Antarctic Expedition 2009

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann


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The Adventure

In January 2009 I will be leading my third photographic expedition to Antarctica. This trip will last for 13 days, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina at the tip of South America bound for the Antarctic Peninsula and a crossing of the Antarctic circle.

We will cross the turbulent Drake Passage and then spend more than a week in the calm waters of an Antarctic summer, going ashore in Zodiacs two to three times each day to photograph the unique landscape and wildlife found at the bottom of the world. Our voyage is operated byQuark Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators of adventure tours in the Antarctic. Our ship is the latest addition to Quark’s fleet, theOcean Nova(seen above). Quark will dedicate this ship to our expedition, and all 78 passengers and educators will be members of our workshop / expedition. Our itinerary is designed to maximize photographic opportunities.

In addition to the adventure of this trip and the opportunity to do photography in a very special environment, this trip will offer a unique learning experience. In addition to internationally renowned photographer, educator and author Michael Reichmann, four other world-class photographers and digital imaging experts will be onboard to act as your guides, consultants and teachers.

The five of us will be providing Photoshop, digital imaging, and printing seminars on a regular basis throughout the trip. We will also be shooting alongside workshop members every day as well as being available for one-on-one instructional sessions throughout the trip. Portfolio reviews and one-on-one sessions are also offered.

The photographic as well as educational opportunities on this trip are exceptional, and unlike anything offered on any other workshop or expedition.

Reflected Cloud. Lemair Channel, Antartica. December 2005

Canon 5D with 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. ISO 100

The Instructors

This is quite possibly the most exciting and talented group of photographic instructors ever assembled for a field workshop. For each of us this is going to be at least our third expedition to Antarctica. Listed alphabetically, we are…

John Paul Caponigro

John Paul combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using the digital platform. He is
respected internationally as one of the most prominent artists working with digital media processes. Exhibited internationally, his work resides in numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Estée Lauder collection.

Well respected as an authority on working creatively with the digital platform and fine digital printing John Paul teaches both privately in his studio and internationally at prominent workshops including The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and The Maine Photographic Workshops. He lectures
frequently at universities, museums, and conferences.

John Paul’s work has been published widely. Reviews have appeared in numerous periodicals and books including Art News and The Ansel Adams Guide. He is a contributing editor for Camera Arts and View Camera and a columnist for Photo Techniques. His book Adobe Photoshop Master Class (Adobe Press, 2003) is now in its second edition.

John Paul is one Canon’s Explorers of Light and an Epson’s Stylus Pro. His clients include Adobe, Apple,Canon, Epson, Greta g-MacBeth, Kodak, and Sony.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is a photographer, designer and teacher. He has been photographing since 1973, and lecturing on photography since 1977. His photography explores the concerns of a landscape artist working in an increasingly industrialized world. His work has also concentrated on refining the new tools of digital photography and empowering individual artists to use these tools to express their ideas. He has been working in digital photography since 1989 and wrote the duotone curves that ship with Adobe Photoshop. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland and Making a Digital Book. Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected internationally. He has lectured extensively on digital imaging in both Europe and the United States. His recent work includes a major new endeavor, With A New Eye, a groundbreaking all digital photographic look at the national parks.


Michael Reichmann

Michael is a fine-art landscape photographer with an international reputation as a photographic educator. He is contributing editor toPhoto Techniquesmagazine, the publisher and primary author ofThe Luminous Landscapeweb site, and of more than 400 published articles, tutorials and essays on photography.

Michael has conducted numerous field workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Brazil, Costa Rica, Tanzania, China, Bangladesh, Namibia, Antarctica, and Iceland. He is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and photography seminars.

Michael is a beta tester for several software and hardware firms, and is also a consultant on product design to several companies.

His photographs have appeared in numerous books, monographs and portfolios, as well as gallery exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada. Michael’s fine art prints are in both private and government collections worldwide, and are on exhibit at his photographic gallery and print studio in Toronto, Canada.

Seth Resnick

North America’s most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers. He is Co-Founder of D-65 LLC and the Founding President of the Editorial Photographers Group (EP). Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light.  Resnick has been published in the world’s most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual list of Corporate America.

Resnick who shoots exclusively digitally, is one of 65 photographers worldwide named as a Canon Explorer of Light. He has given over 125 lectures to industry organizations such as American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Advertising Photographers of America (APA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Advertising Photographers of New York (APNY), colleges and universities.
Seth is also an alpha and beta tester and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop, He is on the Advisory Board for, a technology consultant to Epson and founding member of (CVA) Coalition of Visual Artists and a founding partner of PixelGenius. Seth Resnick  is as an industry consultant to photo agencies, software companies and is frequently quoted by industry magazines.

