Southern Iceland: Learning New Skills at a Photography Workshop

Jun 6, 2019  By David Knoble

My trip started with a delay from the Charlotte airport to New York. The problem was compounded because my once-a-day flight to Iceland was leaving before I was supposed to land. Ultimately, from my New York gate, I ran to a bus, rode across the tarmac and then ran down another concourse to be the last passenger to board. Breathing hard, I was incredibly glad I only had two bags – one backpack and one duffle – no checked baggage!

Over the next ten days I was glad for little luggage and one very weather-tight camera with plenty of batteries and warm clothing. It took a single day to fall in love with this very unique country and its incredible history. Just as great was the four months leading up to the trip – planning what gear to take, thinking about what I would learn about landscape photography, and researching the history of this tiny country. Best of all, my expectations were exceeded in every way.

I have a background that includes photography. I dabbled in high school as the yearbook photographer and I taught black and white film photography at UNC Chapel Hill. Keep in mind that film photography was a physics course with chemistry thrown in. Today, journalism departments teach digital photography focusing more on the artistic process. Yet the one common theme from darkroom days to today is that I love to learn about photography and improve my craft. It’s no wonder, then, the largest source of my learning is surrounding myself with photographers that have better skills than mine.

A great resource for learning is attending a photography workshop. This workshop in Iceland gave me an opportunity to step-up my skills. Five months later I’m still culling my images to try and create a 50 to 80 image book that contains the best images from the trip. Needless to say, I’m still going through images to pick the final group.

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