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.

Carnarvon Gorge

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)

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

giraffe australia zoo devon bull

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…

meerkat australia zoo devon bull

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

baby rhino australia zoo devon bull

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

Macro Photography Workshop – Queensland

Where:

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Brisbane

When:

Friday 22nd of January 2021

 

 

Time:

7am to 10.00am (early start to beat the heat)

Cost:

$135.00 (plus GST)

Colour Explosion

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Would you like to learn how to best take great photos of tiny macro subjects? In this half-day photographic workshop, Michael will teach you how achieve sharp, evenly-lit and well-composed photos of anything “macro”.

You will be shown how to use different types of lenses and extension tubes, as well as ways to achieve perfect lighting using various flash methods, diffusers and reflectors. Depth-of-field, an important component of macro photography, will be discussed at length as well as the best ways to steady your camera/lens. Best composition methods will be covered as well. Our subjects will include various types of flowers in bloom, cacti, insects and more.

Grevillea

Macro Photographic Tips and Techniques

This course will cover:

  • Aperture/Depth-Of-Field
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds for different situations
  • Focal styles
  • Focal points
  • Metering
  • Composition
  • Lighting/Flash Use
  • Common Pitfalls to Avoid
  • And much more!

Sunrise fungi

Itinerary:

  • 8am – Meet at the café entrance at the bottom of the car park (Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens)
  • There will a brief session covering the best types of equipment recommended for macro photography. You will then be instructed you on various macro photography techniques “in-the-field”.
  • 9.30am  – Morning tea and photography chat
  • We will work our way around the gardens showing you how to achieve the best macro results in-camera.
  • 11am – finish

Dew on leaves

How To Book:

To book your place, please use the contact form and Michael will send you payment details.

Macro Photography Workshop

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

Michael Snedic Paper Daisy

Weekend Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop – Queensland

Eastern Spinebill

November 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed)

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.

satin bowerbird

Where:

Bunya Mountains - Queensland

When:

November 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Time:

7am start on Saturday with a 4pm finish

6am start on Sunday with a 2pm finish

Price:

$545 (plus GST) per person for photography tuition

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

Spottd Pardalote

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

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)

5 Day Lamington National Park Photography Workshop – Queensland

18th - 23rd October 2020 SORRY - FULLY-BOOKED!

NEW DATE  7th - 12th March 2021

Get to know your digital camera in one of Australia’s most stunning natural environments!

This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more.

 Michael caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging to beginners.  Lamington National Park is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforest and eucalypt forest landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and lots of macro subjects. 

These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with Michael’s extensive photographic knowledge and tuition skills, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, beautiful surroundings.



Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park.
Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough
at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park 

Where:

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat/Lamington National Park, Queensland

When:

Sunday (afternoon) 18th to Friday 23rd of October 2020

Price:

$AU2795 (plus GST) twin share. Single supplement $AU440 (plus GST)

Price includes accommodation for five nights at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, all meals, free-flight bird show entry, Qld Parks and Wildlife permits and professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic.

Black Booyong buttress roots

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Program includes:

  • Macro photography techniques - for beginners and more advanced users.
  • Landscape photography techniques - in the rainforest and sunset overlooking the amazing expanse of the Kerry Valley.
  • Waterfall and cascade photography.
  • Bird and animal photography techniques.
  • Reviews and critique of participant's images and suggestions for improvements.
  • Audio-visual presentations, including wildlife, macro and landscape photography.
  • Getting to know your camera and it's hidden capabilities.
  • Advice on recommended cameras/lenses/accessories to use for specific purposes.
  • Flash photography techniques including use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light etc.
  • Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition from Michael
  • Best use of photographic accessories and gadgets.
  • Free time to practice what you have learned (or simply unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park)

*PLEASE NOTE – PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Red-necked Pademelon

Michael Snedic’s O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park Experience:

Michael spent five years working as a nature guide for O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in Lamington National Park and knows the area, and its natural fauna and flora, extremely well. Michael was also mentored here in photography by renowned wildlife and nature photographer and documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo. He has been presenting photo workshops and tours at O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for the last twelve years. Michael's years of local experience, plus 17 years as a professional photography tutor, will guarantee you will not only be shown the BEST wildlife, landscape and macro subjects and locations in Lamington, but you will be shown the BEST ways to photograph them.