Seth Resnick Photography

Chris Sanderson

A film and television Director for thirty years, Christopher has spent most of his career making television commercials for N. America and Europe. He was awarded a Gold Lion at the Cannes Advertising Film Festival in 1981, and became well-known for multiple award-winning work with children & animals. His work has interrupted regular programming in many countries & languages.

Among his non-commercial directing work, Christopher directed the ’92
EMMY-nominated Alligator Pie, a 50 minute Children’s Special aired on
the CBC. The show was also a GEMINI nominee and won the Best Production
for Children at the Yorkton Festival in 1992.

Having trained early in his career as a cameraman and editor, Christopher picked up the camera and computer ‘guillotine splicer’ again in 2000 to create, with Michael Reichmann, the Luminous Landscape Video Journal – a quarterly video magazine on Photography published on DVD.

Jeff Schewe

Jeff Schewe, a summa cum laude graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, has been an award winning Advertising Photographer in Chicago for over 25 years. Jeff’s photographic specialty has been problem solving and his move into digital imaging allows absolute control over the final photographic image. He has been doing digital imaging for over 14 years and is widely known and respected in the digital imaging community as a leading pioneer in the field. Jeff is a feature consultant and alpha tester for Adobe Photoshop.

Additional information available
Fine Art work is available

Additional Instructors and Photographic Resource Persons Who Will Aboard

Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs is a world-renown wildlife and landscape photographer who teaches and runs workshop expeditions in Africa and the US.

Ian Lyons

Ian Lyons is a Belfast based nature photographer and author, publisher of Computer Darkroom, and an Adobe alpha and beta tester. This will be his second voyage to Antarctica.

Tim Wolcott

Tim Wolcott is one of America’s leading fine art nature photographers and a renowned colour printer using a variety of technologies. This will be Tim’s second expedition to Antarctica.

Anthony Hobbs

Anthony Hobbs is the Acting Head of The Department of Media at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, and an experienced photographer and teacher. This will be Anthony’s second voyage to Antarctica

Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber, the Vice President of Sales for Phase One has offered to provide demonstrations and discussion on Phase One’s Capture One software as well as their latest generation of medium format digital backs. This will be Kevin’s third voyage to Antarctica.

Jean Paul, Stephen, Michael, Seth and Jeff will each be conducting seminars on shooting technique, digital imaging processing, inkjet printing, colour management and more — throughout the voyage. Each day will see a different presentation, and presentations will be repeated. Chris is the director / cameraman for theLuminous Landscape Video Journal, and a professional filmmaker and videoographer. He will be available for instruction to anyone shooting video as well who those who wish one-on-one instruction or advice on video topics.

All of the instructors will be shooting along-side you each day, and available for individual discussions about field technique and esthetics. Participants will be asked to bring a small portfolio of their work (optional) and then have a one-on-one print discussion and critique with the instructor of their choice.

In other words, this group of experienced and talented professionals will be available to you for the full 13 days, to work along-side you, and to provide whatever advice and instruction is requested.

Sunset Icebergs. Antarctica, February, 2007

Canon 1Ds MKII with 100-400mm lens @ ISO 160

Who is it For?

This trip is for photographers of all capabilities. Professionals seeking to work alongside like-minded colleagues as well as photographers with more limited experience are all welcome. The only requirement will be a passion for photography and adventure.

Spouses as well as non-photographers are also welcome because the ship’s expedition leader and staff are experts on the Antarctic, and extensive seminars and non-photographic learning opportunities will be available from the ship’s expedition leader.

Typical Two Berth Cabin

Sea Sickness

The crossing between the tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula is across the Drake Passage. This stretch of ocean can be rough, and it is not uncommon for people to become sea sick. There are medications and other preventatives that can be taken. But, if the passage is rough, sea sickness may not be avoidable for some people. Some crossings are free of rough water, others are not. There’s no way of knowing beforehand.

The good news is that once we are in calm Antarctic waters the ship will be stable, and no one should feel either after-effects or ongoing seasickness. My personal experience is that the adventure is worth a day or two of possible discomfort. You’ll have to make that decision for yourself. Otherwise this trip is suitable for any adult in good health.

Blue Lace Iceberg. Antarctica – February, 2007

Hasselblad H2 with 210mm lens and P45 back @ ISO 100

Quark Expeditions

This voyage is being conducted byQuark Expeditions, one of the most experienced providers of Antarctic expeditions. The ship we will be sailing on is theOcean Nova,the company’s newest ship, specifically designed for cruising in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

The Dining Room

If you were on my 2005 or 2007 expedition you’ll note from the photographs on this page that this is a significantly upmarket vessel from the ones that we used before. There is one large dining room instead of two separate ones, and a large, bright and airy lecture hall, along with a panoramic observation deck. All cabins have private toilet facilities and passenger cabins have either two or three lower bunks.

Video Filming

Chris Sandersonwho will be filming this workshop / expedition forThe Luminous Landscape Video Journal.

