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Tasmania Photography Tour
2020 dates to be announced soon – Please register your interest for this tour
PLEASE PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL INTO LAUNCESTON BY NOON
Meeting at Launceston Airport we will head off to start our Tasmania adventure.
Sit back and enjoy the ride through the scenic Tamar Valley Wine Region – a true cool climate wine region that is well known for producing excellent Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines which are considered by many to be second only to Champagne in France. In total there are around 30 wineries in the Tamar Valley Wine Region.
Arriving at our accommodation for the next 2 nights, we take a little time to settle into our rooms before meeting at 6pm for an early dinner. We will head off around 7:15pm-7:30pm for our first foray into the beautiful Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Having access to the Farm outside of normal trading hours allows us to capture these amazing fields in beautiful light and without the throngs of tourists. Sunset is around 8:50pm.
Bridestowe Lavender Farm was first established in 1924 after London perfumer CK Denny migrated to Australia. CK first planted at North Lilydale in 1921, having arrived with a packet of lavender seeds sourced from the home of true French Lavender in the southern French Alps. By 1924 CK had grown enough flowers to distill oil and send a sample to London for analysis. With very positive feedback stating that it was at least equal to that produced in France and was completely camphor free, CK went about identifying the individual plants that had the finest features of lavender and went on to expand. 25 years later CK relocated to where Bridestowe is now situated – the flowers were planted in curving rows, which was at the time quite a revolutionary style, designed to better capture and manage rainfall.
An early start due to an early sunrise sees us set off for Bridestowe at 4:30am – Having the chance to photograph these beautiful Lavender Fields in the morning light again before the Farm opens gives us another golden opportunity. The light changes so dramatically from sunset to sunrise that you will achieve completely different types of photos.
We will be able to capture the beautiful grand vista of the Lavender Fields as the sun rises and then move on to focus on elements of design within the Lavender fields themselves. We will make use of wide angle lenses and then use telephoto lenses to compress and isolate the different shapes within the fields, as well as challenge ourselves to capture a bee in flight headed to feed on the nectar.
Breakfast will be at either Bridport or back at Barnbougle depending on how long our morning shoot has lasted. It’s advisable to pop a snack in your back-pack as time can disappear quite quickly in amongst the fields.
We will have some time to play with long exposure techniques around the pier remains at Bridport as well. In the afternoon, we will also have time for some Photoshop techniques and image critiquing.
Enjoying an early dinner again will give us one more opportunity to head back to the Lavender Farm for a sunset shoot.
Sunrise this morning will be determined by the group and your happiness with your Lavender Farm images. We do have one more opportunity to return to the Farm or we can enjoy a sunrise shoot around the abandoned pier at Bridport watching the sun pop up out of the ocean.
After breakfast, we will head to Mt. William National Park and visit Picnic Rocks before continuing to the Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires is another of Australia’s pristine locations. It is named Bay of Fires due to the colour of the orange rocks which stands out so prominently against the white sand of the beach and the turquoise waters.
Spending a little time out here this afternoon will help you get your eye in for that special sunset shot that we will set out to capture this evening after our early dinner.
An early start will see us set off to Binalong Bay to capture sunrise at the little lone tree – a tree that is becoming nearly as famous as ‘that tree’ in Wanaka.
Leaving the Bay of Islands, we journey south toward Bicheno and hope to see the Bicheno Blow Hole in action. Continuing on we head to our home for the night in Freycinet National Park.
Our plans will be a little flexible for sunset tonight and sunrise tomorrow morning depending on weather. We have 2 planes chartered for our use at either sunset tonight or sunrise tomorrow. As time gets nearer we will be able to determine which will give us the better option weather wise for our flight. The doors will be removed from the aircraft for our 45-minute scenic flight allowing clear shooting as we fly over the stunning eastern coastline and in particular looking for that classic shot over Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches.
