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The 37 Frames Aurora Borealis Workshop 2013

To find the light. This has always been our approach to photography. What defines us and what we love. Color and light. Oh, and of course travel. So we’ve had no bigger dream than to really chase the light and photograph the phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. In 2012/2013 Nasa predicts it will be the best chance in 50 years, to see the dancing lights, as it will be the peak of the solar cycle, when the Aurora is at it’s most intense. So we are off in pursuit to the top of the world. And we would so love for you to join us. January 14-20, 2013 will find us in Tromsø, Norway. In the Arctic Circle and a hotspot for finding the elusive lights combined with a dynamic and informative Photography Workshop. It will be a 6nights/7days adventure as we base ourselves for a week of learning, connecting through a love of photography, local encounters and of course a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All the current details are following & you can sign-up below!

This unique workshop is absolutely designed for the photo-lover and we cannot wait to share our years of experiences in how to create award-winning landscape images. It is open to everyone, of any photographic skill and ability. You simply just need your DSRL camera & endless enthusiasm.

The days and nights will be long and packed with excursions, surprises and photographic opportunities. We are limiting the group size to 8 to ensure a more personal and intimate experience for everyone.

Mornings will be devoted to improving your photography through hands-on workshops/seminars including both lightroom and photoshop & more. We all love to photograph, but to create those magical photos, the workshop (indoors) component of our day is imperative. Each morning we will review, edit, organize and share our images with practical suggestions, ideas to improve and mini-teaches & assignments based on what is coming up.

Our afternoon activities will immerse us in local life, with the evenings dedicated to chasing the lights. And again the whole time we are with you instructing, assisting, and guiding you on this very special photographic journey.  We guarantee maximum time behind the camera and lots of fun with like-minded people to create those magical images.

We are fortunate enough to have remarkable professional local guides with us for 3 nights of Aurora chasing, one of whom is a working photographer based in Tromsø. We will visit his studio and he will also instruct on the best ways of photograph and be prepared to see the Aurora. They have assured us we will be taken to only the best locations. The tour dates are based around the optimal moon conditions, so there is not too much light pollution to hamper our viewing. Most of the Northern Lights outbursts visible from Tromsø are green, but large outbursts can also include other colours.

Just a note on what to expect light wise… Between 21 November and 21 January, the sun disappears below the horizon and the polar night sets in. It is not completely dark in the middle of the day, however, and the light and colour in the sky during that time of year is very special – it is called the blue twilight (when the weather is favourable!)

The Itinerary (subject to change):

January 14
-Make your own way to Tromsø. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to our central hotel – Thon Hotel Tromsø.
-Our  hotel is in the city center, with WIFI and offers a healthy breakfast buffet with a selection of organic produce each morning of our stay.
-PM Welcome Reception & Dinner

January 15
-AM Workshop, Tromsø Orientation & Photowalk
-PM Chase & Photograph the Aurora on our 8 hour private guided tour

January 16
-AM Workshop
-Afternoon at Leisure or local activities
-PM Chase & Photograph the Aurora on our 8 hour private guided tour

January 17
-AM Workshop
-Afternoon at Leisure or local activities
-PM Chase & Photograph the Aurora on our 8 hour private guided tour

January 18
-Depart Tromsø for our overnight stay in the SPECTACULAR Sorrisniva Ice/Igloo Hotel (4-5 hours drive)
-Option for dog-sledding & more Aurora Chasing

January 19
-Back to Tromso & last night at Thon Hotel Tromsø
-PM Farewell dinner

January 20
-Departure & transfer to airport

A further fully-detailed Itinerary will be sent to participants prior to departure.

For more information about Tromsø check HERE & HERE.

Tour Details:

Dates: 14-20 January 2013

Price: ¥380,000

Deposit: ¥100,000 (to be paid within 5 days of booking, nonrefundable after October 31)

Final balance to be made by November 1, 2012 (Participants will be invoiced.) Further information on our cancellation policies will be emailed.

Book & Pay in Full by September 30 for Advanced Reservation rate: ¥370,000

Tour Includes: All meals, drinks (non-alcoholic), hotels (based on double occupancy), transport, admissions, tours, workshop fees and photography instruction.

Tour Excludes: Flights to Tromso, insurance, personal items. We would strongly advise you to book your airfares as soon as possible.

Limit: 8

Climate: In spite of the location so far north, Tromsø enjoys a moderate insular climate. Winter in Tromsø is not especially cold. The record low temperature in Tromsø is -18 degrees Celsius, while the average January temperature is -4, but in return there is often a lot of snow.

What equipment bring:
-Tripod (If you don’t have a tripod, please let us know and we will arrange one for you during the Aurora chasing)
-Cable Release
-Extra batteries (the cold will drain them faster)

A more detailed list will be supplied on how to prepare for photograph in cold weather and of course what to bring.

-Photograph the dramatic Aurora Borealis from locations in and around Tromsø.
-Trip timed for peak aurora activity and the darkest nights of the month to enhance their photographic intensity.
-A one-night stay in a spectacular Ice Hotel.
-The chance to learn from international award-winning photographers and local, professional working photographers.
-Culinary adventures!

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to chase the light! Simply register below and we will be in touch very soon!

See you at the top of the world, January 2013.
Dee & Tracey

Sign up HERE.