5 Day Cradle Mountain Autumn Photography Workshop – Tasmania

  • Aurora-Cradle Mountain

Come along and photograph beautiful Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, during the incredible autumn-colour changes of the Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech Tree)

Next Workshop and Tour:
May 2021

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic and renowned landscape photographer, Ben Fewtrell, on this exciting new photography tour of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in autumn!

'The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’– make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May’ (text from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website)

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When:

May 2021 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Cost:

TBA

*Single supplement available 

Wombat Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Launceston.

Meeting Point:

Launceston hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Launceston the day before and stay one night after the workshop.

Accommodation:

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Standard Room - twin share)

Cradle Mt and Dove Lake - Cradle Mt Lake St Clair N.P. - Tasmania_1ms6845

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. With 2 experienced photographers and professional tutoring , you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Ben

Red Fungi - Tarkine- Tasmania

Testimonial

“In May 2018 I joined Michael on his photography workshop to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. What a wonderful location to indulge my passion for photography – beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Regardless of the weather there was always an opportunity to make imagery and to learn.
Michael and Ben Fewtrell (who co-presents the workshop with Michael) provided friendly and knowledgeable advice and assistance with camera gear, settings and post-processing of images in Lightroom to ensure we achieved the best results possible.

Aside from the wonderful location, I also enjoy the camaraderie shared with workshop participants who willingly share their experiences and knowledge.
As a participant, arrangements for accommodation, meals and transport were comfortable and seamless.

Cradle Mountain was my second workshop in Tasmania with Michael, my first was to the Tarkine region. With the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna available to see in Tasmania I plan to participate in future workshops with Michael.

Whatever your skill level, if you wish to improve your photography, I have no hesitation in recommending participation in Michael Snedic’s Wildnature Photo Expeditions :-))”

Julie Westley

Julie Westley – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell
  • Four nights accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in Tasmania in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to ‘Devils at Cradle’ Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife pass

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Launceston before and after tour

Tasmanian wildlife

About Your Photography Tutors:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Launceston, where we will drive our bus to Cradle Mountain Hotel, our base for the duration of the photo tour. After checking in and a short break, we will get together for a briefing, before heading to Dove Lake for our first sunset shoot. Then its a scrumptious dinner, followed by an audio-visual presentation.

Day 2

Today we will shoot sunrise at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will then visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the rainforest, surrounded by ancient rainforests and autumn fungi in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will head to the famous ‘Devils At Cradle' for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian wildlife species. Ben will also present the first of his two sessions on Adobe Lightroom.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a stroll around Dove Lake, photographing the wonderful plants and landscapes the area has to offer. The ‘Nothofagus’ (Beech Trees) losing their leaves will make for some great images! Lunch will be a ‘packed lunch’ out in the field. Back for the afternoon for a break, dinner, then out for another sunset session at Dove Lake. This time around to the famous ‘Boat Shed’. We will also have a bit of fun doing some ‘astro photography’!

coral fungi

Day 4

A second attempt at sunrise at Dove Lake, followed by breakfast. We will then spend the morning photographing the rainforest landscapes and fungi along the ‘Enchanted Walk’ and ‘Waterfalls Walk’, which include the waterfall at Pencil Pine Falls. Back for lunch, then Ben will present his second Adobe Lightroom session. Some free time to visit the wonderful images in the Wilderness gallery, then in the late afternoon, we head to Ronney Creek to photograph echidnas, wombats and wallabies!

Day 5

Should we have missed out on a sunrise at Dove Lake due to possible inclement weather, we will return for one last attempt. Otherwise, we will head on out and do some more exploring with our camera. A packed lunch will be organised for our trip back to our starting point in Launceston

Cradle Mountain Nick Brunlow

Image courtesy of and copyright to Nick Brunlow

Tasmania’s Weather

Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Tasmanian Photo Tour participants

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$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 45 days before the start of the tour date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total tour price. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund given.

