Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009

E-mail: info@visionarywild.com    •    Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 5pm, EST).

Justin Black – Managing Director: 1-202-302-9030 • Email: justin@visionarywild.com

Sara Robb – Operations Assistant: sara@visionarywild.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Limit 18 spaces | $13,500* Register
Expedition September 14 - 27, 2018 | View other workshops

Greenland with Justin Black, Jason Edwards and Chris Linder

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I feel very privileged to have participated in the 2016 Greenland expedition. It far exceeded my expectations. And, as someone who has traveled extensively, I would rate it as truly a trip of a lifetime. – Sid S., 2016 Greenland participant

Thank you for another fantastic VW expedition! What a privilege to experience and photograph this wild and remote area in comfort while accompanied by the best leaders offering a wealth of experience and a willingness to share their immense talents. Thanks to Justin’s meticulous advance planning, all the arrangements were perfect throughout. –David & Kathy R., 2015 Greenland participants

Greenland's remote and little-visited ice fjords hold a wealth of arctic grandeur. Towers, arches, and walls of ancient blue ice thrust skyward from the water's surface. Steep-walled fjords, dramatic coastal mountains, tundra in autumn color, the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, and the Aurora Borealis combine to form an incomparable landscape. Join this world-class team of leaders – National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards, Justin Black, and Chris Linder – for this exclusive expedition to Greenland, photographing this arctic wilderness in all its glory. With generous photographic instruction and attentive support along the way, explore the largest fjord system in the world – Scoresbysund, covering 14,700 square miles and penetrating over 200 miles into Greenland's interior – aboard the three-masted expedition vessel Rembrandt van Rijn.  We will make frequent landings by zodiac to photograph in morning and evening light, and as serendipity presents us with compelling opportunities along the way. In addition to the arctic landscape, we will photograph whales if we encounter them, as well a variety of coastal and pelagic birds such as fulmars, kittiwakes, and gannets. Excursions by Zodiac take us in among the icebergs. The ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the night sky over the iceberg-dotted fjords and bays will be the sight of a lifetime. One thing is for certain: this expedition will yield extraordinary photographic opportunities. This is of course a floating workshop as well, and while underway, Jason, Justin, Chris, and the ship's expedition staff will make inspiring and instructive presentations, answer your questions, and offer constructive feedback on participants’ photographs during group critique sessions, with the aid of the ship's four large LCD screens.


Greenland was a trip of a lifetime. Imagine fog-shrouded icebergs, vibrant red/orange/yellow tundra, unreal sunsets, glistening ice and snow, colorful villages clinging to rocky headlands, Northern Lights and so much more under the generous guidance of world class instructors. I learned so much while having lots of fun. Thank you! –Ann L., 2015 Greenland participant


Our adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, the world's northernmost capital. Guests will be greeted upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to the elegant Hotel Holt, conveniently located in the city center. After an introductory group meeting and dinner at Grillmarket, one of Reykjavik's finer restaurants, the next morning we board our private charter flight to Greenland's east coast. Awaiting our arrival will be our private floating base camp: the 168-foot, three-masted schooner Rembrandt van Rijn (click here for more about RVR). We are booking the entire ship for our exclusive use to ensure ample space for our group both on the ship and in zodiacs – our group will consist of sixteen to eighteen participants and three leaders (though Rembrandt normally sleeps up to 33 guests) in addition to her twelve-person crew and expedition staff. She is exceptionally well-suited to exploration and photography along the Greenland coast, with a reinforced hull, expansive unobstructed sight lines even under sail, and very comfortable accommodations.

To make this special itinerary possible, we have arranged private Air Iceland charter flights aboard modern twin-engine turboprop airliners (Bombardier Q200). After disembarking Rembrandt at Constable Point, we will be picked up by our aircraft and flown back to Reykjavik, where a celebratory group dinner and final restful night at Hotel Holt await you.

Click "read more" at below right for the detailed itinerary...

