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NAMIBIA SPIRIT OF THE DESERT

HASSELBLAD

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF NAMIBIA

HASSELBLAD MASTERS

TOM D. JONES

10 DAYS OF PHOTGRAPHY


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Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your next adventure workshop. Better Moments was founded in 2011 by Philip Boissevain and me, two experienced veterans of the international professional photography industry. We met when working at Hasselblad, Philip as the Global Marketing manager and me as the Global Photographer Relations manager. Today Better Moments has become the leading photo workshop platform organizing high-end workshops for photo enthusiasts worldwide. You will learn from the world’s most experienced photographers within their fields to refine your personal style and sharpen your technical skills. Additionally, we want you to share your excitement for photography and enjoy great moments in life. And we want you to explore your passion and expand your photographic skills and vision.

Better Moments CEO and founder: Christian Nørgaard Graphic design: Anders Lundgren Text editor: Jeff Grant All images and text in this catalog are under International Copyright Legislation. However, Better Moment’s guests and potential customers may download the catalog for private use, but not for any commercial use. Any violation of the International Copyright Legislation will be reported to the International Court of Justice of International Copyright Legislation Cover photo by Tom D. Jones

Better Moments mission is to deliver exclusive workshops in landscape, wildlife and travel photography at unique locations around the world. I want you to explore your passion for photography and work and earn from the world’s most renowned photographers who all have excellent teaching skills, local knowledge and experience. Photography with passion, Christian Nørgaard


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PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PASSION


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INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCES AROUND THE WORLD

Hosted by a selection of top photographers, you will have access to a range of professional Hasselblad equipment during the trips including the X1D and all existing lenses. Whether you are new to photography or an established photographer, you will learn a variety of techniques to develop your skills, and perfect your shooting and composition while visiting some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.


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SPIRIT OF THE DESERT Few places in Africa can match Namibia’s sheer natural beauty. The country is named after the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. It is a world filled with fantastic sights from the deserted colonial ghost towns and shipwreck-filled coast to the magnificence of giant sand dunes plunging down to the ocean. Skeleton trees, dolerite rocks and moonscape light conditions are all part of what awaits you. Think desert spirit and Namibia is the land that comes to mind.

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EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF NAMIBIA

Photo by Tom D. Jones


Photo by Tom D. Jones


TRAVEL Better Moments’ mission is to deliver exclusive workshops. We want you to explore your passion for photography and work with the most renowned photographer, Tom D. Jones during your Namibia Hasselblad Photo Workshop.

HIGHLIGHTS Helicopter flight over shipwrecks of Walvis Bay.

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Ghost town photography in Kolmanskop. Giant dunes of Namib Rand. Skeleton trees in Deadvlei. The otherworldly morninglight of Dune Valley. Colonial Swakopmund architecture. Lecture on “How to become Hasselblad Master in Landscape photography”. Optional helicopter trip. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography. Tom D. Jones will use his experience from his many years of professional work to help you maximize your photographic opportunities with landscape photography.

Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, middleground and background. Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and apertures. How to handle equipment with care on location. Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level. IN CLASSROOM Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day. Workflow in Photoshop and/or Lightroom, and printing. Portfolio Review. A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and to generally guide and help.

ON LOCATION Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice.

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TOM D. ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

His work represents artistic photography with simple and yet complex compositions. Tom’s perspective introduces us to a world of perplexing beauty, serene and simple compositions with light and depth, always containing a creative touch of movement. Tom D. Jones is Better Moments’ guide to the wonders of Scotland, and the Isle of Skye. During the workshop, Tom will deliver educational and inspiring seminars and give personal guidance on location in Scotland. But besides doing stunning landscape photography, some of Tom’s best work is pure fine art. For example, the amazing Papillon series of butterflies. “I shot the images for ‘Papillon’ on a Hasselblad H3DII with a 120 mm macro lens. The shots are super-sharp and really reveal the extraordinary detail of these beautiful creatures. You don’t appreciate how stunning these insects are until you get right up close to them. I always shoot using Hasselblad cameras because I tend to print my images quite large. The prints can be as big as 1 meter x 1 meter, and each image is limited to five prints. To make such large images I need a high-resolution camera, and the Hasselblad really is incredible”.

