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ULTIMATE ICELAND “2” July 19-29 2013—Westfjords, Lake Myvatn, Golden Circle

Please consider Joining  Tim Vollmer ,  Greg Duncan   and me for an exciting photographic excursion to remote northern Iceland this July.

Below is an outline of the are we will be photographing in as well as more information.

Please contact Jack Graham  for more information……………..Limit 10 attendees.  Please register ASAP to insure space.

ICELAND 2 _JULY 2013_DEP_REG

COST ………………. Single=  $5990.00…………………..    Double  $ 5540.00

  • Included
  • Private transfer according to itinerary
  • Airport transfer to and from Reykjavík
  • One way fare on ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur.
  • Accommodation 10 nights (in hotels, guesthouses, huts (made up beds) some with shared facilities.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch boxes
  • Dinners
  • Entrance to the Nature bath in Mývatn
  • Not included
  • Entrance to The Blue Lagoon
  • Optional tours
  • International flights
  • Drinks

The Westfjords has remained in many ways “a world apart” from the rest of Iceland. Sparsely populated, the nature here is as wild as it was a hundred years ago – and there are probably less people now living there then there were a century ago. Majestic mountains, deep blue fjords, seals and the arctic fox – together with the natural silence is the most impressing event for many travellers visiting the Westfjords. The birdlife is also one of the major reasons to visit the Westfjords. The cliffs at Latrabjarg comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean and are at the westernmost region of Iceland – and therefore the westernmost part of Europe. Latrabjarg is one of the three largest bird cliffs in Iceland, with the other two being Hornbjarg and Hælavíkurbjarg in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve – all in the Westfjords. Latrabjarg is by far the easiest of the three to visit as a road leads practically to the cliff’s edge and from the parking lot a walking path traverses the edge.

Lake Myvatn is the country’s fourth largest natural lake. It abounds in lake char and is netted by the farmers during summer and ice fishing is practiced in winter. The lake area is known world wide for its exceptionally many breeding duck species (15-16) and the abundance of other avifauna. The lake’s surroundings show such variety in landscapes and amazing geological formations, that the visitors have to spend several days there to enjoy them fully. This area is extremely volcanic.

Iceland Puffins

The Golden Circle route is covers about a 300 km distance from Reykjavik to central Iceland and back. The three main stops on the route are the national park Thingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (golden falls) and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Thingvellir is a national park containing both historical and natural beauties. Nowhere else the continental drift is more visible than in Thingvellir. Gullfoss is a spectacular waterfall that is a must to photograph.

 Skill Level: Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment. An understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO works together is also a big advantage. As outlined below, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. If you have a laptop or iPad by all means bring it along.

 WHAT WILL WE BE WORKING ON?

We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water and the amazing plants to create some wonderful images. Patterns and foregrounds are the order of the day. We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including Depth of Field, proper exposure and more to improve your overall photography as well as come away with some wonderful images in excellent venues.

1)      Improving your photography skills within these “hands-on” workshops

2)      Composition, exposure and essential elements needed to make a great photograph and to bring out the story within the image

3)      Use of color combinations, how to use color make the image stronger

4)      Other techniques including, learning about how tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, emotional impact and flaws affect your images.

5)      Seeing an image, working a scene, making the image a strong image

6)      Choosing the look of the final image in the field, not after the fact. Taking an image knowing how you will be processing.

7)      Making Panorama’s, Helicon Focus and HDR techniques simple

8)       Basic processing, workflow, how to use available programs together. Use of NIK Software.

The majority of instruction and nature photography tips and techniques will take place right there in the field. There’s no need to take notes. After the workshop you’ll receive a complete 60+ page syllabus containing everything we do in the field and more.

We take time in the evenings a to review our images in informal critique sessions. Special presentations concerning nature photography will also be made during these sessions.

ITINERARY:

July 19

Arrival Keflavik airport Iceland.

Drive directly to Stykkishólmur , photographing along the way, to the a small town in Snæfellsnes peninsula and overnight there.

July 20 – Stykkishólmur – Vestfirðir (Westfjords) – Látrabjarg cliff

Take the ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur  and photograph from there to Guesthouse Hnjótur in Örlygshöfn and onward to Látrabjarg cliff.

From Hnjótur guesthouse in Örlygshöfn is an half an hour drive to Látrabjarg cliffs. Látrabjarg marks the western-most part of Europe. It hosts millions of birds, the cliffs are occupied by puffins and other birds like northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. It is vital for their survival as it hosts up to 40% of the world population for some species e.g. the Razorbill. It is Europe’s largest bird cliff, 14km long and up to 440m high.

