11th – 15th April 2018
Join Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly for five extraordinary days of photography at Cradle Mountain and within and above Australia’s biggest rainforest wilderness in the Tarkine.
Based at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, we will photograph in the vicinity of Cradle Mountain, at the Vale of Belvoir, and in rarely visited Tarkine rainforest. Weather permitting there will also be the option for Tarkine helicopter photography.
The Workshop includes:
- Intensive rainforest, mountain and autumn fungi photography at Cradle Mountain and in the Tarkine
- The option for helicopter sunrise and sunset photography in the Tarkine – including over Australia’s biggest rainforest and the wild Tarkine coastline.
Note – this cost is additional to the workshop fee.
- Instruction tutorials on equipment and settings, image-making and processing, focus stacking and stitching, night sky and aurora photography, 360 panoramas, medium format digital and more
- One-on-one instruction and small group discussions
- Time to explore the landscape, to relax and for quiet reflection
- Discounted rates for couples and non-participating partners
What to Bring
- Warm clothes for 5 days. Remember, this is autumn in Tasmania and we will be out early and late, at night-time, in a helicopter with doors off, and in mountain rainforest. 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
- Synthetic or down jacket
- Thick polar-fleece jacket (preferred) or thick woolen jumper
- Polar fleece pullover (for wearing under the polar-fleece jacket)
- Polypropylene thermal underwear – 3 long sleeved tops and 2 pairs of long johns
- Beanie and/or balaclava
- Thick thermal gloves/mitts
- Thin thermal gloves
- Silk gloves for aerial photography
- Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for daytime walking
- Warm comfortable clothing for evening lodge wear
- Shirts / t-shirts – 2 recommended
- Socks – 5 pairs of warm socks recommended
- Underwear – 5 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, including a secure camera strap for flying.
- 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 or desktop computer for processing your photographs during the workshop
- 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 shared desktop computer for processing images
- A small selection of camera gear for loan during the workshop
- Complementary motor vehicle transfers to and from the Cradle Wilderness Village and during the workshop
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of Tasmanian beer and wines.
- Full participation in the workshop, including all tuition
We will travel to Cradle Mountain from Hobart, via Launceston Airport and other points in northern Tasmania as required, early on the morning of Thursday 5th April 2017. 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 on Sunday 9th April 2017.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Accommodation for the four nights will be in twin share or private rooms in Chalet Cabins at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. (Please note – private rooms can be arranged but may attract an additional fee).
See: http://www.cradlevillage.com.au for details of the accommodation
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. We ask that participants over 70 years of age provide a doctors certificate.
Mobile phone coverage
There is a reasonable connection for Telstra mobiles at Cradle Mountain. Mobile coverage with other carriers is patchy, although we are happy to assist as far as possible with personal hotspots and by other means. Mobile coverage away from the area is unreliable.
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 over 20 years with a passion for nature photography. He is also a specialist in night photography and 360 degree imaging.
Rob Blakers has photographed in Tasmania’s wild places for 36 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 Rob Blakers (0427 232 539) or Loic Le Guilly (0414 612 716) for more information about the workshop.