5 Day Cradle Mountain Photo Workshop ‘Autumn Colour Changes’

Nothofagus Tasmania

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

 

With Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell

 

5th to 9th of May 2019  

 

Only Three Spots Left!

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:

5th to 9th of May 2019 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Cost:

AU$3195 (plus GST) per person (twin share) 

*Single supplement available for an extra $AU345 (plus GST) 

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)

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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

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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

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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 an Australian Ambassador for Lenscoat as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition. He is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Ben Fewtrell

A passionate Aussie photographer with a love affair with the great outdoors, Ben started his photographic journey with a Nikon film camera back in 1992.

With a history of shooting everything from Weddings to Landscapes, Ben has always been drawn to the lure of nature and spends most of his time chasing the perfect sunrise or sunset. Through his articles, tutorials and workshops, he has helped hundreds of photographers take their photography to the next level and says his greatest achievement is the people he has helped to get more out of this incredible hobby. Ben has created a vibrant online community of photographers and is host of his own popular YouTube channel where he shares his passion and enthusiasm.

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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’!

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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

5 Day ‘Tasmanian Photography Adventure’

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’ – June 2019

  • Leaping Polar Bear

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

6th of June to 16th of June 2019 

 

Only Four Spots Left!

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

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 Svalbard. We will travel by ship and explore the coast, attempting to circumnavigate the island if ice conditions allow. Michael led a booked-out Photo Expedition to Svalbard in 2016, to absolute rave reviews (with a second, fully-booked photo expedition in June 2018). For the photo tour participants, it was the ultimate trip of a lifetime, with plenty of 'once-in-a-lifetime' photos taken during the trip.

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arctic circle | Arctic Photography Workshop and Tour

Arctic Fox

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

We will have 9 participants on this photo tour, led by professional nature photographer and tutor: Michael Snedic. 

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.

Walrus - Arctic

Our ship

Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to the Arctic. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to ply the Arctic waters with ease for 25 years. Ocean Nova is a certified Carbon Neutral vessel and offers a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 78 guests, the Ocean Nova is a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

Arctic- Boat Nova

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.

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Your instructor

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic, there to help you photograph the stunning wildlife we will encounter, especially polar bears. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an experienced wildlife/nature photographer, he is also one of Australia's most experienced photographic tutors (15 years).

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (20 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 a Lowepro Ambassador for Australia, a Lenscoat Ambassador, as well as The Nature Conservancy's Photo Competition Ambassador, both in 2015 and 2016. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for the past 15 years. He also conducts overseas photography tours to Africa, Antarctica, the Subantarctic, the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and India. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with photo expedition participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Michael Snedic - Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary

Day 1

This morning we’ll have our first photography briefings and warm-up opportunities. We will spend some of the morning exploring Longyearbyen with a local guide, and there may be some last-minute shopping opportunities (as a frontier town there are some serious outdoors stores here). Also anyone whose flights or connections were delayed have a chance to catch up with us today. In the evening we board our ship, the Ocean Nova, operated by Quark Expeditions and set sail. The wildlife and scenic opportunities will start almost immediately!

Close-up Walrus

Day 2-12

Your expedition will explore western Spitsbergen as well as some 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. We’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 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya 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 Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. 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 some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary outings on selected voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers 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.

Arctic cruising

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!

Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018
Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018

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.

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Svalbard landscape © Peregrine Adventures

Day 11

Your adventure ends back at the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you arrive in Longyearbyen on the 5th of June (or earlier if you wish to spend some time exploring on your own). Boarding of the Ocean Nova will take place on the evening of the 6th of June. The ship will depart in the evening and cannot wait for anyone on delayed flights. As weather in the region can be a bit temperamental, flight delays do happen. To keep the start of your adventure as stress free as possible, arriving early is a good idea.

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!

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Puffins © David Burren

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).

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Prices

(Per Person)

Quad$10,300
Triple$10,500
Upper/Lower$13,900
Bridge Deck$14,700
Upper Deck Twin$15 700

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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.

Travel to/from Longyearbyen is not included. Peregrine can of course arrange flights and accommodation for you as part of a package, but you’re free to make other arrangements.

Deck Plan

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
  • Shipboard accommodation, onboard the smaller Ocean Nova (80 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

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Longyearbyen.
  • 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.
  • Tips (voluntary) for the crew (suggested US$13- $15 per day per person).

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.

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15 Day Russian Arctic Photo Expedition – Inc. Wrangel and Herald Islands – July 2019

With Michael Snedic

22nd of July to 5th of August 2019

 

Only Two Spots Left!

