Albany Photography Workshop / Tour
Albany Photography Workshop / Tour
Albany in Western Australia is a stunning photographic location, and is particularly enchanting right in the middle of the wild flower season. Len has two different offerings in 2019, each back to back. The first week is a photography workshop, and the second week is a stay and play tour. For those of you who choose to do both, Len is offering an all inclusive trip ex Perth from the 13th to the 25th September.
Albany Workshop 14th - 18th September 2019 AUD$2950
Albany Tour (stay and play) 20th - 24th September AUD$5950
“The past two weeks with you have been fantastic. You are such a good teacher, helpful, patient and willing to share your knowledge. Thank you so much, I have learned a lot and look forward to learning more. Your choice of our homestay was perfect, such a glorious setting, I could have been in the English countryside, which I miss so much.” - Hazel (from the 2018 Albany Workshop and the Stay and Play Tour)
STAY AND PLAY TOUR - TWO SPOTS AVAILABLE
ALBANY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
14th - 18th September 2019
5 INSPIRING DAYS TO EXPLORE & DEVELOP YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
ALBANY - Western Australia
2019 will be the second year we have run the Albany Workshop. The 2018 workshop was full of amazing locations. We return to all of them, only this time we be there in the height of the wild flower season. We organise stunning locations to visit to create innovative and mesmerizing photographs. Each year we make new friends. Each year we all grow photographically. Len's workshops are an experience worth enjoying over, and over again.
Don’t forget to bring your macro lens for all of those wildflowers.
Each day we rise before dawn and visit one of the nearer locations to enjoy the sunrise over the coast. We photograph as the light changes from pre dawn twilight through the blue hour and into the golden hours before the sun warms us when it has fully risen. If you need a hand with your camera or composition, Len is at your side. If you want to work alone and enjoy the location without hindrance or rushing, we will give you the space to do so.
Afterwards, we retreat to the classroom where we will warm ourselves with morning tea. Soon, we are in the classroom, and Len is thoroughly responding to your list of questions about photography. Ensuring your personal learning requirements are met. Then Len will go through one of his motivational presentations on photographic technique or composition.
We will provide you with a hot and nourishing lunch when you will have time to rejuvenate and socialise with Len and your fellow colleagues.
After lunch, it is time for you to download your images, and start processing them. Yet again, Len can be at your side to help. You will slowly pick your best work and we will print it to critique and discuss. It is here when you learn so much about your work and the work of others. It is always such a delight to see what your fellow participants are producing.
Just before we break, we will serve afternoon tea to energise you for your evening shoot.
At that point, we will head out once again, with camera in hand. For the evening shoots, we travel further afield to visit the rock formations near Albany. We stay in one location until dark. Until every last possible photograph is milked from the amazing locations.
By the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to print a small exhibition of stunning images captured during the week.
NB: This workshop includes day workshops but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget.
Albany Photography Workshop
14th - 18th September 2019
Plus an evening get together / briefing on Sunday 13th September 2019
Albany Stay and Play Photography Tour
20th - 24th September 2019
Stay for both, and receive complementary workshop accommodation and transport ex Perth.
Albany Western Australia
The venue is the stunning Park Farm Holiday Retreat in Albany, just five minutes drive from the town center. This is a beautiful large country farm house.
AUD$2950 - Albany Workshop
AUD$500 non refundable deposit required to book
AUD$5950 - Albany Stay and Play Tour (note this option is strictly limited to three clients and includes all accommodation and transport)
To book this option please select and pay AUD$1000 deposit when booking.
Each offering has a separate fee.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers are all welcome. To join this workshop we ask that you have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills. This means you can take photographs, download them to your computer and do some basic editing, such as changing the exposure and cropping. If you’re not sure of your capabilities, please contact Len.
STAY AND PLAY - SMALL GROUP TOUR EXTENSION
Len is running a small group tour for the following week, for those that are traveling a long distance to do this workshop and would like to stay an extra week, be spoilt and looked after, with full accommodation, food and transport and out shooting as much as we can exploring the area. Please inquire if you are interested in this extension. This special week is limited to three clients. If you choose to stay this extra week, all of your accommodation, transport and most of your meals are included.
Five full days shooting
All transport ex Perth (when booking for both weeks - if just coming for the tour you will need to get to Albany)
All Accommodation in Albany
All breakfasts, lunches, and most dinners (dinners during the workshop week are not included - we will drop into restaurants or have light meals)
We will travel further a field in the second week, we won’t be going back to the same shooting locations.
ADDITIONAL FEE AUD5950 (note this option is strictly limited to three clients) To book this option please select and pay AUD$1000 deposit when booking.
FULL ITINERARY 2019
12th September - Arrive Perth
13th September - Transfer Perth - Albany - Workshop Briefing 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
14th - 18th September - Albany Photography Workshop
19th September - rest day - Tour participants arrive
20th - 24th September - Stay and Play Photographic Tour. Albany Region
25th September - Transfer Albany - Perth
BOOK BOTH WEEKS
Len will provide an all inclusive service from Perth. Len will pick you up from your accommodation in Perth (accommodation in Perth not included) on the morning of the 13th September 2019, and will return you to Perth on 25th September 2019 in the evening.
