February 10, 2022 1:30 pm
Tasmanian Wilderness Photography Adventure Destination summary As well as a proud Scotsman, I’m also a proud Australian citizen and during my 12 years living Down Under, Tasmania was one of my go-to destinations. Simple reason.. it’s utterly beautiful and almost a quarter of this island state is untouched wilderness. The Lightstalker’s Tasmanian Wilderness photo adventure combines the most varied and breathtaking locations on Australia’s beautiful Island state. Starting in the islands compact capital city Hobart, just a short flight from my former home city of Melbourne, you’ll explore and photograph The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Home to Mt Field National Park in the south west, and the Tarkine and Arthur Pieman Reserve to the north, Tasmania’s west is a haven of natural beauty. Then just a little further inland you’ll arrive at the stunningly beautiful Lake St Clair – Cradle Mountain NP, one of my top 5 photographic destinations. To the Islands east it’s a very different experience and a total contrast to the wild and untamed west. This coast has lichen covered granite boulders, glorious beaches and horseshoe bays of Mt William National Park and the Bay of Fires. Heading further south brings us to the vivid colours around the wonderful Freycinet National Park with its famous Hazards peaks and Wineglass Bay. you can find out more about all these locations in more detail below. Lightstalking Tasmania surpassed my expectations. Glen ensured that we all experienced an amazing range of landscapes; temperate rainforests, waterfalls, shimmering lakes, snow gums, misty rivers, tall trees, glowing cliffs and untouched beaches. The camaraderie, support and friendship also added to the experience. I return from this trip refreshed, inspired and satisfied with my portfolio of beautiful landscape images. .” Lisa, Sydney – Lightstalking Tasmania participant 2012 The Locations Mt Field National Park Tasmania’s first National Park features a high plateau of tarns (little lochs), temperate rainforest, Eucalypt trees and a unique array of alpine vegetation. It’s also home to Russell & Horseshoe waterfalls plus access to the mysterious Styx river and towering Valley of the Giants. Corinna – Heart of the Tarkine “The largest temperate myrtle-beech rainforest in Australia”. The remote settlement of Corinna sits on the Pieman river at the southern end of the Tarkine. It really does feel like we’re deep in the wilderness here once we’ve come off the Fatman River barge ferry. Our base for the night are the former ( updated) miners cottages and old pub which are nestled on the edge of the bush where little marsupial Quolls potter about outside and pose for pictures. We’ll travel through the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, which has features aboriginal cultural heritage, spectacular coastal landscapes highly diverse ecosystems,and breathtaking wilderness areas. Conditions and time permitting we’ll take a trip up the Pieman river on the Huon Pine clad Arcadia. Cradle Mountain National Park A Tasmanian mountain icon. Cradle Mountain’s dramatic Dolerite columns rise to a height of over 1500 meters. A photographer’s dream at dusk and dawn over Dove Lake. We’ll circle the lake on foot and get some vistas from above, explore the nearby Waldheim temperate rainforest, and capture some early autumn warm hues of the deciduous Fagus beech. Mt William NP and the Bay of Fires Another world from the lush green wilderness of the west. Gentle rolling hills and farmland greet us as we travel east to Tasmania east coast and its golden strands dotted with palletes of colour. Empty and wild with hidden azure bays, vivid lichen covered granite boulders with lots to photograph and enjoy. Freycinet National Park Just a few clicks south of the Bay of Fires, Freycinet features a rugged coastline with the glorious crescent shaped Wine Glass Bay ranked among the world’s top ten beaches. Wake up to Sleepy Bay as it bursts into a kaleidoscope of colour at sunrise. The pink granite jagged peaks of the Hazards which sit above Coles bay provide a stunning back drop in which to create some amazing images. We’ve always enjoyed some local Oysters and chilled white wine on the rocks on our final night here and its a great way to end a great session on the final night. Hobart and Mt Wellington Once we’ve circumnavigated the island we return to Hobart to take a trip up Mountain Wellington that looms over this captivating Harbourside city Stunning views that reach far out into the Derwent Estuary will bring our Tasmanian adventure to a close. Extra information Start time Trip commences 12:00 20th March 2023 from Hobart. End time approx 16:00 drop off Hobart – 31st March 2023 Getting there; domestic flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Hobart. Trip duration 12 days Hobart to Hobart Accommodation* 11 nights single occupancy accommodation 2 night Giants Tables, Maydena, Mount Field NP , 1 night Corinna miners cottages – The Tarkine, 3 nights Highlander cabins Cradle Mountain, 3 nights Icena Farm Mt William NP / Bay of Fires, 2 nights * Coles Bay Private holiday House , Freycinet NP . *subject to availability Meals – Local pubs / self catering / cafes. Essential equipment any camera system, lenses (16mm wide angle up to 200mm ) waterproof camera bag and good quality, sturdy tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Accommodation in Hobart. You may require overnight stays in town pre or post trip. I recommend Quest Savoy , Hobart Travelodge or Quest waterfront, these are convenient to the harbour and restaurants etc. Weather Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Tasmania will be in the early throws of Autumn. We can expect a variety of conditions from comfortable warm weather for shorts and t-shirts on east coast, to the possibility of early falls of snow at the higher altitudes like Cradle Mountain. You will be advised of how to prepare and what to bring. If you are interested in this trip please contact Glen directly if you have any questions or to discuss your participation. Thanks **Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance and visa entry for Australia.
