Greenland Grandeur 2017
$1,644.95 – $6,519.95
Greenland Grandeur 2017

Greenland Grandeur 2017

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Join us for eight days in September, 2017 while we explore one of the least-photographed but most beautiful countries in the world and let us help you take your landscape, night, and portrait photography skills to the next level! You'll get a chance to work closely all tour leaders and tackle a variety of topics (primarily in the field, with some classroom learning and critiques) aimed at expanding your technical photo skills and your creative vision, all while soaking in the Arctic splendour of an incredible, pristine environment.

Location: Ilulissat and Disko Bay, Greenland

Dates: September 11th to 18th, 2017

Tour Leaders: Dave Brosha, Stephen DesRoches and Curtis Jones

Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)

Day 1 - Mon Sept 11:

  • 4 PM – Arrival and check-in at the Icefjord Hotel in Ilulissat, Greenland. The hotel will provide transportation from the Ilulissat Airport to the hotel.
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM– Presentations/Welcome
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Sunset shooting, Ilulissat Harbour.
  • 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Tues Sept 12:

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM – Morning shoot, field demos around Ilulissat.
  • 10 AM - 11AM – Late breakfast
  • 11 - 4 PM - Freetime/nap time/lunch/open editing time.
  • 4 PM - 8 PM – Hike (approx 2KM to afternoon/sunset shooting location, Ilulissat Icejford - UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • 8 - 10PM - Dinner

(NOTE: if conditions allow, half group head off on tour of Ilulissat Harbour via water taxi; entire group will have opportunity to do so during our time in Ilulissat, included in your price, but space on the tour is limited so different groups of participants will go at different times).

Day 3 - Wed Sept 13:

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM – Morning shoot, field demos around Ilulissat.
  • 10 AM - 11AM – Late breakfast
  • 11 - 4 PM - Freetime/nap time/lunch/open editing time.
  • 4 PM - 8 PM – Hike (approx 2KM to afternoon/sunset shooting location, Ilulissat Icejford - UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • 8 - 10PM - Dinner
  • 10PM - late - night/aurora shooting, if conditions allow.

(NOTE: if conditions allow, half group head off on tour of Ilulissat Harbour via water taxi; entire group will have opportunity to do so during our time in Ilulissat, included in your price, but space on the tour is limited so different groups of participants will go at different times).

Day 4 - Thurs Sept 14:

  • 6:00 AM - breakfast/depart to Disko Island. Note: transportation to Disko is via boat. For those prone to sea sickness, be forewarned that journey can occasionally be choppy, so bring medication if you think helpful. The trip across is quite scenic and beautiful, however, and we will be journeying past massive icebergs and potentially whales, so keep your cameras at the ready.
  • 4 PM - 8:00PM - check in, Disko Island, walking/photo tour of area.
  • 8PM - 10:00PM - dinner.

Day 5 - Fri Sept 15:

  • 6:00 AM - breakfast/sunrise shooting around Qeqertarsuaq.
  • 11AM - depart for a long day hike to one of the most spectacular areas of Greenland, the Kuannit area of Disko Island. We will pack lunches/dinner and spend the day in this area including afternoon, sunset, and potentially night photography. Expect an approximately a 5KM-7KM round hike on gentle sloping ground (trails) with some uneven rocks to cover.

Day 6 - Sat Sept 16:

  • 6:00 AM - breakfast/sunrise shooting around Qeqertarsuaq.
  • 3PM - depart for a day hike to another incredible location just outside Qeqertarsuaq which features multiple waterfalls, impressive hills, and autumn colours. We will pack dinner and spend the day in this area including afternoon, sunset, and potentially night photography. Expect an approximately a 3KM-5KM round hike on gentle sloping ground (trails) with some uneven rocks to cover.

Day 7 - Sun Sept 17:

  • 6:00 AM - breakfast/sunrise shooting around Qeqertarsuaq.
  • Depart via boat back to Ilulissat
  • Optional night shooting in Ilulissat.

