Photographing Newfoundland



Event Description

This event is about photographing the natural world, about photographic fun and maybe even photographic fulfillment. And in the process, you discover a world unique among all your shooting adventures.

Newfoundland’s diverse coastal and interior scenery is made more various by seasons and weather, by time of day and play of light. In bays and coves and deep into the interior, its wildlife is surprisingly accessible for a knowledgeable guide. And the likelihood of capturing that masterpiece moment is greatly increased.

Whales, seal and spawning capelin; or caribou, black bear and foraging moose; or bald eagles, harlequin ducks, and diving gannets; or landlocked fjords, caves and sea stacks; or a pond ablaze with bullhead lilies, a bog replete with pitcher plants blooming—each subject is its own challenge for the photographer, depending on light, weather, movement, and distance.

And then, the old and ghost villages found along the islands coasts, many now inaccessible. Tumble-down houses and barns, toppled wharfs and stages, overgrown gardens and graveyards—the detritus of the island’s not so distant history. How to evoke that testament of lives lived and towns abandoned.

There’s more than enough here to engage your photographer instincts and challenge your skills. With Jacob your guide and fellow photo enthusiasts with whom to share ideas, there is bound to be a few trophy shots to take home.


Participants must bring his or her own camera and accessories, as well as apparel, including rain gear, and boots suitable for variable terrain. You are advised to have waterproof/resistant hiking boots with good ankle sidewalls and support to prevent abrasions. Low ankle sidewalls should be avoided.


Trip Highlights

  • Newfoundlands diversity of photo opportunities that the pros yearn for.

  • Diversity of terrain from coast to tundra, from marine settings to wilderness.

  • Clarity of the light everywhere--over ocean, forest and barrens.

  • Absence of urban light pollution--astounding starry skies, the possibility of northern lights, and moonlight that illuminates extraordinary detail over land and ocean.

  • Experienced advice from a published photographer specializing in Newfoundland subjects.


All events/tours start at Marble Inn Resort in Steady Brook. Explore NL is affiliated with Marble Inn Resort. However, our participants are free to make pre-tour/post-tour accommodation and travel arrangement as they choose. If you need assistance with ground transportation or accommodations, we would be pleased to assist.  

Daily Itinerary

IMPORTANT: This advance itinerary is organized based on desirable and distinctive photo targets. Closer to the actual event, seasonal weather and local reports of target occurrences will determine a final day-by-day itinerary.

All Participant are asked to meet at Marble Inn Resort 8:30 am. On the first day of the Tour.

Target 1: 

North America’s first summer solstice sunset will be the focus for a time-lapse photography session. Evening Session

Target 2:

Gros Morne Landscape and unique Villages

Target 3: 

Land and Sea. Coastal Newfoundland photographed from land and sea is a full event that takes place on the Bay Verte Peninsula. Among the photo subjects/settings are abandoned ‘ghost villages’, victims of resettlement directives and the departure of their aging population. The deteriorating and fallen structures are reminders of the resourcefulness and independent character of their former inhabitants.

Target 4:

Hike and Shoot is a full day event of wilderness trekking. Showcasing the backcountry wilderness of Western Newfoundland.

 For the avid photographer who knows his camera and accessories, who sees the potential for trophy photos in Newfoundland’s unique scenic and natural environment, who wishes to learn from and share his or her skills with fellow photographers with kindred ambitions. Or solo!

The options are the kicker!

From coastal settings and fjords with icebergs, whales and waterfalls to wilderness terrain of countless lakes and streams, the domains of moose, caribou and birds of prey; to historical settings where the evidence of hardship, resourcefulness and endurance mark the abandoned villages and the landscape, and the shoreline.

Whichever terrain and subject you choose…it’s all in the light! The light at dawn, midday and dusk—and even in the nighttime.