Join professional New Zealand landscape and nature photographer Phillip Bartlett as we photograph the spectacular South Island winter landscape on this exciting 12-day workshop.
With a maximum of only six participants, travelling in two modern four-wheel drive vehicles, this workshop has been timed to photograph the South Island in the peak of its winter beauty. Snow-draped mountain ranges abound and the soft, clear winter light offers excellent shooting conditions. The weather in the south at this time of the year is generally settled and temperatures are mild when compared to Northern Hemisphere winter conditions. We have planned every day to give us the best opportunity to experience the quality of light photographers dream of. We will be photographing at an extensive variety of locations including Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps, Moeraki Boulders, Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson, Punakaiki, and Kaikoura. Travelling by four-wheel drive allows us to access remote backcountry areas well off the tourist track.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. The emphasis of this trip is to be out in the field photographing, which is why we do not have formal lectures or presentations. Phillip is always on hand to assist with advice and instruction, and the small-group environment allows plenty of time for one-to-one tuition. A big plus with limiting the group size to only six participants is that we work together as a team, and there is an openness in sharing ideas and techniques. Non-photographer partners are most welcome to be a part of the workshop, with the option to join shoots as preferred.
The workshop runs for 12 days (11 nights). We will be staying in good lodgings which are functional and clean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included as detailed in the itinerary. However, as this workshop is all about photography we will be prioritising being out in the field shooting over eating meals at set times each day. We may, on occasion, need to take food and drink with us into the field, to ensure we are in position to take advantage of the light. There may be some moderate hiking on uneven ground and a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, so that you can carry your camera gear comfortably. There is no obligation to participate in any hikes and every effort will be made to accommodate any requests.
If photographing the magical winter scenery of the South Island 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.
GUEST FEEDBACK from the July 2016 Workshop:
"We had a wonderful time with Phillip on the South Island of New Zealand, learning so much about taking landscape photography while enjoying ourselves immensely."
Lorraine and Neil S, Australia. Read the full review on TripAdvisor
"Phillip is a superb landscape photographer; however, during the workshops, he almost never pulled out his camera. Rather, his focus was entirely on his guests to ensure that we got to the best locations at the best times to take the best possible shots of some pretty phenomenal landscapes." Mary Ellen C, Ontario, Canada. Read the full review on TripAdvisor
GUEST FEEDBACK from the July 2015 Workshop:
"In July 2015 I did my third trip with Capture New Zealand's Phillip Bartlett and his assistant Cam. You can't beat local knowledge and apart from seeing the many beautiful places which the average tourist never sees, travelling with Phillip and Cam was a lot of fun."
Barbara K, Perth, Australia. Read the full review on TripAdvisor
"First class all the way. Phillip Bartlett was outstanding in providing knowledgeable and valuable input to us on the landscape on the areas visited on the South Island."
David M, Ontario, Canada. Read the full review on TripAdvisor
"This was my second trip with Capture New Zealand Photography Tours, the first being two and a half years earlier. The guide is extremely knowledgeable with a keen sense of humor as well! From start to finish just a well run operation enabling a wonderful experience, highly recommended!"
David and Wipada, Bangkok, Thailand. Read the full review on TripAdvisor
Day one CHRISTCHURCH - TWIZEL/AORAKI MT COOK NATIONAL PARK
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 last-light shoot of the Southern Alps and Aoraki/Mt Cook in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. (LD)
Day two TWIZEL
We leave our lodging pre-dawn to be in position for sunrise on the Southern Alps mountains. We will work the landscape in this area before returning for breakfast. Following breakfast we are out in the field again exploring this rugged terrain. We return for lunch and a break, departing for the mountains again for the late afternoon light and sunset. (BLD)
Day three TWIZEL - NORTH OTAGO
After being in the heart of the Southern Alps we depart this morning for the open spaces on the east coast. We arrive in the afternoon and, after taking a short rest, make our way to coast to photograph the other-worldly and alien Moeraki Boulders, unusual spherical rock formations embedded in the sand. This peculiar natural phenomenon is contrasted beautifully by the wide-open expanse of the Pacific Ocean. (BLD)
Day four NORTH OTAGO - TE ANAU
Sunrise this morning finds us down on the beach again shooting the first light on the Moeraki Boulders. We then leave the coast and make our way west to the lakeside town of Te Anau, located on the fringe of the Fiordland National Park. We arrive here in the late afternoon, and photograph the mountain and lake scenery as the sun sets. (BLD)
Day five TE ANAU
We spend the entire day in the Milford Sound area of the Fiordland National Park today. We will be photographing dramatic mountains carved out by glaciers, lush rainforest filled with ferns and moss-covered trees, crystal-clear rivers and culminating in a shoot of Mitre Peak and the surrounding mountains. We then return to Te Anau, arriving in the late evening. (BLD)
