Last night I received some very exciting news that my book Melrakki on the Icelandic Arctic Fox has just won multiple Gold Awards at the Australian National Print Awards. Melrakki took out the Gold Award with High Commendation for excellence in print and the Gold Award for Limited Edition Books. The entry edition for the Australian Print Awards was produced by Nulab in Melbourne after extensive consultation on specialised custom finishes to ensure an absolute no compromise deluxe limited edition with the highest possible quality and finish. The final edition includes a hand bevelled glass cover, with leather spine with deluxe lay-flat album pages. Each page in the album represents the pinnacle of digital printing and matches the subtleties and nuances of the original fine-art inkjet prints.I want to thank Michael Warshall and his amazing team at Nulab for all of their efforts in the production of this super deluxe limited edition. Originally produced as a single one off edition just for these awards we have decided to make this super deluxe limited edition available for sale in the limited quantity of just five (5) copies (the first edition is already sold). The remaining four will be made available for sale on my website over the coming weeks. Each of these four editions will be hand signed, numbered and include a 20″ x 30″ fine art print from the book printed on Moab Somerset Museum Rag. Each edition comes in a presentation box. For existing owners of the Limited Edition there will be an upgrade offer to upgrade your copy to this new edition if you so desire. The remaining four editions will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Yesterday I wrapped up a private workshop to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria with a week long extension around Tasmania. Both the Great Ocean Road and Tasmania offer some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes across a wide diversity of topography. The Great Ocean road is known for its impressive and towering sandstone sea cliffs and sea stacks and Tasmania for its World Heritage forests, mountains and spectacular granite strewn beaches. Both locations make for outstanding photographic sojourns and I hope to share more images from this workshop over the coming months. The photograph below of London Bridge at sunrise is just a small sample of what is on offer in this part of the world. I had hoped to have some more time to process a few more images from both this trip and my prior New Zealand South Island Masterclass but I have run out of time (I will have full trip report on this Masterclass in the coming weeks) and tomorrow I am heading back to the airport to start the long trek to Iceland for my Ultimate Puffin workshop with Daniel Bergmann.The Iceland Puffin workshop is entirely focused on bird photography and as such my equipment for this workshop predominantly consists of longer lenses with the 600mm F4L IS MKII and 300mm F2.8L IS MKII being my main weapons of choice. Two Canon EOS 1DX MKII bodies will suffice as my cameras for this workshop. I am also taking a wide angle for close up images as well as my 85mm F1.2L MKII for some shallow depth of field work.
Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Camera Bag (Carry on Luggage)
See you in the Iceland!
Extraordinary Vision Magazine issue #59 has just published Part Three of a recent series of Articles I penned on How to Choose an Expedition to Antarctica. Choosing the right expedition will make or break the photographic opportunities you will experience in Antarctica. If you are planning or considering a future photographic expedition to Antarctica I recommend you take a few moments out of your day and check it out. Part One and Part Two have already been published. Part Four will be published in a subsequent issue.Extraordinary Vision magazine is available fortnightly with a kick start free trial. Best of all its only $1.99 to subscribe per month – less than a cup of coffee. Do yourself and your creativity a favour and check it out. Available exclusively though the iTunes App store or Google Play.
A little under a week ago I completed my 2017 Masterclass workshop in the South Island of New Zealand with my good friend and co-leader Phillip Bartlett. This workshop was extremely productive in terms of the sheer number of shoots we were able to squeeze in (as well as the locations we visited) and I wanted to share some feedback I just received from those who participated on the workshop.
Dear Josh and Phillip, I’m going over my images while waiting to depart from the Christchurch airport – what an amazing trip! Thanks so much for your instruction, sherpa and guiding, my images are so much better due to y’all. I really enjoyed my time spent with everyone, I could not have asked for better traveling companions. Please keep in touch, I would love to see everyone’s future photographic adventures. Y’all take care and let me know if you ever need a guide around the Bayou State! – Suzanne
I also want to thank everyone, in a group we made this class an unforgettable experience. In a group you learn all the time, even by just seeing what the others are doing, and how. I learned a lot about camera settings, composition, light and right moment and much more. I also learned something about the difference between a good picture, a postcard picture, art and fine art – this is essential on my way to artist! It’s nice to return home with all these good feelings and memories, – Matti
Dear Josh and Phillip, Now it is time for me as well to “saddle my horses” again, but only to move further up north towards St. Arnaud, Nelson, Takaka (Golden Bay), before then moving on to the North Island. While having another look at the images taken on our voyage together and thinking about the excellent time we had with our group I cannot help my eyes welling with tears (again). It was indeed worthwhile to have taken the “plunge” to come to the other end of the world and to put the travel schedule into your hands. Your careful planning and knowledge of this beautiful island we explored together, paired with your professional know how has given us invaluable memories for a long time to come. I enjoyed the time together immensely, could take home pictures and experiences I could never have made without you. The food was good, our vehicles an excellent choice, and I especially liked the cameradie with you all. The tips you gave to me/to us were incredibly helpful, not just for my future undertakings, but already for the rest of my time here (although without having you looking over my shoulder 🙂 ). I wish all of you still on the road save travels and yes, let us keep in touch. – Best and hugs, Angelo
Twas an adventure with you all! It was a pleasure getting to know everyone and having the opportunity to experience some pretty magical places together. Thank you Josh and Phillip for putting on a first class expeditionand leaving me with new tools and memories to treasure. – Julia
Yesterday I wrapped up my New Zealand 2017 South Island Masterclass workshop with an absolutely epic shoot at Punakaiki rocks (Pancake Rocks) on the wild west coast of the South Island. Our Masterclass took us on a complete circumnavigation of the South Island that included three separate helicopter photography sessions across different parts of the Island. One on these sessions was an absolutely incredible “doors-off” shoot over the spectacular Southern Alps (I will have a full trip report soon).In a little under forty eight hours I am headed south to Tasmania for a week long private Tasmania workshop before I again head north to Iceland for my ultimate Puffin workshop.If you are interested in travelling and photographing in the majestic South Island of New Zealand then I am now taking bookings for the 2018 Masterclass (limited places remaining only). 2018 will be the last year I run the South Island Masterclass workshop for the foreseeable future so if you have been considering adding this workshop to your calendar now is the time to get on board. This workshop is strictly limited to six participants and due to initial registrations there are already only a couple of places remaining before it will be sold out.