Join us on this 15 day Russian Arctic Photographic Expedition, in the Russian Far East. This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age,
this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island
also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds
for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe’ vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty.

 

We will have a maximum of 10 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. As we travel around the sea, we will be photographing from our ship, from Zodiacs, and from land.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs, but also in reviewing images and image critique sessions.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your 
Photography 
Leader

On this expedition you will have access every day to Michael Snedic, a professional nature photographer and experienced instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter.He  will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. 

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (22 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and Photo Expedition Leader (17 years). His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many wonderful photographic and travel destinations. Michael is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills. No matter what brand or model of camera you own (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or Panasonic) Michael can help!

Nature Conservancy
Photo Competition Ambassador

Nikon
Nikon School Tutor – Australia

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 0 – Nome

Those departing from Nome, Alaska, should arrive in Nome before midday and preferably the previous night.

On arrival, you should check in with Bering Air at the Nome Airport who will have details of our charter flight. During this flight you will cross the International Date Line, arriving into Anadyr on Day 1 of the expedition. You will clear Russian Customs and Immigration.

Day 1 -Anadyr

ll expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. If flights have been on time we plan to depart Anadyr this evening. As we depart you are invited to join the captain, officers and the expedition team on the bridge. The Anadyr estuary is renowned for its Beluga Whales.

 

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Day 2 – Anadyrskiy Bay and at Sea

As we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards the Bering Strait there will be introductory lectures, an introduction to the staff and ship and a series of compulsory briefings and drills. There will also be a chance to relax or enjoy some ‘birding’ with our naturalists and/or settle into ship life and for many of you adjust to the time changes.

 

Day 3 – Lavrentiya and Cape Dezhnev

We arrive in Lavrentiya Bay this morning to visit the Chukchi Region’s administrative centre of Lavrentiya. The place takes its name from James Cook, who landed here on St. Lawrence’s Day in 1778. We will explore the township and have the opportunity to view the mythical figure ‘Pelikan’, a Chukotkan sculpture which is said to have special powers, we will also visit the local museum which displays an interesting insight into Yupik and Chukchi cultures. There may be an opportunity to view Chukchi song and dance and to interact with the locals.

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev this afternoon. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It is also an historic landmark named after the Siberian Cossack, Semyon Dezhnev, who in 1648 became the first European to sail from the Arctic to the Pacific.

A steep scramble from the beach brings you to an abandoned Border Guard base, a monument to Dezhnev and another to all the sailors who have sailed these seas. Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska lies 89km across Bering Strait.

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polar bear and cub

Days 4 – Kolyuchin Inlet and Kolyuchin Island Island

This tiny rock in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk is covered in birds, with sea-lions thrown in for good measure to fill the gaps. There’s no room for us to land, but we expect to photograph guillemots, kittiwakes, and various species of auklet (and sea-lions of course).

Day 5 – At Sea

This group of islands is in the western corner of the Sea of Okhotsk, and is the last place to thaw out in summer. While the ice can restrict where we go, it does increase our chances of seeing seals, especially the iconic Ribbon Seal.

Days 6 -10 – Wrangel and Herald Islands

Another birding hot-spot, this is a breeding location for many species. Spectacled, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros, Crested and Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin: the list goes on. Of course this also supports a population of Steller’s Sea-eagles. As well as exploring the islands from the water and landing in the one permitted location, we also get to explore the taiga forest on the mainland.

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Days 11 – At Sea, Bering Strait and North Siberian Coast

As we sail south there will be opportunities to download memory cards, share conversations and recap on our time at Wrangel Island.

 

We will pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date
Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands.

In 1867 when the USA purchased Alaska from Russia the new boundary was drawn between Big (Russian) and Little (USA) Diomede Islands. This makes Big Diomede Island Russia’s eastern-most possession. The island was originally inhabited by Yupik Eskimos but after World War II the native population were relocated to the mainland. Today there are no permanent residents but the Russians maintain a Border Guard station there. It is an important island for birdlife with good numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common and Brunnich’s Guillemot and Horned and Tufted Puffin. If the Border Guards grant permission (we have applied for it) we will Zodiac cruise the coast near the station,
the bird numbers in this region are spectacular, especially puffins.

We continue along the North Siberian Coast, although well mapped and charted, there have been very few Expedition Cruises and consequently there is a lot of scope for expedition landings. Depending on weather and sea conditions we will attempt an expedition landing today.

