Jun 162014
 

On the first of May 2014, Mark and I took twelve very excited workshop participants on a 13 Day African Photography Adventure, taking in Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls. From the minute we all met, the mood was fantastic and everyone got on like the proverbial ‘house on fire’. I sensed that this was going to be a very special photographic tour and I wasn’t wrong…

 

African Photography Workshop and Tour
African Photography Workshop and Tour

After arriving in Windhoek (Namibia) on the first day, we then headed for the deserts of Namibia. What a way to start our tour! All I can say is that they truly are stunning… We were out on safari straight way and stared exploring the incredible desert countryside and wildlife with our cameras. Our shutters were going off at a rapid rate! One of the many highlights was heading out to the iconic ‘Dead Vlei’, just after sunrise. The dead trees, preserved due to the lack of humidity, are thought to be over 900 years old. Coupled with the fiery orange/red, sun-soaked sand and rich blue sky made for some fantastic landscape images. This landscape setting has always been high on the list for photographers worldwide and let me assure you, it didn’t disappoint!!

 

In Namibia, we stayed at both Kulala Desert Lodge and Wolwedans Dune Lodge . The accommodation was absolute five star, the food was delicious and plentiful and the African staff were so incredibly friendly and hospitable. One hundred percent smiles at all times and always willing to please.

 

African Photography Workshop and Tour
African Photography Workshop and Tour

We then took a small charter flight to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Our first lodge was Kwara Camp, where we spent three glorious days and then another three days at Lebala Camp. Again, deluxe accommodation, great meals and wonderful staff. Not long after our arrival, we headed out on the first of many ‘game drives’. Well, what can I say? WOW!! The wildlife encounters were simply out-of-this world and more than any of us could have dreamed of! Our guides and trackers are so in-tune with the wildlife and highly-experienced, so whenever there was even a hint of wildlife tracks, a distant sighting or a radio call from another vehicle, we were off like a rocket!! One of the highlights included being charged by elephants while in our safari vehicles! Our incredibly experienced guides made sure they had their foot on the pedal and were out of there at lightning speed (we were always safe, as safety is their number one priority).

 

African Photography Adventure 3
African Photography Workshop and Tour

Other highlights included seeing a cheetah with three cubs close-up (very rare) after she attempted a kill, but aborted, being metres from a leopard plucking a Guinea Fowl she had just caught, before eating it in front of us, seeing a hippo interacting with its baby, herds of zebras, extremely close giraffe encounters, hyenas, numerous birds and much, much more. There was even an elephant herd of around 30+ individuals, heading back towards our camp, with a tiny baby being protected by the matriarchs, passing right in front of our vehicles. Talk about ticking off the ‘bucket list’ :-))

 

African Photography Workshop and Tour
African Photography Workshop and Tour

The brilliant staff, with wonderful names such as ‘G’ (“A,B,C,D…G”, as he would announce himself), ‘Shoes’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Timber’ and ‘Partner’, to name but some, gave their all to ensure we had a wonderful experience in Africa. The ‘Okavango’ sure did deliver… We all kept saying “can this trip get any better?” and each day it did!

 

African Photography Workshop and Tour
African Photography Workshop and Tour

After six days and 12 incredible four wheel drive safaris in the Delta, we then took a flight to Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe side. These falls were at their peak and the amount of water flowing over them was staggering. A helicopter over the top of them sealed another great day….

 

On last night of our incredible African Photography Adventure, we all went to a restaurant named Boma that was done up like an African village. We were greeted by singing and dancing ‘Zulu warriors’ and were each given the traditional African ‘toga’ to wear. The food was plentiful and very tasty. We also all joined in on a drumming session, danced and basically had the time of our lives. The next morning, it was time to hit the local markets for some shopping and bartering, to get a few bargains.

 

Feedback from our participants was unanimous – this was the greatest trip anyone had ever been on, Mark and myself included. The joy we felt during the whole trip was wonderful and I have to say, if I could bottle and sell the ecstatic feeling we all felt for so much of the trip, I’d be a very wealthy man!

