This is the land of Aurora and fire and ice. A land of spurting geysers, glaciers, boiling mud pools and waterfalls. Its mysterious landscape is an inspiration for many artists and photographers, who have a great passion for landscape photography.
The land is hardly populated, pure, unpolluted and holds truly magical stories and is an adventurous playground for passionate photographers.
Better Moments was the first to organize workshops in aerial photography in Iceland. For years, we have being shooting over the most scenic spots so don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Iceland from above together with the best. As we are relying on good weather, we cannot say in advance when and and where we will arrange the aerial photography workshop, however, we will ensure that you will take home some wonderful landscape shots. This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests and location. Therefore, you can sign up and subsequently cancel if the workshop is outside your travel budget.
This excursion and workshop is an opportunity to experience Iceland’s beautiful and dramatic ice caves. We will try to arrange a trip where we arrive at the cave early and before other guests to make sure we can photograph without disturbing elements in our pictures. This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests and location. Therefore, you can sign up and subsequently cancel if the workshop is outside your travel budget.
BETTER MOMENTS & PHASE ONE EXPLORER is your gateway to working with top of the line equipment from Phase One, while simultaneously exploring one of the most scenic destinations on the planet.
We provide participants with FREE exclusive access to the power and versatility of the Phase One Premiere XF Camera System and Capture One software, as well as continuous support and training from both Phase One experts and award-winning Better Moments photographers.
All our guests will receive – for free – exclusive Phase One equipment, software and training for use during this workshop, including:
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop
One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop
CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop
Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel photography. He also shoots editorially, selectively in advertising and portraiture. For more than 30 years, Peter has been involved in photographic magazine, establishing his own title with Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. Today it is one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.
His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography, as well as having his work featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia and in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an Apple television commercial.
He has worked with Phase One cameras, researching and promoting its high-end medium format cameras and Capture One raw processing software. And he featured in the television series Tales By Light as seen on the National Geographic Channel, produced in partnership with Canon Australia.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography, a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He won the 1996 and 1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Award. He is also a member of the ND5 Ninety Degrees Five collective with Christian and Michael Fletcher, Tony Hewitt and Les Walkling. More recently, he won the 2009 Kodak Award of Distinction at the international WPPI Print Competition held in Las Vegas, USA; the AIPP NSW Professional Photographer of the Year 2010; and the AIPP NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013.
A NEW TRADITION
Peter’s early landscapes were primarily black and white, carefully printed and toned, but with the advent of digital photography, he is taking a leading role internationally in creating a New Tradition of high quality landscape imagery. Peter speaks nationally and internationally on topics including landscape photography, Photoshop techniques, publishing and the business of professional photography.
“Many people think professional photography would be a great way to earn a living, and they are right. But too many forget the first word – professional. My advice to newcomers would be to do a business course before starting a career as a photographer. Here’s a quick joke: How do you become a photographer with a million dollars? Start out with two million!” Peter say in an interview to Tristan Jud / Raw.
“I love surfing and when I was young, I wanted to photograph my friends surfing as well. In fact, I couldn’t understand why people photographed anything other than surfing, but my views on that have now changed.” At 57 years of age, Peter still rides a short surfboard, believes two skis are better than one, and in case you’re buying him lunch, he is vegetarian.
Peter Eastway Major Awards Summary
2013 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Commercial Photographer of the Year
2009 Kodak Award of Distinction, WPPI
2009 1st, 2nd, 3rd Landscape Category, WPPI, Commercial Category
2008 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2007 New Zealand Overseas Photographer of the Year
2006 AIPP Grand Master of Photography
2005 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2004 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
2004 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 NSW Professional Photographers of the Year
1995 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1995 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1995 Master of Photography, AIPP
1986 Kodak Achievement Award
1986 Associateship of the AIPP
Better Moments and Peter Eastway will meet you at our hotel in Reykjavik for dinner and give you a detailed briefing on the coming week and workshop.
After a nice welcome dinner, we present our program as well provide you with our best advice on equipment usage and important location details.
Tonight ends with an image show of Peter’s best work from Iceland.
Departure for Snaefellsnes. There, we stay at a hotel on “the cliffs” overlooking the Northern Atlantic.
