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NORWAY & SWEDEN INDIAN SUMMER AND AURORA BOREALIS AT THE POLAR CIRCLE

EXPERT HANS STRAND 9 DAYS OF ADVENTURE


Photo by David Trud

Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your next adventure workshop. Better Moments was founded in 2011 by Philip Boissevain and me, two experienced veterans of the international professional photography industry. We met when working at Hasselblad, Philip as the Global Marketing manager and me as the Global Photographer Relations manager. Today Better Moments has become the leading photo workshop platform organizing high-end workshops for photo enthusiasts worldwide. You will learn from the world’s most experienced photographers within their fields to refine your personal style and sharpen your technical skills. Additionally, we want you to share your excitement for photography and enjoy great moments in life. And we want you to explore your passion and expand your photographic skills and vision.

Better Moments CEO and founder: Christian Nørgaard Graphic design: Anders Lundgren Text editor: Jeff Grant All images and text in this catalog are under International Copyright Legislation. However, Better Moment’s guests and potential customers may download the catalog for private use, but not for any commercial use. Any violation of the International Copyright Legislation will be reported to the International Court of Justice of International Copyright Legislation Cover photo by Hans Strand

Better Moments mission is to deliver exclusive workshops in landscape, wildlife and travel photography at unique locations around the world. I want you to explore your passion for photography and work and earn from the world’s most renowned photographers who all have excellent teaching skills, local knowledge and experience. Photography with passion, Christian Nørgaard


PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PASSION


Photo by Hans Strand


INDIAN SUMMER AND AURORA BOREALIS AT THE POLAR CIRCLE Explore Sweden and Norway when it is best and discover the most magnificent photo opportunities in Scandinavian as the leaves turn golden and Northern lights starts to dance at the Polar Circle. Majestic, picturesque and serene are all words that describe the mountains, valleys, plains, forests, rivers, flora and fauna of Abisko National Park, St. SjÜfallet National Park. Aerial photography over the magnificent Lake Laidaure and Kebnekaise Massive in Swedish Lapland. Norway’s Lofoten Islands for aftenoon and evening shooting at Haukland, Vikten Beaches, Utakleiv Beach and, of course, shooting the Aurora Borealis along with with seascapes.

Photo by Hans Strand


TRAVEL Better Moments’ mission is to deliver exclusive workshops and we want you to explore your passion for photography while working with the world’s most renowned photographer, Hans Strand during your Norway & Sweden expedition.

HIGHLIGHTS

apertures.

St. Sjöfallet National Park, Sweden.

How to handle equipment with care on location.

Aerial photography over Lake Laidaure, Sweden.

Private hands-on lessons that can help take your photography skills to the next level.

Kebnekaise Lofoten Islands, Norway. Aurora Borealis over Utakleiv Beach, Norway. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Learn the art of aerial photography and how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography. Learn how to capture wide expanses, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography. ON LOCATION Private guidiance for our aerial photography workshop.

IN CLASSROOM Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day. Workflow in Photoshop and/or Lightroom. A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and to generally guide and help.

PRICE & BOOKING

Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice. Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground. Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and

Photo by Hans Strand

WIT


TH PASSION


HANS S Hans was born in 1955 in Marmaverken, Sweden. For more than 20 years, the entire world has been his workplace. Photographing everything from the vast expanses of the Arctic, to steaming rainforests and dry deserts.

“My back broke down and I could not sit all day long, like I was doing as an engineer. At this time my great hobby was landscape photography, so I took a chance and became a professional and it has worked since 1990.” MADE IN SWEDEN His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions and published in many international photography magazines. He has received several awards for his photography, including the Hasselblad Master Award in 2008. Hans has lectured on his photography internationally and published a number of photography books, with more on the way.