 

Breaking News!!
Identical ’13 Day African Photography Adventure Photography Tour’ has just been announced.
Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls

 

Would you like to join Mark and I for this incredible five star, trip of a lifetime to photograph amazing African landscapes and wildlife and a trip that you can tick of your ‘Bucket List’? This may be just the photography adventure you have been looking for!

Feb 182014
 

TarkineFull details can be seen here for our new 5 day Tasmanian Tarkine Photography Workshop and Tour, presented by professional landscape photographer Luke O’Brien and myself, in May 2015.

Both regions have amazing scenery, are incredibly diverse and a dream to photograph. Luke and I look after every aspect of the workshop – we pick you up in Launceston by bus, drive you around for 5 days (taking you to the BEST photographic locations), organise accommodation and meals, as well as giving you expert photography tuition. At the end of the workshop, we drop you back in Launceston, where you can travel back home or continue your trip.

Feel free to contact me here with any questions you may have.

Oct 132013
 

Michael Snedic presenting at PSQ 2013On the October Long Weekend (5th, 6th and 7th of October 2013) I opened the PSQ Photography Convention in Mackay as Keynote Speaker, as well as presenting a macro workshop the following day. The event was hosted by the Mackay Camera Group and I can honestly say it was the best-run PSQ Convention I have ever attended. The caliber and variety of the other speakers and workshops was exceptional, the venue and meals served couldn’t be faulted, staff were very helpful and the event ran smoothly and efficiently. I have heard feedback from many that were in attendance at the convention and it was a universal ‘thumbs-up’ from all. I would personally like to thank all of those involved, on a voluntary basis I might add, for putting together such a wonderful event.

 

Michael presenting photo workshop at Mackay Botanic Gardens

I also presented a half day photography workshop the day after after the convention ended, to a group of eleven very enthusiastic participants, at the Mackay Botanic Gardens. Many questions were answered and problems solved, as well as plenty of tips and techniques given on how to take better photos. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, as the photo shows!

Aug 152013
 
Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic
Competition and Exhibition 2013

Ipswich City Council are hosting a wonderful photography competition again this year, the ‘Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition’. There is no entry fee and anyone can enter, as long as the images entered are taken in the Ipswich Shire.

Last year saw more than 1200 entries in the competition and almost 1200 votes in the People’s Choice Awards.

This year’s prize pool is valued over $5000 with prizes for each category, the Overall Winners, and the People’s Choice Winners.

CLOSING DATE | Friday, 4 October 2013
AWARDS NIGHT | Tuesday, 22 October 2013
PUBLIC EXHIBITION | Thursday, 24 October – Wednesday, 6 November 2013
PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING | Thursday, 24 October – Wednesday, 6 November 2013

For more information and to enter the competition, click here

Apart from presenting two workshops tomorrow for council already, I’m one of the two judges and will also be the MC for the Awards Night in October.

Get your entries in now, folks!!

Jul 222013
 

Satin Bowerbird displaying in front of bower
Come and spend two days searching for, and photographing, a myriad of birds found in Queensland’s beautiful Bunya Mountains region. This weekend workshop (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of October 2013) is hosted by professional birding guide, Barry Davies and myself. Barry will assist us in finding the different bird species found in the area and I will show you how to best photograph them.

Bird species we will be looking to photograph include King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Superb Fairy Wrens, Eastern Yellow Robins, Southern Logrunners, White-browed Scrub Wrens, Yellow-throated Scrub Wrens, Golden Whistlers and Satin Bowerbirds at their bowers and many more.

For more details on this exciting new workshop or to book your place on this workshop, click here

May 272013
 

Brisbane Photo Walk – May 2013
Brisbane Photo Walk – May 2013

Ian Wilson with his Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW bag – Photo Walk prize
Ian Wilson with his Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW bag – Photo Walk prize

On Sunday the 26th of May 2013, I organised a free ‘Photo Walk’ where anyone could come along and join in for a morning’s fun and photography, with like-minded people. The weather was very kind to us, there were loads of great photographic opportunities and lots of socialising. It was lovely to catch up with past-participants of photography workshops and people I had met while presenting at conventions and camera clubs over the years, Facebook friends as well as quite a few new people. The event attracted around 40 people, which was great to see.