Overnight at guesthouse Hnjótu

July 21– Látrabjarg and surrounding.

Overnight at guesthouse Hnjótur

July 22 – Photograph along the fjords (south) to guesthouse Gauksmýri in Húnavatnsýsla (northwest). Overnight at guesthouse Gauksmýri

July 23 – Drive to lake Mývatn, Photograph Lake Myvatn

Mývatn – Dimmuborgir – Hverfjall – The Nature baths – Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles)

Photograph along the countryside passing Icelandic farms with stop in Skagafjörður valley, Hraundrangar in Öxnadal valley, Akureyri town, Goðafoss waterfall and Vaglaskógur forrest. All places provide exceptional opportunities for photographers.

Goðafoss means the  waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði.

Mývatn is a shallow lake situated in an area of active volcanism. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms.

In the end of the day we will travel to the Mývatn Nature Baths were we will enjoy a good bath and  relax after a busy day.

http://jardbodin.is/English/About_us/

On the way to the Baths we can visit Grjótagjá a small lava cave near lake Mývatn with a thermal spring http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grj%C3%B3tagj%C3%A1

Overnight at guesthouse Dimmuborgir (huts).
July 24 – Mývatn-Húsavík-Tjörnes-Ábyrgi-Hljóðaklettar-Dettifoss

Ásbyrgi is undoubtedly one of Icelands most beloved nature pearls, an enclosed canyon.

The enclosure is about 3.5 km long and 1.1 km wide, surrounded by cliffs which reach as high as 100 m. According to legend, the horse of Óðinn, the chief god of Norse mythology, stepped down here leaving its giant hoof print.

Dettifoss is Iceland’s greatest and most majestic waterfall. It is also rated as Europe’s most powerful waterfall, based on its magnitude.
July 25Mývatn  and surrounding

Námaskarð, Mine Pass, is a myriad of hot mud springs in widely different colors, offering great photography.

Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) a volcanic rock formations to the east of  lake Mývatn. The area is characterised by numerous forms of mystery and imagination, carved in lava. It´s a natural wonder which no one visiting the area should pass by.

Hverfjall (Hverfell) is a beautifully formed 2500 years old tephra crater. The crater is about 1 km in diameter and 140 meters deep. The round shape of the crater is disrupted by a landslide that occurred at the south edge of the crater during the eruption.natural wonder . http://english.ust.is/National-Parks/Protectedareas/MyvatnandLaxa/

July 26 – Mývatn to Kjölur

Photography  the interior along the Kjölur highland road between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kj%C3%B6lur

We will photograph Hveravellir, a unique nature reserve situated on the Kjölur route.

The geothermal pool at Hveravellir is unique. Both hot and cold water flows to the pool and over 20 people can comfortably bathe in the pool at the same time. The pool and its entire surroundings are magnificent, offering a beautiful view of the geothermal area, Kjalhraun lava field and Langjökull.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerlingarfjöll area also situated on Kjölur route.
July 27Kerlingarfjöll – Hiking

Kerlingarfjöll (woman´s mountains) are very different to the environment around, both in shape and color. As you approach the mountains you enter a desolate, fantacy land scenery with spectacular flow of colors.

Hveradalir walleys the hot spring area are covered with multi colored geyser clay. The dense clouds of steam, the liparite mountains and the glaciers, all add to the diversity and beauty of this very special place.

LA_I-WFALL2_120727_9189-15July 28 – Golden Circle

Þingvellir – Geysir hot spring – Gullfos waterfall

We will photograph the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. A few minutes drive from Gullfoss is 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 20 meters. Last but not least we photograph  Þingvellir a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930.

Overnight at a hotel in Reykjavík

July 29 – Departure from Iceland.

Transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavik airport.

  • Included
  • Private transfer according to itinerary
  • Airport transfer to and from Reykjavík
  • One way fare on ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur.
  • Accommodation 10 nights (in hotels, guesthouses, huts (made up beds) some with shared facilities.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch boxes
  • Dinners
  • Entrance to the Nature bath in Mývatn
  • Not included
  • Entrance to The Blue Lagoon
  • Optional tours
  • International flights
  • Drinks

 

Hotel Stykkishólmur, with private facilitites

http://www.hringhotels.is/hotel-stykkisholmur/Default.aspx

Guesthouse Hnjótur, 2nights, with shared facilities http://www.hnjoturtravel.is/attraction.html

Guesthouse Gauksmýri, with private facilities- www.gauksmyri.is

Guesthouse Dimmuborgir 2nights, with private facilities

http://www.dimmuborgir.is/page/en/accommodation/

Kerlingafjöll chalets –singles not available, with privat WC/shared shower www.kerlingafjoll.is

Hotel Klettur with private facilities. www.hotelklettur.is

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Icelandic Winter Photography Adventure Jan 18-22, 2013

ICELANDIC WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE     LANDSCAPE/AURORA

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!!!  contact Jack jack@jackgrahamphoto.com for 2014 Winter Workshop in Iceland dates!!!

