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Best of the West 

Central West Coast | Landscape and Astro

  • When -  3-8 October 2024

  • Accommodation - Riverstone House

  • Locations - The Great Coast Road including Punakaiki and Motukiekie beach, Lake Brunner, Lake Kaniere, Coal Creek Falls.

  • Cost - $2390 including accommodation (20% deposit to secure your spot) 

  • Maximum Participants - 3

  • Skill Level - Any!

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On this 5 night/6 day adventure we'll be visiting some of the West Coast's most iconic scenes both day and night.
We'll be based at Riverstone House situated on the banks of the Taramakau River halfway  between Greymouth and Hokitika, owned and operated by yours truly. You'll have your own private king or queen bedroom with access to a full kitchen stocked with all the essentials, including continental breakfast supplies that you can help yourself to.

The workshop commences at 12pm Thursday 3rd of October and concludes Tuesday 8th of October at 12pm.

The exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. I keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this.

Places we may visit include The many beaches of The Great Coast Road including Motukiekie Beach, The Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, the bays of Lake Brunner, The Pororari River and waterfalls such as Coal Creek Falls, Dorothy Falls and Carew Creek Falls.

You'll learn;

  • How to plan your compositions using apps such as Photopills and light pollution maps

  • How to focus at night

  • Settings and methods specific to your gear and skill level

  • Single frame exposure techniques 

  • Blended exposure techniques 

  • Milky Way panoramas (mosaics)

  • Stacking 

  • Post processing using Photoshop, Lightroom, plugins, PTGui,  Sequator and Starry Landscape Stacker.

  • Long exposures using filters (during the day) if you have them

  • Specific topics discussed and tutored will depend on group ability, skills and understanding.


Kieks Sunset Pano
Cashmere Bay Pano crop (1 of 1)
Puni Lagoon screen
coast beach 3
Pancake Rocks Blend w Watermark (1 of 1)_edited_edited
Whitebait Hut (1 of 1)
Coal Creek (1 of 1)
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Heaphy (1 of 1)
Taramakau gold sunset 4
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What to bring

  • Mirrorless or DSLR camera

  • Ideally a fast, wide, prime lens for astro; - f/1.4 through to f/2.8, 16mm through to 24mm for the best results, although up to f/4 is fine if your camera has high ISO capabilities. 

  • A wide zoom lens for day landscapes such as, but not limited to, a 16-35mm

  • A telephoto lens for day landscapes such as, but not limited to, a 70-200mm or 100-400mm

  • Spare camera batteries and SD cards

  • Sturdy tripod (essential)

  • Filters if you have them

  • Lens heater (not essential but very helpful if you have a bulbous lens that is prone to fogging up at night)

  • Remote shutter or intervalometer if not in-built in your camera body

  • Laptop or desktop with Lightroom and/or Photoshop installed.

  • Thermal base layers

  • Warm jacket*

  • Gloves

  • Sturdy and warm footwear

  • Hat, hood or beanie

  • Head torch with a red light

  • 2-3 lens cloths*

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

*The high humidity on the West Coast causes dew. If bringing a puffer jacket, please bring a waterproof jacket to go over top. This also is why we need plenty of lens cloths in case your lens starts fogging up.

Whats Included

Whats not Included

  • 3 nights of landscape Astrophotograhy tuition in the field

  • Accomodation at Riverstone House with your own private king or queen bedroom

  • 2 intensive post processing tuition sessions to make your images pop

  • Travel during the workshop

  • Daily continental breakfast supplies to help yourself to

  • Full kitchen with all the essentials to cook and prepare your own meals should you wish to dine in

  • -DOC concession fees

  • Comprehensive Safety Management Plan

  • Pick up/drop off at Hokitika airport

  • Digital workflow sheet spilling all my secrets on how I plan, shoot and edit an image from start to finish.

  • Personal, equipment and travel insurance

  • Meals except continental breakfast supplies

  • Snacks

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