King Island Photographic Workshop December 2-4 2016

Another spring wildflower workshop with 10 participants has been completed, with the weather god’s smiling on us all once again! Lovely blue skies on the first 2 days with fluffy clouds sweeping in from the western parts of Bass Strait and more cloud but still beautiful on the last day. My sincere thanks to the team on King Island who surpassed themselves once more and a big thank-you to all the wonderful people who joined me for the amazing 3 day workshop. Posted here a just a few images from the trip and I know everyone who participated will have taken home loads of great images to work on at their leisure.

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Next year my King Island workshop is already completely booked out, so if you would love to consider joining me on this amazing experience to a truly wonderful and scenic destination, then email me to secure a spot for late November/early December in 2018 With a fantastic team who live and work on the Island we really do take you where other’s can’t… Plus the local food is a delicious highlight that is simply superb!

An awesome photographic research trip for an upcoming workshop: Luang Prabang in central Laos.

Ewen and I had discussed for quite a while the possibility of running a workshop together into an area of Indo-China that Ewen previously used to work on his own, under the banner of Ancient Kingdoms. An opportunity came our way last month in late October as we were scheduled to run a workshop together into Nepal and the Annapurnas earlier in the month. That workshop was highly successful and it meant we could fly back after the conclusion of the workshop and divert into Laos for a few days on our return journey via Bangkok. Our days there were filled with appointments for hotel viewing, choosing restaurants, markets, guides, drivers, coffee bars, and also looking for the best possible outcomes with regard to visiting tribal villages, river trips on the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, early morning with the Mahouts and their Elephants, the Temples and the monks with the dawn alms. It meant we had to work long days and visit so many areas to figure out the absolute best possible scenario’s for our upcoming workshop. This meticulous planning will of course be reflected in the amazing and diverse workshop that a few lucky people will experience when they sign on with us. Delicious food, superior lodgings, local guides and drivers and the visual diversity make this a photographer’s dream. The workshop Ewen and I have planned is indeed  a treasure trove of photographic delights from the first light of dawn until sunset!

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To obtain a copy of the PDF explaining the all inclusive workshop and how to book, click on the following link: artofmonkslaos2018       Don’t miss this delightful chance to experience something unique, wonderful and totally different!

The images below are just a very small selection of what I took during our research trip and is a sample of the wonderful delights that awaits anyone signing up with us on this incredible photographic opportunity.

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Photographic workshop to Bhutan with Ewen Bell October 30 to November 12 – 2017

My good friend and partner on many photographic workshops Ewen Bell, is running another great adventure into Bhutan. It is at times a complete emotional encounter with both the landscape and the people and I hope to re-visit again in the near future. Sadly, due to other commitments I will not be joining him on the 2017 workshop. However, I cannot  recommend highly enough, that you give serious consideration to letting Ewen help you experience this amazing country through his eyes. Ewen has continually visited Bhutan for years and extensively travelled to all areas of this delightful and alluring country. This is an adventure with your camera that you will never forget!

Download a PDF to read more…bhutanphototour2017

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Photographic Workshop to Nepal and the Annapurna region in Mustang. September 26th to October 15th 2016

We have just completed a totally amazing workshop in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley and the Annapurna region in the mountainous area of Mustang. My sincere thanks to all the participants and also to the incredible organisational skills of Ewen. Our ground team in Nepal were superb as usual and our special thanks to all the guides and drivers we used. This trip was adventurous to say the least, as we had to take the road trip up into the mountains from Pokhara due to lingering monsoonal rain and mist that cancelled many flights. This is a bus trip of about two days, through the most incredible mountain passes and rough sections of track. The wet weather added to the general chaos and our vehicle got stuck quite a few times and had to be dragged across a raging river by excavator as well. The mountains were awesome as expected, and although I have seem them before up here in the high Annapurna region, they still inspire and are a marvel to see. I have attached a small selection of images taken during the workshop and for those who are interested, Ewen and myself are running another adventurous Nepal photographic workshop in late 2018. Bookings can be made through http://ewenbell.com/itinerary-nepal.php

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Chasing Waterfalls September 23rd 2016

I decided to head out for a really full day of shooting waterfalls as Victoria has experienced a very wet late winter and early spring and there is flooding in many parts of the rural areas. Spring is always great time to photograph waterfalls, as all the creeks and rivers have risen and started to fall again, which means plenty of water, but not flooded to their maximum. My plan was to include at least 3 waterfalls that I had not really photographed properly before and they included Turpin falls just north of Kyneton, Trentham falls and finally Sailors falls just south of Daylesford. It made a good circuit for the day without back-tracking… the tracks at each spot were slippery and very wet but I managed to get down to the bottom of all three falls and create some really good images, even battling excessive water spray and wind. It was a long day, what with the continuous wiping of my lenses and then trekking down to each waterfall and back up again…and so was quite glad to get home and spend a few hours in front of the computer working on them, I can tell you! I have posted a small selection of these images that I have completed, below.

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Photographic Workshop on Norfolk Island – August 27th to September 6th 2016

This year’s photographic workshop to Norfolk Island was extended out to 11 days. It is something I had thought about for a couple of years and on reflection it was a great decision. There is so much on this Island to offer the photographer that in the past, I tended to rush the sessions a little, to squeeze in as much as possible. Judging from the feedback of the participants on this years workshop, everyone had ample time to savour all the scenic delights, explore a little on their own and have some valuable down-time. There was enough space to incorporate some photoshop and critiquing as well which is always favourably received.  It also meant that I could indulge in showing the group a few secret locations I love which normally I don’t have the time for. No other operator offers the amount of tuition and locations and so, I want it to be the best possible workshop for any wishing to avail themselves of this. A big thank-you to all 16 participants, it was wonderful to have you all join me and for me to share this delightful south pacific setting with you.  Next year I will again be conducting the workshop here on Norfolk and the Dates are September 12th to the 23rd (a little later than the usual August start due to a huge golf week on the Island) Anyone wanting to join us, please drop me an email….costs and more information will be available in a week or so from today. Place are filling fast and the 2017 is already more than 50% full.   Please enjoy a selection of my images taken on this workshop as posted below.

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The launch of my latest coffee table book in conjunction with last years workshop in 2016 has proved to be a total success. My sincere thanks to Becki at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre for her backing on this publication. To date over 50% of the first edition of the book has been sold. It is the official gift presented to visiting dignitaries by Government house. It’s also available to anyone wishing to pay postage and packing from the Island. Just contact the travel centre to obtain your personal copy.

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The 2016 APPA Awards – Landscape Section

I was thrilled to receive 3 Silver awards out of my total of four entries in this years APPA’s. The Australian Institute of Professional Photography runs these annually and is strongly supported in the professional photographic community. I have now reached the Associate level officially, which I am extremely happy about. Looks like I have to work hard now for a couple of years to reach my Master’s level with AIPP. My congratulations too, to all those who received similar awards for their wonderful images. The standard was extremely high across all sections and particularly the Landscape section that I entered. I have attached my two favourite images here that won silver.vic2016-rolfei-01-withawardvic2016-rolfei-03-withaward