Greenland truly is a paradise for any landscape photographer. Combining raw wilderness, fascinating scenery and outstanding clarity of light like only a few other places, your trip to the world’s largest non-continental island will be worthwhile. We will explore some of the world’s most magnificent fjords, and see spectacular mountain ranges, and picturesque villages.
GREENLAND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
For years, Better Moments has organised amazing aerial photography in Greenland, shooting over the icecap and Greenland’s stunning scenery. So don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Greenland from above together with the best.
This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop, please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests who join the aerial photography workshop.
BETTER MOMENTS & PHASE ONE EXPLORER is your gateway to working with top of the line equipment from Phase One, We provide participants with FREE exclusive access to the power and versatility of the Phase One Premiere XT Camera System and Capture One software, as well as continuous support and training from both Phase One experts and award-winning Better Moments photographers. This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn, discover and explore the dramatic landscapes of Greenland together with passionate and like-minded enthusiasts, using the best photographic equipment on the market.
All our guests will receive – for free – exclusive Phase One equipment, software and training for use during this workshop, including:
Premiere XT Camera System.
One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop.
CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop.
Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Visit to the icecap.
Evening and night photography in and around the Inuit town of Ilulissat.
Landscape photography from sea 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.
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.
GREENLAND BEHIND THE SCENES
Meet passionate photographer David Muiry as he discusses exploring the inspiring nature of Greenland with Better Moments and Phase One’s Greenland workshop with Tom D. Jones and Christian Nørgaard.
EXPAND WITH PASSION
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography.
The best techniques with personal hints and advice.
Composition, focusing on lines, perspective and balance in the frame.
Working with different angle lenses, exposure times and aperture.
Photographing scenes having a high dynamic range.
Handling equipment with care on location.
Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
Workflow in Phase One’s Capture One software.
A Better Moments certified photo instructor will be available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
DAY 1: Arrival Ilulissat
After your arrival in Ilulissat, Better Moments will transfer you to our hotel.
Tom D. Jones and Christian Nørgaard will brief you on what will happen and what to expect over the next couple of days, before we head outside for a stroll around town with our cameras.
We will spend the day in the mountains that beautifully surround Ilulissat and the ice fjord. Here, we will find canyons, lakes and Spring’s first stirring vegetation. There is also the possibility of macro photography and magnificent panorama shots.
In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel, and Tom D. Jones will give a lecture on Greenland as a photo destination. 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 pinky red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way.
DAY 2: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
We will start the day with a deep and comprehensive workshop on the challenges in aerial and great landscape photography.
We will make a landing with our private helicopter, and from a carefully selected location 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.
Then follows dinner at the hotel, and afterwards, we meet for an image review session where you can present a selection of photos to the group and receive valuable feedback from Tom D. Jones. Moreover, there will be an introduction to the optional aerial photography session that will take place the next day.
DAY 3: NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
The town of Ilulissat is fascinating, as its appearance resembles nothing outside the Arctic, with its wooden houses in strong colors, boats parked in the backyards and sledge dogs in chains. An evening shoot from the top of the hills south of Ilulissat. From the hills, we have a fantastic view overlooking Disko Bay and the mouth of the ice fjord. The gigantic icebergs, some up to 70 meters high, turn a screaming pink color and create a stunning display. Here, the telephoto lenses come into their own.
In the evening, we will review your recent images, and Tom D. Jones will give constructive criticism.
DAY 4: INTO THE ICEFJORD
Late breakfast. Digital processing of images from the day before. Daylight shoot in and around the harbour of Ilulissat. The main source of income for the Inuits is fishing, and the harbor is a chaos of boats and people, providing an opportunity for interesting documentary photography. Evening: Walk inside of the ice fjord and capture landscape photography from sea level among icebergs and cliffs. Here, we will use our wide-angle lenses for shots with dramatic foregrounds of eroded cliffs and clear water pools. We will continue to shoot as long as the light allows.
DAY 5: THE BIG LANDSCAPE
We will spend the day in the mountains surrounding Ilulissat and the ice fjord. Here, we will find canyons, lakes and Spring’s first stirring vegetation. There is also the possibility of macro photography and magnificent panorama shots. We plan around the weather today, and if we have the chance, we hike to the edge of the icefjord 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.
Later, we will discuss the images taken previously. Tom D. Jones will talk about landscape and fine art photography and share some useful tips and tricks of the trade.
DAY 6: 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 allow us 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.
In the evening, we will review your recent images, and Tom D. Jones will give constructive criticism.
DAY 7: GREAT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Great morning 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.
We all meet for our farewell dinner.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Check-out after breakfast and goodbyes to your guides and fellow participants. We look forward to welcoming you on your next Better Moments workshop!
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“We’ve been up every morning before sunrise, so this is a workshop, not a holiday! It’s just amazing what you can capture early in the morning when the sun is rising. I feel very lucky to come to Greenland and see the immense beauty here.”
Joe Lam, Canada
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QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
Due to weather we may change.
Commercial airlines are the only way for travelers to get to Greenland, served by airports in Denmark and Iceland.
Greenland is not members of the EU, so this part of the Danish Kingdom is not subject to the regulations that apply between the Schengen nations. Some people can visit Greenland without a visa, but most people from countries outside the EU/EEA must apply for a visitor’s visa. For more info visit: www.visitgreenland.com.
Sila means “weather” or “state of mind” in Greenlandic. Both elements play important roles when traveling in Greenland, which to many is like traveling for the first time or unlike anywhere else that they have ever been. Greenland is one of the only places on Earth, where you still can’t control Mother Nature – if she is in rage, storms will prevent you from flying or going on the tour you had planned. But when she calms down you will be rewarded with a magnificent, raw, wild and beautiful nature with Northern Lights in the sky in Winter or Midnight Sun and icebergs huge as houses. Then you feel small and in awe of what this world is also like.
Greenlandic belongs to the Inuit-Aleut family of languages that is spoken by some 80,000 Inuits in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. In terms of its structure the language is completely different to Indo-European languages, and as a visitor to Greenland you will find that you understand absolutely nothing when Greenlandic is spoken – or ‘kalaallisut‘, as it is called, which actually means ‘the Greenlanders’ language’. Danish is the first foreign language but English is also widely spoken and our guide is available to translate.
Danish Kroner (DKK)
No one can control the weather, but if you are properly prepared, you will find that the weather’s fickleness can be quite charming when visiting Greenland.
Air Greenland, the airline company of Greenland, handles a great part of the transportation of passengers with several small air planes and different types of helicopters. Helicopters especially serve the towns in South Greenland, North and East Greenland, as well as the small villages.
Humpback whales, musk oxen, walruses, reindeer and sea eagles are just some of the many species that you may experience by land, air and sea around Greenland.
There are hot springs in several places in Greenland, but only at Uunartoq in Southern Greenland is the spring used as a pool, frequented all year round by local and foreign visitors.
Arctic temperatures and several meters of snow are no match for the natural impressions and cultural twist that will warm your soul while dog sledding in Greenland.
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