WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation up to 60 days before departure - deposit forfeited. Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price forfeited. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.

WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:

In the event of the cancellation of a workshop or tour by WildNature Photo Expeditions, or you are unable to travel to the state of the workshop or tour due to Government-imposed travel restrictions, specifically due to COVID 19, you will be eligible for the following:

 

  • A full refund OR
  • A full credit of monies paid towards the identical photography workshop/tour that was cancelled (at a future date) OR
  • A full credit of monies paid towards any other WildNature Photo Expeditions workshop or tour (no expiry date)
7 Day Carnarvon Gorge Photography Workshop

7 Day Carnarvon Gorge Photography Workshop

29th of August - 4th September 2021

About Carnarvon Gorge

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Hidden in the Central Highlands of Queensland, some 730kms northwest of Brisbane, Carnarvon Gorge is an oasis in the middle of a semi-arid landscape. It features vibrantly coloured side-gorges, Aboriginal Art, and massive white sandstone cliffs. Remnant rainforest flourishes in the side-gorges, while ancient cycads, a variety of ferns, eucalyptus trees, flowering shrubs and the endemic Carnarvon Fan Palms line the main gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge also features an amazing array of flora and fauna, including 173 different bird species!

Aboriginal rock art hangs over the sandstone walls. Freehand paintings, ochre stencils and rock engravings are easily seen from the platform and are some of the best examples of Aboriginal Rock Art in Australia.

Photography Tuition -  Michael Snedic will be giving plenty of professional photography tuition throughout the workshop, enabling you to capture the best images of the incredible landscapes, fauna and flora that Carnarvon Gorge has to offer

 

 

Carnarvon Gorge

Landscape locations include:

  • Art Gallery - Aboriginal Art
  • Moss Gardens
  • Ampitheatre
  • Ward's Canyon
  • Boolimbah Bluff
  • Mickey Creek Gorge
  • Warrimbah Gorge
  • Nature Trail
  • Rock Pool
  • Baloon Cave
  • Devil's Sign Post
  • Nuga Nuga NP Lake (outside of Carnarvon NP)
  • And lots more!

Ampitheatre

Wildlife highlights include:

  • Numerous Bird Species
  • Five Glider Species - Greater, Yellow-bellied, Feathertail, Sugar and Squirrel
  • Pretty-faced Wallabies
  • Swamp WallabiesWallaroos
  • Lace Monitors and other lizards
  • Echidna
  • Platypus

Carnarvon Gorge

Dates

29th of August to 4th of September 2021 (start and finish in Brisbane)

Price

$AU3895 (plus GST) per person Twin Share (Single Supplement $AU595 plus GST)

Guides

Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and experienced Carnarvon Gorge Guide and driver, Damian Caling

Aboriginal Rock Art

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Brisbane (exact location to be advised)

Accommodation

4 nights accommodation at Takarakka Bush Resort - Accommodation includes Kookaburra Studios, The Cottage and Explorer Cabins 

2 nights accommodation at Chinchilla Motor Inn (on the way up and on the way back)

Transport

We will travel by air-conditioned bus from Brisbane

Photography Level

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Fitness level - a reasonable level of fitness is required for this workshop, due to hiking with photography gear each day.

Carnarvon Gorge

Inclusions

  • Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic
  • Guiding by experienced Carnarvon Gorge Guide, Damian Caling
  • 4 nights accommodation at Takarakka Bush Resort - Accommodation will be a mixture of Kookaburra Studios, The Cottage and Explorer Cabins
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Chinchilla Motor Inn (on the way up and on the way back)
  • All meals
  • Transport in an air-conditioned bus from Brisbane and return

Exclusions

  • Any extras purchases including coffees, teas, drinks etc from cafes
  • Any alcohol

Carnarvon Gorge

Your Guides

Michael Snedic is a professional photographer and founder of WildNature Photo Expeditions is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers. He is honoured to be a Nikon School tutorThe Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition Ambassador and judge for three years running, as well as a writer for UK based NatureTTL.

Michael Snedic bio

Damian Caling is an experienced eco tour guide. He spent years guiding in Carnarvon Gorge and knows the area like the back of his hand! Damian was also supervisor of guides at Binna Burra Lodge, in Lamington National Park.

