Wild West Coast Photography Workshop

November 22-25  2019


Join us for 4 wild days on the west coast of Tasmania!


This workshop offers guided and supported walking and photography in some of Tasmania’s most dramatic ocean landscapes. We will be exploring the unfrequented and wild granite coastline north of Strahan, with the chance for wildflowers, big seas, red rocks, waterfalls, tannin water, golden light, night skies and more!


Wild Island will provide delicious meals and photographic guidance, but we’ll be camping out and you’ll need to bring and carry your own tent and sleeping bag, along with lightweight gear and clothing.

The Workshop includes

  • Specialised and practical tuition in photography with Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly.
  • Detailed and hands-on instruction in landscape field techniques, photographic equipment, wildlife photography, focus stacking, the wonders of composition and light, inspiration and subject matter, stitching and more!
  • Night sky, and with luck, aurora photography
  • Small group discussions and relaxed information-sharing
  • A follow-up session at Wild Island in Hobart on the evening after the workshop, (7:30 – 10:00pm, Monday 26 November) where we will cover basic image processing, and share the images from our trip.

What to Bring

Remember, this is Tasmania’s unpredictable early summer and we will be out early, late and at night-time. 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 ankle support if preferred
  • Goretex or other good quality rain jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Polar-fleece jacket (preferred) or thick woolen jumper
  • 2 polypropylene thermal long sleeved tops and a pair of long-johns
  • Beanie and/or balaclava
  • Thermal gloves/mitts
  • Shorts and light cotton trousers for daytime walking
  • Comfortable long trousers for warmth and sun and insect protection
  • Shirts/t-shirts – 4 recommended, including long sleeved for sun protection
  • Socks – 4 pairs
  • Underwear – 4 sets
  • Sun hat and sun cream
  • Swimming costume and towel (optional)
  • Water bottle – at least 1.5 litres
  • Umbrella for inclement weather photography (optional)
  • Tripod (essential to bring although not always required)
  • Camera/s, lenses, spare batteries, memory cards, cables, lens tissue, blower brush and other photographic accessories. Telephoto lenses and wide-angle lenses for night sky photography.
  • Camera bag to carry camera equipment
  • Small torch
  • Personal items – toothbrush etc
  • Walking poles if desired
  • Large bushwalking rucsac to fit all of your gear, for walking to the base camps
  • Tent, or a share in a tent
  • Sleeping bag, sheet and sleeping mattress


We will provide complimentary transport from Hobart to the West Coast, departing early and returning possibly late.


We will be camping out. We will be available to advise each guest about basic gear – rucsac, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress, in the weeks prior to the trip.

Is this workshop for me?

The walk in to our base camps is along a rough 4wd track of moderate grade. We will be walking with full packs, carrying all of our gear, for about 2 hours each day. You will need to be in sound general health, and capable of walking with a loaded rucsac over tracked and also some untracked rocky terrain, including up and down some medium hills. If in doubt, please contact us.

Dietary Requirements

Please let us know if you have dietary requirements or preferences that we can cater to.


Please inform us if you have a medical or health condition that may impact your ability to fully participate in the workshop.

Mobile phone coverage

Once we leave the cars there is a no reception for mobile phones.


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

Rob Blakers has photographed in Tasmania’s wild places for 37 years. He is a long-time advocate for nature and wilderness and is interested in the evolution of photographic values and techniques in the digital age.

Loic Le Guilly has been a photographer for over 20 years with a wide expertise from commercial to nature photography.

For More Information

Please contact Rob Blakers (0427 232 539) if you have questions regarding the workshop, or email Rob at: rblakers@ozemail.com.au

Ocean Plastic – Not Fantastic

Have you seen the confronting images of dead seabirds full of plastic debris? Beyond the media-induced shock, what is the science and the story behind these gruesome images?

Join Dr Heidi Auman for this informative evening, where she will explain the physiological and toxicological impacts of marine plastic debris on seabirds from her own research. You will also hear from Matt Dell, one of the coordinators of the South West Marine Debris Cleanup that is carried out each year on Tasmania’s remote wilderness coastline. For the past 15 years, a dedicated team of volunteers collect, count and sort nearly half a million items of marine debris. Learn more about the clean up team and how you can be involved.

Beverages will be available by donation, and all proceeds from this evening will go directly to supporting the 2017 South West Marine Debris Cleanup.

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About the Speakers:

Dr Heidi J Auman, PhD (Adjunct Lecturer, IMAS)
Heidi has studied human impacts on seabirds for the past twenty-five years. She has explored plastic ingestion in subantarctic and Tasmanian seabirds, chemical pollutants in Great Lakes birds, and the effects of junk food on urban gulls. She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the earth, often with disturbing consequences. Recently Heidi found that 96% of Tasmanian muttonbird chicks were full of plastic debris.

Heidi is also the author of educational children’s book Garbage Guts, which details the challenges Aria the Albatross and her ocean friends encounter due to marine debris. It has become a call to action to preserve some of our planet’s most fragile habitats for the wildlife that depends on them.

Matt Dell, Environmental Scientist
A cartographer, photographer and keen surfer, Matt has been involved with organising the South West Marine Debris Cleanup in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area for over 15 years. He and fellow coordinator Dave Wyatt lead a team of up to 20 volunteers who, as a not-for-profit organisation, receive funding from public donations, crowd funding campaigns, and partnerships with like-minded organisations.

Marine debris is trashing some of our wildest beaches. We’re absolutely committed to fighting this toxic wave of rubbish that’s choking our oceans and destroying our marine life. We need all hands on deck to tackle this crucial issue, and help protect Tassie’s globally renowned wild places, over 80% of marine debris globally is derived from the land, we need to stop the rubbish at the source – Matt Dell.

All proceeds go to the 2017 South West Marine Debris Cleanup

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