Sky Pirate’s Jason Lee and his family spent a couple of weeks this summer exploring the scenic country of Iceland. With camera and drone equipment in tow, Jason captured gorgeous images and footage from the trip. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be sharing his photos along with stories from the excursion and a map tracking their progress around the country. Before reaching Iceland, Jason and his family took a short pit stop in the country of Denmark. They only stayed one day in the country’s capital of Copenhagen, but Jason was still able to capture a variety of photos around the storybook-esque city. To capture the photos Jason used the Canon w/24-70 camera. “It’s such a good street lens because you can get wide and zoom without having to switch much,” Jason said. “A few times I used my tilt shift in order to get some good architectural photos and the 70-200 came in handy a few times too.” In order to get some of his night shots, Jason brought a tripod and used an ND filter to increase exposure. It worked quite well, as seen in his photo of the harbor below, also one of the best spots Jason and his family saw in the city.
“My favorite place was Nyhavn, which means New Harbor,” Jason said. “It’s a popular tourist location, but I really enjoyed the outdoor restaurants along the harbor’s edge.” Touring the city led them to vine covered buildings reminiscent of something we’d only find on the East Coast here in the States, picturesque cafes, grand churches, and colorful homes along the water’s edge. Among all the architectural beauty, Jason said the ornate Frederick’s Church was really enjoyable to see. “It was not too crowded and the blue sky and clouds made a really good photo,” he said. Jason’s best photo of the church was surprisingly taken with his phone (see it below) rather than his professional photo equipment. After sight-seeing, Jason recommends grabbing a pastry when visiting the country. “You can’t visit Denmark without having a Danish Pastry,” he said. “Visiting a bakery is a must and you definitely should try something new. It’s not too different from pastries in America, but they definitely seem to taste better in Denmark.” Their beer however wasn’t quite as impressive. “They had some good beers, but if you are used to the amazing micro brews from San Diego and Denver, you won’t be too impressed – except when you can order 1L beer glasses,” Jason advised. Jason’s last piece of advice for exploring Copenhagen? Buy a Metro Day Pass. “It is pretty easy to get around Copenhagen using the subway system and it runs very frequently so you don’t have to wait around that long.” After a successful day touring Copenhagen, Jason and his family looked forward to exploring Iceland, but they knew the temperature was about to drop. “We knew this would be the warmest part of our vacation,” Jason said of their day in Denmark. “Iceland was considerably colder.”