New Zealand 10 – 17 April 2018 – 1 Spot now Available
Date: 10th – 17th of April 2018
Instructors: Steve Gosling, Joe Cornish & Christian Fletcher
Cost: $7500 AUS – 1 Spot Now Available
The Ultimate Landscape Tour
Join UK photographers Joe Cornish and Steve Gosling and Australian photographer Christian Fletcher on an exploration of some of the most photogenic places on earth. This photography tour will get you to all the iconic places but will also be focused on the intimate landscape and the things overlooked by so many. The number of participants will be limited to twelve so there will be plenty of time to engage one on one with the instructors. You will gain valuable advice on how to get the right composition and later how to bring your photographs to life with post production. The tour is inclusive of all accommodation, meals and transport. Some drinks included.
When: 10th – 17th April 2018
Where: South Island, New Zealand
Cost: $7500 AUS 1 Spot Now Available
The tour includes all accommodation transport and meals. Most drinks (Beer, house wines and soft drinks). Does not include flights and insurance. Hotels we will be staying at – The Heritage Hotel, Queenstown. The Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook and The Distinction Te Anau Hotel, Te Anau. All are top quality hotels and everyone has their own room included in the price.
The tour will start on the 10th of April. We will be meeting at The Heritage Hotel in Queenstown at midday to check into our rooms and get acquainted. From there we will get set for our first shoot for the trip. We will spend the first three nights exploring the photographic opportunities in and around Queenstown with trips to places further afield like the Haast Pass and Wanaka. Will we shoot the famous or infamous Wanaka Tree??? That will be something up for discussion. We did mention iconic locations!
We will be packing our bags on the morning of the 13th and making the drive to Mount Cook. The distance is 198kms but will take us most of the day as we explore photographic opportunities such as the remarkable clay cliffs near Omarama and the Lindis Pass. We will have lunch on the road at some point and hope to arrive at Mount Cook by 2pm ready to check into the Hermitage Hotel. There is so much to shoot around Mount Cook, weather permitting. The walk up to the glacial lake at the base of the mountain is particularly photogenic and we will be exploring the valleys and surrounds enjoying the hotel facilities in between shooting. We will spend two nights at this hotel before packing our bags on the morning of the 15th and making the longest drive of the trip to Te Anau.
The distance is 422kms and will take 5 hours but again we will be shooting along the way and stopping when we see something of interest. That afternoon we will check into the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and relax before heading out on an afternoon shoot. We will be in this hotel for two nights. The second day we will be heading into what must be the most iconic location in New Zealand the amazing Milford Sound. We aim to be there for sunset so will make the drive in after lunch stopping along the way at waterfalls lakes and epic mountain vistas.
On the morning of the 17th we will check out and drive you back to Queenstown again looking for photos as we go. From there we say goodbye and assist you to get to booked accommodation or the airport. This tour will be about taking photographs. We will get time in-between shooting where we can sit down with you and offer post production advice and techniques. But there will be no formal sessions only times where we can edit together in the same space. Of course we are available during the day so discussing techniques over breakfast, lunch and dinner is perfectly acceptable. The itinerary is set but is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and weather. The road into Milford Sound can sometimes be blocked by avalanches and this is something outside of our control. We will endeavour to make alternative arrangements to make sure your experience is a good one and you can still make beautiful pictures.
Part of what we can offer is to facilitate extra activities that can be undertaken from some of the locations we will be staying at. For example helicopter flights over the glaciers or flights to the tops of mountains for land based shooting. This will be an optional extra and will work if we have enough people interested in a certain activity. I hope to get some pricing and ideas together over the coming months and if you have any interest in any of them we can start a list of interested parties. The aim of this tour is to have fun, learn and spend time with like minded people. Bad jokes are encouraged along with an open mind and respect for everyone in the group.
Christian Fletcher Photography
Christian Fletcher has been a professional photographer for 27 years and still retains all of the passion and enthusiasm for taking a great photograph. At the core are three aspects of photography: capturing the beauty in landscapes, teaching his technical skills to others, and using his photography to reinforce the connections we all have with our natural environment.
Christian has perfected the art of light, composition, colour and post processing. He believes that all great landscape images have to have the ‘perfect light’ at their core, and it is this light that he is most respected for:
“Christian’s pictures are not souvenirs, but images that help us to ‘see’ and to understand landscape as art. Light literally exudes from Christian’s pictures like few others, and this luminescent enlightenment startles us with its clarity and perception”. -Les Walkling, professional photographer
Christian Fletcher’s Contact Details:
Shop 4/ 27 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough, WA, 6281
Joe Cornish Photography
Joe Cornish’s seminal 2012 book, First Light, a Photographer’s Art, is widely acknowledged as the most influential work of its kind. Books have continued to be at the heart of Joe’s work, and he is also a renowned teacher, workshop leader, speaker and thinker on photography.
The Amateur Photographer magazine honoured him with their annual Power of Photography Award in 2006 and he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2008. He is one of the few living photographers whose work has appeared multiple times on Royal Mail postage stamps. Joe is part of the elite group, The world’s 40 most influential Nature Photographers, listed by Outdoor Photography magazine in 2010.
Although his personal work is largely focussed on interpreting the complex and compromised landscapes of his native UK, Joe is a passionate advocate for wilderness conservation, inspired by the examples set by Ansel Adams in the USA and Peter Dombrovskis in Tasmania. His workshops have a strong focus on developing an awareness of landscape and nature, and on the therapeutic value of photography as a form of self-expression…and on having fun!
He also loves to print and to share his immense experience in post-production. Since he enjoys collaborating with fellow photographers, and has worked with many of the greatest names in the world of nature photography, Joe is especially pleased to have the chance to return to wonderful New Zealand (where he first worked as a roustabout in 1976) with his old friends Steve Gosling and Christian Fletcher.
Joe Cornish’s Contact Details:
00 44 (0)1642 722487
Steve Gosling Photography
Steve Gosling is a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape and travel images. His B&W photographs have won many awards in prestigious international competitions and his fine art prints have been widely exhibited.
He enjoys writing & teaching about photography and has run a successful workshop programme for nearly 20 years, encouraging and inspiring photographers from across the world.
“Communicating mood & emotion are my most important motivators for making images. I’ve never been overly concerned with producing an accurate pictorial record of a subject or a location.
For me the heart of photography is to capture and communicate what I’m feeling, as much (if not more) than what I see at the time of releasing the shutter. If my photographs speak to the viewer at an emotional level then I have succeeded in my work”.
Steve Gosling’s Contact Details:
+44(0)776 996 7933
Terms & Conditions
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must advise us in writing (email is fine):
- Deposits are always refundable, up to 60 days prior to the event. If you don’t request a refund of your deposit 60 days out or longer, we will assume you wish to come and the balance is payable.
- if you are cancelling more than 60 days from the workshop date, we will refund you in full;
- if the workshop is not full and, after your cancellation, we still have the minimum number of bookings to run, we will refund your booking fee in full;
if the workshop is full, and we have turned away other customers, and you are cancelling within 60 days of the workshop date, we won’t refund you unless your place is filled by someone else;
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The workshop is designed to be suitable for people of all ages in good health and moderate fitness. While activities are not strenuous, on some workshops we may be taking hikes for 3 or 4 kilometres on tracks in National Park and wilderness areas, which involve steep descents and climbs, plus there maybe sections where you are wading through water, depending on local conditions.
We comply with all of the National Park’s safety requirements, but this is a wilderness area and you need to be careful when you are in it.
It will be necessary to carry your own camera equipment and water for these activities. Should you have any concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness in relation to a particular workshop, please contact us to discuss this before booking your place.
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