Private One x One Sessions
Jan
1
to Sep 28

Private One x One Sessions

  • 147 Nelson St Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
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A  number of people have enquired recently about one-on-one workshops - so over the Winter period as it is difficult due to the weather to arrange group outings that suit everyoneI'm offering those interested the opportunity to book a variety of personal tutorials that will deal specifically with what you'd like assistance with.  It could be things like shooting with good depth of field, using filters, looking for compositions, getting your exposure right for the best processing, etc.  

We can practice and discuss any or all of these techniques at the following tutorials : 1) city skyline blue hour 2) long exposure light trails 3) street photography 4) West Coast beach sunset 5) Macro 6) Lightroom or PS CC tutorials

Prices will vary in relation to the location, but start from $120 and you're welcome to bring along a non-photographing partner, or add your photographing partner/friend to the shoot for just 50% more!  Tutorials will generally last for about two hours, but this can be flexible - dependent on weather conditions, etc.  Please feel free to enquire.

 

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Street + Blue Hour
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Street + Blue Hour

Let's get stuck into Winter’s round of workshops and practice a heap of photography skills all in one evening.

  • street/urban/architecture
  • panning
  • long exposure sunset + light trails

We will start at Britomart focussing on detailed-architectured-shots and leading lines and wander up to Queen Street. From here we'll do some panning, and look for cool compositions at the Queen St/Customs Street intersection.  There is always plenty going on here and we’ll continue making our way towards Wynyard Quarter.

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Panning is an exciting technique that allows you to freeze a moving object while giving the background a nice blur. It's famously used by sport photographers to show movement. Here's one I took a while back, once you've got your exposure and focus set it's all about timing your pan with the movement of the subject.  Easier said than done!

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Next up, we'll walk along the waterfront stopping at a few interesting points and at Karanga Plaza for sunset. And on the way back to Britomart as blue hour sets in, we'll squeeze in some trail lights once lights are on.

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** You will need a tripod, a wide to mid-range (kit) lens works best, and a warm jacket! An ND filter (especially a graduated ND) is always good to have for sunset. However, if you don't have one that's fine.

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West Coast Astro
Jun
16
3:30 AM03:30

West Coast Astro

  • 211 Bethells Rd Muriwai, Auckland, 0781 New Zealand (map)
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It's ASTRO season!  So it's time to get out and do some Milky Way shooting as it doesn't last all year.  There is really only a small window to shoot astro in Auckland particularly.

Come and join Steve Clifton Photography and myself at one of my all time fave locations, Bethell's Beach.  It always seems to come clear at the right time out there - unlike Piha, lol - and the great expanse of the beach means it's easy to run off a few different compositions through the night.

 A panorama shot on May 6th last year when all those meteors came.  It was a fabulous night and I was the only one on Bethell's

A panorama shot on May 6th last year when all those meteors came.  It was a fabulous night and I was the only one on Bethell's

Let's meet near the toilet block, sounds dodgy doesn't it? :)  However, it's in the best location and is right beside the entrance to the beach pathway; on the far righthand side of the carpark.  Start time is 3.30am, please try not to be late.  Remember there is infrequent cell phone reception out there, so google maps, texting, etc might not work out there.  

This is what makes it so great to run these 'middle of the night' workshops, because the workshop provides a safe environment for us all to shoot in, especially the females among us.  It's hard to go out alone, and it's not easy to find someone to accompany you - so this fits the bill nicely.  Just as importantly, come out and learn some tips on settings and compositions for astro, and through Steve's knowledge how to read astro apps, like Photopills, and how to find the Milky Way.  Feel free to ask either of us any questions at all.

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It'll be an informative and fun night.  I'll have a NISI night filter on hand if anyone would like a spin.  There's been plenty of talk that these are an enhancement to astrophotography, come and try for yourself.

Gear:  Naturally you will need a tripod.  A wide to mid lens is best.  Wide if you want it all in one shot and anything from 24-50mm works well for panoramas.

NOTE: The workshop is on in the very early hours of Saturday morning, so that essentially means Friday night.  If there is bad weather - a real possibility in the Auckland area - the event will automatically be rescheduled for the next morning, Sunday morning 3.30am.

Pay in Full - *backup date: Sunday morning 3.30am
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India: Mughals & Mountains April 2019
Apr
14
to Apr 27

India: Mughals & Mountains April 2019

  • Paharganj Road New Delhi, DL, 110055 India (map)
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2019 will begin with the best photo tour to India yet!  In 13 days we will cover four of India's most fabulous regions.  

Commencing in the mega-metropolis of New Delhi we will explore some incredible Mughal architecture, the country's largest mosque and Asia's largest spice market.  Delhi is where you will be able to freely explore with your camera capturing fabulous street photography and documenting the daily lives of the people of this exciting city.  It is my favourite place in all India!

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After a couple of nights in Delhi to recover from your long flight and photographing street life we take a return express train to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal.  We will have ample opportunity to photograph the Taj, from a sunset boat ride in front of the Taj on the the Yamuna River to a dawn visit to the Taj itself.  Then we will have dinner/snacks at one of the rooftop restaurants affording us great views of the Taj Mahal across the city in gorgeous soft light.

