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Tarkine Lodge Rainforest and Aerial Photography Workshop

Join Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly for four extraordinary days of photography within and above Australia’s biggest rainforest wilderness!

We will combine ground-based rainforest photography at the superbly sited Tarkine Wilderness Lodge with big picture aerial photography over the rainforests, ranges and coastline of the magnificent Tarkine, using chartered helicopters.

There are spaces for just six people at this unprecedented event, which will be closely customized to the interests of participants.

Enjoy luxury accommodation, some of Tasmania’s largest rainforest trees at our doorstep and fantastic sunrise and sunset aerial photography across the Tarkine.

The Tarkine Lodge Rainforest and Aerial Photography Workshop features:

  • Intensive rainforest and autumn fungi photography at the iconic Tarkine Lodge
  • On-site helicopters for tailored flights across the Tarkine wilderness
  • Tasmanian Devil viewing from the on-site ‘Devil Hide’
  • Instruction tutorials on equipment and settings, image-making and processing, focus stacking and stitching, 360 panoramas, medium format digital and more
  • One-on-one instruction and small group discussions
  • The opportunity for images from the workshop to be used in the ongoing campaign for protection of the Tarkine.
  • Night sky and, with luck, aurora photography
  • Discounted rates for couples and non-participating partners

Cost – $3950

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Workshop details

With the iconic Tarkine Lodge as our base we will explore Australia’s biggest rainforest wilderness, on the ground and from the air.

Photographic opportunities abound, and will include on-ground rainforest exploration, Tasmanian Devils and other wildlife and extraordinary aerial photography of rainforest, rivers, mountains and wild coast.

What to Bring

Warm clothes for 4 days. Remember, this is autumn in Tasmania and we will be out early and late, at night-time, in mountain rainforest and in an open helicopter! The following list details clothing and other equipment that is required for the workshop.

  • Lightweight lace-up walking boots, walking shoes or robust runners with treaded soles and with ankle support if preferred
  • Goretex or other good quality rain jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers for rainforest photography
  • Down or synthetic ‘duvet’ jacket
  • Thick polar-fleece jacket (preferred) or thick woolen jumper
  • Polar fleece pullover (for wearing under the polar-fleece jacket)
  • Polypropylene thermal underwear – 2 long sleeved tops and 2 pairs of long johns
  • Beanie and/or balaclava
  • Thick thermal gloves/mitts
  • Thin thermal gloves
  • Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for daytime walking in dry weather
  • Warm comfortable clothing for evening lodge wear
  • Shirts / t-shirts – 2 recommended
  • Socks – 4 pairs of warm socks recommended
  • Underwear – 4 sets
  • Lightweight footwear – suitable for lodge and surrounds
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle – at least 1.5 litres
  • Umbrella – essential for rainforest photography!
  • Tripod (essential to bring although not always required)
  • Camera/s, lenses, spare batteries, memory cards, cables, lens tissue, blower brush and other photographic accessories.
  • Camera bag rucsac that is large enough to also fit spare clothes, water bottle and snacks, or camera bag that will fit within a larger rucsac. In this case, the larger rucsac should also be included.
  • Laptop for processing your photographs if desired
  • Walking poles if desired
  • Small but powerful torch and spare batteries
  • Binoculars (for wildlife spotting)
  • Personal items – toothbrush etc
  • Large rucsac and/or duffle bag to contain your clothing and equipment during transport.

What we Provide

  • A desktop computer for processing images
  • A laptop computer for processing images
  • A small selection of camera gear for loan during the workshop
  • Free vehicle transport from Hobart and Launceston to the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, and to rainforest destinations during the workshop
  • Up to 3 hours helicopter aerial photography
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of Tasmanian beer and wines will be available for purchase whilst at the Lodge.
  • Full participation in the workshop, including all tuition

Transport

We will collect guests from Hobart then Launceston early in the morning on Thursday 18 May 2016. We will contact each workshop guest in the week prior to the workshop with specific meeting times and places.

We will return to Launceston by 5pm and Hobart by 8pm on Sunday 22 May.

Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

Imagine a superbly appointed Lodge, constructed from beautiful Tasmanian timber, nestled on 200 acres of privately owned land within the majestic Tarkine wilderness. Set on a hilltop that is surrounded by marsupial lawn, and encompassed by the great Tarkine rainforest, the Tarkine Lodge is unique! It is a sustainably designed building constructed of massive timber beams that have been placed at unusual angles, and set with a plethora of windows to catch the views in every direction. Rain water (some of the cleanest in the world!) is collected from the roof and supplies all internal taps and showers. The Lodge utilizes Solar Power as its main source of electricity.

At the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge you’ll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce. Food and wine are sourced from local suppliers and growers wherever possible, and supplements produce from the substantial on-site organic garden.

The Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and complete seclusion from the outside world.

Dietary Requirements

Food will be fresh and local. Please let us know as early as possible if you have dietary requirements or preferences that we can cater to.

Medical

Please inform us well ahead of time if you have a medical or health condition that may impact your ability to fully participate in the workshop. Guests over 70 years of age will require a doctor’s certificate.

Insurance

The workshop price does not include insurance coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, travel accident or delay, baggage delay or baggage theft, medical or hospitalization expenses. We strongly recommend that you obtain travel insurance to cover these unlikely possibilities, as well as coverage for loss or damage to personal items including photographic equipment.

About the Guides

Loic Le Guilly has been a professional photographer for 20 years, focusing on nature, landscape and commercial photography. He is also a specialist in night photography and 360 degree imaging.

Rob Blakers has photographed in Tasmania’s wild places for 35 years. He is an enthusiastic advocate for nature and wilderness and is interested in the evolution of photographic values and techniques in the age of digital photography.

For More Information

Please contact either Rob Blakers (0427 232 539) or Loic Le Guilly (0414 612 716) if you have questions regarding the workshop, or email Wild Island at info@wildislandtas.com.au.

Bay of Fires landscape & night sky photography workshop

5 days of photography in the Bay of Fires and the Blue Tier

Join Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly for 5 days of landscape and night sky photography, staying at the famous Bay of Fires Lodge in northeast Tasmania.

Enjoy delightful Tasmanian cuisine, elegant accommodation and some of the finest landscapes in Australia.

 

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Take your photography to the next level

The Bay of Fires landscape & night sky photography workshop includes:

– Sunrise and sunset photography on deserted beaches and granite shorelines
– Night sky, and with luck, aurora photography
– Rainforest and rivers
– Instruction tutorials on equipment and settings, composition, image processing, exposure blending, focus stacking, stitching, 360 panoramas, medium format digital and more
– Small group discussions and relaxed information-sharing
– One-on-one instruction
– Time to explore the landscape and for quiet reflection

Beginners welcome !

Night-sky photography

Loic Le Guilly is an expert in night-sky photography, including the elusive aurora.

He will share his techniques and enable you (weather permitting) to capture great night-sky images… and with a bit of luck an aurora !

The Bay of Fires Lodge is located away from city lights so the conditions for night-sky photography are ideal. The Milky Way image on the right was shot from the balcony of the lodge during our first workshop in May 2015 !

 

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I have taken photos for as long as I can remember! I have a Diploma of Photography but really hardly any formal training. In 2015 (May), I attended the Bay of Fires 5 Day photography workshop. As we approached the Lodge a pod of dolphins surfed, we photographed ‘cotton wool’ water that night as well as an AURORA and milky way at 7.30 pm. I saw sunrises that would bring a tear to your eye, rivers more beautiful than I have ever seen before. I saw the moon rise as the sun did. This beauty combined with the expertise of of Rob and Loic and no other commitments provided the PERFECT combination to grow, learn and improve no matter what your level. Rob and Loic were fun, informative and helpful and I can’t wait to do another workshop with them.

Heather

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Medium format digital photography

You will have a unique chance to try the 80 megapixel medium format system that Rob Blakers uses to produce incredibly detailed wilderness images.

Rob will share the techniques he has refined over the last 30 years to capture the best possible images, including focus stacking.

 

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Learn the secrets of 360 imaging

Loic Le Guilly has been producing 360 panoramas for the last 15 years. He will teach you his workflow to get the results he shares on Tasmania 360.

