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 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. Jim will help you master wide angle photography for the landscapes and architecture, continuous shooting and AI servo 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.
Day 1, Thursday, June 22. You arrive in St. John's, Newfoundland today and Jim will meet you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. At 6pm we meet in the lobby of the hotel for an orientation to meet the other members of the tour and for a discussion about the trip and to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of photography. We will enjoy our group dinner this evening and then photograph the city of St. John's from the top of Signal Hill at sunset and twilight. Overnight St. John's.
Day 2, Friday, June 23. We leave the hotel early this morning and drive to nearby Cape Spear Lighthouse to photograph this historical site at sunrise. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then continue photographing in and around St. John's for wonderful compositions of colorful houses. After lunch, we drive south and stop to photograph Witless Bay (to see thousands of sea birds), Tors Cove (a classic shot of an old red house with the coastline in the background), and Ferryland Lighthouse. In the late afternoon we return to St. John's, have dinner, and then shoot Cape Spear Light at sunset and twilight. Overnight St. John's.
Days 3, 4, Saturday - Sunday, June 24, 25. This morning after breakfast we drive about two hours to Cape St. Mary's. Here you will be within a stone's throw of a huge gannet colony as well as thousands of black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, scoters, razorbills, and many other birds. You will have a great time photographing them in flight as well as capturing portraits. Jim will explain the strategies for shooting birds on the wing, and you'll have two days to take some of the best bird pictures ever. Overnight The Capeway Motel, Cape St. Mary's.
Days 5, 6, Monday - Tuesday, June 26, 27. We head north this morning to Bonavista. It's a four hour drive, but we stop enroute to photograph the quaint village of Trinity. Colorful houses, a lovely church, and an old cemetery can be photographed against the backdrop of a beautiful bay. Onward to Bonavista, and during our two days here we will photograph the dramatic rock formation called The Dungeon, Bonavista Lighthouse at sunset and sunrise, and we will have a fabulous encounter with Atlantic puffins at Elliston. Thousands of birds are just 30 feet away from our shooting position, and again you'll want to get amazing pictures of the birds in flight as well as stunning portraits of these beautiful birds. If there are icebergs in the area -- and this time of season is prime to see huge chunks of blue ice floating past the shore -- we'll take a zodiac cruise among these giants. Overnight The Harbour Quarters Inn, Bonavista.
Days 7, 8, Wednesday - Thursday, June 28, 29. After breakfast we drive west to the most dramatic national park in Newfoundland -- Gros Morne. We spend our time here looking for spectacular views of the sheer cliffs, glacial-carved fjords, and pristine lakes. The landscape photography here is outstanding. We take a cruise on Western Brook Pond for a water-level perspective, and Jim will talk a lot about how to compose landscape images with a wide angle lens, when HDR is essential, and the importance of depth of field. Overnight The Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 9, 10, Friday - Saturday, June 30 and July 1. Leaving Gros Morne we head north along the western coast of Newfoundland, enjoying the scenery and stopping at photogenic vantage points. Our goal today is to reach L'anse aux Meadows which is where the first Europeans to make it to North America -- the Vikings --made a settlement. You can photograph a restored village from one thousand years ago, and you'll want to pause to imagine what life was like so long ago. This northwestern peninsula is one of the best places to see icebergs floating by the shore, and it's quite possible we'll see some humpback whales, too. Overnight in the fishing village of St. Anthony at The Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites.
Day 11, Sunday, July 2. We drive south this morning to arrive in Deer Lake to catch our return flight home, knowing we've taken exceptionally beautiful pictures of a very beautiful part of Canada (it would be best to book a return flight that departs Deer Lake after 2pm).
Tour cost: $3990. Includes 10 nights lodging based on double occupancy, all ground transportation, all entrance fees, all breakfasts, 2 dinners, all photo instruction and critiques on demand.
Single supplement fee: $990
Not included: International or domestic airfare, Canadian visa if required, alcohol, items of a personal nature.