Michael instructing Jim

Testimonial

I have just completed Michael's Lamington National Park workshop. It was excellent, the retreat was lovely and then we had all the wonderful photography opportunities. We were able to visit some beautiful places, saw lots of different birds including the Alberts Lyrebird, the Satin Bower Bird doing his courting dance for the female and many others. Michael was very patient teaching us, I learnt how to successfully photograph in low light, I'm quite proud of a couple of my photos with water flowing. I tried macro photography which I haven't done before and was quite surprised by the results. Michael takes the time to explain how to set up your settings to achieve the best results for such a wide variety of subjects, time of day etc and is then happy to review the results and suggest things that can be altered to potentially improve when required. I would 100% recommend this workshop, in fact I'd like to do it again potentially the March one to see the difference in the wildlife and scenery at that time of year and build on my photography skills with Michael's help. Thank you.

Kerry Byrne - Grafton

Kerry Byrne - Grafton, New South Wales

Itinerary:

Monday:

Session 1
Introduction, get to know the other participants and setting up your camera settings. This is extremely important as you need to know what gear and settings are needed for specific situations and subjects.

Session 2
Trip to Luke’s Farm to photograph rustic buildings, fences etc.

Session 3
After lunch – Landscape photography, incorporating a trip to Python Rock. Buttress roots, vines, Crow’s Nest ferns and much more.

Rainforest cascades

Tuesday:

Session 4
After breakfast - Bird photography and other wildlife photography techniques, including pademelons (small, wallaby-like macropods).

Session 5
After morning tea – We head into the rainforest for more landscape photography, including cascades, mossy rocks and logs, plants and much more.

Session 6
‘Birds of Prey’ flight show, where Michael will teach you how to best get photos of birds in flight.
Free time to explore and photograph the natural beauty of Lamington N.P. or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Session 7
After dinner – Photo critique (8pm – 9pm). Michael will critique some of the photos you have taken so far, giving hints and advice along the way.

Rainforest fungi

Wednesday:

Session 8
Field trip (lunch out) – Elabana Falls, creeks, cascades and rainforest. Learn how to take great waterfall and rainforest landscape photos. Return back to base approximately 2-3pm.

 

Noisy Pitta with chicks

Thursday:

Session 9
Before breakfast – Come on an early-morning bird walk with Michael. Try taking some photos or get to know the birds and their calls (Michael was a guide at O’Reilly’s for 5 years and knows his birds and calls well!).

Session 10
After breakfast –  Audio visual presentation on best macro photography techniques

       Session 11

Wildlife Photography Techniques Presentation

Session 12
After morning tea – Macro session 'in-the-field'

After lunch – Free time to relax or practice your techniques

Session 13
Late afternoon – Landscape photography, we head to Luke’s farm to photograph the stunning valley views (including sunset).

Luminous Fungi

Friday:

Session 14
After breakfast – Another chance to capture some of Lamington’s stunning birds.

Session 15
Second photo critique. Michael will give constructive feedback of images taken throughout the workshop.

Finish - Approx 12 noon

Lamington spiny crayfish

Inclusions:

  • Five nights accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Qld
  • All meals, as per itinerary
  • Parks and Wildlife permit fees
  • Free-flight bird show entry fee
  • Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic

Leaf-tailed gecko

Accommodation:

You will be staying at renowned O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland

Regent Bowerbird

How to book:

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$600.00 (plus GST) The balance will be due up to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. 

Maximum 8 participants

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

Michael teaching participants - O'Reilly's

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)

30 Day Ross Sea Antarctica Photography Expedition

  • Emperor Penguins

10th January - 9th February 2022

Ross Sea map

Join Michael Snedic on this 30 day photographic adventure starting in Invercargill, New Zealand. We travel by small expedition ship, heading south and exploring some of New Zealand’s amazing subantarctic islands, including Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Aukland Island and the Snare islands. We will then head to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, which is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange and beautiful territory, with opportunities for non-scientific personnel limited to a handful of tourist expedition ships.

