Join me in late October for a really cool (literally and figuratively) 9 day workshop in Iceland. Pretty amazing stuff. Photography, travel and food. What else can you ask for?


I'm ready.

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After shooting through a winter storm in Canada, in February, I've learned how to dress for the cold. I'm practicing eating Icelandic fare and I'm looking forward to exploring all the nooks and crannies of photography with like minded shooters. Come along for the ride and we'll have a great time.


Kirk Tuck said...

Forgot to mention that it will be "Camera Brand Agnostic." No corporate sponsors. No sales pitch. Just click, feedback and learn. In both directions.

Mike Rosiak said...

Regret that it collides with an already booked Europe trip. Maybe you'll love Iceland so much you'll do a repeat.

If you get a chance, and are of the foodie persuasion, the first Icelandic restaurant to get a Michelin star is "Dill" (Very slow website to respond. Must be all that geothermal activity.) http://dillrestaurant.is/en/

Iceland is a very unique part of the planet. You're not straying too far from Reykjavik, but you might catch some of the moon-surface-like parts, like on the trip from the Keflavik airport to Reykjavik. Will Belinda be able to accompany you? If so, DO do the side trip to the Blue Lagoon.

stephen connor said...

Hi, Kirk. Let's see...you're going to Iceland, and you wrote a mystery (well, spy) novel. You might like Ragnar Jonasson's books. They take place in a tiny town in the far north of Iceland (a.k.a. "the far north of north"). They're good!

And I'd be giving a lot of thought to taking the workshop, but...work. Jobs are sooooo inconvenient. Nuts.

Malcolm said...

Whether Belinda is with you or not your whole group should go to the Blue Lagoon. Take your snap camera in with you and take some cool portraits in the thermal spring. As you're a man who enjoys being in the water I think you'll love it.

Iceland has plenty of photo opportunities: waterfalls, iceberg lakes, moonscapes, black beaches, warm volcanoes and whale watching. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's a feast for all the senses, not just your eyes.

mosswings. said...

Going to Iceland in Fall is a great idea...with only 300,000 citizens and 2,000,000 visitors per year - 40% in summer and 30% in winter, The ratio of visitor:resident is only 1.3:1 instead of summer's bursting-at-the-seams 3:1. I do hope that you'll be venturing out of the Reykyavik / Golden Circle area; the real magic of Iceland is at least a day's drive from the urban center. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the western fjiordlands are two examples.

In any case, enjoy. Icelanders are great.

G Gudmundsson said...

Welcome to my country ... !!! ... If I can help in any way, just ask! You're my favorite (photo) blogger ... ever!!!

Craig Yuill said...

I initially thought this was a joke posting - you have in the past poked fun at "professional photographers" who seem to do nothing but run workshops in exotic locales. It is interesting that you are doing photography tours through a site called "Craftours". I don't see any reference on the "Craftours" site to the training site you did a number of courses for a few years ago, "Craftsy". Is there any relation between the two companies?

I also a little surprised that you are leading a workshop in what appears to be landscape photography rather than what you typically are associated with, portraits.

These two workshops are well beyond my budget at this moment, so I won't be enrolling in them. But I hope that all goes well and that you have some fun.

Kirk Tuck said...

Craig, Thanks for the questions. Yes, normally I despise the idea of workshops. Especially those that profess to teach you how to get the most out of your equipment. This seems different to me. For most it's an excuse to go to Iceland and have fun shooting, eating and drinking. I see my role as the "friendly technique lifeguard." If someone has technical concerns I think I have enough experience to step in and help. As to landscapes (which I find somewhat boring) I intend to make it my mission to have a beautiful person in front of every beautiful landscape. Guerrilla portraiture at its best.

Craftours is not affiliated with Craftsy.com and has been around for a while. I did not seek them out, they wanted/needed someone with my overall skill set to provide additional value to the people who take the trip. I'm in for any level people want to bring. We can just convivially sip Aquavit and hang out with cameras or we can trudge across the rugged landscape before dawn to be in position to create wonderment. I'll leave the motivation to the individual attendees.

Kirk Tuck said...

Belinda is welcome to sign up and pay her fee and go along. No free ride here.

Daniel Walker said...

What format size would you recommend to shoot Iceland?

Malcolm said...

If you want to have a look at some of the photos I took in 2007 then here they are. Please note, I am not a pro so don't expect miracles! All taken on a 4MP Canon EOS 1D




Sadly I didn't have a snap camera to take into the Blue Lagoon, make sure you take one!

On another note I notice that I often crop too close for portraits. I like the 50-50 rule you mentioned the other day. It's something I will try and use in future.

Nigel said...

" For most it's an excuse to go to Iceland and have fun shooting, eating and drinking..."

This should be in bold.
If you're repeating the trip next year, then I might well sign up.

Anonymous said...

I had the same thought. I don't know if I can swing it this year, but I'd save up for a trip like this. Travel, food, and "play" with a technique lifeguard? Sounds like a great time - Christopher

Eric Walter said...

Dear Kirk,

Unless I am mistaken, you picture yourself here with a Sony RX10 M3 ou M4, which you do not seem to have ever considered in any detail in your previous posts. Does this mean that this is the camera that you plan to take along? Are you no longer interested in the FZ1000 and FZ2000?

Best wishes for your trip,


Anonymous said...

Eric, I'll conjecture that you didn't do a search for "RX10xxx" in the search function. Had you done so you would have found dozens and dozens of articles about those cameras and why I think they are so incredibly great. You would have found an article with those photos in it describing in tremendous detail, my use of the camera on a video job for a German Healthcare company that we did in the first quarter of 2017 in Toronto, Canada. You would have seen my reviews of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd versions of the cameras as well as plenty of posts about using the version 3 for theatrical photography (on several occasions) for Zach Theatre here in Austin.

Finally, if you have been reading the last several years of the blog you might know that I might not even have the same set of cameras five months from now. As I imagine it now I'll probably take a Nikon D850 and three Sigma ART primes with me to Iceland. Should be perfect. None of which I own at the moment.

Please search here in the VSL blog and you will be richly rewarded with thoughts about what may be the world's greatest family of one inch sensor cameras. Thanks, KT

Jan Krabat said...

What gloves do you recommend for this kind of trip?

Eric Walter said...

Kirk, I did what you suggested and found two articles that mention the RX10iii and contain pictures taken with it. I also found your enthousiastic review dated May 6, 2016 on the Amazon website. So I stand corrected. You bought one a long time ago and do love it. E.

Kirk Tuck said...

Jan, I'd suggest heading to REI to try different gloves out. They are like swim goggles; what works for one person is horrible for another. When I work in cold climates I use two glove layers. A thicker, denser Polartec over much thinner inner gloves that way I can pull my hand out of the big glove and adjust stuff without touching metal with my bare hands.