It's currently snowing outside so I'm writing up last years Autumn Iceland photography workshop I co-led with friend and pro photographer Mat Richardson (Mat's website is here). I'd worked with Mat a few years previous in Abisko and we had got on really well. He did plant the seed with me at this stage about running some workshops in Iceland. His brother had bought an old property in Akureyri (in Northern Iceland) and was renovating it.
The idea of these workshops appealed in a number of ways;
1. I love Iceland it's an amazing country. I am quite keen on going to areas with not that many people and the South (and South West and South East) is now very very busy. This can IMHO lead to sites with to many photographers and also producing images which are very similar to what I've already seen. The North however is a lot quieter and even at some of the iconic sites like Goðafoss waterfall at first light you can be the only people there.
2. Both Mat and I both get on very well and also have very different styles, approaches and strengths therefore as guides we bring more experience to the workshop. Neither of us are just landscape photographers either and we wanted to build different elements to a workshop depending on what people wanted to learn (i.e. macro, portrait, aurora etc)
3. I'd seen the photographs of the house in Akureyri and it's amazing. Plus as we where doing the tours via an Icelandic company we where keeping things above board.
4. We both had the same idea about small groups so we could travel comfortably and provide a maximum of one guide to 3 client ratio for plenty of 121 time.
So in 2016 the house was finished and was a perfect base for the tours. As well as being super comfortable. By far the best base I've ever used for a photography workshop. Pictures can be found here.
I'll let the pictures from the autumn tours do most of the talking.
This 1st section of shots was more your classic Icelandic landscapes and where done either targeting a location and going for a set time or just casually driving round a number of photogenic driving routes where theres many great views.
The next section is dedicated to the Icelandic horses. The horses provided a wet weather option but also an option to work portraits and think about how subjects can fit with the environment to combine with landscape photographs.
We didn't market the trip as an Aurora tour as the weather in Iceland can often be cloudy but we did have some great auroras during the trip and the 3rd shot here actually made my 1st www.spaceweather.com front page before the season had even begun!
And of course I can't go a few weeks with doing some wildlife and macro photography. Gave a great opportunity to show people how to stack images and how handheld stacking is not really that difficult!
The humpback whale, the gull and the jellyfish shot where done whilst we took the clients on a whale watching trip.
There are still insects to be found in this region during both Autumn and Spring so finding this small crab spider was a perfect opportunity to do a demonstration on handheld stacking.
After such a superb trip we are running another 2 trips in the Spring. Exactly the same format maximum of three clients to one guide, 2 large vehicles so plenty of room and the same fantastic house in the quite North of Iceland. Will give us an opportunity to see the amazing country in different conditions.
If your are interested either drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or enquire through the Landleit website here.
Any questions, please let me know, happy snapping!