Snowy Mountains Jindabyne

Monday 8th - Friday 12th AUGUST 2016

5 inspiring days to explore & develop your High key snow & ice photography

Sastrugi is windblown ice formations that grow beautifully on this snow gum in the Snowy Mountains. Copyright © Len Metcalf 2016


Snow covered gums and icicle dripping creeks frozen in time are some of the magical subjects to be photographed on this special workshop in the Snowy Mountains with Len Metcalf. A workshop dedicated to photographing this winter wonderland.  With all lunches, morning and afternoon tea included, all you need to do is unwind and focus on your photography. 


Based in the lakeside town of Jindabyne we have access to a range of beautiful locations. The pick will be the snow covered gum trees, the windblown rind ice that patterns the grey granite boulders and the tumbling creeks that wind their way through the snow leaving beautiful icicles. Working in this cold environment will be hard work, but we will temper it with cosy warm classroom sessions where you can work on your images.


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.


NB: This tour includes day workshops but not accommodation, 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 accommodation included, please consider Len’s Blue Mountains Photography Tour.


A wall of snow with windblown patterns and striations. Copyright © Len Metcalf 2016



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. 


  • Correct exposure for snow
  • Maintaining detail in snow and high key photographs
  • Composing high key images
  • Composing snow gums
  • Techniques for photographing and maintaining equipment in cold environments
  • Post processing high key images
  • Safety for mountain photographers




8th - 12th August 2016 - Monday to Friday




We will be based in the delightful lakeside town of Jindabyne on the New South Wales south coast.

We will have our classroom sessions at the Jindabyne

Our classroom for the week will be at Rydges Resort in the Lakes Room.

10 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne, NSW 2627.

Phone: (02) 6456 2562



To join this workshop Len asks that you bring a camera and a laptop.

Beginners welcome, Len will help beginners in the field with their camera handling while classroom sessions will be aimed at specific seascape techniques and composition.

Cold weather clothing is a must.




By Car

Head south from Sydney on the Princes Motor Way, taking the Canberra exit on the Monaro Highway. Then continue south via Cooma to Jindabyne.

By bus

Regular bus services depart from Central Station in Sydney & from Joliment Center, Civic in the ACT.


Delicate dead branches hang on a brilliant white background of snow. Copyright © Len Metcalf 2016



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

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

The venue the classroom is in has studio apartments Rydges Horizon Snowy Mountains

Across the road is Aspire Alpine Gables Resort

Behind the classroom is a caravan park with camping and cabins Jindabyne Holiday Park



Minimum 3

Maximum 10



We rise before the sun to capture the gentle morning light and the sunrise over the snow.  After a few hours of shooting we will break for a rest, with enough time to have the breakfast you probably skipped with your early morning rise. At ten am we head to our classroom for a morning of downloading, processing, critiquing and printing your images.

Your daily theory sessions follow a delicious lunch break provided by us.  After lunch we have a couple of formal training sessions, and you will have the opportunity to have any and all of your questions answered by Len. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, process images, chat to others in the group.

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




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. 

Walking in the snow can be very difficult, hence snowshoes are a good option. It is possible to shoot very close to the vehicle during this tour, but you will need suitable footwear that keeps out water, cold and has a very good bite into the snow and ice. You would expect slippery surfaces.

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.    



Some possible locations include:

  • Thredbo
  • Thredbo Diggings
  • The Cascades
  • Dead Horse Gap
  • The nordic loop
  • Smiggins Hole
  • Perrisher
  • Blue Cow
  • Guthega
  • Island Bend

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



All of your tasty morning tea’s, afternoon tea’s 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.

Lunches will be hot, filling and home made.

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 Jindabyne.   




Courtesy transport is provided from our class venue to all daytime shooting locations via 4WD.  Participants are requested to provide their own transport from their accommodation to the classroom.  

On this workshop we recommend

We are able to provide courtesy transport from Sydney with hotel or airport pick up, and provide all transport throughout the workshop. Please discuss this with us after 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 and dinners or be prepared to eat out
  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
  • Day pack/camera pack
  • Accommodation plans
  • Suitable footwear (snowshoes, cross country skis or suitable snow boots)

See our winter packing list here.


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.


Twigs create patterns in the wind blown snow Copyright © Len Metcalf 2016


  • All lunches
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Courtesy 4WD 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


NB: Some shoots may be led by approved Len's School outdoor photographic guides. Multiple shooting locations may be provided each day.


  • 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

Click here to read more testimonials.


AUD 1750