Explore the Incredible Arctic in Greenland

Photographing Greenland has been on my bucket list for many years and it finally came to fruition n the summer of 2018 when I spent 2 weeks shooting Greenland by boat. Needless to say I was blown away by the sheer beauty and remoteness of the area and came back with some amazing images. I decided there and then that it was the perfect place to host a 7 day workshop.

After quite a bit of research, I found the perfect boat for the workshop, a 65 ft Dutch built, Icelandic based wooden schooner. The captain has been exploring the east coast of Greenland for several years and knows where to go to photograph wildlife and the stunning arctic scenery.

Anticipating a positive response from former students, we have made arrangements to charter the boat from August 10-17 in the summer of 2019. We will join the boat in Kulusuk in Eastern Greenland and we will board on August 10 to explore and photograph one of the last remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.

We will see massive icebergs and glaciers and hopefully polar bears, arctic fox and several species of birds. The boat will be our “floating Arctic cabin” from which we will base ourselves and go ashore every day to hike, explore and shoot the surrounding area; be it animals, birds, ice, glaciers or magnificent arctic vistas from along the sea shore or from the top of a peak or mountain top. The boat will move a few hours everyday to a new anchorage in order to change our vista and give us new subject matter to shoot.

One of my favorite activities while there in 2018 was visiting the small Inuit settlements and learning about the indigenous people of Greenland. We will, again, have the opportunity to meet the locals and hear about their life in this harsh environment – and photograph portraits of the beautiful, unique people.

It is only fair to warn you that this is not a high-end, luxurious cruise ship with thousands of tourists but a basic but comfortable adventure vessel that will enable us to get to these remote locations.

This purpose built Dutch schooner will take a total of 12 people (6 photographers plus myself, as the workshop leader, and my assistant). The boat has a crew of three and provides a top of the line, safe and comfortable adventure experience with the owner as the captain, a naturalist/guide to teach us about the flora and fauna of the environment, and a chef that keeps us all well fed. The guest cabins include two doubles and two four person cabins with two heads and showers. There will be some cabin sharing involved unless one takes an entire cabin (for two or four).

We will spend time photographing the area from on board but mostly ashore or from one of the boats or kayaks. There will be time allotted while on board to download our files, discuss the images and work on improving our shooting skills and post production skills. This will be a true photo workshop with a strong element of instruction and teaching from both “in the field” shooting and post production.

Getting to the boat:

Fly to Iceland’s Keflavik airport (which is a very well served large international airport) and then transfer from Iceland’s Keflavik airport to the domestic smaller airport in down town Reykjavik (a 45-55 minute bus ride then jump on a 90-minute prop plane flight on to Kulusuk (Greenland) on an Air Iceland, where we will be met by the crew.

The cost of the workshop is $9500 which includes the transfer from the International airport at Kevlavik, Iceland to the hotel in downtown Reykjavik, a night in the downtown hotel in Reykjavik, the air portion of the trip from Rejkyavik, Iceland, to Kulusuk, Greenland, and the transfer from the airpot in Kulusuk, Greenland to the boat. After the trip the transfer from the boat to the Kulusuk airport and the flight back to down town Reykjavik is also included. There after you are on your own.

Not included is the gratuity for the boats crew and alcohol you consume while on board.

To reserve your spot for the 2019 Greenland Workshop we would need a 25% down payment. Another 50% would be due on March 1st and the balance 60 days before departure.

Around the Island Race

DATE: Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

TIME: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

You will be shooting the 91st Annual race sailing around Conanicut Island (the oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay) with a variety of beautiful boats, views of the both the Jamestown and Newport Bridge and stunning Beavertail lighthouse.

COST: $695 per workshop with $50 discount for returning students (except Volvo Race).

INCLUDES: An afternoon- evening or day on the water with Onne limited to 15 photographers to ensure individual instruction (boat holds 49 passengers so there is plenty of room to shoot). Onne shoots and discusses his shots as he goes along. He wanders the boat offering help with your own gear – your questions and offers tips and tricks.

Dinner or Lunch (depending on which WS) is included. Choice of Turkey, Prosciutto, or Caprese on a baguette plus snacks (fruit, chips, cookies) and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer and wine included). We also raffle a framed gallery print and have “Swag Bags” of goodies from our photo sponsors like Think Tank, Manfrotto, Canon, Lexar, Onne’s Gallery and more. We meet at the Gallery at 1 Bannister’s Wharf a half hour prior to the boat’s departure to have an intro session, go over a few things with Onne and we then walk down to the boat at Bowen’s Wharf together. It is a short walk and there is a parking lot adjacent to the gallery.

Master Class with Onne

One on One with Onne Advanced Master Workshop – On the Water: Spend one on one time with Onne shooting Newport and Narragansett Bay at a specific event or regatta or just shooting the local beauty. Onne has a 24′ RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) that is stable, dry and comfortable. A price of $1,200 includes a three-hour session with Onne on the water, one hour of computer time learning workflow, and a discount coupon to use in Onne’s gallery. Onne can trailer a boat to a location of your choice (price dependant upon location). A second photographer can be added for the same 3 hour period for $1,750 total. (new paragraph)

From the Air: Shoot from a helicopter for an hour with just you, Onne and the pilot. Then come back to Onne’s desk and learn how to import, convert and manage your images. A price of $1,500 includes one hour in the helicopter shooting with Onne and one hour of computer time learning workflow. You will have the chance to use Onne’s lenses if you shoot with Canon bodies. Date and availability subject to Onne’s schedule and weather. To reserve your space or inquire, contact us at onne@vandewal.com or 401-846-9552.


If you have a photo club, yacht club, or interested group, Onne is available for slide shows and lectures in your location. Whether it is a show about expeditions in high latitudes, racing and regatta action, or beautiful local scenery, Onne has been lauded as a captivating and entertaining speaker, typically drawing standing room only crowds to his slide shows.


Held aboard the MV “Gansett” with ample room for 15 photographers, you will be treated to lobster rolls, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks.

2017 Workshop Dates: Wednesday, July 12th – Nautical Newport – $595 From 3:30 p.m to 8:30 pm Shooting lighthouses, Newport harbor, the Shields fleet Wednesday night racing, the bridge and many boats and ships on the Bay. Saturday, September 2nd – Classic Yacht Regatta – $695 From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Shooting the Classic Yacht Regatta – wooden yachts racing in the bay.

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