January 18-22, 2013                2995.00 INCLUDES LODGING, MEALS, TRANSPORTATION (international flight not included)

REG FORMS HERE: ICELAND_Jan 2013_DEP_REG

Greg  and I am pleased to announce this workshop. This workshop will be led by world class and Icelandic resident Orvar Thorgeirsson.

Greg Duncan   www.grdphotos.com   and Jack Graham  www.jackgrahamphoto.com will serve as co-leaders. Please red the detailed information about this workshop below. We are only taking 5 participants and I expect this to fill quickly. Spend time in Iceland during the winter offers endless photographic possibilities. Please consider joining us!

A PRINTABLE VERSION of the Workshop (found below) is HERE:  Icelandic+WinterOVERVIEW+v2 _REGINC

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Ice Cave ©Orvar Thorgeirsson

We have all seen images of the amazing landscape of Iceland.  Capturing this location in winter is even more special. A truly unique and exciting workshop is now a reality. Yes, we are going on an Icelandic Winter Adventure Iceland for the winter landscape and aurora!

This workshop will be led by world class, award winning photographer, and Icelandic resident Orvar Thorgeirsson, http://www.arcticphoto.is/  an Icelandic resident.  I, www.jackgrahamphoto.com  along with my long time assistant Greg Duncan www.grdphotos.com

an Iceland veteran, will be co-leaders, offering you 5 full days of personal attention in this pristine bucolic wilderness.  (Biographies are found below). Greg and I completed out last workshop in Iceland recently in July 2012 and will offer another in July 2013. http://www.jackgrahamphoto.com/ultimate-iceland-2013-limit-10-attendees

Not many photographers venture to Iceland during  the winter months, and we will experiene locations rarely photographed during the winter months. In addition, this time of year, is a good time to look for the famous aurora borealis, which in Iceland, is like nowhere else. The backdrop of the Icelandic landscape makes the aurora even more breathtaking. We will photograph the winter landscape including ice caves, frozen lakes bucholic villages, horses and the natural wonders of Iceland, all with the backdrop of the Icalandic winter. Few photographers will experience this land, during these conditions.

We will only be taking five participants on this workshop due to the logistics and challenges of winter photography. This offers the participant an exceptional amount of personal time with the three of us, as well as helping you in making many memorable images and  offering tips and information enabling you to grow as a photographer.  With three leaders for five participants, you will have access to our input 100% of the time. You’ll be able to interact with the three of us and gain insights and information at all times

Aurora, © Orvar Thorgeirsson

WHY DO WE GO TO ICELAND DURING THE WINTER?

Other than for the experience of suspect matter and locations nor normally photographed,  we go for the long period of great light. The best light for photography during the day lasts for 6-7 hours ( this is something to experience!) most of which will produce extremely  soft low angle light. If conditions are good we will be shooting Aurora from 2000-2100 in the evening for a few hours.

We will supply you with specific information ( Orvar is an expert on photographing the Aurora! … and you will be too after this workshop).

 

              ISN‘T IT DANGEROUS TO BE IN ICELAND IN THE WINTER?

 In a word, NO!. Yes it will be cold and can be stormy. We will be well taken care of. You will be supplied with information on clothing and special needs to keep warm while in the field.

Most of our shooting locations are within 15 minutes from the car and we will not be doing any long winter hikes. Access to some locations specially the ice caves although short might include rough terrain but we will be assisted by a professional mountain guide in this case. Complete safety equipment ( helmets etc) are supplied by our guides. Slippery surfaces can be expected throughout the trip but we will send you recommendations regarding footwear for this trip

Glacial Lagoon © Jack Graham

WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS______________________

Winter is a time of year to move with the light and conditions more so than summer in Iceland. We will visit specific locations according to conditions. The January winter season can be stormy in Iceland.  This makes for great imagery and is part of the allure and adventure of this trip. Temperatures are usually not that low as one may expect considering the latitude. Average temperatures are just below freezing.  Some days with thaw and rain can be expected as well.. The absolute minimum temperature will be -15°C (-5 f)  but a typical clear winter day is about -5°C (25 f ). The wind however makes the temperature feel colder.  Being dressed with wind protection is important. We will inform you on specific clothing to use. We will suggest the proper clothing to bring along.

