Iceland October 19-29


Tuition: $5950
Deposit: $500, applied to balance
Dates: October 19-29, 2023
Type of Excursion: Workshop
Skill Level: All Levels
Duration: 11 days
Group Size Min: 4 Max: 6

  • Landscape
  • Composition
  • Exploration, Personal Style, Vision & Awareness
  • Camera Operation
  • Exposure, Working with light
  • Workflow
  • Filters, Time Lapse, & Long Exposure

  • Instruction, image review & feedback
  • One-hour pre-workshop Zoom meet-n-greet & prep
  • Accommodation
  • On-site transportation
  • Admission to sites on itinerary and necessary permits
  • Mike’s Book: The Ecology of Photography: Senses &

  • Transportation to/from home and gateway city
    of Reykjanesbær (Keflavik International Airport – KEF)
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal snacks
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Fees for activities not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)


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Join Mike Shipman on an intimate exploration of Iceland in autumn. Explore the turning colors, unique shapes and forms and stunning landscapes of this amazing country, from glaciers to black sand beaches, turf-covered and red-roofed churches, craggy mountains rising from the sea, and don’t forget shaggy horses and sheep. Maybe a reindeer or an arctic fox and, of course, on the lookout for Aurora borealis.

In addition to landscape photography, Iceland is an excellent place to explore your photographic vision through the practice of using your senses beyond just vision. Daily discussions, information, and exercises will lead to better understanding and awareness of your own senses and perceptions and their influence on what and how you photograph.

Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operation, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density, graduated neutral density, etc.), and more. We might be granted an audience with the sometimes elusive Aurora during the longer nights of fall. We’ll have 10 hrs of daylight to start and 8 hours by the end of the workshop. The first three nights are with no moon. If weather permits, we’ll do a bit of astrophotography in this land where light pollution is almost nonexistent. Each participant will receive a copy of my book The Ecology of Photography: Senses & Perception.

Participants will travel by 4WD vehicle or passenger van and accommodations will be at guest houses and fine hotels along our route. Accommodations are double occupancy unless otherwise requested. We will be spending the majority of the time photographing. There will be time for relaxing and wandering on your own, as well as image processing, but there will not be any formal processing time.

To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 2 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails.

A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.