Have you ever dreamed of standing beneath the stars as the northern lights dance above? How about photographing large chunks of ice beached upon a black sand beach as the ocean waves flow in? Or what about listening to a 200 foot towering waterfall from only feet away? If any of these dreams are on your bucket list, I cordially invite you to join myself and Thorarinn Jonsson as we tour you around the most jaw dropping locations of southern Iceland and teach you how to capture the best photographs at each location. This workshop will span 8 amazing days, is limited to 10 students, and will overload your visual senses and photographic knowledge, only leaving you thriving for more!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
– How to create compelling and enticing landscape compositions.
– How to properly expose for an image throughout all variety of light including prime and non-prime lighting conditions.
– How to photograph the night sky, create star trails and with some luck, the aurora borealis!
– How to use their camera to its best capabilities.
– How to utilize motion blur to capture dramatic seascapes and waterfall images.
– Workflow techniques for Lightroom and Photoshop.
– How to use masking and adjustment layers to bring extra life to your photographs in Photoshop.
– Much, much more!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– A DSLR camera
– A variety of lenses – a wide angle lens will be your most used on this trip
– A sturdy tripod
– An intervalometer (to create star trails…a cheap one will do just fine)
– Multiple memory cards
– Extra batteries
– At least the trial versions of Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your computer.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
– Lodging at each location based upon double occupancy (single occupancy available for a fee).
– Lunch and Dinner
– 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.
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.
– Alcoholic beverages and desserts.
– 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.
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.**
Arrival day – 15 Nov: When you arrive, we suggest that you use the The Flybus service from the airport. It is the most cost effective way to get to the hotel, or you can take a taxi.
The FlyBus Service is located right outside the terminal building. Cost is around $23 USD each way. Book online using the FlyBus + (Plus) service which will drop you off at the host hotel (Host hotel will be announced via email once you are booked for the workshop). You can book a round trip to take you back to the airport after the tour.
We will meet in the lobby of our host hotel at 6:30 pm and we 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’ll 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
Day 3,4,5: We will be in the Vatnajokull National Park which includes glaciers, ice caves and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, famous for its black sand and icebergs. Note: The ice caves might or might not be accessible at this time, depending on the conditions. If they are accessible the tour will be included in the price.
Day 6: We start to head west in the direction of Reykjavík. Probable locations along the way include Skaftafell which has many photo opportunities including the Svínafellsjökull glacier and Svartifoss waterfall with its impressive basalt columns. Arrive back in Vik to photograph the sunset and stay overnight.
Day 7: Shoot sunrise in Vik and after breakfast continue west visiting Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur Geysir (which erupts every 10 – 15 minutes reaching up to 35 meters high) and Thingvellir for gorge and even more waterfalls. Evening and overnight in Reykjavík, all good things comes to an end but before we say goodby we will have a dinner for the last time as a group.
Departure day: Departures back to Airport – or stay on for a while and explore…
Tuition: $3900 USD
Deposit: $1950 USD
A 50%, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop or you may pay in full. The remaining balance is due on September 8, 2016. If the remaining balance is not paid in full, your space will be forfeited.
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 contact us via email. 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.
Mike Mezeul II is a self-taught, award winning, published photographer originally from New York, but is now based out of Allen, Texas. Having picked up his first camera 14 years ago, he has now been photographing professionally for four years documenting all subject matters ranging from landscape, astrophotography, severe weather & natural disasters, professional sports, commercial and advertising, weddings and air-to-air aviation photography.
Mike has written several online articles discussing sky photography and techniques as well as held astrophotography workshops in some of the darkest skies of Texas. Teaching students how to photograph the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers and more.
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.