12 Day Wildflowers of Western Australia Photography Workshop

16th to 28th of September 2021

About the Workshop and Tour:

NEWThe wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on Earth, they colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback. This tour has been designed to give you the best opportunity to discover and photograph a huge range of wildflowers, in a variety of landscapes and regions.

As well as wildflowers, you will also have the opportunity for landscape, wildlife and bird photography as we travel through coastal and inland regions including the Wheatbelt, Coral Coast, Mid-West, and the southern coast and forests.

In the heart of Everlastings country, Lesueur NP and the small country towns of Moora, Carnamah, Mingenew, Mullewa, Morawa and Dalwallinu, give us the opportunity to see carpets of yellow, white and pink everlasting wildflowers as well as the unique Wreath Flower. We’ll also explore The Pinnacles and watch sunset over the Indian Ocean. 

As we travel through the Wheatbelt region, we’ll see Tassel Grevillea and other Proteaceae, wattles and orchids. A private nocturnal tour at Barna Mia Sanctuary showcases the local native animals including threatened species including bilby.

 We explore and overnight in the spectacular Stirling Ranges, and travel down to the coast at Bremer Bay. The whole south west corner of Western Australia is a biodiversity hotspot and a couple of private tours with local botanists will give us the best chance of seeing as many wildflower species as possible. In the Stirling Ranges alone there are 123 varieties of orchids and over 100 species of birds, as well as sweeping vistas from Western Australia's only mountain range.

 No visit to the South West of WA would be complete without a visit to the Gloucester Tree and a walk through the “Valley of the Giants” on the tree top walk in Walpole. The ancient tingle forests are unique to this area.

 Our tour finishes with an orchid extravaganza at D’Entrecasteaux National Park and a private sunset river cruise, with a variety of habitats to photograph.

PLEASE NOTE: Rather than being crammed into small 4WD vehicles, you will travel in a 23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus, with a maximum of 14 passengers. This means you will have extra room for comfort and for your photographic equipment.

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Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Highlights include:

  • Lesueur, D’Entrecasteaux and Stirling Range National Parks
  • The Valley of the Giants tree top walk in Walpole
  • The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
  • The Gloucester Tree
  • Private nocturnal tour at Barna Mia Sanctuary
  • Private sunset cruise on the Donnelly river
  • 3 private tours with local botanists
  • Foxes Lair Reserve in Narrogin
  • Numerous country towns, wildflower walks and drives in Everlastings country

Dates:

16th to 28th of September 2021

Price:

$AU6995 (plus GST) per person Twin Share - Single Supplement $AU1150 (plus GST)

Your Guides:

Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and Experienced Top End Guide and Driver, David Mobbs

WA wildflower photography workshop

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Accommodation:

As per itinerary

Transport:

23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus 'Tatra'. There will be a maximum 14 guests onboard, for maximum comfort, with two guides.

Photography Level:

Basic photographic ability is recommended. You will receive group tuition as well as individual one-on-one time, geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

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Inclusions:

  • Sole use of 23 seat 6WD air-conditioned tour coach, with professional driver guide and a photography tutor
  • 1 night pre and 1 night post tour accommodation in Perth
  • Most meals, as stated
  • 11 nights accommodation while touring
  • Park entry fees
  • Private Barna Mia nocturnal mammal experience at the Dryandra Woodland
  • Private wildflower tours of Foxes Lair in Narrogin, Stirling Range NP and Bremer Bay

Exclusions:

    • Arrival/departure flights into Perth
    • Travel Insurance
    • Alcohol and soft drinks (water is provided with dinner, water and cordial provided with lunch)

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Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Itinerary:

Day 0 – Wednesday 15th Sept 2021 - arrival day into Perth (D)

Upon arrival into Perth, please call our Perth Airport hotel for a complimentary pick up to the hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure until dinner this evening, which will be our first as a group. Your driver guide and tour escort will run through the itinerary with you for the next week and this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight accommodation- The Ingot Hotel at Perth Airport- motel room with en-suite

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Day 1 – Thursday 16th Sept (B,L,D)

We depart the hotel at 7am to begin our 12 day Wildflowers Photo tour.

The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Our first stop is the town of Moora, followed by Badgingarra NP, renowned for its incredibly diverse bushland.

Our destination this afternoon is the town of Cervantes, the gateway to the Pinnacles Desert and Nambung NP. We then continue 17kms south to Nambung NP, made up of 17,000 hectares of coastal heathland. The Pinnacles are amazing natural limestone structures, formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. We’ll stay in the park to photograph the sunset.

Overnight accommodation- Motel room with en-suite in Cervantes (2 night stay)

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Day 2 - Friday 17th Sept (B,L,D)

Our first stop today is Lesueur National Park, which is home to over 900 plant species – 10 per cent of Western Australia’s known flora. Lesueur National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and ranks as one of the most important reserves for flora conservation in WA.