 

*Approved Operator with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

11 Day Arctic Photo Expedition – Spitzbergen/Svalbard

  • Leaping Polar Bear

14th to 25th of June 2020

 

Earlybird Discount Now Available

An immersive photographic adventure conducted by
professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic

Amazing close-up Polar Bear experience, filmed on an IPhone, during our June 2018 Arctic Photo Expedition

Join Australian-based Pro Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic, on this exciting 11-day Photo Expedition, travelling through the Arctic around the archipelago of Spitzbergen/Svalbard. We will travel by ship and explore the coast, attempting to circumnavigate the island if ice conditions allow. Michael led three Photo Expeditions to Svalbard, booked-out trips in 2016 and 2017, to absolute rave reviews. For the photo tour participants, it was the ultimate trip of a lifetime, with plenty of 'once-in-a-lifetime' experiences and photos taken during this trip.

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arctic circle | Arctic Photography Workshop and Tour

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Highlights from previous Arctic Photography Expeditions

Arctic Fox

We will be seeking and photographing iconic Arctic wildlife species including polar bears, reindeer, foxes, walrus and other seals, various whale species, auks, puffins, and many many more, as well as stunning glacial landscapes.

Throughout the trip, Michael will be unhand to help you set up your camera(s), showing you the best settings to achieve great images, image critique and audio-visual sessions and lot's more.

There will be a maximum of 9 participants on this photo tour

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing your photos, and receiving feedback, along the way. One of the added benefits of joining this photo adventure is that should there be any issues with your camera settings, or getting sharp, clear images, Michael is with you to assist and advise on every zodiac trip and landing.

"If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas home to polar bears and walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. This is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic"- Peregrine Adventures

There will be many opportunities to photograph from the ship also. Landscapes, icebergs, and lots of wildlife, as we sail amongst them.

Harbour Seal

Our ship - Ocean Adventurer

The Ocean Adventurer is the perfect ship for people who enjoy soft adventure with creature comforts. It comfortably holds a maximum of 132 passengers, plus crew.

This sturdy expedition ship was built in 1975 and underwent an $8 million refurbishment in 2017 which included new engines and refurbished cabins and public spaces. All her cabins are ensuite with exterior views.

Ocean Adventurer

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bar tender (drinks added to ship board account)
  • 24 hour tea and coffee available
  • Theatre style auditorium for presentations
  • Polar library
  • Clinic with licensed Doctor
  • Wifi in certain public areas (data usage charges apply)
  • Optional webmail account for email (charges apply)
  • Ship to Shore telephone communications (charges apply)
  • Polar boutique selling essentials, souvenirs and clothing
  • On board laundry service (charges apply)
  • Gym with a selection of fitness equipment

Ocean Adventurer ship dining room

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers. While we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Arctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings we will usually operate as a group, with Michael in one zodiac with his photography participant.  WildNature Photo Expeditions works closely with the Quark Expedition Team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

Ocean Adventurer ship - main lounge

Arctic Photo Expedition participants

Your instructor - Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (23 years) and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife and has been a feature writer for Australia's top-selling photography magazine, Australian Photography since 2006. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at camera clubs, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia and the world for the past 17 years. Overseas photography tours locations include Africa (currently Kenya and Gorillas in Rwanda), Antarctica, the Subantarctic, the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and Morocco. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with photo expedition participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Michael Snedic

Itinerary

Day 1 -Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.

Arctic Photographers

Day 2 to 10 - Exploring Spitsbergen

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. You’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, we do hope to visit some of our favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.

The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsøya being one of their preferred hunting areas, since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsøya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary on select voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historic site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures
Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures

Cruising through the Arctic, photographing walruses chilling-out on ice

In some areas we will explore the stunning scenery from aboard the ship, but we will often transfer into the inflatable Zodiacs to explore bays, islands, icebergs, and to land at most sites.

