World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island
$AU4469 per person - Twin Share (Single Supplement Price Available Upon Request)
About Lord Howe Island
Rising majestically out of the Tasman Sea 550km off Australia, World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island is a photographer's paradise.
Fed by a mix of warm and cool currents from The Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Australia, this crossroads in the South Pacific is a treasure-trove of fauna and flora housed on a 7 million year old extinct volcano.
At the southern end of the island, the often cloud-covered twin peaks of Mt Gower and Mt Lidgebird rise perpendicular form the sea. To the north, the sheltered coral lagoon (one of the most southerly coral reefs in the world) arcs around the tiny settlement of Lord Howe. Ancient rainforests cover the slopes, and kilometre after kilometre of white sandy beaches and rocky shores await exploration by you and your camera.
Spring has been chosen not only for its favourable weather and warming seas, but particularly for the incredible bird-life, which descends on the island for the breeding season. Many exotic sea-bird species nest on the rocky shores, including terns, shearwaters, gannets and tropic-birds, along with the famous Lord Howe Island Woodhen in the forested areas.
About the Lord Howe Island Tour
This week-long workshop will be presented by professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. Your ‘Lord Howe Island Photography Expedition’ commences when your Qantas flight departs direct from Brisbane. Upon arrival at Lord Howe you’ll be transferred to our workshop base, the centrally-located Ocean View Lodge, only a short stroll from the beach. Your package includes a welcome dinner as well as a picnic on the island; a blend of structured lectures including informal discussions and one-on-one tuition time; two boat cruises with snorkelling. These sessions will be interspersed with free time to make up your week of photographic learning.
This workshop is suited to the beginner, intermediate or serious enthusiast. A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera is recommended, however, any camera that has manual functions would also be suitable. A wide-angle and telephoto lens (and a macro lens if you own one) is recommended. A sturdy tripod is also necessary, especially for our landscape and macro photography sessions.
Getting there and back
We will be flying direct to the island on QantasLink Dash-8 aircraft via Brisbane.
Because of the size of the plane and the short length of the airport runway, the baggage allowance for these flights is smaller than normal Qantas flights and this can seem like a challenge to many photographers. But don't let that hold you back: it is a challenge but not a problem. We have both done this trip quite a few times and have been able to take 300mm/2.8 and 500mm/4 lenses along with decent tripods without problems. You do need to choose your equipment and pack carefully, and we will try to help you with this in the lead-up to the trip.
One of the wonderful things about visiting the island at this time is the abundance of birdlife and their relative fearlessness. Unlike some other locations you won't need 800mm lenses to make full-frame portraits of the birds. Telephoto lenses up to 200 or 300mm can be fine, although there'll always be times you want more. For landscapes, a decent wide-angled lens is recommended. A tripod is also essential for our sunrise/sunset shoots and they can be packed into your main suitcase.
When capturing photos of action such as birds in flight, the optical viewfinders and fast autofocus of DSLRs really shine. We will be helping you take advantage of all these features. Some of the "CSC"/mirrorless cameras can do good work here too. Compact cameras make reasonable backup cameras, but their reduced image quality and sluggishness would make them frustrating as primary camera bodies.
If your luggage allowance allows, we encouraged you to take a laptop computer to help you review and safely store your photos. Reviewing your images is an important step in improving your techniques for the next photo session and making the most of your limited time on the island. Throughout the week we will be backing up our photographs through the laptops, and it's not unusual for some people to bring back hundreds of gigabytes of new work.
Many of the locations we will visit on the island are a short walk from our accommodation, for some we'll travel by bus but some can require uphill climbing on uneven paths. It's not highly-technical climbing though, and we will have rests along the way. As far as your gear goes this does mean that not only do you need to be able to get your gear to the island, you'll need to be able to carry it along bush tracks. There's not much scope for roller camera bags in the field!
There is no mobile phone service on the island. There is web access available via WiFi at our accommodation, although it is relatively slow. It is at least fast enough for email access.
Some of the topics that will be covered
- Lighting (natural/flash/reflectors etc)
- Exposure and metering
- Focusing points
- Image critique
- and much more!
- Sunrise shoots at Ned’s and Blinky’s Beaches
- Sunset shoots at Malabar Sea Cliffs and Signal Point
- Cruise and snorkelling at North Bay
- Old Gulch, Mt Eliza and North Bay lookout
- Mt Gower and Mt Lidgebird photography from sea level
- Bird photography including Woodhens, Providence Petrels, White Terns and many more
- Return economy class airfare to Lord Howe Island (Brisbane)
- All pre-paid airline taxes
- Accommodation (twin share) at Ocean View Lodge
- Photography tuition by Michael Snedic, as per itinerary
- Welcome dinner
- Return airport transfers on Lord Howe Island and all other bus transfers
- Cruise across lagoon to North Bay, which includes snorkelling and picnic
Read the full itinerary here
Michael is a highly experienced and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in magazines such as Australian Photography +Digital, Australian Geographic, Wildlife Australia, Australian Birdlife and the UK’s BBC Wildlife, to name but some. His images have featured in numerous calendars, diaries, books and many other publications, including billboards and he has had two books published on Australian wildlife. Michael is an Accredited AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) photographer, is a both a Lowepro and Lenscoat Ambassador for Australia and regularly conducts photography workshops and tours across Australia, including Lamington National Park, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Kangaroo Island, Girraween National Park (Queensland) and Tasmania. Overseas photo adventures he conducts include Africa, Antarctica, Arctic, Subantarctic (including Macquarie Island), Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and India.
NB – The sample itinerary provided may be subject to change or variation due to prevailing weather conditions and/or other localised circumstances, that are out of the control of Michael Snedic.