Ásgeir Helgi


Photo: Siggeir (www.sigvicious.com)

Ásgeir Helgi Þrastarson

I've been a musician since the age of 13 and I have a passion for artistic things. Photography came in much later, a few years ago, in fact. I got into it rather quickly and learnt most on my own, with guidance from a few nice online tutorials.

As you may have noticed, I'm from Iceland. My town is called Ísafjörður and is rather small, with a population of about 3.600. I've lived here most of my life but I grew up in Sweden and studied sound engineering in London for about a year and half. 

Initially I started with a cheaper Canon T3i camera, which served me well, until I moved up to the good old Canon 5D classic, which forced me to learn how to use it properly. It's older than the previous camera but produced some great images. Because of it's age, I had to limit myself to what it was capable of, which isn't always ideal in nighttime photography. I learnt to get the absolute most out of it, until I moved on to a Sony A7, which I had for a while. My dream camera was the A7sII, which I owned earlier this year (2017). When I saw the Sony A9 announcement, I was determined it was the absolute perfect camera for me. Now I have it!

I mostly enjoy shooting at night, be it stars, northern lights or both. Iceland is a nice place for both subjects since we regularly get the northern lights here. However, during summer, we have 24-hour daylight. That means for about 3 months of the year, the nights are bright as day so there are no stars or northern lights. That's why I also love to shoot general landscapes.

My goal is to eventually shoot all of the most beautiful places here in Iceland, and try to capture them in my own style. When I get the chance, I'll gladly go to other countries and photograph whatever they have to offer.