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A 360 panorama of Eddystone Point near the Bay of Fires Lodge
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Additional information

Accommodation at the Bay of Fires Lodge

Accommodation at the Bay of Fires Lodge is twin share. Single travelers may be required to share a twin room with someone of the same gender. To guarantee a single room for the duration of your stay a supplementary price of 75% of full fee will apply. Please request this at the time of booking.

The workshop price includes:

  • Blue Tier enchanted forestreturn transfers between Launceston and the Bay of Fires Lodge
  • all meals and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of Tasmanian beer and wines will be available for purchase whilst at the Lodge.
  • National Park pass for the Mt William National Park
  • full participation in the workshop, including all tuition
  • The workshop price does not include insurance coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, travel accident or delay, baggage delay or baggage theft, medical or hospitalization expenses. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance to cover these unlikely possibilities, as well as coverage for loss or damage to personal items including photographic equipment.

Please note

Workshop participants are responsible for making their own way to the Workshop meeting point in Launceston.

Is the workshop suitable for me?

  • The Bay of Fires Photography Workshop will cater to a wide range of interests and levels of experience. With the Lodge as our base-camp there is considerable flexibility regarding where and how far we explore each day. That said, walking is our mode of transport. Participants should be in good physical condition and general health, capable of comfortably negotioating bush tracks and rocky foreshores whilst carrying camera equipment and warm clothes. Please contact us if you are uncertain in this regard.
  • LLG_6063-2Workshop participants will be required to complete a comprehensive registration form at the time of finalising the booking. Information on any medical conditions that might have a bearing on your capacity to successfully complete the workshop should be provided at that time.
  • The workshop is recommended for people aged 16 years and over.

What to bring

  • warm clothes for 5 days – remember, this is spring in Tasmania and we will be out early and late, at night-time and also in mountain rainforest at the Blue Tier. A detailed gear list will be made available at the time of booking.
  • comfortable walking boots
  • comfortable large day-pack or voluminous camera bag with room for warm clothes, water bottle and snacks
  • camera kit, including tripod
  • light-weight shoes/runners for use at and around the Lodge
  • light umbrella for inclement weather
  • personal items including water bottle, tooth-brush etc

Payment

To secure your place for the Bay of Fires Photo Workshop a deposit of $790 is required. This deposit is non-refundable. In the event that a workshop is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment or other circumstances beyond our control, all payments will be refunded in full.

Final payment may be made by direct deposit, cheque or credit card 60 days before the start of the workshop.

For further information please contact Wild Island at 03 6224 0220 or Rob Blakers 0427 232 539.

Advanced night sky photo workshop with Greg Gibbs

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This advanced workshop by Greg Gibbs will cover the following:

  • Equipment
  • Planning
  • Star Trails
  • Timelapses
  • Panoramas
  • Light Painting
  • Post Processing

Greg Gibbs describes himself as a horticulturalist by day and  astrophotographer by night.  Ever since Greg witnessed Halley’s Comet at the age of seven he has had a background interest in astronomy.

Growing up, he enjoyed seeing things like lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and other bright comets.  But, it wasn’t until he purchased his first DSLR camera in 2010 that he discovered a passion for photographing the night sky.

weblookout“I was playing around with the camera one night and I thought to myself, ‘what would happen if I just went outside and held the shutter button down for a long time?  Could I capture a couple of stars on camera?’  The resulting image whilst completely out of focus and riddled with noise, blew my mind so much that I started devouring as much information about astrophotography as I could, and I have been hooked ever since,” says Gibbs.

Although Greg enjoys experimenting with telescope based astrophotography and other photography like storm chasing, his real passion is doing what started it all- using nothing more than a camera and normal tripod to capture the beauty of the night sky that surrounds us all.

“If through my images I can inspire just one person to look up with a greater appreciation of the night sky, then I will be completely satisfied.  I am only out taking images at all hours of the night, because I simply love being under the stars.”

Greg’s work has appeared in magazines, calendars, books and numerous websites including being featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.  You can find out more about Greg, follow him on social media, or view more of his images via his website:  www.capturingthenight.com

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