Imagine a rainforest covered limestone island in the middle of the Indian Ocean hundreds of kilometres from anywhere, well, this is Christmas Island!
Sir David Attenborough has described Christmas Island as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. It is full of natural wonders and vivid colour is everywhere, from the land crabs’ rich reds to the rainforest’s emerald greens and the deep blue of the ocean.
We will travel the length and breadth of the island in our 4WD along inland limestone terraces, through the Jurassic-style rainforest filled with wildlife that is inquisitive and approachable. We will explore isolated coves, birding sites, panoramic ocean cliff landscapes and rainforest tracks and lookouts.
My workshop is timed to coincide with newly-hatched seabirds that are very approachable and photogenic! We hope to capture images of the rarest booby and frigate birds in the world, the Abbott’s Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird. And not to forget the island’s stunning Golden Bosun (White-tailed tropicbird).
In the rainforest we will encounter at least two species of land crabs, red and blue, and the huge coconut-crushing Robber crabs.
On this workshop I will be joined by fellow professional photographer and workshop guru Mark Rayner from Trekabout Photography.
My Christmas Island workshops have a maximum of 6 participants so there will be plenty of personalised attention and photographic tuition. We ensure your comfort with a guaranteed window seat and unlimited access to photography guidance.
If you are looking to improve your photography in a new and exciting destination, then this is for you.
Some of the topics that will be covered:
Hi Pam, Whilst I had my own (selfish) motive for going on this trip, it never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn from other like-minded photographers and this trip was no exception. Gear tips, techniques, processing, business ideas etc; not to mention the 'social' information that was shared amongst the group.
It is always difficult to efficiently run a workshop at a new location, particularly at one so remote as CI. I really appreciated all of your efforts, Pam, to make things happen regarding food and meals and coordinating prior to our arrival.
The dinners were plentiful in quality and quantity. The choice of accommodation was perfect. Thank goodness for the 'quiet mode' on the aircons - had no trouble getting to sleep after a hard day's slogging through the rainforest. Angie and her staff were non-intrusive but very friendly. To have the cleaning staff, in particular, greet you by your first name from day 1 is not something you find in too many places.
From a bird photographers perspective, I was happy to be able to photograph most of the island's endemics.
The CI landscapes are unique and I was glad to be able to re-visit pretty much all of the locations I had previously seen 20 years ago - this time with good camera gear! I liked the location choices made for sunrise/set shoots - the Blowholes at sunset was inspiring.
I was very pleased to have participated in this inaugural CI workshop and hope you and Mark have continued success with running it in the future.
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Come and join our small group of like-minded photographers in 4WDs - what a blast!