Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Newfoundland Canada Spring 2020

Newfoundland island in eastern Canada offers incredible coastal landscapes, quaint fishing villages and wooden huts, wildlife such as puffins salmon and moose to easily photograph, lots of lighthouses, and Greenlandic icebergs offshore.   It's a quiet country where people are still friendly and not overridden with tourists, safe, and yet it's extremely easy and close to travel to from other parts of North America.   If you enjoy photographing coastal scenery such as that found in Maine, or are looking for the next destination that's still off most photographers' radar, then Newfoundland is for you.  This will be our inaugural tour to Newfoundland, and will be smaller and more casual in feel that most others.  We will have an uncompromising dedication to photography every day, and a comprehensive itinerary covering the entirety of Newfoundland from eastern all the way to western and southwestern portions, in a logistically efficient, 1-way itinerary, in order to provide an exceptional value and unforgettable photo trip. This trip is quite unique in that we plan to photograph ALL the different geographic regions and a variety of subject matter around Newfoundland (except the Northern Peninsula), which no other tours currently offer.  Subject matter that we will photograph include coastlines and wave action, lighthouses, sea cliffs, puffins, spawning salmon, small fishing villages, coastal fishing sheds perched on rocks, abandoned villages, fjords and lakes, waterfalls, spring greenery, wind sculpted dwarf trees, beaches, historic areas, icebergs offshore, subarctic ponds, and more.    Newfoundland is big - we are covering alot of ground, and will be driving on average 300 kilometers a day, which we will plan to do during the midday hours, utilizing sunsets and sunrises at the most iconic locations. 

Dates: 25 May - 06 June 2020  ( 13 days,  12 nights)

Cost: $3900 USD

Availability: spaces available

Special offer: $200 total discount for two persons signing up together!


Day 1 - Arrive to St. Johns. Afternoon through sunset photography around St. John's colorful buildings and Signal Hill. Overnight St. Johns. 


Day 2 - Avalon Peninsula, Cape Speer Lighthouse, and additional sights in St. John's. Overnight St. John's. 


Day 3, 4. Bonavista Peninsula, including Trinity Bay, Elliston, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, and Spillars Cove. This is a great place to see puffins. Overnight Bonavista.


Day 5. Sunrise and morning photography around Bonavista. Terra Nova National Park, Newtown, and on to Barr'd Islands via ferry. Afternoon and sunset on Fogo Island.  Fogo Island is known for it's red salt fishing shacks on wooden jetties into the water. 


Day 6. Morning on Fogo Island and then ferry back to mainland, on to Twillingate and Cow Head sea cliffs. Longer drive to Baie Verte Peninsula region. Overnight around King's Point. 


Day 7. Exploring very small fishing villages and some completely abandoned villages on the Baie Verte Peninsula. This region has many picturesque fishing shacks perched on cliffs or by the water's edge. Also depending on the season's winds, a good place to photograph drifting Greenlandic icebergs. We will likely do a boat tour here to get out closer to the icebergs. Overnight at King's Point.


Day 8. Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park to capture salmon jumping upstream. On to Gros Morne National Park for sunset, at Lobster Cove. Overnight Rocky Harbour.


Day 9. Gros Morne National Park sites, including boat trip on the famous landlocked fjord Western Brook Pond. Arches Park a little further north for rock formations.  Overnight Rocky Harbour. 


Day 10. Long drive to the southwestern tip of Newfoundland and end of the road at Rose Blanche, stopping along the way at Marble Mountain and Cape Anguille Lighthouse. Sunset at Rose Blanche stone lighthouse. Overnight Rose Blanche.  


Day 11. Coastal and subarctic scenery along the road from Rose Blanche back north to Blow-Me-Down provincial Park where there are wind-sculpted and twisted bonsai-like trees.  Overnight around Corner Brook. 


Day 12. Bottle Cove and Bay of Islands coastal beaches. Return to the southern section of Gros Morne National Park and Trout River Pond. Short hikes possible. Overnight Trout River.  


