The Vivid Sydney festival of lights is the feature event of this ladies-only guided photographic adventure led by Lesley Whyte (Lesley Whyte Photography) and Sydney photographer Chris Tham (Voigtländer ambassador and Mainline Photo Academy instructor) in June 2021. As with all photography adventures led by Lesley and Chris, all levels are catered for and beginners are very welcome, however we recommend that you are familiar with your camera’s aperture, shutter and ISO settings.
Two nights are dedicated to Vivid, Sydney’s annual festival of lights, with a dinner cruise and the chance to take fantastic shots of the fireworks and light displays at Darling Harbour. The Beyond adventure includes two sunrise and one sunset shoot, a beach long exposure session and lots of street and urban photographic opportunities: the historic Coal Loader area with its green rooftop and old tunnels and dilapidated wharf; a visit to Redfern for the picturesque terraced houses and the aboriginal murals; a walk through Sydney’s laneways which showcase street art, graffiti and great cafés; and Manly Beach, complete with surfers.
As with all Lesley Whyte Photography adventures, all levels are catered for and beginners are very welcome, however we recommend that you are familiar with your camera’s aperture, shutter and ISO settings. Led by two photographers, Aucklander Lesley Whyte and Sydney photographer Chris Tham (Voigtländer ambassador and Mainline Photo Academy instructor), the women-only, small group setting provides you with a great learning environment, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention according to your learning style. You will leave the workshop with new skills, new friends, inspiration in spades and some really, really, stunning photos to show off.
Friday 4 June
We meet at North Sydney Harbourview Hotel after check-in and get to know each other over dinner.
Saturday 5 June
Rug up warmly for an early morning sunrise shoot overlooking Sydney’s Harbour bridge. After breakfast we catch the ferry to Manly for some architectural photographic opportunities. At Manly Beach, we take advantage of the surf and surfers for our long exposure session. After our lunch of fish and chips on the beach, we return to the city and weave our way through Sydney’s laneways for some wonderful urban and street photography. The maze of historic laneways is a showcase of street art, graffiti and, of course, great food. Later we will have a glass of bubbles at Darling Harbour before boarding our harbour dinner cruise, and afterwards we will walk around the area photographing the spectacular Vivid fireworks and light displays. Be prepared for a late evening finish.
Sunday 6 June
Dress warmly again for our second sunrise shoot, this time at Balls Head, with views over Sydney’s upper harbour, city and the Harbour Bridge. We can also walk the tracks to find plenty of fishers to photograph. After breakfast at Coal Loader Café, we spend the morning exploring and photographing the architecture of the historic Coal Loader, including the dilapidated wharf, old tunnels and accessible green rooftop. Lunch today is at Redfern, with its 1900s terraced houses and featured indigenous murals, for more street photography and a special behind-the-scenes opportunity. Before we head to dinner, we photograph Vivid and sunset from the Bangaroo Reserve.
Monday 7 June
Not quite such an early start today. We catch the train to Town Hall Station for breakfast in town, then hit the city for more street and urban photography, and another behind-the-scenes opportunity. We will lunch back at Harbourview Hotel before meeting in a conference room to share our five favourite photos from the adventure and discuss what further processing might be required. We finish the day with our final celebration dinner, toasting our new skills, our new photography buddies and our really fantastic photos.
What you will need:
From 6.00pm on Friday 31 May until before breakfast Tuesday 8 June, all you need to do is bring yourself, camera gear, warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes, except for:
What is not included in the price?
- Airfares / transport return to Sydney
- Transfers to/from airport and hotel
- Morning tea, afternoon tea
- Alcohol – except on Saturday night’s Harbour cruise
- Breakfast Tuesday 2 June
What is included in the price?
- All prices quoted are New Zealand dollars
- Four nights’ accommodation at North Sydney Harbourview Hotel (4 star) – share twin room (2 per room), although you may upgrade to a single room for additional NZ$100 per night (NZ$400 in total)
- Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
- Dinner on Friday, Sunday and Monday
- Dinner on Sydney Harbour cruise on Saturday, includes wine and beer
- Train, ferry, car travel in Sydney
- Great company, lots of fun and amazing photographic opportunities
- Early Bird 10% discount (pay deposit before 31 January) – $2,115 ($1,815 + $300)
- Full price after 31 January – $2,350
- Deposit – $300
- Single room – $400
What payment options are there? You can pay by bank transfer or credit card, you choose.
Do I get a discount if I pay in full now? If you want to pay the full amount of $2,115 in one transaction, before 31 January 2021, you will receive a complementary upgrade to a room on your own (saving $400)
What is the minimum number: We need a minimum of three women for the adventure to go ahead. Full refunds, less event management credit card fees, will be provided in the event of adventure being cancelled.
What if I need to cancel? If you cancel after 1 April 2021, up to 7 May 2021, you will be refunded the amount you have paid, less a non-refundable amount of NZ$300. If you cancel on or after 8 May 2021 you will be refunded 50% of the payments you have made.
How many will there be on the adventure? On this adventure, there will be a maximum of 10 women.
Loan equipment available: There is no cost to use the following Canon equipment: Canon 60D (crop sensor), Canon EOSR (full frame), tripod, backpack and camera bag. ND filters and Canon lenses are also available, including prime 28mm, 50mm plus 18-55mm, 55-250mm and a Tamron 150-600mm G2. Other camera brand lenses are available for hire, although a cost will apply. Advanced notice is required to use loan equipment.
What to pack: A list of recommended clothing to pack will be provided. You will also need to pack your camera and gear including: SD cards, tripod (preferably one which converts to monopod), variety of lenses (prime through to telephoto) and filters.
Insurance: Please have your camera equipment fully insured for your trip. Lesley Whyte Photography takes care to provide a safe adventure but does not accept responsibility for any damage or loss to your camera, lenses, tripod, other camera gear, personal items and clothing. All participants should also carry comprehensive travel insurance.
Questions & Bookings: Contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on mobile +64 27 4747 347