Samsung and Getty Images have teamed up to allow you shoot events like a top professional using the Samsung NX Rover. The Rover holds a Samsung NX camera which you can control online to capture images alongside our photographers.

So far the NASA inspired rover has snapped fans at Comic Con in London, a football training session in Bayern Munich and the iconic cityscape of Rome. Getty Images photographer Matt Cardy discusses shooting alongside the rover in the magical landscape of Iceland.

As soon as I was asked the question: “Are you available next week to go to Iceland for a shoot?” I had already replied: “Yes!”

I didn’t really care what it was. I just knew I wanted to go to Iceland. Ever since learning about the perpetual daylight they have in mid-summer, the darkness of the arctic winter and the still active volcanoes whose eruptions can plunge European airspace into chaos, I have wanted to go. So it didn’t really matter what I was there to shoot.

Luckily, it turned out to be accompanying Samsung’s Galaxy NX Rover on one leg of what is becoming something of world tour for the clever robot camera.

A quick scan of the Internet rapidly told me that I was going at a fairly benign time of the year. The island is waking up from winter and although snow still caps the mountains, I wasn’t going to need to take much more than I would for a typical outdoor shoot here in the UK.

As I was also shooting on two of the Samsung cameras, a NX30 and the Galaxy NX, for once my camera bag wasn’t likely to be hit with excess baggage charges and I felt confident that with the 16mm and 85 prime lenses, combined with the 18-55mm kit lens, I would be able to cover most eventualities the trip threw up.

Photo courtesy of Matt Cardy.

Above is a picture I took on the first day of the centre of Reykjavik, the capital of island. This was taken on the Samsung NX30 using the 16mm prime and I was pleased with both the sharpness and the lack of distortion in the lens. I quickly found it to be a perfect travel companion.  I like the scorched earth look to the grass below as it recovers from months of snow fall and that you can appreciate why people say the city has a real village feel. Iceland’s population is approx 300,000 and two thirds of them live here in Reykjavik.

Photo courtesy of Matt Cardy.

Above - Another image where having a very wide lens was useful is this general view of the geothermal Blue Lagoon.  Although shot on an overcast day, the camera coped well with the saturated blue of the water. I was pleased that the large group of bathers came and hung out just in frame below helping giving a sense of scale to the location.

Photo courtesy of Matt Cardy.

I am not normally a ‘fashion’ photographer but to give the online activation of the Galaxy NX Rover a sense of an ‘event,’ we took two Icelandic models to a location normally closed to the public at the Blue Lagoon. This is Una (above) braving the elements in between rain showers. Although no artificial lighting was used in the creation of this image, I still think there is enough drama in the natural light to make this image look interesting. It was also a test of the cameras built-in connectivity, as this image was sent directly from the camera via a temporary 4G network and upload onto the Samsung website within seconds of its creation. This was to help supplement the images on the website the online users were creating using the Galaxy NX Rover.

Photo courtesy of Matt Cardy.

(Above) Using a temporary 4G Wi-Fi network users around the world are able to log onto the Samsung website and control the Rover remotely, positioning it to take a photograph which is then transmitted instantly for possible immediate inclusion on the website.

Photo courtesy of http://www.samsung.com/uk/nxrover/

Above - An example taken by Donatella Accarrion showing the Hallgrímskirkja tower and statue. The photographer has taken full advantage of the NX Rover’s wide lens and low angle to produce a dramatic image set against a moody Reykjavik sky.

Photo courtesy of http://www.samsung.com/uk/nxrover/

Above – a super wide shot by a user of the Blue Lagoon which really shows its volcanic landscape to great effect. The arm on the NX Rover can be extended to give high or low perspectives.

For more information, visit Samsung here: http://www.samsung.com/uk/nxrover/project.html

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