Flinders Island Nature Photography Retreat

29th March to 1st April 2019

Flinders Island is, without a doubt, a photographer’s paradise! Located about 60kms off the northeast coast of Tasmania, it is the largest of the Furneaux Group of islands that stretch across the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Tasmania and Victoria. The island is famous for its tranquility, unspoilt natural landscapes, wildlife and birds.

For nature and landscape photographers, there’s a myriad of photo opportunities. From the rugged mountain ranges to the lichen-covered boulders that border pristine beaches and coastal habitats and so much more in between. The abundance of wildlife and birds will astound you too – an opportunity to improve your wildlife and bird photography skills too.

Just like all our photography experiences, you will learn-by-doing and gain a deeper understanding for photography. During this practical learning photography workshop, you’ll learn about analysing natural light, deepen your understanding of the exposure triangle, camera settings for different scenes and conditions, how to interpret the histogram, post-processing techniques and so much more. You will develop a heightened level of confidence in your skills, improve photographic creativity and be rewarded with incredibly stunning images.

You’ll explore the great outdoors on guided photo shoots at sunrise and sunset, while taking advantage of morning and evening light. You’ll review your photos progressively throughout the weekend to continually evolve your individual technique. And you’ll benefit even further with our interactive post-processing tutorials too.

This photography retreat is an all-inclusive weekend getaway for photographers of all levels. From the moment you arrive on Flinders Island to the moment you depart with a plethora of amazing photos, we look after you!

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Overview

(activities adapted to suit weather and conditions)

Day 1: 29th March 2019 (L,D)

The weekend starts on Flinders Island where we’ll meet you at the airport when you arrive. We’ll transfer you from the airport to Mountain Seas Lodge (accommodation for the next 3 nights). 

While enjoying a scrumptious lunch, we’ll have an informal discussion about cameras, lenses, tripods and other accessories, taking more control of your camera and the thought process in creating great photos. We’ll also brief you about the activities planned across the weekend.

We’ll head out for a sunset shoot and return to the lodge for dinner and prepare for the next two full days of photographic activities. 

Days 2 & 3: 30th & 31st March 2019 (B,L,D)

The next two days are dedicated to photography activities.

You’ll explore the great outdoors of magnificent Flinders Island with guided photo shoots at sunrise and sunset while taking advantage of morning and evening light.

There’s such an array of picturesque locations on Flinders Island. Because we have so many options to choose from, we’re keeping our itinerary reasonably flexible so we can assess the weather and conditions, and choose the most suitable location for each photo shoot. One thing for sure, all that you see will inspire your photographic creativity. 

Day 4: 1st April 2019 (B)

The photography weekend officially winds up to a close after breakfast and we check out of our accommodation. But before it does, there’s one more opportunity for an early morning shoot after which we’ll return to the lodge for a cooked breakfast.

Transfers to the airport will occur according to your departing flight time.

Transfers also available for anyone extending their stay on the island – whether to alternate accommodation or to collect a hire car.

“I was throughly pleased with the total package offered by Roy & Coreena. Roy provided first class tuition on composition to me and his critiques of images taken was very insightful and extremely valuable. ... ... Nothing was rushed, Coreena provided excellent support. Overall a very worthwhile experience and highly recommended.”

Dallas T, NSWPhotography Retreat, March 2018

Flinders Island weather

Flinders Island has a mild maritime climate. But being an island, it can be windy at times. One of the reasons that we’ve chosen autumn for our photography weekend is because that’s when the weather is historically most stable. You can find out more about the weather and climate on Flinders Island at www.weatherzone.com.au 

Getting to Flinders Island

Sharp Airlines fly direct to Flinders Island from both Launceston in Tasmania and Essendon in Melbourne. www.sharpairlines.com.au
If you are travelling from somewhere other than within Tasmania or Melbourne, we suggest you fly to Launceston first and transfer to your Sharp Airlines flight. In Launceston, the terminal for Sharp Airlines is just a short walk from the main arrivals hall, whereas in Melbourne, you’d need to take a taxi from Tullarmarine (Melbourne) airport to Essendon airport.

Details

Price

Cost per person is subject to room type and occupancy.

* Non-photographer partners are welcome… Flinders Island is an ideal place to explore while you partake in photography activities. There’s also opportunity to extend your stay to create a longer holiday experience. 

 

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Included

  • All ground transport on Flinders Island – airport transfers and to/from photo shoot locations
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation in your own room with private bathroom or ensuite
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • National Park entry fees and entry to Furneaux Museum
  • Two experienced photography instructor/guides
  • Fully guided photo shoots and walks
  • Interactive photography workshop sessions
  • Image review and post-processing tutorials

Excluded

  • Return flights to Flinders Island ex Launceston (Tasmania) or Essendon (Melbourne) with Sharp Airlines
    Flights from from Launceston depart 8.00am, 10.00am and 4.00pm; with one flight from Essendon at 1.30pm. 
  • Alcoholic beverages
    (available at your own expense from the lodge’s bar) 
  • Personal camera and equipment insurance (travel insurance recommended)

Exertion Level

Easy to Moderate – Each photo shoot will take place at locations reached by an easy or moderate walk from the car.

Some walks may be taken when dark or at pre-dawn (optional). Uneven paths, slippery rocks and uphill sections may need to be traversed.

A moderate level of fitness is required so you can fully participate in all activities. Less-strenuous options are available by request.

Transport

Fly from Launceston or Essendon (Melbourne) to Flinders Island on the Friday morning (at your own arrangements)

Transfers from Flinders Island airport provided

We’ll travel as a group in a mini bus to each photo shoot location.

Accommodation

Three nights at Mountain Seas Lodge in the foothills of Mt Strzelecki

You will have your own private room
with an ensuite or private bathroom (near your room)

Meals

All your meals and snacks, along with non-alcoholic beverages, will be provided. Mountain Seas Lodge will take care of all our catering needs with meals being served to fit in with optimal shooting times.

Beverages

  • Tea and coffee is available throughout each day
  • Drinking water is provided; bring your own refillable drink bottle
  • Soft drinks and/or fruit juice provided with each meal
  • Wine and beer may be purchased (at your own expense) from the bar at Mountain Seas Lodge