Greenland Photo Workshop – September 2019 – With Art Wolfe, Kevin Raber and Steve Gosling

Landscape & Environment

July 30, 2018 ·

Kevin Raber

September 2 – September 11, 2019

A 10-DAY EXPEDITION FROM NORTHEAST GREENLAND
ON THE EXPEDITION SHIP OCEAN NOVA
With Art Wolfe, Kevin Raber and Steve Gosling

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Art Wolfe of Art Wolfe Photography along with Steve Gosling and Kevin Raber of Luminous-Landscape join forces to host a workshop to the East Coast of Greenland September 2nd to September 11, 2019.  Our team will lead you on a  trip to some of the most amazing places along the East Coast of Greenland. This is a photographers dream trip come true.

Our goal is to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.  We will be there to help you maximize your photographic potential.  As instructors, we will make presentations during our cruising time and then be there with you on Zodiac cruises and landings.  We’ll help you see things differently and answer any technical questions you may have.  Since this a ship cruise we will be together the whole time.  Learning and sharing never stop as we have time to share in the observation lounge and during meals.  We will have numerous presentation not only on the region we are visiting but also on photo techniques that will surely inspire you. Plus, we will be doing this as a small group of 30 photographers and we can spend one on one with you to help show you how to maximize your Arctic images.

Photo by Art Wolfe

 

As a photographic cruise, we will be working to make sure we visit locations at the best times for ideal light.  Don’t be surprised if you are shooting from dawn to sunset. And, there won’t be long nights.

An expedition cruise to Northeast Greenland – one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. The grandiose landscape is dominated by glaciers and beautifully shaped icebergs. Most of the year this ice-choked coast is inaccessible and it is only in late summer, when the tundra is clad in autumn colors, that we have a chance to get here.

This will be our route of travel as described below

On this exciting Arctic expedition, we venture into one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere, where large areas are virtually untouched by man. Northeast Greenland National Park, covering an area over of over 972,000 square kilometers, is the world’s largest national park.

Our group will be 27 photographers/attendees and the three of us instructors.  You’ll have plenty of time for one on one help and you’ll have an instructor in your zodiac.  This is a unique learninge xpereince to ahve access to three wel know instructors.  Our goal is to make sure you get the most out of this wonderful photographic trip.  Oh, spouses are welcome and we are sure they will enjoy this incredible location as much as you will.

Rock formations like you have never seen before and glaciers everywhere.

The expedition starts in Reykjavik, Iceland.  You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point to board the Ocean Nova and begin your expedition. The Ocean Nova is one of my favorite ships. I have been on this ship dozens of times.  I was even married by the Captain of the ship on one my Antarctica trips.  You’ll find no better vessel for this type of trip than the Ocean Nova.  See my video guided tour of the ship below.

Once we land at Constable Point, we get right into Expedition Mode.  After a short safety briefing and a chance to get settled into your cabin, we will lift anchor and start cruising. From this point on the photo opportunities will come at us fast.

 

Photo By Art Wolfe

The Immensity Of Greenland

Icebergs take on magical looks by Kevin Raber

The video below was made by Chris Sanderson and I feel describes how I felt about Greenland.  Everything is big.  Greenland is one of my most favorite places to visit.  It’s a dynamic landscape.  There is not a cliche to be found.  From the immense landscape to the intricate close-up details of an iceberg, Greenland will not disappoint you.  I hope you enjoy this video and that you give great consideration to joining Art, Steve and myself for what will be an amazing photographic adventure.

Itinerary

By Art Wolfe

DAY 1 | REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.

By Kevin Raber

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY AT CONSTABLE POINT

You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

By Art Wolfe

DAY 3 | ALPEFJORD

You’ll cruise through breathtaking Alpefjord, where fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day will be

Your day will be spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling fjords, sounds and icebergs in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and muskoxen, which roam free here.

 

By Kevin Raber

DAY 4 | BROGETDAL AND WALTERSHAUSEN GLACIER

Multihued mountains surround the lovely Brogetdal, which originally translated as “painted valley” and now means “multicolored valley.” You’ll discover why firsthand as you marvel at the valley’s colorful vistas and fascinating geology.

Later, you’ll travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord. It was named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

By Art Wolfe

DAY 5 | BLOMSTERBUGTEN AND RENBUGTEN

Blomsterbugten, also known as the Bay of Flowers, is home to beautiful purple- and-gold-colored rocks that you’ll view from distance or on a hike if you wish. Later, we’ll continue to Renbugten, or Reindeer Bay, named for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight here.

By Kevin Raber

DAY 6 | ELLA OYA (ELLA ISLAND)

Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs, and sky blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island—the views are worth it.

