ANCIENT ICE & ATLANTIC CANADA
ANCIENT ICE & ATLANTIC CANADA PHOTO WORKSHOP. April 27 – May 1, 2020
'TIS THE SEASON! This workshop, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland is unique because it is timed to coincide with Iceberg Season! During the workshop you will have a 2 1/2 hour private trip out to the icebergs that will be moving south from their Greenland icecap. We will head out to the ‘bergs in a large Hurricane Zodiac.
This means we can move in, right up to the ‘bergs and yes, you can scoop out floating ancient ice for drinks later that night! If you have not experienced icebergs before, this will be an experience like no other. As photographers, this will offer you a chance to capture the drama, size and colours of one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Closer to departure day, I will send out information on clothing, gear and lens suggestions to prepare you for this particular shooting session of the workshop.
SHINE A LIGHT. Canada's eastern-most point is Cape Spear. Just minutes away from St. John's, this beautiful lighthouse and area is a spectacular location to have one of our sunrise sessions. Arriving in the darkness and shooting through the sun coming up is a beautiful experience and one you will be proud to share with friends and family through your stunning images.
GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM 2019
Monday, April 27th:
Our workshop begins at 10am when we will cover key concepts and techniques used in storytelling travel photography and view a presentation. After a short break, we will have a session on post-processing images. Our first destination is just up the coast at Pouch Cove, a picturesque seaside destination with fishing boats and a wild shoreline. Last time we were there, many icebergs were very close to the shore. We return to St. John’s to explore The Battery on foot. The Battery is a lovely village hugging the north side of the entrance to St. John’s harbour and filled with charm and colourful small houses clinging to the rock. After a dinner break we will shoot our first sunset / blue hour session at the Cabot Tower on Signal Hill.
Tuesday, April 28:
We wake early and drive out to Cape Spear, arriving in plenty of time to capture the time leading up to a beautiful sunrise featuring the old and current lighthouses. After a rest and breakfast, we explore an area of colourful homes known as the Jellybean houses! We will suit up in survival suits and join Captain Barry Rogers as he speeds us out the the harbour and takes us up close to shoot this year’s magnificent icebergs. This afternoon we also meet our character model to have a portrait session. We will use strobes and soft boxes to professionally light our subject. Remote triggers will be provided for your cameras to trigger the strobes. No sunset session this day. For those who have the stamina, we will get up at about 2 am and go out to shoot the night. The moon will be almost half illuminated, so plenty of light to make long exposure landscape images with a sky filled with stars.
Wednesday, April 29:
We will begin our day with sunrise back up on Signal Hill offering spectacular views of the sunrise light on the Cabot Tower and Fort Amherst. After a rest and breakfast, we head north to Flatrock to photograph the cliffs and the crashing waves where climbers come during fair weather to test their vertical climbing skills. We spend the day in small communities including this afternoon when we visit Petty Harbour. Here we are given the ingredients and props to create professional food photography images. As we will be in a beautiful fishing village, we will shoot the village with its collection of cute homes and fishing boats. We will also have our fish and chips dinner here before returning to St. John’s. Petty Harbour is also a wonderful place to shoot after the sun has set.
Thursday, April 30:
We start our day early with a special treat! We arrive in Quidi Vidi and will head out through the Gut (the entrance to the harbour) and out to sea on a crabbing boat! We will be treated to an amazing sunrise from the crab boat and even get to haul up some crab from the sea floor. Yes! We will work for our breakfast which will be back on shore in Quidi Vidi. By this time, you will have your land legs back and be ready to take on a new and different opportunity! We visit Fort Amherst at the mouth of the harbour and learn about the vital role St. John’s played in the second world war. We explore the fortifications that are still standing. The surroundings are rough, decaying and historic – a perfect location to shoot a fashion shoot with a local model who will be wearing the clothing of a local clothing designer. This afternoon will be by request! Of the places we will have visited, you get to chose where you would like to return to explore. This evening is time for your honorary citizenship ceremony! This is an old St. John’s tradition – so get ready to pucker up and kiss the cod!
