Iceland : Midnight Sun

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June 5 - 16, 2019
$800 deposit

Explore glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and fantastic landscapes under the light of the long sunrises and sunsets of mid-summer in the north.

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  • Iceland : Midnight Sun


    Join Mike Shipman on an intimate exploration of Iceland under the midnight sun of mid summer. Explore geothermal areas, the unique shapes and forms of icebergs and mighty waterfalls, and stunning landscapes from the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west, the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara in the south, to the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon in the east.

    In addition to landscape photography, a main concentration of this workshop will be exploring your photographic vision through the practice of using your senses beyond just vision. Daily discussions, information, and exercises will lead to better understanding and awareness of your own senses and perceptions and their influence on what and how you photograph.

    Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operation, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density, graduated neutral density, etc.), image processing, and more.

    Participants will travel by passenger van and accommodations will be at guest houses and fine hotels along our route. Our shooting schedule will be to visit locations between 9pm and 4am to avoid the typical summer "daytime" tourist crowding.

    To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 5 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails. Long hours of photographing will be the norm, though there will be time during the day to relax and engage in personal exploration.


    This workshop is limited to 6 people, double occupancy.

    Who should participate?
    Beginning and intermediate to advanced photographers who want to add another dimension of awareness to the creation of their work.

    Workshop Emphasis
    Engaging the senses in addition to sight
    Creative (long exposure, high dynamic range, time lapse)
    Personal Vision

    General Itinerary:

    • Day 1A: Arrive Reykjavik the night before (recommended)
    • Day 1: a.m. arrivals, pick ups at airport if needed, depart after mid-day for first location
    • Day 2: Snaefellsnes
    • Day 3: Snaefellsnes
    • Day 4: Gullfoss
    • Day 5: Vik (stop at Seljalandsfoss or Skogafoss)
    • Day 6: Vik, Reynisfjara Beach, Vesturhorn
    • Day 7: Jokulsarlon
    • Day 8: Jokulsarlon
    • Day 9: Skaftafell
    • Day 10: Skaftafell
    • Day 11: Keflavik for afternoon departures
    • Day 12: Afternoon departures

    I recommend arriving the day before the start and departing the day after the end of the workshop. We will depart Reykjavik in the morning on the first day and return in the afternoon on the last day to maximize the photographic opportunities .

    Instruction, image review and feedback
    Transportation on site
    Admission to sites

    Not Included:
    Transportation to and from Keflavik, Iceland (Keflavik Airport)
    Personal items and optional activities
    Trip insurance (recommended)
    Fees for activities not covered in itinerary

    A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.
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