START YOUR ADVENTURE
FIND YOUR FOCUS
WITH CRIS & DEANNA DUNCAN
Visit both iconic and off-the-trail attractions with top pros, great light, waterfalls and breathtaking views all while surrounded by like-minded friends.
Experience Iceland like few do. Hike to majestic locations, encounter nature, breathe the fresh air and see the stars-- and possibly the Northern Lights.
FYF is an exclusive event and space is limited. This means more one-on-one time and amazing experiences for all. Limited to 16 attendees.
Nothing builds community like like-minded people sharing experiences together. Hikes, meals, image cafe´s and more.
It's like summer camp for grown-ups. Lodging and local transportation is included as well as some meals. *You will be responsible for air travel and some meals.
For our 10th anniversary, we wanted to do something special. This years swag is the best yet. From Yetis to outerwear, all of the important things will be warm.
Explore Iceland with other like- minded individuals and create connections that last a lifetime.
Iceland is a photographer's dream--the grandest of locations in the best light. Images from FYF are wall-worthy.
Escape the mundane and be recharged, refreshed and encouraged. FYF will ignite new creativity and inspiration for you and your craft.
SOME OF THE SITES
Iceland is a photographer's dream. It is a playground for your senses and with this trip you are going to be treated to the very best of the Southern Coast including several "hidden" or "secret" locations. From staying in the heart of Southern Iceland on a world-class horse farm to having up close and personal experiences with glaciers, this adventure is designed in such a way that you will always be amazed, but yet also have time to think through the composition of your images. You can breathe and not feel rushed when photographing. Second only to the landscape is the people. FYFers are always the most positive, fun group of people who are here to encourage one another. Come and join us! Find Your Focus is led by Master Photographers Cris and Deanna Duncan
'Find your Focus' is geared to photographers who just simply love photography and want to see with a fresh perspective. This is not your ordinary workshop. "Find your Focus" is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is an event that is sure to leave you refreshed, inspired and more passionate about your craft than ever before. This is a retreat. At 'Find your Focus' you will fall in love with photography all over again, be motivated to chase your dreams and be inspired to be better than before. This is all about building relationships with other photographers, creating a network of friends that last a lifetime and becoming great photographers.
Local transportation is included with your registration. You are responsible for your travel to and from Keflavik, Iceland (KEF). We will pick you up and take you back. This is not a tour bus, but smaller four-wheel drive vehicles that allow you to experience the country in comfort. More details on the registration page*
Love hiking in remote areas? Want to experience the Highlands of Iceland? Join us for 2 days of adventure in Landmannalaugar, Gjain and other F-Road, tourist free locations. Price includes accommodations, transportation and breakfast. Pre-FYF is Sept 11-13, 2020
Tuition for this event is only $3500 per person and includes local transportation, lodging, awesome swag, world class locations, instruction, social activities, special adventures and some meals. Pay in full and receive a $100 discount. FYF is an event unlike any other.
Q: What is FYF?
A: Find you Focus is a photographic experience unlike any other. Set in iconic Iceland you have the adventure you have always wanted as you share the experience along side some of the leading minds in photography today. You will be able to shoot, recharge and connect with pros and peers in a way few get to experience.
Q: Is this a landscape workshop?
A: That and much more. While at Find Your Focus, it would be a sin not to photograph the target rich environment, yet there will be much more to "Find your Focus" than just landscape. We will be having evening fire-side chats covering several different topics from enhancing your images with Lightroom, Photoshop, lighting on location, leadership and business and open forums to ask the questions you have always wanted to ask. You will also have great networking opportunities as well as a time to recharge your batteries.
Q: What will I learn?
A: When you get some of the world's leaders in photography in the most majestic location on the planet, the answer is more than you can imagine. You will shoot, chat, connect and relax with pros and peers alike in an intimate environment. Find your Focus is limited to no more than 16 paid participants so your access to these leading minds is virtually unlimited. You will learn shooting techniques, digital work flow, leadership and business tips and whatever your mind is open to.
Q: Where do I fly?
A: You will fly into Keflavik (KEF) International Airport. It is a former US military base and the main airport in Iceland. Please arrive by 10am. Most flights arrive between 4am and 9am. There is lodging near Keflavik. If you want to visit the capital city of Reykjavik it is about 45 minutes away and easily accessed via the Fly bus.
Q: How does the transportation work?
A: Your registration includes transportation to and from the Keflavik airport as well as all week while in Iceland. We have several 4x4 vehicles that seat 4-6, and seats are randomly assigned each day. At home you may always ride shotgun, but at FYF, you can find yourself in any seat. If you feel that you can not ride in any seat of a vehicle, consider renting your own vehicle. Fair warning, renting vehicles in Iceland is very different than renting in the US and we will be driving on some F roads (non-maintained dirt roads that may require river crossings.)
