The midnight sun in Iceland has captivated many travellers who have visited us in the summer time. But few travellers have captivated it like Joe Capra of Scientifantastic has done with this amazing time lapse video. With a lot of hard work and patience he manages to bring out the best of Icelandic landscape and lighting.
"For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular." says Joe Capra
Sunsets are a popular topic for photographers, so having up to 6 hours of sunset/sunrise combination is a photographers dream. Sean Stiegemeiers Eyjafjallajokull time lapse video caught attention amongst photographers, and others around the world during the Eyjafjallajokull eruption and we've been seeing some excellent images ever since. This one from Joe Capra is one of the best I've seen though:
I recommend viewing the video in HD and full screen to get the best of it :) And Joe Capra recommends you visit Iceland:
Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.
During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of "Golden light". Once the sun had set it wouldn't even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don't start to reappear until August.
My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple... You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it.
Thank you, Joe Capra, for creating this awesome time lapse video!
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