The park is also home to a wide variety of fauna including 122 species of birds, 15 species of native mammals, 52 species of reptile and a variety of insects including 29 species of the colourful jewel beetle.

Next, we’ll take the Carnamah-Eneabba Wildflower Drive, known for its spectacular wildflower displays.

Our final stop today is Coorow, where we’ll hunt for wreath flowers.

Overnight accommodation- Motel room with en-suite in Cervantes

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Day 3 – Saturday 18th Sept (B,L,D)

Today we travel to the town of Mingenew, where we can take the Mingenew Wildflower Walk, located south west of the Mingenew Recreation Centre. This is an ideal place to experience many varieties of wildflowers.

Next is the rugged reserve of Depot Hill, a short 12km drive northwest of Mingenew via the Allanooka Springs Rd.

We reach Geraldton and you have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight accommodation- Ocean Centre Hotel, Geraldton- hotel room with en-suite. Located right next to the beach.

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Day 4 – Sunday 19th Sept (B,L,D)

We depart Geraldton and drive east to the town of Mullewa, one of the few places in the world that the wreath flower grows. Here we can take the Wildflower Walk, a picturesque 2,820 metre circuit through bush land renowned for its stunning wildflower displays.

Continuing south, we arrive in Morawa, known as the Heart of the Wildflowers and one of the most prolific areas for native flowering plants, including the unique and distinctive Wreath Flower.

Our destination today is Dalwallinu and en-route we stop in Perenjori and a couple of other spots if there’s time.

Overnight accommodation- room with en-suite – The Old Convent Dalwallinu

**please note that single rooms here have king single beds only and the price reflects this**

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Day 5 – Monday 20th Sept (B,L,D)

We spend today in the Wongan Hills region, in the Wheatbelt district. Gathercole Nature Reserve is located just outside of Wongan Hills and offers a short five minute scenic walk to view some fascinating sculpture. Views across the farmland and into the distance are available along the walk. The 2.5km Christmas Rock Walk is on the outskirts of Town.

A little further afield, Mount Matilda is the highest point of the Wongan Hills Nature Reserve, at 434m. The area is extremely diverse with more than 1400 species of flowering plants and 24 species are unique to the Wongan Hills. Here there will be a possibility of photographing Mallee fowl and their nests.

Our accommodation this evening is in historic York, the first inland European settlement in WA and situated in the Avon Valley.

Overnight accommodation- Terrace motel room with en-suite –The York Palace Hotel and Terraces

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Day 6 – Tuesday 21st Sept (B,L,D)

This morning we drive down to the township of Narrogin, where we will head to the nearby Foxes Lair to explore. Foxes Lair has landscapes, plants, and birds from both regions. There are over 240 species of flowering plants here.

This afternoon we’ll visit Dryandra Woodland, north of Narrogin, where there are lot's of wildlife species to photograph, including the rare Numbat. We have some time to explore before our private evening experience at Barna Mia, a predator-proof animal sanctuary, situated within the Dryandra Woodland. With the guide using special torches, you can see threatened native animals such as bilby, woylie, mala, quenda and boodie.

Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite at the Narrogin Motel

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Day 7 – Wednesday 22nd Sept (B,L,D)

Today we drive to the Stirling Ranges National Park.The mountain ranges of Stirling Range National Park rise to more than 1000m above sea level, featuring stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers.

After lunch, we depart for our afternoon of exploring with the retreat's resident flower expert, who will show us the best orchid and wildflower hotspots and to discover well camouflaged blooms hidden under bushes.

Overnight accommodation at the Stirling Range Retreat, nestled against the majestic Stirling Ranges National Park.

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Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Day 8 – Thursday 23rd Sept (B,L,D)

This morning we take the spectacular 115 kilometre mountain drive, filled with enthralling views and stops along the way, then head for the small coastal town of Bremer Bay.

Many rare species are found only in and around Bremer Bay. The Fitzgerald River National Park boasts an abundance of over 1800 unique species of flora and over 200 types of fauna. Orchids are also a big highlight of the area with many different species recorded and they can be seen walking around the townsite from the footpaths and walk trails.

Overnight accommodation- Bremer Bay Resort - motel room with en-suite

The Pinnacles

Day 9 – Friday 24th Sept (B,L,D)

This morning we drive out to a nearby bushcamp for a special tour of the property with their resident botanist. This is an eco tour in a sensitive area, bordering Fitzgerald River National Park, so the group will be split into 2 for the day. One group will head off for a 3 hour tour with the botanist while the 2nd group has time to explore the wildflowers around the camp area. And then the groups swap over. These are small group private tours for just our tour group and there’s plenty of time to learn about and photograph the wildflowers.

After the tours finish, we drive to Albany for our overnight accommodation.

Overnight accommodation- Dog Rock Motel in Albany- motel room with en-suite

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Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Day 10 – Saturday 25th Sept (B,L,D)

We head further west today, driving to Denmark and onto the tree-cloaked Walpole-Nornalup National Park, home to tingle forests, which occur nowhere else in the world. Here we take The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, featuring a stunning walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the dizzying heights of the tingle forest canopy.

