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)
5th to 9th of May 2019 (five days/four nights)
Cradle Mountain – Tasmania
AU$3195 (plus GST) per person (twin share) for bookings after 15th of October 2018
*Single supplement price available upon request
12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Launceston.
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.
Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Standard Room - twin share)
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.
This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Ben
“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 – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland
- 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
- 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
About Your Photography Tutors:
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 Geographic, Wildlife Australia, Birdlife 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.
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.
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.
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.
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’!
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!
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
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.
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