Damian Caling

Itinerary

Day 1 (L,D)

You will be picked up late morning in an air conditioned bus by Michael and Damian, from your Brisbane location (exact location to be confirmed). We will have lunch on the way to our destination in Chinchilla, with wildlife and landscape photography stops on the way.

Our first night's accommodation will be at the Chinchilla Motor Inn

Splendid Wren

Day 2 (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will head for Carnarvon Gorge. There will be various photographic stops on the way and we should arrive at Takarakka Bush Retreat in the early afternoon.

Once you have settled in to your accommodation, we will explore the local surrounds with our cameras. This will include looking for platypus near sunset and other wildlife such as echidnas, wallabies and numerous birds.

Day 3 (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast, we will head out to The Art Gallery and Ward's Canyon for some photography. There are plenty of photographic subjects along the way, too! Back for lunch, then we will venture out to the photogenic Mickey Creek Gorge and Warrumbah Gorge.

You will have time to relax later in the afternoon. After dinner, we will do some spotlighting for the many nocturnal animals that frequent the area.

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Day 4 (B,L,D)

This morning we will head out bright and early for some bird photography around the retreat, to try and capture some of the myriad of birds found at Carnarvon Gorge. Back for breakfast, then it's we will break into two groups.  One group will hike the steep climb to Boolimbah Bluff, where you will be able to photograph the view from the very top of the bluff, overlooking the incredibly beautiful expanse of Carnarvon Gorge. The second group will walk along some of the flatter, easier trails in the area.

After lunch we will visit the Ampitheatre and the Moss Gardens, two of the most amazing locations in Carnarvon Gorge.

After dinner, we will drive to a location on the rim of the gorge, where we will do some astro photography

 

 

Scarlet Robin

Day 5 (B,L,D)

Today, we will visit Baloon Cave and the Devil's Sign Post. There will also be another bird and wildlife photography session.

Being our last full day at Carnarvon, Michael and Damian will also take participants back to some places photographers wish to revisit.

Day 6 (B,L,D)

After breakfast and packing up, we will drive to Nuga Nuga National Park, which is on the way out of the gorge. There is a lake there with dead trees protruding from it, with a mountain backdrop. An absolute must for photography!

There will also be other photography stops on the way to Chinchilla, with lunch 'on the road'.

We will arrive in Chinchilla late afternoon, staying at the Chinchilla Motor Inn.

Day 7 (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we leave for Brisbane with various photography stops along the way.

Our arrival into Brisbane should be around mid afternoon, where the workshop will officially come to an end.

 

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To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$700 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.

Carnarvon Gorge

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation up to 91days before departure, deposit forfeited
  • Between 90- 61 days if you cancel the whole tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
  • If the whole tour is cancelled within 60 days prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee applies.

WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:

In the event of the cancellation of a workshop or tour by WildNature Photo Expeditions, or you are unable to travel to the state of the workshop or tour due to Government-imposed travel restrictions, specifically due to COVID 19, you will be eligible for the following:

 

  • A full refund OR
  • A full credit of monies paid towards the identical photography workshop/tour that was cancelled (at a future date) OR
  • A full credit of monies paid towards any other WildNature Photo Expeditions workshop or tour (no expiry date)
Bird Photography Techniques – Avoid Cloning Same Backgrounds

Bird Photography Techniques – Avoid Cloning Same Backgrounds

Splendid Fairy Wren

I love seeing images of other bird photographers. There are plenty of shots posted daily on places such as Facebook and Instagram and it’s great to se such variety. There are some exceptional photographers out there but one thing I have noticed is the noticeable increase in bird images where the background has been either cloned out or ‘blurred’. Yes, it makes the bird(s) stand out but plenty of photographers are using the same peach/pastel backgrounds, rendering the images ‘more of the same’.

To do this occasionally is fine, in my opinion, but to do this for every single image can become quite monotonous. I have been teaching bird photography techniques for 17 years+ and have always taught participants to ‘get it right in camera’, out in the field. You can the process your image, of course, but by using a natural background that’s blurred out, it is a much more pleasing image.

In some cases, you can easily see a halo or white mark around the bird, where the cloning or blurring wasn’t done well. To me, that completely spoils the image. I have also seen where photographers have blurred the background and the blurred sections have been used multiple times and are identical to each other, something that again spoils the image.

