With a maximum of only six participants this is the ultimate New Zealand photography expedition, exploring rarely-visited wildernesses as we photograph landscapes at the peak of their winter glory. The iconic giants Aoraki/Mt Cook, Piopiotahi/Milford Sound and Fox Glacier are also included on this workshop.
Winter is the optimum season for photographers who are wanting to capture the New Zealand landscape at its most glorious. The soft, clear winter light offers superb shooting conditions, and gives the landscapes a painterly feel. On this comprehensive workshop we will photograph a staggering variety of landscapes including imposing snow-draped mountain ranges, misty hidden valleys, sculptured glacial seracs, untouched alpine wildernesses, weather-beaten coastlines and enchanted fern-filled forests. While July is considered deep winter the weather is generally favourable and average daily temperatures are mild when compared to Northern Hemisphere winter conditions.
On this workshop we enjoy well-structured days as we photograph select New Zealand iconic landscapes, including Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Lake Matheson and Punakaiki, as well as hand-picked remote backcountry locations. To access the untouched wilds of the Fiordland National Park we take chartered helicopter flights and photograph at surreal locations deep within the mountains. At Fox Glacier our doors-off helicopter aerial shoot of the blue-ice glacier, jagged ice pinnacles and majestic Southern Alps will leave you exhilarated.
The emphasis of this workshop is to maximise our time in the field photographing, which is why we do not have formal lectures or presentations. With a small group of only six participants there is opportunity on every shoot for one-to-one mentoring and instruction, making the mastering of new techniques and the fine-tuning of your creative style quicker and easier.
To ensure absolute comfort we travel in two luxury 4-wheel drive vehicles with three participants in each vehicle. When we venture into the backcountry, the roads and terrain we travel on are safe and we know these areas intimately. We stay in comfortable, modern lodgings which are well equipped. Meals are included as noted in the itinerary and are typical of New Zealand cuisine: fresh, local produce with choices to suit all tastes and appetites. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
You are most welcome to join us on this spectacular workshop.
Day one CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHUR’S PASS
We depart Christchurch after breakfast and drive west across the expansive Canterbury Plains towards the mountain village of Arthur’s Pass. Along the way we will stop to photograph the mountain and rural landscapes, culminating with our late-light shoot of the spectacular Canterbury high country.
Day two ARTHUR’S PASS – GREYMOUTH
Pre-dawn we set up our cameras in the Waimakariri River valley to capture the first light on the snow-covered Southern Alps. After breakfast we continue west through the mountain pass to the West Coast town of Greymouth, arriving in the early afternoon. We take a short break to refresh before driving along the coast for our sunset shoot of the dramatic rock formations found in this region.
Day three GREYMOUTH – FOX GLACIER
After breakfast we turn south and make for our base for the next three 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.
Day four FOX GLACIER
Today we take a private-charter helicopter flight for doors-off aerial photography. We will fly up the Fox Glacier shooting the blue-ice formations of the upper glacier and seracs before continuing on to photograph the majestic Southern Alps. The timing of this flight will depend on the prevailing weather conditions. We will plan our day’s shoots around the helicopter flight.
Day five FOX GLACIER
This morning we will capture the first light at Lake Matheson, where on a still day New Zealand’s two highest peaks Aoraki/Mt Cook and Horokoau/Mt Tasman are reflected in the tannin-stained waters. After returning to base we enjoy a relaxed breakfast and then explore a nearby rainforest, the perfect place for contemplated macro photography. In the afternoon we drive to a hidden location for our photo session of the last light on Aoraki/Mt Cook, Horokoau/Mt Tasman and the Southern Alps.
Day six FOX GLACIER – WANAKA
We have one last chance to photograph sunrise at Lake Matheson this morning. After breakfast we continue our journey south and travel through the Haast Pass and into the Otago Lakes district. We will stop to photograph waterfall and lake scenery along the way, arriving into Wanaka in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure.
Day seven WANAKA – PIOPIOTAHI/MILFORD SOUND
After breakfast we depart for Piopiotahi/Milford Sound at the northern end of the Fiordland National Park and photograph dramatic mountains carved out by glaciers, lush rainforest and crystal-clear rivers as we travel along the Milford Road. Our last-light photo session will be on the shores of Freshwater Basin at the head of the fiord.
Day eight PIOPIOTAHI/MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU
Our morning shoot is again on the shoreline facing Mitre Peak, The Lion and The Elephant. After breakfast we take a photography cruise through the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea returning late morning. We then leave the Fiordland National Park as we travel back to Te Anau.
Day nine TE ANAU
Te Anau is situated on the fringe of the Fiordland National Park and gives us access to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic and least-photographed landscapes. Pre-dawn we set up along the Lake Te Anau shoreline for sunrise on the mountains. We then return to the hotel for breakfast and a break. In the afternoon we take a private helicopter transfer to a remote mountain location for last-light photography in the Fiordland National Park.
Day ten TE ANAU
We are on the road well before dawn today for a full day shooting at rarely-visited backcountry and mountain-wilderness locations. We return to Te Anau in early evening.
Day eleven TE ANAU
Today we take another privately-chartered helicopter transfer into the Fiordland National Park to photograph this grandiose landscape. Depending on the weather this will either be in the morning or afternoon. The area we will be visiting is only accessible by helicopter or by multi-day arduous mountain hiking and climbing. The landscapes we will experience here are only ever seen by a privileged few.
Day twelve TE ANAU – QUEENSTOWN – DEPART
Well before dawn we set up for our last sunrise shoot of the mountains of Fiordland. After breakfast we depart for Queenstown, arriving in the early afternoon in time for departing flights.
Note: The weather in 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.
2022: July 27 – August 7
Double occupancy NZD 12,980
Single occupancy NZD 14,430
All amounts are in New Zealand dollars.
Upon confirmation that the workshop will proceed 50% of the fee will be due. Balance of the workshop fee will be due 60 days prior to the commencement date. Payments may be made by internet bank transfer or international bank transfer.
Photographic instruction and support throughout the workshop by Phillip Bartlett
In-field logistical support
Accommodation in comfortable, private rooms for eleven nights
Two private helicopter charters at Fiordland National Park
Photography cruise at Milford Sound
Private helicopter aerial photography with doors-off at Fox Glacier
Meals: Dinner Arrival Day to Breakfast Day Twelve
Department of Conservation National Parks and Reserves fees
All domestic and 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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▫ Explore six National Parks
▫ Aerial photography of Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mt Cook
▫ Two private helicopter charters to access remote regions of Fiordland National Park
▫ 4WD access to backcountry wilderness areas
▫ Dark Sky Reserve astrophotography
▫ Photography cruise in Milford Sound
“It was indeed worthwhile to have taken the “plunge” to come to the other end of the world and to put the travel schedule into your hands. Your careful planning and knowledge of this beautiful island we explored together, paired with your professional know how has given us invaluable memories for a long time to come.”
A. Bulato, Switzerland
“I learned a lot about camera settings, composition, light and right moment and much more. I also learned about the difference between a good picture, a postcard picture, art and fine art – this is essential on my way to artist!”
M. Rauvala, Finland
“What an amazing trip! Thanks so much for your instruction, my images are so much better due to you both.”
S. Williams, USA
It is an absolute pleasure teaching photography, and I find it very satisfying working with photographers to develop their individual style, grow through creative challenges and master new techniques.
Being out in the New Zealand landscape with other passionate photographers is always an exciting adventure, and you are most welcome to join me on this sensational workshop.
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