BENJAMIN HARDMAN X HANNES BECKER.
DATES: 24/08/2017 – 30/08/2017
Set amongst the Icelandic midnight sun, Caldera will be a 7-day adventure in the West, North, and highland regioins of Iceland. Exploring fuming geothermal mountains, waterfalls, volcanic calderas and unique natural landforms, Caldera will take you to some of the most sublime parts of Iceland.
Hosted by Benjamin Hardman and Hannes Becker, we will be guiding you in creating landscape, lifestyle, and creative environmental portrait imagery amidst some of the most stunning and subterranean landscapes on Earth.
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A LAND SHAPED BY ERUPTIONS.
The focus of this workshop is capturing the midsummer landscape amidst endless daylight and glowing midnight conditions. Caldera will be a seven-day workshop, giving six individuals the opportunity to travel and learn with us.
As always, we've kept this to a small group and want to attract a different kind of traveller than you might normally expect on a tour – creative adventure seekers who enjoy sleeping in nature and are totally focused on creating epic imagery. We will be doing whatever it takes to capture the best images, whether it means hiking into the mountainside or staying up until into the early hours to catch the softer dawn light, we're up for it if you are. We will be travelling in two Land Rover Defenders with a small team of 6 plus myself, Hannes and Amy, to ensure everyone has enough individual time with mentors, as well as time to collaborate extensively with other members of the group.
This is a rare chance to get hands on training, as well as photography, social media and career advice from creatives who do this for a living.
Benjamin is an Australian photographer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. With several years of experience shooting within the majestic landscape of Iceland, he has acquired excellent knowledge on subject locations and finding unique perspectives for photography. After gaining AIPP professional accreditation in late 2013, Benjamin has held two solo photographic exhibitions, both carrying the subject of the Icelandic landscape.
Hannes Becker is a freelance photographer specializing in outdoors, adventures and landscapes from Hesse, Germany. In order to inspire the viewer and portray his experiences realistically, he aims not only to document his travels in nature but incorporate his personal interpretation with particular importance on composition and mood.
DATES: August 24th to 30th 2017
PRICE: €4100 Euros P.P. (approx. $4750 USD)
PLACES: 6 Places
5% of profits will go directly to the Icelandic Environment Association (Landvernd).
Some of the main areas will we travel through:
Reykjavík ⇸ Snæfellsness ⇸ Akureyri ⇸ Myvatn ⇸ Askja ⇸ Kjölur ⇸ Hveravellir ⇸ Kerlingjarfjöll
Photography mentoring for seven days/ seven nights (Camera technique, analysis of light & conditions, composition & aesthetic education, portraiture and posing models, conceptual ideation, image retouching, social media and curation insights)
7 days shooting on the road
7 nights accommodation (twin or triple share with one night camping in Askja)
WHAT'S NOT COVERED
Flights (you will need to make your own way to Reykjavík by at least the day before we commence)
Snacks (Outside of regular meals)
Your own sleeping bag & travel pillow will be needed as linen is not provided in our mountain cabins.
What level of photography is required?
This workshop is open to beginners, professionals and everything in between. The only criteria is that you have a passion for photography and have the motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What do I need to bring?
We are venturing out into the late end of the Summer period of Iceland, so being well equipped for all kinds of weather including rain and storms is the key to having a comfortable trip during this time. Warm and waterproof outer layers (Goretex or similar), thermals, and water resistant boots are all highly recommended. Warm gloves and beanies also come in handy.
Will I see snow or aurora?
There will be no snow at all, however we may have a chance of seeing the first aurora of the season while we are out there.
What is the weather like?
August in Iceland is quite mild but still a little chilly, with temperatures around 8-10 degrees Celsius. As we will be travelling inland, the temperature is a little colder and less sheltered from wind. The weather is consistently changing at rapid pace in Iceland, from showers and wind to blue skies and calm all in the matter of an hour, so being prepared is key.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least you should have access to your own DSLR/mirror less camera body, a variety of lenses (both wide angle and telephoto) and a sturdy tripod. A Neutral Density filter is a nice addition for those silky smooth long exposure images. We will have group editing sessions most nights as well, so a laptop will come in handy!
Will there be time to do other activities outside of the workshop?
Certainly. We've planned the itinerary for 7 nights, however you are more than welcome to extend your stay in Iceland on either end (in fact, we recommend it). We can provide advice and recommend operators if you'd like to experience things like the Blue Lagoon, helicopter tours or visit other popular locations that we cannot fit in our timeframe.
What level of fitness is required?
We will be doing a substantial amount of walking and occasional uphill hiking on the trip. There will also be one night camping at a volcanic caldera in the center of Iceland. However, we can spilt up the group and do shorter hikes if necessary.
To express your interest in a position on our Caldera Photographic Workshop, please fill in the form below and we'll be in touch soon!