Photographer Perches Herself Out the Side of an Airplane to Capture These Unhindered Shots of the Icelandic Landscape


Photographer Sarah Martinet not too long ago took a pleasure trip, digressing from her usual portrait and wedding work to shoot some unbelievable landscape images of Iceland. Photographing the Nordic country’s beautiful, abundant hills and valleys, however, was not particularly easy to do. The French Martinet employed incredible aerial photography techniques, and presented Iceland’s landscapes in a manner like no one has ever done before.

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Martinet’s aerial photos which were taken from an open-window aircraft show swirling blue streams, snow capped mountains and graceful waterfalls from an utterly fresh vantage point.

Iceland is a Nordic country situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. Its population of 325,671 occupies an area of 40,000 square miles, making it the most sparingly populated country in Europe. Its capital and biggest city is Reykjavík.

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The adjacent areas in the southwest of Iceland are home to two-thirds of the populace. Another characteristic of Iceland is that it is geologically and volcanically active. The inner country is made up mainly of a plateau characterized by mountains and glaciers, sand and lava fields, and many glacial rivers that empty into the sea via the lowlands. Iceland draws warmth from the Gulf Stream and has a temperate type of weather, notwithstanding a high latitude just in the exterior of the Arctic Circle.

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Iceland is young geologically speaking. Its location creates a situation where  the island is highly active with many volcanoes, particularly Hekla, Eldgjá, Herðubreið and Eldfell. The catastrophic volcanic eruption of Laki in 1783–1784 triggered a famine that killed one-fourth of the island’s population. That eruption also caused dust clouds and haze to come into view over most of Europe as well as parts of Asia and Africa for several months after that, and modified climates in other areas.

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Sarah perched herself out the side of an airplane to captures these unhindered shots of the Icelandic landscape. Each mountain peak, body of water, and flowing waterway can be seen all at once in every remarkable shot thanks to the aerial perspective.

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Martinet has much more of her work from this Iceland trip, including many she shot from the ground which you can see here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.