Itinerary - A Kimberley Adventure for Photographers
2019 ITINERARY - Updated Sept 1.
The itinerary for 2019 is yet to be finalised and is subject to slight changes dependant on the amount of rain that falls during the wet season.
Photography locations could include:
Dawn or dusk at a large waterhole with the ranges for a backdrop; also a great location for a variety of birds. Option of a night shoot with the old vehicle there. Remote, non-touristy, no light pollution. Option to play with fire and lights and get some fun night time images.
An afternoon session with a mob of cattle, riders, dust and light. We could get one of our stock workers silhouetted, cracking a whip in the dust etc.
A trip down the valley for a billabong swim, barramundi fishing and afternoon or early evening shots over the billabong and the escarpment.
Cave paintings, warm springs, waterlily pond, prison boab tree, Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham Port, Parry Lagoons (Marlgu Billabong), Wyndham locals or Digger's workers for candid portraiture
If enough guests are interested, we could arrange for an early morning chopper flight (30 mins, approximately $400pp) from Digger's, giving you an aerial perspective of the Cockburn Ranges and El Questro gorges. The side doors can be taken out for photography. Let me know on booking as these flights going ahead depend on us getting the numbers.
The Kimberley photo trip includes opportunities to sit with Bewley and advance your post production skills (Lr and Ps). This is a great way to learn from an industry expert. When we go out photographing, Bewley is there to help you with camera technique, from the basic to the complex. He has a great teaching approach - it's all about what you'd like to achieve with your photography, about getting you to experiment and try things and most of all about not taking all too seriously but having fun, sharing what we've learned and lifting each other up!
2019 BASIC ITINERARY
We’ll pick you up mid morning from Kununurra Airport or from your Kununurra accommodation. You'll have a few minutes to buy last minute items before a café lunch and a 2 hour drive to our base for the week - the remote Kimberley cattle station, Digger’s Rest.
At the station we’ll get you settled in your Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room, show you around and meet the owners, Rod and Alida and your tutor Bewley.
We usually have an easy start this first morning letting you appreciate dawn from your bush hut or bunkhouse and maybe take a wander out amongst the boab trees on 'the flat' with your camera before the sun pops up.
Enjoy a hot cooked breakfast, cereals and fresh fruit. Spend the mid morning photographing characters and mustering preparations around the homestead and cattle yards. If the middle of the day is hot we can use the bush studio to boost our editing skills. Lunches are usually cold meats, fresh salads, homemade pizzas, wraps and the like.
Later on we'll head out to the “sunset spot” for complimentary champagne and a Kimberley sunset. On the way you’ll see locations where Hugh and Nicole filmed a number of scenes for ‘Australia’. Then it's back to the station for dinner by the fire.
We head out early for a session capturing the light. Spend the mid morning editing, keep shooting in the "machinery graveyard" or photograph the action around the horse and cattle yards.
After lunch we set out for a billabong session or swim and fish against a backdrop of ancient cliffs reflected in the water. Experiment with night photography, light painting or time lapse under a canvas of stars. Spot a crocodile by torchlight.
Up early for dawn at the rapids. We'll get some station workers throwing a cast net in the morning light. Boab trees on the plains. Grazing wallabies, cattle, brumbies.
Karunjie Stock Route shoot - where a vast expanse evokes the surface of the moon, Moochalabra cave art, Wyndham Bastion lookout.
Free time this morning to keep photographing or editing with Bewley.
Prep your favourite 5 images for an evening exhibit on the big screen when we celebrate our final evening in Kimberley style with champagne and canapés followed by a singalong around the fire.
After breakfast, we say our farewells to the station hands and owners and transfer you to Kununurra. On the way we drop in at the world class bird sanctuary, Marlgu which never disappoints. The we drop you off at your hotel, or at the airport in time for your afternoon flight.