March 2015 – Iceland

INTERNATIONAL PHOTO WORKSHOPA Photographic Journey through Iceland – with master photographer Sean Arbabi and Tim Vollmer

Date:  March 2015

Location:  Iceland: Reykjavik, Höfn, Vatnajökull glacier, Jökulsárlón lagoon, Skaftafell, Vík, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Reykjanes peninsula, Blue Lagoon

Fees:  $3000 (not include flight to Iceland – includes instructor fee, all meals, lodging, transportation, inside flight, boat trip, car, 3 hotel/ 2 nights in guest house)

:  Wouldn’t Iceland be a trip of a lifetime?  Come see the amazing country of fire and ice while capturing extraordinary nature and landscape images.  Commercial photographer and author Sean Arbabi will lead the way sharing tips, techniques, and tricks with equipment, composition, lighting, exposure, and macro photography.  Join Sean for a week of inspiration and instruction from a down-to-earth widely published twenty-year pro.

With Sean’s latest book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography, not only does he bring a vast amount of knowledge to the topic, but also brings his enthusiasm and charm, along with 30 years of photographic experience.  He will also have copies to sell and sign, a great reference to use during and after the workshop.  Sean’s in-the-field instruction and dynamic powerpoint-style presentations offer a variety of image-taking ideas, fun techniques to create unique shots, as well as tips ‘n tricks for photographers of all levels.  You will come away inspired with extra tools to improve your skills.

We highly recommend bringing a variety of photo equipment, your camera manual, a tripod, laptop, extra memory cards and batteries, warm clothing and comfortable shoes.

DAY 1: Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik at Keflavík, you will be met by our representative.You leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to our guesthouse in Reykjavík. Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.

DAY 2: Reykjavik – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacierWe start the morning by taking a one hour flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland.  The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience.  We will spend the day exploring the region and if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.Dinner and overnight in the area.

DAY 3: Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon – SkaftafellToday we will visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs were we can take a short boat tour and sail among the huge icebergs, an unforgettable experience. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). Dinner and overnight in the area

DAY 4: Vík – Geysir – Gullfoss – We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey.  We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it.  On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters.  From Geysir we drive toGullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Dinner and overnight in the area.

DAY 5: Þingvellir – Reykjanes peninsula –  Blue LagoonWe leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930.  We continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula.  More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes.  We will walk where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. We continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226.Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.

DAY 6: DepartureTransfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.

Duration:  6 days / 5 nights – Price per person in twin/double room: 2 instructors

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About Sean: As a full-time commercial photographer for 23 years, Sean captures everything from adventure to wildlife, landscapes to people, travel to studio work and brings enthusiasm, 30 years of experience, powerful presentations, and high quality work to educate, entertain, and inspire.  Besides bringing a wealth of photographic knowledge and experience, Sean has a passion for turning what he sees in front of him into a powerful photograph that connects with others. His second book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography, published by Random House in December 2011 is a testament of Sean’s passion.  He brings his unique perspective on each topic with a touch of real world scenarios, as well as a philosophical angle to tap into his thought process and your unique view of the natural world.  In over 15 years of teaching photography in the field and online, Sean has the knack for helping students rise to another level with their work.

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