Iceberg Alley, June 5-11, 2024

$500.00$2,700.00

Tuition: $3200
Deposit: $500, applied to balance
Dates: June 5-11, 2024
Type of Excursion: Workshop
Skill Level: All Levels
Duration: 7 days
Group Size Min: 4 Max: 8

EMPHASIS
  • Landscape/Seascape
  • Wildlife
  • Icebergs
  • Composition
  • Exploration, Personal Style, Vision & Awareness
  • Camera Operation
  • Exposure, Working with light
  • Workflow
  • Filters, Time Lapse, & Long Exposure

INCLUDED
  • Instruction, image review & feedback
  • One-hour pre-workshop Zoom meet-n-greet & prep
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals (self-prep)
  • On-site transportation
  • Two iceberg, whale, and wildlife boat tours (weather permitting)
  • Mike’s Book: The Ecology of Photography: Senses &
    Perception

NOT INCLUDED
  • Transportation to/from home and gateway city
    of Gander, Newfoundland (Gander International Airport – YQX)
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal snacks
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Fees for activities not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

FAQ

Gift Card

Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, is the largest offshore island in the province at 237km2 (91.5mi2). It is 25km (15.5mi) long and 14km (8.7mi) wide, has a long maritime history and is the ancestral fishing and hunting grounds of the now-extinct Beothuk indigenous people. Home to a resident population of caribou, and other mammals including fox, beaver, coyote, and the rare polar bear. Marine mammals are common; harbor seal, grey seal, humpback whale, sperm whale, pilot whale, minke whale, dolphin and porpoise. During the breeding season, Fogo Island supports over 300 species of songbirds, shorebirds, seabirds, bald eagles and northern goshawk. 420 million years of geologic history has sculpted the granite bedrock of the island from millennia of wear by deep glacial ice, volcanic action, and the relentlessness of the sea. Boreal forest of black spruce and watery bogs dot the landscape in this sub-arctic climate.

In the spring and early summer the ice pack melts and the strong offshore Labrador current brings 10,000 year old ice giants into the neighborhood. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors from snow white to deepest aquamarine blue. Ninety-percent of the icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador have calved from the glaciers of western Greenland and are around 1-2 years old (icebergs can exist as long as 10 years). The rest are from glaciers to the north in the Canadian arctic. Up to 2,000 icebergs have been spotted along the coast during a season. We’ll photograph visible bergs from shore and during two boat tours (weather permitting) to get up close and personal. On the boat tours we’ll likely also see Atlantic puffins, diving gannets, seals, humpback, minke, and pilot whales, dolphin and porpoise, as well as views of the landscape from sea.

Fogo Island is a world unto itself with rocky shores, lush boreal forest, brightly-colored salt box houses, wildlife, icebergs, and warm hospitality. It is also a place of contemplation. This workshop will not be a race from location to location, but a leisurely exploration and discovery. Our accommodations will be the same throughout the workshop and travel time between locations is short. So, we’ll be able to revisit places we like, if needed. I’ll work with you to improve your camera and photography skills, discover new techniques, create personally meaningful work, pursue a personal body of work, and explore your artistic vision. Daily photography discussions and reviews of your work will be available. I’ll demonstrate techniques including intentional camera movements (intentional blurring), long exposure, astrophotography (weather permitting), filter use, and others.

Participants will travel by rental vehicle from Gander airport (YQX) and accommodations will be a guest house with kitchen facilities. Accommodations are double occupancy unless otherwise requested. We will be spending the majority of the time photographing. There will be time for relaxing and wandering on your own, as well as image processing, but there will not be any formal image processing instruction.

Please arrive to Gander airport, Newfoundland (YQX) before 3pm on June 5 to take advantage of airport transfer to the workshop location, and schedule your departure after 12 noon on June 11.

To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 5 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails.

A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.