Madeira is a small island in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is located on the African tectonic plate, the reason for its dramatic coastline and jagged mountains.
With a population of 250000 spread out across roughly 800km2, the coastal areas are densely populated. The island is dominated by steep hillsides with houses almost hanging on to the ground. Filled with narrow roads making the driving experience exotic and at times nerve wrecking.
The islands are strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream and Canary Current, giving it mild to warm year-round temperatures. In late November the temperatures are normally between 15 to 22 degrees. November is also when clouds come rolling in from the Atlantic and rest in the higher areas of the island. This is crucial for making the photographic conditions optimal. At around 1000m elevation lies the incredible Fanal Forest. A Unesco World Heritage forest, called laurisilva forest, home to some of the worlds most amazing forest scenes. The clouds from the Atlantic often rest directly over the Fanal, creating an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere. The trees are shaped in the most crooked and twisted shapes, creatures emerge through the mist and you are transported into a fairytale world. We will spend around 3 days photographing this unique area and we will make sure everyone masters the art of forest photography by the end of the workshop.
The coastline is dominated by steep cliffs and small rocky beaches. Several sea stacks makes the perfect locations for seascape photography and we will photograph a few superb spots, allowing everyone to capture dramatic coastal scenes. Madeira almost feels like a tropical version of the Faroe Islands, with its rugged and dramatic coastline and fast moving clouds.
Another incredible aspect of Madeira is its high and jagged mountains. Some of the scenes are similar to the Italian Dolomites. The clouds are moving extremely fast through the mountains, creating a dreamy and otherworldy atmosphere.
Our targets in terms of learning will be:
– Mastering the art of forest photography
– Long exposure photography by the ocean and in the mountains
– Creating meaningful personal work
We will be based in a luxurious villa in a quiet area on the south west side of the island. We have a private pool and lots of space to enjoy relaxing evenings with great food and lots of fun.
GUIDED BY ARILD HEITMANN, STIAN KLO & HANS STRAND
Frequently Asked Questions
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What should I bring ?
You have to be well equipped for all kinds of dramatic weather including rainfall. Bring comfortable, warm and waterproof outer layers such as Gore-tex. A complete list of recommended clothes as well as camera gear will be provided upon registration.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.