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Winter in the Lofoten Archipelago

Feb 10-16, 2018

7 days; 6 nights


Trip Leader:
Timm Chapman

Timm Chapman is a full time professional fine art landscape photographer and instructor that has been chasing the light with his camera since he was 12 years old. Born in the UK, raised in Canada and now residing in the heart of the American Southwest, his award winning images can be found in corporate and private collections around the globe

His work has appeared in publications across the USA and Canada including National Geographic Traveler, Arizona Highways magazine, US Airways' Hemispheres and a host of others

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Join me as I lead a small group of 6 participants to northern Norway to explore the amazing sights of the Lofoten Archipelago and capture its beauty with our cameras.

The Lofoten Islands are located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. This archipelago consists of seven principal islands with land covering about 474 square miles. Lofoten is known for unparalleled scenery with dramatic mountains rising impossibly steep from the Norwegian Sea. Countless fjords carve notches into the islands and fill sheltered bays which have served as refuges for fishermen for centuries.

In those sheltered coves, the hearty souls built cottages, called 'rorbu' in which they lived while living off the sea. These iconic cabins, clad in red and ochre, can be found around the islands and have become symbols of Norway's Nordland. They are also incredibly photogenic!

The workshop/tour will begin with our arrival at the tiny airport in Leknes, Norway, in the heart of the archipelago. From there we will head west to the island of Moskenes and set our first base in one of these historic fisherman's cabins. Then for three days we will chase the light and capture images in and around the spectacular fishing villages of Å, Reine, Sakrisøy, Hamnøy & Sund. With a little luck and clear skies, we will venture out in pursuit of the Northern Lights - a simply life-altering experience to see the skies dance with light.

We will then head Eastward toward our second base in Leknes and capture images from the ruggedly beautiful beaches near Ramberg, as well as explore the northern coastline. I'll provide instruction on how to effectively use long exposures and filters to capture surreal, ethereal images that will turn snapshots into moving photographs.

The weather literally changes by the minute during winter in Lofoten, which can make for dramatic skies. Couple that with the low angle of light during the winter day (roughly 10 degrees above the horizon), and you'll have full days of shooting in this intensive tour.

When the weather forces us inside, we will find time for image critiques as well as providing tips and techniques regarding the 'building blocks' of photography: Composition, Light, the creative use of Aperture and Shutter Speed and of course, Exposure. This workshop will keep you very busy as you learn some of the secrets for capturing amazing images


Where will the workshop begin and end?

The workshop will begin and end at Leknes, Norway in Lofoten. Leknes is the largest town on the island of Vestvågøy and receives flights daily

What does the cost cover?

The workshop includes:
Photographic instruction and guiding
Lodging based on Double Occupancy for 6 nights - Single Supplement possible depending on availability
Transportation during the workshop with pickup and drop off at the Leknes airport

The workshop does not include:
Airline Flights
Meals or Beverages
Travel / Private Insurance
Personal Items
Any taxes, levies, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable

This is winter and above the Arctic Circle, won't I freeze to death?

Lofoten maintains a rather mild climate considering how far North its latitude is. Average temperatures in February hover around freezing. As the weather changes frequently in the archipelago, one should have appropriate clothing to handle all kinds of weather and to maximize your own personal comfort. See the question below for a recommended personal clothing list

What clothing do you recommend?

My winter clothing consists of the following:

Down Parka - ideal for Northern Lights photography and for when one must 'wait for the light'
Waterproof / Windproof Shell Jacket
Waterproof / Windproof Shell Pants
Polar Fleece jacket
Base Layer top and bottoms
Wool Hat, or as we call it in Canada, a 'touque'
Wind stopper gloves - the more form fitting the better to enable dexterity for camera controls
Waterproof gloves
Over-mitts - same purpose as the Down Parka
Smartwools socks - they do a better job at keeping your toes warm even when wet, than other types
Sturdy hiking boots - there will be snow, ice and rocky terrain to traverse
Crampons / Micro spikes - absolutely essential for Lofoten's icy landscape
Gaiters - essential to help keep snow out of your boots
Overboots - Waterproof to fit over your hiking boots in case you wish to get close to the waves on the shoreline

What camera equipment do you recommend?

