Tasmania is an incredible place. If you are a landscape photographer it is truly paradise. This year in March I ran my second photo tour to the North West region of Tasmania with Paul Hoelen, and a small group of just 8 mad keen photographers (8 is the maximum for this tour). For 12 full days we braved the elements and drank the wine of Tasmania… Actually I think we mainly drank Guinness, which just sort of fits really.
We had an outrageously good time, I have to keep pinching myself to remember that this is actually my job! We had so much fun that Paul and I are doing it all again next year in March. I have just put the details and booking forms up on the webpage, so if you are interested you can see it all laid out right
I’m still up in Karijini National Park right now, running a couple of private small group tours (more on that later), but when I get back in June I’ll have some time so go though my images from Tasmania this year and publish a few more to whet your appetite.
I got back from this years winter wonders of Japan photo tour at the beginning of March after two weeks of extraordinary adventures, it was a fabulous tour and I haven’t even had time to write properly about it… I will, though not today.
Planning Japan 2020 – Winter
Robert van Koesveld and I were planning adjustments for next years tour even as we travelled, which is often the best time when it’s all fresh. This meant the itinerary was done and we were ready to setup the logistics by the time we got home; so we had it all done in a very short time. I had only had a small window as I was off to Tasmania with Paul Hoelen 1 week after getting home from Japan, and directly following that I had two private Karijini tours to run… which is where I am now… More about Tasmania and Karijini soon (ish).
Well it seemed as fast as we put the Japan Winter tour together for 2020 the 8 available places filled, almost before I had finished the web page and the booking form. Last year both Japan tours (Autumn and Winter) filled within 2 days and without a proper newsletter going out, this years Autumn tour did the same thing… and now next years winter tour has filled without me notifying anyone!
The Moral of the Story
So… I’m not sure what the moral of this story really is, perhaps we should run more tours to Japan? Or perhaps if you are keen to come with us you should email me on email@example.com and I will put your name on the early notification list.
Robert van Koesveld and I have just put together a Japan photo tour in Winter for next year in February. Actually this sounds like we threw the tour together in a hurry, this is not the case. We have actually been putting together this tour for some months, and Robert has run a similar winter in Japan photo tour before, but we have only just this week released it… and there are only 2 spots left already… and I haven’t even sent out a newsletter yet!
After such an awesome 9 day tour through the North West corner of Tasmania earlier this year how could we not do it all again? Dates, details and costs are all now up for my Tasmania tour for 2019 with Paul Hoelen. I think the only problem with this years tour was that it wasn’t long enough, so we have extended the whole trip by three days, next years trip is 12 full days. You can read all the details on my Tasmania Tour page.
Camera Electronic’s Perth Photolive Expo is happening again in Perth this Saturday. This is the 4th Photolive Expo for Perth, and if last year is anything to go by it will be huge. It’s all happening on Saturday 28th July at the Novotel Langley Hotel in the Perth CBD from 9am – 5pm.
Toys, talks, walks and workshops…
Photolive is like a wonderland of toys for photographers, with stands from just about everything photographic, where you can play with all the latest gear, talk directly to the manufacturing reps and grab some once a year huge discounts.
There are inspiring half hour talks from some of the photo industry’s great photographers that are $16 presale ($25 on the day), photowalks around town to test and try some of the latest gear (free with entry ticket), and super condensed jam packed 2 hour workshops from leading professional photographers that are $75 pre sale ($95 on the day subject to availability).
Last year at Photolive I ran a 2 hour print workshop that was a sellout success, 3 days of intensive digital printing workflow in 2 hours! But it’s ok, as I provide comprehensive notes to take home so everyone could remember it all.
This year I am doing it all again, but with more toys. I will have a Canon Prograf Pro-1000 printer and an Epson P800 printer to run demos on, as well as Eizo and the new and exciting BenQ graphics monitors to show you a slick colour management workflow. I am also hitting the guys at Camera Electronic up for some beautiful Hahnemuhle art papers to really show what these amazing printers can do beyond the usual RC paper photo prints.
Booking and availability
I believe there are still a couple of places left on this workshop a well as places on the other great workshops and talks, so visit photoliveexpo.com.au to book, or call the crew at Camera Electronic (08) 9328 4405.
Back in April and May of 2017 (last year as I write now) I wrote about my experiences researching the two new 100mp offerings from Phase One and Hasselblad, the Phase One XF camera with IQ3-100 digital back and the Hasselblad H6D-100… and how I chose which one to buy to upgrade from my ageing Hasselblad H4D-60. To summarise the results of that research, I chose the the Phase One XF and IQ3-100, for details of the process you can read about it HERE>>
Continuing on with the story from my back from Tasmania photo tour part 3 post of a few weeks back… which I left in Corinna, the heart of the Tarkine wilderness. The next stop was a complete change of scene as we headed up into the cloud forests and open grasslands of the Cradle Mountain National Park, a very different landscape to the thick temperate rainforest and wild windswept coastline of the Tarkine.
From the same secret spot near Corinna in the Tarkine region in the North West corner of Tasmania, a spot we were shown on the last photo tour of Tasmania earlier this year. A magical creek flowing through towering old growth temperate rain forest, a real fairyland place filled with delicate mushrooms, huge Man Ferns and moss covered stones. I kept expecting to see fairies or elves… I’m sure they are there somewhere, perhaps hiding under these mushrooms.
More in the series of posts from my recent Tasmania Photo tour in March 2018. Many of the small creek beds around the town of Corinna in the Tarkine Region of Tasmania were pretty badly trashed by prospectors panning for gold in the 1880s. Those guys weren’t too concerned with natural beauty of the environment, they just wanted gold as fast as possible! That was over 100 years ago, and the forest has regenerated and recovered so you would hardly know humans had been there, until you find a place that was never trashed…
This is a secret spot revealed to Paul and I by an old local prospector in Corinna on the last Tasmania Photo tour back in March. It’s only 10 minutes off the track, but you would never know it was here if you weren’t looking…
Shot on a Cambo WRS-400 with a Phase One IQ3-100 digital back and Rodenstock 40mm lens in a tilt swing panel. Click on the image to see a bigger, clearer version.
The tiny gold rush town of Corinna is the best place to experience the Tarkine region of Tasmania, because Corinna is right in the middle of it. Corinna was a major centre of the Tasmanian Gold rush of the 1880s… historical reports say that Corinna was a completely lawless place, one of the most drunken violent towns in a very bleak and violent place. It would not have been a nice place to live if you didn’t like drinking and fighting!
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