Day 8 - Mon Sept 18:

  • Finale breakfast
  • Depart Ilulissat


The finer details:

Included:
- One-on-one and group photography instruction from Dave Brosha, Stephen Desroches, and Curtis Jones
- Water taxi to/from Disko Bay/Ilulissat
- All transportation within Greenland, from start of the workshop in Ilulissat, Greenland on September 11th until the end date of Monday, September 18th; participants responsible for getting to/arriving in Ilulissat for the start of the workshop and their return flights from Ilulissat.
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Breakfast and dinner daily within Greenland during the workshop dates; participants generally have lunch hour “off” each day and are free to nap, explore, or check out area restaurants on their own.
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All accommodation within Greenland, from start of the workshop in Ilulissat, Greenland on September 11th until the check-out date of Monday, September 18th.
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Ilulissat photo boat tour

Not Included:
- Flights to Greenland
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost: CAD $6,500 + Eventbrite Fee

Payment options: Full payment or $ non-refundable deposit to secure a space with remaining three payments spread over the year:

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $1,625
Payment #2: CAD $1,625 - December 11, 2016
Payment #3: CAD $1,625 - March 11, 2017
Payment #4: CAD $1,625 - June 11, 2017

Note: Failure to pay by due dates means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant. In such case, participants are responsible for handling payment for the transfer.

Accommodations

Your time for the duration of the workshop is split between the comfortable Icefjord Hotel in Ilulissat, which offers stunning views of giant icebergs passing through the harbour, and the Panorama Hostel on the remote and rugged Disko Island. Our group will be taking over the hostel while there, which although rustic and will require shared accomodations, is entirely comfortable and is centrally located to take advantage of some incredible short hikes to scenic photography locations. All breakfasts and dinners will be catered (on Disko) and/or served at a restaurant (in Ilulissat).

Important note: this is not a "luxury" tour. While we feel you will find it very comfortable, please note that accommodations will be shared (two participants per room). We will do our best, however, to accomodate friends/spouses traveling together to ensure you room in the same cabin.

Meals

Included in the cost of registration is your daily instruction, guiding, and two meals per day (breakfast, which will sometimes be a packed/deli lunch on the land so that we can take advantage of sunrise shooting hours which generally conflict with restaurant hours, and dinner). For lunch, participants will be free to eat per their choosing. For the budget-conscious the grocery stores are well-stocked and offer quite a bit of variety (including fresh baked goods). While more expensive than most Canadian grocery stores, we still found it much cheaper to buy food in Greenland than in the Canadian Arctic.

For those looking for sit down/restaurant meals, both villages offer a variety of restaurants. In Ilulissat, the hotel offers dining options that are excellent, and there's plenty of choice in and around the town. In Qeqertarsuaq, we will be staying in a hostel environment which allows for full use of cooking facilities. It is recommended that participants bring along 5-8 dehydrated meals (available in most outdoor/sporting good stores) as they are generally tasty, cheap ($6-$9 per), light, and very quick meal options.

Touring together in a remote country with not much in the way of traditional luxury facilities will sometimes require a group effort for meal preparation (including cooking, and dishwashing). Think of it as a fun way to come together as a team and share in the logistics of exploring such a unique country, together.

Transportation

Come expecting to walk through the village of Ilulissat and on Disko Island as opposed to vehicle transportation. The towns are small and it’s a great way to take in the local culture and sights of the town. For reference we found we walked, on average, about two-four kilometres per day in and around town (longer hikes, of course, for access to great photo places).

What to expect

The workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. Most locations will be readily accessible with short hikes.

This event focuses 100% on landscape + outdoor + night photography, but participants are free to ask questions about and practice portrait photography as well. It is worth noting that the workshop will be quite intense in order to maximize field time. Participants are not expected to participate in every aspect of the workshop/tour. It’s up to you to get out as much as you like, though of course it is recommended you give it your all.

