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West Coast Astro

When - June 28th - July 3rd

Accommodation - 

Locations - Kaniere, Kumara, Mahinpua, Tarakamakau 

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

Maximum Participants - 4

Skill Level - Any!

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Lake Kaniere
Nightscape - Mahinapua - Rachel Roberts (1 of 1)
The Reflection
Bridge Aurora Pano - Cropped w watermark
Southern Arm
Riverstone Stack w watermark
Nightscape - Solitude - Rachel Roberts
Kaniere 35mm pano
Mahinapua Jetty Stack-PS Edit
Rising arch
Landscape Stack-Final Edit

What to bring

The workshop commences at 12pm June 30th and concludes 3rd July 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 are some of my most beloved haunts close by such as the Kapitea Reservoir just out of Kumara with the most epic reflections on a still night, Lake Kaniere which is the most compositionally perfect lake in all NZ, Lake Mahinapua also with beautiful reflections and the Taramakau River and bridge which is just a short walk out the back door. We'll shoot mainly the rising Milky Way but there will also be the opportunity to shoot the setting Milky Way arc during the wee hours of the morning as both of these compositions are possible at this time of the year.

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)


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

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


Whats Included

-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 (again, not essential but very helpful)

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

-Thermal base layers

-Warm jacket*

-Sturdy and warm footwear
-Hat, hood or beanie

-Head torch with a red light

-2-3 lens cloths*

-Water bottle


*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.

-3 nights of landscape Astrophotograhy tuition in the field

-Accomodation 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


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