May 11, 2006

Arctic Expedition

In cooperation with Quark Expeditions, The Luminous Landscape is offering two remarkable photographic expeditions to the Arctic this summer.

Each will be taught by teams of exceptional photographic instructors, Stephen Johnson, Anthony Hobbs and Bruce Fraser for Expedition #1 and Seth Resnick and Jeff Schewe for Expedition #2.

Both of these two week-long expeditions take place this August in the Canadian Arctic, and both take place aboard a Finnish built polar-class Icebreaker, the KAPITAN KHLEBNIKOV.

The Luminous Landscape has reserved 30 places on each of these voyages. We have obtained a very attractive discount from the expedition operator, Quark Expeditions, based on our reserving a large number of berths for our expedition workshop members. And we’re passing those significant savings along to you.

Below are details on each of these voyages. This is a unique opportunity and is bound to sell out quickly, possibly within days.

If you want to experience the photographic trip of a lifetime in the company of some of the best photographic instructors in the world, these workshop / expeditions are an opportunity not to be missed.

Arctic Expedition #1

August 2-17, 2006

August 2-3: Ottawa to Resolute
Arrive in Ottawa and transfer independently for an overnight stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier, with opportunities to explore Canada’s historic capital. Next morning, fly above the Arctic Circle to Resolute and transfer to the Kapitan Khlebnikov, which sails in the evening.

August 4: Bylot Island & Eclipse Sound
Our route follows the 19th-century explorers into Lancaster Sound, home to 26 bird species along with a dozen species of marine mammal. We reach the northwest coast of rugged Bylot Island, a vast migratory bird sanctuary that boasts one of the most diverse avian communities – including Greater Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons – above 70° north. We hope to tour the magnificent bird cliffs at Cape Hay by Zodiac. Later, we cruise the Navy Board Inlet south into beautiful Eclipse Sound.

August 5-7: Northeast Coast of Baffin Island
As we sail into deeply incised inlets such as Gibbs or Sam Fjords, the mountains of northeastern Baffin Island rise several thousand feet above the sea. Watch for narwhals and beluga whales in these nutrient-rich waters – and caribou can often be seen roaming the endless tundra. Expect also to see fantastically sculpted icebergs drifting west from Greenland. We then head south past snowcapped mountains to the Arctic Circle. As always, the Captain and your Expedition Team will respond flexibly to weather and ice conditions when deciding the route and daily schedules that fit our goals.

August 8-10: Pangnirtung, Hudson Strait & Frobisher Bay
We intend to sail across Cumberland Sound to Pangnirtung (pop. 1,200), located on a scenic fjord near Auyuittuq National Park. Home to many artists, the village is famed for its prints and beautifully woven tapestries. The landscapes here are breathtaking: towering cliffs, waterfalls, glaciers and distinctive flat-topped mountains overlooking flowering tundra. We continue along the coast into the Hudson Strait, with possible expedition stops on Edgell Island at the mouth of Frobisher Bay, as well as Diana Bay and Akpatok Island. In summer, the islands’ cliffs are nesting habitats for Arctic Terns, Razorbills, Thick-billed Murres, kittiwakes, Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins – which in turn attracts polar bears to the area.

August 11: Cape Dorset
By afternoon we hope to arrive at Cape Dorset, a remote 2,000-year-old community rediscovered by early 20th-century explorers. Once a trading center for furs and sealskins, since the late 1950s Cape Dorset has gained renown as the Inuit art capital of the world. At the local artists’ co-op and in conversations with residents, you learn about the community’s history and cultural traditions, and the values that have helped these proud people survive in a seemingly impossible environment.

August 12: Foxe Basin
In this waterway between Baffin Island and the Melville Peninsula, plan time to watch the spectacle of the Kapitan Khlebnikov battling the Arctic ice pack. As we plow through huge ice floes, your Expedition Team will alert you to any marine mammals and seabirds drawn to these waters for a brief period – by rising temperatures, melting ice, perennial daylight and an explosion of food sources – before winter descends once again.

August 13: Fury and Hecla Strait
Only a very few vessels have successfully navigated through the narrow waterway of Fury and Hecla Strait, named for the ships from William Parry’s Baffin Island expedition of 1821-23. Taking advantage of helicopter reconnaissance, your Captain will be able to constantly monitor conditions ahead as he plans the ideal route through the ice. As ever, our rate of progress and range of daily activities will vary according to the vagaries of the Arctic environment.

