Join us for an awe-inspiring week in the Icelandic landscape focusing on low light photography, night skies -- auroras, the moon, stars and Milky Way. Iceland’s countryside offers clear night skies and dramatic glacial and volcanic landscapes. Actual locations will depend on weather, with travel plans optimized for the best night sky viewing. Guided by experienced Icelandic tour operator, Einar Erlendsson (Focus on Nature tours) and award-winning Icelandic photographer, Ragnar Sigurdsson, participants in this destination workshop will have the best of local knowledge, expertise and fun!
The workshop price of $6,995 includes all meals, single accommodations and local travel (does not include air fare to/from Iceland or alcoholic beverages). Non-shooting companions are welcome at a rate of $5245. Representatives of Focus on Nature will meet students at the airport and arrange for return. It is recommended that students purchase some form of travel insurance, Iceland has a national health and rescue service that covers everyone staying in Iceland.
Arrival date (day 1): Sunday, October 13
Departure date (day 7):Saturday, October 19
Day 1: Arrival early morning with flights from the US.
Early registration at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik (GHR). Rest for few hours.
Meet 2pm for workshop introduction in a lecture room at the hotel.View short image collections from participants. Lecture by Ragnar. Gear check.
Day 2: Leave for the countryside.
Country travel will be based on weather forecast, but we have our favorite locations in the south-east, west or north.
Where we go will depend on weather, optimized for clear sky during night.
Days 3-5: Spent in the countryside.
Focus on low light photography, auroras, moon, stars or long exposures of landscape and rural buildings in low light.
Work with ambient light, for example light up sites, icebergs, locations.
Arrive evening of day 5 back to the hotel
Day 6: Spend the day working in a lecture room at the hotel, image processing a portfolio, presentations. The workshop ends in the evening with a dinner at a restaurant in Reykjavik.
Day 7: Departure,, commonly in the afternoon.
This is a digital only workshop. Film processing is not available.
What to Bring
In addition to DSLR camera gear, or a high-end point & shoot, students should bring a laptop with some type of imaging software installed that they are familiar with. The course does not cover image manipulation.