Michael will present both group and one-on-one photography sessions and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

Close Polar bear encounter

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates!

Polar Bear

There’s a huge range of environments around Svalbard, and every day will present new subjects. Sometimes the sky is clear and blue, sometimes it’s overcast and grey, sometimes we will see parhelion and “sun-dogs”, but the sun will never actually set (unless it’s behind a mountain). You may even end up photographing some wildlife under a midnight sun. The days will be busy, often with several off-ship expeditions per day.

Michael will be conducting a series of group and individual lessons along the way, including giving you feedback on your work. We want you to come back with the best images you can, as well as with new skills.

Photography spring-flowers
Svalbard landscape © Peregrine Adventures

Day 11 -Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Polar Bear playing

Health and fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Living on the ship sailing in unfrozen water, the outside temperatures are sometimes close to freezing. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Peregrine will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

We will be travelling on a ship but while we can occasionally be exposed to storms and heavy seas, most of the time the coast and ice provides a lot of protection. We’re not on the open ocean!

Atlantic Puffin

Costs

There are a variety of cabin classes, from triple-berth cabins up to a selection of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket. Prices are per person.

All these prices are in Australian dollars. A 20% non- refundable deposit is required to secure your place (based on full fare).

Arctic ice formations

Prices - Earlybird Discount Currently Available!

(Per Person)

CabinEarly Bird Price (AUD)Regular (AUD)
Triple$11,150$13,460
Lower Deck twin$13,040$15,560
Main Deck Porthole$15,560$18,360
Main Deck Window$15,560$18,360
Superior$17,450$20,460
Deluxe$18,710$21,860
Suite$19,970$23,260
Owner’s Suite$23,120$26,760

*Prices are in AUD. Transfer Package (Return Charter Flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen) included for Superior, Deluxe, Suite and Owner's Suite Cabin bookings

OCEAN ADVENTURER DECK PLAN_0

The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Adventures and they take care of the travel arrangements for us, while we are running the photography program and will be your local contacts on the trip.

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Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition by professional wildlife/nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.
  • Transfers between airport, hotel and ship at each end of the itinerary
  • Airfares to and from Longyearbyen.
  • Shipboard accommodation, onboard the Ocean Adventurer (132 guests capacity)
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and home-made biscuits available around the clock.
  • All excursions.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • A waterproof expedition parka is supplied on board for you to keep.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

 

  • Meals in Longyearbyen (other than as above).
  • One night's accommodation at Longyearbyen, before the expedition starts.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
  • Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited onboard internet access is usually available.

Contact and Reservations

To reserve your place or to ask any questions about this exciting Photo Expedition, please contact Michael via the contact form or via phone at +61 408 941 965.

Feeding polar bears - Arctic

Weekend Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop – Queensland

Come and spend two days in Queensland’s beautiful Bunya Mountains region, photographing the many species of birds found there in spring.

The workshop is hosted by professional wildlife photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.

Spottd Pardalote

Where:

Bunya Mountains - Queensland

When:

Spring 2020

Time:

7am start on Saturday with a 4pm finish

7am start on Sunday with a 2pm finish

Price:

$TBA (plus GST) per person for tuition

NB - Fee is non-refundable in the event of participant cancellation. If the spot is refilled, a refund will be given.

(Does not include accommodation and meals - please see below.)

satin bowerbird

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Grass Tree in mist - Bunya Mountains - Qld

Red-necked Wallabies Bunya Mountains. Qld

Itinerary:

Saturday

Our first session starts with Michael presenting a session on how to photograph birds, no matter what camera you own or level of experience you have. Subjects covered will include composition, apertures and depth-of-field, recommended shutter speeds, focus points, metering, lighting as well as the best photographic equipment to use for great bird photos.

During the next session, we will head into the rainforest for some rainforest bird photography, where Michael will give tips on how to achieve great shots in different lighting conditions.

