Otago’s rare wildlife of seabirds and marine mammals ensures it is known as New Zealand’s ‘wildlife capital’. This flexible workshop in spring makes the most of the area’s spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife hotspots.
Join Richard Young and Dave Buckton on a four-day wildlife photography workshop showcasing the best of Otago’s wildlife and coastal scenery. You will capture the area’s exceptional wildlife includes New Zealand sea lions and fur seals, as well as a host of rare bird species, such as the Yellow-eyed penguin, Northern Royal albatross and petrel. Our Otago Wildlife workshop includes a boat charter around the peninsula and visit the Orokonui Wildlife Sanctuary, with another highlight being a stay and dinner at the famous Larnach Castle.
Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: This masterclass workshop has been designed to cover the topics of Coastal Wildlife, Bird & Coastal Landscape Photography; with dedicated tuition sessions and notes on these subjects. The workshop concludes with a processing session and printing a 17x22" fine art print of one of your images using the latest Epson SC-P800 printer. We will also have a number of Tamron 150-600mm Lenses along with Nikon bodys available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some amazing close up wildlife images.
Coastal wildlife photography
Coastal landscape photography
Amazing coastal wildlife
Boat trip around Otago Peninsula
Stay at Larnach Castle
Meeting at Dunedin airport mid-morning we drive out to our accommodation for the next three nights, Larnach Castle. We will run through our introductory programme for the finer points of capturing amazing wildlife images and advanced settings for wildlife photography, The afternoon will see us heading out for our first wildlife shoot and then an evening landscape shoot on one of the peninsulas many beautiful beaches.
Today we head further afield to photograph the forest birds at Orokonui, which is also home to New Zealand’s tuatara, a relic from the dinosaur age. Spending the whole morning in the reserve will offer us the chance to photograph a number rare birds including South Island Kākā and the Takahē. This afternoon we head out to photograph Yellow-eyed penguins as they return from a day out at sea.
Today we take a boat charter to view many of these species from the sea, visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross. We spend this afternoon photographing the magnificent New Zealand sea lion, which breeds along the rugged coastline of the Peninsula area. We end the day photographing sunset over the ridges and estuaries of the Peninsula before returning to Larnach Castle for dinner (included) which will be the culinary highlight of the tour, eating in the castle’s grand dining room.
After an early morning sunrise of views across the Peninsula, we spend some time reviewing photographs from the previous four days and covering post processing of wildlife images. We will help you process your best image from the workshop and produce a finished 17x22" fine art print to take home. We will have some time today to explore inside Larnach Castle if we have not had the chance over the last 3 days, before returning to Dunedin airport to connect will late afternoon flights.
3 nights twin hotel accommodation at Larnach Castle (single upgrade available)
Maximum group size of 8. Groups of 3-4 will be led by only one tutor and groups of 5-8 will be led by two tutors. Limiting class sizes ensures we provide you with the best learning environment possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the workshop instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the weekend the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
We will meet the group at Dunedin Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Dunedin at the end of the workshop.
A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. All locations we shoot will be within an easy walk along the coastline, but sometimes over rocky beaches carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations which offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, or sometimes we also have the option to split the group.
Equipment & Experience
Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found hereClothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here
Booking & Payment
A non-refundable deposit of NZD$400.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 14 days before the workshop.
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