Recently, we spotted some incredible images from Sarah Martinet of France from her recent trip to Iceland. Iceland is bucket list item for most. The ever-changing landscape provides endless photography opportunities. Sarah has now visited this great land twice, once by land, two by air. Her aerial photography is captivating and inspiring to say the least. We sat down with Sarah to learn more about her work.
AGW: Why did you choose to take on such a grand landscape as Iceland?
SM: To me, Iceland is one of the most beautiful places to photograph in the world. After seeing numerous photographs from other photographers, I knew I had to discover this huge and beautiful landscape myself. I immediately wanted to go. Once I arrived, I realized that Iceland is 100 times more gorgeous in person than you will ever see in pictures. It’s truly hard to capture on film. Photographing Iceland is not as easy as it may look. The weather is ever changing, you have to wait and adapt. During my first trip, it rained for a week nonstop. My patience was soon rewarded with a renewed magical atmosphere. I have now been to Iceland twice and decided for my second trip I would photograph it from the air. I wanted to show a different point of view of this great country. Shooting photographs from a place reveals our world from a different perspective. It shows us how nature can be wild and beautiful at the same time.
AGW: What type of camera equipment did you use to create such beautiful images?
SM: I am currently using a Nikon d800 with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I feel it is the best range for aerial photography. Many photographers tend to use the popular 70-200, but I think 24-70 is perfectly sufficient. It can capture landscapes in all its grandeur as well as detailed close-ups. What was most difficult was having enough speed to capture sharp images while fighting with the planes speed and turbulence.
AGW: Where will your travels take you next?
SM: I think my next trip will be Norway, maybe next year.
AGW: What is your favorite place to shoot?
SM: Iceland is at the top of my list. I’m found of the Langisjór area, Veiðivötn, and Laki. In fact, all of the south Highlands of Iceland are incredible. I also love taking photographs in my area in southern France. I find that although we love to travel to new areas, often we can shoot amazing photographs right in our backyards.
AGW: Any advice for new landscape photographers?
SM: I would advise new photographers to keep at it, it takes time to develop your craft. Keep your perseverance and do not be discouraged, you progress with each day. Keep shooting photographs every day.
Sarah Martinet is a 34 year old Photographer located in southern France. Her time behind glass began at the early age of 6. She is now married with two beautiful children that provide her with the inspiration needed to create these stunning images. Starting with portrait photography, her curiosity and skills developed into the landscape arena. On top of her amazing landscapes, she specialized in architecture and long-exposure photographs.
Her work has granted her top honors, winning the French Professional Photographers Contest in 2014 as “Photographs of the Year”, in the Nature and Environment categories. To learn more about her work, you can visit her website here, or follow her on Facebook here.
(All images Copyright Sarah Martinet Photography)