The perfect place to test the Canon EOS 6D

A camera as remarkable as the EOS 6D, Canon's smallest and lightest full frame DSLR, deserved a special photo shoot to test its capabilities.

A team of photographers was selected including Canon Ambassadors Richard Walch and Thorsten Milse to capture stills and video that would take people's breath away. Iceland was chosen as the shoot location for its extraordinary landscapes which make it a photographer's dream.

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As well as the video shot by Richard showing the story of a couple using an EOS 6D on their photography holiday, you can also watch a behind-the-scenes movie. This shows the story of the shoot, day-by-day, with commentary from both Richard and Thorsten.

As is usual on a shoot, days were long, starting at 5.30 am. Once shooting was finished for the day, the team headed back to the hotel to check that they had the video footage and photos they needed, before preparing for the next day. Work never ended before midnight.

Photo shoots always throw up problems, although they are often not the ones the team anticipates. "We’ve always avoided shoots in places with unpredictable weather and were slightly worried about what Iceland would throw at us. Luckily, the week had the perfect mix of stormy skies, sunny days and misty mornings," explained a member of the team from Canon Europe.

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However, difficulties removing the door on a 1970 Cessna plane hired for the aerial shots could not have been foreseen. "The pilot was happy for us to remove the door so Thorsten could shoot without obstructions, but as the plane was so old and the door had never been taken off, it took us three hours to remove!"

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Another piece of improvisation involved the four-wheel drive van the team used to access remote locations. Getting to one beach required driving over heavy black sand dunes but half way across, the driveshaft broke. "We tried to dig ourselves out of the sand but after an hour we realised we weren’t going anywhere. We eventually called out a tractor from a nearby farm to tow us out. Luckily, we were able to borrow the farmer's four-wheel drive for the rest of the day while ours was repaired."

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The team fell in love with Iceland during its week's stay which shows in the behind-the-scenes film. Highlights of the trip were the stunning locations visited, from the famous Gullfoss waterfall to the 20m-high gushing Strokkur Geyser and the iceberg-filled Jökulsárlón lagoon. The most frequent saying of the week was, "Wow, this is amazing!"

Watch the incredible EOS 6D video as well as the behind-the-scenes film on the EOS 6D product page.

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