You will learn on the Photography adventureS

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Join Professional Photographer Rina Sjardin-Thompson and NZ Kiwi Adventures host Rachel Gillespie for an all female photography adventure in the awesome South Island Mackenzie Basin, Mt Cook Area

Nestled in the stunning Mackenzie we will explore the Ahuriri, Ohau, Mt Cook, Lake Pukaki and Ruataniwha

Rina Sjardin-Thompson has had multiple images featured in New Zealand Geographic Magazine, plus is regularly published in a variety of other newspapers, journal and magazines. Successfully running workshops for beginners for over two years, Rina is passionate about sharing her knowledge of traditional, unedited photography, preferring to keep her work "basic and simple”, and “allowing the landscape to speak for itself".

Add on the helicopter option fly at sunrise or sunset with the doors off photography Mt Cook National Park - total bucketlist stuff

Price $1,500 NZ plus optional Heli Flight
Includes accommodation - 3 nights - arrive 31st August and ready for sunrise morning of 1st September, stay 1st and 2nd and shoot all day 3rd

Dinner meetup 31st August as a group (own cost)
*Accom for nights of 31st Aug, 1st and 2nd Sept, workshop starts sunrise 1st Sept and ends sunset 3rd Sept

Does not include Food, transport or flights to NZ
Maximum guests 8

More booking details coming soon
30% deposit balance due by August 20th

email info@nzkiwiadventures.com to secure your place

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Tutor - Talman Madsen

Join us for an inspirational 5 day, 5 night Photography Adventure of the New Zealand's South Island Mackenzie, Mount Cook and Wanaka & Queenstown Region.  Hosted by Rachel Gillespie, and Talman Madsen, we have joined together to bring you an Astrophotography and Landscape Photographic Learning Experience all in one.  May 2018.

All photography tuition by Award Winning Photographer, Talman Madsen

The NZ Kiwi Adventures Photography Tours are a photographic adventure of a lifetime.

Talman and Rachel both spend time each year in the Aoraki Mackenzie Region and invite others to join them on this amazing photographic adventure.

Talman has recently achieved the NZ National Geographic Young Photographer of the Year Award and has been featured in many publications, go over to our Team Page for more info on Talman.

 

LOCATIONS

The locations we will be visiting are hotspots for scenic landscapes, but in particular for photographing the night sky. The Aoraki/Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the world’s largest, and if you haven’t ever viewed the Milky Way Galaxy with the naked eye before, then you will be amazed by the starry skies here! They offer a unique photographic opportunity.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

So what will I learn on the tour? Whether you’re a hobbyist photographer or a seasoned pro, these tours will cater for all. Talman will guide you every step of the way with personalised guidance and tuition. We will cover all the basics of equipment, settings and techniques to help you get the best shots possible. You will also learn how to process your images, with a step by step guide in either Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. And they will also take you through the beginning steps required for capturing time-lapse.

 

What equipment do I need?

  • A digital DSLR or a mirrorless camera

  • prime or zoom lenses - bring all you have

  • Any neutral density and polarising filters you may have

  • For astrophotography - lenses with a maximum aperture between f/1.4 and f/4 and a focal length between 10 and 24mm are ideal. For example - a 14mm f/2.8 lens is perfect, or even a zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 24mm at f/4 would be fine too.

  • A sturdy tripod

  • Remote shutter release (ideally with long exposure timer function)

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop installed.

  • A headlamp or torch - one with a red light mode is best.

 

Optional equipment:

  • Spare camera batteries - always good to have backup batteries ready to go.

  • Spare memory card(s) - memory cards can fill up fast and also fail, so good to have a spare.

  • intervalometer for photographing timelapse - some camera models have a intervalometers function, so they don’t require external hardware.

  • Portable external hard drive for additional data - we shoot in raw, so tend to use a lot of data, especially when photographing a time-lapse. Extra hard drive space can come in handy.

 

Tour Itinerary:

  • Will be updated shortly

  

 

*The night photography sessions are weather dependent, but alternative activities will be held if they weather doesn’t give us the opportunity to head out.

 

SUMMARY

This is a special all-inclusive photographic workshop open to photographers of all levels of experience and enthusiasm. We will be spending our days in the magnificent alpine landscapes around Lake Tekapo, Aoraki-Mount Cook, Queenstown and Wanaka, and at night, we’ll be out shooting the amazing star-filled skies of the Mackenzie Basin. Expect to be up early, and out late! 

You’ll be hosted and guided by professionals who will offer one-on-one instruction, advice or reinforcement of the skills and techniques used in image visualisation, composition, exposure control, and post-processing. Learn how to capture the stars of the Milky Way and create incredible time-lapse movies as part of our astrophotography masterclass. This is a unique photographic adventure in one of the most scenic places in the world. We'll shoot around the glaciers of Mount Cook, the lakes and rivers of the Tasman Valley, along the shore of Lake Tekapo, the mountains of Queenstown, the shores of Lake Wanaka and capture some awesome views of the alpine peaks from high up in our chartered Helicopters and Ski Plane Flights, yes you get to go on 2 flights!

 

NEED TO KNOW
Fitness level required: 
Moderate. You will need to be able to hike along easy trails, maximum 5km each way, with camera equipment.

What’s included:
Hotel accommodation for five nights on single or double occupancy basis
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop, starting from and returning to Christchurch)
Professional hosting, guiding and instruction
Helicopter Flight Mount Cook
National Park permits. 

What’s not included
Travel from home to meet-up point
Personal travel/possessions insurance
Items of a personal nature
Lunch and dinner beverages

Cost: - Option One
$ 5,495NZ per person
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place.

Cost: - Option Two
$ 4,495NZ per person
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place.

Provide your own breakfast, lunch and dinner during the workshop

No helicopter flight option


Numbers are capped to 12 people only with two photography tutors and two hosts at that maximum number.  To apply to join us we have an application process to ensure this is the right workshop for you please contact us as this workshop is for intermediate to advanced level photography - Email info@nzkiwiadventures.com.  

Host Rachel Gillespie will ensure all of your communications and bookings are completed and take care of your logistics on the trip

Talman Madsen
 
Adventure Awaits, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park