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Milky Way Panoramas

When -  2-5 August 2024

Accommodation - Riverstone House

Locations -  The Great Coast Road

Cost - $1,990 including accommodation (20% deposit to secure your spot) 

Maximum Participants - 4

Skill Level - Any!


Mum Guilt
Puni Lagoon screen
Aurorae - The Lights - Rachel Roberts
Ridges Rocks
Ridges Rocks - Rachel Roberts - Full sized TIFF-Edit

On this adventure I'll be teaching you what I do best - panoramas.
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 Friday 2nd August and concludes Monday 5th of August 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 Great Coast Road which is ranked one of the top 10 drives in the world and also happens to be my most favourite place to shoot. Places we may visit include the Pancake Rocks, Constant and Joyce Bay, The 14 Mile Bluff, Motukiekie, The Pororari Lagoon, and Woodpecker Bay.
Other places we may visit include Lake Kaniere, Lake Mahinapua, Lake Brunner, The Kapitea Reservoir and The Taramakau River. 


You'll learn;

  • How to plan your compositions using apps such as Photopills 

  • 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 

  • Night photography safety and etiquette 

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

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

What to bring

  • Mirrorless or DSLR camera

  • Ideally a fast, wide, prime lens; - 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. 

  • Spare camera batteries and SD cards

  • Sturdy tripod (essential)

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

  • Remote shutter/intervalometer 

  • 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

*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

  • 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.

Whats not Included

  • Personal, equipment and travel insurance

  • Meals except continental breakfast supplies

  • Snacks


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