There are several choices, at Cape Vankarem there is a seasonal large walrus haul out, the animals may or may not be present. The area around the Cape is bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous coastal lagoons and inlets; nearby there is a small Chukchi village whose residents still make their living hunting walrus, seals and whales. There is another smaller Chukchi village called Nutepelmen which is situated on a spit at the entrance to Pyngopikhin Lagoon, further west of Cape Vankarem.

Day 12 – At Sea and Masik Village

This afternoon we plan to visit Masik Village, an archaeological site at Mechigmen Bay which is part of Beringia National Park.
This site consists of subterranean dwellings, food caches and possible ceremonial structures where materials used in construction were whale skulls, ribs and jawbones.

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Days 13 – Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation.

Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island. After landing at Whale Bone Alley we will take the Zodiacs on a whale-watching excursion. We will also cruise close inshore of neighbouring Nuneangan Island (Bird Island) where a large number of seabirds nest.

On nearby Arakamchechen Island there is a prominent walrus haul out; if the animals are present we will land and walk across the tundra to view them from the cliffs.

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Days 14 – Preobrazheniya Bay

Today we will be in the vicinity of Preobrazheniya Bay where there are some outstanding ‘Bird Cliffs’ which we will Zodiac cruise, the rock faces, ridgelines and soaring granite spires are home to an abundance of bird life. Species that can be seen include Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Least and Crested Auklets, Vega Gulls and Arctic Tern. Both Horned and Tufted Puffins are normally in vast numbers stretched along cliffside grasses.

This evening join the staff for an expedition recap and a disembarkation briefing, and then simply relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.

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Day 15 – Anadyr

After breakfast it will be time tosay our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a hotel of your choice.

Those returning to Nome will join a charter flight that will depart Anadyr around midday and, because of the International Date Line will arrive back in Nome on the evening of the previous day. However, we strongly advise that you do not book any onward travel from Nome until the following day to allow for possible delays in the charter flight. Those returning to Moscow can either be transferred to the airport or hotel in Anadyr, depending on their flight times.

Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

 wrangel

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 in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specic health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to help.

Our Ship

The latest addition to Heritage Expeditions' fleet, legendary Russian icebreaker and former research vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov holds the passenger ship record for the most crossings of the Northwest Passage and has famously circumnavigated Antarctica - twice.

Built in 1981 by Finland's Wärtsilä Company and one of four Kapitan Sorokin-class icebreakers, Kapitan Khlebnikovwraps comfortable surrounds in a formidable, ice-reinforced vessel powered by 24,000 horsepower diesel-electric engines and is capable of breaking ice as thick as two metres.

Recently refurbished, Kapitan Khlebnikov comfortably accommodates up to 110 guests in well-appointed and spacious cabins and suites all featuring large windows that can be opened and en suite facilities. Common areas include large open decks, two dining rooms, a digitally equipped theatre-style lecture room, heated indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, fully-stocked library, bar, lounge and four-person elevator.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists, botanists, historians and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by an enthusiastic and experienced Russian Captain and crew.

Kapitan Khlebnikov

Kapitan Klebnikov

The World Famous Ice-Breaker

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All expedition zodiac and shore excursions.
  • Pre and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • International/domestic flights
  • Passport/visa expenses. We provide assistance with Russian visa paperwork, but you’re responsible for the actual visa.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, gratuities and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.
  • All items of a personal nature

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while I run the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes, mostly twin- share cabins. Your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

The twin-berth cabins can be reserved as single cabins for 1.8x the standard price. There’s also a mandatory charge of US$500 per person to cover local fee payments.

Cabin TypePrice
Superior Plus Triple:US$12000.00
Superior Plus:US$14125.00
Mini Suite:US$14650.00
Heritage Suite:US$15500.00

These prices are in US dollars per berth. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael via the Contact Form to the right:

Contact

Michael Snedic: Contact Form or call +61 408 941 965.

Weekend Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop

Eastern Spinebill

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of October 2019

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:

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of October 2019

Time:

8.30am start on Saturday with a 4.30 pm finish

8.00am start on Sunday with a 3.30pm finish

Price:

$545.00 per person for tuition (plus GST)
(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

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Photo Safari

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic on this exciting new photography tour.

Would you like to experience being only metres away from majestic Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, while being shown how to get magazine-quality shots from a professional photographer and tutor? Here is your chance!

