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 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, with another highlight being a stay and dinner at the famous Larnach Castle. We will also travel North of Dunedin, to photograph the Moeraki Boulders, one of New Zealand’s most distinctive coastal landscapes and visit the Orokonui Wildlife Sanctuary.
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 an introductory programme for the finer points of capturing amazing wildlife images and advanced settings for wildlife photography, before heading out for our first wildlife shoot and then an evening landscape shoot on one of the peninsulas many beautiful beaches.
Today we take a boat charter to view many of these species from the sea, visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony o fNorthern 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.
Today we head further afield to photograph the forest birds at Orokonui, which is home to New Zealand’s tuatara, a relic from the dinosaur age. Exploring the coastline we will stop to photograph a colony of shags and New Zealand Fur Seals. Then we head for the afternoon to photograph Yellow-eyed penguins as they return from a day out at sea, before sunset over the famed Moeraki Boulders.
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. We then spend the rest of the day exploring some more of the coastline and is exceptional wildlife 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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