© 2020 Lester Chan

Auckland Treasures

S P R I N G   W O R K S H O P

SEPT 17 - SEPT 21

T O U R   H I G H L I G H T S

 

Scenic Flight over Auckland City & the Wild West Coast

On Location Photography Instruction in Auckland's most iconic places

Post Processing Master Classes throughout the workshop in the comforts of our accommodation

T O U R   I N F O

5 Days, 4 Nights of Exploration and Chasing Light along the East Coast Bays and West Coast of Auckland

Hotel Accommodation & Transportation Provided

Welcome Dinner & Farewell Lunch Included

Maximum group of Five Participants

I T I N E R A R Y

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D A Y  1

We will arrive in the North Shore of Auckland by the afternoon where we will meet and head to our hotel accommodation to check in. 

 

The lovely north shore of Auckland is home to the most stunning panoramic views of the Auckland city skyline. Our group will head out on our first cityscape shoot as we watch the thousands of beautiful little lights illuminate the city skyline when sunset fades into the blue hour.

 

After our shoot, we will have our welcome dinner and also discuss the weather conditions over the next week.

We will head to rest early as our adventure begins before the break of dawn tomorrow.

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D A Y  2

We will venture out to capture the remnants of the night and the first rays of the sun as it rises above the cliffs of Torbay. 

After sunrise, we will continue exploring other locations along the bay area. In the evening, we will head off for an amazing scenic flight experience that will grant us a new perspective over the Auckland city skyline and the breathtaking west coast beaches.

After dinner, we will have our second sunset cityscape shoot along the city. If the weather conditions allow, we may look at photographing the stars and milky way along the coast for some night photography.

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D A Y  3

We will witness our second sunrise along Castor Bay this morning and begin our west coast adventure.

The west is wild, home to the amazing black sand beaches, lush native forests and gorgeous waterfalls. We will explore the hidden and untamed beauty of the wild west, starting off with Mokoroa Falls. 

We will spend our day exploring the waterfalls and then settle onto the wild coastlines of Muriwai to photograph the Australasian gannets as they interact and soar above the towering cliffs while the sun sets in the horizon.

If the weather holds up we will witness the gorgeous west coast under a starry night.

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D A Y  4

A sunrise session is scheduled this morning on the shore overlooking our beautiful Auckland city skyline. 

 

We will then head off to the west coast to explore the beautiful KareKare Falls and beach which offers several minimalistic  scenes and compositions.

 

We will then journey for a short drive down to KiteKite Falls in Piha and then to the iconic Piha Beach after. Here, we will find the stunning Lion Rock which we will photograph and explore through the golden hour and sunset.

If the weather allows we will look at some Astro photography along Piha/Karekare.

 

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D A Y  5

Our final sunrise will be experienced along Takapuna Beach, a location that grants a whole new perspective when the tides are low, exposing the sea bed to the treasures of the ocean.

 

After sunrise, we will pack our bags and with our memory cards filled with beautiful images and our hearts filled with content from an awesome workshop together, we will have our Farewell lunch together.

 

We not say 'Goodbye' but 'See you again' as we bid farewell to another amazing experience and workshop together. 

P R I C E: $3500 NZD

DEPOSIT: $500 NZD To Secure Booking.

Balance must be accounted for at least 30 Days before the workshop commences.

(Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change throughout the workshop to suit current weather conditions.) 

I N C L U D E D

 

  • Scenic Flight (A full refund of $250 NZD for the scenic flight will be provided in the case where weather does not permit)

  • Transportation

  • Fuel and Toll Fees

  • Hotel Accommodation

  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Lunch

N O T   I N C L U D E D

 

  • Flight Tickets

  • Visas

  • Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (other than above mentioned)

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Medical and Travel Insurance

  T O P I C S    C O V E R E D

 

  • Composition 

  • Using Manual Settings 

  • Reading Your Histogram 

  • Night Photography 

  • Metering 

  • Raw Image Processing

  • Creating and Enhancing Light

  • Dodging and Burning

  • Curves and Levels

  • Sharpening

  • Global and Local Adjustments in Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop

  W H A T  Y O U  W I L L  N E E D

 

  • A Camera 

  • A Tripod

  • Cable or Wireless Shutter Release

  • Camera Bag with Waterproof or Resistant Cover

  • Clothing for cold temperature or potentially wet weather.

  • Sturdy Footwear (Hiking Boots)

  • Laptop, Memory Cards, Hard Drives

  • Camera Batteries With Chargers

  • Camera Lens Cleaner 

  • Phone Chargers

  • Software Listed 

  • Torches/ Head Torch for Night Photography

C A N C E L L A T I O N   P O L I C Y

You will be refunded according to the following:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: Full Refund minus a $300 service fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: No Refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 48 hours of the time that the request is approved.