Thanks to Lowepro (Maxwell International Australia) who came through with a fantastic prize to be given away at the event, a Photo Sport Pro 30L AW backpack, valued at $259.00. The winner was a very pleased Ian Wilson. Congratulations, Ian!

Marg Hamwood – Full Day workshop winner – Photo Walk
Marg Hamwood – Full Day workshop winner – Photo Walk

Mark Rayner and I also gave away a prize of a full day photography workshop of the winner’s choice. This was won by a very excited Marg Hamwood. Congratulations to Marg!

Thanks again to everyone for making the ‘Photo Walk’ the success it was.

May 172013
 

My latest photography newsletter has just been released. It includes eight pages packed with photography-related information including:

Newsletter 11 – May 2013

  • News regarding photo trips, publishings and other events
  • Landscape Photography Masterclass – Short article on how to take better landscape images
  • ‘Photo of the Month’ – Image and text by photographer Wolf Crisan
  • Inspirational Photographer – Miguel Lasa
  • Photo Competition – Winning image plus new subject announced
  • PSQ (Photographic Society of Queensland) Photography Convention details – Mackay – October 2013
  • Photography Workshops news – Including details on recently-announced African and Kangaroo Island trips
  • Lord Howe Island Photography Workshop and Tour – Announcing Ben Fewtrell as Guest Presenter
  • Tasmanian Photography Workshop and Tour update (March 2013) – Including photography of Aurora Australis during workshop
  • One on One Photography Tuition details
  • Free Photo Walk – South Brisbane – 26th of May 2013

 

Read the May 2013 edition of the Photography Newsletter

May 072013
 

Dead trees of Sossusvlei – Namibia

‘African Adventure Photography Workshop and Tour’ for May 2014 has already booked 11 places, with only three places left. This once-in-a-lifetime photographic experience has been designed from the ground-up, with photographers in mind one hundred percent.

Elephants at the Okavango Delta

Our photographic adventure goes to Namibia, where we will stay right on the spectacular sand dunes. We will photograph Sossusvlei at sunrise, the stunning Oryx and much more. We then fly to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the best place in Africa to see and photograph its stunning wildlife, where we will be on private reserves. Not only do we have our own private guides but also trackers on the ground, to maximize our chances of seeing and photographing great wildlife interaction. The vehicles we will travel in have been purpose built with photographer’s in mind, each with an open roof and no poles to get in the way of our cameras. We then take another flight to a different part of Okavanga Delta, where there will be more amazing wildlife photography opportunities.

From the Okavanga Delta, we fly to Zimbabwe photograph the iconic Victoria Falls, do a river cruise, go on a guided tour and more. At the end, we will celebrate with a wonderful African party, full of singing, dancing and lots of local food and drinks!

Apr 042013
 

Rainforest Masterclass ‘Deep Under Cover’ -  Australian Photography magazine – April 2013 The April 2013 edition of Australian Photography magazine features my article on how to best photograph rainforests. It is advertised on the front cover as a ‘Rainforest Masterclass’ and is titled ‘Deep Under Cover’. This article is the largest feature I have ever had published and comes in at a whopping seven pages! It includes numerous tips and techniques on how to best photograph in rainforests, to create stunning images. Rainforests are, without doubt, a favourite photographic destination of mine.

4th of April 2013. Read the ‘Rainforest Masterclass’ article

Mar 272013
 

Aurora Australis captured on camera during Tasmanian Photography Workshop and Tour!

One of the most remarkable experiences of my life occurred right in the middle of a week-long Tasmanian photography workshop and tour (17th of March 2013), that I was presenting with Tasmanian landscape photographer, Luke O’Brien. Luke and I had just finished presenting a sunset shoot at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Coast, in Tasmania, with our participants. Word was out that there was a very strong chance of an Aurora Australis happening that night, (and Luke’s Aurora App was going off) so we all stayed around and waited patiently. Sure enough, as the night wore on, the Aurora started to happen and the euphoria amongst our group was unbelievable! Without doubt, the most amazing landscape photography experience of my 17 years of photography and a night I will NEVER forget….