Day 13. Sunrise at Trout River Pond, then return to Deer Lake.  Fly out of Deer Lake in afternoon. End of trip. 


Group Size: Maximum size of 6

Start/End: The trip begins in St. Johns Newfoundland, and finishes in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Our itinerary offers a balanced mix of sightseeing and serious photography all around Newfoundland, for a comprehensive overview of this island.

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 boots. General physical well being is required. Some of our days may be long, so good travel stamina and attitude are important!  There are not any serious hikes planned, just short walks to scenic vistas. 

Included:

  • All photographic opportunities and professional coaching
  • Van for our group the entire time and connecting ferries to islands. 
  • 2 scenic boat tours, at Gros Morne, and to see whales and icebergs around Baie Verte (conditions permitting). 
  • Accommodation for 11 nights. Accommodation will be chosen based on optimal locations to photograph, efficient itineraries, and quality.  Accommodations will vary including Newfoundland guesthouses and fine country hotels. Prices are based on double occupancy -- optional single supplement may be available for an added fee TBD.

Not Included:

  • Trip insurance
  • Meals and drinks  (except when breakfast is provided by hotel)
  • Souvenirs
  • Flight to St. Johns, and return flight from Deer Lake. 

Experience Level: This tour is open to digital photographers of all skill levels. A packing list will be provided. If you have additional questions, the trip leader will be happy to answer them over the phone or by email.

Photography Instruction

This photo workshop is all about in-the-field field photography and situational instruction, and there will be no classroom workshops or presentations, unless there is extra downtime from rainy weather. Photographic topics that will be covered while shooting include classic landscape photography composition and technique, HDR  imagery, panoramic photography, adventure and travel photography, slow shutter speed effects, and exhaustive use of filters.  Group participants may wander on their own occasionally if they wish to pursue individual photographic objectives, enabling each participant to get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. A maximum group size of 5 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field from a full time working pro, maximizing the group's flexibility and ability to shoot more places, more spontaneously based on light and weather, and provide an intimate small group adventure experience.

Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC, based in the USA, will be leading the trip. Johnathan is a full time photographer and experienced international photo trip leader, having led over a hundred tours and workshops throughout the world over the past decade since starting in 2010.  Every trip so far has been an incredible experience for the participants. Johnathan has a unique background of being widely traveled around the world, and has a passion for photographically exploring in depth wherever he goes. Johnathan was taken by the scenery in Newfoundland over an extensive exploration and scouting trip in 2019, and plans to start leading annual trips here starting in 2020. 

Trip Terms

Deposit: A $1000 deposit is due at the time of registration.  Until payment is sent, your place is not guaranteed. You may conveniently pay your deposit securely with your credit card, processed by PayPal payment processor, by manually entering your payment of $1000 here. The deposit portion may also be paid via personal or bank check for USA and Canadian clients. Please contact me if you need any assistance in signing up!

Final Payment: The final payment for the balance due on the trip (after your paid deposit), is due one week prior to the trip start. Payment options include bank transfer to my Icelandic bank account (details on request), cash in person at the trip start (with prior permission), personal or bank checks (preferred for USA and Canada clients), and credit cards (a 2% credit card fee will be added for final payments with card).

Cancellation Policy: In the unfortunate case if you need to cancel, cancellation policy is: Deposit payments are refundable as 100% future scheduled trip credit up to 120 days before trip start, 50% future scheduled trip credit if cancellation is 120-60 days before trip start, and non-refundable less than 60 days before start. Final payments for the full trip balance are 100% refundable as cash until the trip start, and non-refundable after the trip start. If I am able to fill your empty spot on the trip, half of what you'd lose will additionally be returned to you, for all the above situations. If I cancel the trip for some major reason, such as overwhelming volcanic activity, trip leader health crisis, etc, then I fully refund everything in cash or PayPal, or a pro-rated amount if the trip must end early for the same reasons. I am not responsible for reimbursing you for travel or other ancillary expenses you incur in prep for the trip.