 

ITINERARY:

Sept 14 – Arrival day in Reykjavik: Transfers to Hotel Holt will be arranged for inbound guests from Keflavik International Airport (KEF). At 4pm in the afternoon, there will be group introductions and orientation at the hotel's library with wine and coffee served. Our first dinner as a group will be held at one of our favorite restaurants in Reykjavik, with a menu designed especially for us by the restaurant's chefs. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Sept 15 – Fly to eastern Greenland: Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Reykjavik city airport to catch our Air Iceland flight to Nerlerit Inaat Airport at Constable Point, where we will meet our ship's expedition leader and board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn. We then cruise aboard S/V Rembrandt van Rijn into the massive Scoresbysund fjord system.

Sept 16-25 – Aboard Rembrandt: Cruise through the incredible landscape that forms the vast Scoresbysund system aboard Rembrandt van Rijn, visiting icebergs and islands, following whales, making landings by zodiac to photograph the incredible landscape, and keeping an eye out for the aurora borealis at night. Instruction by Jason Edwards, Justin Black, and Chris Linder will take place aboard Rembrandt while we are underway from one location to another. All meals and accommodations aboard ship.

Sept 26 – Return to Reykjavik: After breakfast, we disembark at Constable Point to board our exclusive charter flight to Reykjavik City Airport, Iceland. After settling back into Hotel Holt, we will go out on the town for a celebratory final dinner. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Sept 27 – Fly Home: Airport transfers provided from Hotel Holt to Keflavik International Airport.

The cost of the all-inclusive package (including both charter flights from Reykjavik) is $14,950 per person based on single-occupancy, or $13,500 per person double-occupancy.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Exclusive charter of the expedition vessel Rembrandt van Rijn, 12 days, 11 nights.
  • Exclusive group charter flights aboard spacious and modern turboprop: Reykjavik, Iceland – Constable Point, Greenland – Reykjavik
  • Accommodations in Reykjavik (two nights)
  • All meals, including wine or beer with dinners
  • All ground transfers from arrival to departure at Iceland's Keflavik International Airport
  • Some group gratuities, such as for restaurant and hotel staff, transfer drivers, etc.

EXCLUSIONS:

All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country, any other travel services required to arrive at the tour commencement location, along with all associated taxes, levies and insurances. Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable. Gratuities for ship's crew and expedition staff. Personal items including gifts or other purchases, any paid communications, hotel room service or minibar charges, travel insurance (required), etc. Any activities not explicitly listed as included in the itinerary.

 

Justin Black

JUSTIN BLACK is a photographer, writer, editor, expedition leader, photo workshops instructor, and an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Through both Visionary Wild and Galen Rowell's Mountain Light Photography (1999 – 2009) he has created inspiring and effective educational photographic experiences for thousands of passionate photographers. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading photo workshops organizers.

A professional photographer since 1995 when he signed his first picture agency contract, before founding Visionary Wild he served the ILCP as Executive Director, and for seven years was General Manager and Curator of Mountain Light Gallery.

Justin's photographs have been published by magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Sierra, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Rock & Ice, and Nature Conservancy among others. His work has also been published by major news outlets in print and online, and has been used in advertising for brands such as MasterCard, Patagonia, Nikon, and Fujifilm.

Among conservation NGOs that have used his photographs in their campaigns are World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, The Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Panthera, Land Trust Alliance, Earth Justice, The Wilderness Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, ILCP, and the Wild Foundation.

In 2017, he entered the world of motion pictures as an Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary film, Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas, and Camera, produced and directed by Michele Westmorland. Justin was invited to serve as a judge for the 2015 and 2017 Nature's Best Photography Africa competitions. He has also been an editor and contributor to numerous award-winning photo book projects, including Galen Rowell: A Retrospective; Freshwater: The Essence of Life; The Wealth of Nature: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, and Human Well-Being; Our National Parks: America's Natural Heritage; as well as Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey by Barbara Rowell. His limited edition fine prints are available through his portfolio website at www.justinblackphoto.com, and are represented by G2 Gallery in Venice, California, and in Europe by The Art of Wild gallery.

An early career as a travel photographer and image licensing specialist led him to Mountain Light Photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded by Galen Rowell – a world-renowned National Geographic photographer, author, and mountaineer – and his wife and business partner, Barbara Cushman Rowell. Beginning in May of 1999, Justin managed marketing of the Rowell image collection, assisted Galen on assignments and in his workshop program, and taught seminars on nature photography. In April 2002, the Rowells invited Justin to relocate with them to California's scenic Owens Valley as Mountain Light's General Manager. Justin eagerly embraced his new responsibility, along with the sublime Eastern Sierra Nevada landscape as his new home.