LOCATION INFORMATION:

  • Complete itineraries and details are already set and available for your review. Please email me (jack@jackgrahamphoto.com ) for details. Here are just some of the locations we will visit depending on weather and light conditions. We will adjust our itinerary according to conditions and might skip some of these locations, and add others in order to be at the best locations possible.
    • Seljalandsfoss..
    • Skógarfoss.: Nice in winter locations. The low midday sun will light up the waterfall.
    • Pinnacles of Vík : Both in the afternoon and morning from different sides.
    • Fjaðurárglúfur river gorge: Nice winter location as the hopefully frozen river and walls are nicely lit in the soft midday sun.
    • Lómagnúpur : If conditions are good. Small ponds offer nice reflections.
    • Old snowed in farm villages if it is snowy.
    • Skaftafell. Svartifoss : waterfall frozen . 20min hike.
    • Svínafellsjökull:  Possible ice caves and a frozen lagoon.
    • Hof. Nice little church snowed in.
    • Breiðarmerkurjökull : ice caves if there is little snow.
    • Fjallsárjölull glacier lagoon. Nice background and offers possible walks on the ice amongst icebergs.
    • Jökulsárlón and the beach. Beach is especially nice in the soft winter light as it will light up the icebergs on the beach. Also the sun will set into the sea behind the icebergs.
    • Jökulsárlón in the morning. Alpine glow on the Öræfajökull volcano in the background.

Hoffelsjökull glacier lagoon. Possible to walk amongst the icebergs.

Blue Ice © Greg Duncan

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

TO ICELAND from the UNITED STATES:

Winter is off-season. Flights are far less expensive than in the summer. Direct flights from Seattle, New York, Washington D.C and Boston are available on Icelandic Air as well as other carriers.

You will be picked up at KEF (Reykjavik Airport).

We will head out from Reykjavik on January 18th in the morning. I would recommend coming in the day before if possible. We will return to Reykjavik on Jan 22nd. You can return on Jan 23rd if desired.

While in Iceland, you will be transported in well-equipped 4 wheel drive vehicles from location to location. We will be very safe.

Specific details will be provided upon completion of your registration.

LODGING & ITINERARY

Lodging is included in the workshop package from Jan 18th t0 Jan 22. Specific details will be provided upon completion of your registration The itinerary will be set just prior to the beginning of the workshop. This is due to weather concerns. We will adjust our itinerary according to the best opportunities available based on weather and light.

Black Sand Beach ©Orvar Thorgeirsson

SKILL LEVEL

We recommend this workshop for intermediate and advanced photographers. Having the proper equipment and skills are important for this type of photography.

Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment, as well as technique  As outlined,, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. In order to attain the best possible images in these conditions, it is recommended you have equipment that :

1)    Functions well in low light ( both cameras and lenses)

2)   Functions well in adverse conditions

WHAT WILL WE BE WORKING ON?

We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water, mountains,glaciers, beaches, and the desolate frozen landscape of Iceland to create some wonderful images. We will stress simplicity in the grand landscape, and use all aspects, including Depth of Field, proper exposure and more to improve your overall photography as well as come away with some wonderful images in excellent venues.

1)      Improving your photography skills within these “hands-on” workshops

2)      Making a strong photograph and tell a story with every image

3)      Use of color combinations, how to use color make the image stronger

4)      Other techniques including, learning about how tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, emotional impact and flaws affect your images

5)      Learning to see an image and working a scene, thus making the image a strong image

6)      Choosing the look of the final image in the field, not after the fact. Taking an image knowing how you will be processing is also stressed

7)      Making Panorama’s, Helicon Focus and HDR techniques simple

8)      Basic processing, work flow, how to use available programs together. Use of NIK Software.

The majority of instruction and nature photography tips and techniques will take place right there in the field. There’s no need to take notes. Before the workshop you’ll receive a complete (and updated)  60+-page syllabus containing everything we do in the field and more.

We take time to review our images in informal get together during our time together  Special presentations concerning nature photography will also be made during these sessions.

My workshops are sponsored by NIK SOFTWARE, Singh-Ray, Nodal Ninja, Photograph America Newsletter, Think Tank Photo Bags,  Lensbaby , Hunt’s Photo and Video and the Really Right Stuff. Discounts and some freebies are included in your workshop “pack” that you’ll receive upon arrival.

Since this workshop is limited to only 5 participants, well have a lot of time together. This is primarily a field workshop. However, it is critical as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photographs.

   Included

Accommodation from 18th to 23rd January.