 

By Art Wolfe

DAY 7 | ITTOQQORTOORMIIT AND HALL BREDNING

At the start of the Scoresby Sund, Ittoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the northern lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, we’ll see huge icebergs—larger than football fields and taller than apartment buildings—as we cross Hall Bredning, part of the sounds.

By Kevin Raber

DAY 8 | FREDERIKSDAL AND SYDKAP

Sailing on, deeper into Scoresby Sund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountains and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

By Art Wolfe

DAY 9 | DISEMBARKATION AT CONSTABLE POINT

Today, we’ll arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland, then overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

By Kevin Raber

DAY 10 | DEPART REYKJAVIK

Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home, or spend some extra time in Reykjavik—you’ll be amazed at the variety of attractions and must-see places of interests the city has to offer.

By Art Wolfe

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Iceberg abstract By Kevin Raber

Pricing and Registration

Prices are shown in USD and priced per berth.  To reserve your spot a $2500.00 USD deposit is required.   This will be payable to Quark Expeditions.  Please read the Terms & Conditions.  Quark Expeditions will handle all the bookings and related questions and information.  Luminous-Landscape, Art Wolfe Inc., and Rockhopper workshops will handle all workshop related questions and details.  As we get closer to the trip we will send out more information regarding suggested camera gear and clothing.  Please feel free to contact Kevin Raber at kwr@luminous-landscape.com for any questions regarding this workshop. Airfare is not included and it will be your responsibility to arrive and to arrange departure flights from Reykjavik.

Greenland Registration – Download

Date and Prices

SEP 2 – SEP 11, 2019
10 Days Start/End Reykjavik
Prices shown are per person (berth)
Bridge Deck Twin Cabin. $9,295
Upper Deck Twin  $9,795 (if available)
Triple Cabins may be available upon request

Registration Form

You can download the registration form Download.  Return the completed registration as shown on the registration form.  Instructions for making your deposit is on the registration form.  If you have any questions please email Kevin kwr@luminous-landscape.com

Terms and Conditions

Please click on this link to view current Terms & Conditions

By Art Wolfe

What’s INCLUDED and not

YOUR ARCTIC EXPRESS EXPEDITION INCLUDES
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
• Beer and wine during dinner
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the expedition
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• All gratuities
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
• Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, with breakfast
• Group transfer from Reykjavik hotel to domestic airport on embarkation day
• Charter flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point on embarkation day
• Charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik domestic airport on disembarkation day
• Group transfer from domestic airport to Reykjavik hotel
• One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, with breakfast

THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES
• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities
• Arrival and departure transfers between Reykjavik international airport and hotel on arrival and departure days.

Meals On Board

If there is one constant at sea, it is that you’ll enjoy delicious meals on a daily basis. While mealtimes may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you’ll always be served three meals a day. Almost any dietary restriction can be accommodated by letting us know prior to your expedition.
Breakfasts and lunches are normally served buffet style, while dinners are served plated. À la carte meals are made at the time of your order, allowing our chefs to prepare each dish to your individual needs, ensuring you receive top quality meals during the course of your expedition.
Soft drinks, juices, and water are available at all times, and beer and wine are served with dinner, all included in the cost our your package.
Spirits, premium wines, and champagne are available at an extra cost which can be billed to your shipboard account.
The well-stocked bar on the ship is open to enjoy with your fellow shipmates in the late morning, afternoon and evening

 

Weather Conditions and Temperatures

Weather conditions are highly variable, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. The continuous daylight warms sheltered areas so that you may find temperatures warm enough for t-shirts. However, you may encounter snow squalls, fog and white-outs during an expedition and should be ready for any conditions.

You can also view information on this workshop at Rockhopper Workshops the exclusive provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.

 


THE EXPEDITION SHIP OCEAN NOVA
A COMFORTABLE SHIP WITH A WONDERFUL CREW

The Ocean Nova – a great small ship. Just right for this kind of exploring.  I feel very attached to ship after dozens of adventures on it.

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as a modern and comfortable ship in the Polar Regions. Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to sail the ice-choked waters, carrying a maximum of 78 passengers.  Cabins and suites are outfitted with the essential amenities you’ll need to feel comfortable throughout your voyage. If you need extra items such as extra pillows or towels, please contact the Hotel Manager or your cabin attendant.

 

The Ocean Nova Deck Plan

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS
Staff & Crew 40
Guests up to 78
Length 240 feet, 73 meters
Breadth 36 feet, 11 meters
Draft 11 feet, 3.4 meters
Propulsion Diesel Engine, 2,000 horsepower Ice Class 1B (Hull 1A)
Cruising speed 11 knots in open water Registered Nassau, Bahamas
Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed

The Ocean Nova PDF Download

Kevin Gives A Tour Of The Ocean Nova

A different perspective awaits you as you board the Ocean Nova. The smallest and most nimble ship in Quark Expeditions®’ fleet, she is best known for her informal atmosphere and home-like comfort. An ice-strengthened hull makes it Arctic-ready, while a clean Scandinavian style permeates the interior. All cabins have exterior views, private facilities, and ample storage, with dedicated twin and triple cabins.