August 23, 2018 1:25 pm
Namibia Worldwide Discovery Adventure Destination summary This incredible Namibian Worldwide Discovery Photo Tour is an overland journey exploring every aspect of the destination with a maximum 3 of photographer guests. The Namib desert is the world’s oldest and plays host to some of the planet’s highest and most dramatic sand dunes. Further north Etosha National Park, is a vast salt pan and the surrounding plain is home to a vast array of wildlife that’s adapted to Namibia’s dry desert conditions. We’ll expect to see Elephant, Rhino, Springbok, Zebra, Lion and more. This Namibia Photo Tour will leave a lasting impression on your memory and one that is well suited to photo safari exploration. Spitzkoppe in south Damaraland is range of high granite peaks that light up at dawn and dusk, Swakopmund with its German colonial past sits where the desert meets the sea and Skeleton coast. The World Heritage Namib Sand Sea features two of the trip highlights in Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and these will give you more creative photo opportunities than you can handle. The option of flying above them in a small helicopter at dawn creating aerial compositions will literally take your breathe away. To the south The Namib Rand is an incredibly scenic area and Dark Sky Reserve that will offer you a sense of wonder and peace as you gaze across endless plains and soft dunes dotted with Oryx and Springbok. To the east the Naukluft mountains rise up, its jagged peaks silhouetted below the starry night sky. Ludertiz and the sand consumed diamond mining town of Kolmanskop are a mixture of decay, the bizarre and flaky pastel painted doorways and rooms consumed with sand that create some unique, abstract compositions. Making our way back to Windhoek our final night night on the road of this Namibia photo tour takes place at the Quiver Tree forest where the soft dusk light makes the trees come alive with bold colour and texture. This is a photographic journey that’s bursting with amazing locations and experiences. Namibia Photo Tour – On Location Namibia ( formally South West Africa ) was a German colony from 1884 until 1915 when it was “passed on” to South Africa. It fought for its independence for over 20 years, finally achieving it 1990. This mix of history, culture and amazing geography creates a fascinating experience. Etosha National Park First stop is Etosha National Park and Namibia’s premier wildlife Park. It is without doubt one of the best places in Africa to view and photograph Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion and Zebra. We can observe and photograph them as they congregate around water holes during the dry winter season. Springbok, Wildebeest and Namibia’s iconic Oryx also roam the park and the Kalahari and Namib deserts. Spitzkoppe, Damaraland Spitzkoppe is a group of granite peaks in the Namib desert formed over 100 million years ago. The high domes reach into the cobalt blue sky in winter but its at dusk and dawn that we’ll capture these majestic mountains when the warm sunrise and sunset brings them to life. Camping out under the clear skies we’ll also photograph the night sky.. the Milky way seems within touching distance as the air is so clear. From Spitzkoppe we’ll travel to the town of Swapkopmund on edge of the Namib desert at the southern end of the Skeleton coast. Here we’ll re-stock, get a few shots of the Germanic architecture and catch a sunset from the beach at the legendary Tiger bar. In the morning we’ll have a short session in nearby Walvis bay photographing a flock of Flamingos. World Heritage Sand Sea Desert – Sossusvlei The drive to Sossusvlei takes us across the Namib Naukluft National Park which extends all the way south to the South African border. Our base here for 2 nights is Sesreim, as close as we can get to the giant dunes and salt / clay pans. Dunes 45 sits close to our base and we’ll scale its heights to photograph a sunset over the surrounding desert. Deadvlei is one of the star attractions for photographers from all over the world. Its dramatic dead camel thorn trees contrasting against the morning shadows and warm hues of the dunes. We’ll tackle this location in post sunrise light so we can make use the shadows rising up the sand walls. The giant red dunes around Sossusvlei are said to be the highest in the world. We’ll walk up one of the smaller dunes making a circuit to capture the surrounding landscape from above. After a bush breakfast at the foot of Sossusvlei dune we’ll head back to our base. Later that afternoon we’ll explore nearby Sesreim canyon. At dawn the following morning there will be the option of a fantastic 1 hour helicopter ariel session over Sossusvlei. With the doors off, our pilot is briefed on the best flight path to take in arial shots of the red dunes, Deadvlei, fairy circles and any wildlife that may be wandering the desert. Namib Rand Reserve From Sossusvlei, we head south on gravel roads to the privately owned Namib Rand Reserve. With just a handful of visitors this is one of the unexpected highlights to Namibia. A mixture of open plains, surrounding mountains, wildlife and some of the darkest skies your ever likely to see. From our remote and *private camp we’ll capture the area at dusk and dawn, make a drive through the dunes and breathe in the awesome beauty of this special place. The night sky will again offer the chance to create some magical Milky Way imagery. Luderitz and Kolmanskop Luderitz, a small port town Luderitz again has a weird mix of Germanic colonial architecture and isolation. Nearby is the slightly weird and wonderful deserted mining town of Kolmanskop. Now long since deserted the sand has slowly taken its toll on the derelict ruins, creating interest and fantastic photography. Ever changing patterns of sand against pastel shades of colour and worn