LEAVE NO TRACE

We preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.

Terrain, Hiking and Fitness Level

Unlike some tours that we hold in Canada, which largely sees roadside photography locations, Greenland requires light-to-moderate walking/hiking to get to some of the most truly spectacular locations. Participants should come being prepared to hike to locations, sometimes in low light (or, for photographing the aurora borealis, should it emerge, in the dark). Please refer to the gear section for more information on what to bring to make hiking as safe and enjoyable an activity as possible. None of the places we will bring the group require any technical rock or mountaineering skills, but there is uneven terrain and the chance of wet and slippery rocks. We will do their best to assess the groups physical level and structure the daily outings accordingly. There is the possibility of the group splitting up at times where people who are more comfortable doing longer/extended hikes can shoot in one location, while those who aren’t as comfortable can shoot at different (but also spectacular) locations. No participant will be expected to do anything that they feel unsafe or uncomfortable with and we will do our best to make sure you still experience the absolute best that Greenland has to offer!

Ultimately, you don't have to be an extreme outdoorsperson, mountaineer, or hiker to enjoy this trip. Light hiking is required, however, so if you think that hikes over gently sloping/occasionally rocky terrain with distances ranging between 1 KM - 8KM may be problematic, this trip may not be the best fit for you. On the one or two days where we will do longer hikes, the pace will be quite lesiurely with frequent rests/breaks.

What to Bring

As the tour is in September in the Arctic, there is the possibility of some very diverse weather conditions and cool temperatures, especially in the late evening and early mornings. Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions as the more comfortable you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be. For reference, we experienced temperatures ranging from -10C at night to +8C during the day during our 2015 trip, with weather including beautiful sunshine, fog, light drizzle, and snow.

• suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer (including long underwear)
• warm jacket
• waterproof jacket and pants
• hiking boots (we will be in potentially wet and rocky areas)
• warm hat
• a headlamp or flashlight
• gloves (try to find gloves that still allow you to operate your camera)
• your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings and a range of lenses, if you have). Our recommended lenses to bring would be one wide angle lens with a fast aperture (useful for night photography) and a 70-200MM lens. Other lenses are useful, of course, but those two lenses were our most frequented "go-to" lenses.
• a sturdy tripod
• a cable (or wireless) shutter release
• a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe)

As well, we optionally recommend:

• small first aid kit
• hiking poles
• chemical handwarmers

• blister bandages
• water bottle


Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made to OFFBEAT Photography Inc. would be refunded to participants however no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.

Insurance

It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation and interruption insurance, including medical insurance and emergency medical transport coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.

About Dave Brosha

"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.

About Stephen DesRoches

From a love to create and build on ideas, Stephen has built his career around photography and design. When not designing educational and image related products, the art of photography has become a full-time daily creative exercise for personal and commercial work. Photography for Stephen is about staying inspired to create. It’s about being forced away from an office, a computer screen and not being indoors. Photography is more than just taking pictures for Stephen. It’s a lifestyle that encourages adventures, exploring and documenting the important things in life that are always changing. Stephen has been to Greenalnd for the past 2 years, exploring locations where the workshop will take place and assisting in previous editions of the event.

About Curtis Jones

Curtis is an adventure, landscape and portrait photographer from Newfoundland and Labrador who considers Nunavut his second home. Never tiring of seeing the sun rise from a new horizon or watching a contagious smile grow on the faces of friends and strangers alike as they step out of their comfort­ zone, Curtis seeks to tell stories with his photographs as he lives out his own. Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of working with world­class athletes, artists, and production teams while shooting in some of the globe’s most raw, wild, and challenging locations. Equal parts adventurer, artist and clown, he is never far from a camera, a tent or a good punchline. Curtis has also completed a major expedition in Greenland where he went kite-sailing the Greenland icecap.

For any additional questions, please contact us at workshops@offbeatphoto.ca

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