Date: 20-26 February 2017
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
The tour commences and ends in Leknes (Lofoten, Norway). You will need to book your ights from Oslo to Bodø and from Bodø to Leknes. Meeting point is hotel Best Western (Leknes).
Cost: USD $6,490 per person, twin share. Extra supplement to upgrade to superior one bedroom cottages: US$1290
Ignacio Palacios is a Spanish photographer based in Sydney who is best known internationally for his travel and altered / fine art nature photography work. Ignacio has travel around the world since 1998, gathering an extensive collection of images of people, places, wildlife and landscapes across more than seventy countries in five different continents. He is one of the world’s few full-time professional photo guides.
In the last four years Ignacio has been focusing on photographing Australia’s landscapes. He has received Australian and International awards and has been finalist in some prestigious competitions such as the NSW AIPP Epson Awards, Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer, National Geographic Travel Contest, Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year, Eyes on Asia, Head On and the International Loupe awards. Ignacio’s work is published internationally in photographic magazines and Lonely Planet books. He has recently being awarded with a LUX Gold in Spain (the most prestigious professional photography award in his country) and finalist and highly commended in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition.
Has been in the photography field all his life. For over 40 years Kevin has owned studios, ran color labs, been a vice president of Phase One and currently is the CEO and Publisher of the Luminous-Landscape and CEO of Rockhopper Workshops. Kevin has an extensive client list and a vast portfolio.
Art Wolfe needs no presentation. He is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures. His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their “stunning” visual impact. Wolfe’s career has been described as “multi-faceted”, involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a “prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world.” In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe’s work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.
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Discover the Norwegian Arctic with this enchanting and exhilarating winter tour. During the photography workshop we will photograph all the iconic viewpoints, traditional sherman cabins, jagged granite mountains, colorful fjords and lots more. The surrounding area and islands are extremely picturesque and we will spend the entire days exploring new angles and perspectives to get the perfect composition. The unpredictable weather of Loften produces a wide variety of dramatic lighting conditions. It is the best time of the year to photograph its incredible mountain peaks and frozen lakes. It’s hard to imagine how incredibly beautiful this place is without seeing it in person. In those moments when I am alone in the nature, alone in the landscapes and I’m experiencing this rush of awe… this is when I feel a complete connection with this amazing place called Lofoten.
“Travelling above the Arctic Circle in winter is a unique experience. There the light is always perfect for landscape photography, you can photograph during sunrise and sunset for hours.”
DAY 1 – Monday 20 February
Arrival to Leknes, hotel Best Western (workshop meeting point). Depending on the weather we can start chasing Auroras that night. A great place to witness this light performance is Uttakleiv beach, just minutes away from Leknes. The Times newspaper named this beach as the most romantic in Europe, and its neighbour, Haukland beach is considered as the most beautiful beach in Norway due to its turquoise colors.
“Spectacular nature, silence, the Northern Lights, electric storms, breath-taking seas and mountain peaks combined with shing boats and red shermen’s cabins – the genuine Lofoten atmosphere is right here, in Hamnoy.”
DAY 2 – Tuesday 21 February
We will head out for a sunrise shoot nearby Leknes, get a bite to eat and make our way to Hamnoy in the south of Lofoten where we will stay for the remainder of the tour. We will be staying in the cute red cabins of the Eliassen Rorbuer Resort where we will have a jaw dropping view right at the door step. The cabins are very comfortable and are equipped with heated bathrooms, kitchen, and a large living room.
Around Reine and Hamnøy we will photograph from plenty of locations both at sunrise and sunset. Sunrises and sunset last for hours and in between we will have lunch and nd other locations to photograph auroras. The area around Reine and Hamnoy has plenty of locations and vantage points ideal for photographing the Northern Lights.
“The Lofoten islands have some of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see. Uttakleiv is one of the most photographed beach on Lofoten. The scenic rocky shoreline on the le side of the beach provides near limitless photographic possibilities, while the sandy middle section allows for even more areas to explore. The horizon opens to the north so Uttakleiv is also a good location to photograph the Northern Lights.”
DAY 3 TO 6 – 22-25 February
We will do daily tours exploring everything the landscapes of Reine, Hamnoy and Moskenes have to offer. We will enjoy never ending sunrises and sunsets over frozen lakes, snow covered beaches, and sheer mountain faces. At the end of each day we can wind down by the re, keeping an eye on aurora activity while sharing experiences, photography tips, techniques and a few laughs.
We will also visit other areas such as the beaches of Vareid and Flakstad, which has an interesting and photogenic cemetery.
DAY 7 – Sunday 26 February – End of Workshop
We will get in one last sunrise shoot (for those that are still game) before making our way back to Leknes stopping along the way to photograph the ice formations along the shores of Lake Storvanet. The group will then be dropped at Leknes airport where most participants will likely connect to Bodø and onward.
We will assist you out in the eld with the camera skills needed to capture those incredible moments. Photographing the Northern lights and the winter landscapes be challenging, but you will get advice in the eld from some of the world best. Regardless of your level and your camera equipment, you will improve your skills as a photographer and you will learn the craft with an expert team.
During the workshop, we will have the opportunity to process and enhance your images using Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One and other editing software. If the weather is good, we will be out in the nature photographing but there are always opportunities to sit down and work on your images when we are in the hotel.
The purpose of critiques is to offer one’s impression of a photo. During sessions, you will have professional views of your work with a constructive evaluation to include feedback, suggestions and tips. Photography is an art and therefore critiques can often feel personal, but it is often a great learning exercise to have your images reviewed by some professional photographers.
Level of photography
All levels of photographers are welcome. We will be providing instruction on all aspects of image capture and post processing and it does not really matter whether you are a beginner of an expert photographer. We welcome all levels of photographers using equipment from mobile phones & tablets, compact cameras to digital SLR cameras.
Our guides will take us to a range of different locations by mini vans, most of which involve some short walks. Sometimes, we may take a longer walks, but all excursions are optional and if you are tired, you can always sleep in and relax in the hotel.
Eliassen Rorbuer is a holiday resort with shermen’s cabins, restaurant and an activity centre situated on the tiny island of Hamnøy by the spectacular ord of Reinefjord, in the wild and beautiful western part of Lofoten, nearby Reine. The shermen’s cabins are renovated and have patio with outdoor seating, spacious living room, dining area and a kitchenette with a stove and fridge, refrigerator, electric kettle, coffee maker, kitchenware, oven and stovetop.