PROF. DR. JURGEN WETTKE
"I have two words to describe this workshop - Best Moments."
Greenland offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth. Ilulissat, which is the Greenlandic word for iceberg is a town situated beautifully at the mouth of the Icefjord 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Icefjord is littered with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq. The largest icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord at depths of 225-250m, only breaking free during high tide or when the icebergs become so eroded that their points of balance tip. Ilulissat is the land of the midnight sun – the sun does not go below the horizon from May 21 to July 24. This means it has very bright nights all of May and very good conditions for photographing stunning icy landscapes.
- Evening and night photography in and around the Inuit town of Ilulissat.
- Landscape photography from water level inside the ice fjord.
- Helicopter flight around Disko bay and the mouth of the fjord.
- Boat tour around Disko bay and the ice fjord.
- Workshops on techniques and shooting strategies for boat, night and landscape photography.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
- Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
- Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
- Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
- How to handle equipment with care on location.
- Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level.
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
- Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
- Portfolio Review.
- A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
Since the absolute best light is during the evening and night hours, we will chase our motives in these very hours – the late evening and night. At these moments the light is saturated with pink red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ILULISSAT
Arrival and acommadation at the hotel and briefing on the coming workshop. After dinner we will start our firrst night with a shoot of Disko Bay, which is the sea between the outlet of the Ice fjord and Disko Island. At this time of the year the bay is packed with icebergs. In the early and late hours of the night the light can vary considerably and may form the basis of unique images.
DAY 2: NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
Early part of the day photography in the Inuit town of Ilulissat. The town is quite fascinating , as its appereance resembles nothing outside the Arctic, with its wooden houses in strong colours, boats parked in the backyards and sled dogs in chains. Evening shoot from the top of the hill 2km south of Ilulissat. From the hill we have a fantastic view overlooking Disko Bay and the mouth of the Ice ord. At midnight the gigantic icebergs, some 70 metres high, are turning screaming pink in colour and create a stunning display. Especially here telephoto lenses are put to good use.
DAY 3: INTO THE ICEFJORD
Late breakfast. Digital processing of images from the day before. Daylight shoot in and around the harbour of Ilulissat. e main source of income for the inuits is fishing and the harbour is a chaos of boats and people, granting opportunity for interesting documentary photography.
Evening. 3 km walk to the inside of the ice fjord and landscape photography from the water level among icebergs and cliffs. Here we will use our wide angle lenses for shots with dramatic foregrounds of eroded cliffs and clear water ponds. We will continue to shoot as long as the light allows.
DAY 4: THE BIG LANDSCAPE
We will spend the day in the mountains that beautifully surround Ilulissiat and the ice fjord. Here we will find canyons, lakes and spring’s first stirring vegetation. There is also the possibility of macro photog-raphy and magnificent panorama shots. Depending on the weather, we plan the day and if we have the chance, we hike to the edge of the icef-jord where we shoot from the east side. This angle is unique since we have the mouth of the ice fjord in the background and if you choose to shoot in the opposite direction, the ice cap will be featured as a backdrop.
DAY 5: BOAT SAFARI
Late breakfast. Digital processing of images from yesterday. Image reviews and feedback on your recent images. We will also go through shooting strategies for boat-based photography.
Boat tour in Disko Bay and around the icefjord. Photography of icebergs from the boat. It will give us the opportunity to come closer to icebergs and make creative compositions of the Arctic Seascape. We will use the warm evening light to give our images an extra dimension.
DAY 6: INTO THE ICECAP
Deep and comprehensive workshop of the challenges in aerial and great landscape photography.
Evening light and aerial photography of Disko Bay and of the mouth of the Ice fjord. We will make several landings during our flight, and from carefully selected locations, we will photograph the unique landscape. The objective is to fly into the ice cap, where subjects are saturated as abstract landscapes, shaped by deep cracks and streaks in the ice.
DAY 7: GREAT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Great landscape photography of Disko Bay, the Ice fjord and the surroundings, improvised to maximize the yield of the workshop and to compensate for potential bad weather. Rest of the day you are on your own and you may choose to visit the great local dinner and enjoy the legendary Greenlandic coffee.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
INTO THE ICE CAP
Dates for 2019 to be announced
Explore the inspiring nature of Greenland by private boat and helicopter.
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Hans Strand has travelled frequently to Greenland. Hans was awarded the title of “Hasselblad Master Landscape Photographer” based on his landscape and aerial photographs of Iceland. In fact, Hans Strand is the first Scandinavian photographer who received this prestigious award.
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: Helicopter and boat
Exertion level: Easy
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
Weather in May: Min 0°C , Max 13°C .
€4,750 per person in single room.
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.
Hotel accommodation and all meals.
Ground transport and helicopter flight.
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars with Hans Strand.
Transportation to/from Greenland, insurance and alcoholic beverages.
Ice on my mind
“I went to Greenland because I wanted to visit a place I had never been before. Greenland is my third workshop with the Better Moments. All workshops have been real adventures, excellent companions and well organized.”
– Bob Hamilton, from Scotland participated in Greenland.