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September 25 - October 3, 2019

Seeing the aurora borealis dance in the sky is quite a sight to behold! There is no better place to experience this than the land of fire and ice. In the fall months the tundra of this lush land turns to subtle autumn colors revealing another unique side of this beautiful island. To say that Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream would be an understatement. The island is famous for it’s abundant waterfalls, rugged green cliffs, black sand beaches, and glacier lagoons. We will cover as much of Iceland as possible on this workshop while photographing into the night time hours in hopes of capturing the dancing lights! This truly is a photographic trip of a lifetime and an experience not to be missed!

On this 9 day and 9 night Photography Workshop all lodging and transportation within Iceland will be included. You will be guided to some of the most iconic locations as well as some off the beaten path, and provided with expert instruction on how best to capture the light and interesting compositions. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life. Helping students create a portfolio of images they are excited and proud of is priority number one on all of our workshops. And there is no better place to photography landscapes than a trip to Epic Iceland!     

INSTRUCTORS: CHRIS BYRNE & JOHN WEATHERBY                          

GROUP SIZE: 8 PARTICIPANTS

COST: $3995 (double occupancy room) / $800 additional (Single Room Supplement)

DEPOSIT: A 35% deposit is required to secure a spot. A second 35% payment is due 120 days in advance with the final 30% balance due 60 days prior to workshop.

 

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ITINERARY

You will be picked up from the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on Wednesday September 25. Participants should arrange to arrive near mid-day by 12 pm. From there we will drive to the Snaefellsness Peninsula for our first nights stay. We will continue traveling to the interior of the island and golden circle area then follow down to the southern coast making stops at Kirkjufell, Geysir, Gulfoss, Bruarfoss, Vik, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Jokulsarlon, and Vestrahorn to name a few locations and of course many more! Each night, if the skies are clear we will have the opportunity to photograph the northern lights! Our last night will be spent in Reykjavik on Thursday October 3.

During this time of year there is nearly 12 full hours of daylight. We will begin our morning field sessions well before sunrise to be on location and capture the magic of the golden hour. After that we will convene for a mid morning breakfast and travel to our next location typically a couple hours away and get settled into our hotel. We will spend our afternoons out photographing into sunset before returning to our hotel for dinner and a weather check. If it looks promising we will set out again to capture the Aurora Borealis. As time permits in the afternoons we will mix in post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested.

 

USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Iceland and must have a valid passport to do so. Temperatures this time of year can range from 25 - 50 degrees, with a variable climate including high winds and rain. It is important for participants to be in good physical health. There will not be any strenuous activity on this trip with the longest hike being a flat riverside hike of a few kilometers. Sunrise is around 7:30am and sunset at 7pm.

 

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AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / FOOD

Participants should fly into the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) by 12 pm on September 25th where you will be picked up. If you arrive earlier than that date, please let us know and we will arrange a meeting location. Our last night will be spent in Reykjavik on October 3rd and participants should plan to fly home the following day at anytime. A great way to wind down a trip in Iceland is to go to the Blue Lagoon and relax for a few hours and then head right to the airport.

Lodging included in this workshop is for double occupancy rooms with two single/twin beds and a private bathroom. Hotels in Iceland are on the smaller side but we will not be spending much time in the rooms themselves. A single occupancy option is available for an additional charge. Once the spots are filled a private Facebook group will be created for the workshop and roommates will be determined.

Meals and drinks are not included in this trip. Whenever possible we will have a sit down meal at a restaurant, likely at our hotel. We will also be driving daily between locations for a few hours, and stopping for gas, so there will be plenty of chances to grab meals and snacks on the road.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

An epic trip of a lifetime! There’s a good reason that Iceland has become a hot spot of landscape photography. The land of the midnight sun simply gives photographers an opportunity like no other to get creative and capture beautiful images. Iceland can feel like another planet in one location and something straight out of a fairy tale in another. No matter the weather (which is constantly changing) there are photographs to be had. The field sessions are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. In the field techniques and tips will be provided to help capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal being that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. Post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into Lightroom to processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. I am an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks I’ve learned to help you turn your photographs into art!