Four months later, Galen and Barbara perished in the crash of a chartered plane, leaving behind a tremendous creative and visionary vacuum. Justin went to work, building on the impressive Rowell legacy to reinvigorate Mountain Light by establishing a seasonal series of guest photographer exhibitions, expanding the image collection, and relaunching the highly acclaimed photo workshop program through collaboration with Galen's leading professional peers, including Frans Lanting, Pat O'Hara, Jack Dykinga, John Shaw, David Muench, and Jeff Foott. In May 2008, Justin's successful efforts were recognized by both Sunset and American Photo magazines, as each magazine featured editorial recommendations of his workshop program at Mountain Light.

After ten years with Mountain Light, Justin was recruited to take over the position of Executive Director of ILCP, a non-profit association of the best photographers worldwide working in the field of environmental and cultural conservation. At ILCP, Justin oversaw an explosion of productivity in expeditions, publishing, multimedia production, and the achievement of successful conservation outcomes. He contributed photographic coverage to ILCP's Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions (RAVE) program, including Flathead Valley (Canada, 2009), Yucatán (Mexico, 2009), and Chesapeake (USA, 2010), as well as a solo project for The Nature Conservancy, documenting the Dragon Run wetland on Virginia's Middle Peninsula. One of Justin's photographs from the Flathead River project appeared as a section opener in the Vancouver Sun newspaper – the first time the threatened watershed received significant coverage in that nationally important media outlet.  The photograph was later selected by the United States Senate for display in the U.S. Capitol Building, as Canada and the USA reached an agreement to protect the Flathead.

Justin left his position at ILCP in late 2010 to establish Visionary Wild, building on his successful leadership of the Mountain Light workshop program and applying expertise gained at ILCP to provide superlative workshops and expeditions for passionate photographers seeking to advance to the next level of creativity, quality, purpose, and meaning in their work. His own work continues to evolve in new directions, driven by the ongoing search for extraordinary qualities in our world's dynamic landscapes.

Justin lives in Washington, DC, with his brilliant wife, Lena (Visionary Wild's Director of Operations), and their children Philippe and Alexandra.

Justin Black's limited editions portfolio

Justin's Outdoor Photographer Profile

Bringing focus and meaning to your photography

The Top 40 Nature Photos Project

Justin's Conservation Photography Projects

 

Justin’s Camera Bag

After using an array of 4x5, medium format, and 35mm film cameras in the first two decades of his career, Justin fully embraced digital cameras in 2010. His current gear includes Nikon DSLRs and Fujifilm mirrorless systems.

 

Fujifilm Medium Format Mirrorless:

GFX 50S camera

23mm f/4 GF Fujinon

32-64 f/4 GF Fujinon

120mm f/4 GF Fujinon

 

Nikon DSLR:

Nikon D810 cameras (x2)

24mm f/3.5 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

45mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

85mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

24mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

35mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

85mm f/1.8 G AF-S ED Nikkor

200mm f/4 AF-D Micro-Nikkor

500mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor

18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G AF-S ED Nikkor

24-70mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED Nikkor

70-200mm f/4.0 G AF-S ED VR Nikkor

200-400mm f/4.0 G AF-S ED VR Nikkor

Nikon TC-14EII teleconverter

Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter

Nikon SB-900 flash

Nikon SB-700 flash

Assorted Nikon TTL flash cables

 

Fujifilm APS-C Mirrorless:

X-Pro2 Cameras (x2)

14mm f/2.8 XF Fujinon

23mm f/2 XF Fujinon

35mm f/1.4 XF Fujinon

50mm f/2 XF Fujinon

18-55mm f/2.8-4 XF Fujinon

55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 XF Fujinon

 

Filters and Light Modifiers

Nikon Circular Polarizer II

Singh-Ray Vari-ND

Tiffen WW IRND neutral density filters

Photoflex reflectors and diffusers

Lumiquest soft boxes

Rogue Flashbender

Rosco gels

 

