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, just as the birds begin to nest.
Join Richard Young and Trevor Penfold on a four-day wildlife photography workshop showcasing the best of Otago’s wildlife and coastal scenery. The area’s wildlife includes New Zealand sea lions and fur seals, as well as a host of rare bird species, such as the Yellow-eyed penguin, Southern Royal albatross and petrel, ensuring it is known as the country’s ‘wildlife capital’.
This flexible itinerary is designed to make the most of the area’s best coastal and nature locations, working around the light, the wildlife and the weather. Otago was settled by Scots, and its major city Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the Southern Hemisphere. The city provides the gateway to the Otago Peninsula, which boasts an attractive harbour, rugged coastal scenery and the only mainland breeding site of Southern Royal albatross. The Otago Wildlife workshop includes a boat charter around the peninsula, with another highlight is a stay and dinner at the famous Larnach Castle. North of Dunedin, we travel to photograph the Moeraki Boulders, one of New Zealand’s most distinctive coastal landscapes and visit the Orokonui Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can encounter native forest birds and the ancient reptile, the tuatara.
Boat trip on the Otago Peninsula
3 nights accommodation at Larnach Castle in a room shared with one other person from the workshop. If you wish, there is the option to upgrade to your own double hotel room at extra cost
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.
Transport to the workshop is not included, however we are happy to help arrange transport or put you in touch with any people travelling from your area.
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$250.00 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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