Join professional New Zealand landscape and nature photographer Phillip Bartlett as we photograph a selection of the South Island's most spectacular landscapes on this very popular 8-day workshop. SOLD OUT. Waitlist available.
With a maximum of only 6 participants, travelling in 2 modern 4-wheel drive vehicles, this workshop has been designed around the Aoraki/Mt Cook, Central Otago, Fiordland, Milford Sound and Queenstown areas. We have planned every day to give us the best opportunity to experience the quality of light photographers dream of. The route we travel provides many opportunities to photograph both New Zealand's most-loved scenery and also backcountry landscapes which are seldom seen.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. At each shoot location Phillip is always on hand to assist with advice and instruction, and the small-group environment allows for plenty of one-to-one tuition. We will also be conducting a series of short modules during the workshop, with attendance being optional, as follows: Composition: Learning to See Composition: Beyond the Obvious Colour Theory: Understanding Colour in a Practical Way Processing: Bringing out the Best in Your Image
New inclusions for 2018: Breakfast on day one and gourmet dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
If photographing iconic South Island landscapes with a small group of passionate photographers sounds like just what you are looking for, please use the links below to book your place or send us an enquiry.
Day one CHRISTCHURCH - TWIZEL Our adventure starts this morning as we depart Christchurch heading for Twizel, South Canterbury. The MacKenzie area is surrounded by spectacular mountains and lakes, and is adjacent to the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest peaks. We arrive at our lodging in the early afternoon and get settled in before going out for our afternoon and last-light shoot of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. (BLD)
Day two TWIZEL We leave our lodging pre-dawn to be in position for the first light on the mountains. We will work the landscape in this area as the sun rises before returning for breakfast. Following breakfast we begin the first of our modules with Processing: Bringing out the Best in Your Image. After lunch we are out in the field for our second module: Composition: Learning to See. We then set ourselves up for last light photography on the mountains. (BLD)
Day three TWIZEL - WANAKA Another chance to photograph sunrise on the mountains before we depart, and travel south towards Wanaka. After breakfast we will take a side trip to a hidden backcountry area and use this setting as our classroom to discuss Colour Theory: Understanding Colour in a Practical Way. We spend time shooting in this area before continuing on to Wanaka, arriving in the early evening. (BLD)
Day five WANAKA - TE ANAU Just for a change we are up even earlier this morning as we drive up into the hills in time for the first light. This rugged environment is marked by other-wordly rock tors set amongst fields of golden tussock and provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains. After photographing here we travel to a nearby town for breakfast, before continuing on to Te Anau, to check in to our lodgings. In the afternoon we drive to a hidden wilderness location, where we will spend most of the afternoon photographing. While here we will discuss and learn Composition: Beyond the Obvious. We return to Te Anau in the early evening. (BLD)
Day six TE ANAU We spend the full day in the Milford Sound area of the Fiordland National Park. We will be photographing dramatic mountains carved out by glaciers, lush rainforest draped in mosses and lichens, and crystal-clear rivers. In the afternoon we take a boat journey along the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. As well as shooting this incredible landscape of sheer mountains, cascading waterfalls and untouched coastline it is possible we will see seals and dolphins. We finish the day with sunset at Milford Sound. (BLD)
Day seven TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN We make another very early start this morning to be in position for the first light. After breakfast we make our way to Queenstown, arriving in the early afternoon. After taking a break to refresh we set up on the shores of Lake Wakatipu for our sunset shoot. (BLD)
Day eight QUEENSTOWN - DEPART Our last pre-dawn start as we travel along the road to Glenorchy to photograph the spectacular mountain, lake and autumn landscapes found in this area. In the late morning we return to Queenstown to prepare for our travel home. (B)
PHILLIP BARTLETT Born in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, I was taught from an early age to appreciate the spectacular natural beauty that New Zealand is now so widely acclaimed for. I started photographing using medium-format panoramic equipment; a fully manual set-up which required complete accuracy throughout the whole process. Even though I now primarily shoot digital, I still use traditional field technique and my images are made from one-frame captures. I have found that photographing with an analog approach ensures that discipline and craft in the field is not compromised, as frustrating as this can be sometimes. In 2005 I established a photo workshop company, Capture New Zealand Photo Expeditions, which gives photographers from around the world the opportunity to use the knowledge of locations and seasonal nuances I have gained over the years to make their time in New Zealand productive. In addition to these photo workshops I also co-lead trips with international photographers bringing groups to New Zealand. It is possible that word about the workshops has spread primarily because I know where the best coffee, and hot chocolate, is to be had no matter where we are. You are welcome to join this workshop as we photograph some of the South Island's most spectacular landscapes.
WORKSHOP DATES and FEE
2018: APRIL 16 - 23
NZ$7570.00 per person double share NZ$920.00 single supplement Deposit: NZ$1000.00 per person
Deposit payment may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Balance of invoice payments may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Rebate Available: For payment made by direct bank transfer a one-time rebate of NZ$160.00 per person will be applied to the workshop fee balance invoice.
Inclusions: Photography guide services and in-field support Accommodation for seven nights Helicopter transfer at Wanaka Milford Sound photography cruise Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Department of Conservation National Parks concession fees
Exclusions: All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country Any other travel services required to arrive at the workshop commencement location and all associated taxes, levies and insurances Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable Any personal items including alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and travel insurance
In keeping with New Zealand law we are licensed by the New Zealand Government Department of Conservation to conduct our workshops in National Parks and Reserves. As such we adhere to the operating requirements and submit annual accountability reports. We have also just recently completed our Outdoor Safety Compliance audit, as required by New Zealand Occupational Health and Safety Management legislation, and our certification has been extended. We place great importance on your safety while you are travelling with us and your guide has completed an advanced driver training course, a four-wheel drive training course and holds a current Red Cross First Aid certificate.
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