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Greenland Grandeur & Disko Fever

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Hotel Icefiord

Greenland

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Join us for a five day Ilulissat adventure and/or a four day Disko Bay experience in September 2019 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/or Disko Island, Greenland

Dates: September 5 - 10, 2019 (Ilulissat) and September 10 - 13, 2019 (Disko Island)

Tour Leaders: Paul Zizka. Assisted by Stephen DesRoches and Curtis Jones (each to be added as workshop participant numbers are reached).

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

Thursday, September 5:

4:00 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 - 10:00 PM - Welcome dinner.

Friday, September 6

5:30 AM - 8:00 AM – Morning shoot, field demos around Ilulissat.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM – Breakfast

11:00 - 4:00 PM - Freetime/nap time/lunch/open editing time.

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Hike (approx 2KM to afternoon/sunset shooting location, Ilulissat Icejford - UNESCO World Heritage Site)

10:00 PM - late - night/aurora shooting, if conditions allow.

Saturday, September 7

Morning to rest

10 :00 AM - 11:00 AM – Late breakfast

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Freetime/nap time/lunch/open editing time.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Hike (approx 2KM to afternoon/sunset shooting location, Ilulissat Icejford - UNESCO World Heritage Site)

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Water Taxi adventure or sunset at boat graveyard

9:00 - 10:00 PM - Dinner

10:00 PM - late - night/aurora shooting, if conditions allow.

Sunday, September 8

5:30 AM - 8:00 AM – Morning shoot, field demos around Ilulissat.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Freetime/nap time/lunch/open editing time.

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Hike (approx 2KM to afternoon/sunset shooting location, Ilulissat Icejford - UNESCO World Heritage Site)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Water Taxi adventure or sunset at boat graveyard

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Dinner

10:00 PM - late - night/aurora shooting, if conditions allow.


Monday, September 9

5:30 AM - 8:00 AM – Morning shoot, field demos around Ilulissat.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Editing sessions and preparation of final slideshow

12:00 PM -1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Farewell sessions at Icefjord (includes creative group shot)

7:00 - 10 PM - Finale slideshow and dinner


Tuesday, September 10

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.

6:00 AM - 11:00AM - check out and transfer to airport for those not continuing to Disko Island

4:00 PM - 8:00PM - check in, Disko Island, walking/photo tour of area.

8:00PM - 10:00PM - dinner

Wednesday, September 11

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.


Thursday, September 12

6:00 AM - breakfast/sunrise shooting around Qeqertarsuaq.

3:00PM - 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.


Friday, September 13

6:00 AM - breakfast/sunrise shooting around Qeqertarsuaq.

Depart via boat back to Ilulissat - late arrival in Ilulissat (11:30pm)- overnight at hotel. Transfers to airport next morning (14th).

The finer details:

Included:
- One-on-one and group photography instruction from Paul Zizka, Stephen Desroches, and Curtis Jones
- All transportation within Greenland, from start of the workshop in Ilulissat, Greenland on September 5 until the end date of either September 10 or September 13 (depending on the chosen workshop(s) of the participant; participants are 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 (shared) within Greenland, from start of the workshop in Ilulissat, Greenland on September 5 until the check-out date of September 10 or September 13 (depending on the chosen workshop(s) of the participant.
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Ilulissat photo boat tour

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

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost:

Greenland Grandeur - September 5-10, 2019 - $5750 CAD + Eventbrite Fee

Disko Fever - September 10-13, 2019 - $2050 CAD + Eventbrite Fee

Greenland Grandeur + Disko Fever - September 5 - 13, 2019 - $7300 CAD + Eventbrite Fee

GREENLAND GRANDEUR ONLY:

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $800 + Eventbrite Fee
Payment #2: CAD $1650 - October 1, 2018
Payment #3: CAD $1650 - March 1, 2019
Payment #4: CAD $1650 - June 1, 2019

DISKO FEVER ONLY:

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $700 + Eventbrite Fee
Payment #2: CAD $450 - October 1, 2018
Payment #3: CAD $450 - March 1, 2019
Payment #4: CAD $450 - June 1, 2019

GREENLAND GRANDEUR + DISKO FEVER:

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $1000 + Eventbrite Fee
Payment #2: CAD $2100 - October 1, 2018
Payment #3: CAD $2100 - March 1, 2019
Payment #4: CAD $2100 - June 1, 2019

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 POLICY
It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation/interruption insurance, as well as emergency medical/illness insurance and rescue coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure).

Weather and other unforeseen factors can cause delays in travel, particularly from some of our more remote locations. It is the participant's responsibility to cover any costs in the case of a travel delay of any length. Please ensure your trip cancellation/interruption insurance accommodates this possibility.

By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.

Travel Visa

It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.

About Paul Zizka

Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.

Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.

In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.


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 three 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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