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Next stop, Rishikesh - the Ganges River, one of the holiest places in all India and a must-visit for Hindu pilgrims and travellers alike.  Rishikesh is also well-chilled, both figuratively and literally, and this great vibe has us wandering the streets at will photographing sadhus (Hindu holy men) and travelling pilgrims as they bathe in the Ganges' sacred waters. We will attend an aarti ceremony and visit the famous Beatles' Ashram while here.

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Lastly, and for some most excitingly, we head back to New Delhi for our flight to Ladakh!  Here we will spend five days exploring the monasteries, and attending the dawn Puja of Buddhist monks - if we're lucky witnessing the horn blowers at Thiksey Monastery - we'll stand in awe on the shores of a great high-altitude salt lake, visit the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers, and have copious opportunities to meet and photograph the ethnic-Tibetan artisans and local folk that inhabit this isolated part of the globe.  A visit to Ladakh is a must on anyone's bucket list and this part of the tour is run in conjunction with local experts from Ladakh Travel Co. who will ensure you get the most out of your time up here in the Indian Himalaya.  We will have an English speaking local guide and our own personal driver for the duration of our time in Ladakh.

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Our tour will end in Leh, Ladakh on the morning of April 27th.  Ending the tour in Leh gives participants the opportunity to extend their time in Ladakh if one wishes.  If you are interested in furthering your journey, I can hook you up with extension visits to the Nubra Valley or elsewhere.  Your flight back to New Delhi can easily connect with your departure home as flights depart from Leh early in the morning.  We do, however, recommend you spend a night in a Delhi airport hotel (there are plenty to choose from, including the JW Marriott, among other brand hotels) in case there are flight delays.

About the Tour:

This tour is about chaperoning you to the best spots at the best time of day, leaving you free to focus on your photography your way.  I will handle and arrange, with the help of Ladakh Travel Co. where required, all the logistics of getting us to and from said locations with as much ease as is possible in a country of over a billion people.  Partners, husbands, wives, girlfriends, etc are welcome.  It's not necessary to be a budding photographer to attend.  The focus is on visiting the best locations and taking photos, but with what device you take them is up to you - everything from a phone to a Hasselblad is appropriate.  

The tour will go ahead with a minimum of 5 attendees and a maximum of 8.  If you have any questions please contact me.

Final payment MUST be made by November 1st, 2018.  Deposits are NON-Refundable, unless the tour is cancelled for some reason.  Deposits and payments can be made via NZ bank transfers or via Paypal, though this incurs a fee.  Email me if you'd prefer to pay via credit card through Paypal.  *A deposit is required to hold your spot.

ANZ  Susan Blick (Ref. India M&M1) 01-0297-0335441-00

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Ladakh In Style
May
3
to May 12

Ladakh In Style

Ladakh, a land of superlatives!  

Just to get there you'll fly over the highest and largest mountain range in the World - the Himalayas.  Once in Leh you'll witness one of the World's most hospitable and unique cultures, remnants of a Buddhist Kingdom with Tibetan origin, which currently remains virtually untouched by the outside world.  Ladakh is more Tibetan than Tibet!  

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You'll be surrounded by the most stupendous mountains, they'll take your breathe away.  We'll visit monasteries that seem as old as time itself, and peek into the lives of monks as they recite prayers.  

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We'll cross the World's two highest motor-able passes and travel through the gorgeous Valley of the Flowers in Nubra during Spring.  Giant cold weather desert sand dunes will greet us as we explore this ancient region.  

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We'll glamp on the edge of a high-altitude saline lake, left over from time immemorial when there was a sea between India and China and the Indian plate smashed into the Eurasian plate and created the Himalayas.  It left in its wake a salt lake that forms part of the border between India and China.  

Our accommodation in Leh is the most luxurious the city has to offer and is guaranteed to leave you impressed, whether it be the quality of the food or the stunning mountain surrounds from the gardens and restaurant deck.  Furthermore, we will have the expert knowledge of a local guide with us at all times while on the road and a competent and experienced driver.  

This is not a tour to be missed!

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About the Tour:

This tour is about chaperoning you to the best spots at the best time of day, leaving you free to focus on your photography your way.  I will handle and arrange, with the help of Ladakh Travel Co. where required, all the logistics of getting us to and from said locations with as much ease as is possible in a safe and responsible fashion.  Partners, husbands, wives, girlfriends, etc are welcome.  It's not necessary to be a budding photographer to attend.  The focus is on visiting the best locations and taking photos, but with what device you take them is up to you - everything from a phone to a Hasselblad is appropriate.  

The tour will go ahead with a minimum of 5 attendees and a maximum of 8.  If you have any questions please contact me.

Final payment MUST be made by November 1st, 2018.  Deposits are NON-Refundable, unless the tour is cancelled for some reason.  Deposits and payments can be made via NZ bank transfers or via Paypal, though this incurs a fee.  Email me if you'd prefer to pay via credit card through Paypal.  *A deposit is required to hold your spot.

ANZ  Susan Blick (Ref. Ladakh) 01-0297-0335441-00

Deposit for Ladakh In Style Tour 2019

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