photography

Les Walkling seminar: The Principles of Pictorial Design

This seminar concentrates on improving in-camera composition, image editing, and processing efficiency through a comprehensive exploration of the principles of pictorial design in Western art.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, constructed spaces, and writings are analysed, and design elements such as light, shade and shadow are orchestrated into powerful photographic solutions.

It focuses on finding subjects, creating personally interesting images, refining aesthetic choices, and working within a fine art tradition.

Topics include:

Les_Pilbara_S Images are composed of images – what does this mean?
• What are the four principles of image construction?
• Why are diagonals and corners so important?
• Drawing, tonal, colour and spatial compositions
• Saturation and brightness relationships
• Perspective: convergence, foreshortening, and diminution
• Light, shade and shadow
• Lines, curves, shapes, textures and direction
• Proportion, dominance, and contrast
• Unity, variety and selection
• Rhythm, harmony and balance
• Successive contrast and overlapping subjects

Les Walkling is a sought after artist, digital imaging specialist and speaker.
Read more about Les on his website. www.leswalkling.com

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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, wildlife 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.

THIS WORKSHOP ALSO RUNS IN OCTOBER

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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
– Wildlife and woodlands
– Instruction tutorials on image processing, exposure blending, focus stacking, stitching, 360 panoramas, medium format digital and more
– Small group discussions and relaxed information-sharing
– Time to explore the landscape and for quiet reflection

Beginners welcome !

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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A 360 panorama of Eddystone Point near the Bay of Fires Lodge
where we will be staying

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.

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 autumn 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 full payment is required at the time of booking. This full payment is non-refundable. In the event that a workshop is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment or other circumstances beyond our control, all fees will be refunded in full.

Final payment may be made by direct deposit, cheque or credit card.

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

Weekend workshop of painting and photography of Tassie’s amazing raptors

“Raptor Reflections” – An Artists Impression EVENT CANCELLED

Weekend workshop of painting and photography of Tassie’s amazing raptors

katherine-cooper-willife-artist-raptor-247x300The Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania is very excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for artists, photographers and lovers of Tasmania’s magnificent raptors to experience the inner workings of this working refuge in southern Tasmania.

This is an exclusive opportunity, strictly limited to 10 participants, to meet the man behind the refuge, Craig Webb, for an intimate showing of Tasmania’s endangered raptors.

You will then be guided through aspects of the visual arts, including painting and photography, by wildlife artist Katherine Cooper and landscape photographer Luke O’Brien.

The two day workshop will include transport between Hobart and the Refuge both days, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch both days and access to view the raptors up close with experts in their fields.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

* Raptor Presentation and Introduction to the Refuge by Craig Webb on arrival.
* Morning: Photography session for photographers and painters.
* Afternoon: Painting and photography sessions will be held concurrently. Photographers can continue to take photos and painters can begin painting. Afternoon session will also include a segment on post processing digital photographs.

COST: $890 per person
DATES: April 18 and 19, 2015
TIMES: Depart Hobart at 9:00; and return 17:00, both days

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The Workshop will depart Hobart (Car Park at Wrest Point Casino) at 9:00 both days and return at 5:00 pm both days. A pick up from your Hobart CBD hotel (for non-Tasmanian guests) is included. Please let us know if you would like some hotel suggestions.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please note this event is organised by Leatherwood Tasmania Tours (ABN: 19 423 142 355).

Inclusions: Transport to/from Raptor Refuge from Hobart CBD. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Entry to the Raptor Refuge. Tuition in photography and painting technique.

REHABILITATION PRIORITY FOR INJURED RAPTORS.

Please note that in order to ensure the well-being of injured raptors some areas of the Refuge might be off limits to workshop participants.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Within 3 days of workshop: 100% of fee is retained
4-7 days prior to workshop: 50% of fee is retained
8-21 days prior to workshop: 20% of fee is retained

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Photography and Wilderness – Talk by Chris Bell – POSTPONED

Photography and Wilderness

Chris will discuss the two issues he is most passionate about (and which are deeply entwined in Tasmania): photography and wilderness.

He will discuss how photography has raised our awareness of the natural world and in so doing has played an enormous role in saving both the places that matter and the creatures that live in them.  In particular photography has played a significant role in saving wilderness – the apex of our physical landscapes.

Despite the current debate about the veracity of wilderness, wilderness is real, definable, defendable as a concept, and locatable.  In light of the dismissive claims about wilderness in the current discourse – to say nothing of the threats – Chris will largely concentrate on this subject in the talk.

Beauty: The Last Sinew – Exhibition by Chris Bell

“Our ability to perceive quality in Nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive layers of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language”

Aldo Leopold

3.-Rock-detailFor the natural world it is last call!   Every day we are closer to the point where our Earth cannot recover from our abuse. Through increasing urbanization we are becoming increasingly estranged from the natural world, un-engaged with the processes that sustain us.  Through our relentless pursuit of self-interest we have largely severed the links we once had with our living Earth.  If we cannot recover these links there is no future for humans.

My photography has always been about the beauty of the natural world and how it can uplift us. Enchant us.  Restore us. The natural world ( in particular our landscapes ) partly define who we are as a culture; without it our lives are diminished; we all lose something.  A country devoid of its natural landscapes is reduced to nothing more than soil; it is a country with an uninspiring, imprisoned future.

Despite the inroads of the modern world and our collective self-interested behavior, I believe beauty is a crucial value in itself.  In our modern dysfunctional world the capacity to perceive and convey beauty may be one of the last sinews that enables us to connect with the living world – however superficial that connection may be.  Beauty can enable us to uncover the deeper values “uncaptured by language”.  What future a world without beauty?

This exhibition showcases the more intimate aspects of the natural world that I am now pursuing.

Opening at 6pm on Friday 27 March 2015

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Getting it down on paper – Fine art printing workshop with Simon Olding

SimonOlding-printerAn introduction to the processes and techniques used in the making of prints for the Peter Dombrovskis “Wild Vision” exhibition.

Simon Olding will use these prints as a case study to  discuss printers, inks, papers and colour management. A general discussion of print specific techniques such as sharpening and resolution will help those who print their own work to take their printing to the next level.

Suitable for photographers, printers, artists and anyone interested in Peter Dombrovskis’ work.

Simon Olding is recognised as one of Australia’s best fine art printers. His knowledge of printing processes, colour management and photography brings a tremendous insight into fine art printing.

Not to be missed…

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Opening night

After months of preparation and hard work we finally opened Wild Island ! The launch was packed and the feedback has been wonderful. Thanks for your support so far. We look forward to promoting Tasmania as the Wild Island.

Thank you to Luke O’Brien and Paul Hoelen for the photos.

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