27th March 2013. View a larger version of Aurora Australis

Mar 202013
 

Bird Photography Article – Barking Owl The subject of my article on bird photography for the ‘Bird Photography Masterclass Series’ of Australian Birdlife magazine for March 2013 is the delightful Barking Owl. It took quite a bit of patient waiting, before the owl turned his head to one side.

20th March 2013. Read the Bird Photography Article

Feb 142013
 

Latest Photography Newsletter - Issue 10 – February 2013 Issue 10 of my Photography Newsletter has just been released. This issue is filled with seven pages of photography-related topics. These include an article on depth of field, photography location of the month, photo of the month, photography competition details, another inspirational photographer as well as information regarding up-and-coming photography workshops/tours and one-on-one tuition. I hope you find it useful and entertaining.

14th of February 2013. View Newsletter 10 or subscribe here

Jan 042013
 

Bird Photography Article – Little Egret The subject of my article on bird photography for the ‘Masterclass Series’ of Australian Birdlife magazine is the Little Egret. It took many hours each day, for four days, to finally ‘nail’ a shot of the egret with his wings out, fish in beak. This is a perfect example of being rewarded for your patience and never giving up…

4th of January 2013. Read the Bird Photography Article

Dec 122012
 

Tasmanian Workshop/Tour A Huge Success! The fully-booked 7 day ‘Tasmanian Experience’ Photography Workshop/Tour I presented with landscape photographer, Luke O’Brien at the end of November 2012 was an absolute success! We were blessed with prefect weather for the whole week and there were more photo opportunities than we could have ever imagined. Stunning sunrise at Cradle Mountain/Dove Lake (one of the best ever), beautiful sunset at Freycinet on the beach, close-ups of wild wombats and echidnas, dolphins diving in and out of the water, only metres from our boat and much more. The workshop participants were so enthusiastic and everyone had a ball. A dream workshop…

For anyone who would like to spend a week in Tasmania with Luke and I, being shown the best locations and subjects to photograph and how to best photograph them, we have another identical Tasmanian workshop/tour on offer in March 2013, with some places left.

12th Dec 2012. Read more about the ‘Tasmanian Experience’

Sep 262012
 

Bird Photography Article – Lord Howe Island Woodhen My latest bird photography article in the ‘Photography Masterclass’ series of Australian Birdlife magazine, has been published in the September 2012 issue. The featured bird is the rare Lord Howe Island Woodhen, which I photographed while climbing up the 875 metre Mt Gower, last October, when I was on the island.

26th of September 2012. Read the Bird Photography Article

Jul 182012
 

South east Coast Since all the spots on the 7 Day ‘Tasmanian Experience’ Photography Workshop in November 2012 booked out in record time, I’m pleased to announce a new, identical workshop for March 2013. Tasmania is my favourite natural place to photograph in Australia and I, along with Tasmanian landscape photographer, Luke O’Brien, can’t wait to show you the best spots to photograph as well as the best ways to photograph there.

18th of July 2012. For more details about this workshop, click here

Jun 202012
 

Australian Photography magazine article – Lord Howe Island – July 2012 Australian Photography magazine has published my five page article on how to best photograph Lord Howe Island, in its July 2012 edition, titled ‘Locations – Lord Howe Island’. This beautiful island is one of the most photogenic places to photograph in Australia. I can’t wait to return there in October to present my photography workshop, as well as spend a few days photographing the island afterwards.

20th of June 2012. Read the Lord Howe Island photography article

Jun 182012
 

Tasmanian Photography Workshop and Tour books out in record time! The 7 Day ‘Tasmanian Experience’ Photography Workshop and Tour that I’m presenting with Tasmanian landscape photographer, Luke O’Brien, has booked-out at amazing speed. We now have a waiting list, so feel free to add your name to the list.

18th of June 2012. For more details about the workshop, click here