August 14-15: Somerset Island & Prince Leopold Island
Depending on our earlier progress, we hope to explore the tundra at Fort Ross, an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company depot on Somerset Island. We approach the Bellot Strait, a very narrow channel leading to Point Zenith, the northernmost point on the North American continent. Often choked with heavy pack ice, the waterway is a likely place to spot polar bears or narwhals. Other expedition stops may include flat-topped Prince Leopold Island, known for its nesting seabirds, and Cunningham Inlet, a reserve around a shallow bay where beluga whales congregate during summer.

August 16-17: Resolute to Ottawa
We disembark the Kapitan Khlebnikov at Resolute Bay for our flight back to Ottawa and a final night at the Fairmont Château Laurier, continuing home independently after breakfast on August 17.

Photographic Instructors for Arctic Expedition #1
Of course there’s much more. Your photographic guides, instructors and mentors for this trip are Stephen Johnson, Bruce Fraser and Anthony Hobbs, three of the finest teachers working today. In addition to the Quark itinerary Steve, Anthony and Bruce will be conducting daily workshops, with instruction ranging from shooting technique, to raw processing, Photoshop, and more. Members are also invited to bring their portfolios along in either print or electronic form. Portfolio critique sessions will offered on either a group or one-on-one basis. Please note that Michael Reichmann will not be aboard either of these workshops. While these are organized by The Luminous Landscape, they are being taught by five of Michael’s most talented and valued colleagues.

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson is a photographer, designer and teacher. He has been photographing since 1973, and lecturing on photography since 1977. His photography explores the concerns of a landscape artist working in an increasingly industrialized world. His work has also concentrated on refining the new tools of digital photography and empowering individual artists to use these tools to express their ideas. He has been working in digital photography since 1989 and wrote the duotone curves that ship with Adobe Photoshop. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland and Making a Digital Book. Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected internationally. He has lectured extensively on digital imaging in both Europe and the United States. His recent work includes a major new endeavor, With A New Eye, a groundbreaking all digital photographic look at the national parks. Stephen Johnson’s website:

Anthony Hobbs
Currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin Ireland.
Anthony has been involved in teaching photography and related media since 1976. His practice and research has revolved around the notion of representation of reality for many years.

His background in photography and interest in technology informs a lot of his work with large format digital imagery. He has worked extensively in collaboration with other artists in exploring digital photography and printing.

Bruce Fraser
Bruce is a noted author having co-authored the perennial Photoshop resource book Real World Photoshop from Peachpit Press. He is also co-author of Real World Color Management and the author of the best-selling Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2. Bruce is also a contributing editor for MacWorld and for CreativePro where he pens his “Out Of Gamut” articles.

Bruce is an internationally known speaker and presenter at trade shows, conferences, and seminars in locations as far-flung as Helsinki, Finland and Perth, Western Australia (and points in between). He has also consulted for a wide range of major photographic and digital imaging companies.

Arctic Expedition #2

August 15-30, 2006

August 15-16: Ottawa to Resolute
Arrive in Ottawa and head independently to the Fairmont Château Laurier for an overnight stay in Canada’s historic capital. Next morning we fly to Resolute and board the Kapitan Khlebnikov, which departs in the evening.

August 17: Lancaster Sound to Baffin Bay
Sailing eastward through Lancaster Sound along the south coast of Devon Island, we enter Croker Bay. Our onboard presentations get under way with talks on Arctic wildlife, geology and history. In Dundas Harbour, a short fjord bounded by steep mountains on Devon’s southeast coast, you make your first landing – a fascinating tundra walk to an old RCMP post and a site of the early Thule people. As we continue east to Baffin Bay, keep a lookout for narwhals, seals, beluga whales and an array of seabirds.

August 18-19: Coburg Island & Hell Gate
An early-morning Zodiac excursion takes us to Coburg Island National Park, whose cliffs are home to an estimated 30,000 pairs of Black-legged Kittiwakes and some 160,000 pairs of Thick-billed Murres. The sight of newly fledged murre chicks diving into fish-filled waters is unforgettable. We continue on to Cape Sparbo on Devon Island for another tundra walk to archeological sites and chances to see musk ox. If time and weather allow, we pay an evening visit to the community of Grisefjord, then carry on deeper into Jones Sound. The next morning we round the southwest corner of Ellesmere Island and follow the handful of vessels that have navigated Hell Gate, a narrow passage where currents prevent freezing even at the height of winter. As we keep pushing north through spectacular Norwegian Bay, the Kapitan Khlebnikov will be doing some more heavy icebreaking – while you scan the floes for polar bears.

