Everyone knows that Iceland has amazing landscapes throughout the whole country. But Iceland doesn’t only look beautiful from the ground. It also looks incredible from the sky.

On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to expand my aerial portfolio and focused on mostly top-down images. Photographing top down is not easy. The landscapes look completely different than you’re used to. It’s like seeing a whole new world.

New views go by every second and you have to be quick to capture them properly. All these top-down views really look like paintings, hence the name of this series. Rivers, ground textures, valleys, they all look very different from a top-down perspective. The advantage of using a plane is that you can quickly fly everywhere and your perspective is much higher as opposed to using a drone.

Special thanks to Haraldur aka Volcanopilot for being a great pilot!

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Top down abstract of the bottom of a wide river. The bottom texture looks like blue flames.

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Withnail 1 month ago

My heart is enormous lake, black with potion. I am blind, drowning in this ocean.

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Swirling glacial rivers.

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Withnail 1 month ago

Ágætis byrjun; a good beginning to this post x

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Different colors of different mud and glacier streams coming together out of the mountains.

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Maggie Dougherty 1 month ago

Such a dramatic change between the two!! The blue is so pretty, and yet, the brown is so drab!! Coming from the same source!!

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Simple top down view of the waves on the black of the Icelandic beach. The black sand with the white waves makes up for a great contrast.

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Withnail 1 month ago

Stunningly beautiful. I just love the contrast!

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Sunlight hitting the greens in a valley in the Icelandic Highlands.

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

Beautiful...Just like an oil painting..

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

The autumn red combines with the blue of the rivers makes a beautiful complimentary color pallette.

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Maggie Dougherty 1 month ago

I love the color of the river! Such beauty!! I love it!!

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

An abstract view from the bottom of a glacier stream. I can spend hours taking pictures like this. They all look like paintings.

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Sophie Warner 4 weeks ago

It looks like encaustic wax art images.

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

This flight was in late autumn with lots of autumn red colors covering the valleys.

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Sophie Warner 4 weeks ago

You are lucky to live among such natural beauty!

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#9

Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

A river formed like a smoke finding its way into the ocean.

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Maggie Dougherty 1 month ago

It looks like a cafe mocha, looking for the foam!! :D

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#10

Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Flying next to the Icelandic coast with interesting textures in the water. The color of the water almost looks like tropical here.

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#11

Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Black & white abstract of river flows.

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diane a 1 month ago

Stunning photography

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Another close up abstract in the form of an arrowhead or an organ. Whatever you want to make of it!

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#13

Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Harsh light on a bunch of streams. It looks like they’re forming the roots of a tree.

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Sophie Warner 4 weeks ago

Slightly clinical, but it looks like a barium x-ray. I find those quite fascinating though, so it is a compliment.

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Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Rivers along the coastal areas with lots of different textures combined. It looks like a water painting.

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#15

Paintings Flew By As I Flew Above Iceland.

Big rivers mounting into smaller streams. The excerpts are like organisms on their own.

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Sophie Warner 4 weeks ago

It could be huge rivers or tiny rivulets, it is very tranquil though.