That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for photographers!
Hands up now, who would like to join us in Iceland on a 4-day / 3 night space photography mission where we not only take in some of the best locations that beautiful Iceland has to offer, but attempt to recreate the moon landing photographs on Iceland’s lunar-like landscapes. Professional photographer Paul David Smith will lead you on this 1-2-1 private Spaceman themed photography holiday along the south coast of Iceland, giving you the opportunity to photograph our Spaceman in some epic landscapes.
We’re glad you asked, because it has been a labour of love putting it together and we are pretty proud of it!
When we researched buying a spacesuit for this trip we were presented with 2 options, remortgage our house to get something that looked extremely realistic, or sell our car to get something that looked like a cheap remake of a spacesuit, so we had to think outside the box.
After months of research, talking to people on forums and investigating building our own, we met a man who knew a man who claimed to own the backup suit for Michael Collins which was made for the Movie First Man. A little negotiation later and we now own a movie-quality replica of the main fabricated parts of a spacesuit.
This left us needing to replicate the hardware, so we spent months learning CAD design, bought a 3D printer and got to work. We don’t want to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but it all looks amazing and we know you’re going to be over the moon photographing it (sorry…).
We’ll be exploring the south coast of Iceland and it really has it all – waterfalls, glaciers, beaches, mountains, volcanoes and most importantly, black sandy lunar-like beaches that will work perfectly for our moon landing recreation.
On Our List Will Be:
Lots Of Other Waterfalls!
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
The Diamond Beach / The Crystal Beach
The Sólheimasandur Plane wreckage
And Many More. Iceland is the type of country where photographers will be driving along screaming “stop the car, I need to photograph that!” about every 5 minutes.
Yes! This is something that has been on our hit list of shoots for such a long time and we’re pleased to be able to share this shoot experience idea with you. We’ve studied the moon landing photographs, the lighting, shadows, etc. and are confident that with our spacesuit and the right Icelandic location, we can recreate this to quite a high standard indeed.
We’ll be bringing 2 Pixapro battery-powered Citi-600 lights which will allow us to replicate the lighting patterns of the original moon landing images. If you look at the images below, the lighting is very directional (from the sun) with heavy shadows to one side.
We’ll also be bringing props like a replica of the Hasselblad camera, the American flag, etc. to make it realistic and give the images the moon-landing storyline. Luckily, the spacesuit fits Paul like a glove and he’ll happily bound around for you pretending to be on the moon for as long as you’d like him too.
Not Limited To This Shoot…..
It’s worth noting that being in Iceland with a spacesuit will present multiple opportunities to get creative shots with the spaceman theme that aren’t moon landing recreation shots. We’ll have the suit with us the whole time and will be happy to wear it for you to get the shots you want.
Want to wear the suit yourself? If you are roughly 6 foot tall and medium build then it should fit you and on the basis you treat it with respect, we are happy for you to do so!
We’ll book a traditional Icelandic house on the south coast which we will all share, you will have you own private room of course. It is perfectly located for easy access to our chosen photographic locations within the area.
Food & Drinks
We stock the house with food and drinks for breakfast and lunch. Everybody attending is welcome to help themselves to this and it is all included in the price. In the evening we will head out to a local Restaurant / Café and the cost for this you would need to cover yourself. We will always eat in places that are reasonably priced.
Transfers & Travel When In Iceland
We’ll hire a 4×4 to travel around in whilst in Iceland and will pick you up from and drop you back to the airport in time for your flights.
Use Of Paul’s Photography Equipment & Accessories
Paul has developed a good understanding of how to get the best from the location having photographed Iceland many times. He will be bringing a range of equipment with him that you will have access to use as you need including:
– Portable Studio Flashes / Softboxes / Beauty Dish / Speedlights / reflectors to allow you to light the models perfectly no matter what the weather throws at us.
– Lee Filters – ND Grads / Polorisers / Big Stopper to help get the best possible landscape shots.
– DJI Phantom Drone to get some stunning images of the mountains from above. Paul is happy for people to use this as they wish so long as they are sensible with it, you’ll just need to bring your own micro SD card to put in the drone when you use it.
– A range of bodies, lenses, tripods, etc.
Paul David Smith is a professional photographer with over 10 years’ experience. Loving nothing more than spending a weekend trekking through the Icelandic landscapes, Paul will guide you through the holiday covering many subjects including:
Off Camera Lighting
We’ll be using off-camera lighting for the moon landing recreation and perhaps other shots throughout the weekend too. If you’ve never used off-camera lighting before don’t panic, it’s quite simple and we’ll talk you through it.
There are some solid rules with landscape photography that will improve your photograph’s from day one, so we’ll cover these. Then we’ll break the rules, go completely off-piste and get creative.
Location Hunting/Chasing The Light
Being in the right location at the right time of the day is all about preparation. We’ll cover how we choose our locations and why. Often However, we’ll end up chasing the light through the volcanic landscapes as we search out the best images Iceland has to offer us.
Long Exposure & Filters
Want to learn how to blur waterfalls or create perfectly still lakes regardless of what the weather is doing? Long exposure photography is a landscape photographers best friend. Photoshop is a wonderful thing, however its no substitute for getting it right in camera. ND / Grads / Polorisers / etc. allow you to make sure you get the exposure right in camera, each and every time and we’ll be covering the use of filters in depth.
Photoshop / Lightroom / etc. allow you to take good images from the camera and polish them to make them great. We’ll be covering how we edit our photos and teach you plenty of tips and tricks in Lightroom and Photoshop to speed up your post-processing.
Of course! In fact, there are landscape photography opportunities around every corner, Iceland is so photogenic and as we explore the south coast we’ll be stopping to capture plenty of landscape photographs as well.
Want to put yourself in the photograph? Epic image of you standing in front of a waterfall? This is something we do a lot and we’ll show you how we do it without needing somebody else to photograph you.
This holiday is priced for up to 2 people to attend, this can be either sharing a double room or 2 separate rooms. We’ll confirm sleeping arrangements with you upon booking.
Because of the weather in Iceland and the amount of daylight hours, it is only practical to run this trip between the months of April – September.
We expect a range of differing abilities on these trips and as such no skills are required to attend. Please bring with you:
Your camera gear – I’d recommend: Camera, lenses, tripod, filters (if you have/use them), memory cards, camera strap, camera cleaning gear (Iceland gets wet & muddy, so just in case).
I will be bringing my DJI drone – If you would like to shoot using this you will need to bring a formatted micro SD card to do so. If you do own your own drone then feel free to bring it too!
Clothing – Iceland is wet and cold so you need to pack sensibly, I’d recommend: Walking boots, waterproof trousers, waterproof coats, hats, gloves, scarves, big thick socks. Play will go on regardless of the weather and you don’t want to not enjoy yourself because you get wet or cold. Please give as much thought to your clothing as you do your camera gear!
The fee does not include your flights. If you are UK based it’s highly likely we’ll try and arrange to fly out on the same flight as yourself and hence we’ll discuss arrival times, etc. upon booking. If it’s not possible to head out on the same flight as you or you are travelling in from another country then we’ll meet you at Reykjavik airport in Iceland at a pre-agreed time.