After lunch, there will be a session on using flash for bird photography.

displaying riflebird - juvenile male

Sunday

This morning we head out to ‘Grass Tree Country’. Here we will spend the first half of the day photographing the birds that live there. Species found may include Spotted Pardalotes, Mistletoe birds, various honeyeaters and many more.

After morning tea, we will spend time searching for the Satin Bower birds in their bowers, plus other species.

       After lunch, there will be a session on how to best capture birds-in-flight.

For our last session of the day, there will be a ‘Question and Answer’ session, where Michael will endeavour to help you with any issues you may still have with your bird photography.

Noisy Pitta

Topics Covered Include:

  • Composition
  • Recommended Aperture
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds and ISO
  • Focal Points
  • Focus Styles
  • Metering
  • Exposure Compensation (for Aperture Priority)
  • Flash Use
  • Lighting
  • Hand-held versus Monopod
  • Recommended Photographic Accessories
  • And Much More…

rose robin

Accommodation:

Choose whichever type of accommodation suits your needs and budget. You may camp in the nearby Parks and Wildlife campground or choose to rent one of the many houses available for rent.

The link HERE takes you to the QP&WS, where you can book a campsite.

The link HERE takes you to the Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre, where you can book accommodation or call the staff for more information.

Food:

Please bring your own (there is a small shop at the campground where you can buy some essentials). There are also restaurants/cafes available if you would like to buy your meals.

Temperature:

The Bunya Mountains are much cooler in summer than places such as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, due to its elevation.

Lewin's Honeyeater

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.

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop | Weekend Bird Photography Workshop

5 Day Kangaroo Island Photo Workshop

  • Admiral's Arch Kangaroo Island

Come and join Michael Snedic on one of the most beautiful natural locations in Australia - Kangaroo Island!

 

21st to 25th of October 2019  

 

About the Workshop and Tour:

Come and join professional, AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) accredited photographer and experienced photographic tutor, Michael Snedic, for five glorious days of photography on beautiful Kangaroo Island. This island, south of Adelaide in South Australia, is known as the 'Galapagos of Australia' for good reason!! Kangaroo Island hosts an amazing array of wildlife, many of the species thriving due to the low number of feral animals found on the island. It also boasts a wonderful array of photogenic landscapes, just waiting to be photographed.

Michael has created an itinerary that visits the most photogenic subjects and locations the island has to offer, at the best possible times. He has sourced accommodation, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, right near Flinders Chase National Park, where many photographic subjects and landscapes are situated.

From the time you are picked up your accommodation at Kingscote on the island, until you are dropped off at the end of the workshop to Kingscote, all your needs will be looked after. No need to hire a vehicle, book accommodation, organise meals or source photographic locations – it’s all done for you!

 

  • Maximum of 9 participants
  • Workshop is designed one hundred percent with photographers in mind, taking you to the best subjects and locations available across the island
  • One-on-one photography tuition time given to every participant
  • Landscape, wildlife and macro photography covered
  • Audio visual on wildlife photography

When:

21st to 25th of October 2019 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Kangaroo Island, South Australia 

Cost:

$AU3195 (plus GST) per person (twin share)

*Single supplement price $AU495 (plus GST)

Hanson Bay

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. All transport on Kangaroo Island is included, starting  at your hotel room in Kingston (Kangaroo Island) and finishing in Kingston (either at your hotel or to the airport).

Meeting Point:

Kingscote (Kangaroo Island) hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Kingscote the day before the workshop starts, or earlier.

Accommodation:

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, South Australia. Eco Lodge  - twin share (single supplement price available upon request)

Sea Lion juvenile Kangaroo Island

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. Photography tuition will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 9 participants.

