At the beginning of the month I was able to lead another workshop in Iceland, which had it all - 6 enthusiastic nature photographers were guided by Christina and me to some highlights of the wonderful south of Iceland.
We had 6 whole nights at our journey; actually we photographed mainly in the evenings and in the middle oft the night.
Almost traditionally, the weather forecast were absolutely scary. "Not again" I thought to myself when looking at this picture one day before starting the workshop - it shows the forecast exactly in the middle of the itinerary:
Even though we have enough experience not to attach too much importance to this picture, this was not a good feeling in advance. On our private trips in this region, we have experienced quite different forecasts.
In the end, I'll cut it short, the weather was actually very good. I must note, however, that a consistently bad forecast is then still relevant, because you have to constantly calculate as a workshop leader certain scenarios and think through alternatives, I could do without on the next trip also gladly times 😅But especially in Iceland and Norway it seems to be a natural part of it.
On this trip, we had a lot of fun and great food, especially beautiful photo conditions. Also this time Christina and I have again perceived that the photography there is quite a challenge for all first-time visitors - there are very many impressions in a short time and almost too many options, especially in conjunction with changeable weather and long nights not always easy. However, the group quickly found its way in this mode, because the beautiful motifs and the many shared laughs kept awake at the end and every one all was able to bring home top results. Many greetings at this point to Ilona, Carmen, Sven, Martin, Michael and Henning 👋
Speaking of top results: I had a funny experience in this regard: usually we somewhat exceeded the time we had planned to invest in a particular spot, as the participants quickly became enthusiastic about motifs. At the Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon, however, I was surprised that just 2 of my very freedom-loving-participants were already walking briskly towards the parking lot half an hour before departure time.
Interested I inquired and received (with a wink) the following answer: one applied just very efficient photo techniques, "classical power photography evenly", which by the way permitted to have a cold glas of beer at the restaurant nearby. The concept convinced me and I asked no more questions 😅 So I was dealing with power photographers 😁.
I was surprised again how empty it is in the summer, at least at photo times. This is indeed also idea and part of the concept of the trip; but that we were already in the first half of the night between 22.00 and 01.30 mostly alone, even at spots like Geysir and Diamond Beach, I can hardly explain in view of the many photographers on the island again. But it was OK for us 😉 So one was hardly limited in terms of perspectives and could capture many new perspectives.
With all the power of our participants, but I also had the opportunity to capture a few images myself, which I would like to share with you today. In this first part I will show you some landscape highlights of the trip. Next week I will show you another part with fauna and flora pictures as well as some more casual landscape pictures.
Almost all pictures were taken with my Z9 and the wonderful 14-24 Z, which is a really nice combination to handle with.
I hope you enjoy this first part of the series.
PS: a very big thank to our photo trip organizer Brockmann Photography , without which this beautiful trip would not have been possible