We will shoot the steep basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi and the motion of the sea. Just a few kilometers north are the huge sea stacks and lava formation of Lóndrangar. We will also be shooting along Djupalónsandur Beach with its black pebbles and cubistic basalt walls.
After dinner, Peter will give an entertaining lecture about his outstanding work as a landscape photographer.
This day is set to explore one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines. We will photograph from selected viewpoints and eventually make our way down to the lava beach itself. In short, this will be a wonderful day with unmatched opportunities to capture the mighty coastline.
We have an almost – secret place – which we always visit when we are here: lush and deep green lava fields that form a wonderful foreground to the surrounding snowy mountains. With a little bit of luck we may catch the northern lights when they dance around the mountain peaks.
After a nice dinner, Peter will review images shot during our workshop and also introduce you to his workflow of editing his pictures.
Departure from Snæfellsnes. A full day shooting waterfalls. First stop at the complex system of waterfalls at Hraunfossar. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull.
After lunch and a draw we hike we get to Brúarfoss. Brúarfoss is a relatively small waterfall compared to many of its Icelandic counterparts, but its diminutive size does nothing to take away from its staggering hidden gems.
In the evening photo shoot Aurora Borealis at the gigantic waterfall Gullfoss.
In the early morning, when the soft light hits the face of the majestic and mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, will we be there to capture this unique scenery. The rest of the day we explore the great landscape around us.
We all meet after dinner to work on our images. Peter will give one-to-one support on framing and post production.
In the morning, we will drive through the scenic landscape our way to Gjáin and Háifoss. We move on to dirt roads and eventually barely discernible tracks across the pitted lava and ash plains in the shadow of Hekla, one of Iceland’s more active volcanoes.
We will enjoy our picnic lunch around the Háifoss area. Háifoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls of Iceland, which plunges 122 meters into a deep gorge. After lunch and shooting, we will drive through the scenic landscape to Gjain, a picturesque canyon in Tjorsardalur.
After dinner, Peter will review images shot during our workshop and share his knowledge on editing workflow.
Today we shoot at the mighty waterfalls of the south coast, Skógafoss and Seljalandfoss. We will spend the afternoon exploring the basalt cliffs of Reynisfjara and doing an evening shoot of the vast cliff Dyrhólaey. This is one of our favorite spots in Iceland as the view is stunning: to the north, the impressive glacier Mýrdalsjökull is visible; to the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar peak out of the sea and finally, to the west, the whole coastline stretches out. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava towering in the sea, which gives the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole).
The extraordinary glacier lagoon Jökulsárón is the largest glacial lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull between the Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajökull National Park and the town of Höfn. Here, we will spend the day along the coast where the mighty and photogenic icebergs are forming in the fjord. We will organize our photography depending on the light conditions, e.g. if it is overcast with dramatic skies.
After dinner, evening photo shoot of the shimmering icebergs floating in the lagoon and along the coastline.
This morning’s activity is optional: there is a possibility for a three-hour guided ice cave tour to Vatnajökull for those who are interested. There is also the opportunity to participate in a productive and inspiring class in photo editing by Peter and a Better Moments guide.
After lunch, we drive towards Reykjavik. If time allows, we will stop along the way to take photos.
In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner and celebration of our great trip.
Transport to Keflavik International Airport for return flights.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
October 26 – November 4 – 2019
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: 4×4 bus is included
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop. – One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop. – CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop. – Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 5,395 in shared double room.
€ 5,895 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.
There are several flights, many on a daily basis in the summer, from a number of major European and North American gateways to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. Flight times are approximately 3 hours from London and about 5 hours from New York. Keflavik is 48 km to the west of Reykjavík. Domestic flights, flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands operate mostly out of Reykjavík Airport, which is located in the city centre.
Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Nationals of EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry. All other visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay, and some will need a visa. Please check with the local embassy.
Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, but the weather is known to change quickly and often. The average daily temperature in Reykjavik ranges from -1°C in January to 11°C in July.
The official language is Icelandic, but most Icelanders speak English.
The Icelandic monetary unit is the Krona (ISK).
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.