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A 6-DAY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN ICELAND FOCUSED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON THE ARCTIC FOX, ICELAND'S ONLY NATIVE TERRESTRIAL LAND MAMMAL AS WELL AS EXPLORING SOME OF THE MOST REMOTE PLACES OF THIS VOLCANIC ISLAND.

APPLY NOW AND JOIN MYSELF AND JOE SHUTTER ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

DATES: NOVEMBER 14TH - 19TH 2017


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Armed each with our own Land Rover Defenders, myself and Joe Shutter will be taking 8 photography and adventure enthusiasts on a journey into the north of Iceland's remote Westfjords, Europe's last wilderness. Here, we will have numerous sightings and epic photoshoots with Artic Foxes. This photography workshop also presents an opportunity to learn about the Arctic Fox and how the fox has adapted to live in this harsh climate.

We will not only find Arctic foxes, but also explore the deep and dramatic Westfjords, remarkable in their beauty, remoteness and depth. There is also an extremely high chance that it will be possible to enjoy displays of the Northern Lights after dark and after we have finished photographing the foxes, especially out in the nature reserve  where there will be no light pollution. 


APPLY NOW AND JOIN MYSELF AND JOE SHUTTER ON THIS EPIC ADVENTURE.


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DESTINATIONS

WESTFJORDS

A labyrinth of U-shaped glaciated valleys, majestic waterfalls and of course the elusive Arctic Fox, the Western fjords of Iceland is one of the most remote regions of the island. Since the Westfjords aren't part of the famous Ring Road, we are headed off the beaten path into a unique and remote area - and our efforts will be immensely rewarded. 

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HORNSTRANDIR NATURE RESERVE

Deep in the most northerly part of the Westfjords lies a region not connected to the rest of the country by road. For this , we will have to set sail.  This is an incredible land of shear cliffs, dramatic peaks and of course the elusive Arctic Fox which enjoys protected status in this region. With a delicate and sensitive approach to wildlife photography and in the company of an experienced tracker, we will be able to get an intimate view into the life of the native population of Arctic Foxes in this region.

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WHO ARE YOU?

Melrakki is open to 8  general and wildlife photography enthusiasts. We will focus on capturing these remarkable creatures as well as dramatic, humbling landscapes that surround us in these stunning locations.

Joe and I will be providing a very small group experience, limited to 8 participants. This means that we will be able to focus our attention and expertise on technique and locations, thereby making sure that our participants get the right shots.

THE SHOTS THAT YOU CAME OUT HERE TO GET

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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM

ICELANDIC EXPLORER

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Icelandic by birth but raised in Denmark, Gunnar threw in the towel on the corporate life in Denmark to pursue his dream of being a photographer. Two years later, he has resolutely achieved that dream, embarking on a life-long mission, exploring Iceland ever since. He places adventure at the heart of his lifestyle, and his expertise will be invaluable over the coarse of the workshop

JOE SHUTTER

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A Londoner by birth, Joe originally came to Iceland in for University, without really knowing what he was getting himself in for. He then discovered Iceland's remarkable landscape, and developed very curious eyes. Through the lens and many years of exploration all over Iceland, Joe connected with the landscape in a profound way, and seeks to show others this remarkable land.



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WORKSHOP INFO

LOCATIONS

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  • Heydalur
  • Arctic Fox Center Sudavík
  • Ísafjörður
  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Tonnes of other sweet secret spots 

NEED-TO-KNOW

  • Dates: November 14th-19th 2017
  • Price: €2999
  • Places: 8 (4: Joe Shutter/ 4: Icelandic Explorer)
  • 10% of profits going to the Arctic Fox Center in the Westfjords, a center for education about and preservation of the Arctic Fox.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

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  • AM pickup from respective accomodations in Reykjavik.
  • Group meet-up Kex Hostel where we will get a nice breakfast and a group chat where we will get to know each other before we hit the road.
  • Jump in the Land Rovers and start heading north
  • Smash out some bangers along the way as we leave the standard Ring Road and snake our way into the fjords.
  • Arrive at Heydalur, a remarkable, isolated farmstay.
  • First Arctic Fox Shoot at Heydalur
  • Finish off with a hot pot soak in the natural hot pot at Heydalur.
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DAY 2, 3 & 4

  • Breakfast at Heydalur.
  • Jump in the Land Rovers and head for Isafjordur
  • Board the  vessel for the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve from Isafjordur.  
  • Three full days of exploration in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve at the Kvíar.
  • Arctic fox shoots until our heart's content!

