Snowy Mountains Workshop - White on White
Snowy Mountains Workshop - White on White
Snow gums, glacial lakes, tumbling creeks, alpine heath and huge hydro lakes feature in this amazing location. Snow covered gums and icicle dripping creeks frozen in time may be some of the magical subjects to be photographed on this special workshop in the Snowy Mountains with Len Metcalf.
16th - 20th October 2017
"I must say I had the best time in Jindabyne, loved every minute of the workshop and especially the classroom sessions. I want to go again next year as well. Thank you both for making the workshop a huge success.
Thanks again and best regards," - Mary-Lou
AUD500 deposit secures your place in this workshop
Snowy Mountains Workshop
16th - 20th October 2017
Five inspiring days to explore & develop your High key snow & ice photography
Here is a workshop dedicated to photographing this winter wonderland. 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. 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 gray granite boulders and the tumbling creeks that wind their way through the snow leaving beautiful icicles. Working in this cold environment is a challenge, 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 workshop includes daily shoots & tuition but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget. Read on for more information on local options.
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
16th - 20th October 2017 - Monday to Friday
15th October 2017 6.30 - 8.30 pm- Introductory briefing & complementary cheese and wine
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 are 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.
Head south from Sydney on the Princes Motor Way, taking the Canberra exit on the Monaro Highway. Then continue south via Cooma to Jindabyne.
Regular bus services depart from Central Station in Sydney & from Joliment Center, Civic in the ACT.
Fly in to Canberra and arrange for us to pick you up there.
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
A TYPICAL DAY
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.
WALKING AND WEATHER
This is a moderate trip, which requires a medium 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 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 who will assess your fitness mobility and find a solution for you.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
Some possible locations include:
- Thredbo Diggings
- The Cascades
- Dead Horse Gap
- The nordic loop
- Smiggins Hole
- Blue Cow
- 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, vegetarian and many allergies. Please let us know of your dietary requirements in advance.
Lunches will be hot and filling for most appetites.
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.
Transport for this workshop is not included. If you would like us to provide transport from Sydney, Canberra or Jindabyne for this workshop there will be an extra AUD200 fee.
We encourage car pooling to get to and from location shoots.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a few key things that you will need to get the most out of the week:
- Camera equipment
- 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)
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.
- All lunches
- Morning and afternoon tea
- 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
- 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