Iceland Chasing Light Photography Workshop November 1st - 8th 2018
Have you ever dreamed of adventuring around Iceland or photographing the amazing Aurora Borealis? How about standing under some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world or on it's famous black sand beaches covered in large chunks of Ice? If so, then this is the workshop for you!
I have teamed up with one of my favorite Iceland photographers Thorarinn Jonsson to show you Iceland's most captivating scenery. Join us during this amazing 8-day workshop as we explore Iceland's famous southern coast and capture it's stunning landscapes together.
Dates: November 1 - 8
Class size: 7
Spots Available: 5
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Investment: $4,100 (includes lodging and transportation.)
Besides leaving from and returning to Reykjavík, our itinerary has to be flexible because we’ll be making location choices based on weather and best conditions for photographing each time, the same applies for the aurora shooting.
*Note: Each night we will monitor conditions for the aurora borealis, if conditions are good, we will head out to photograph the infamous northern lights!*
**We recommend arriving at least the day prior to the workshop starting, this will allow you to get adjusted to the time difference and allow for any possibly travel delays you may encounter.**
Upon arriving, we suggest using the FlyBus service from Keflavik Airport to the host hotel. Taxis are also available near the terminal building. The FlyBus service is located right outside the terminal building and the cost is around $23 USD each way. Book online using the FlyBus Plus service which will drop you off at your hotel. You can book a round trip to take you back to the airport after the tour.
Book FlyBus online:
1. Visit https://www.re.is/flybus
2. Choose the FlyBus+ service which will ask for your hotel information.
3. Pay online.
We will meet in the lobby of our host hotel at 6:30 PM and go from there to a nearby restaurant for a meet and greet dinner where we get to know each other and have a chat about what we will be doing during the coming week.
Leave Reykjavík early and head east to our first locations, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara, exactly which will depend on weather conditions. Overnight in Vík
These three days will be spent in the Vatnajökull National Park, which is covering about 14% of Iceland and makes it the biggest national park in Europe. This area is packed with beautiful picturesque opportunities. Waterfalls, black sand desert, glacier tongues and not to mention the famous glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, with it's floating giant icebergs and just below we have the spectacular diamond beach, where the ice that has been carried out from the lagoon gets washed up on the shore creating captivating scenery, this is a feast for your sensor.
We will either go kayaking at the lagoon or a nearby lagoon on of the days we are staying in this area (weather dependent), giving us a splendid opportunity of shooting unique angles of the floating icebergs, not to mention the experience of being up close and personal with these giants or visit an ice cave if the conditions allow. One of these days we will travel further east to visit the jagged mountain Vestrahorn. Overnight in a hotel near Jökulsárlón (Glacier lagoon)
We head west in the direction of Reykjavík. Probable locations along the way include Skaftafell, where there are numerous photo opportunities including Svínafellsjökull glacier, and Svartifoss waterfall with its impressive basalt columns. Arrive in Vík to shoot the sunset and overnight there.
Shoot sunrise in Vík and after breakfast we will continue west, visiting Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geysir (erupting every 10-15 minutes reaching up to 35 meters high) and Þingvellir for its famous gorge and even more waterfalls. Overnight in Reykjavík, but before saying goodbye, we will have one last dinner as a group.
What You Will Learn:
-How to photograph the northern lights!
-How to create captivating compositions
-How to prepare for your shoot.
-Camera & lens overview.
-Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.
-How to focus your lens at night.
-A general astronomy course so you can easily understand moon cycles, earth’s orbit, how to find the milkyway, planets, meteor showers, etc.
-How to photograph the night sky, capture star trails, long exposures, and light painting.
-Special tips and techniques.
-Advanced camera techniques for focus and exposure blending.
-How to edit your images using Adobe Lightroom to get the best detail and light out of them.
What You Will Need
-A DSLR Camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode and user manual.
-At least 3 fully charged camera batteries and 64GBs of memory card storage.
-A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended but not required. Lens Rental is available through borrowlenses.com if necessary. Students get 20% off!
-Shutter Release or Intervalometer (Please email me camera make/model so I can find the right one for you.)
– There will be some easy to moderate hiking / walking for our locations. Students should be able to walk up to 30 minutes on uneven ground without difficulty. We will make sure to allow plenty of time to get to our locations, but there will be some terrain to cross to get to our destinations.
Tuition is affordably priced at $4100
USD Deposit: $1,000 USD
Max Participants: 7
A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop or you may pay in full. The remaining balance is due on August 15, 2018. If the remaining balance is not paid in full, your space will be forfeited.
Minimum 6 participants is needed for this workshop to take place so please do not book your flight until we have confirmed the minimum has been reached.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
– Lodging at each location based upon double occupancy (single occupancy available for a $650 USD fee).
– Breakfast Daily
– Welcome and Farewell meal
– Daily hands on time with the instructor, you will have access to both of us all day long.
– Transportation throughout the entire workshop.
– Park entrance fees and other locations..
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
– Airfare to and from Keflavík International Airport.
– Transportation from Keflavik to first night host hotel and last night for departure. We highly recommend using the FlyBus Plus to arrange transportation to/from the airport to the host hotel.
– Meals and Snacks
– Alcoholic beverages and desserts.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:
If you cancel and the workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
60 days: 75% refund
45 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund.
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
It is HIGHLY recommended to purchase travel insurance for any workshop. I recommend World Nomads.
To register for this workshop please apply using the the "book now" option on the right. A new window will pop up with a questionnaire. This workshop is based upon a first come, first serve priority and available spots will be updated on this page. By sending an email stating you want to register, you are committing yourself to your deposit. An invoice will be sent to you shortly after your email for your deposit payment.
About Your Instructors
Sean is one of the most passionate artists I’ve ever known, and it is readily apparent in every photograph he takes. Whether it’s spending long, lonely nights in the desert composing gorgeous star trails or peering into the heavens and gradually coaxing out its natural beauty with advanced telescopes and computer technology, he maintains an unrelenting positive outlook and unmatched work ethic. Knowing firsthand the amount of work required to produce such high quality material, I have profound respect for the mental fortitude required for the journey upon which Sean has embarked. The true mark of a great artist is the constant desire to learn new skills and improve upon the last work, and Sean has these qualities in spades. He has built his incredible set of skills through countless hours of frustrating trial and error, and the amazing thing to consider is that his current output of stunning imagery is simply the tip of the iceberg when compared to the assuredly brilliant career ahead of him. I’m extremely proud and honored to have had the chance to work with Sean and learn from him, and I am confident that he will find success in all of his pursuits, for he already has laid his foundation as a humble, driven, and meticulous artist.
Thorarinn Jonsson is a professional landscape photographer based out of Reykjavik, Iceland who specializes in leading incredible and captivating photography workshops throughout his native country. Being born in Akranes and growing up in Hellisandur, Thorarinn has a distinct knowledge of not only the beautiful landscape and locations of Iceland, but the weather as well. Intertwining his love for photography, which he picked up at an early age shooting film, and living in one of the most picturesque countries, Thorarinn has a passion to teach photography to students from all over the world. For the past two-and-a-half years, he has lead dozens of workshop students to the most beautiful and jaw dropping locations Iceland has to offer. Check out more of Thorarinn’s work at his website, Instagram, and Facebook.