August 20-23: Tanquary Fjord & Ellesmere Island
Exploring the Bjorne Peninsula and Strathcona Fjord, we reach our goal: Tanquary Fjord and Ellesmere Island (Quttinirpaaq) National Park, which includes Canada’s northernmost point. The fjord extends from a mountain valley with glaciers cascading down to the water. On walks ashore you find amazingly lush vegetation, including mountain avens, saxifrages, poppies, cotton grass and white bell heather. You’re likely to see Arctic hare, musk ox and endangered Peary caribou, plus polar bears and Arctic whales on the coast – and, if you’re lucky, an Arctic wolf. Weather permitting, we take helicopter flights over Ellesmere’s dramatic glaciers and tundra. As ever, the length of our stay depends on ice conditions and park regulations.

August 24-25: Eureka Sound
Leaving Tanquary Fjord, we sail south into Eureka Sound, visiting an isolated weather station on Sidre Fjord. Our plans call for helicopter flights over Ellesmere’s western coast to view the remains of a petrified forest. Next is an expedition day on beautiful Axel Heiberg Island, with more helicopter flights and excellent chances to spot musk ox, wolves and Arctic hare.

August 26: Norwegian Bay & Belcher Channel
Heading south to Norwegian Bay and Belcher Channel, we expect to battle some of the toughest ice in the Arctic; while the Kapitan Khlebnikov is up to the challenge, as usual our route must be flexible. We continue south via the Penny Strait to Queens Channel and hope to stay overnight in McDougall Sound for more chances to sight walrus, polar bears and other wildlife.

August 27-28: Somerset, Devon & Beechey Islands
Be on the lookout for walrus as we explore the edge of Cornwallis Island, then carry on south to Somerset Island, where beluga whales frequently feed. We cross the Parry Channel by night and in the morning pass the bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island National Park. At Radstock Bay on Devon Island, you combine a tundra walk to an ancient Thule site with incredible helicopter flights. Our final landing is on Beechey Island, where Franklin and his men wintered in 1846-47 before disappearing. Their tragic end gains poignancy as you walk the desolate coast to the Franklin Memorial.

August 29-30: Resolute to Ottawa
Having sailed to Resolute Bay during the night, we disembark the Kapitan Khlebnikov in the morning and fly back to Ottawa for a final night at the Fairmont Château Laurier, continuing home after breakfast on August 30.

Photographic Instructors for Arctic Expedition #2
Of course there’s much more. Your photographic guides, instructors and mentors for this trip are Jeff Schewe and Seth Resnick, two of the finest teachers working today. In addition to the Quark itinerary Jeff and Seth will be conducting daily workshops, with instruction ranging from shooting technique, to raw processing, Photoshop, and more. Members are also invited to bring their portfolios along in either print or electronic form. Portfolio critique sessions will offered on either a group or one-on-one basis. Please note that Michael Reichmann will not be aboard either of these workshops. While these are organized by The Luminous Landscape, they are being taught by five of Michael’s most talented and valued colleagues.

Jeff Schewe
Jeff Schewe, a summa cum laude graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, has been an award winning Advertising Photographer in Chicago for over 25 years. Jeff’s photographic specialty has been problem solving and his move into digital imaging allows absolute control over the final photographic image. He has been doing digital imaging for over 14 years and is widely known and respected in the digital imaging community as a leading pioneer in the field. Jeff is a feature consultant and alpha tester for Adobe Photoshop.

In addition Jeff is a Canon Explorer as well as an Epson Stylus Pro.

Additional information available at:
Fine Art work is available through

Seth Resnick
Seth is one of North America’s most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers. He is Co-Founder of D-65 LLC and the Founding President of the Editorial Photographers Group (EP). Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light. Resnick has been published in the world’s most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual list of Corporate America.

