Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Great Ocean Road Landscape Photography Workshop

Just back from a great trip down the Great Ocean Road with 10 of the nicest, keenest folk you could imagine. We had some amazing weather with waves crashing over the 45meter cliffs of Loch Ard Gorge, some fabulous light and the rain holding off long enough for us all to get out and get some great images.

On the first evening we had dinner and saw a short slide show of what we were hoping to achieve over the weekend before an early night, well the earliest for the weekend anyway. The following days the sun didn't greet us for our sunrise shoot but the weather did with some of the most amazing scenes I have ever witnessed along that stretch of coast. A king tide, with 10m swells and onshore gusts up to 30 knots lead to some fabulous images of the power of the sea. The sun did manage to find its way through the clouds on occasion to light up the cliffs, setting them off against the dark clouds in the background. We had planned to visit Gibson's Steps in the evening but the king tide put paid to that so we bustled with the crowd at the 12 Apostles. No glorious sunsets but we came to see the might of the Southern Ocean and we got what we paid for. Not at all surprising that there are fewer Apostles after seeing what that ocean can do.

The third day found us once again exploring Loch Ard Gorge, one of the most spectacular sections of the Great Ocean Road before heading off for lunch and a trip to the Otway Ranges and try our luck shooting waterfalls. They are called Rain Forests for a reason but after huddling in the car park for five minutes sheltering from the rain we trooped off down to Hopetoun Falls where some of the best images of the trip were found. We again battled the elements but this time we had the added advantage of fresh water spray over the salt spray of the previous sessions. Sunday evening was finished up with some fantastic pizza and red wine huddled around the laptops working on the days images with the talent of the group really coming to the fore.

Still not photographed out the group payed one last visit to the coast on the Monday morning to find the seas eerily calm after the previous few days. We visited a couple more sites along the coast heading back, late, to the apartments because w
e just couldn't get enough. After a quick edit we grabbed lunch and went back to for a slide show of the participants images and I have to say I was amazed with the quality of the work produced over the weekend. I would be happy to have many of the images shown in my collection. Peoples skills came on in so many ways over the weekend from technical, camera and computer craft to seeing and composing images. And the end result was some amazing photography.

Overall the trip was a great success and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. The weather wasn't quite what we expected but I never once heard anyone complaining about it and everyone came home with fantastic images, some great memories and some new friends.


Anonymous said...

No kidding.... I was fortunate enough to be part of this incredible group, not only for diverse photographic talent, but for the great human element which is rare these days.
Craig seems to be built like his Nikon D3: quick, sharp, always focused and paying attention to detail in a highly professional way, but keeping it friendly an confortable for all. For all at every level, infact.
I would reccomend to anyone to go on a workshop with Craig Ingram, and since this was my second and not last, I'll see you all there.
Cheers to all.
Alberto Giurelli,
Lyndoch, SA.

Robert said...

Greetings: The workshop, located in a wonderful part of OZ with amazing weather and a great group of photography tragics ;-) was fun and informative, I really appreciated Craig's knowledgeable teaching style, relaxed approach and enthusiasm for photography. Alberto's analogy with the Nikon D3 is spot on - all in all, a great weekend. Thanks to Craig, the weather gods and all who attended.

Anonymous said...

The Great Ocean Road Workshop was truly amazing - fantastic scenery seen in rare circumstances, with Mother Nature throwing everything at the cliffs and shoreline, as well as everything at the participants and our cameras. Thanks again Craig for your expert tuition, and help & patience with those whose photography & computer skills are still developing. I learnt much, as I'm sure everyone did.
Our group was a great collection of friendly and eager people with a large range of skills and Craig catered expertly for us all. He has continued to enthuse a love for photography in us all, and an ability to always strive for better photos.

Anonymous said...

Did you see in last week's paper that Island Arch (as in your photo) has now collapsed! It's just Island Stacks now!
What a great trip it was. They just keep getting better. Thanks, Craig.
Best wishes to all,