TOM D JONES
Hasselblad Master Landscape Award 2012
"We should use energy sources provided by Mother Nature, instead of resorting to the ones that will destroy her."
THE HASSELBLAD EXPERIENCE
- A Hasselblad camera system to use during the workshop
- A complete range of additional lenses to use for any photographic situation
- Access to the latest accessories
- Presentations on Hasselblad Phocus software
- Inspiration from the best Hasselblad experts in their fields
- A prestigious Better Moments & Hasselblad Experience Diploma
Few places in Africa can match Namibia’s sheer natural beauty. The country is named after the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. It is a world filled with fantastic sights from the deserted colonial ghost towns and shipwreck-filled coasts to the magnificence of giant sand dunes plunging down to the ocean. Skeleton trees, dolorite rocks and moonscape light-conditions are all part of what awaits you. Think desert spirit and Namibia is the land that comes to mind.
- Helicopter flight over the shipwrecks of Walvis Bay.
- Ghost town photography in Kolmanskop.
- Giant dunes of Namib Rand.
- Skeleton trees in Deadvlei.
- The otherworldly morninglight of Dune Valley.
- Colonial Swakopmund architecture.
- Lecture on “How to become Hasselblad Master in Landscape photography”.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography. Tom D. Jones will use his experience from his many years of professional work to help you maximize your photographic opportunities with landscape photography.
- Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
- Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, middleground and background.
- 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.
Day 0: ARRIVAL
It is recommended to book your flights to arrive this day, because the workshop starts on the morning of the 5th. Be refreshed before the adventure begins!
Day 1: QUIVERTREE FOREST AND STARGAZING
We’re leaving at 10 AM to the south for a 5 hour drive direction Keetmanshoop. We will arrive in time at our first guesthouse near the Quivertree forest, so we can do a short briefing about night photography. Because of its geographical location and lack of light pollution we are at the perfect place for night sky photography and star gazing. The extraordinary Quiver trees are the perfect subject for our wonderful star backdrops.
Day 2: DOLERITE ROCK PLAYGROUND
Early birds can go for sunrise to photograph nice silhouettes. After lunch we take a look at our first results from our night photography shots. Late afternoon we discover the surroundings at the giant playground for our second evening and night photography. It’s a location with big dolerite rocks nicely stacked onto each other.
Day 3: PASSING WILD HORSES
Just before dawn we go to catch the first light at Giant playground. After breakfast we’re continuing to Luderitz. On our way we will pass Aus known for its wild horses walking through the desolate deserts. It is a unique experience to see how they survive this harsh life. Arrived at Luderitz you can discover the colourful village or relax at the beach. Before sunset we can go for a sneak preview to Kolmanskop, for regular tourists it’s closed in the afternoon but we will have a special permit to go whenever we want.
Day 4: GHOST TOWN MORNING
Before sunrise we’re leaving to Kolmanskop and start shooting at sunrise with our special permits (officially open at 9 AM). We will spend the morning at the ghost town and try to capture the creepy feeling of those empty houses and sand covered rooms.
Day 5: THE DUNE SEA
Today we will leave the paved roads and we will see the landscape changing from more mountains to red sand dunes of the Namib Rand and Sossusvlei region. We have picknick lunch and will have some stopovers in this nice scenery where we have big chance to see springbok, ostrich, oryx, mountain zebra. On arrival at our luxury tented rooms we take time to install and before dinner we can drive to the first big sand dunes for a nice sundowner.
Day 6: LAND OF THE SKELETON TREES
We need to get up very early to drive to one of the most iconic and photogenic places on earth ‘Deadvlei’ with its skeleton trees and cracked ground. Our lodge is inside the park which means this is the ONLY way to reach Deadvlei before sunrise. At 9 AM the light gets hard and the regular tourists are coming in, now we take breakfast under a nice big tree. After lunch in the lodge you can either check your images or have a refreshing dive at the swimmingpool. You will also have an opportunity to choose an optional balloon flight over Sossuvlei.
Day 7: MOONSCAPE UNDER THE MILKY WAY
Catch the first sun rays on Dune 45, which is 85 meters high. The climb is well worth the effort as from the top you will be spoilt with the incredible panoramic view of Dune Valley. In the morning and evening light the floor of the pan has been described as a “moonscape” and is truly a sight to behold. Time for a nap before lunch or to check the images you’ve made. In the afternoon you can discover the Sesriem canyon or stay in the lodge to relax at the pool. In the evening we’re going back to Deadvlei to shoot the sunset, now we can stay till it’s dark to end with night photography. Using the dead trees and dunes as the subject with the stars and Milky Way as our backdrop.
Day 8: BACK IN TIME TO COLONIAL SWAKOPMUND
After breakfast in the lodge we leave Sossuvlei and drive to our next desitination. It will be a complete change in weather. After dry and heat it can become foggy and quite chilly at the Atlantic ocean from Swakopmund. On our way we will pass the smallest town, Solitaire, where car wrecks have been picturesquely draped along the road. Here we stop over for apple cake – arguably the best in the whole of Namibia. Arrived in Swakopmund you can relax or do some street photography. Swakopmund is rich in architectural history, dating back to the period from 1884 through 1915 when Swakopmund was the main port for the area. With German South-West Africa as a German Protectorate, a very strong German influence can be seen in the architecture and fortunately the buildings have been maintained and preserved very well.
Day 9: HIGH OVER THE COAST OF SHIPWRECKS
Walvis Bay is famous for its flamingos, which feed in the lagoon and the surrounding wetlands. It is considered one of the best locations worldwide to see flamingos. Today is divided in two workshops: Landscape photography in and around Walvis Bay is the first or an optional helicopter workshop.
Those who want to join our landscape photography workshop will visit the area around Walvis Bay by 4-wheel drive. In the helicopter aerial photography workshop we will fly over the big sand dunes in front of the ocean, we will see shipwrecks on the shore and will continue over the wetland and see thousands of flamingos. Finally we do amazing shots above the wonderful color patterns of the salt pans.
Finally, tonight we have our farewell dinner and will end this amazing trip in the best sea food restaurant with frontal seaview: ‘The Tugg’.
Aerial photography over Walvis Bay is an extra offer for those who wish to join. 1-2 hours flight. Open doors. Private instructor. Price per participant is based on how many of our guests who wish to participate. You will all get an open invitation for the helicopter workshop 2 months prior to the workshop, where you can decide if you want to take advantage of this extra offer.
Day 10: FAREWELL
Driving back to the international airport in Windhoek, enjoying the last impressions on the way and sharing the memories of a wonderful journey.
SPIRIT OF THE DESERT
Dates for 2019 to be announced
Dunes as mountains and the mystery of the desert with Hasselblad Master Tom D. Jones.
TOM D. JONES
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, from which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature
A certified Better Moments photographer will be assisting Tom D. Jones on location.
Number of guests: 12
Local transport: Private jeep and driver
Exertion level: Medium
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
€4.700 per person in shared double room.
€4.995 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.
Flight to and from Windhoek Airport. Optional balloon flight. Alcoholic beverages. Optional helicopter flight.