Whatever camera you choose to bring, it will love Lofoten. To get the most of the creative possibilities of your images, its ideal to bring along either a DSLR or Mirrorless camera where you are able to control the focus, exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. If you bring along a film camera then you will be especially endeared to me.

Lenses are a personal choice as we all 'see' things differently. A fine selection of focal lengths including wide angles (~18-24mm), normals (~50mm) and telephotos (~85mm+) will help you capture most things the way you envision them. Personally I like to use a wide angle for the Aurora Borealis to help grab as much sky as I can. Don't underestimate the importance of good quality glass however. The lens is responsible for sharpness, edge to edge clarity, colour and contrast accuracy. A great lens on an inexpensive camera will often yield a better image than a cheap lens on an expensive camera. Buy the best glass you can afford. Lenses also depreciate at a much slower rate than the cameras do - that should tell you something.

A Sturdy Tripod and Head. Lofoten has winds that can be sudden and fierce. It also has waves that can be sudden and fierce. Lofoten is also rarely flat. This all being said, a lightweight, flimsy tripod will be tested at some point on the tour, and with your expensive camera gear on top of it, you certainly want to make sure your tripod passes the test. If it fails and your brand new camera plummets to the ground, that can be a real bummer.

Filters. As we are photographing spectacular landscapes, a good set of filters is essential to have on hand. I personally carry a circular polarizing fflter, as well as a set of Lee graduated neutral density filters for balancing the light in my compositions. Full, non-graduated neutral density filters are also ideal for enabling you to get long exposures even in relatively bright light.

Shutter Release. Depending on the length of time you want your shutter to be open, a shutter release (wired or wireless) can be very helpful. If shooting under 30 second exposures, you can usually opt for using the self timer on the camera instead.

Loads of Memory cards and a portable harddrive or small laptop if possible for nightly downloads.

Cleaning supplies. The everchanging weather and splashing waves will try to wreak havoc on your lens. Cleaning cloths tend to get wet and useless pretty quickly. Nothing beats old school lens tissues and fluid. Best of all, they're cheap. Be sure to get lint free. A good blower and a fine brush will also help. Sensor swabs (and know how to use them) if you like to change lenses in the outdoors

Lens Hoods. Bring the correct lens hood designed for each lens you have, These are ideal for minimizing or eliminating side flare and for keeping your contrast and image sharp. They are also effective during a light sprinkle or snowfall for helping protect your front glass.

Extra batteries and your charger. It's winter after all so your gear will likely get cold. As such, your battery life will diminish faster than normal. When we're out photographing the Northern Lights and your sole battery decides to die, that can be a real bummer

Nightfall at Sakrisoy

Are the Northern Lights guaranteed?

Both the Arctic weather and the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) are highly unpredictable. The Aurora and its intensity are directly dependent on Solar activity (flares and storms on the surface of the sun). The greater the Solar Activity the greater the chance of the Aurora appearing. When activity is high, we'll need a dark sky and a clear sky to see the lights when they appear. Lofoten has its moments of clarity, but the mountainous terrain and the geographic proximity conjure up all kinds of weather which can produce cloud cover and possibly hide the Aurora. I'll be monitoring the solar activity and the predicted cloud patterns to help decide where to try to view them on the Archipelago (all part of 'chasing the light'), however there is never a guarantee that we'll see them. I have a good track record of chasing them down however, so with a little luck on our side, the Heavens will open and reveal the greatest light show known.

How do I secure my space?

To secure your space for the workshop, simply click the dropdown list to the above left and select the workshop deposit and click ADD TO CART. Payments are processed through PayPal so you can pay with any credit card, bank transfer or using an existing PayPal balance. A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance of the workshop cost must be paid 60 days before the start of the workshop.

What happens if I paid for the workshop but am unable to attend?

If you are unable to attend and wish to cancel your booking entirely, the following conditions apply:

  • Written cancellation received more than 60 days before the workshop = 100% refund less a $150 admistration fee
  • Cancellation received 60 days or less before the workshop = Full refund only in the event that we can fill your spot
  • If Timm Chapman Photography has to cancel or reschedule the workshop our liability will be limited to a full refund of the workshop fees.

  • Trip Cancellation insurance is highly recommended

You're also offering a photography tour in Iceland. Is there a discount if I sign up for both?

Yes, there is a $500 discount if you participate in both workshops. Just contact me in advance and let me know your intentions.

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