Heritage Expeditions offers such a voyage on its own fully equipped and ice-strengthened ship Spirit of Enderby, crewed by some of the most experienced officers and sailors in the world and staffed by a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. This is a unique opportunity to experience nature on a scale so grand there are no words to describe it, and featured in TV documentary Go Further South.

 

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 and refining your photos along the way.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

S.Ott

© S. Ott

Subantarctic

Your Photography Tour Leader - Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (24 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 is a Nikon School tutor in Australia. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at camera clubs and photography conventions, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across the globe for 17 years.

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

 

Australian Institute of Professional Photography

Itinerary:

Day 1: Invercargill

Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand’s southern most city and rich in Scottish history. Grab your last-minute luxuries before meeting your fellow expeditioners for an informal get-together over dinner.

© T Bickford
© T Bickford

Day 2: Port of Bluff

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant and exploring some of the local attractions before heading to the Port of Bluff, where you will board your ship. Settle into your cabin and join your expedition team and the captain for a welcome on board.

Day 3: The Snares – North East Island

Staggeringly, The Snares are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Zodiac cruising the coast we learn how the islands got their name and in the sheltered bays we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, the Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs.

Royal Penguins © Meghan Kelly
© Meghan Kelly

Days 4-5: Auckland Islands

Characterised by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, these islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by. We spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is, perhaps, the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands. Here we find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white and yellow wild flowers and on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker’s, or New Zealand, Sea Lion. We land in Carnley Harbour and if conditions are suitable, climb to a Shy Albatross colony, otherwise we will explore sites within the harbour.

Day 6: At sea

Take the chance to learn more about the biology and history of these islands and the tempestuous Southern Ocean through informal lectures with our experts. This particular stretch of ocean is very productive and we can expect many seabirds, including five or six kinds of albatross and numerous species of petrel.

 N. Russ © N. Russ

Days 7-8: Macquarie Island

This remote, rocky outpost which endures roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Four species of penguin; King, Royal, Rockhopper and Gentoo all breed here. You will never forget your first experience in a ceaselessly active ‘penguin city’, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors. We will also meet with the Park Rangers, visit the Australian Antarctic Base and observe the hundreds of Southern Elephant Seals along the beaches.

photo by Katya Ovsyanikova
© Katya Ovsyanikova

Day 9 to 12: At sea

Soaring albatross and petrels circle the vessel as we steam south through the Southern Ocean. Lectures now concentrate on the Ross Sea region and beyond the bow of the ship; drifting icebergs of extraordinary shapes begin to appear. Manoeuvring in close for your first ice photographs we pass the Antarctic Circle and into the continent’s realm of 24-hour daylight.

