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Stradbroke Island Photography Tour

January 18, 2012

26th – 28th April 2013
A photography tour designed for photographers by photographers!

Join us on this amazing three day tour to Stradbroke Island! Learn to do night landscapes, moon lit seascapes, macro and much more accompanying the Bluedog tutors.

Please see below for prices, the list of inclusions, sample itinerary, what to bring,getting there and some FAQ, gallery of some images taken on tour.We’ll be photographing from Point Lookout, Queensland’s most easterly point with fantastic rock formations and walking trails, visiting the historic Dunwich Cemetery, Cylinder Beach, whale spotting (when in season) and learning great techniques!

There will be post processing sessions and image editing sessions and you do not need to be an advanced photographer to join us, however some basic equipment and skills are required (please see below for prerequisites to join the tour).We will be teaching you how to do this!
This tour is designed to push you as a photographer to capture stunning images – those that you have always wanted!

$990.00 inc GST Bunk Share or Queen Share
Queen Single: $1,989.00
Includes accommodation in a shared house/room on the island, tuition.
Non accommodated option: $880.00

What to bring:
You need to bring the following photographic items:
Camera with 2 batteries and charger. Digital DSLR’s should have a with lockable cable release and Bulb function.

Computer for editing and backups
Camera and lens cleaning gear
Water bottle and high energy snacks
Closed in walking shoes – reef shoes are ideal for walking on sand.
You need to bring the following personal items:
Food – there are cooking facilities and fridge at the house we rent and takeaways close by.
Sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, rain coat and umbrella
First aid kit and mosquito repellent
Alarm clock
Money for personal spending and meals.

Stradbroke Island Sample Tour Itinerary:
Day 1

Meet and greet at Cleveland Point, depart with ferry.
Photograph the historical graves at Dunwich Cemetery. Check in and settle and Post Processing tutorial. Then to Amity Point and sunset at Cylinder Beach. With nearly a full moon we will then photograph night landscapes.

Day 2:
Photograph sunrise, the seascape, birds and macro before a presentation on landscape photography after breakfast. Then its into post processing an image from the morning. There is some ‘free’ time to rest, explore and experience more before another presentation before our sunset and dusk shoot and further night landscapes.

Day 3:
For the early risers, photograph dawn seascapes, macros, birds, before breakfast.
Before departing the accommodation a further post processing tutorial and working on final image before a drive to Brown Lake and departure from the island to the main land.

The tutors may change the itinerary to suit weather conditions on the day. A wet weather plan is in place. Nothing is compulsory to attend – it is not boot camp – but we will have tutors available scheduled sessions. It’s all up to you!

Level of Photography:
An understanding of how to change your ISO
An understanding of how to work your camera on the Bulb setting
Advanced to beginners will be catered for as we have a high level of tutors per participants on all our tours.

Please be aware: We strongly recommend you have your own insurance for both your gear and yourself.While we make every effort to choose safe locations, we are sometimes venturing into wilderness areas. Participation in any activity is solely at the discretion of the individual and Bluedog Pty Ltd or any of its employees will be exempt from all liability in respect of any event, negligent act, omission, accident, personal injury, death, sickness, irregularity, loss or damage whatsoever, howsoever and by whosoever caused. We just want you to have a great experience! And due to insurance you will be required to sign a waiver agreement on registration.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss any of the above prerequisites.

What Happens if?
I don’t have a tripod?
This is a fundamental piece of equipment you should own to go to this next stage of photography and a prerequisite to attend the tour.

I don’t have a car?
The ferries do take walk on passengers and there are car hire options on the island we can put you in touch if another participant has a spare seat. We can only provide transport in our Bluedog vehicle for tutors and gear – many apologies.

It rains?
We can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, but we will be checking the weather and be keeping all those informed if it looks like bad weather may be coming. Please keep in mind, a change in weather often provides us with marvelous photography experiences such as Augustine’s amazing 5 lightning strikes on one of our Stradbroke Tours.

I forget something?
We’ll be sending out reminders and the full list again to those that register hoping you don’t forget anything. Supplies are limited on the island especially for photography gear so our advice is check and recheck and recheck and recheck and we are sure by now you get the idea.

I can’t come to this one – will there be another?
Yes! This is a wonderful opportunity and an area photographer’s travel to from around the world to photograph – we’ll be back!

How to Get to Stradbroke Island
Ferries operate regular services to and from North Stradbroke Island.
Please check prices and times as those listed, while last checked where correct, may change due to numerous reasons.
Sea Stradbroke:
Cars (including legal limit of passengers for vehicle): $135.00 return (online discount $6). Less for Seniors Card holders and Island Residents (enquire at booking office for details). Walk on passengers: $11.00 return adult
Departs: 5.30am (ex Sun), 7am, 9am, 11am
Returns: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7.45pm


Stradbroke Ferries:
Cars (including legal limit of passengers for vehicle): $135.00 return (online discount $6). Less for Seniors Card holders and Island Residents (enquire at booking office for details).
$121 with RACQ Membership discount (phone bookings only)
$101 midweek special (for outward and return between Tues – Thus)>
Walk on passengers: $11.00 return adult.
Departs: 5.30am, 6.30am, 8am, 9am etc
Returns: 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm (Sun) 3.30, 6.00pm (Mon)

Images in this gallery have been supplied by Augustine Mathews and Marianne Purdie

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