Location: Torngats Mountains National Park, Newfoundland & Labrador - Canada
Dates: July 22nd to 29th, 2017
This remote corner of Labrador will surprise you! Home to over 100 remnant glaciers and the highest peaks in mainland Eastern Canada, the Torngats prove that high elevation topography isn’t only reserved for the West and North.
Join us in one of the wildest and least photographed parts of Canada for an adventure-filled workshop shooting iceberg-choked fjords, glacier-carved tundra valleys, turquoise lakes, polar bears (with the safety of a polar bear guard), and aurora borealis.
The Torngat Mountain base camp only sees a tiny number of visitors each year, and this remote region has been rarely photographed. Instructors Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha are excited to host 14 adventurous photographers next summer.
Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)
Day 1 - Sat July 22: Arrival at Base Camp from Goose Bay, orientation, afternoon hike to the waterfall and lokes close to camp, astrophotography, weather permiting.
Day 2 - Sun July 23: Early departure for North Arm, day spent shooting around North Arm, move over to SW arm for the night, shoot sunset and night at SW Arm.
Day 3 - Mon July 24: Shoot sunrise at SW Arm then return to Base Camp with detours to look for bears, optional hike near Base Camp (Crocodile's Head or Torr Bay)
Day 4 - Tue July 25: Sunrise fom Moor Lakes SW of camp, afternoon break/preparation for night out. Departure after dinner for iceberg tour on the way to Hebron. Night at Hebron tents.
Day 5 - Wed July 26: Sunrise at Hebron, back to camp. Second round of aerials. Sunset hike to Inukshuk.
Day 6 - Thu July 27: Weather day (either at camp or in Goose Bay). If we do get the weather there is a myriad of amazing other locations to check out!
Day 7 - Fri July 28: Weather day (either at camp or in Goose Bay). If we do get the weather there is a myriad of amazing other locations to check out!
Day 8 - Sat July 29: Return to Goose Bay
The finer details:
- Daily instruction and mentoring by Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha
- All accommodations and meals at Base Camp, as well as bear guards and boat transport to photo locations
- Transportation between your hotel and the airport in Goose Bay (return trip)
- Air Transportation from Goose Bay to the Torngat Mountains Base Camp
- Transportation between your home and to Goose Bay, Labrador (Goose Bay is the point of departure for the workshop)
- Accommodation in Goose Bay, Labrador
- Travel Insurance
- 6 minimum
- 14 maximum
We require a minimum of 6 participants in order to run this workshop. If the minimum numbers are not reached by October 14th, 2016, the workshop will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to participants. See our cancellation policy below for more details.
Cost: CAD $9,500 + 15% HST NL + 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 $2375
Payment #2: CAD $2375 - October 22nd, 2016
Payment #3: CAD $2375 - January 22nd, 2017
Payment #4: CAD $2375 - April 22nd, 2017
Note: All payments above are subject to 15% HST NL. 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.
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 tent). Note, however, that the “tents” are sturdy walled tents with two individual beds per tent, furniture, electricity, heater, and bedding. People do not need to bring sleeping bags. However, those who wish to spend the night at Hebron and Southwest Arm (both highly recommended) will need to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow. Sleeping with be in wall tents at those locations.
All accommodations during the duration of the workshop dates are included.
All transportation for the duration the workshop, starting from Goose Bay and back, are included in the workshop price.
What to expect
The workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. Most locations will be readily accessible with drives/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
Both Dave and Paul 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.
What to Bring
• 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
• blister bandages
• water bottle
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.
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 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.
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