DAY 5

  • Climb into the Land Rovers and start heading back to Reykjavik through the fjords.
  • Stop in at the Arctic Fox centre in Súðavik for a short lecture and education and the chance to get very up close and personal with the two resident Arctic Foxes.
  • Stop for the night in Sudavik 

DAY 6 

  • Back in the Land Rovers and back to Reykjavik,  including some photography stops along the way.
  • Ending with a debrief and editing session that evening and a farewell to the group at Kex hostel.

 


WHAT'S INCLUDED?

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  • All meals (breakfast on day 1 through to lunch on day 6)
  • All Accommodation on the mainland.
  • Accommodation at the secluded Kvíar Lodge on the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • All transfers and transport in our Land Rover Defenders throughout the entire workshop.
  • Sea crossing to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Short lecture about the Arctic Fox hosted at the Arctic Fox Center.
  • Photography tuition: 
    • Wildlife Photography (Arctic Foxes and Icelandic Horses) 
    • Dramatic/situational portraiture
    • Landscape
  • Image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot
  • Editing and post-production workflow advice from beginning-to-end.
  • Social media advice and assistance .
  • Ice cream, where logistics permit.
  • Access to the greatest hidden gems of Iceland.

WHATS NOT INCLUDED?

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  • Your flights to- and from- Iceland.
  • Provision of photography equipment.
  • Miscellaneous gear that you might need for the workshop:
    • Make sure you are well-equipped for the Icelandic climate, it can be very temperamental. See below for more queries and questions
  • Personal travel insure. All workshop participants should get their own travel insurance in advance. 
  • Equipment insurance. We highly recommend all participants to insure their camera gear prior to the workshop.

SOME QUESTIONS, ANSWERED...

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  • WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO WE REQUIRE?

    • We welcome all levels of photography expertise. What we want to see is that you love photography, love Arctic Foxes and want to learn more, push it, take it to the next level, and take in the atmosphere and experience of working with other creatives in an epic context.
  • HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

    • There will be some hiking in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, so you need to be prepared for this,  but in general there won't be much hiking on this workshop.
  • SHOULD I BRING A DRONE?

    • If you have one, absolutely! If you don't, consider getting one! Iceland is a fantastic location to drone. Of course, we won't be doing any droning around the Arctic Foxes because we need to be as sensitive to their environment as possible. Non flying cameras only!
  • HOW MUCH CAMERA GEAR CAN I BRING?

    • Our greatest recommendation in this regard is that you bring a telephoto lens (e.g., at least 300mm or more) this will help you to photograph the foxes without disturbing them. Canon have a superb 100-400mm which would be invaluable. Nikon also also have a brand new 200-500mm ( which I own and use) and an 80-400mm. Slighly pricier is the 200-400mm but this is a faster lens at f4.
    • That being said, bring what you have. In general, consider bringing a range of focal lengths: wide-angle (e.g, 24mm) standard (e.g, 50mm) and a telephoto (e.g, 85mm or above). A large part of the workshop will be about making the most out of the equipment that you already have, and making the most out of that.
    • DSLR or Mirrorless
    • Remote trigger. Some cameras have intervalometers making a remote trigger unneccessary. 
    • Tripod.
  • WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT DO I NEED NO BRING?

    • Down coat to spend long periods outside and in comfort. The Westfjords will be cold in November!
    • Good, sturdy, ankle-or-above hiking boots.
    • Waterproof coat (GORE-TEX or similar).
    • Base layer.
    • Mid-layer.
    • Backpack to carry your gear and other things you might need during the day.
  • WHAT AND WHERE WILL WE EAT?

    • All meals are included in the workshop, and while we are on the Nature Reserve we will have full board taken care of.
  • I'M A VEGETARIAN, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    • Let us know! I't won't be a problem at all, but it is something that we need to know in advance.
  • WILL I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

    • If it's dark and it is clear and we are a bit lucky then yes!
  • HOW WILL THE WEATHER BE?

    • The Icelandic climate varies considerably, on a season-to-season and year-to-year basis. Having said that, the temperatures will range between from -5 to +5 celcius throughout the day and nights. Wind, snow and precipitation (or some combination of the three) is to be expected in an Icelandic winter at any time.

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BOOKING CLOSES OCTOBER 15TH.

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