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Iceland has become one of the must-see destinations for photographers, and with good reason. This incredibly dramatic country is home to some of the world's most spectacular backdrops, offering up a diverse mix of geological and geographic features that make this small and friendly country a photographic wonderland.

Join noted Canadian photographers Paul Zizka, Dave Brosha, and Mag Hood as they dive into the art and craft of dramatic outdoor landscape photography amongst legendary backdrops. If you love outside-the-box nature photography and going beyond your usual "tourist" Iceland tour, this is the workshop for you.

Held in and around the famed Glacial Lagoon area bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland - with three photographers noted for their creative approach to outdoor photography – this workshop will allow you to dive into one of the most beautiful areas of Iceland and have the time to really look beyond the ordinary.


Location: Iceland - Southeastern Area

Dates: February 14th (start) to 18th (end), 2018

Tour Leaders: Dave Brosha, Paul Zizka

Assistant: Maggie Hood

Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)

Wednesday,February 14, 2018

6AM - 2 PM Shuttling from Reykjavik/check-in
2:30 PM – 4 PM Intro/housekeeping
4 PM-6:30 PM First shoot, waterfall next to hotel
7:30 PM Dinner

Thursday, February 15, 2018

7 AM Breakfast
8 AM Departure for sunrise shoot at Jokulsarlon
8:30 AM- 1 PM Jokulsarlon
1-2:30 PM Lunch break
2:30-6:30 PM Sunset shoot at Diamond beach
7:30 PM Dinner
First opportunity for astrophotography (9:30 to midnight if weather cooperates at Jokulsarlon/Diamond Beach)

Friday, February 16, 2018

6 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM Departure for sunrise shoot at Stokksnes
9-12 AM Stokksnes
12-1:30 PM Lunch in Hofn
2-6:30 PM Sunset shoot back at Stokksnes, or find another location nearby during scouting
8:30 PM Dinner
Second opportunity for astrophotography (10PM to midnight if weather cooperates, location in Skaftafell)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

7:30 AM Breakfast
8 AM Departure for sunrise shoot at one of the Skaftafell glaciers
8:30 AM-Noon Glacier
12-1 Lunch break back at hotel
1-4 PM Opportunity for classroom time
4-8 PM Shoots at the ice caves
9 PM Finale Dinner
Third opportunity for astrophotography (10 to midnight if weather cooperates, location TBD)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Final breakfast, shuttling back to Keflavik.

The finer details:

Included:

  • One-on-one and group photography instruction from Paul Zizka, Dave Brosha, and Maggie Hood.
  • All transportation within Iceland during the workshop times (Note: we will be offering a single shuttle pick-up time to and from Keflavik Airport on the morning of February 14th, 2018; participants looking to arrive in Iceland before the workshop start date or extending beyond the workshop end date are responsible for their own transfer to and from the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon).
  • All accommodation within Iceland, from start of the workshop at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon on February 14th until check-out time on February 18th, 2018. Note: workshop price is based on shared/double participant per room occupancy. A premium will be charged if a participant desires solo accomodation. For those participating in the workshop that are not traveling with a friend, partner, or spouse, we will ensure all participants are partnered with a roommate of the same sex.
  • breakfast daily and finale celebratory dinner the night before the workshop ends.

Not Included:

  • Flights to Iceland
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch/Dinners with exception of group finale dinner

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost: CAD $3950 + Eventbrite Fee

Payment options: Full payment or non-refundable deposit to secure a space with remaining three payments spread over the year.

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $950 (due upon booking)
Payment #2: CAD $1,000 - July 1st, 2017
Payment #3: CAD $1,000 - September 1st, 2017
Payment #4: CAD $1,000 - November 1st, 2017

Note: Failure to pay by due dates means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant. In such case, participants are responsible for handling payment for the transfer.

Participants:

  • 8 minimum

  • 16 maximum

We require a minimum of 8 participants in order to run this workshop. If the minimum numbers are not reached by September 1st, 2017, the workshop will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to participants. See our cancellation policy below for more details.

Accommodations

Note: workshop price is based on shared/double participant per room occupancy. A premium will be charged if a participant desires solo accomodation. For those participating in the workshop that are not traveling with a friend, partner, or spouse, we will ensure all participants are partnered with a roommate of the same sex.

Meals

For this work, daily breakfast and a finale celebratory dinner the night before the workshop ends are included in your workshop fee. There are several lunches and dinners not included to allow participants to order to taste and to experience various Icelandic cuisine of their own choosing

Transportation

All transportation within Iceland during the workshop times is included. Note that we will be offering a single shuttle pick-up time to and from Keflavik Airport on the morning of February 7, 2018 and a shuttle back to the Keflavik Airport on the final morning of February 11, 2018; participants arriving in Iceland before the workshop start date or extending beyond the workshop end date are responsible for their own transfer to and from the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

What to expect

The workshop will include several short 2-3 kilometre hikes over uneven terrain such as rocky terrain, hills, ice, and shorelines. There is nothing technical involved, but participants should be comfortable and prepared to walk and/or climb areas in cooler temperatures with a backpack for periods of up to an hour at a time.

LEAVE NO TRACE

We preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.

What to Bring

As the tour is in February (winter in Iceland, which is generally pretty mild - average around -2 degrees Celsius), there is the possibility of some very diverse weather conditions, with potential for extreme wind, cold, and rain. Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions as the more comfortable you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be.

  • suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer. it can be cold during the day, but it can cool down considerably at night. (layers, including underclothes, fleeces, bellaclava, warm gloves, and toques)
  • a fleece jacket/sweater
  • a headlamp or flashlight
  • your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings and a range of lenses, if you have). Our recommended lenses to bring would be one wide angle lens with a fast aperture (useful for night photography), and something in the strong portrait range (50MM-135MM). Other lenses are useful, of course, but those two lenses were our most frequented "go-to" lenses.
  • a sturdy tripod
  • a cable (or wireless) shutter release
  • off-camera and/or studio equipment if that style of photography interests you
  • sunglasses

As well, we optionally recommend:

  • small first aid kit
  • blister bandages
  • water bottle
  • bandana (keep dust out of nose and mouth, protect eyes from sweat
  • air blower for sand/dust around camera/electronics
  • voltage adapters
  • a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe)


Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made to OFFBEAT Photography Inc. would be refunded to participants however no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees or any other associated travel costs.

Insurance

It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation and interruption insurance, including medical insurance and emergency medical transport coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.

Travel Visa

It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.


About Dave Brosha

"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.

About Paul Zizka

Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.

Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.

In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.

About Maggie Hood

Maggie is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She fell in love with photography while in grad school, started her own business and hasn’t looked back since. Never taking anything too seriously, she is inspired by real moments and emotions, but also the process of creating an image from start to finish. When not shooting or editing, you can find her out exploring with her annoyingly holistic wife, Jess, and crazy pets.

For any additional questions, please contact us at erin@offbeatphoto.ca

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