Photography workshop by kayak
6 days of photo workshops in stunning settings around the Saint Anna & Gryt Archipelagos, 2-7 Sep.
NEXT LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Our goal is to develop a new creative eye through workshops about basic controls, how we can manipulate those controls, styles of photography, light, approaching a scene or subject and working around limitations.
Develop as a team
The beauty of photography is that we’re all constantly learning. We welcome everyone on this tour, from amateurs to experts. All you need is a DSLR camera. We’ll discover what it takes to create beautiful photos and work on our own photographic style, together!
THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR
Beginning of September offers the ultimate warm light for taking photos in the archipelago. Also, sunrise and sunset times are perfect for golden hour, blue hour and night sky photography.
PROCESSING OUR PHOTOS
After our kayaking adventure we spend half a day on photo editing sessions in cosy cabins by the waterfront.. Here we truly discover the cyclical nature of photography, how our plans for post-production affects our initial creative approach.
Meet ROB MCNAMEE
This tour is a collaboration with accomplished photographer Rob Mcnamee. In Robs extensive repertoire is for example leading arctic wilderness and northern lights photography excursions in northern Sweden. He’s now taking his skills to beautiful Saint Anna and has created a unique workshop approach for a 6-day photography adventure.
Rob has fully immersed himself in a Scandinavian wilderness lifestyle. Originally from the UK, he has spent many years guiding multi-day kayaking expeditions in the Saint Anna and Gryt archipelagos. In the wintertime, he lives 200 km inside the arctic circle, leading photography tours in Abisko.
After completing a degree in Film Production and Photography, he worked for several years as a Director of Photography for an environmental film company. The next natural step was combining his two true passions – nature and photography!
Rob is also an experienced wilderness cook, forager and woodcarver. His love for photography and the outdoors is truly contagious, and spending time with him in the wild is always a fun and inspiring experience.
What You'll Get
A unique approach to photography workshops
Kayaking and wild camping in Saint Anna & Gryt is a fantastic experience in its own right. Exploring the area with specific photo workshops as the leading star is an excellent opportunity to take your photography to the next level.
- Photography guide Rob Mcnamee and kayaking guide
- 5 days of workshops, kayaking and wild camping
- One day/night in cabins with full amenities, 2 persons per cabin, single rooms. Post-production workshop.
- Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear
- Comfort upgrade – airbed, pillow & chair
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinners
- Soft drinks, coffee & tea
- Return transport Norrköping-Saint Anna
What to Bring
- A couple of sets of clothing
- Shoes for water & land
- Towel & swimwear
- Sunglasses, sun cap, sun block & toiletries
- DSLR camera
- Laptop if you have one
- Flights to Sweden
- Pre-order alcoholic beverages if you choose
Price per person
Dates: 2-7 Sep
Group size: 8 people
Minimum age: 18 years
Fitness level: Low/medium
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim and have a taste for adventure. Weight limit; 120 kilo per person. Kayaking beginners are welcome!
Skill level and photo equipment: Experts and amateurs are welcome. A DSLR camera is a must, bring a laptop for post-production if you have one. Otherwise we’ll have laptops to share.
Payment: We charge 1,000 SEK deposit per person at the time of booking. Remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to your trip.
Day by Day
This tour is not very physically strenuous compared to many of our other adventures. We focus most of our time on photography and the distances covered are relatively short. Appr. 2,5-4 hours of paddling per day with breaks for workshops.
The basics of photography
We start our photographic expedition in a sheltered bay. We’ll have lunch and a light introduction to our cameras, before setting off into the maze of islands.
As we paddle towards the outer archipelago, we use this time to familiarise ourselves with the surroundings and get comfortable with photographing from our kayaks.
Our first camp is nestled amongst clusters of islands and islets in one of the most stunning settings of the archipelago. It’s late afternoon or early evening by now, and once our tents are set up we wander our island to see what we can find. We’ll end the day with a delicious dinner and share stories as darkness falls over the archipelago.
A creative eye
We start the day by discussing the different elements of photography and how we can creatively manipulate those elements to enhance our images.
We aim south, skirting the outer edge of the archipelago with its barren islets and endless blue horizon. Our eyes are peeled for interesting birdlife, as we put what we discussed over breakfast into practice.
