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Christmas Island 8 Day Photography Tour

7th to 14th May 2019

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:

  • Landscape
  • Night sky techniques
  • Wildlife and bird techniques
  • Filters
  • Sunrise/sunsets
  • Long exposure
  • Exposure and metering techniques
  • Aboriginal culture
  • Lighting
  • HDR techniques
  • Composition
  • Review and critique of participant’s images and suggestions for improvement
  • Streamlining your digital workflow and image post-processing techniques

This is what Marilyn from Melbourne had to say about our 2018 tour.

Hi Pam, 

Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the trip to Christmas Island with you.   Learnt heaps and appreciated your patience and guidance during the entire trip. Highlights included snorkelling with dolphins, sunrises and sunsets, I could go on and on! The entire experience exceeded my expectations!

Certainly recommend to anyone interested in improving their photography and having a good time with lots of variety and learning experiences.

Many thanks once again,

Marilyn  (Melbourne)

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Allen from Sydney wrote - Well organised, flexible and considerate to participants. 

There was a variety of subjects, amazing birds in amazing locations.  Top down views, lookouts, close up.  I've never done crab wrangling before!  Got the best Golden Bosen photo ever.

Your arrangement was full of opportunity and instruction was always available.  Always, you had an alternative activity, whether for photography, physical activity or meals, which were varied nicely according to the alternatives available.

I very much enjoyed the week, which will give me much enjoyment as I review and learn from the experience.

Thanks,  Allen



  • CHRISTMAS ISLAND 8 DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE - 2019 ( https://www.pamelajennings.com.au/workshops/christmas-island )

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Come and join our small group of like-minded photographers in 4WDs - what a blast!

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