Q: When should I arrive/depart?
A: To take part of the free transportation, your flight must arrive before 10 am on Sunday Sept 13th and depart no earlier than 10:00am on Sun, Sept 20th. We have a two hour drive to the airport from the farm so we can not promise to be able to accommodate earlier flights. If you must take an earlier flight, consider flying out on the 21st. You can always join Cris and Dee for a quick jaunt to the seastacks and then relaxation at the Blue Lagoon on the 20th.
Q: Do I need to make my own arrangements?
A: No. Everything is taken care of for you. We will be staying in three locations--Gullfoss Hotel (1 night), Hali Country Inn (2 nights) and Armot Guesthouse/Horse Farm (4 nights). Everyone will have their own bed, but you may have a shared bathroom with other FYF attendees. All rooms (except 6 at Armot) are double rooms with either two twin beds or a queen.
Q: What about food?
A: Iceland has the honor of being the most expensive country on earth. We are sensitive to that and have worked to make everything as affordable as possible. A gas station hot dog and drink may be $25 and a nice, sit down meal may be $100. Two of your evening meals and most breakfasts are covered along with a few other "meals." At Hali and Armot, we will have access to kitchens and we plan to visit the grocery stores to help keep meal costs low.
Q: What about food allergies?
A: We understand and know the difficult it can be finding meals. We should have menus in advance so you can see your options. We will also be visiting grocery stores and have access to kitchens for every day except the first.
Q: Will there be hiking?
A: Yes, but it is always at a level that you feel comfortable with. If we visit a location, there are options to photograph that don't involve a lot of walking. If we do visit an area with hiking, it is always an out and back and you have lots of time to meander as desired.
Q: Are the trails difficult?
A: This is a hard question. Each person will have different ideas of difficulty. Each location we visit has options for the uber explorer and the Sunday stroller, so no one is left out. At FYF, we ask that attendees can maintain a 30 minute mile. The bulk of the hiking will be during the pre-convention in Landmannlauger.
Q: Can we go any where we want?
A: Yes and no. All locations on the itinerary have been scouted and planned so that you have the best experience possible. At FYF, we have a scheduled time line with freedom to explore built in. For your safety, it is best to stay in groups of 3 or more. In Iceland, you must stay on established trails. Walking on moss can kill it and it will not grown back. Along the beaches you have more freedom.
Q: What are these "Special Excursions"?
A: We are still working on some of these--that's why Dee is doing the scouting trip. Right now, it looks like we will be doing a Glacier Hike with a guide, an ATV tour or a horseback tour while at the farm. This is included in your registration fee.
Q: What does the registration include?
A: Your registration includes the admission to the 'Find your Focus' event, world-class education in Iceland, a FYF shirt (and other surprise goodies), travel to and from KEF airport and in Iceland, all lodging, most breakfasts and opening night and closing evening dinners. It also includes some special adventures.
Q: What other expenses are there?
A: You will be responsible for your air travel, some meals, alcohol, gifts, souvenirs and personal items.
Q: Cancellation policy.
A: If I cancel, do I get my money back. Unfortunately no. Due to the inclusive nature of the event and the demand for space at these locations refunds can not be issued. However, your ticket may be transferred to another person or rolled over to a following event or FYF product. In rare cases, exceptions and partial refunds may be made on a case by case basis. Due to the unique situations in Iceland, we strongly encourage you to purchase trip insurance. Allianz.com offers insurance or you can check with your local agent.
Q: What do I bring?
A: Check out our Attendee info page for a packing list and suggested clothing. It will be updated soon with ALL THINGS Iceland.
“I have attended all but the first Find Your Focus and now every year I set aside time and resources to attend Find Your Focus. This is one week that I will not miss! "
It was an amazing experience and everything I hoped for. I knew some of the attendees before I went, but others were unknown to me. By the end of the event they were all good friends and we all bonded over our love of photography. I can’t recommend this workshop more highly, The equipment that Arlington Camera and Sigma supplied for our use, free of charge, was outstanding. Cris and Deanna’s organization skills made it all run smoothly. If you are thinking of going to the next FYF, stop thinking and GO! It will be the best decision you ever made in photography. Thanks Cris and Deanna, keep on FYFing
“This was my second year to join Cris and Deanna on one of their workshops. They put together such a great venue and this gave everyone some amazing photographic opportunities. Best of all, our group bonded like no other workshop group I've experienced. Being out doors with like-minded photographers, sharing stories and experiences helped to break down walls like I've never seen before. Cris and Deanna put their hearts and souls into these workshops. You'll come out of them a better photographer and a better person."