We have recently got back from a last minute mid-year break to Iceland. Not your normal holiday getaway but I wanted to go somewhere different & have a little adventure! This last year has made me realise more than ever that life really is too short so I wanted to make some fabulous memories with the most important person in my life.
As it was a 'break' I didn't want to take the workhorse cameras away as I think it's important to distance yourself sometimes & just enjoy the surroundings without constantly making it a photoshoot. That being said, I was debating it as we were going to one of the most photographic places in the world! Instead I treated myself to a 'holiday' camera, the Nikon 1 J5 - nothing like my pro cameras but good enough to take decent pictures which are better than a phone / lower grade compact camera. I must admit, the first time I 'played' with it was our first day in Iceland as I actually didn't have time before, & my heart sank! I really didn't like it, I found it too small, didn't like the touch screen, didn't like that I couldn't look through a viewfinder & was baffled that realistically to use the camera quickly it needs to be on auto ISO, (something that I am used to controlling manually). A camera that is so simple to use was actually highly frustrating for me! I am that used to holding big heavy cameras I found it very fiddly & I wanted to have more control. However once I calmed down & remembered that I didn't get this camera to use like my other cameras, as such; I started to like it & get used to it. I did also use my iphone & if you're friends with me on Facebook you would've already seen some of the shots. So - I am happy with my baby Nikon & will be sure to take it on holidays with me unless I am doing a specific shoot / project that requires the big boys! With all this being said, bear it in mind when looking through the pictures that it is me figuring out how to use a simple camera - hilarious really. But they're good enough for us so we can remember our wonderful trip & how exhausted we looked everyday!
If you are considering going to Iceland I highly recommend it, but bear in mind that the food is laughably expensive. However you must go to Grillmarkadaurinn - one of the best meals I've ever had! We stayed in The Alda Hotel which was just fabulous & I think the perfect place to stay in Reykjavik whilst visiting. In short, the true heart of this blog is for me to say - please make memories with your loved ones. It's more important than anything in this world. When we were standing at the top of the Glacier, our guide told us that the volcano next to us is due to erupt & 'the scientists are waiting', I suddenly thought, well if it did at least I would be doing a bloody amazing thing & the only thought that came to mind was obviously my loved ones & how nothing else would matter in that split second of a 'volcano erupting'. Very deep but TRUE! So if you aren't happy - change, & do things you love with the people you love.
Here's a list of the things we did on our five night stay. Unfortunately we didn't manage to see The Northern Lights as there is hardly any darkness at this time of year & way too many clouds whilst we were there: