Join Canadian Guide and Wildlife Photographer Michael Bertelsen for an incredible opportunity to photograph Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife at ground level.
Quality not Quantity
Small groups of photographers shooting on the ground, thus allowing:
The ability to move around and choose a better background or angle.
Overall feeling of the workshop is more intimate.
Feel more in tune with the surroundings and its species.
A minimum 400mm lens is required. Wide angle lens for the Aurora and landscapes. Your most used focal distance will be in the range of 300 to 500mm. If possible bring 2 - 35mm digital camera bodies, sturdy tripod or monopod.
Temperatures range from -1C to -20C during this time. Insulated boots, warm winter coat, insulated pants to wear over your inside pants. large warm mitts, thin gloves you can use camera buttons with, warm hat and wool socks.
Low level of fitness is required. Very short walks in snow depth of less than a foot.
Bathroom breaks are available through out the day.
Itinerary for 6 day trip
Early morning fly in to Churchill from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Michael will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the lodge. One hour orientation and some winter photography tips.
Lunch, then out in search of polar bears for the afternoon. That evening a dinner is planned with a short slideshow.
Day 2,3,4,5 and 6
Early breakfast then out in search for polar bears, possibly arctic fox, cross fox, red fox, willow and rock ptarmigan. All day landscape photography if light and clouds offer the opportunity. Break for lunch then we head back out for the afternoon and evening shoot .
Dinner together and review the day. Northern lights are always a possibility when the sky is clear.
8:30 am to the Churchill airport flying back to Winnipeg.
Our rooms offer comfortable beds & en suite bathrooms with private showers. Internet is available in each room along with television.
5 Day trip - 5 nights accommodations, 4 1/2 days of photography.
6 Day trip - 6 nights accommodations, 5 1/2 days of photography.
All WMA permits and licenses.
Personalized instruction offered at all times.
Alcoholic drinks, non-meal time drinks or snacks.
Lunch and Dinner.
All flights to and from Churchill.
Please make payments to Wild Outdoors Limited and send to PO Box 5335, Huntsville , ON, Canada, P1H 2K7
TestimonialsMichael, Thank you so much for all your assistance with the shoot and for being so accommodating with the many questions we fired your way. Katy and Tom both had a great shoot with you and they really valued your knowledge and expertise. Looking forward to working with you again, Susan S, BBC FILMS