Newfoundland: Puffins, Northern Gannets, Whales, Icebergs, and Lighthouses
Newfoundland is a large island off of North America’s Atlantic coast, and is part of Canada’s easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Linked intimately on all sides with the ocean, Newfoundland is characterized by windswept coastline, colorful fishing villages, abundant marine wildlife, and the blue icebergs that migrate from the Arctic down her northern and eastern shores. Photographic opportunities are numerous and diverse, and wildlife and landscape photographers both will find a wealth of subjects here. Although we can’t predict nature, we expect to find whales, iconic seabirds, lighthouses, ice, and much more.
We’ll be photographing from sunrise (the first in America!) to sunset, and everywhere in between. Our network of local guides will keep us advised of local photographic opportunities and Muench pros Kevin Pepper and David Rosenthal will be on hand to help you make the most of every situation. Expect plenty of field instruction, and—back at our hotel—plenty of post-processing instruction and our signature image reviews too. We’ll be daily traveling by spacious bus, staying in comfortable accommodations, and provided with fresh, locally-sourced cuisine.
July 10–17, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
About the Wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
July 10, 2021: Arrive at any time today in in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We’ll meet in the evening for a group dinner to get to know each other and to discuss the following days’ adventures.
July 11, 2021: This morning we’ll depart for our first photo shoots at Pouch Cove and Biscayne Cove, just outside of St. John’s. We’ll spend the afternoon north of St. John’s visiting numerous fishing villages such as Heart’s Delight, New Perlican and Heart’s Content. The day will end with a sunset photoshoot at Cavendish.
July 12, 2021: After a morning image review we will head to Cape St. Mary’s, the most accessible seabird rookery in North America. Cape St. Mary’s is also the southernmost breeding area for thick-billed murres in the world, and for common murres in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Bird Rock is the southernmost (third-largest ) nesting site for northern gannets in North America. These sites are filled with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge—a moving, breathing spectacle of color and sound.
July 13, 2021: After breakfast we will depart from St. John’s for our hotel in Bonavista Bay, our base for the next three nights. Our drive will include stops to photograph the bays, coves, and tickles along the way, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for icebergs, eagles, and whales.
July 14, 2021: Today we’ll head out on a private boat tour early in the morning, where our focus will be on icebergs, puffins, bald eagles, and whales. Humpback whales are common in this area and sperm, minke, pilot whales and (rarely) orcas are sometimes present too. You may also see dolphins, porpoises, eagles, and a variety of pelagic sea birds. In the afternoon we will head to Elliston to photograph Atlantic puffins—the only puffin species in the North Atlantic Ocean. Elliston Point is home to approximately 300 nesting pairs of puffins, and North and South Bird Islands are home to another 1200 pairs.
July 15, 2021: We’ll start the day with an image review and critique session, and then head out to “Iceberg Alley,” a corridor of ocean that runs down from Greenland. We’ll be focusing our photographic efforts on Dungeons Provincial Park, Spillar’s Cove and Bonavista Lighthouse (built in 1843 and one of the few in the world where you can still climb the stone tower and see the c1800s catoptric light apparatus).
July 16, 2021: This morning we’ll start our trip back to St. John’s, stopping for lunch and photography along the way. Then, after a last dinner together, we’ll head out for a sunset shoot at Cape Spear Lighthouse. Perched on a craggy headland, this oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th-century lighthouse keepers and their families. The skies above the lighthouse swirl with seabirds, and the ocean beyond offers icebergs, humpback whales, and pods of porpoise.
July 17, 2021: Flights home can be scheduled at any time this day.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals and gratuities during the workshop
Transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to and from St. John’s, NL, Canada (YYT). Medical evacuation, travel medical, and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.
Our group will be driven around Newfoundland in a comfortable 20-seater bus with an experienced local driver. This will give David and Kevin the opportunity to move around in the bus, and to offer more teaching opportunities between photo shoots.
With its rich variety of wildlife and landscapes, this workshop is a photographer’s dream. Click the “Sign Me Up!” button and we'll see you in Newfoundland!