Friday, May 1:
This will have been an intense week! Your reward today is to sleep in! Rest and have a relaxing breakfast before our last location. We will take a drive out to Portugal Cove, a community on the west side of the Avalon Peninsula, not far away. We will take a leisurely drive and check out beautiful scenery and stop along the way back to the hotel to ready your presentations at 3pm. Individual presentations will be shown to the group with critiques on images. Everyone will have the opportunity to shoot in the same locations during the week. The magic happens when we share our images with each other and see how others have interpreted the same locations. The workshop will finish no later than 6pm, when we will all go for one final group dinner together!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 2 1/2 hour private Zodiac excursion out to visit the icebergs up close*
• Sunrise session on a crab fishing boat with breakfast to follow
• Portrait session with a local character
• Seafood food photography session for a local restaurant
• Five days of instruction at multiple destinations
• Local transportation to all destinations
• Post-processing instruction & tips
• Night astro photography session
• Fashion shoot featuring the designs of a local clothing designer
• Multiple sunrise & sunset opportunities
• Dinner at an incredible fish and chip restaurant in a fishing village
• Kiss-the-cod ceremony! After which, you will be an honorary Newfoundlander!
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
• Travel to and from St. John’s, Newfoundland
• Meals, drinks and tips
• Hotel accommodation (we do have discounted rates available at a fantastic hotel on the harbour)
• Trip cancelation insurance
• Travel visa (if required by your home country)
This is not a physically demanding workshop. However, there will be uneven ground over which we walk , some gentle hills and the occasional steep street (in the Jellybean houses area). Riding in the Zodiac will require a little effort to climb in, but there will be plenty of helpful people to aid you should you need assistance.
DEPOSITS AND RESERVATIONS
A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place in this workshop. If the tour is cancelled due to inadequate enrolment, (highly unlikely) your full deposit will be refunded. Price is based on payment in full by e-transfer or bank transfer. Bank transfer information will be provided upon request. Balances will be due no later than March 30, 2020. This workshop will have a maximum enrolment of seven participants. to guarantee departure. Please make e-transfer payments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOP CANCELATION AND REFUND POLICIES
When cancellation of a workshop is requested by the participant, the following policies apply: Initial deposits, per person, are non-fundable. 50% of the remaining balance will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by Spencer Wynn no later than March 30, 2020. For notice of cancellations received after March 30, 2020 or during the workshop in progress, no refunds can be made.
Spencer Wynn reserves the right to cancel this workshop due to insufficient enrolment. A minimum of three participants is needed for the workshop to proceed. If the workshop is cancelled because of insufficient enrolment, participants will receive a 100% refund.
• This workshop begins with a meet & greet presentation at 10 am at the Alt Hotel, April 27, 2020.
• This workshop ends with individual presentations based upon images created throughout the workshop.
• We will have a discount code for workshop participants at the Alt Hotel, St. John’s.
• Maximum group size limited to 7 participants.
• At this time of year, sunrises begin around 5:50 am and sunsets are around 8:00 pm.
• These will be long, busy days. Each session is optional, participants may pick and choose which sessions they wish to attend.
If you would like to attend the Ancient Ones travel photography workshop, please contact Spencer Wynn through the contact form. By paying the $1,000 deposit, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the terms and conditions of this 5-day workshop. Once you have successfully sent your deposit you will be sent an online invoice for your payment.
When you click the registration buttons above, simply send me an email through the contact form and I will be in touch with you in order to complete the registration process.
Registration is not confirmed until deposit payment has been received.
* If the conditions are not favourable for the icebergs off shore, we may drive to Twillingate or another location to access the icebergs. This will be decided locally at the time.
** Weather plays a huge role in this area of Canada. It may be that the itinerary will move times and locations around to fit the weather.
THERE ARE ONLY SEVEN SPOTS AVAILABLE
FOR THIS WORKSHOP, SO BE SURE TO REGISTER EARLY
TO SECURE YOUR SPACE!
A visual journalist for over 30 years, Spencer has developed a keen sense of storytelling through compelling visual narratives. It is on the streets that Spencer feels most alive as well as up north with the rugged landscape shooting the beauty of Canada during the day and at night.
A Fujifilm brand ambassador, Spencer is deeply passionate in the craft and art of fine photography. From street photography to stunning long exposure nighttime landscapes, Spencer loves to share his knowledge and watch as others discover the art of seeing – all over again!
Spencer has restricted the number of participants to seven in order to maximize personal instruction, learning and experimenting.