A photographic workshop hosted by Donal Boyd, Benjamin Hardman, Jarrad Seng, and Amy Haslehurst.
Dates: December 2 – 8, 2017.
Set amongst the Icelandic winter, Winter’s Night will be a 7-day photographic journey from the from the rugged highlands to the black sand shores of the North Atlantic coastline. Hosted by Benjamin, Donal, Jarrad and assisted by Amy, we will be guiding you in creating landscape, lifestyle, and creative environmental portrait imagery amidst some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth.
Exploring frozen waterfalls, snow capped mountains, valleys, volcanic river systems and unique natural landforms each day, we will teach photographic concepts while out in the field, bringing our imagery back to the cabin in our down time to sculpt unique edits through our individual post-processing methods.
Scroll down for more about this adventure and how to apply.
A LAND FROZEN IN TIME.
With glowing arctic daylight and dark midnight skies, the focus of this workshop will be on documenting the winter landscape. Winter’s Night will be a seven-day workshop, giving ten individuals the opportunity to travel and learn with us. As always, we’ve kept this to a small group and want to attract a different kind of traveller than you might normally expect on a tour – creative adventure seekers who enjoy sleeping in nature and are totally focused on creating epic imagery. We will be doing whatever it takes to capture the best images, whether it means hiking into the mountainside or braving the cold winds and snow, we’re up for it if you are.
We will be travelling in Benjamin’s modified Land Rover Defender and a monster 10-seater sprinter alongside a team of 10 plus myself, Donal, Jarrad and Amy, to ensure everyone has enough individual time with mentors. This will also be a great opportunity to collaborate extensively with other members of the group, sharing each others stories and unique visions while we travel on the road.
This is a rare chance to get hands on training in photographic principles as well as social media and career advice from creatives who do this for a living.
Donal Boyd was born and raised in Boston, MA, USA, but is currently based in the Southern Highland mountains of Iceland. About a year ago Donal quit his job as a Chemical Engineer in Boston and moved to Iceland to pursue his passion for photography full-time. During this first trip in the summer of 2015, Donal was completely awestruck by the intensity of the landscape and forever changing climate. He felt such a strong connection to the nature that he became totally consumed by it and on that initial adventure, decided he couldn’t live anywhere else in the world.
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Benjamin is an Australian photographer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. With several years of experience shooting within the majestic landscape of Iceland, he has acquired excellent knowledge on subject locations and finding unique perspectives for photography. After gaining AIPP professional accreditation in late 2013, Benjamin has held two solo photographic exhibitions, both carrying the subject of the Icelandic landscape.
Amy is an Australian Fine-Art photographer also based in Reykjavik, Iceland. With a background in Fine Arts and conceptual photography, she has an extensive knowledge of arts principles and will be able to assist in whatever creativeconcepts you may have. Shooting self-portraiture in a wide range of costumes with an interest in folklore and storytelling, Amy has exhibited her works in Australia and New York.
Jarrad Seng is an Australian-based photographer, filmmaker, and professional Steve Aoki impersonator. His unique approach to creativity has seen him work with some of the world’s biggest brands, artists and tourism agencies. With his talents in high demand, this is a very rare chance to learn directly from Jarrad in an epic environment.
DATES: December 2nd to 8th 2017
PRICE: €3,700 Euros
PLACES: 10 Places
5% of profits will go directly to the Icelandic Environment Association (Landvernd).
Some of the main areas on our route:
Day One – Our Grímsnes Cabin
Day Two & Three – Þórsmörk
Day Four – Mýrdalsjökull
Day Five & Six – Vatnajökull with guided glacial hike and possible Ice Cave & East Iceland
Day Seven – South Coast & Reykjavík
Photography mentoring for seven days/ seven nights (Camera technique, analysis of light & conditions, composition & aesthetic education, portraiture and posing models, conceptual ideation, image retouching, social media and curation insights)
7 days shooting on the road
7 nights accommodation (twin or triple share)
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
WHAT’S NOT COVERED
Flights (you will need to make your own way to Reykjavík by at least the day before we commence using the Flybus from Keflavik to Reykjavik)
Snacks on the road
What level of photography is required?
This workshop is open to beginners, professionals and everything in between. The only criteria is that you have a passion for photography and have the motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What do I need to bring?
We are venturing out into the heart of the winter period of Iceland, so being well equipped for all kinds of weather including rain, snow and storms is the key to having a comfortable trip. Warm and waterproof outer layers (Goretex or similar), thermals, and water resistant boots are all highly recommended. Warm gloves and beanies will also be necessary.
Will I see snow or aurora?
There is a high chance of seeing both in this period.
What is the weather like?
The winter in Iceland is a little chilly, with temperatures around -2 – 4 degrees Celsius. As we will be travelling inland, the temperature is a little colder and less sheltered from wind. The weather at this time can be rapidly changing in Iceland, from snow blizzards and gale force wind to blue skies and calmness all in the matter of an hour, so being prepared for everything is key.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least you should have access to your own DSLR/mirror less camera body, a few lenses (both a wide angle and telephoto would make an awesome duo) and a sturdy tripod. A Neutral Density filter is a nice addition for those silky smooth long exposure images if that’s what you’re looking to achieve. We will have group editing sessions each evening, so a laptop will be crucial to getting the most out of the trip.
Will there be time to do other activities outside of the workshop?
Certainly. We’ve planned the itinerary for 7 nights, however you are more than welcome to extend your stay in Iceland on either end (in fact, we recommend it). We can provide advice and recommend operators if you’d like to experience things like the Blue Lagoon, helicopter tours or visit other popular locations that we cannot fit in our timeframe.
What level of fitness is required?
We will be doing a substantial amount of walking and occasional uphill hiking on the trip. However, we can spilt up the group and do shorter hikes if necessary. As it is colder in December, we won’t be outside for too long at a time unless the stoke level is really high!
Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.
Applications are open until october 7th.