Photo by private

”Photography is not about capturing what you see, but to interpret what you f


STRAND

feel”


CAREER CHANGE After working as a mechanical engineer for nine years he made a career change. “The complexity and the sense of being a part of nature. After all, all living things have their origin in the wild landscape. I have always found myself drawn to the untamed and unmanipulated nature. The wilderness is the mother of all living things. It is always honest and never trivial.” BAD WEATHER IS TERRIFIC As a professional and especially having spent many years in the northern hemisphere, Hans has developed a style very much reflecting his attitude towards weather. “The right weather is important, but not everything. Shooting a rugged landscape like Iceland in sunshine is not what you want. There you want moody conditions to get the right drama in the landscape. On the other hand, you have to work with the light you have at hand and try to make the best of it. You can’t just skip taking pictures because you don’t get what you have anticipated. There are always possibilities in every kind of light. Often landscape photographers regard grey weather as bad weather, but I think it is terrific.”

Photo by Hans Strand


A NORTHMAN OF ICE AND FIRE In the late 90’ Hans went on a unique expedition to the icy Arctics. “The Arctic landscape is virgin territory. In 1999 I visited the island of Ellef Ringnes in Northern Nunavut. Hardly anyone has been there since 1904 when the island was discovered, and definitely no one has been photographing there. The silence and the long lasting light are fantastic. It is very minimalistic compared to a rainforest but nevertheless complex. In 2004 I visited Svalbard and was even taking pictures of polar bears. Normally I am not so interested in wildlife photography, but seeing a polar bear in its natural habitat is something very special.” Hans has travelled between the deserts of America to the Tasmanian outback and photographed a wide range of landscapes, but when it comes down to the favorites he always ends up in Iceland. “Each year since 2000 I have returned to Iceland to take pictures.” ”I find its landscapes the most spectacular in the world. Nowhere else have I seen landscapes with such complexity and color. I have also practiced aerial photography a lot and have found new perspectives to take my landscape photographs.” THE FIRST ROLLS OF FILM Hans was 25 years old when he bought his first camera during a school trip to the United States. That’s where he took his first rolls of film, on the holy ground for landscape photography since Ansel Adams first captured his iconic images there. But it wasn’t the last rolls of film for Hans Strand either. Today he’s a widely acclaimed landscape photographer with high workshop expertise in the northern landscapes.

Photo by Hans Strand


ITINERARY DAY 1

DAY 4

DAY 8

ARRIVAL AT KIRUNA

ABISKO NATIONAL PARK

Arrival at Kiruna Airport. Better Moments will pick you up at Kiruna Airport or at your Hotel in Kiruna. We drive south, through a varied landscape, consisting of vast lakes, open landscapes and with the Swedish and Norwegian mountains in the background. We will stop along the way to take pictures before we get to our hotel at St. Sjöfallet National Park. After dinner, we will have a presentation about the upcoming workshop and a workshop in aerial photography.

Drive west 100 km to Abisko National Park where we shoot the winding Abisko River Canyon with its limestone formations and crystal clear water. Landscapes both in both large and small scale are presented. Evening shoot at Lake Njahkajavri in which the snowy mountain peaks to the south reflect nicely. After dinner we meet for review of today’s photography.

KIRUNA AND FAREWELL DINNER

DAY 2

Morning shoot of the autumn colored birch tree reflections in torrents of Abisko River and afternoon departure across the border to Norway and further out towards the wild and jagged Lofoten Islands. After dinner, and if we have energy, chase the northern lights along the beach.

HELICOPTER FLIGHT AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Morning helicopter flight and aerial photography over the magnificent Lake Laidaure and it´s surrounding woodlands and mountains then further over the lake into Sarek National Park (UNESCO World Heritage) and Rapa River Valley. This is considered to be the last real wilderness of Europe and is really spectacular seen from above. The Rapa River cuts a 160 km valley through the Scandinavian Mountain Range. The valley is forested with birch trees which at this time of the year dress up in vibrant yelloworange colors. Afternoon and evening shoot in the magnificent old growth pine forest at St. Sjöfallet. Stay at St. Sjöfallet. After dinner we meet for review of today’s photography. DAY 3 HELICOPTER FLIGHT AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Drive to Nikkaloukta. Afternoon scenic helicopter flight and aerial photography of the mountains and rivers in the Kebnekaise Massive. The highest mountain peaks of Sweden. Evening image review and briefing for tomorrow’s program.

