The Trekabout Photography Workshops 'Red Centre Experience' workshop and tour is over for another year, but what a workshop it was!
Apart from low temperatures the weather was glorious. Incredibly clear blue skies and crisp cloud free nights saw some amazing landscape and starscape opportunities presented. Michael and I arrived in Alice Springs a few days early to give us a chance to photograph before the workshop commenced. We knew we were in for a treat.
Day one commenced with an informative talk by Doug from the Alice Springs Desert Park. Doug explained the layout and a brief history of the park, the animals we might encounter and a description of the different habitats. Alice Springs Desert Park is one of the 'must see' spots in the red centre. It has been set up painstakingly to create the various types of desert country.
Sand country, desert woodlands and desert river country are represented perfectly with the amazing backdrop of the West MacDonnell Ranges rising up to the south.
One of the key highlights of the park is without doubt the Nature Theatre. The Nature Theatre runs a magnificent 'Birds in Flight' display twice daily giving aspiring nature photographers a fantastic opportunity to practice their skills. Make no mistake, photographing birds in flight is not easy but having them right there in front of you flying back and forth allows for fine tuning of technique.
We like to challenge our workshop participants so we kicked off the photography with a session in the Nature Theatre. There is method in this madness though.
Each of the habitats has a number of aviaries which contain birds endemic to that habitat. The variety is stunning. Australasian Grebe, Western Bower Bird, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian Ringneck, Black-winged Stilt, White- browed Babbler, families of Masked Woodswallows, the ever present Chiming Wedgebill and many others were the subject of our group's photography in the Desert Rivers Habitat walk through aviary.
The end of day one involved me presenting an introductory Lightroom session where we also looked at Steven's images taken throughout the day. We discussed file transfer, composition and basic adjustments. Throughout the week I presented two more similar sessions covering other topics including panorama stitching and HDR technique as well as many other trips and tricks. So that was day one finished!!
Tomorrow we head east into the East MacDonnell Ranges for Emily Gap, Corroboree Rock and Trephina Gorge.