7/09/2015

ICELAND 2016 Photographic Tour

Iceland 2016 Photographic Tour

We are now taking expressions of interest in our 2016 Photographic Tour of Iceland. With around 365 days time till the tour kicks off we are finalising some of the details before accepting bookings but if you would like to put your name down on the list to be contacted with full details of the tour in a few weeks please do so. We will be working with a local Perth travel agent to also get us the best possible flights costs to Iceland and being some 12 months out we are working with a travel agent to get the possible deal when these deals hit the market, we will know first right HERE …

The 2016 Tour of Iceland will be a little different to the normal tours we have done in the past and what others may offer. Talking to many locals on the ground we have customised next years tour to take in some new exciting fresh location in Iceland that will surely be breath taking and leave us all speechless when we visit, photograph and video them. There will also be provisions made to spend 2 days photographing Dubai

So get your name down on the list as we travel as a small tight group so we can move swiftly and at a moments notice taking advantage of the best conditions on the ground as they unfold.

Interest can be registered by dropping me an email at info@spoolphotography.com …

Hope to see you on the tour, it promises to be epic!

Here are a couple of reviews from out tour in 2015 … 

Trent Konstantinu –  The Incredible Tour of Iceland in 2015 was an amazing experience!  Neal & Clint were fantastic guides and they were able to take us to all the spectacular postcard locations in Iceland and several hidden little gems that tour groups do not go too.  They helped me a lot with developing my photography skills and instructed me on how best to compose the best shot.  They took care of everything which allowed me to just focus on taking a truck load of photos and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  The trip was a lot of fun and Neal & Clint were easy to get along with.  I would highly recommend anyone going on a tour with this experienced pair of photographers.

Darryn Santich - So glad I made a last minute decision to go on the Incredible Iceland tour 2015. Neal and Clint organised a fantastic itinerary which included all the incredible landscapes I had only ever dreamed of seeing. They’re knowledge they handed to me on landscape photography was immense and I have walked away with a greater ability to compose and light landscape photography. I exspecially liked the Arora Borealis they got us too on the second last night. The only spot in the whole of Iceland cloud free and we had an awesome K5.5 storm to shoot for 4 hours. What a blast. Thanks Neal and Clint , I have already recommended others to join your next excursion to Iceland in 2016

 

 


26/03/2014

Karijini National Park

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit Karijini National Park. While I have been there a couple of times before this was the first time I was able to get up there in the wet season. And a vastly different place it is at this time of year.

Firstly there was a cyclone that ripped through the area just north of Karijini National Park a few days before but it also left a vast amount of rain in and around Karijini, cutting off access roads and towns. If we had planned to go up 2 days earlier we would of not of been able to get through the closed access roads.

We waiting the main roads department close all the roads and reopen them slowly over the course of 3 days from the comfort of home and the Department Of Main Roads website updates …

Two days before the last of the access roads opened we set off on the 1600km drive up to Karijini National Park. Stopped off at Coral bay for a night before heading into the park.

One the best reasons to go in the wet season is the storms firing in over the land. They make for some spectacular colour to an already stunning landscape as evident below with a late afternoon summer storm that surrounded us me as I shot over the gorges below. Incredible light and stunning scenery, you cant ask for more than that …


23/10/2012

Great Ocean Road Workshop

4-6 December 2012
Great Ocean Road Workshop

Join myself as we shoot some of the best locations along the Great Ocean Road, shooting some of the areas most stunning scenes at the best times of day. I will instruct you in the field when we shoot and when we are not shooting in the best possible light i will be showing you my digital post production workflow and tools I use.

We will be shooting waterfalls, forest and the Apostles over the course workshop. This is my last workshop for the year. All meals, transport and accommodation is provided on the workshop. Workshop numbers are very limited and small so I can spend quality time with each person. Please contact myself for further information and to reserve you spot today at info@spoolphotography.com ….

 

 

Workshop Includes

  • Composition
  • Using the conditions to your advantage
  • Camera Raw processing
  • Blending through luminosity clusters
  • Luminosity masks
  • White point
  • Curves
  • Levels
  • Selective image contrast
  • Painting light with levels and curves
  • Increasing dynamic range without getting that awful HDR look
  • Blending layers to achieve desired tone, clarity and vibrance
  • Preparing images for final internet presentation through to print

And some neat tricks I have developed through years of trails …

If you would like a workshop in your area please register your interest at info@spoolphotography.com …. We already have registered interest in 2013 for the Central Coast NSW, and Tasmania …

Refund and cancellation policy

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27/09/2012

Great Ocean Road Guided Tour Workshop

GUIDED GREAT OCEAN ROAD WORKSHOP WEEKEND

Join myself Neal Pritchard and Clint Baker on a 3 day photographic safari through some of Australia’s most beautiful locations along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Take this opportunity to take a guided tour to explore the some amazing locations on the Great Ocean Road and at the same taking your photography to the next level. The 3 day workshop involves photographing sessions at the golden hours of each day, from before dawn and late afternoon through to twilight. With Photoshop post production classes held throughout the day. You will learn post production methods, insights and techniques that both Clint and Neal use with their own photography. We all stay at great accommodation at both Apollo Bay and Port Campbell where you will enjoy the great food of local eaters and is all inclusive. Full transportation is included on the course. We pick you up from the Melbourne CBD first thing friday morning and drop you back to Melbourne Airport or CBD Sunday afternoon/evening.

