Vivid & Beyond – Sydney
Street photography is the feature 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 Queen’s Birthday Weekend 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. This 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 You will be met on arrival at Sydney Airport by your dedicated Women in Photography driver and taken to our hotel – you have free time until 5.30pm when we meet at reception and head to dinner – a great opportunity to meet your fellow photography buddies.
Saturday Dress warmly for an early morning start today – meet at reception at 5.30am as we are heading to Circular Quay to capture the sun rising over the Opera House (sunrise at 6.50am).
Time for a hot chocolate and a scrummy hot breakfast to warm us up.
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.
Enjoy a glass of bubbles at Darling Harbour before we board our harbour dinner cruise where we are treated to the amazing VIVID light spectacular. Exceptional vantage points on this boat enable us to capture light show images. After we dock, walk around the area photographing the spectacular Vivid fireworks and light displays. Be prepared for a late evening finish.
Sunday Another early morning start again today – meet at reception at 5.30am (don’t forget to 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 also walk the tracks to find 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.
Heading to Redfern for lunch, and then we walk Redfern’s streets which are lined with 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 Not quite such an early start today. We catch the train to Town Hall Station for breakfast in town, we then hit the city for more street and urban photography, and another behind-the-scenes opportunity. We will lunch back at our 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.
We finish the day on a Yarra River cruise with final celebration dinner, toasting our new skills, our new photography buddies and our really fantastic photos.
Tuesday You are transferred to airport for our return flight home.
What you will need:
From arrival at Sydney Airport on Friday until you are transferred back to the Airport on Tuesday, all you need to do is bring yourself, camera gear, warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes, except for:
What is included in the price?
- Return flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
- Four nights’ accommodation at sharing a room (2 ladies per room), although you may upgrade to a single room.
- Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
- Dinner on Friday, Sunday, Sunday and Monday
- All transport in Melbourne, including to/from airport
- Dedicated Women in Photography driver
- Great company, lots of fun and amazing photographic opportunities
What is the minimum number: We need a minimum of three women for the tour to go ahead.
How many will there be on the tour? On this tour, 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.