textures are great to experiment with. Windows, doors and shafts of light all combine to create hours of rich photography. The Quiver Tree Forest Stopping on the western edges of the Kalahari desert the iconic forest will provide our final location. The Quiver tree is seen all over Namibia, but here near the town of Keetmanshoop, they’re concentrated and surrounded with rocky terrain and various critters. A colourful subject at dawn and dusk. From here we make for the drive back to the capital Windhoek and the end of our Namibian photo adventure Trip Information Start date early June @ 4pm 2024 meet up at the Vondelhof guest house – Windhoek – Dates TBC Ends early June @ 6pm in Windhoek ( final night is included ) You may wish to leave at any point on the final day. This Namibia Photo Journey is an overland photo adventure that travels a circle anti clockwise from the capital Windhoek by 4 wheel drive vehicle. It’s fully equipped with comfortable safari roof tents for a few nights of remote on – location camping mixed with comfortable lodge stays. The vehicle is equipped with fridge, water and all the supplies we need to travel overland, breaking up the trip with lodge stays. We will be covering around 3000km over 12 days mostly on gravel roads, some days will have minimal distances and some longer up to 500km. You will see the landscape first hand as we make our way to each location, stopping when we like, where we like. Accommodation* is a mixture of guest houses, lodges and comfortable roof top safari tents (with thick mattresses and all bedding) this allows us to be closer to our locations offering more opportunity. Accommodation Lodges are single occupancy and vehicle safari tents are twin share , so please bear this in mind before booking. Standard trip fee – 5 nights lodge rooms ( single occupancy ) 7 nights safari camp on location Windhoek 1 night – single occupancy room Etosha – 2 nights twin share safari roof tent ( chalet upgrade may be available ) Spitzkoppe – 1 night twin share safari roof tent Swakopmund 1 night – single occupancy lodge Sossusvlei 2 nights – inside gate – safari roof tent Namib Rand 1 night – twin share safari roof tent Luderitz 2 nights – single occupancy lodge Quiver Tree Forest 1 night – twin share roof tent /or room upgrade if available. Windhoek 1 night – single occupancy lodge Upgrade may be available to 8 nights lodge rooms ( 5 nights single occupancy / 3 twin share) and 4 nights safari camp – supplements applies and subject to availability. It’s a photography journey full of stunning locations with the added experience of camping out under the African night sky by camp fire, sharing a bottle of wine and discussing the days events. Please read the testimonial by a previous client for a participant perspective. Meals These will be either buffet style meals or at local pubs and restaurants. When at camp, our meals will be freshly prepared at our camp kitchen / open fire ( approx 4 camp meals ) by myself with a little help from my guests As mentioned, this photo journey covers a large part of Namibia by road in a 4×4 vehicle. You’ll have the opportunity to see the landscape and terrain change through the journey. Through the Kalahari, salt pans, giant sand dunes, seascapes along the skeleton coast and mountain ranges that all combine to make this an incredible adventure. Remote camping with limited facilities at some camps is also part of the itinerary, this enables us to access some of the best locations in Namibia under on our own terms and schedule. Basic toilets and shower facilities are available at all the camps and towels are provided as are sleeping bags. Sossusvlei – our camp is inside the main gate for accessing the park which means we can reach Deadvlei before many of the other travellers and tourists. Please ensure that this trip meets your requirements and abilities before booking, if you would like to discuss any of the logistical factors involved please just get in touch. At the moment there is a maximum of only 3 participants with an emphasis on creating a intimate group dynamic on location. This makes location on shooting more manageable which helps you get the shots you want. At camp it’s all hands on deck and guests are asked to participate in meal preparations and maintaining the camp while we are in remote areas. Toilets, showers and clean running water is available at every camp. When you arrive in Namibia’s capital Windhoek you’ll make the 40 minute drive from the airport by shuttle / taxi to our guesthouse where I will meet you. This is the day before we depart. What to expect It’s winter in June in the southern hemisphere but the days are settled and sunny, temperatures range from mid to high 20s to 5 or 6 degrees during the night (centigrade). So it can feel pretty warm during the day and cooler at night the further south we go. It very rarely rains. Namibia has good infrastructure / wifi at lodges but not much outside of towns. This is Africa but Namibia’s parks and reserves are well organised as long as you stick to the rules. Wildlife is plentiful but patience is still needed to wait and spot each animal if and when they decide to make an appearance. Its random but always an exciting event when they appear. Fitness – mostly short walks with the exception of two dune accents but nothing too strenuous. Recommended Equipment DSLR with wide angle 16-35 / 50 or 24 -70 / 70 -200mm / a 150 – 600mm long telephotoor similar, I use this lens as much as any other to get up close for wildlife. Nikon, Sigma or Canon contact me for advice Good solid tripod / minimum 5 camera batteries / Plenty card storage (example 240 – 320gb if your not backing up ) / good head torch / bean bag for resting a long lens . Quality camera back pack with good zips seals to prevent dust / sand entering. Lens cleaning kit / sensor cleaning kit (not essential).
