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Iceland Night Photo Tour September 2018
This is a professional photography tour to Iceland, September 8 to 16, 2018. The primary purpose of this 7.5 day/7 night tour is to capture the aurora, if weather cooperates, and to emphasize night photography in beautiful Iceland. September is a great time to go, it is dark for long enough to get a good chance for seeing the northern lights. The environment is comfortable, temperatures average 45° and usually do not fall below freezing, so there is very little chance for snow or ice. There will also be a lot of daytime photography in the area each day for long exposures, landscapes, animals etc.. Here is a brief overview of the tour: Flight out Saturday, September 08, 2018, arrive Sunday 09 early morning Transit to Vik on the south coast, a 3 hour drive plus stops whenever we feel like it. We will be staying at a lovely hotel near the black sand beach for three nights. Photo shoot options are plentiful: * Reynisfjara black sand beach * Dyrhólaey cliff and beach * Moss fields * Solheimasandur Plane Wreck * Skogafoss waterfall * Fjaðrárgljúfur * Svartifoss waterfall * Sólheimajökull glacier & lagoon From Vik, we will be driving north for 4 hours to arrive at the Snaefellsjoekull peninsula, where we will stay for two nights at a local hotel. Photo opportunities are: * A 2.5 hour roundtrip (or two 1.5 hour trips) around the peninsula * Snæfellsjökull National Park and peak * Ruins of various kinds * The iconic Kirkjufell waterfall with Hershey’s kiss peak * The town of Grundarfjörður * Several waterfalls * Beautiful rugged coastline everywhere The last two days will be spent in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes peninsula: City of Reykjavik with many interesting photo spots * Reykjanes Blue Lagoon * Þórkötlustaðahverfi ruins of an old fishing town * Active hot spring * Two to three thermal power plants * Valahnúkamöl coastline We will wrap the tour up with a group dinner at a nice restaurant with an opulent menu (before going out to shoot again). Departure from Iceland will be on Sunday, September 16, typically late afternoon (allowing for a morning photo shoot). Arrival in the US around 6 pm. Aside from the above, we will encounter a suite of other places on our drives, with Iceland’s ponies, more waterfalls, geysirs, rugged landscapes and other things. On rainy days, we can review images with a projector and talk about editing them. Multiple photo options exist for each day and night and will be agreed upon with the group each day. The program is full and each day will be busy, but we have down times or can alter the program for the group’s needs. The tour includes destinations that require some walking, some locations may need up to a 45 minute hike, but there will always be options for nearby opportunities with less or little walking (always count on 1-3 hundred yards) to get around. The tour will have 8 participants (including myself and Lisa Ryan) and will be carried out in a spacious van. Cost for the tour will be $3500 per person (less if sharing a room) plus air ticket (currently just above $400) and about $450 for meals (lunch and dinner). Iceland is a wonderful experience, encountering the aurora borealis is truly awe inspiring. This is one of very few Iceland photo tours with a night photography emphasis. Please respond as soon as possible by signing up here or sending me a private message. Down payment to reserve your spot will be $1000 (by Paypal, Venmo or check). The remainder will be due by June 30. A detailed itinerary will be distributed by May 31. Thank you – Jürgen

Reykjavik, Iceland

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This is a collective of people who share a passion for night photography.

This Meetup is about gathering in groups, small or large, to capture the night and share the outcome with each other. Education, respectful and constructive feedback, exhibition of images and socializing during and after our gatherings are all part of our activities.

We will explore old, new, popular and exotic places in the greater Boston area, southern New Hampshire and Maine, Rhode Island, northern Connecticut and central Massachusetts and there are occasional field trips to places such as New York or Maine. Inner city nightscapes will be as much part of our portfolio, as will be dark sky star, astro-landscape and Milky Way shoots or light painting opportunities.

Most events are free, membership dues will cover Meetup.com costs, minor group expenses and promotional means, invited lectures and trip organization expenses. Some events may incur further cost (if the venue charges us), as announced in those meetups. You can sign up for free and see if this is for you during the trial, but paid members are given priority for limited attendance meetups. Note that this is the only continuously active night photography meetup in New England, we average one photo shoot every ~10 days, one meetup every week, and even keep it alive throughout the winter. Browse our "past meetups" to see what we have been doing.

Night photography is exciting, presents the world in a truly different light and is serene and calming in many ways. However, it is also very different from daytime shooting, sometimes physically taxing and requires to watch out for yourself and others. The meetups here will always be conducted with adult and mature members, who provide safety through numbers, but you will always be responsible for your own safety.

Before you start browsing around, please take a look at the MORE-POLLS in the menu and let us know your preferences and then please review the DISCUSSIONS, also in the menu, for various resources and some pointers on equipment, safety, attendance and membership rules.

We are looking forward to seizing the night with you!

Jürgen, GBNP Organizer

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