The fastest way to travel to Albany from Perth is to fly. Regional Express (Rex) flies daily to and from Albany Airport, and flight schedules are available at www.rex.com.au. Albany Airport is located 11km north of Albany on Albany Highway, and car hire is available at the terminal.
For more information head the City of Albany website.
Len will pick you up from Albany Regional Airport
Albany is just a 4.5 hour, 415km drive south of Perth, straight down Albany highway. Driving through some of the State’s most beautiful countrysides, you’ll pass forests, working farms, vineyards and, in the late winter/early spring, some of the most spectacularly yellow fields of canola you’re ever likely to see.
TransWA operates daily coach passenger services to Albany from Perth. The destination point is the Albany Visitor Centre, Proudlove Parade, Albany. A coach drive from Perth to Albany takes about six hours via Williams, Gnowangerup or Bunbury.
(within Australia) 1300 662 205
(international) +61 8 9326 2600
Do not book your accommodation until minimum numbers have been reached. This is so you are not out of pocket if this workshop was not to proceed. There is a second house available from within walking distance from the workshop. If you would like to inquire about that please email me.
8 clients maximum group size
3 clients required for this workshop to go ahead
Photographing on beaches
Long exposure technique (the use of neutral density filters to extend exposure)
Creating stunning fine art photographs
Secrets and myths of correct exposure
Managing your equipment in sandy environments
Post processing photographs in Lightroom
Post processing in the NIK &/or MacPhun plug in collections
All of your photography questions answered (Len will ensure your personal learning needs are met throughout the workshop)
Daily critique sessions, feedback, encouragement & support
One on one tuition when requested in the field and at your computer on your images
Review of the week
For the Albany Workshop
6.00 am - 8.00 am Sunrise shoot
10.00 am - 1 pm - Presentations, lessons, exercises, Q&A time
12.30 pm - 1.30 pm hot lunch (included)
1.30 pm - 4.00 pm Download, process images with support and critique images
4.30 pm - 6.30 pm - evening group sunset shoot
WALKING AND WEATHER
This is a gentle workshop, which requires a low level of fitness. There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally on uneven 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.
Late autumn temperatures at Albany generally average 16ºC and vary between 12ºC to 20ºC. With a high chance of rain at 61%.
When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the workshop.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
Ocean granite cliffs
Sweeping emerald beaches
River and bay mouths
All of your tasty morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Len's School. We always serve hot lunches and can cater to dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian and allergies. Please let us know of your dietary needs in advance so we can cater accordingly.
Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the many cafes, restaurants, and pubs in and around Albany.
On the last evening of the workshop we usually all go out for dinner together and enjoy a glass of wine and a lovely meal together.
Participants are requested to provide their own transport for the workshop located in Albany. We encourage carpooling to save on traffic congestion and fuel.
We are able to provide all transport for this workshop. Please inquire at the time of booking. We can do an airport pick up as well.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a few things you will need to get the most out of the week:
Neutral Density filters (a 10 stop is a great starter)
Laptop with image processing software (e.g., Lightroom or Photoshop or Capture One etc.)
Wet weather clothing
Clothing for cold temperatures
Day pack/camera pack
Large clip lock plastic bags for your camera equipment to keep the sand out
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.
Morning and afternoon tea
Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
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.
Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
Plenty of time to shoot at each location
Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
Suitable for all levels from beginners to professionals
A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support
Accommodation (unless booking both)
Breakfasts and evening meals (unless booking both)
Transport (unless booking both)
Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
Travel insurance (required) Please click here for more information.
Stay and Play - Small Group Tour inclusions vary from this list
Albany Workshop AUD$2950
AUD$500 deposit secures your spot
Stay and Play - Small group photographic tour AUD$5950
AUD$1000 deposit secures your spot in both weeks
Full payment is required eight weeks prior to the workshop commencing.
Returning clients receive a 10% discount on the overall cost.
“I wanted to write and thank you so very much for a truly wonderful week. We saw Cradle Mountain in all its weather systems and you made sure we were all able to capture its uniqueness. It is certainly a stunning part of the country and the world and I was so thrilled to finally make it there after years of wishing! You were such a fabulous tour leader and looked after us so so so well!!! I never saw you show any sign of anything other than care and concern. Thank you! It was a wonderful tour and a great group. We certainly experienced some fantastic wildlife and some stunning scenery. The weather was fabulous and to have had the chance to experience the frost and that special fog / mist rising was amazing! I just hope I have a few photos to do it justice. It was lovely to get to know you better and to have the opportunity to have so many great chats. Thank you for being so attentive and supportive and for your guidance and advice both when taking photos and when processing them. I learnt so much. I just need to write a lot of it down so that I don’t forget it! I have been able to upload all of my photos which is wonderful. I loved seeing you fly your way around Lightroom and absolutely adored your processed images! WOW!!!!! Just stunning! You must have been thrilled! Looking forward to seeing you next week. Again, thank you for such a brilliant experience! Kind regards,” — Fiona Huddleston