Antarctic Expedition

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

February 4 – 23, 2007


The Adventure

In early February, 2007, I will be leading a photographic expedition to Antarctica. This trip will last for 20 days, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina at the tip of South America bound for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula.

Though standing on the Antarctic Continent is a major draw, the reality is that for both landscape and wildlife photography the sub-Antarctic islands are where the action is found, and for this reason we will spend the first half of the trip in the Falklands and South Georgia. February is the height of the Antarctic summer, and we will be going ashore in Zodiacs two to three times each day to photograph the unique landscape and wildlife found on these exotic islands.

We will then cross the turbulent Drake Passage and spend several days in the calm waters of the Antarctic Penninsula, again doing 2-3 shore excursions daily.

Our voyage is operated byQuark Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators of adventure tours in the Antarctic. Quark’s ship is a converted Russian research vessel designed for Antarctic conditions and specially fitted-out for this type of expedition. Quark will dedicate this ship to our expedition, and all 50 passengers will be members of our workshop / expedition. Our itinerary will be 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, five 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.

The photographic as well as educational opportunities on this trip are unlike anything ever offered before.

There is aPDF availableof a generic Quark Expeditions itinerary for this trip. Please note though that our trip will be customized to suite our particular photographic requirements and also will have extensive lectures by our world-caliber instructors.

The Instructors

This is quite possibly the most exciting and talented group of photographic instructors ever assembled for a field workshop. Listed alphabetically, these 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, a columnist forAmerican Photomagazine, the publisher and primary author ofThe Luminous Landscapeweb site, and of more than 300 published articles, tutorials and essays on photography.

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

Michael is an alpha and 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 public collections worldwide.

Michael’s most recent book isBangladesh – First Impressions.

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

John Shaw

A professional nature photographer since 1970, John has been published in just about every place that uses natural history photos: Audubon, National Geographic, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Nature’s Best, etc. His photos have been used in many books. Advertising clients include Nikon, Fuji and Kodak from the film days, Epson, and a number of outdoor clothing/equipment companies.

John has written/photographed six books plus his eBook on Photoshop (John Shaw’sPhotoshop Field Guide). He has been conducting seminars and workshops for many years and has lead tours worlwide for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. This will be his fifth trip to Antarctica.


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

Jean Paul, Stephen, Michael, Seth, John 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 Sanderson 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 20 days, to work along-side you, and to provide whatever advice and instruction is requested.

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.

Sky Glow. Antarctica. December, 2005

Canon 1Ds MKII with 300mm f/2.8L IS lens at ISO 200

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 feeling is that the adventure is worth a day or two of possible discomfort. You’ll have to make that decision for yourself.

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 theProfessor Multanovskiy,and all passengers will be photographers and their spouses attending this workshop. Please take the time to visit Quark’s web site.

Video Filming

Chris Sandersonwill 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 Cost and The Timing

The arrival date is February 4, 2007 in Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina. The trip itself will last for 20 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. That means all transfers, a hotel in Ushuaia on February 1, and all food and beverages (including beer and wine during meals) while aboard ship. Also included are gratuities for the ship’s crews members.

Arrive in Argentina, 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 five types of rooms aboard ship, and therefore five 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. 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 with Shared facilities:$12,495 per person (6 berths available). 2 Cabins.

— Twin with Shared facilities:$14,495 per person (16 berths available). 8 Cabins.

— Twin with Private facilities:$16,895 per person (24 berths available). 12 Cabins.

— Superior with Private facilities:$18,495 per person (2 berths available / twin bed). 1 Cabin.

— Suite with Private facilities:$19,895 per person (2 berths available / twin bed). 1 Cabin.

— A Single Accommodation:There are two spaces for single room occupancy, either in a twin shared, or a twin private, both@ 1.5X the double occupany rate.

There will be 6 instructors, and 2 manufacturer’s reps, for a total company of 50 people. There is also a Quark Expedition leader and his or her staff, and the ship’s crew.

Airfare from wherever you live to and from Buenos Aires is not included, 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 Buenos Aries is roughly $1,200. A group flight from Buenos Aires to and from Ushuaia is included in your fee. You may need to spend a night in Buenos Aires at either end of the trip, depending of course on the schedule of flights to and from wherever you live, and your additional travel plans. The cost of these hotels isnot included.

A word on pricing.Compared to our 2005 expedition, these prices are on average 1.5x to 1.8x higher. But, please note that this trip is of twice the duration. Also, when compared to Quark’s retail pricing, comparisons should be made to their pricingincludingthe fuel surcharge – which is already included in our pricing. It will be seen that the small increment for going on this particular expedition is a consequence of the customization provided for photographers and also the attendance of six of the world’s leading photographic instructors.

Photograph Copyright Kevin Schafer


February 4, 2007:Group flight Departs from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia at 2:20pm. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia (included).

February 5: Free day in Ushuaia or an optional tour ofTierra del Fuego National Park. 7pm ship sailing. There is no additional charge for this tour.

February 6 – 22:Sailing and exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Penninsula

February 23:Arrive Ushuaia early morning. 9:40am group flight to Buenos Aires. Connection to flights out of Buenos Aires after 5pm feasible.

Note that sailing times are fixed and there is no possibility of accommodating anyone who misses the sailing time on Feb 5.


You will also be provided with a high quality 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. No other special foot ware is required. No other special clothing is required – simply normal winter-wear such as sweaters, jeans, gloves, etc. Waterproof ski pants are a good idea though for some of the shore excursions.

Medical Insurance

Passengers traveling with Quark Expeditions are required to be covered by a travel insurance policy that includes emergency evacuation. The voyage takes place in a remote region of the world and we recommend that the policy’s emergency evacuation benefit be higher than minimum.

Financial Details

Payment of U.S. $5,000 per person is due upon booking. This payment must be made within 5 days of your booking, or your reservation will be forfeit. Credit cards will be accepted for this portion of the payment. Personal checks are also 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 September 1, 2006. This portion of the payment can not be made by credit card, but may be made by bank draft, personal check or wire transfer. If you cancel your booking before September 1, 2006, a refund of your payment, less $1,500 per person, will be made. If you cancel at any time after September 1, 2006, a refund of your payment (less $1,500 per person) will be only possible if we are able to resell your berth(s) to someone else.

What Next?

This announcement is being made available to people who have placed their names on the workshop waitlist. Based on the large number of people that have applied it is almost certain that this trip will be sold out well prior to public announcement. It is therefore important that you act as quickly as possible. Spaces will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. If you need any additional information prior to making your decision, please don’t hesitate tocontact me.


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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