A spacious, glassed-in observation lounge lets you connect to the magnificent Arctic landscape, and enjoy presentations and briefings by on-board specialists and your Expedition Leader. An open-bridge policy puts you in the driver’s seat.

Below is a video I made in Greenland for an upcoming Antarctica trip.  Regardless it is a nice tour of the Ocean Nova so you can a feel for this fine ship. I mention a rocking ship due to seas in this video.  we will be in sheltered water except for a short ocean crossing for the Greenland trip, so no worries when it comes to uncomfortable seas.

What To Wear

Prior to the trip, we will go into more detail about what clothing is needed.  We will also help you with deciding what photo gear to bring and what to expect.  In the meantime I made the video below that may help you get started on what to wear.

Incentives

Selling fast ony 8 berths left

Each Attendee will receive an L.Type Portfolio Box with 2o images of their choice.  Certificates for these will be presented on the trip with complete details.

 

Instructors

Kevin Raber

kwr 1 w beard icelandI see the world through the lens and a frame. Photography for me is an extension of who I am. I have gone through many stages in my career. At one time I was a portrait photographer with many prestigious clients. Over time I grew restless for something else in the field. I truly enjoy my current work as a fine art landscape photographer. There is something special about examining and photographing everything from grand scenes in nature that are there for a moment and then gone to industrial landscapes and focusing on the incredibly minute details of peeling paint and rust. I am most fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful places.

I have fond memories of nights and weekends spent in the darkroom creating prints. The stereo blasting. It could be fun and it could be tedious. You didn’t always know what you were going to get and, at times, it required extensive hands-on darkroom manipulation. I can still smell the chemicals. I was taught by masters of the darkroom.

Today, that has all changed thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. The darkroom is the computer. Some things are still unpredictable, but the tools to achieve the final result allow you to see them immediately on the screen in real time and right in front of you. Digital allows you to capture a range of tonalities and exposures that were impossible with film. Variables such as emulsion, temperature, chemistry, and exposure are taken out of the equation. What you see on your computer monitor is what you will get when printed.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the music. It goes along with creating and working on images. Thank God for iTunes.

I embraced digital early on. It continues to evolve and provide flexibility to all who embrace it. The digital age is still young and has completely transformed our industry. Never before has a switch from analog to digital been so prevalent as in photography. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years takes us.

My career in photography has evolved since 1972 when I first began making a living with photography. Today I am also CEO of the Luminous-Landscape.com, one of the most visited and prestigious websites for the photographers on the internet, with over 1.5 million visitors a month.  I lead photography workshops to edge of the planet locations as well provide instructional videos to photographers on how to improve their craft.

There doesn’t seem to be anything that can dampen my passion and enthusiasm for photography. It has opened doors to the world for me and I am most grateful I can share my experiences with others.

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe needs no presentation. He is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes, and native cultures. His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their “stunning” visual impact. Wolfe’s career has been described as “multi-faceted”, involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a “prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world.” In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe’s work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.

 

 

 

Steve Gosling

Steve GoslingI am a professional photographer who specializes in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (my ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).

My images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of my work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. My work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

I particularly enjoy writing & teaching about photography. As well as being a contributor to many of the major photography magazines in the UK and abroad I regularly give talks to photographic societies and other groups. I have run a successful workshop program for several years encouraging and inspiring photographers of all levels from across the world.

You can find out more about Steve Gosling HERE

 

Your Expedition Team

While Art, Steve and I are there to help you with your photography there is a whole expedition team that supports our efforts.  This team is all part of the Quark experience.  Based on my many trips with them, you won’t find any that are better.

Behind the scenes and on the front lines, we are nothing without the dedication, knowledge, energy, and passion of our staff. By consistently attracting the most talented people in the polar travel industry, we can keep doing what we do, season after season, to the poles and back and back again. This is where we shine.

Our Expeditions Leaders and staff bring diverse polar expertise in subjects as varied as polar history, marine biology, glaciology, and photography. Their knowledge will greatly enhance your immersion into the polar environment and further enhance your connection to the Arctic.

With over 25 years of experience bringing passengers to remote polar regions, we know how to handle the unexpected to guarantee the safety of all passengers. Ensuring this hard-earned experience is not lost, our new expedition staff receives comprehensive training in our newly developed Quark Academy, which provides real-world polar expedition training prior to any staff member’s first voyage.

More Images


Kevin Raber
August 2018

Kevin Raber

Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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