The workshop will commence at 2pm at Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown. If you need a pick up from Queenstown Airport, this will be available at approximately 12pm.
We will have an introduction session to the weekend before heading out to shoot sunset in the Queenstown area. We will decide on the exact location on the day based on weather conditions in the area.
After dinner if the skies are clear, we will either shoot star trails or an astro panorama later in the evening.
Sunrise will be at one of the many scenic lakeside locations along Lake Wakatipu.
After breakfast back at the lodge, we head south to Fiordland, spending our day taking in all the incredible sights along the road to Milford Sound, including waterfalls, mirror reflections, towering mountains, and hopefully capturing a cheeky kea or two at Homer Tunnel along the way.
After an afternoon editing session at Milford Sound Lodge where we'll be based for two nights, we'll head out and shoot sunset at Milford Sound foreshore, watching the last light of day sink behind Mitre Peak. We'll eat dinner at the lodge, and then spend the night shooting an astro panorama or editing depending on the weather.
We'll greet the day with sunrise back at the foreshore, before enjoying a full day exploring the Fiordland area. With beech forest, pristine lakes and crystal clear rivers to explore, this day will be jam packed with the jaw-dropping scenery that Fiordland is famous for. We'll also take a 2 hour scenic cruise on Milford Sound to get up close and personal with the towering peaks and waterfalls in the fiord.
In the afternoon, we'll return to Milford Sound Lodge to shoot sunset again in the foreshore area, and enjoy dinner at the Lodge before trying our hand at astrophotography again later in the evening or taking the time to edit our shots.
After shooting sunrise at another location close to the Lodge, we'll enjoy our final breakfast here before heading back along the Milford Road, exploring other locations that we haven't yet visited or returning to shoot others previously visited in different lights.
After returning to Pinewood Lodge, we'll enjoy an editing session before heading out to a new location for sunset based both on weather and group choice. If the skies are clear, we'll also shoot star trails after dark.
Our final morning will be spent out at Glenorchy for sunrise, and then shooting a photogenic waterfall on our way back to Queenstown. We'll spend the remainder of the morning wrapping up the workshop and enjoying a final lunch together before everyone heads home, bursting with new knowledge and great images!
Note: This is an approximate itinerary only and will change based on weather conditions on the day, so it is possible that not all locations listed will be visited. If shoots can't proceed due to adverse weather, we will use the time to go over more complex editing tools.
Laurie is a supremely talented NZ landscape and astrophotographer. She was a top-3 finalist in the Sony Alpha awards astrophotography category in 2019, and won the category in 2020. Laurie co-hosted my Catlins & Dunedin workshop in 2021 and I'm thrilled that she has agreed to host again with me in 2022..
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