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Why I don’t shoot on my Karijini Photo tour

September 16th, 2022

After many years running my Karijini Photo Tour as a private tour I have finally gone ahead and put it out for general release. Just like my private Karijini photo tours previously, I have kept it to just 4 participants, and I don’t do any shooting, just mentoring.

Jofre Gorge evening twilight, Karijini National Park. Adam Monk Photo tour of Karijini

Why don’t I shoot on my Karijini photo tour?

I get asked this often, since I do shoot a bit on most of my tours. Firstly, to make the Karijini trip a bit more special. It’s a pretty special trip already in a uniquely amazing place, but me not shooting at all takes it to another level.

On most of my photo tours I do shoot some images, though far fewer than the tour participants. I take my job and my responsibilities very seriously, my focus is firmly on the participants who are there for the best experience and to get the best images. I am always keeping an eye on everyone, running about offering assistance and showing perspectives, but on other tours I do occasionally shoot a few images.

Not on this tour.

Snappy Gum at sunrise, Karijini National Park. Adam Monk Photo tour of Karijini

Pre tour scouting & shooting

For my Karijini photo tours I always arrive at least a week early to re-scout all my favourite locations. Things change in the park from year to year, especially after a big wet season. Rocks fall, trees are washed away or fall over, and the light will be working at slightly different times from previous years if the tour dates differ by only a few days from the previous year.

Hancock Gorge sunset, Karijini National Park. Adam Monk Photo tour of Karijini

Revisiting favourite locations

I spend that pre-tour week revisiting locations and checking the time the light works best, updating all my notes from the previous years, getting everything set for the group’s arrival and the upcoming tour. During this week I also do all my own shooting, getting my fix of photography in the Karijini Gorges and surrounds. I will usually also stay a few days after the tour to photograph any new discoveries and document them for the following years.

This way I don’t feel the overwhelming urge to be shooting images myself during the tour. After all, I run photo tours because I love photography, and I run tours to places that I love to photograph. Without that passion I don’t think my photo tours would be much good.

Snappy Gums twilight-Weano Gorge, Karijini National Park. Adam Monk Photo tour of Karijini
Where are these images taken?

All the images in this post were shot on pre tour scouting trips, to locations we will actually be visiting on tour. They were shot either on the Cambo WRC400 with the Phase One IQ3-100 digital back or the Sony A7r Mk IV with a series of Canon TS lenses. If you would like to read about this Karijini Photo tour click HERE>>

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