By late afternoon, we arrive at a beautiful forested island in the middle zone of the archipelago. This will be our base camp for the rest of our time on the water, an ideal spot near fantastic locations for us to explore.
If the skies are clear, we may start touching on night sky photography later in the evening.
Exploring different styles
Light is our focus this morning and we rise early! The soft rays of the rising sun illuminate the forest, and our morning hike on the island is all about using our eyes. It’s important to not always look at the world through our lenses. We sometimes need to see what’s in front of us first, and then think about how we can capture it.
Once back at our camp, we discuss different styles of photography, such as Landscape, Macro, Abstract, Portraiture and Adventure.
We’re off on a big paddle today! First exploring the lookout Kupa Klint, which offers amazing opportunities for Landscape and Macro photography.
Then onto St. Tallskär, arguably one of the most beautiful and wild islands in the archipelago. Here we experiment with Portraiture and Adventure photographic styles. We continue our learning process of how to approach a scene or subject, and explore the compositions available through our lens.
As we paddle back towards base camp, we watch as the sun begins to set and the character of the light creates a different mood in our images.
Depth and unique compositions
An early start again to catch the beautiful low sun as it pokes its head over the horizon. We’re aiming for Harstena, an idyllic village seemingly frozen in time, adrift at the edge of the Baltic sea. During peak summer, Harstena is a flurry of activity, but in September it’s almost a ghost town. This gives us an excellent opportunity to concentrate on architectural photography. We look at how we can control depth in our photographs while having a whole village pretty much to ourselves.
A short paddle west takes us to Torrön. This large island is surrounded by hundreds of little islets and very shallow waters. As we’re weaving our way through the myriad of islets, we look down at the beautiful bladder wrack forests on the bottom of the sea. We go for a walk on the island and concentrate on picking out colour, geometrics and unique compositions in nature.
Back at camp, we enjoy dinner and some rest. This is our last evening in the wild and we try our hand at night photography, astro photography, light painting and night portraiture
The end product
After packing down camp, we paddle towards the mainland. We’re in for what will seem like ultimate luxury after our days in the wild! We’ll stay the last night in charming little houses by the water with full amenities. You’ll have time for a shower, some well-deserved rest and lunch, and then we sit down as a team to process our images.
We look at all the steps involved in post-production, from importing, editing and presets to exporting and posting. The entire evening is ours to go through all our pictures, play around with edits, critique each others work and have one last meal as a team to reminisce over the trip.
Farewell to the archipelago
You’ve been getting up early these last couple of days, so we’re sure you will appreciate a sleep-in and a leisurely breakfast this morning! Our pickup crew will come get you around 10.30 and bring you back to Norrköping.
If you have some extra time before flying home, we really recommend wandering around the historic industrial landscape in Norrköping. The old factory buildings along the river and all the locks, waterfalls and bridges make for excellent compositions!
*Weather conditions may effect our route and workshops. Rob is an expert at making the most out of workshops no matter what Mother nature throws our way.
Norrköping is the major hub of the area. We pick you up at 10.00, it’s a beautiful city to spend the night before your adventure. Our closest airports are Linköping and Skavsta, but you can also fly to Arlanda, Copenhagen or Bromma. Arriving by train is an excellent option for the environment!
Please take the time to read Getting to Sweden with less CO2 emissions for tips on what you can do from your end. Hint: offsets ain’t it!
We pick you up either at the train station or at any hotel/hostel/airbnb.
Check out our Visitor’s Guide to Norrköping
We drop you back off around 16.30-17.00 on your last day of kayaking.
This is en excellent option for the environment. If you search for the entire trip, as quick as possible, it may seem like a complicated journey with many changes and no possibility for sleep. But if you divide it, and take some time to visit one or two spots on the way, it’s a fantastic chance to experience new places. An example, London to Norrköping:
London – Brussels, 2 hrs, 0 changes
Brussels – Hamburg, 6,5-8 hrs, 1-2 changes
Hamburg – Copenhagen, 4,5-5,5 hrs, 0-1 changes
Copenhagen to Norrköping, 3 hrs 45 min, 0-1 changes
Each of these cities are very beautiful and interesting, there are plenty of departures and you can puzzle together your journey as you see fit! Search trainline.eu for departures. From Copenhagen to Sweden you can also check sj.se.
It may be worth it to look at an Interrail pass (for European citizens) or a