Scarlet Honeyeater

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
  • Four nights accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, South Australia (Eco Lodge - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport around Kangaroo Island in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to 'Raptors Domain Bird of Prey Show'
  • Entry to Seal Bay Guided Walk
  • All Parks and Wildlife permits

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Kangaroo Island & all associated expenses;
  • Retreat “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, before and after the workshop

Cape de Couedic Lighthouse

About Your Photography Tutor:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor and is a sought-after speaker at Photography Clubs and Conventions across Australia

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

Our 'Kangaroo Island Experience' photography workshop and tour starts in the morning, where you will be picked up by bus from your Kingscote accommodation. Travel across the island through the central plateau, breaking the journey with a look at some of the rural landscapes and the wilderness vistas through the back of Flinders Chase National Park. Cape Barren Geese, echidnas, kangaroos and many other wildlife species frequent the area. We'll arrive at our accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, where there will be time to unpack and then have a picnic lunch.
A short break and then it's time for our official welcome, where you will receive an overview of the itinerary and any questions will be answered. Photography skill levels will be assessed and Michael can help with your camera settings, if required, to make sure you are ready to get out there and start shooting away!
In the afternoon, we will head to the New Zealand Fur Seal colony overlooking the ocean, for some wildlife photography. Also nearby is the Cape du Couedic lighthouse – well worth a photo stop. This will be followed by a sunset shoot at the renowned Admiral’s Arch. After sunset we head back for our 'Welcome Dinner' at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.

Grass trees

Day 2

It’s up early for a sunrise shoot at Kangaroo Island’s most iconic landscape feature – Remarkable Rocks. These massive rocks are covered in orange-lichen and with the early morning sun shining on them, are very photogenic. Back for breakfast and we then head to Little Sahara to photograph the rippled sand dune landscape. We will then stop off at Vivonne Bay to photograph the aqua-coloured bay and rocky surrounds, where we will have our picnic lunch. A bit of a break at the Retreat and then it's back to the Rocky River precinct for another wildlife photography session. This is followed by a sunset shoot at Hanson Bay. Dinner will be back at the Retreat.

Cape Baron Goose

Day 3

After a sleep-in and breakfast, we will drive to Seal Bay to photograph the Australian Sea-lions. Seal Bay has one of the largest colonies of these sea-lions in the world and with our own personal guide, we will be able to walk on the beach and photograph to our heart’s content! A wonderful wildlife photography experience indeed… After morning tea break, Michael will present a session on bird photography before heading to the famous birds-of-prey show, ‘Raptor Domain’, to practise some of the techniques you have just been taught. Either get some great portrait shots or try your luck at birds in flight!! We will then have our picnic lunch.
After lunch, we will explore the stunning scenery on the island, looking for Grasstrees and other landscapes to photograph, as well as any wildlife we encounter. Back for dinner at the Retreat and after dinner, Michael will present an audio-visual on wildlife photography.

Echidna

Day 4

One more opportunity to photograph Remarkable Rocks at sunrise and then back for breakfast.  A bit of a break, followed by a hands-on macro photography session using the flowers around the Wilderness Retreat as our subjects.
After lunch, we will head out for some landscape photography in the northern part of Kangaroo Island, at King George’s Beach, where there are orange lichen-covered rocks, shiny boulders on the beach and aqua-coloured water. We will then visit Snelling Beach, also in the north. Tonight will be our ‘Farewell Barbecue’ at the Wilderness Retreat, where you can eat, drink and share stories and images taken during the workshop!

Day 5

After breakfast and checking-out, we drive to the Hanson Bay Koala Sanctuary. From there it’s off to Duck Lagoon to shoot some inland waterways – water birds, tall red gums, reflections on the water, old rusty vehicles and farm implements. This location gives plenty of options and freedom to frame up your own perfect shot.  At the conclusion of our workshop, you will be dropped off either back to your accommodation or at Kingscote airport, where we will say our goodbyes.

Little Sahara Kangaroo Island

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$500.00 (plus GST) The balance will be due 60 days before the start of the workshop date.

        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.

*South Australian Parks and Wildlife Service permit approved operator

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