Tripods

Really Right Stuff TVC-24L with leveling base and Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead or Arca-Swiss D4 geared head

Gitzo 1028 with RRS BH-25 ballhead

 

Photo Packs

MindShift Backlight 36L

MindShift Backlight 26L

Mindshift FirstLight 30L

MindShift Rotation 180 Pro

Mindshift Rotation 180 Horizon

Mindshift Rotation 180 Panorama

ThinkTank Airport Addicted V2.0

ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 V2.0

 

Jason Edwards

National Geographic's Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for more than three decades. His image portfolio ranks among the largest of any photographer in the Society's long history. Based in Melbourne Australia, a passion for wildlife and the environment has been with him over his extensive career that began at the Zoological Board of Victoria. Jason has since been recognised globally for his contributions to science, the environment and the arts. 

Jason's accolades within the photographic industry stretch over 25 years and include among others; two-time winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three-time winner of Communications Art Photography Annual, two-time winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, POYi Pictures of the Year International, and the Australian Geographic Society Pursuit of Excellence Award. He was also honored as one of the world’s ‘100 Photography Heroes’ by Professional Photographer Magazine, London.

Through his commissioned work and as the face of National Geographic Channel's Pure Photography, Jason has taken his story telling to dozens of countries and to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared on everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.

As a long-time workshops leader and mentor, Jason has earned an excellent reputation teaching photographers of all levels, instructing them in the art of story-telling and how to find and translate images. He has spent years providing rich and entertaining experiences, guiding participants on private expeditions and as one of National Geographic’s most sought-after experts.

Jason is an Associate Fellow of the ILCP, an organization that utilizes the power of photography to educate and inspire the public and inform decision makers globally about conservation issues affecting wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities.

Drawing upon his skills as an environmentalist, animal scientist, documentarian and National Geographic stalwart, Jason is an entertaining and insightful raconteur, championing natural history and the art of photography. He is an Ambassador for Tourism Australia, a Friend of the Australia Museum, and a coveted keynote speaker. In addition he is the host of Snap Happy the Photography Show, which airs nationally across Australia.

Jason's Fine Art Prints are archived in private collections around the world and have been exhibited internationally including the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe, where National Geographic presented his compelling imagery of Alang at the prestigious Visa Pour L'Image Photojournalism Festival.

Chris Linder

Chris Linder is an award-winning professional photographer, filmmaker, and lecturer. Chris earned a master’s degree in oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and maintains a part-time affiliation with WHOI as an expedition photographer. For over a decade, Chris has focused on communicating science stories and inspiring the next generation of researchers. He has documented over 50 scientific expeditions and has spent over two years of his life exploring the polar regions.

Chris's images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and international magazines, including Audubon, Geo (Germany), Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Smithsonian, and Wired.  He published the hardcover book Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions with the University of Chicago Press in Fall 2011.  He was the lead cinematographer and co-producer of the 2015 feature-length documentary film Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South.  Chris is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow National in the Explorers Club.

His work is represented by Aurora Photos and Visuals Unlimited.

Assignments: coverage of 44 major scientific expeditions, including 25 to the polar regions. Recent assignments include the science trials of the new Alvin deep-diving submersible, climate change impacts on Icelandic puffin populations, and thawing permafrost in the Siberian Arctic.

Awards: Winner, 2015 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Birds category; Highly Honored, 2014 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Polar Passion category; Honorable Mention, 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards, Flora category; Highly Commended, 2010 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, In Praise of Plants category; Honorable Mention, 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards, Natural Environment at Risk category; Winner, 2008 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards, Indigenous Cultures category.

Press:

The World’s Top Wildlife, Nature, and Culture Photographers by the iLCP, December 2015, Origin Magazine: http://www.originmagazine.com/2015/11/17/the-worlds-top-wildlife-nature-and-culture-photographers/

The New Stars of Photography, Smithsonian Magazine, March 2012 issue and online: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/Shooting-Stars-Steve-Winter-presents-Chris-Linder.html

Can photos of ice help translate the science of climate change? by Jaymi Heimbuch, Mother Nature Network, February 11, 2014: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/can-photos-of-ice-help-translate-the-science-of-climate-change