Resnick, who shoots exclusively digitally, is one of 65 photographers worldwide named as a Canon Explorer of Light. He has given over 125 lectures to industry organizations such as American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Advertising Photographers of America (APA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Advertising Photographers of New York (APNY), colleges and universities. Seth is also an alpha and beta tester and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop, He is on the Advisory Board for, a technology consultant to Epson and founding member of (CVA) Coalition of Visual Artists and a founding partner of PixelGenius. Seth Resnick is as an industry consultant to photo agencies, software companies and is frequently quoted by industry magazines.

Seth Resnick Photography


In addition to voyaging though the ice pack on a real icebreaker, the ship has helicopters aboard which carry passengers on scenic flights, offering some amazing photographic vistas. This is a unique and not-to-be-missed opportunity.

The normal rate for a berth on one these trips ranges from US $10,995 for a Triple Cabin, to $13,995 for a Twin Cabin. There is a single occupancy rate as well, and suites are also available at higher prices. However, because The Luminous Landscape has reserved a block of 30 berths on each of these voyages we have been able to negotiate a very deep discount over the standard rate.

If you sign up as a member of this photographic expedition the special rate which we are offering is $8,795 for a Triple Cabin and $11,195 for a Twin Cabin. This is a 20% discount, and when combined with the photographic instruction being offered is a remarkable saving and opportunity. This 20% discount applies as well to the standard rate for private cabins and suites. Quark can quote these prices to you if you’re interested.

What Next?
Does the idea of spending two weeks of long summer days exploring the Canadian Arctic on a helicopter equipped icebreaker, in the company of two or three world-class photographic instructors, have your pulse racing? Then you need to act now. The limited number of spaces available on these expeditions will sell out quickly.

Here’s what you need to do. Simply contact Ms. Chris Dunham at Quark Expeditions. Her e-mail address is Her phone number is 800-356-5699, or +1-203-656-0499 from outside the US and Canada. Mention whether you are interested in The Luminous Landscape Arctic Expedition #1 or #2, and the type of cabin you require. That’s all there is to it. You will receive a 20% discount on the standard rate for this voyage and the right to participate in the photographic workshop opportunities aboard.

If you’re still undecided, or need more information before making your booking you may want to read additional details on this trip at the Quark web site, or view a slide show travelog by clicking on the box below.

About Quark Expeditions
For the past 15 years Quark Expeditions has led the way in polar adventure. In that time, our fascination with one of the last unexplored frontiers has grown steadily deeper. From our landings on little-known shores to our first passenger circumnavigation of the entire continent, we’ve carried on the spirit of the great explorers while sharing our passion for a region whose environmental sanctity transcends political boundaries and whose beauty defies description.

Quark specializes in expeditions, not cruises. But while we stress adventure over luxury, we’re nonetheless devoted to providing the highest levels of comfort and service on our ships. Onboard education programs are meticulously prepared and presented, as our specialists broaden your understanding of everything from polar ecosystems to digital photography. And everyone, from the Captain on the bridge to the attendant bringing freshly laundered towels to your cabin, is committed to ensuring you enjoy a rewarding, memorable and worry-free experience while we’re traveling together.

A fundamental requirement of any polar expedition is eating well. And we can say with pride, reinforced by the consistent acclaim in our traveler questionnaires, that the food on Quark Expeditions ships is exemplary. From the professional kitchens of the Kapitan Khlebnikov and the expedition ships Orlova and Sarpik Ittuk, to the ingeniously compact galleys of the three small ships – Professor Multanovskiy, Professor Molchanov, and Akademik Shokalskiy – our master chefs use the finest ingredients to create a varied international menu presented with imagination and flair. We also win high praise for the quality of our accommodations. Whichever style of ship you choose for your adventure, you can count on a cabin that is comfortable and well appointed, with ample room to relax and read up on the journey ahead, plus plenty of intelligently designed storage – a must for expedition-style travel – and, of course, spectacular Antarctic views from every window.

Quark Expeditions was the organizer for the December 2005 Antarctic Expedition for Michael Reichmann. For more info and to see images from that trip, check out the PhotoshopNews feature story Antarctica Expedition. Michael has posted some of his images at Antarctic Archive and has written about the trip at Antarctica 2005 A Voyage to the End of The World. Also check out Expedition Member’s Photographs

The team from last year’s expedition will be doing a new Antacrtic adventure – Antarctic Quest 2007.
(sorry, this expedition is already sold out)

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