Photographing the puffin in Papey

  • If the subject is difficult to photograph, like puffins that have a tendency to place themselves on the highest part of a cliff, photographing can get difficult.
Jun 13 2016

Photography and tourism are changing these days rapidly.  Nowhere is this more obvious when you are traveling in Iceland?  Cameras are getting lighter and closeness to the subject easier.  Even small phones have sophisticated cameras that give great photos.  People traveling in a country like Iceland that offers so many photo opportunities can stop wherever they like if the are on a self-drive tour, in a rent a car or their own car.   Sometimes people prefer to take selfies with the subject behind them and sometimes the just want to document the place and the natural wonder. 

Taking the extra step to capture the puffin

If the subject is difficult to photograph, like puffins that have a tendency to place themselves on the highest part of a cliff, photographing can get difficult. In a magnificent tour that we took to the island Papey in the East Region in Iceland, with the touring company Papeyjarferðir in Djúpivogur the other day, we capture this visitor touring Iceland trying his best to capture the ever-popular puffin. He had to climb, hold one hand to the cliff and the other up to find his subject with the camera. In the end, he got a nice shot and probably a good video of the puffin. Another “old timer” had a large Nikon camera and 500mm lens stood in the distance and probably got a great shot too.

Always be aware of your surroundings

Even though photographing and taking videos is one of the most interesting parts of anyone’s trip to Iceland you can never be carful enough. Often the places around cliffs, waterfalls and in canyons can be quite dangerous.  Often people that are not familiar with the landscape and the terrain tend to underestimate the danger.  But if everyone takes caution and keep their eyes open things will go well and you will get some great photos on your trip to Iceland.