 

FIELD & CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE:

  • Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images

  • Controlling your camera in manual mode

  • Understanding and using the Histogram

  • Finding foregrounds

  • Filters - when & how to use them and avoiding their pitfalls

  • How lens selection affects the scene

  • Technical Tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending

  • Understanding and using light

  • Capturing Difficult Scenes (getting all the pieces in the field to put together in post processing)

  • Lightroom - importing and organizing

  • Lightroom development tools

  • Cleaning up images - cloning tools, warping and stretching, eliminating distractions

  • Blending images in Photoshop

  • Dodging and burning

  • Using layers and masks

  • Mindful sharpening (depending on the output)

  • Image Critiques

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RECOMMENDED CAMERA GEAR, ETC

  • DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm).

  • Camera manual

  • Memory cards

  • A very sturdy tripod

  • Cable Release Trigger

  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)

  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. 

  • Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Notebook

RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING, ETC.

  • Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts

  • Fleece or warm jacket

  • Shoes that can get wet or muck boots

  • Waders

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Rain coat

  • Bug Spray

  • Sun Block

  • Umbrella 

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals and snacks

  • Airfare

TOTAL COST $3995

SINGLE ROOM OPTION $800

35% DEPOSIT OF $1400 IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE A SPACE

2ND 35% PAYMENT OF $1400 IS DUE 120 DAYS IN ADVANCE

FINAL PAYMENT OF $1195 IS DUE 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE

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MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

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John is a Tampa based photographer who discovered his passion for photography while working as a waiter in college. While managing the companies social media accounts, John began to learn how to take better photos, eventually investing in a DSLR  and lighting equipment. Venturing away from the hospitality industry, John began to take photos of his hometown (Tampa Bay) which immediately gained the attention of the community and affirmed that he could turn his passion into a successful career. 

John started his company Weatherby Photography in 2015 and has since worked with clients such as Uber, University of Tampa, and the Home Depot, to name a few. 

John is most known for his vivid pictures of both Tampa and Iceland (which is practically his second home), as well as his outstanding milky way and aurora landscape imagery. Aside from his fine art work, John’s specialties also include commercial, and architectural photography.  

"I think the ultimate satisfaction is finding something that you love to do and figuring out a way to make a living out of it. I've been blessed to have discovered and developed a gift that not only fulfills me, but brings joy and value to other people's lives and businesses."

See more of John’s work on instagram or his website


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Hello there! I’m Chris Byrne and I spent way too many years aimlessly wandering the earth and working for the man before finding my true passion in nature and landscape photography. My love of the nature started very early in life as I would study the photographs in my dad’s huge collection of National Geographics, and also spend as much time as I could out exploring in the woods with my younger brother. Fast forward many years and after getting a finance degree in college I went to work in the stock market for over fifteen years (and didn’t get rich). During my time, I saw first hand two of the most devastating financial crises in our country’s history, and after the second go around I completely lost interest in my profession and desperately needed something more. I found myself in a place in life without any inspiration or excitement for what I was doing.

Then on a 2011 trip to Glacier, Montana I rediscovered my love of nature. However, the photographs I was trying to get just didn’t do the place any justice. It was then that I decided to get serious about photography and quickly poured all of myself into the craft, learning as much as possible as quickly as I could. I was a super sponge and had a new passion for life! As soon as I became proficient in my skills, I wanted to share my knowledge and began teaching others. Now I lead workshops to some of the best places on the globe.

Along the way I’ve won a few awards, but with so many contests out there, I wouldn’t claim that’s a good judge of a good teacher. Rather I am proud to be able to inspire others and spend as much time as I possibly can with each person in helping them connect with nature while teaching the techniques to capture the images that they want to create. Seeing people make breakthroughs in their art is something that I cherish. I truly believe that nature is good for the soul. The more you explore, the more you will be inspired. Join me on a photography adventure you will remember forever!

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.

Participants who cancel prior to 60 days before the workshop will receive their full deposit only if the space can be filled. Any cancellations within 60 days of the workshop will not receive their deposit back as it is extremely difficult to fill the space on that short of notice.  If an emergency arises we will do our very best to work with you as we understand things can happen.