Flower Photography Workshop
Photograph the Blue Mountains THIS SPRING with Len Metcalf
5th - 12th October 2016
Join Len for six full days of flower photography and learning on this small group tour in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
This tour is timed to coincide with the Leura Spring Gardens Festival so you can be immersed in stunning flower gardens.
This is Len's smallest and most personal photography workshop. A very small group of three, live in a large house with Len, and get unprecedented access to his personal tuition. Len takes you to the best spots, in one vehicle. Be treated to amazing restaurant meals and home cooked treats.
This is Len's most exclusive photography workshop.
Take a week away from daily life and treat yourself to a nurturing photographic journey.
Enjoy Len’s gentle, supportive teaching style as you receive personalised tuition tailored to your needs and one-on-one instruction while shooting. You will receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in tea-and-critique sessions.
Less than two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a world heritage listed wilderness area where you can explore windswept sandstone escarpments, ancient valleys, quiet eucalypt stands, temperate rainforest and pretty creeks and waterfalls.
Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and relax. Varied and vast, the Blue Mountains is a wonderful region to visit and photograph.
Len has a lifetime of experience in the Blue Mountains and his portfolio is full of stunning images from this area. With Len you will visit locations that even locals don’t know. In any weather, Len knows the best locations for the conditions.
5th - 12th October 2016
Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith. Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains. You might like to stop for a cup of tea or coffee in lovely Leura on your way!
The train ride from Central to Medlow Bath takes under two and a half hours and offers some beautiful views as you climb into the mountains. You can see the Sydney Trains timetable online here.
Fly in to Sydney airport and arrange for us to pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our accommodation. We can return you back to the airport after the tour.
After a day of shooting and processing, unwind in your own private room. We will be staying in or own large, cosy mountain house.
A TYPICAL DAY
Days with Len are long and relaxed. On a typical day we will be up early for breakfast before our early morning photo shoot. This may be in time for sunrise or simply the beautiful, soft morning light.
Once we arrive on location you will have plenty of time to arrange yourself, shoot, explore and receive individual guidance from Len. Morning tea in the field will keep us going until late morning when we return to the house for lunch and a rest.
After lunch we will reconvene for a tuition session and a valuable opportunity to look through our images as a group.
In the afternoon, feeling refreshed after our rest, we will wander out to experience the last rays of the golden hour. We will return home under starry skies for dinner, evening discussions and valuable group critique sessions.
We will have formal training in flower photography, composition, post processing and printing. We will be printing your work while you are on the workshop.
All of the shoots are optional and locations are open to discussion based on the conditions and the flow of our group. Our itinerary will vary depending on the light and the group – when the light is perfect we might even pack our morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch and spend the whole day in the field.
WALKING AND WEATHER
This is a gentle trip, which requires a low level of fitness. There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines. If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Len directly. He is a qualified wilderness guide and will assess your fitness and mobility and find a solution for you.
Medlow Bath is on a high plateau about 1000 metres above sea level. Temperatures are generally lower than Sydney. Spring and autumn days in the Blue Mountains regularly begin with a misty morning that burns off by mid-morning. This is caused by cold air sinking into the valleys overnight and rising as the day begins and can make for very atmospheric (but chilly!) morning shoots. During spring and autumn, temperatures generally rise through the day, with crisp cool evenings. Err on the safe side and come prepared for wind, rain and temperatures from 10˚C- 20˚C.
When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the mountains. Click here to see the packing list now.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
- Leura Gardens
- Everglade Gardens
- Rhododendron Gardens
- Mount Wilson Gardens
- Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
We may also shoot:
- Tumbling creeks
- Small and large waterfalls
- Green moss covered scenes
- Alpine gum trees (yes the Blue Mountains has stands of snow gums)
- Board walks
- Old rustic and historic buildings
- Gum trees
- Mosses and lichens
During the tour we will meet regularly as a group to review our work and learn together.
Discussion topics include composition, tone, line, colour theory, black and white, self-critique, studying master landscape photographers and technical camera and processing tips. Discussion topics are guided by the needs of the group.
You will also receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in tea-and-critique sessions. Often these insights help you take your photography to the next level.
Len will demonstrate his work flow, and will take you through from taking beautiful photographs to printing them. You will leave the tour with some of your beautiful photographs printed into stunning prints.
Your meals will be a combination of hearty home-cooked dinners, picnic lunches and continental breakfasts in our house, as well as a few lunches in cafes and dinners at restaurants. This combination allows us to relax and unwind at home after a big day out, as well as enjoy some of the great dining options the Blue Mountains has to offer. For all meals at home, the group will pitch in with food preparation and cleaning.
We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.
After meeting at Sydney airport or in the Blue Mountains we will travel together in a comfortable 4WD vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about transport please contact Len.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a few key things that you will need to get the most out of the week:
- Camera equipment
- Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended)
- Wet weather clothing
- Clothing for cold temperatures
- Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
- Day pack/camera pack
Len Metcalf is a qualified and experienced trekking guide with 30 years of experience guiding groups to remote destinations. He knows what you need to keep yourself comfortable in the harshest environments on earth. Click here to see his Blue Mountains packing list now.
- All your accommodation
- Six full days shooting and learning
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus nutritious snacks. Alcohol and extra coffee shop coffees are not included.
- All transport ex Sydney
- Your entry fees
- Small groups limited to 3 participants
- Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
- One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf (see his bio here)
- Len’s unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist.
- Personalised itineraries: be involved in open, group decision-making throughout the workshop. Learn how to select the best locations at the best times.
- Plenty of time to shoot at each location.
- Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
- Participate in group lessons and critique sessions each evening so that you can apply new skills and techniques to your practice the next day
- Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
- Suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to professionals
- Miscellaneous drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.
Flower Photography Workshop INVESTMENT
Includes six full days shooting and two days travel, private room, personalized tuition with Len Metcalf and delicious meals, airport transfers and transport, national parks fees
Strictly limited in numbers
AUD1000 deposit will secure your place.
Looking for a cheaper option, consider the Bare Bones Blue Mountains Photography Tour
NB: Full payment is required 6 weeks prior to the tour.