Spring Flower Photography Workshop
Spring Flower Photography Workshop
Love photographing flowers, well Len does too. Leura Flower Festival is an annual event centred around a series of open gardens in the Blue Mountains Australia. This small group workshop with Len Metcalf is where we immerse ourselves in flower photography for five days. Visit and shoot stunning gardens, study flower photography techniques, have your work critiqued and printed into stunning photographs.
2nd - 6th October 2017
"Len’s teaching and leadership has helped me to create a style of my own that I am comfortable with." - Dot Radley
FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
PHOTOGRAPH THE BLUE MOUNTAINS FLOWERS THIS SPRING WITH LEN METCALF
2ND - 6TH OCTOBER 2017
Join Len for five days of flower photography and learning on this small group workshop in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
THIS WORKSHOP IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE LEURA SPRING GARDENS FESTIVAL SO YOU CAN BE IMMERSED IN STUNNING FLOWER GARDENS.
Take five days away from daily life and treat yourself to a nurturing photographic journey.
As a workshop you will spend time in the classroom each day learning about flower photography, composition, and processing. Each day we will venture out for shoots in the stunning local gardens and immerse ourselves in stunning flowers.
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 eucalyptus 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.
2nd - 6th October 2017
1st October 2017 6.30 - 8.30 pm introductory session and complementary cheese and wine
1/55 Waratah Street
Katoomba, 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 Katoomba 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.
There are many varied accommodation venues in Katoomba, from caravan parks, camp grounds and back packers, through to B&B's and amazing exclusive hotels. All within a short walking distance from Katoomba Street. We pick up along the complete length of Katoomba & Lurline Streets. Here are some suggestions to suit most budgets.
OUR RECOMMENDATION (the closest & consistently gets the best feedback from other clients)
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CLOSEST ACCOMMODATION (within easy walking distance - maximum five minutes walk):
- Palais Royal Boutique Hotel
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Katoomba Mountain Lodge
- Hotel Blue
- Clarendon Guesthouse
ACCOMMODATION A LITTLE FURTHER (moderate walking distance 10 - 20 minutes)
- Blue Mountains Accommodation Directory - Katoomba
- Echoes Boutique Hotel
- Lilianfels Resort & Spa
- Shelton Lee Guest House
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Three Sisters Motel
- Katoomba Town Houses
- The Gatsby
- The Three Explorers Motel
- Sidney's Retreat
- The Carrington Hotel
- The Mountain Heritage
- Lurline House
- No 14
A TYPICAL DAY
Your up early and after breakfast we meet at the studio for our first classroom session of the day where Len will inspire you with techniques for flower photography, processing your flowers and exploring floral composition in this beautiful art form. After morning tea consisting of one of Carolyn's home baked delights we spend the rest of the morning in one of the many stunning gardens. Len is there with you and is availiable to be by your side to help you applying what you are learning.
Some lunches are back at the Studio, while others are in the field. All are hot, healthy and home cooked delights by our chief in training Carolyn.
After lunch we continue shooting gardens, before returning to the studio for afternoon tea. In the afternoons we download our days work, process the images, and share them with the group for feedback. Here is where you will develop a deeper understanding of your work. Your best shots will be printed and by the end of the week we will have an amazing exhibition of stunning flower photographs.
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.
Katoomba 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.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
- Leura Gardens Festival Open Gardens
- Everglade Gardens
- Rhododendron Gardens
- Mount Wilson Gardens
- Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
During this workshop we will meet regularly as a group to review our work and learn together.
Presentations include composition, tone, line, colour theory, black and white, self-critique, studying master flower 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 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.
- Flower composition
- Blurs and double exposures in flower composition
- Adding textures to flower photographs
- Processing your flowers for optimum viewing
- Focusing your camera on small flowers
- Understanding bokeh in flower photography
- Black and White flower photography
Your lunches will be healthy home cooked sumptuous delights all cooked by Carolyn our chief in training. She will spoil us with morning and afternoon teas.
We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.
Breakfasts, evening meals & barrister coffees are the responsibility of each participant.
We usually car pool to the various shoot locations. Some people train it up to the Blue Mountains or others prefer not to drive, for them there is always a spot in either Len's vehicle or they can hop in with someone else.
If you require transport for your stay please notify us with your booking by making a note in your booking.
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 cooler 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.
- Five full days shooting and learning
- All lunches plus nutritious snacks. Alcohol and extra coffee shop coffees are not included.
- Your entry fees to Gardens
- Small groups limited to 6 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
- Breakfasts or Dinners
- Miscellaneous drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.
“Thank you, Len. It’s been a wonderful week in your beloved mountains. You’ve been the perfect Pied Piper - a mine of information, freely given, a knowen of beautiful places, an unobtrusive and supportive teacher, sensitive to everyone’s needs, one of life’s truly good people. ”
— Sarah Fitzherbert
“Thanks again for a very enjoyable and informative workshop and the individual assistance you gave me during the week. I’ve received nice compliments on the photos you printed for me. I’ve said to people that while it was a landscape photography course, I see being in the Blue Mountains, seeing and experiencing it close-up as a bonus from the workshop. ”
— Graeme Masterman
“Thank you for a wonderful week of enrichment and immersion into the environment of the Blue Mountains. As a visitor to the area I would never have had the opportunity to visit so many out of the way places without your expert local knowledge. Your gentle approach to all activities allowed me to move at my own pace both physically and photographically. I had a truly wonderful week and know I learnt so much about my photography in all aspects. I believe I have improved some of my skills and hope to continue to use and develop those techniques you have assisted me with. Thanks for the opportunity to use your equipment and experiment with various lenses etc. My week in The Blue Mountains has inspired me to get out more frequently and use my camera at any opportunity.”
— Michelle Thomas
FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INVESTMENT
Includes five full days of workshop
Strictly limited in numbers
AUD500 deposit will secure your place.
NB: Full payment is required 6 weeks prior to the tour.