Airport pickup and return

Full-board

4×4 transportation

Expert photographer guidance (Örvar Thorgeirsson/Jack Graham/Greg Duncan)

Professional mountain guide assistance and safety equipment for the ice caves.

Not included

International airfares

Alcoholic beverages

Tips

What is not mentioned as included

HOW CAN I REGISTER?    Deposit & Registration forms—click here    ICELAND_Jan 2013_DEP_REG

 Payments can be made using Check, or Credit Card ( master Card or Visa  ). Please red the deposit information. As well please sign and date the credit card  authorization form and Assumption of Risk Form.

They can be emailed back to me jack@jackgrahamphoto.com    r mailed back to me :  Jack Graham Photography, 17159 SW Lynnly Way, Sherwood, Oregon 9714         

SEE BIO‘S BELOW:

Jack in Iceland, July 2012

ABOUT YOUR WORKSHOP LEADERS

ÖRVAR  THORGEIRSSON     http://www.arcticphoto.is/

Orvar has been a mountain adventurer since his teenage years. On his many trips to the Icelandic mountains and wilderness the photographer became obsessed with capturing the raw beauty of the places he visited. Over the years he has captured Iceland’s most wild places on his camera from the colorful and never-ending midsummer arctic sunset to the inspiring displays of northern lights in winter.

Awards and Publications:

International Conservation Photography Awards 2012 highly commended landscape.
National Geographic Traveler Photograph of the year 2008, Merrid Award.
Astro Photographer of the Year 2011 – Highly commended for the Category Earth and Space.
European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 – Highly commended in Natures Studio category.
Profile in Dutch Digi Magazine 2009.
Profile in Italian Alp Magazine 2010.
His photographs of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption where displayed in newspapers like the Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Independent, Scottish Daily Record and other plus website publication in Fox News and the New York Times.

Exhibitions:

Flickr@Iceland charity exhibition in Reykjavík City Hall – 2009
Astro Photographer of the Year Award, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich – 2009 and 2011.
National Geographic Photographer of the Year Award, PhotoPlus Expo New York. – 2008.

Jack Graham  www.jackgrahamphoto.com   www.jackgrahamsblog.com

Jack Graham is a professional photographer with over 23 years of experience. Jack resides near Portland Oregon, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

For 18 years, Jack has led  photo workshops in California, Wyoming, Utah, Iceland, Canada, Arizona, the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest. as well workshops for the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, Washington. Jack also offers single day, workshops for extensive one on one instruction. Jack’s workshops are sponsored by Nikon, Really Right Stuff, NIK Software, Think Tank, Lensbaby,www.outdoorphotogear.com, www.lensrentals.com, Nodal Ninja, and the Photograph America Newsletter.

Jack has been successful in fine art print sales, publication and stock photography as well. Photo and writing credits include Outdoor Photography, Landscape Photography Magazine ( www.landscapephotographymagazine.com  Nature’s Best Photography, NANPA”S Expressions, California Wild, Current’s (NANPA) and many DNR publications,Audubon, The Luminous Landscape, The Nature Conservancy, Chicago Wilderness and Sierra Club publications as well as many calendar credits. Corporate work includes prints and stock applications for internal as well as publication use.

Jack is a member of NANPA( North American Nature Photographers Association), and serves as chairperson on NANPA’s Awards Committee;  Jack is also a member and supporter of FNAWS (Federation for North American Wild Sheep, Mono Lake Committee, & SUWA (Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance). Jack can be contacted for workshop as well as speaking engagements via E-Mail at jack@jackgrahamphotography.com

GREG DUNCAN:   www.grdphotos.com

Greg began his photography career over 22 years ago as a photojournalist. He began working closely with Jack Graham 9 years ago. He is now Jacks full time assistant. Greg is an integral part of Jack’s field workshops as a logistical consultant and teaching assistant. Greg and Jack have recently teamed up by forming Ultimate Iceland Photography Workshops www.ultimateiceland.com .

Greg is active in fine art print sales. His work can be seen on line www.grdphotos.com and is represented by Metallography (gallery) in Temecula, California

Welcome to “Ultimate Iceland”

After returning from Iceland last month this website came into being. It will include lots of information about Iceland Photography, images by both Jack & Greg and more. If you have interest in Iceland Photography and workshops, please visit us, subscribe to this site, and  like us on Facebook ( yes we have a Facebook page as well  www.facebook.com/ultimateiceland )

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Here are two images, both different, but in the same location by Jack & Greg on the same day. This is Landmannalaguar, Iceland.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland © Greg Duncan
Landmannalaugar, Iceland ©Jack Graham