New Zealand's South Highland Master Class Workshop Report

May 2 - May 13, 2015

In May 2015 I co-led my annual Autumn workshop to the South Island of New Zealand with co-nature photographer and friend Phillip Bartlett. Our 2015 masterclass workshop was a brand new itinerary that had been designed to provide us the best possible opportunities for photography utilising a number of different locations as bases in the South Island. We forgo trying to ‘do everything’ in the South Island in a single trip and instead focused our efforts on certain key areas to really maximise our chances to get everyone the best photographs. The South Island of New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and landscapes in the world. It is no coincidence that Peter Jackson chose this part of the globe to film the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies. Perhaps nowhere else in the world can one see and photograph precipitous mountains plunging into temperate rainforest and wild ocean beaches in so short a space. New Zealand is home to an unbelievably diverse range of subject matter, all packed together in a very small land area. Glaciers, majestic mountain ranges, moss-covered rain-forests, hidden valleys, and ocean-beaten coastlines are among the incredible array of natural wonders found there. It is an island of ever-changing weather and spectacular light conditions. It is a country made for photography.