Peggy's Cove Morning

Newfoundland Landscape Workshop

  • Newfoundland Landscape Workshop
  • Classic Series
  • Location: Newfoundland, Canada Area
  • Timeframe: June 12th to 20th, 2018
  • Instructor: Brian Riddell
  • Max. 5 people group-Sold Out
  • Price: 4100.00 USD

Newfoundland is one of the most beautiful areas of Canada. It has everything for a photographer -- stunning fjords, super closeup encounters with seabirds like puffins, gannets, murres, kittiwakes, and more, quaint Newfoundland villages with colorful houses, beautifully situated lighthouses, icebergs, whales, and Viking settlements. This diversity of photo opportunities will help you grow as a photographer because all of your skills will be called upon to capture the beauty in great pictures. We will help you master photography for the landscapes and architecture, continuous shooting and focusing for birds in flight, HDR for twilight photography as well as sunrise and sunset, and macro photography for summer flowers, lichen, and rock patterns. You will learn a lot on this photo tour as well as have a great time mingling with the friendly Newfoundlanders and capturing nature and village life at its best. Newfoundlanders are one of the most friendly people in the World.

A Typical Workshop Day

We start each day with a group reception on each location and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations and capture great results.

Highlights: Iceberg alley, whale migration, lighthouses, L'Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO world heritage site, Gros Morne UNESCO world heritage site.

Itinerary

June 12th 2018 Arrive in Deer Lake, Newfoundland.

We will check into our hotel and then head to Bay of Islands. You will want to make sure your camera is ready for a few hours of breathtaking scenery and wildlife in the Bay of Islands. Bald Eagles are abundant in this area as well as other animals such as moose and sea birds. But the real draw is the landscapes and islands that are out in the bay.

After visiting the Bay of Islands, if the water levels are low, we will head to Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park to photograph the spawning Atlantic Salmon as they jump up the waterfalls on their way to summer spawning grounds. When magazine and documentary companies want spawning salmon images, this is where they come in eastern Canada.

Stay at Marble Mountain Inn, a 4.5 star ski resort with fantastic accommodation and a 5 star restaurant.

June 13th to 14th 2018 South Gros Morne

For the next few days we will hike the Green Garden Trail that leads you through remarkable biological and geological wonders which are not equaled anywhere else on earth. This is approximately a 45-minute walk down a park trail to the coast. Wander along the coast as long as you like enjoying the seastacks, pillow lava, wild meadows, sea cave and semi-wild sheep.

Trout River is a picturesque working fishing village wedged between the Tablelands and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Take a gentle walk on the Boardwalk and visit the museum, interpretation centre and historic house of Jacob A Crocker, the first settler of Trout River. There are also some wonderful craftspeople so you may be able to get a new pair of socks directly of the clothesline. A visit to the wharf is a must, not only for the photos, but because it gives you a chance to meet the local fishers and see what is destined for your plate later. Trout River boasts some beautiful walking trails and be certain to drive in back of the community to visit Trout River Pond. When you are overlooking it you have to realize that, as impressive as it is, you can only see about one third of it! There are several restaurants so we won’t go hungry eating local cuisine. After supper, time to drive around Bonne Bay to the north side of Gros Morne.

Visit some of the sites on the north side of the park including Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Norris Point Look-off, the Ethie shipwreck and Rocky Harbour.

Stay at Middle Brook Cottages. Nestled in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, Glenburnie's Middle Brook Cottages & Chalets reflects the untouched, pristine environment that encompasses it. Our four-star facility offers every modern convenience, including fully equipped kitchens, BBQ's on deck and an on-site store, gift shop and laundromat.

Middle Brook Cottages & Chalets offers a retreat to a modern, yet timeless setting which makes for the ultimate adventure a safe, heartwarming haven for families, couples or friends to discover the wonders of nature and the hospitality of the local people. We will stay in 2 bedroom cottages. Everyone gets their own bedroom with shared common areas.

June 15th 2018 Gros Mourne National Park

We to travel through scenic Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. Its rolling mountains and hidden gems make every turn a photographers delight.

As we wind through Gros Morne we will make frequent stops for landscapes, old fishing villages and numerous historical lighthouses.

We will end our day at Port aux Choix lighthouse. A lighthouse that sits on top of a rocky shoreline with reflection ponds all around this lighthouse on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean

Stay at hotel at Port aux Choix or area.

June 16th to 18th 2018 The Viking Trail

On the morning of the 9th we head north along the Viking Trail. Making stops at locations like Parsons Pond and Flower Cove for some photogenic locations of the ever changing landscapes on the wind swept shores of Newfoundland as we will make our way closer to iceberg alley.

As we make our way east after Flower Cove, watch the water, the table top and cathedral icebergs will be on the water and waiting for us to take their photos.

Our first destination at the end of the Viking Trail is the settlement of the first settlers in North America. Its LAnse Aux Meadows. The UNESCO heritage site where the Vikings first landed in North America. Together we will wander through the original settlement and take photos of the preserved buildings and seascapes.

Then its one more stop at the Norseman enclave. A recreated Viking settlement on the shores of the Atlantic ocean. Your subject matter, a very photogenic 1000 year old village with a back drop of icebergs that will be caught along the shoreline.

Then we are off to Quirpon, the most north eastern point of Newfoundland where the icebergs that travel for up to two years to get down to iceberg alley are first seen in off the coast of Newfoundland.

This trip will have you waking up in our very own private lighthouse inn to the smell of a home cooked breakfast. For the next three nights we will be staying at our very own lighthouse inn on a private island. You have complete access to the entire island at any time of day. Here you will be photographing some incredible seascapes, Gannet colonies, puffins as long as the colony has returned, humpbacks and icebergs.

Each day we will take a boat out onto the water to track down these bergs as they flow past the island. We want you to get up close and personal with these cathedrals of ice. On these three days we will have 6 hours of private Zodiac time at our disposal.

Our stay for these three nights is at the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn. Quirpon (pronounced kar-poon) offers a unique island experience at a 1922 light-keeper’s home on the shores of ‘Iceberg Alley’. Fully restored, Quirpon Lighthouse Inn features ten beautiful rooms at the base of a still-operating lighthouse and is a Registered Heritage Building.

Located off the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, Quirpon is the province’s best location for viewing icebergs as the Labrador Current carries them south. Quirpon Island boasts the longest iceberg-viewing season in Newfoundland, with the last melting in the fall during a good year.

Whales are constant companions off the shores of Quirpon, often coming close enough to the rocks to be touched. Whale experts ascribe this phenomenon to the underwater topography and ample food supply. In addition to Humpbacks and Minke whales - the presence of which is virtually inevitable - you may spot as many as 27 more species, including Orca, which are being spotted with increasing frequency around Quirpon Island despite becoming a rarer sight elsewhere in Newfoundland.

Quirpon is located on a private island and we have full access to the entire property and have our own lighthouse to photograph.

June 19th 2018 St John's Newfoundland

After one last sunrise photo shoot and a hearty breakfast you will fly to St. John’s on PAL Airlines. The airport is 20 minutes from the dock at Quirpon . Guests will be dropped off at the airport in St. Anthony's to make their flight to St. John's ending our journey.

Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local governmental policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary.

Deposit:

$1000 USD and the balance due 90 days before the trip starts.

Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local governmental policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary.

Includes:

All lodging (accommodation is two to a room-single supplement is available) photographic guidance and critiques , all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinner, transportation from the airport to your hotel and return to the airport.

Not Included:

International and inter-provincial transportation to and from the meeting location, alcoholic beverages, tips and anything not listed in Includes: (above).

Send us a email with any questions.

© Brian Riddell 2017