All photos by River King
Early last year, I had the opportunity to get to know one of our online customers from Vancouver, River King. We talked about his range of landscape photography that he humbly captures with Sony mirrorless camera equipment. The Sony A7R Mark III is ideal for his style of travel photography since it is lightweight, reliable and paired with excellent optics. This summer he reached out to me to share some of his new work capturing the beauty of Iceland, which is high on my own bucket list.
River calls Iceland a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. “It has a large collection of natural beauty you could find around the world, such as volcanoes, glaciers, black sand beaches, waterfalls, etc. In other words, you don’t have to travel around the world to find them, Iceland has them all!”
Sometimes I wonder if these majestic photography destinations feel as incredible and vast as they look in photographs or if the camera and photographer create fantastical illusions that make it look better than it is in real life. I asked River if Iceland was everything he hoped it would be. He said, “Yes! Iceland succeeded my expectations by a very large margin. The whole trip was never short of “wow” moments.” One of those amazing moments was when he captured the eruption of a geyser. “It was really magical to capture the moment of the Sapphire-like bubble bursts.”
For the first-timers, River would recommend visiting Iceland during the month of May for stable weather and plenty of daylight since it doesn’t get dark at all in the summer. It can be extremely windy there. A good windshell jacket and pants are a must!
His favourite photograph from the trip was captured at a place called Skogafoss. “When I shoot nature photography, I don’t usually capture people in the frame. For this one, however, I have some people in the photo so it shows the scale of this powerful waterfall. I shot this with the Sony 135mm F1.8mm GM lens. I was really happy Sony finally updated the lens for E-mount and I was able to bring it with me for the trip. This is a perfect portrait lens, but when used for nature photography, it can present nice surprises, just like this one.”
I asked River if he missed out on any photographic moments due to any limitations with the gear he packed. He said, “while taking photos of the Puffins in Westman Island, Iceland, I desperately needed a telephoto lens that’s beyond 200mm reach. I just recently bought a new Sony 200-600 G lens, and I really wish I had in time for the trip.”
Now that River has a great arsenal of lenses, the Sony 16-35mm GM, 135mm GM, and 200-600mm G, he wants to focus his attention on improving his photography skills to take full advantage of everything he has. Hopefully, his practice takes him to more stunning destinations so we can see more of his beautiful and inspirational scenic photography.
For more of River King’s work visit his website.