In May 2015 I will be co-leading a new landscape Masterclass workshop to the South Island of New Zealand with good friend and Pro Landscape Photographer Phillip Bartlett. Our workshop will take us on a photographic journey into ‘Middle Earth’ – The spectacular South Island of New Zealand. We will be photographing in the style of professional landscape photographers, setting ourselves up with three main ‘base camps’. This means we will have extended stays in areas which offer exceptional photography in all directions, allowing us to select our shoot locations based on the prevailing weather. This approach will give us the best possible chance to capture the highest quality imagery. This 2015 Landscape Masterclass is the follow-up to the very successful 2014 Introduction to New Zealand Workshop I led in February this year (You can read the Trip Report Here). To get an idea of what we will see and experience on this masterclass workshop just click on the image below to play the short preview movie.
Our South Island born guide, Phillip Bartlett, is a seasoned New Zealand landscape photographer. Our itinerary has been carefully put together and includes many of his favourite locations, which by definition are a world apart from the usual tourist areas. To access these remote wilderness areas we need to travel by 4-wheel drive vehicles and helicopters, to where few others, both visitors and New Zealanders alike, have been. Our shoots will be concentrated in the regions of the MacKenzie country, Fiordland and the West Coast, with a side trip to the East Coast!The South Island of New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and landscapes in the world. It is no co-incidence that Peter Jackson chose the South Island of New Zealand to film the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies. Perhaps nowhere else in the world can one see and photograph precipitous alpine mountains plunging into temperate rain forest and wild ocean beaches in so short a space. New Zealand is home to an incredibly diverse range of subject matter in a small island. Glaciers, waterfalls, spectacular valleys, imposing mountain ranges and black pebble beaches. It is an island of ever changing weather and spectacular light conditions. It is a country made for photography.This masterclass workshop is strictly limited to just six photographers. We welcome all level of photographers; however it is best suited to those who have a good understanding of their camera and photographic technique. Due to prior expressions of interest and bookings there are only three places remaining before this workshop will be sold out. You can download a PDF with information including an itinerary at my main website at www.jholko.com. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to register your interest for this masterclass workshop.