I’m very excited to be going back to one of the most spectacular places to view the Northern Lights – the Lapland region of Finland. Nestled in the “Land of the Giants”, and well within the Arctic Circle, this is one of the most magical and consistent places to experience the Auroras. Last year, on our PhotoQuest Adventure, we were able to photograph the Northern Lights every night! This looks like it will be the last year that we are offering this workshop and we raised the stakes by adding a second night in the famous glass igloos of Finland, where you can watch the green fairies dance all night long.
Here is a short timelapse I made of outside and inside the glass igloos:
You can also check out my blog from last year’s Finland adventure to see some of my favorite photos and get a better feel of the overall experience!
But wait there’s more – PhotoQuest Adventures is not your typical workshop experience – it is a full-on photographic adventure! You’ll lead a team of huskies on a two person sled ride, immerse yourself in a reindeer village and local Sami culture, explore the fjords of Norway and visit a small fishing village, go snowshoeing, sledding, and have a killer cocktail in the Ice Bar, that is you guessed it, is made of ice.
Need further enticement for this once in a lifetime experience? Use the code COOLQUEST when you register before 2/25/16 and save $250 off the workshop and get the Arctic Gear Rental (Coat, pants, boots, gloves, and a nice fuzzy hat) valued at $350 for FREE as well!
Matt Hill and I got to visit Woodlawn the other night and prep for our workshop next week. There are so many cool sculptures and structures to lightpaint there – that we didn’t want to leave! One of the first rules of light painting is not to “paint” from the same angle as your camera – that creates the most uninteresting light that lacks shadows and depth.
The Reisinger memorial provides a very nice challenge of how to paint. I took a flash with a 3/4 cut CTO gel and stood behind or to a 90 degree angle to each column. This pop of warm light created the dramatic shadow from the center far column and wonderful side or rim light to the others. I was surprised to also see so many stars could be seen – note the vivid start trails that popped here in the city.
There are still a few spots left for next week’s workshop and the moon will not be up while we are shooting so we will have the darkest skies, brightest stars, and a ton of fun things to paint!
I’m very excited to be returning to the Center for Photography to teach a 2 1/2 day workshop on Night Photography. The school is located in Woodstock, NY and we will spend our nights exploring the celestial skies and historic locations around the beautiful Catskill region. The daylight hours will be filled with a variety of lectures, priming you to get the best out of your nocturnal visions. After shooting, we will share our images and give valuable feedback of your work. This, and plenty of hands-on learning in the field, will help you take your images to the next level.
Whether you are new to the night or want to improve your technique, you are bound to gain more inspiration during this weekend workshop.
The dates are Friday September 19th – Sunday September 21st. Class size is limited to 15 people and the Tuition is $340 or $310 if you are a member of CPW.
To find out more or register go to: Seize the Night at Center for Photography