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Explore Namibia together with award winning photographer Tom D. Jones


PASSION OF PHOTOGRAPHY Tom was raised by an amateur photographer, his father, and spent many hours in the darkroom and with the slide projector. Consequently, his father’s passion rubbed off on him and Tom found himself, through the years, drawn to contemporary art and fine art photography. In the beginning, after being self-taught, he worked on commissioned photography while using his spare time to unwind and express creativity through photography. As photography became part of his life, it also led him to the woman of his dreams. He found a lady sharing his interest in photography. Tom and his wife, Sylvia, wanted the same thing, that is their very own photo studio. In 1999 they started their first studio together. Talking about becoming a great photographer, Tom replies in an interview to Digital SLR Photography: “There are no secrets; I do not have to trouble myself to do so. Lionel Messi does not have secrets to becoming such a great footballer either. I built my career up through very hard work and being very critical of myself. Start small and give yourself time to grow. If you create quality products and provide good service, clients will always find you — they will spread the word and so on. Firstly, save money to buy a good DSLR and a good set of lenses. Once you have clients and tasks, you will see that you can afford more and more. In the beginning, however, you have to live sober and invest all that hardearned money in yourself and your company.” Photo by Tom D. Jones


Photo by Tom D. Jones


Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, for which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/ Nature.

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ITINERARY DAY 0

DAY 4

ARRIVAL

GHOST TOWN MORNING

It is recommended to book your flights to arrive this day, because the workshop starts on the morning of the 5th. Be refreshed before the adventure begins!

Before sunrise we’re leaving for Kolmanskop and start shooting at sunrise courtesy of our special permits (officially open at 9 AM). We will spend the morning at the ghost town and try to capture the creepy feeling of those empty houses and sand filled rooms.

DAY 1 QUIVERTREE FOREST AND STARGAZING We’re leaving at 10 AM for a 5-hour drive South to Keetmanshoop. We will arrive at our first guesthouse near the Quivertree forest, so we can do a short briefing about night photography. Because of its geographical location and lack of light pollution we are at the perfect place for night sky photography and star gazing. The extraordinary Quiver trees are the perfect subject for our wonderful star backdrops. DAY 2 DOLERITE ROCK PLAYGROUND Early birds can photograph nice silhouettes at sunrise. After lunch we take a look at the first results from our night photography shots. Late afternoon we explore the surroundings at the Giant playground for our second evening and night photography. It’s a location with big dolerite rocks nicely stacked onto each other. DAY 3 PASSING WILD HORSES Just before dawn we go to catch the first light at Giant playground. After breakfast we’re continuing to Luderitz. On our way we will pass Aus known for its wild horses walking through the desolate deserts. It is a unique experience to see how they survive this harsh life. Arriving at Luderitz you can discover the colorful village or relax at the beach. Before sunset we can go for a sneak preview to Kolmanskop, for regular tourists it’s closed in the afternoon but we will have a special permit to go whenever we want.

DAY 5 THE DUNE SEA Today we will leave the paved roads and will see the landscape changing from mountainous to the red sand dunes of the Namib Rand and Sossusvlei region. We have a picnic lunch and will have some stopovers in this nice scenery where we have a good chance of seeing springbok, ostrich, oryx, and mountain zebra. On arrival at our luxury tented rooms we take time to settle in. Before dinner we will drive to the first big sand dunes for a nice sundowner. DAY 6 LAND OF THE SKELETON TREES We need to get up very early to drive to one of the most iconic and photogenic places on earth ,‘Deadvlei’, with its skeleton trees and cracked earth. Our lodge is inside the park which means this is the ONLY way to reach Deadvlei before sunrise. At 9 AM the light gets hard and the regular tourists are coming in. Now we have breakfast under a nice big tree. After lunch in the lodge you can either check your images or have a refreshing dive at the swimming pool. You will also have an opportunity to choose an optional balloon flight over Sossuvlei. DAY 7 MOONSCAPE UNDER THE MILKY WAY Catch the first sun rays on Dune 45, which is 85 meters high. The climb is well worth the effort, as, from the top, you will be spoilt with the