Sure, there are definitely instances where the bird(s) are in a spot where you have no choice but to takes shots as is, regardless of the unsightly background. In those examples, you can work on your background on the computer, so that the bird doesn’t get ‘lost’ in the image. I, however, have NEVER cloned a background and it has always been my aim to work that bit harder to get it right, out in the field.

Removing a blade or two of grass or a twig is common practice in post, using the Spot Healing Brush and Content Aware Fill, in Photoshop, but the image remains as close to authentic as possible.

I must add that there is nothing wrong with cloning backgrounds out and replacing them, if that’s what you enjoy doing. It is, in the end, a personal choice. Just try not doing the SAME cloning/blurring for shot after shot.

Lastly, if you are entering nature photography competitions, please read the rules very carefully, as they vary from competition to competition. Some, such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ in the U.K., don’t allow any cloning whatsoever and you must provided the original RAW file on request, if you are selected for the finals.

In the end, do what makes you happy and feels right. I’m only suggesting you don’t become a ‘clone’ with every single image you process : – ))

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

Half Day Wildlife Photography Workshop – Australia Zoo

Where:

Australia Zoo – Beerwah, Queensland

When:

Friday 15th of January 2021

Time:

9am - 12.30pm

Cost:

$145 (plus GST) - Price does not include entry fee

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Images taken by, and copyright to, Australia Zoo Photography Workshop participant Devon Bull

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Subjects covered will include:

 

  • Composition
  • Backgrounds
  • Aperture/depth-of-field
  • Recommended shutter speeds
  • Birds-in-flight
  • Lighting/flash use
  • Best hand-holding techniques
  • Metering
  • Focal points
  • Focusing styles
  • Recommended lenses and accessories for wildlife photography
  • And much more…

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Itinerary:

 
Start - 9:00am (meet outside Australia Zoo, near the entrance).

Once everyone has arrived, we will board the next train to ‘Africa’. On arrival to the African section, Michael will assess participant’s skill levels as well as give a run-down of the day’s itinerary. After this brief session, Michael will present a session on the best wildlife photography techniques, which will include specifics that are relevant to photographing animals in captive situations. After the briefing, the giraffes, rhinos and zebras are all fair game for your lenses!

Lemure

 

Following Africa, we will move on to the Asian section to photograph the amazing tigers, the gorgeous red pandas and any other photogenic subjects along the way.

We will then visit the cute otters, where Michael will explain best flash-use techniques.

We will then finish the workshop by spending time in the huge walk-through bird aviary, where there are many varieties of birds to photograph.

Echidna

The last session of the day will be in the snake house, where the well-lit enclosures make for some great photography.

To wrap up the day, Michael will help you with any problems you may be having with your photography techniques.

(During the day, there will be ample opportunity for you to talk to Michael and ask any questions you may have in regards to wildlife photography or photography in general).

Finish- 12.30pm

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How To Book:

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on +61 408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

Please note: This workshop is limited to 8 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive personal tuition from Michael.

Wildlife Photography Workshop participants

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lord Howe Island – NSW

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lord Howe Island – NSW

Lord Howe Island Woodhen

Lord Howe Island is a small island off the east coast of Australia. It is officially a part of New South Wales and can be accessed by flying from either Sydney or Brisbane. It is, without doubt, one of my favourite locations in Australia to visit with my camera. The air is clean, there are few cars and the island limits the number of visitors that can visit at one time.

Recently, there was a multi-million dollar vermin eradication program implemented, which will help the local birds and wildlife thrive. Birds are plentiful on Lord Howe Island. The truly angelic White Terns hover above your head around the island, making it quite easy to get shots of them in flight. Sooty Terns nest by the tens of thousands in spring (Australian spring), so depending on when you travel, you will see countless birds nesting right in front of you on the beach, either sitting on eggs or looking after their fluffy chicks.

The most famous bird on the island is the lord Howe Island Woodhen. This bird is only found on Lord Howe Island and nowhere else on earth! At one stage, there were only 30 or so birds left in the world, whereas nowadays there are an estimated 300+ individuals. The Lord Howe Island Woodhen can be seen frequently foraging on the ground around the island and are quite used to people.

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

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