DAY 5

We drive back to Kiruna, through a varied landscape, with the Swedish and Norwegian mountains in the background, and we will make stops along the way for more shooting opportunities. In the evening we meet for a farewell dinner. DAY 9 DEPARTURE Departure to home destinations.

ABISKO AND LOFOTEN ISLANDS

PRICE & BOOKING

HOME

DAY 6 FISHING VILLAGE AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Morning drive to Reine, and shoot of the most scenic fishing village view in the whole of Scandinavia. Afternoon and evening shoot at Haukland and Vikten Beaches. These are bright sandy beaches with nice black stone formations. Night photography of Aurora Borealis in combination with seascapes. DAY 7 UTAKLEIV BEACH AND EVENING SHOOT OF AURORA BOREALIS An easy morning with workshops and review of images. Afternoon and evening photography at Utakleiv Beach. Here the coastline is full of nicely shaped rock formations and a magnificent background of turquoise sea and jagged mountains. Late evening shoot of Aurora Borealis in combination with seascapes.

Photo by Hans Strand


Photo by Hans Strand


GETTING THERE

LANGUAGE

The nearest airport is in Kiruna, Sweden, which has flights to and from Stockholm by SAS and Norwegian.

Swedish and Norwegian. Almost everyone speaks English.

VISA

The Swedish monetary unit is the Krona (SEK) and the Norwegian monetary unit is also the Krona (NOK).

Sweden Sweden 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.

CURRENCY

EMERGENCY Emergency phone number: 112.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Due to weather conditions we may need to change the flight plans and locations

Norway Some people can visit Norway without a visa, but most people from countries outside the EU/EEA must apply for a visitor’s visa. For more info visit: https://www.udi. no/en/want-to-apply/visit-andholiday/

PRICE & BOOKING

WEATHER

HOME

The weather is typically between -2°C and +2°C, but you should expect it to be minus degrees.

Photo by Hans Strand


QUICK GUIDE We wish you to travel with the greatest possible comfort and that you have received as much information as possible


EQUIPMENT Whether this is your first trip or your ”hundredth” workshop with us, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you may want to pack so you have a travel checklist. Bookmark this packing list, because you’ll want to refer back to it to make sure you’ve thought of everything you might want to pack.

CLOTHING A good plan is to dress “layer-by-layer”. You then are well prepared for whatever weather arrives. Wind and waterproof jacket Wind and waterproof pants Rubber boots - with room for extra (wool) socks Hiking boots

Fleece/sweater

NICE TO HAVE

Cap

Sunscreen

Gloves

Sunglasses

Waterproof outdoor cushions - nice to sit on when we sail in the arctics or when we sit and enjoy the scenery on land.

A swimsuit (for hot springs in Iceland only)

A small backpack Binoculars

Wool underwear

CAMERA The camera list is for inspiration, since you know better than anyone what equipment you prefer. Bring you own laptop computer and storage medium Camera bodie(s) Tripod

Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses

NICE TO HAVE Lens extenders

Charger for batteries

Camera straps for ease of changing from one camera to another

Spare batteries

Graduated filter set

Standard power converter

Filter holder

Lenses, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good

Raw processing software

High quality polarizing filter

Memory cards and card wallets

Lens belt

Bag for all camera gear

Memory card reader

Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories

USB key to exchange images

Photo by Hans Strand


Photo by Hans Strand


PHOTOGRAPHER Sigge Skarsfjäll was awarded Photographer Of The Month, October 2015 Sigge Skarsfjäll, from Sweden, is an advanced enthusiast who went with Better Moments to Söderåsen in 2012. His photography interests are landscape, architectural, product and portrait. In recent years, Sigge has developed his skills and experience greatly to be able to manage assignments in different genres. He has attended workshops in model, studio, landscape and most recently wedding photography.

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OF THE MONTH

Each month we select a photographer from one of our many workshops who deserves special recognition. The Photographer of the Month is chosen by the Better Moments workshop experts, including Better Moments CEO, Christian Nørgaard.

NORWAY & SWEDEN - 2017  

Indian Summer and Aurora Borealis at the Polar Circle - 9 days of adventure with photographer expert Hans Strand.

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