GREAT OCEAN ROAD Seascapes Workshop

17th - 21st OCTOBER 2016

5 inspiring days to explore & develop your SEASCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY


This October join Len for a refreshing photographic escape on the delightful coast of Victoria.  Immerse yourself in five days of seascape shoots, workshops and the serenity of life in a small coastal village.  With all lunches, morning and afternoon tea included, all you need to do is unwind and focus on your photography. 

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Leonard Metcalf 2016


Based in the small town of Port Campbell we have access to a range of beautiful coastal landscapes on the 'Shipwreck Coast'. Visiting such Australian icons such as The 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Loch Ard Gorge.   This seaside town is the perfect location to relax and build your portfolio with varied and beautiful iconic seascape images.  


As a workshop you can expect to spend half of your time indoors learning about seascape photography with time to process & critique your images. The other half of the time we will be out shooting. On this workshop we will shoot morning and evening, with our class room sessions from morning tea through to afternoon tea.


Enjoy Len’s gentle, supportive teaching style as you participate in twice-daily class sessions tailored to your needs.  You can read more about class topics below. 


Throughout the workshop you will receive professional guidance and advice while shooting at a variety of locations.  You will also receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in critique sessions.  


Theory and technique are practiced, developed, nurtured and grown through a series of practical shoots and class sessions.  Over the week you will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and venture into undiscovered creative territory.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Leonard Metcalf 2016


NB: This workshop includes your lunch but not accommodation nor breakfast or dinner, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget.  Read on for more information on local options.  If you would prefer a small boutique tour with all accommodation and meals included, please consider Len’s Great Ocean Road Photography tour.




Our lesson topics are flexible and can be varied based on the needs and interests of the group.  Below is a list of past and potential lesson topics for this workshop. 


  • Seascape-specific lessons
  • Analysis of seascape masters
  • Composition in seascapes
  • Creating depth in seascapes
  • Equipment for seascape photography  
  • Long exposure and soft water seascapes (including the use of neutral density filters). 
  • Sea scape photography
  • Creating sharp seascape photographs
  • Panoramas
  • Golden and blue hour photography
  • Composing with tone and line
  • Natural abstracts
  • Safety for seascape photographers 




17th - 21st October 2016

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Len Metcalf 2016

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Len Metcalf 2016


We will be based in the delightful seaside town of Port Campbell on the Victorian coast.

The venue for our classroom sessions is yet to be announced.


To join this workshop Len asks that you have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  If you’re not sure if that’s you, please contact Len.

Len is more than happy to have photographers along of all photographic levels, and with any photographic equipment that they prefer to use. This includes iphone photographers, through professional DSLR's to film and large format photographers.

If you are a complete beginner you may like to participate in one of Len’s Boutique Photography tours you might like to consider his Great Ocean Road Photography Tour.


The holiday seaside town of Port Campbell is located on the scenic Great Ocean Road, between Warrnambool and Lavers Hill.


By Car

If you are driving to Port Campbell from Melbourne, you can take the A1 Highway through Geelong and Colac.

You can estimate your travel time and driving route by using Google Maps.

By Bus

V-Line buses from Geelong and Warrnambool pick up and drop off at Port Campbell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and travel via Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.

You can download a copy of the latest Warrnambool-Apollo Bay-Melbourne coach timetable from the V-Line site.




Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget. 

Our recommended accommodation for this workshop is yet to be advised.

You will find many options in and around Port Campbell from luxury hotels and seaside apartments to budget hotels & hostels and lovely campsites.  There is a helpful directory for local accommodation here.   

If you would like more advice about accommodation, please contact Len for a personal recommendation.


Loch Ard Gorge, The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Leonard Metcalf 2016



Minimum 3

Maximum 10



We rise with the sun (or maybe before!) to capture the gentle morning light and the sunrise over the sea.  After a few hours of shooting we will return to our classroom for morning tea.  

Your daily theory sessions follow, with a delicious lunch break provided by Len.  In the afternoon you will have time to relax, process images, chat to others in the group or simply enjoy the salty air and sound of the sea.  

The second shoot of the day begins in late-afternoon and continues until dusk.  This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the day in the ever-changing evening light.  After dark it’s your time to use as you choose: rest, reflect, dine and delight in lovely Port Campbell.




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.    

The average temperatures at this time of year are minimum 9 degrees Celsius through to 21 degrees Celsius

The Bay of Islands, The Great Ocean Road Victoria © Len Metcalf 2016



Some possible locations along the Shipwreck Coast include:

  • the 12 Apostles
  • The bay of islands
  • London Bridge
  • Bay of Martyrs
  • Loch Ard Gorge.  

NB:  Shooting locations change yearly based on the interests of the group.



All of your tasty morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Len's School.  We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.

Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the cafes, restaurants and pubs in and around Port Campbell.   


In this workshop we recommend your own transport as shooting locations, accommodation, shops and restaurants are all some distance apart. 

Most find it most convenient to use their own vehicles and car pool so that they can go directly between shoot locations and their accommodation venues.

We are able to provide all courtesy transport throughout the workshop. Please discuss this with us prior to booking onto the trip.



There are a few key things that you will need to get the most out of the week:

  • Camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Laptop or tablet with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended)
  • Breakfasts, dinners and personal snacks.
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
  • Day pack/camera pack
  • Accommodation plans


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 packing list now.



The Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Leonard Metcalf 2015

  • All lunches
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Courtesy transport from classroom venue to shooting locations
  • National Park fees
  • Plenty of time to shoot at each location
  • Suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to professionals
  • Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
  • One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf
  • Len’s unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist
  • Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support
  • Develop a photographic community and make new friends



  • Transport to and from the venue
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
  • Clothing specific to the weather
  • Travel insurance.   Click here for more information.  



Thank you so much again for a wonderful workshop; I found myself at times having to ‘hold back’ my enthusiasm - the excited little boy came alive in me! photographer and photography educator will take you to a new level. You will come home with some stunning new images, that take you away from your usual landscape genres.
— Kel Knox

GREAT OCEAN ROAd Sea scape photography workshop INVESTMENT


AUD500 deposit will secure your place.

NB: Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to the workshop.

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The following gallery is some of Len's more recent seascape fine art photographs taken at various locations around Australia