You will start this spectacular tour by joining Glen Howey for an Astro Masterclass Workshop, based at Mt Cook. The village is located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the world's second-best area for viewing the night sky. Designed to extend your skills in both Astro and timelapse photography, the workshop dates have been picked to ensure a new moon and winter offers the best conditions for astrophotography. During the workshop we will visit a private observatory, to learn more about the night sky and photograph the constellations.
For the next phase of this tour you will have Ken Wright join you on this adventure. On this part of the tour, you will have the opportunity to capture Canturbury's High Country and the Southern Alps at its wintery best. The itinerary takes you through the Canterbury High Country, past Mount Somers, and further inland to the Ashburton Lakes. This is a remarkable area of placid lakes and high country wetlands, all set in the huge basin between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, both of which drain the central Southern Alps. You will then find yourself immersed in the majestic beauty of the Southern Alps, capturing snow-capped peaks from the famous Arthur's Pass. You'll experience the endless composition opportunities that present themselves at the magnificent limestone battlements and boulders of the Kura Tawhiti / Castle Hill Conservation Area before we end our experience in Christchurch.
Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop (first part of tour): Our Astrophotography Masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of astrophotography, timelapse photography and panoramic photography; with dedicated tuition sessions and notes on these subjects. The workshop concludes with a processing printing two of your best images as 16x22" fine art prints using the latest Epson SureColor P906. We will also have a number of Samyang Ultra-wide lenses, Benro filters kits along with some additional Nikon cameras & lenses available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some stunning Astro and timelapse images.
Winter Landscapes: Some of the highlight of this part of the tour are; the snow-covered mountains of the Southern Alps, the braided Waimakariri River, the limestone boulders of Castle Hill, Devil’s Punchbowl Falls and Lakes Heron & Clearwater, plus amazing frosty and/or snow-covered high country landscapes.