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TRIP INFO

DATES // FEBRUARY 6-13, 2022
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS // 16
COST // $5,250 CAD. See inclusions below.
PHOTOGRAPHY LEVELS // All
PHYSICAL RATING // Easy
WHERE YOU’LL STAY // Foss Glacier Lagoon Hotel

Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

Iceland has become one of the must-see destinations for photographers, and for good reason. This incredibly dramatic country is home to an astonishing array of stunning natural features – truly a photographer’s wonderland.

Join noted Canadian photographers Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha– along with an eclectic mix of models and locations – as they spend seven intense, creative days focusing on compelling landscape photography and the art and craft of dramatic environmental portraiture amongst legendary backdrops. If you love adventure photography, the idea of the human element in a grand landscape/astro scene, or are looking for a vast, cinematic feel to your work, this is the workshop for you. We’ve put together the perfect blend of portrait and landscape photography over an entire week!

Largely held in and around the icy realm of Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland – with two photographers noted for their work that creatively mixes people and place, and their unique approach to nature photography – this workshop will challenge you to think large (dare we say “epic”). This is not your usual “tourist” photography tour that goes to the same 10 spots at the same time – this is something we ensured is truly unique!

ICELAND AT A GLANCE

Jökulsárlón ⋅ Glaciers ⋅ Lagoons ⋅ Skaftafell ⋅ Icebergs ⋅ Black Sand Beaches ⋅ Aurora Borealis ⋅ Vatnajökull National Park ⋅ Blue Lagoon ⋅ Experienced Models ⋅ Geothermal areas ⋅ Ice Caves

INS AND OUTS

Included:

  • One-on-one and group photography instruction from Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha (and possibly additional instructors)
  • 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 6, 2022. Participants intending on 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 workshop).
  • All accommodation within Iceland during the workshop dates. 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.
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon.

Not Included:

  • Flights to Iceland
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch/Dinners with exception of group finale dinner
  • Any weather-caused delays/extensions to stay.
Photo by Dave Brosha.

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.

This workshop includes a portion held in the dramatic Iceland ice caves. Although we will be guided by experienced local Iceland guides, ice caves are inherently unpredictable and this is a higher risk activity. By signing up you acknowledge the risks associated with ice caves. Participants, of course, will have the option of sitting this portion of the workshop out.

Photo by Dave Brosha.

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)

YOUR OFFBEAT INSTRUCTORS

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DAVE BROSHA // LEADER
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Long Creek, Prince Edward Island based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure 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 beautiful wife, Erin, and three 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.

PAUL ZIZKA // LEADER
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, including National Geographic, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, and Climbing magazine.

ITINERARY

NOTE: The itinerary can and will change based on weather conditions, among other factors. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs.

Find the planned itinerary on our registration page.

IMPORTANT INFO

Please visit our FAQs for more information on What to Bring, our Physical Ratings and Photography Levels.

IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOU?Physical Rating (EASY):

  • Hiking experience // None necessary.
  • Pace // Slow.
  • Distance/Description // <5km/day (3 miles) on well-defined trails, with slight noticeable elevation change, and perhaps slightly uneven terrain.
  • Footwear // Hiking shoes and footwear appropriate for winter.

Photography Level (All): This workshop is open to both amateur and professional photographers.

See these ratings described in our FAQs.

INSURANCE AND CANCELLATION POLICY 

CANCELLATION: Spots are non-refundable but are transferable, with the exception of a $250 administration fee. For instance, we will provide a refund, minus the administration fee, if the participant is able to find someone else to take his or her spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant. Please contact us at erin@offbeatphoto.ca to make arrangements.

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 within OFFBEAT’s control, 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. See Insurance Policy for more details.

In the very unlikely event of a cancellation beyond OFFBEAT’s control (i.e. global situation, act of God, war, medical outbreak, extreme weather), every attempt would be made to rebook the tour within a period of two years. In this situation, no refunds would be given but every effort made to find participants a spot on the rescheduled tour or another upcoming OFFBEAT tour.

INSURANCE: It is not only advised but required that photo tour participants have trip cancellation/interruption insurance, as well as emergency medical/illness insurance and rescue coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure).

Weather and other unforeseen factors can cause delays in travel, particularly from some of our more remote locations. It is the participant’s responsibility to cover any costs in the case of a travel delay of any length. Please ensure your trip cancellation/interruption insurance accommodates this possibility.

By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.