Iceland

My most recent photography adventure occurred on a trip hosted by an Icelandic company, Focus on Nature. The trip began in Reykjavik as I joined 13 other photographers from throughout the United States, South America, and Norway. The owner of the company and a resident professional photographer ran the day-to-day logistics for the trip. The actual leaders of the workshop were two American photographers, John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick.

The seven day workshop consisted of classroom lectures, critiques of works in progress, as well as daily photography. Mornings and late afternoons were used to take advantage of the best light. Evenings were taken up with photographing the auroras or the Northern Lights. We were very fortunate that we had four nights when the magical green lights entertained us. The third evening was the most exciting because the auroras seemed to perform wonderful dances across the sky.

One of the highlights of the morning and afternoon sessions was the chance to shoot in two lagoons. These lagoons had icebergs and a channel to the ocean. Capturing the movement of the icebergs out to sea and then back through the current provided interesting photographic opportunities. We also went into an ice cave and hiked about a mile up on a glacier.

During the sixth day, we shot sunrise and sunset light reflecting off iceberg remnants that had been deposited on a beach. After sunset that evening, we worked on “painting with light” on the same remnants. The leadership provided by both Focus on Nature and our two photographers, John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnik, was excellent. All of the leaders were constantly checking the internet for weather and shooting conditions. The daily schedule was fluid. Since each day was not set in stone, the leaders were able to adjust plans and find excellent shooting locations at all times.

Please visit my Gallery to view images from this trip.