue that bound us together. The team was strong as a result, overcoming every hurdle in our path, and so it was that on the 8th of April 2014 we set foot on Icelandic snow to begin our adventure. Vatnajökull showed us its fickle nature in the first two days: one was spent battling difficult terrain and winds, and the other trudging through dead calm air over flat ground. The third day though, was one of those magical days that all kite enthusiasts wish for, every time they fly: perfect clear skies, a steady wind and an empty horizon to head towards. We flew forward toward our goal, that seemed to hover and dance ahead of us, making us forget all the difficulties and all the toil, of not just the first two days, but the months and years of preparation. However, it wasn’t to be. By the end of that third day we feared our adventure was coming to a close, and on the morning of the fourth, it was confirmed, when Sean woke with a 40 degree temperature. Despite our excellent progress we were forced to call the rescue services, having been defeated by illness, the one thing we could not legislate against. What followed was a roller-coaster, both physically and emotionally, as the reduce services moved heaven and earth to get us to safety (http://www.icesar.com). By the time we were back in civilisation, and Sean tucked up in hospital, we knew that this would not be the final word; there is unfinished business to be done in the east of Iceland! This short film, which tells part of our tale, could not have happened without the generous support of DJI www.dji.com who gave us a Phantom 2 UAV for the expedition, and GoPro www.gopro.com who provided the army of cameras (the film was shot entirely on GoPro Hero3+ cameras). Find out all about the project on our website www.4people6legs.com and Facebook page facebook.com/4people6legs The music in this edit was found using the Vimeo music store: "BACK TO THE WOODS" by Jason Shaw (audionautix.com/index.html) and is used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States licence - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ The music has been adapted for the video (looped). ---------------------------- We could not have achieved so much without the unselfish and endless generosity of our sponsors: Our amazing expedition clothing was provided by Cotswold Outdoor: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com Our brilliant ski equipment and goggles were provided by Salomon: www.salomon.com/uk/ Our fantastic kites came from HQ Powerkites: www.powerkites.de/?newLanguage=en Sean's unique snowkiting rig was built by Draft Wheelchairs: www.draftwheelchairs.com The extraordinary UAV equipment used in this film was provided by DJI www.dji.com and the cameras attached to it (and everything else) were provided by GoPro www.gopro.com Vital expedition equipment came from Vango www.vango.co.uk/gb/ and Force 10 www.forcetentents.com Fantastic camera equipment and lenses were lent to us by Canon: cpn.canon-europe.com/content/index.do And finally, Icelandair helped us with our international flights: www.icelandair.co.uk --------------------------------------------- Please take a look at my new project: http://mannedcamera.com I am now able to offer Arri Amira hire at significantly reduced rates for projects where I can accompany the camera and either assist or shadow an experienced Director of Photography. Please don't hesitate to contact if you have an interesting project for which you need equipment. ---------------------------------------------+ More details
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This video contains al lot of shots from the region around the great glaciers Vatnajökull and Mýrdalsjökull in the south of Iceland. The video shots were taken with a Canon HV20, the still shots with an Olympus E-420. Captured and edited with iMovie '09. Music is the song "Avalon" from the icelandic band Sigur Rós. For more details of our journey to Iceland, please visit my homepage http://www.zauber-des-nordens.de (german).+ More details
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This timelapse film is shot in various parts of Hornafjörður, Southeast Iceland, where I have lived and worked for the past eight years. The images were mostly shot during the winter 2012-2013 and the first half of the winter 2013-2014.The music is by Jon Thorne, from his album Watching the Well (Naim, 2010) and is used with his kind permission. This film is part of a larger work-in-progress about the play of the Northern Lights in the glacial landscapes of Hornafjörður, where land, sea, mountains and clouds meet the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier.+ More details
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