Subantarctic Photo Tour

Days 13 to 22: Antarctica’s Ross Sea Region

With unpredictable ice and weather conditions, a day-by-day itinerary is not possible, but we assess the conditions daily and take every opportunity to make landings and launch the Zodiacs. You can anticipate wildlife viewing, visits to scientific bases and historic sites, as well as the spectacular white and blue scenery. We hope to visit the following areas: Cape Adare: A large flat spit of land, teeming with the staggering sight of Antarctica’s largest Adelie Penguin rookery: a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks, territorial disputes, petty pilfering and courtship displays. Curious penguins often come very close, offering superb photographic opportunities. Among the shifting mass of penguins we will find Carsten Borchgrevink’s Hut, the oldest in Antarctica, an overwintering shelter for the first expedition to the continent in 1899. Cape Hallett: The enormous Admiralty Range heralds our arrival; wild and extraordinary, the mountains rear up towering out of the sea to over 4,000-metres high and are bounded by colossal glaciers. We make our landing at an abandoned base site, now home to large numbers of Adelie Penguins and Weddell Seals. Franklin Island: Desolately beautiful and rugged, this is home to a large Adelie Penguin population and other nesting seabirds. We attempt a landing and explore the coastline. Possession Islands: Rarely-visited, small and rugged, these rocks support tens of thousands of penguins. Observe the birds’ busy and humorous activity, with the Admiralty Mountains forming a superb backdrop across the water. Ross Ice Shelf: The world’s largest body of floating ice and a natural barrier, at times creating hazardous weather, with sheets of snow blown at gale force by winds off the polar ice cap. Just 800 miles from the South Pole, this daunting spectacle prevented many early explorers from venturing further south. We cruise along its dizzying 30-metre high ice cliffs, perhaps lucky enough to see icebergs ‘calving’. Ross Island: Mount Erebus/Cape Bird/Shackleton’s Hut/Scott’s Hut(s) and visits to a scientific field station (Scott and McMurdo Stations are high on our wish list but ice, weather and station operational requirements often make them inaccessible). Ross Island was, and is, the ‘hub of activity’ in the Ross Sea, dominated by Mt Erebus, a monstrous active volcano named after the ancient Greek God of Darkness. The carefully preserved huts of the ‘Heroic Era’ help make the history come alive. If we can reach the bases, we will get a modern perspective on Antarctic Research. Terra Nova Bay: An Italian research station where the scientists are always hospitable and enjoy showing us around their lonely but beautiful home. They share with us their scientific research and also, perhaps, the best ‘espresso’ in Antarctica!

King Penguins

Days 23 to 26: At Sea

Taking time to rest and enjoy life on board your ship in the bar or library after the excitement and long daylight hours of the Antarctic, we have time for lectures on our final destination and for some pelagic bird spotting.

Days 27 to 28: Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour

We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for Southern Right Whales who come here to calve. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs on the hills. These huge wild flowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions have unusual colourings and weirdly-shaped leaves. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and sea lions.

S. Blanc

© Katya Ovsyanikova

Day 29: At Sea

Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey as you join our experts for a recap of highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 30: Invercargill or Christchurch

We disembark and our adventure ends as we disperse to begin others. After fond farewells we transfer you to central city hotels or to the airport. Enquire for a full itinerary and/or a Bird and Mammal List. NOTE: Voyages disembark in both Invercargill and Christchurch, please see downloadable brochures for the final destination of your selected voyage.

Subantarctic Photo Tour

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. Out on the ocean and exposed to the elements it can get quite cold. 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 Heritage will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts.

K. Ovsyanikova © K. Ovsyanikova

Our Ship

Heritage Expeditions’ Spirit of Enderby is a great small expedition ships. Although we won’t be seeing ice on this voyage, the ship regularly visits both polar regions and is a very capable vessel. It has plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship.

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers (she takes up to 54 in total) and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general expedition experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings, I will always be in a zodiac or on land with my group, making sure everyone receives plenty of photography tuition, ensuring great images from this incredible photographic adventure!

Spirit of Enderby © Pete Tyree

© Pete Tyree

Heritage Expeditions

Inclusions

  • Professional photography tuition throughout the expedition with Michael Snedic.
  • One night accommodation (with dinner and breakfast) in Invercargill.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
 Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All zodiac and land excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Invercargill.
  • Meals in Invercargill (other than one breakfast).
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.

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 Michael runs the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes: several three-berth cabins and a range of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

These prices are in US dollars per berth. There’s also an additional charge of US$880 pp to cover landing fees on these protected islands.

Double beds are available in suite accommodation only (and cabin 411). Single guests are matched with a sharer of the same gender in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees the sole use of a cabin (1.8 times the p/p rate for cabins, 2 times for suites).

 

Main deck (triple):Not available
Main deck (twin):US$24 600
Superior (twin):US$26 600
Superior Plus (twin):US$29 900
Mini Suite:US$31 000
Heritage Suite:US$33 600

A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

 

NB: PRICE LISTED ABOVE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC, WHICH WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition, please contact Michael either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

 

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