‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $5190 pp (double rooms, price valid until November 30th, 2016) / Deposit: $1690 pp

  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP

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AVAILABILITY

23rd - 29th July 2017

Greenland is a land of harshness and contrast. Dark and freezing-cold in winter, in summer it changes its face and bathes in sunshine for months. In the west of the huge island lies Disko Bay, a haven of still water and beautiful landscapes. The magnificent Sermeq Qujalek (Ilulissat Glacier), which connects to the bay through the 60km long Kangia Fjord, is one of the world's fastest moving glaciers, constantly producing enormous icebergs, which float along the fjord to be dispersed in the bay. 
After a long summer where the sun never sets, it first touches the horizon in late July, producing unbelievable light on the bay and its icebergs. This is the perfect timing to set sail among these giants, capturing the arctic night in all its glory. Join award-winning landscape photographer Erez Marom for a week of sailing and photography in this remote and wonderful part of our world. We will explore the bay every single night, shooting icebergs, mountains and whales under the midnight sun, and ocasionally getting off the boat to shoot the marvelous coastline in key points. Not to neglect the curious Arctic architecture, we will visit inuit settlements and experience the area in depth.

MAIN FEATURES

  • A week long workshop with 5 nights of sailing in the Disko Bay area, shooting spectacular icebergs and impressive landscapes in calm waters in a boat fit for 12 people and their equipment (weather permitting). Our boat is perfect for our causes, having a large area for ourselves and our equipment, allowing us to shoot comfortably - a considerable advantage.
  • Visits to several land locations and small Greenlandic settlements in Disko Bay
  • Perfect timing: the first night of the workshop is the first night the sun touches the horizon for the first time in summer. This guarantees the best probability of magical midnight-sun light, allowing us to shoot for hours in optimal conditions
  • Whale watching and photography
  • Professional photo guidance by an award-winning nature photographer
  • Superior accommodations in the best hotel in Ilulissat, gourmet food in Greenland's best restaurant

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in Ilulissat

We will meet in the evening in our hotel in Ilulissat, after you've been picked up from the airport and rested in the hotel room. We will have a meet-and-greet over a beautiful dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and discuss the week ahead. After dinner we won't waste any time and start our boat sail around Disko Bay. 

Days 1-7 Shooting Disko Bay

During 5 of the 6 nights of the workshop, we will set out from Ilulissat harbor for several hours, beginning in the late evening (usually around 23:00!), sailing to locate curious and interesting icebergs to shoot, and shooting them under perfect light conditions during sunset and sunrise, which are between half an hour and two hours apart at this time of year.

When the sunrise ends and everyone has had their fill, we'll head back to the hotel, the best in Ilulissat and conclude the night. In the late morning or early afternoon, we'll rise to do some critique sessions and post-processing lessons and walk around the town of Ilulissat, which has a lot of landmarks, beautiful buildings and some interesting museums. After dinner, we'll take the boat for another sail to shoot the icebergs and other landscapes.

During our sails, there is a very high probability of encountering whales, which are particularly photogenic under soft arctic light, and with beautiful mountains and icebergs as a backdrop.

Shooting Land Locations and Inuit Settlements in Disko Bay

In addition to shooting from the boat, we will shoot several land locations, such as the inuit settlement Ilimanaq, a village just south of Ilulissat. We will also hike to the edge of the immense Kangia Fjord to view and shoot the gigantic icebergs as they float into the bay.

Another settlement we will visit is Rodebay, a Dutch, still active whalers' village.

Once we finish shooting on the morning of July 29th, we will head back to the harbor, have some breakfast and conclude the workshop. You will be transferred to Ilulissat airport for your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$5190 per person in superior double room for participants registering by November 30th, 2016,
$5340 per person in superior double room for participants registering by March 31st, 2017,
$5490 per person in superior double room for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!

Single room supplement: $1190

Deposit: $1690

Maximum Number of Participants: 11

Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. Very basic mobility is needed for the boat sail where we'll spend most of the shooting time. We will do some occasional hiking and perhaps climb some easy mountains, which might get strenuous, but you can refrain from that if you wish. Weather conditions are usually wonderful this time of year, and the bay is remarkably still, meaning the risk of motion sickness is minimal (I personally suffer from motion sickness, but never had any nausea, even without pills). Temperatures will probably range between 0 and 10 degrees Centigrade.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation: superior rooms in the best hotel in Ilulissat - the world's northernmost 4-star hotel.
  • Airport pickup and dropoff.
  • Dinner the first evening; Breakfast, lunch, dinner and nighttime packed meals on days 2-6; Breakfast on day 7. All dinners in the hotel are 3-course, and the hotel's restaurant is considered the best in Greenland.
  • Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer.
  • 5 nights of boat sails, shooting icebergs and other landscapes in the Disko Bay area. Our boat is perfect for our causes, having a large area for ourselves and our equipment, allowing us to shoot comfortably - a considerable advantage.
  • Post-processing lectures and critique sessions in the hotel's conference center.
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Ilulissat Airport (JAV), Greenland. It's recommended to fly in through Copenhagen (CPH) if you're coming from the east (e.g. Europe), and through Reykjavik domestic airport (RKV) if you're coming from the west (e.g. USA). It is highly recommended to book flights as early as possible, otherwise they will get very expensive.
  • Thermal clothing and winter gear.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks
  • Single room supplement ($1190)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
    NOTE: I highly recommend bringing two camera bodies. It will make your life much easier when shooting with multiple lenses, which is often desired.
  • A light tripod for shooting on land.
  • An ultra wide angle lens (preferably stabilized). For example, a Canon 16-35mm IS on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A mid-range zoom lens such as a 24-70mm (preferably stabilized).
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-300mm or 100-400mm - the longer the better, preferably stabilized. I use a Canon 70-300mm in addition to a Sigma 150-600mm for telephoto shots.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography.


Clothing

  • Thermal gear is essential. I recommend bringing a few light thermal shirts, a fleece jacket and a down coat for the cold nights.
  • Warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Hiking shoes.


Other

  • Pills against motion sickness, if you're especially prone to it.
  • Sun glasses
  • Bug spray
  • Sun screen

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in wildlife and landscape photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1690. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.


Disclaimer

The tour plan above is subject to change. If weather conditions are unfavorable we might not be able to fulfil some of the planned activities.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return. 
Whale sightings arean't guaranteed, but they are very likely.

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AVAILABILITY

23rd - 29th July 2017