Our next stop is inland, to Pemberton and the Gloucester National Park, home of the Gloucester Tree. The Southern Forests region is known for it's biodiversity with more than 2500 species of plants including over 100 terrestrial orchid species.

At Gloucester National Park we hope to see karri wildflowers Cutleaf Hibbertia, Tassel Bush, Native Wisteria, Coral Vine and White Clematis.

Overnight accommodation- Manjimup, motel room with en-suite (2 night stay)

White everlastings on the roadside credit Tourism Western Australia

Day 11 – Sunday 26th Sept (B,L,D)

Orchid lovers should be happy today as we travel to D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Consolidated limestone cliffs overlaid with sand at Pt D'entrecasteaux provide a perfect habitat for coastal heath wildflowers and orchids.

At Point D’Entrecasteaux there’s an easy cliff-top walk and there’s plenty of other offshoot trails if you’re more adventurous and haven’t had enough of the stunning coastal blooms.

We have the whole morning to explore here and then this afternoon, we’ll take a private cruise on the Donnelly River. We will transverse a diverse eco system that is only accessible by boat. From the lush Jarrah and Karri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean. On the way we will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. This cruise will be tailored to suit our group’s photography interests and includes an on-shore stop en-route, for drinks and a gourmet BBQ.

Overnight accommodation- Manjimup, motel room with en-suite

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Day 12 – Monday 27th Sept (B,L,D)

We start making our way back to Perth today, with a stop for lunch en-route.

We arrive into Perth mid afternoon, so there’s time to freshen up before our last group dinner together.

Overnight accommodation- The Ingot Hotel at Perth Airport- motel room with en-suite

Departure day from Perth- Tuesday 28th Sept (B)

After check out, please make your way to Perth Airport for your onward flight. A free shuttle service is available at the hotel.

For anyone staying on an extra day or two, Kings Park in Perth CBD has an excellent wildflower display in its Botanical Gardens with free guided walks at 10am and 2pm (subject to change).

Blue Lechenaultia credit Tourism Western Australia
Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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$900 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation up to 91days before departure, deposit forfeited
  • Between 90- 61 days, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
  • If cancellation occurs within 60 days prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee applies.

 

Please note: Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions as well as availability of wildflowers. Wildflowers vary from year to year depending on the weather. Each night’s accommodation will remain the same but the itinerary may be changed slightly nearer the time, to give us better wildflowers viewing opportunities.

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, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers.
7 Day Carnarvon Gorge Photography Workshop

7 Day Carnarvon Gorge Photography Workshop

29th of August - 4th September 202

SORRY - FULLY BOOKED!

About Carnarvon Gorge

NEW

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

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

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

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

 

 

Carnarvon Gorge

Landscape locations include:

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

Ampitheatre

Wildlife highlights include:

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

Carnarvon Gorge

Dates

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

Price

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

Guides

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

Aboriginal Rock Art

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Brisbane (exact location to be advised)

Accommodation

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

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

Transport

We will travel by air-conditioned bus from Brisbane

Photography Level

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

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

Carnarvon Gorge

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

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

Carnarvon Gorge

Your Guides

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

Michael Snedic bio

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

Damian Caling

Itinerary

Day 1 (L,D)

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

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

Splendid Wren

Day 2 (B,L,D)

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

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

Day 3 (B,L,D)

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

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

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Day 4 (B,L,D)

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

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

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

 

 

Scarlet Robin

Day 5 (B,L,D)

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

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

Day 6 (B,L,D)

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

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

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

Day 7 (B,L,D)

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

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

 

Carnarvon Gorge

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, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers

Half Day Wildlife Photography Workshop – Australia Zoo

Where:

Australia Zoo – Beerwah, Queensland

When:

Monday 2nd of August 2021

 

Time:

9am - 12.30pm

Cost:

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

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

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Subjects covered will include:

 

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

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Itinerary:

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

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

Lemure

 

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

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

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

Echidna

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

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

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

Finish- 12.30pm

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How To Book:

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

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

Wildlife Photography Workshop participants

Macro Photography Workshop – Queensland

Where:

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Brisbane

When:

Monday 12th of July 2021 

 

 

 

Time:

8am to 11.00am 

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!

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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

Two Day Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop – Queensland

Eastern Spinebill

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of October 2021

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:

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of October 2021 

Time:

7am start on Thursday with a 4pm finish

6am start on Friday 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:

Thursday

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

Friday

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…

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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 the two day Bunya Mountains bird photography workshop, 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

5 Day Lamington National Park Photography Workshop – Queensland

NEW DATE FOR SPRING 2021 TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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) 7th of March to Friday 12th of March 2021

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 the 5 day Lamington NP photography workshop, 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, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers.

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