Day six TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN
Sunrise shoot this morning is on the shores on Lake Te Anau, as we watch the mountains catch the first light of the day. After breakfast we travel north as we make for another lake town: Queenstown. We arrive in the late morning and leave soon afterwards to spend the rest of the day photographing in the Glenorchy area. (BLD)
Day seven QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA
We take a drive into the backcountry for our sunrise shoot, before returning to Queenstown for breakfast. We then travel to nearby Wanaka and photograph the stunning lake and mountain scenery found here.(BLD)
Day eight WANAKA - FOX GLACIER
We get down to the heli-pad pre-dawn this morning and are transferred up into the mountains to capture the sunrise over Lake Wanaka. After breakfast we leave the lakes district behind us as we travel over to the West Coast and our base for the next two nights: Fox Glacier. Along the way we will stop to photograph forest, waterfall and coastal scenery. We arrive at the village of Fox Glacier in the early evening. (BLD)
Day nine FOX GLACIER
This morning we will capture the first light at Lake Matheson, where on a still day the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and the Southern Alps are reflected in the tannin-stained waters. After breakfast we spend time in the rainforest photographing the luxuriant ferns and moss-covered trees found here. After lunch there is time to relax in the village before we meet again in the afternoon to photograph the mountain surrounds as the sun sets. If the weather conditions are favourable we highly recommend taking a helicopter ride for some incredible aerial photography of the glacier's seracs, pinnacles and the imposing peaks of the Southern Alps. (BLD)
Day ten FOX GLACIER - GREYMOUTH
Our last chance to photograph the first light in the mountains on the West Coast this morning. After breakfast we travel north to the coastal town of Greymouth. In the afternoon we continue north to the Paparoa National Park and arrive at Punakaiki, where the force of the ocean has carved the coastline into fascinating rock sculptures. We set up at the Pancake Rocks area to shoot the last light of the day. (BLD)
Day eleven GREYMOUTH - KAIKOURA
An early start today as we will be travelling from coast to coast, with mountain passes along the journey. Our destination is the peaceful seaside town of Kaikoura, situated in a sweeping bay on the east coast. Overlooked by majestic snow-covered mountains, this coastal town was once only known for the rock lobster caught here. Now, Kaikoura is famous for the abundance of marine mammals and seabirds found offshore. We arrive in Kaikoura in the late afternoon and photograph the coastline as the sun sets. (BLD)
Day twelve KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH - DEPART
We enjoy our final shoot together this morning along the coast, before we travel south to Christchurch to where our adventure began almost two weeks earlier. For those departing this afternoon we say farewell and safe travels. Accommodation for tonight can be arranged for guests who are leaving the following day. (B)
Note: The weather in the South Island of New Zealand is subject to frequent change. We reserve the right to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to both avoid bad weather and to take advantage of good weather and light, as the elements permit. Our intention is to assess the prevailing weather and light conditions to determine where the best photographic opportunities will be.
Born in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, I am a professional New Zealand landscape photographer. When I first started photographing I worked with medium-format panoramic equipment. Anyone who has photographed with, or is still using, medium or large format analog cameras, where every part of the image-making process is manual, will agree that mastery of field technique is essential for producing quality images. While I now primarily use digital equipment I still make my images from a single-frame capture, and prefer to use the equivalent of traditional techniques in post-process. Aesthetic adjustments are applied sparingly.
Since pioneering New Zealand’s first photography workshop company in 2005, I have been privileged to guide, and teach, photographers from around the world, from absolute beginners to respected professionals. In-depth knowledge of the New Zealand landscape, coupled with my understanding of seasonal conditions and weather nuances is the reason why our guests enjoy so many excellent photo opportunities.
The most valuable asset of digital photography, from a learning perspective, is being able to instantly assess each capture. This is immensely helpful when I am teaching out in the field, assisting guests develop their individual creativity and master new techniques. You are welcome to join this workshop as we photograph the stunningly beautiful winter landscapes of the South Island.
WORKSHOP DATES and FEE
2017: JULY 24 - AUGUST 4
$9730.00 NZD per person double share
$1230.00 NZD single supplement
Deposit: $1000.00 NZD per person
All amounts are in New Zealand dollars.
Payments may be made by Internet Bank Transfer, International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
Rebate Available: For payment made by direct bank transfer a one-time rebate of NZ$200.00 per person will be applied to the workshop fee balance invoice.
Photography guide services and in-field support
Accommodation for eleven nights
Helicopter transfer at Wanaka
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Department of Conservation National Parks and Reserves fees
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
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