What is supplied on the course

Transport to and from Melbourne CBD and/or Melbourne Airport.
2 nights accommodation along the Great Ocean Road (Twin Share)
All meals. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Friday & Saturday. Breakfast & Lunch Sunday
Guided tour of locations along Great Ocean Road. Stunning coastal scenes, waterfalls and magnificent forests
Photoshop post production methods insights and techniques used by both Neal and Clint
Workshop Manual (video tutorials) on USB Stick
Small group workshop limited to JUST 6

What you need to bring on the course

DSLR Camera, tripod and lenses
Camera Case/Bag
Remote cable release
FIlters ( if possible Polariser and ND Graduated )
Lap Top with Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop Elements
All clothing including provision for wet and cold weather

Course Date Friday 7th December through to December 9th 2012
Course Cost $1695
Deposit to Secure place 50%
Positions available 6
Early Bird Book and Pay Before Nov 1 2012 Special Discount Price $1495

Reserve your space by calling
Neal 0406 408 317 / email info@spoolphotography.com
Clint 0401 189 666

 


15/12/2011

A Winters Sunrise

First up thanks once again to all those nice people that have purchased a print from myself over the last month, its folks like you that keep this site alive and enable me to venture out and capture those moments we are sometimes in our busy lives just too busy to see.

My next up to blog is a simple image I took in the winter of 2010 between winter storms along the southern coastline of Western Australia. I chose a square composition for this shot as i had taken plenty of panoramics of the area and was looking for a more intimate shot of the location …

Now available on the website “A Winters Sunrise” in many sizes or email/call me for your custom size requirement …


13/12/2011

Mono Lake California

While I have seen hundreds of images from Mono Lake and I took hundreds as well with the few hours I had there as well most I find have a similar tone unless shot in winter. I remember taking this well past sunset when a majority of the crowds had left for the day. With just a few photographers scattered around the shoreline we pretty much had the place to ourselves bar the howling coyotes in the distance.

I had taken several images before this series of images and was still looking for the right angle and time for the perfect shot. Mono Lake itself is a huge area and lies below sea level so the water is very salty and only really home to brine shrimp, flies and migratory birds that come to feed on the flies and shrimp ( yuk )

I am looking to having this printed at around 60-65 inches and mounted for my own home, maybe in my study or lounge …

The image can be printed up to around 70 inches in length and is available through the website page here : Mono Lake ….

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2/12/2011

Christmas Orders and Delivery

Just a quick note I am very thankful to all those that are placing orders for my photography prints over the last few weeks. Local and overseas demand has outstripped that of this time last year and I have been kept busy.

To those thinking about placing an order please do so before the 9th December so I can have your order printed and in the mail before Christmas … Orders placed after the 9th December may not be mail to you before Christmas … And remember all Facebook Orders get 15% discount just mention “Facebook15″ for the season sale price

 




29/11/2011

New Australian Landscape Images Coming

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week. With shooting along the great ocean road here in Victoria taking up most of my time … I will have a new update and image coming in the 12 hours as I will be back home and back to regular updates …

Shooting as good along the Great Ocean Road with conditions good for a 12 apostles … I also visited the heavily wooded area of Otway National Park for a series of images taken of some waterfalls and dense forests/trees … With a busy week a head I hope to have these images online on the main site  Spool Photography within the next 7 days for please be on the look out for new works by myself …


10/11/2011

Queensland Beautiful One Day Perfect The Next

Not much wrong with that saying. While I have visited Queensland many many times over the past 20 or so years it only has been in recent years I have taken my time and look at the photography before the vacation aspect of a Queensland break.

This was taken one evening on the way back from visiting a few waterfalls during the day and while the days shooting was not very good due to poor light, the evening was more of a success … A sunset overlooking the Australian Bush looking over towards the Pacific Ocean …

*** Without the borders and image title  … Gold Coast Sunset ***

 

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24/10/2011

Lake Tahoe

Scouring over some old files to find something that could work with a tone that caught my attention earlier today. I am not sure how to describe it other than to say for me it looks like a silvery chocolate … Finding that right combination took a little time but after processing the image in color first then going to the black and white stage. Only after I was happy with the final black and white image did I start looking at colors that could match the tone I was looking for … Silvery Chocolate … Yeah I know not very technical, but thats what I get for the tone …

Enjoy …

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