November 19, 2020 3:19 pm
The South West USA Destination summary You’ll explore and photograph some of the most iconic locations in both Utah and Arizona in the dramatic South West. This Lightstalker’s Discovery tour starts and ends in the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. From here, you’ll head east out to Arizona and the magnificent Grand Canyon, where you’ll explore its southern rim and photograph its awesome light and monumental scale. After 2 nights its onto Monument Valley, also in Arizona. We’ll take a drive and capture the classic vistas and views that have become so famous and familiar. Dusk and dawn sessions will be epic. Moving on we continue east and onto Canyon de Chelly – National Monument. This is Navajo land and you’ll have time to explore and photograph the spires, sandstone cliffs and verdant canyons at this incredible location. Canyon Lands and Arches – we’ll explore both the red rock arches and vast, river carved canyons of the park. Making good use of both dawn and dusk light and staying in the nearby town of Moab as our base for 2 nights. Capital Reef National Park white sandstone domes, pillars and crazy rock formations in Utah’s south-central desert will be our goal for second evening and morning session. Bryce Canyon – we’ll be hiking both in and around the rim of the weird and wonderful orange and crimson hoodoos, making sure we are in the best spots when it comes to crunch time to capture a blast of colour during dusk and dawn. Zion National Park after a short road trip and some crazy landscapes along the way we reach our final destination and one of the USA’s most spectacular parks. Zion’s National Park’s rivers, emerald pools, lush valleys and steep red cliffs offer an amazing array of possibilities. A park of epic proportions and beauty with a mixture of self drives and hikes will enable us to lose ourselves for 3 days among its landforms, canyons and rivers. From Zion its a relatively short dive back to Las Vegas of around 3 hrs. A Lightstalker’s Discovery Tour offers an incredible combination of dramatic landscape photography and experiences. We’ll be soaking up as much of the local flavour and culture as we can in between our locations. Get in touch to book a spot now ! South West USA – Extra information Start time: November from the Hampton Inn and Suites in Las Vegas (Near the Airport) End time TBA Las Vegas Airport Getting there: International flights to McCarron Airport, Las Vegas Vehicle: 4×4 Jeep or 4 cab pick up truck Accommodation* 2 nights at the Thunderbird Lodge Grand Canyon ( inside the park) / 1 night the View Lodge, Monument Valley / 1 night Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly / 2 nights Expedition Lodge – Moab (Canyon Lands and Arches NP) / 1 night Capital Reef Resort, Capital Reef / 1 night Rubys Inn, Bryce Canyon / 3 nights Zion Lodge, Zion National Park. * all listed subject to availaibilty Essential equipment: camera, lenses 16mm – 200mm focal lengths and a good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended: Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. This trip is all about the experience of the journey and the amazing landscapes we travel through and explore. The group is kept small, 2-3 participants, to create the best possible experience for my guests. Register your interest for this trip via the contact form or email me directly. What to expect – Lightstalkers Photo Discovery Tour The Discovery format is the ultimate travel photo adventure. I was inspired to introduce a trip that created more of a fluid visual journal of Americana and the iconic features and geographic landmarks that are encountered. This is a Raw experience that will allow us to explore all aspects of the locations and places we encounter. Staying flexible, working with the elements and keeping our eyes wide open we’ll be able to create a unique experience as we travel through the landscapes and towns. With a rich variety of subjects we can create a photo journal of our experiences in this timeless and dramatic part of the American continent. Participants will be invited to create a photo journal of their work post trip and share it with with their fellow photography companions. Weather There is little rain at this time of year around 2 – 4 days per month ( the odd snow flurry at higher elevations ) but some colder temperatures can be encountered. An average range of 0C (30F) at the coldest around Bryce to 20C (68F) at the warmest around the Grand Canyon Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy surfaces and over uneven terrain . All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s Journey. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.