News From DC, The Polaris Project, And Reel Grrrls: interview with Marcie Sillman on Seattle's NPR station, KUOW, about my work photographing the Polaris Project in Siberia: http://kuow.org/post/news-dc-polaris-project-and-reel-grrrls

Recent Articles:

After the Revolution, Living Bird magazine, Winter 2016, feature story:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/on-the-antarctic-peninsula-scientists-witness-a-penguin-revolution/

Southern Exposure, Audubon magazine, November-December 2015, feature story: http://www.audubon.org/magazine/november-december-2015/how-young-chileans-are-saving

Science on Ice – Chris Linder's new book on polar exploration http://www.scienceonice.com

Photographer's Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands, by Chris Linder http://www.chrislinder.com/store_books.html

Visit Chris's website http://www.chrislinder.com

Highlights

  • World-class team of leaders: Jason Edwards, Justin Black, and Chris Linder, offering generous instruction, guidance, and feedback throughout the expedition.
  • Private charter exploration of the dramatic mountainous fjords, glaciers, massive icebergs, and autumn of Scoresbysund on Greenland's east coast, aboard the comfortable and capable Dutch-crewed schooner Rembrandt van Rijn.
  • Frequent landings to make the most of photographic opportunities along the coast and on the islands
  • Excursions by Zodiac among the icebergs
  • Autumn provides excellent potential to photograph the Aurora Borealis.
  • Includes private round-trip charter flights aboard modern and spacious twin-turboprop aircraft: Reykjavik to Constable Point on Greenland's east coast (RKV-CNP-RKV).

Accommodations & Travel

 
  • In Reykjavik, nights of Sept 14 and 26: Hotel Holt, an elegant four-star boutique hotel on a quiet street in the historic city center that houses Iceland's largest private art collection and is close to embassies, shops, and the Hallgrímskirkja Church Tower.
  • Scoresbysund, east coast of Greenland, eleven nights from Sept 15-26: Private charter vessel S/V Rembrandt van Rijn, a 168-foot, three-masted schooner with 16 guest cabins, all with en suite bathroom (our group will be limited to no more than 18 participants, plus three leaders). The ship was rebuilt and renovated in 2011, and features two Cummins engines, a reinforced hull for operations in arctic waters, two large zodiacs for landings and iceberg cruises, a large restaurant that accommodates our entire group with room to spare, and comfortable common areas including a lounge and bar.
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Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for our initial group meeting. Flights from Reykjavik to Greenland and back are included. All ground transfers are included. We will set sail on S/V Rembrandt van Rijn for a 12-day/11-night private charter to explore Scoresbysund on Greenland's east coast. Hikes during our shore excursions will be easy to moderate. Weather in September in the Scoresbysund region has highs ranging from 20º–40ºF and overnight lows ranging from 15º–30ºF, with mostly clouds and little precipitation.

Expectations

TESTIMONIAL

I found the leaders thoroughly approachable and generous with their time and expertise at every point in the trip. Amazing combination of leaders! Beyond being superb photographers, they're amazing people who clearly care deeply about others and the craft of photography. Their attention to detail and constant push to bring in more experiences made the trip unique. They always sought to ensure equal opportunities for all photographers and videographers during the trip. Even going back around to ensure each photographer had a chance at unique encounters.

I learned A LOT on this expedition. The trip helped me see landscape photography differently that I look forward to applying in the coming months and years. Hearing what each of the photographers saw at a new location was invaluable - the elements that contribute to a great photograph and how one could put those elements together in a new location. The willingess of the leaders to change plans in response to prevailing conditions were also key to the trip's success. Getting one-on-one time with the leaders to share their critique of photos and process was highly valuable.

The splendor of Greenland would have been far less memorable had I enjoyed it on my own - the group, the leaders, the experienced crew made for a dramatically better journey than any I would have taken alone. Hotels were excellent and the accommodations on the boat were better than I expected - top notch way to visit Greenland. Logistics were well-planned - enough time between events and smooth travel. Starting with the first amazing tasting dinner, I did not suffer a bit for good food. The leader's appreciation of food and wine made for a memorable trip.

I expected a lot, but was still surprised. The camaraderie was fantastic and the leaders excellent.

I can't wait for the next trip!

– John F., 2016 Greenland Expedition Participant