Mountain Gorilla Photobomb

Where: Rwanda, Africa

When: 18th to 22nd November 2019

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS GORILLA PHOTO SAFARI CAN ADDED ONTO

→ THE KENYA PHOTO SAFARI ←

Safari Land Arrangements:

AUD$8,351 per person twin share - (additional single supplement AUD$450)

*Excludes International Airfares

NEWS FLASH! PERMITS FOR VISITING THE GORILLAS WILL BE DOUBLING IN JANUARY 2020. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SECURE THESE PRICES!

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary

Day 1

 
Welcome to Rwanda!

On arrival into Kigali Airport, please clear customs and immigration and collect your luggage. You will be warmly welcomed in the arrivals hall and assisted to the vehicle. Private road transfer to your hotel in Kigali. On arrival check in and spend one night at Hotel des Mille Collines inclusive of dinner and breakfast.

Tender moment between mother and infant Mountain Gorilla_Rwanda_Africa

Day 2

 
After breakfast and check out, your guide will take you for a Kigali city tour experience, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre. Following your city tour, you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park. This afternoon visit the Iby'lwacu traditional village and evening is at leisure to rest and relax in preparation for your exciting Gorilla Trek tomorrow. Spend the next two nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge with all meals included.

Just like his dad_Infant Mountain Gorilla beating his chest

Day 3

 
This morning, wake early and enjoy a substantial breakfast before heading off at the agreed time with your guide to the Ranger's office in Volcanoes National Park.
We recommend you take a small backpack with water, snacks, camera, garden gloves and waterproof jacket.

 
Please note: Along the way, it is important to communicate with your guide what style of hike you prefer - short, medium or challenging. Your guide will then liaise with the national park team and negotiate you into the most relevant group. It is essential that you let your driver/guide know your preferences before you arrive at the Ranger's office.

After a safety briefing and climbing team allocations, you'll head off with your guide to the starting point of the trek.
We also highly recommend hiring a porter.

Enjoy the trek through fields, over the park fence and through rainforest in search of the gorilla family you've been allocated. You have 1 hour with the group and remember your bag will be left with the porters, only take your camera. This is for the safety of the group and gorillas.

Descend back down the mountain and meet your guide where he dropped you off. You'll drive to the information centre and it's here you get to collect your trek certificate before returning to the lodge.

Evening at leisure.

Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Day 4

 
Today you will enjoy a second gorilla trek with another gorilla group.
Following lunch your guide will drive you by road to Hotel des Mille Collines where you will spend your last night on with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5

 
After breakfast it's time to bid goodbye and head with your guide to the international airport in time for your onward international flights out.
We hope you loved Kenya and Rwanda as much as we do and look forward to hearing your stories and seeing some great photographs on your return.

Laughing Baby Mountain Gorilla Rwanda_Africa

Includes:

  • Meet and greet on arrival into Kigali
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Kigali City Tour and Genocide Memorial.
  • All Rwanda accommodation and meals as stated in itinerary.
  • Visit the Iby'Iwacu traditional village
  • Two Gorilla Treks (Cost USD1,500 per trek included)

Excludes:

  • International airfares and regional flights to Rwanda
  • Visa to  Rwanda
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Additional arrangements pre and post tour
  • Travel insurance

Gorilla Photo Safari group

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 10 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive personal tuition from Michael.

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  

 

Only Two Spots Left!

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
  • Image critique sessions
  • Audiovisuals on wildlife and nature 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. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs, as well as lots of group tuition.

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'
  • 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, including Point Ellen, where we will have our picnic lunch. A bit of a break after back a 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 is back at the Retreat.

Cape Baron Goose

Day 3

After a bit of a sleep-in and breakfast, we will head 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, we will present a session on bird photography before heading to the famous birds-of-prey show, ‘Raptor Domain’, for some bird photography. Either get some great portrait shots or try your luck at birds in flight!! We will then have a 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.  Michael will then present an image critique session, followed by a hands-on macro photography session by Michael, using the flowers around the Wilderness Retreat as our subjects.
We will head out for a picnic lunch at Western River, followed by landscape photography in the northern part of Kangaroo Island. This will be followed by a shoot at King George’s Beach, where there are orange lichen-covered rocks, shiny boulders on the beach and aqua-coloured water, as well as Snelling Beach. Tonight will be our ‘Farewell Barbeque’ at the Wilderness Retreat, where you can eat, drink and share stories and images taken during the workshop!

Day 5

After an early 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. We will also have a picnic lunch here. 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$550.00 ($AU500 plus GST) The balance will be due 60 days before the start of the workshop date.

*South Australian Parks and Wildlife Service permit approved operator

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