Naturally, we will need your consent to be filmed. Once you have registered for the Workshop we will be sending you a Release Form. This will signify your permission to be included in the filming that will be done during the workshop. We will, of course, be providing you with complimentary copies of whatever video or print material comes out of this. Of course this will provide you with a professional quality video record of this trip, something that no other workshop can provide.

Finally, I want to assure you that the filming of the workshop will in no way interfere with the workshop and the time that we spend together. Chris is an experienced filmmaker and will be shooting in an unobtrusive documentary style. Of course, as an experienced cinematographer and director Chris will be available as another resource person to all Workshop members. If you have problem with being filmed during the workshop please ask me for more information, or consider taking an alternative workshop.

The Lounge

The Cost and The Timing

The arrival date is January 9, 2009 in Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina. The trip itself will last for 13 days, and at least a couple of travel days will need to be added for going to and returning from Argentina, depending on where in the world that you live.

The cost of the trip is all inclusive; passage, excursions and all instruction. That means a hotel in Ushuaia on January 9, and all food and beverages (including beer and wine during meals) while aboard ship. Also included are standard gratuities for the ship’s crew and expedition guides. Personal laundry, satellite phone calls and email are not included, but are available onboard at nominal cost.

Arrive in Ushuaia, bring your camera gear, and we’ll take care of the rest. Quark even provides parkas and boots, which saves you the need to pack these bulky articles.

Pricing is on a per person basis. There is no difference in price for photographer and non-photographers.

There are two types of rooms aboard ship, and therefore two price levels. Availability in each class is limited and rooms will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Triple rooms are suitable for three men or three women sharing. Doubles are suitable for couples, or two men or two women sharing. Individuals traveling alone will be paired with others of the same sex. There are no single accommodations available. Other than the type of sleeping accommodation aboard ship all other aspects of the voyage are identical between pricing levels. All amounts shown are in $U.S.

— Triple Cabin:$9,720 per person (12 berths available). 4 Cabins.

— Twin cabin:$13,800 per person (54 berths available). 27 Cabins.

You will note that this adds up to 66 passengers. There will also be 6 instructors, and 5 special assistants, for a total company of 78 people. There is also a Quark Expedition leader, expedition staff, and the ship’s crew.

Airfare from wherever you live to and from Ushuaia, Argentina isnotincluded, and these travel arrangements will be your responsibility and at your expense. By way of example, the typical cost of an economy seat from New York to Ushuaia is roughly $1,500 via Buenos Aires. You need to arrive in Ushuaia on January 9th for our January 10th sailing. Your hotel in Ushuaia on the night of January 9thisincluded in your fee. Due to flight schedules you may need to stay at a hotel in Buenos Aires at either end of the trip. This isnotincluded.

Huddle. Antarctica. December, 2005

Canon 1Ds MKII with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens @ ISO 100

Basic Itinerary

January 9, 2009 :Arrive in Ushuaia. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia (included).

January 10, 2009: Free day in Ushuaia prior to late afternoon ship sailing.

January 10 – 23, 2009 :Sailing and exploring Antarctica

January 23, 2009 :Ship arrives Ushuaia early morning. Fly out, usually to Buenos Aires. Connection to international flights out of Buenos Aires after 5pm that day are feasible.

Note that the sailing time on January 10th is fixed and there is no possibility for the ship to delay sailing to accommodate anyone who misses it due to flight delays. You should therefore definitely plan your travels to arrive in Ushuaia on Jan 9th and enjoy a relaxing day exploring town before departure.

Photograph Copyright 2007 Seth Resnick


You will be provided with a parka suitable for Antarctic conditions. This will be provided to you onboard ship and will be yours to keep after the expedition. The loan of rubber wading boots will be available. These are needed for getting on and off the zodiacs when going ashore.

Penguin Pool. Antarctica – February, 2007

Hasselblad H2 with 210mm lens and Phase One P45 back @ ISO 100

Financial Details

Payment of U.S. $5,000 per person is due upon booking. This payment must be made within 10 days of your booking, or your reservation will be forfeit. Credit cards, personal checks and bank transfers are welcome, but returned or NSF checks will mean that your reservation will be cancelled. Payments will be made directly toQuark Expeditions. The balance of your payment (depending on berth type selected) will be due on or before June 2, 2008.

If you cancel your booking before November 30, 2007, a refund of your payment, less $1,000, will be made. If you cancel after November 30, 2007 but before June 2, 2008 your full deposit will be forfeit. If you cancel at any time after June 2, 2008, your full payment will be forfeit. Note: In case of cancellation, a refund of your deposit or full payment (less $1,000 administration fee per berth) may be possible if we are able to resell your berth(s) to someone else.

Photograph Copyright 2007 Seth Resnick


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pleasesend me an emailwith the wordWAIT LISTin the title.

Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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