incredible panoramic view of Dune Valley. In the morning and evening light the floor of the pan has been described as a “moonscape” and is truly a sight to behold. Time for a nap before lunch or to check the images you’ve made. In the afternoon you can discover the Sesriem canyon or stay in the lodge to relax at the pool. In the evening we’re going back to Deadvlei to shoot the sunset. We can stay till it’s dark to end with night photography.,using the dead trees and dunes as the subject with the stars and Milky Way as our backdrop. DAY 8 BACK IN TIME TO COLONIAL SWAKOPMUND After breakfast in the lodge we leave Sossuvlei and drive to our next destination. It will be a complete change in weather. After dry and heat it can become foggy and quite chilly in Swakopmund beside the Atlantic Ocean . On our way we will pass the smallest town, Solitaire, where car wrecks have been picturesquely draped along the road. Here we stop over for apple cake – arguably the best in the whole of Namibia. After arriving in Swakopmund you can relax or do some street photography. Swakopmund is rich in architectural history, dating back to the period from 1884 through 1915 when Swakopmund was the main port for the area. With German South-West Africa as a German Protectorate, a very strong German influence can be seen in the architecture. Fortunately the buildings have been maintained and preserved very well. DAY 9 HIGH OVER THE COAST OF SHIPWRECKS Walvis Bay is famous for its flamingos, which feed in the lagoon and the surrounding wetlands. It is considered one of the best locations worldwide to see flamingos. Today is divided in two workshops: Landscape photography in and around Walvis Bay is the first or an optional helicopter workshop.


Those who want to join our landscape photography workshop will visit the area around Walvis Bay by 4-wheel drive. In the helicopter aerial photography workshop we will fly over the big sand dunes in front of the ocean, we will see shipwrecks on the shore and will continue over the wetland and see thousands of flamingos. Finally we do amazing shots above the wonderful color patterns of the salt pans. Finally, tonight we have our farewell dinner and will end this amazing trip in the best sea food restaurant with frontal sea view: ‘The Tugg’.

OPTIONAL HELICOPTER TRIP Aerial photography over Walvis Bay is an extra offer for those who wish to join. 1-2 hours flight. Open doors. Private instructor. Price per participant is based on how many of our guests who wish to participate. You will all get an open invitation for the helicopter workshop 2 months prior to the workshop, where you can decide if you want to take advantage of this extra offer. DAY 10 FAREWELL Driving back to the international airport in Windhoek, enjoying the last impressions on the way and sharing the memories of a wonderful journey.

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GETTING THERE

QUICK GUIDE

The country does have an increasing number of routes, including to Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Official name is the Republic of Namibia (German: Republik Namibia; Afrikaans: Republiek van Namibië).

Otherwise, you’re most likely to fly via South Africa.

Western border is the Atlantic Ocean. Shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.

VISA All visitors entering Namibia must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended departure date from Namibia. Visas are not required for most nationalities visiting Namibia. Please check with the local embassy and read more at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ namibia/visas WEATHER Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it’s fine to visit all year round. However, some tracks become impassable during the rains that begin in earnest in December.

Gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Capital and Windhoek.

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Member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations. Land area: 825,615 sq km (318,772 sq mi). Calling code: +264.

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LANGUAGE The main language spoken in Namibia is English, while Afrikaans and German are among minority languages.

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There are a number of languages spoken by the various indigenous groups that are recognized as well. CURRENCY The monetary currency used is the Namibian Dollar (NAD).

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QUICK GUIDE We wish you to travel with the greatest possible comfort and to know that you have received as much information as possible


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EQUIPMENT Whether this is your first trip or your ”hundredth” workshop with us, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you may want to pack so you have a travel checklist. Bookmark this packing list, because you’ll want to refer back to it to make sure you’ve thought of everything you might want to pack.

CAMERA The camera list is for inspiration, since you know better than anyone what equipment you prefer. Bring you own laptop computer and storage medium Camera bodie(s) Lenses, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good Bag for all camera gear Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories

Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses

NICE TO HAVE Tripod Lens extenders

Spare batteries

Camera straps for ease of changing from one camera to another

Standard power converter

Graduated filter set

Raw processing software

Filter holder

Memory cards and card wallets

High quality polarizing filter

Charger for batteries

Lens belt

Memory card reader USB key to exchange images

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PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Cruickshank was awarded Photographer Of The Month, August 2016 Brian Cruickshank participated in the Ethiopia 2016 workshop. Brian Cruickshank has been a life-long world traveler, and photography is a way for him to experience other cultures and share experiences with friends and family. He especially loves making environmental portraits. “The Ethiopia workshop was a wonderful way to hone my craft with a portrait master like Steve McCurry”.

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OF THE MONTH

Each month we select a photographer from one of our many workshops who deserves special recognition. The Photographer of the Month is chosen by the Better Moments workshop experts, including Better Moments CEO, Christian Nørgaard.

NAMIBIA - HASSELBLAD EXPERIENCE 2018  

Spirit of The Desert - 10 days of photography with Hasselblad Master Tom D. Jones

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