After many early mornings busy days and late evenings, I felt I had given everything I could have to this trip. On the one hand I felt an urge to get home to recuperate (and wash my clothes), but on the other I felt completely connected to Iceland and sad to be leaving a place that still has a hold over me. I feel pleased to have completed a circuit of the country, because it gives me a very good sense of Iceland as a whole. The downside is that I know I have a great deal more to explore! Much of the interior is not accessible until the summer months, due to conditions on the roads and around the glaciers. This is not a country to take lightly, especially in bad weather. The remoteness and the ease with which you can leave the barely beaten track means that you have to be careful. A lot of people hire 4×4 vehicles with a view to exploring widely, however with rocky roads, mud, multiple river crossings, volcanic activity, long distances and very few people, guided activities are highly recommended. I think many visitors realize this soon after arrival and as a result most 4×4 vehicles are much cleaner than you would expect! The vast emptiness is genuinely intimidating.
I should have the portfolio finished in a few days and will start thinking about how to structure my review of the Pentax 645Z, the 28-45 f4.5 SR, 75mm f2.8 FA and additional comments on the 80-160mm zoom and 35mm f3.5 A. All in all it was effectively a glitch free experience with new equipment and that says something. What is more, I enjoyed using the system and I am absolutely thrilled by the results. I can honestly say that I have spent no more than three minutes reading the instructions, because it has not yet been necessary to invest more time. Almost everything about the camera is intuitive, self-explanatory and easy to use. Are the results better from a technical perspective compared to the Sony A7R and A7? Yes they are and noticeably so; however, I will explain more about this in due course. While it is an enormous camera and very heavy, the differences you will see in the forthcoming portfolio have more to do with location, weather and the desire to explore new ground visually, than the camera. I shot most of my images without a tripod, just as I would with Sony or Leica 35mm/Full-Frame.
The weather was ever-changing, unpredictable and the distances travelled considerable. I had to work very hard indeed (physically and mentally) and was utterly shattered at the close, but all in all I’m very pleased with what I produced and I feel that I now know much of the south coast like the back of my hand. I may have left with yet more photographs from Iceland, but I feel that something of me is still there, I really do. This is a country that I can honestly say has burrowed deeply into my soul and to not return is simply not an option. In fact I foresee many trips to Iceland, with company, but I will leave that for another time 😉