Duration: 5 nights / 6 days
Group Size: Max 12
Level of fitness required: Easy
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are discharged particles from the sun that pass through the magnetic shield of earth and create light when they mix with atoms and molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen gases on entering into the earth’s atmosphere. These particles travel 152 million kms or 96 million miles through space towards planet earth being drawn towards the earth’s magnetic north and south polar regions.
During periods of strong solar flares the light becomes extremely dynamic producing swirls and flash patterns throughout the sky. The colours merge and flash from greens, reds, yellows and violets. The sight is awe inspiring. The Aurora Borealis is one of the most incredible natural phenomenon’s you will ever witness and we will be with you every step of the way to capture it all.
On this Northern Lights Iceland special you will receive a masterclass in Aurora techniques from our professional photographer, we will be based in the Pingvallavatn area of Iceland far away from the light pollution of the capital. This area is renowned for the amazing views of the Northern Lights. The Pingvallavatn area is surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests and churches which will be perfect for our Aurora photography.
We also encourage participants to bring a selection of their work for a review and critique, where our professional tutor will discuss the art of landscape photography composition, how to use the camera to create wow-factor images and how to approach landscape photography with the eye of a pro.
Your tutor for these workshop is Lee Pengelly. Lee is a professional photographer specialising in landscape & nature photography. Lee started taking pictures in 1996, after a college course and Bureau of Freelance Photographers study course. Between 1996 and 2000 he honed his skills and built up a range of clients for his work. By late 2000 he had given up the day job and turned pro.
His clients include the Landmark Trust, B&Q, Ordnance Survey, Daily Mail, Kodak, National Trust, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, The National Grid and the Britannia Group.
Lee’s work is also represented by Corbis, Alamy, Britain On View,(Photolibrary), Loop Images and Imageclick picture agencies and sold worldwide in books, newspapers, magazines, calendars, cards and travel guides.
In 2007 Lee began running photography lectures for clubs and societies, focusing on photographic technique and his style of photography. He is an experienced course leader, running UK and overseas workshops.
“I have a passion for the landscape and it’s the subject that got me to pick up the camera, I will always love it and always return to it. I love to be out in the great outdoors in all weathers capturing the changing light.
The landscape workshops with Tatra Photography are sponsored by Lee Filters and Robert White Camera Suppliers.
Lee Filters have kindly donated a landscape filter set including various grads, ND filters and the BIG 10 Stopper, Lee have also provided a range of holders and rings, all of which will be available to use to participants on the workshops and will be demonstrated by the Tatra photography award winning tutors.
Any customers wanting to purchase their products can then buy from Robert White cameras or direct from Lee filters.
Hotel Hveragerdi is located by bubbling geothermal springs located only 30 minutes from our Aurora base for the first 3 nights Thingvellir national park. All rooms include bathrobes, slippers and DVD players with Wi-Fi. All rooms have wooden floors, large beds and a private bathroom. Our breakfast will be provided from the local organic farms with Cereals, honey, marmalade and smoked trout.
Our second base is Hotel Klauster situated in the southern Icelandic village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a 1-hour drive from Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajokull glacier. This location provides us with the possibility to capture the northern lights at the glacier lagoon, one of the most magical places on earth
All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Simple, yet modern décor is featured in each guest room. Rooms are en-suite and have coffee/tea making facilities and a hairdryer.
Klaustur’s in-house restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and a dinner menu. The restaurant features spectacular mountain views. In the evening, guests can relax with a drink in the bar’s cosy arm chairs, hot tubs or Jacuzzi.
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