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  

 

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)

Aurora-Cradle Mountain_Tasmania

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 price available upon request

Wombat Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

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

Meeting Point:

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

Accommodation:

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

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

Photography Skill Level:

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

Maximum Numbers:

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

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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

Tasmanian wildlife

About Your Photography Tutors:

Michael Snedic

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

Michael is honoured to be 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.

Ben Fewtrell  in tassie

Itinerary:

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

coral fungi

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

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. The balance will be due 45 days before the start of the tour date. 

*Approved Operator with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

10 Day ‘Tasmanian Photography Adventure’

Sunrise at Cradle Mt and Dove Lake - Tasmania

 

No Dates Currently Available

About the Workshop and Tour

Join us for 3 nights on the Freycinet Coast; 3 nights at Cradle Mountain and 3 nights in the Tarkine Rainforest.

In addition we will also visit Mt Field National Park, and traverse the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area stopping at Nelson Falls and Lake St Clair – a complete lap of Tasmania in 10 days.

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

Location

Freycinet Coast, Cradle Mountain and Tarkine Rainforest – Tasmania

Dates

Depart Hobart 9:00am on Monday May 22nd, 2017.

Return to Hobart around 6:00pm Wednesday May 31st, 2017.

Price

TBA

Tutor

Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic

Tasmanian Devil

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Hobart hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Hobart the day before and stay one night after the workshop. We can make this arrangement for you, please discuss when booking.

Accommodation

Beachfront at Bicheno (3 nights – May 22, 23, 24)

Cradle Mountain Hotel (3 nights – May 25, 26, 27)

Corinna (Tarkine) (3 nights – May 28, 29, 30)

Transport

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

Tarrkine - Tasmania

Photography 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 professional and experienced tutors, you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum 10 Participants

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

pacific gull

Inclusions

  • All accommodation (9 nights, twin share – a single occupancy surcharge will apply to those who would like a room to themselves)
  • All transport during the workshop
  • All meals
  • National Parks Pass
  • Tasmanian Devil Park Entry Fee
  • River cruise at Corinna (Tarkine)
  • Wineglass Bay Cruise fee.

Exclusions

  • Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.

Blue Tier rainforest - Tasmania

About Your Tour Leaders

Michael has been running photography workshops together since 2002, specialising in multi day trips for small groups.

Australian Wildlife & Nature Photographer 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 Lowepro, Lenscoat as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition.

Michael Snedic

Itinerary

Monday May 22

Our first photo shoot is the lush rainforest at Mt Field National Park, including the stunning Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The setting is sublime, as we walk beside a fast flowing creek beneath giant tree ferns, rainforest and mighty eucalypts. After lunch we depart for the east coast town of Bicheno and prepare for our days ahead on this beautiful stretch of coast.

Tuesday May 23

Sunrise shoot at the Blowhole in Bicheno. Great vantage point on Tasmania’s east coast to capture the sun rise over a dramatic granite foreshore. We will then spend the day exploring Freycinet National Park including walks to the Wineglass Bay lookout (for those who are up for it!) as well as secluded rocky bays such as Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay. We will finish the day with a sunset shoot in Coles Bay as the rugged “Hazards” (mountains) light up in the last light of the day.

Tarkine wilderness - Tasmania-mist-buttongrass

Wednesday May 24

Sunrise this morning is at the Friendly Beaches. A beautiful spot, with sandy beaches and rocky headlands. There are all sorts of opportunities for great compositions as the sun pops up. After breakfast, todays main activity is a half day cruise to Wineglass Bay, looking out for seals and dolphins all the while. We will finish the day with another sunset shoot.

Thursday May 25

Today we head to Cradle Mountain – that iconic heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed wilderness. We will arrive after lunch and have a late afternoon/sunset session at Dove Lake. This evening after dinner Michael and I will do some audio-visual presentations, including a post processing session on how to add some sparkle to all these new images you are capturing!

Horseshoe Falls - Tasmania

Friday May 26

Now we have two nice full days shooting at Cradle Mountain ahead of us. Today we will shoot sunrise and sunset at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the forest, as well as waterfalls and autumn fungi in the rainforest. We will also visit a Tasmanian Devil Park for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian critter.

Saturday May 27

Another full day, including sunrise and sunset, as well as further exploration of the mountain tracks and trails. We will also pay a visit to the Wilderness Gallery at the hotel, which is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Wineglass Bay

 

Sunday May 28

Farewelling Cradle Mountain we head to the majestic cool temperate rainforest of Tasmania’s Tarkine region. We will spend the morning exploring some truly beautiful rainforest at Philosopher Falls. As well as the falls themselves, this time of year is great for photographing fungi and this walk is brilliant for anyone interested in fungi. After lunch we will enjoy some beautiful mountain scenery as we head to Corinna, our base for the next 3 nights.

Monday May 29

A full day in the rainforest today. We will completely immerse ourselves in the deep rainforest around Corinna, capturing the grand old myrtle beech trees and the tiny autumn fungi. We will shoot waterfalls and finish with a sunset at a lookout over Mt Donaldson from the buttongrass plains.

coral fungi

Tuesday May 30

Today we embark upon our second cruise of the trip – this time on the majestic tannin stained and mist shrouded waters of the Pieman and Donaldson Rivers. We will photograph Lovers Falls and perhaps a Sea Eagle or Wedge Tailed Eagle soaring above. Tonights sunset session will be very special, on the west coast of Tasmania near Granville Harbour, where the “Roaring 40′s” smash the coastline and create incredible rock formations.

Wednesday May 31

Our last day, but another full day of activities! We will return to Hobart via Queenstown and Lake St Clair, stopping at Nelson Falls, the Franklin River and Lake St Clair on the way. Nelson Falls is an easy but very rewarding walk and Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest lake. We will arrive in Hobart around 18:00 and a hotel drop off is included.

Aurora Australis - Coles Bay - Tasmania

About Your Booking

To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael directly (email is the easiest and preferred method)

Your position in the Workshop will be guaranteed immediately upon receipt of your signed booking form and deposit, which is (AUD) $500.00. You may elect to pay the full amount, or another amount as a deposit (minimum $500). Payment by Direct Deposit is the preferred method, and payment by Credit Card will incur a 1% charge. The balance is required 45 days before the Workshop commences.

Your payment of the deposit will be considered your complete acceptance and understanding of the Terms & Conditions.

Tasmanian wildlife

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.

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.

Contact

Michael - Email using Michael's contact form or phone +61 408 941 965

Red Fungi - Tarkine- Tasmania