Come and photograph flowers and stars on my first post lockdown workshop and experience the wonders of the Western Cape. The easing of lockdowns comes at a time when infections are rising in South Africa but if you travel in your own car, with people you know and stay in self-contained places the chances are that you will be at no greater risk than staying at home. I can strongly support the idea of moving away from the city and exploring into the wild. It’s also so important to stimulate the economy and help the people and conservation efforts which depend so heavily on tourism. This trip is based on just 6 people to ensure maximum social distancing. The price is R6800 per person based on this.
Its going to be my first post lockdown workshop and is specifically for South African travellers (our international borders are not open yet) and we have planned an itinerary that will allow for maximum isolation and security. Guests can travel in their own vehicles and the places that we are staying allow easy distancing. Expect wonderfully open skies that are ideal for star gazing and also great flowers following our good winter rains.
The photo workshop will be held on 18 August at Mount Ceder in the Cederberg Wilderness area and we will take a maximum of 6 people. This property, which includes several self contained houses and a restaurant is set in rugged and dramatic mountains beside the Groot River on the edge of the Koue Bokkeveld at the Southern entrance of the Cederberg Conservancy. It is roughly three hours from Cape Town and reached on a spectacular drive through Ceres. The trip coincides with the new moon so there are options to photograph the Milky Way on both evenings.There amazingly clear skies with virtually no light pollution and the core of the Milky Way is perfectly positioned for photography at about 11 pm. We will have tutorials on long exposures, star stacking and time-lapse photography (link for an example) as well as intentional camera movement. We will photograph the amazing rock formations, river reflections, and go on a guided walk with the resident naturalist to see rock art and spectacular mountains. The private house has three bedrooms and a kitchen and is ours to enjoy. If anyone wishes to have further self-isolation there are plenty of other smaller houses on the property, which are available at an extra costs. We will have dinners and breakfasts in the restaurant, a braai, and enjoy excellent meals and wines. There is internet in the dining area only.
If anyone is up to it the trip also has a 3-night extension to Namaqualand. I think that you will find Namaqualand’s rugged mountains, charming villages, and famous flower fields are a great place to unlock your creativity. Our tutorials will include various techniques including light box photography, macro, landscape and intentional camera movement. The flowers in 2020 promise to be outstanding.
Simply indicate your interest if you are keen on us reserving a place on the trip. Deposits will only be requested within two weeks of travel. If the workshop cannot run for any reason, such as limitations on travel, we will provide full deposit refunds without questions. And if for any reason you are unable to travel for any reason there will be an opportunity to roll over the trip until a future date.