If we do not do the scenic flight this evening, we will photograph near our lodging at Sleepy Bay and Cloudy Bay. Staying at the lodge we can enjoy the iconic photo of the long Pier looking out at the bay or looking back at the Lodge during the twilight hours.
This morning’s sunrise shoot will depend on our evening shoot of the night before.
On our way, again after breakfast this morning we will head to the Tasman Peninsula in the Tasman National Park to enjoy the unique location Tessellated Pavement. The unusual rock formations give a strong leading line as our foreground.
We will slowly make our way to Hobart, our home for our last night together. The Harbour of Hobart is quaint and on a calm night offers beautiful reflections of the surrounding buildings in the Harbour.
We will be photographing around the Harbour again this morning in the hope of capturing still reflections.
After breakfast, we will drive out to Russell Falls for our last shoot of the tour before returning back to Hobart to catch our late afternoon flight home.
DETAILS AND TOUR COST :
|Operator:||Renee Doyle Photography|
|Duration :||6 days, 5 nights|
|Price Single Use Room||AUD 3,945.00|
|Deposit:||AUD 1,000 and a completed registration form to reserve your spot..|
|Balance via Direct Deposit|
Important – See “Tour Policies” for information on payments due and refund policy.
|January 2nd – January 7th, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|2020 Dates to be announced soon||AUD $3,945 per person|
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE :
- All transportation throughout Tasmania
- 5 night’s accommodation in excellent hotels
- 1 full buffet breakfast at Freycinet Lodge
- All park permits
- 45-minute scenic flight in plane with doors off
- photo tuition and critique from Renee Doyle
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE :
- Flight to Launceston
- Flight from Hobart
- Meals unless indicated
- Personal needs
- Any snacks needed during tour
TOUR POLICIES :
A Registration Form including the Acknowledgement of Risk, Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement must be signed by each member at registration, prior to the trip. See the Registration Form for additional details on policy and limitation of liability not included here. Renee Doyle Photography and its Agents act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, volcanic eruption, terrorist acts, political unrest, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses must be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.
I suggest you purchase emergency medical treatment and travel insurance.
CANCELLATION POLICY :-
Losing money is not fun. For that reason, if you have to cancel for any reason, you will get refunded 100% of the total amount paid (including deposit) in the following two cases ONLY:
- If you cancel a trip in writing 150 days or more before the departure date, you will get refunded 100% of your payment.
- If you cancel a trip in writing less than 150 days prior to the trip and the trip sells out completely (including replacing your spot), you will get refunded 100% of your payment.
However, selling the tour out is definitely not a guarantee, especially when you cancel closer to departure. Additionally, if you find someone else (a friend or family member, for example) not yet registered who would like to take your spot, you can transfer your deposit and payments to that person’s registration, provided they qualify for the trip and sign the registration form. Because I incur costs up-front, such as deposits (many non-refundable) for blocks of hotel rooms and local tour operators and transportation, if you have to cancel for any reason (medical or other… any reason) you will receive refunds based on the following sliding scale (all cancellations must be in writing):
- For cancellations 120-149 days before departure date: you will get 50% of your total payments (including deposits) refunded
- For cancellations 120 days or less before departure date: you will not get a refund No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason.
No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason.
Renee Doyle Photography can cancel a trip for any reason, including too few participants. If this happens, you will receive a 100% refund of your deposit and payments. However, we are not responsible for any costs incurred by you, such as airline tickets and other costs.
Here is a recommended list of gear to bring. You do not need everything on the list but please use this as a guide.
- Camera body with lenses covering wide-angle to telephoto range
- A backup camera body is always a good idea.
- Sufficient memory cards. An external hard drive is also a good idea for backing up your images to a second location.
- Lens blower and lens cleaning cloths.
- Camera battery charger / with at least 2 charged batteries.
- As silly as it sounds – rain gear – if you don’t have any a good old plastic garbage bag will still do the trick.
- Laptop and Charger
- Card Reader and cables
- Mobile phone and charger
- Prescription medication
- Sun screen
- Torch or head lamp