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Spring in The Cape 2018 (31 Aug – 3 Sept 2018)

Four days of the wild, arid, colourful and delicate landscapes as we explore The Cape in Spring.

 

 

On this photo-tour we will meander up the rugged West Coast to photograph the carpets of Namaqualand Daisies.  We then venture into the Cape Fruit Farms to capture many beautiful the blossoms. From there through Tulbagh to capture the new green leaves and bunches of grapes and then into the patchwork of Canola Fields in The Overberg – while staying in beautiful Greyton. This is our third trip exploring The Cape in Spring and it is always a phenomenal treat.

 

Dates: 31 August – 3 September 2018.

Please see below for price and payment policy – as well as what is included and excluded.

Photographic Skills:

Photographers of all skills level are welcome. Come Join Us!

Photographic Highlights include:

  • Nights skies, low-light and painting with light on a beach
  • Landscapes along the back roads
  • Exposure and how to get it right in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed with the wind in the fruit blossoms
  • Architecture on the oldest wine farm in the Cape
  • Depth of field in vast and expansive carpets of Namaqualand Daisies
  • Macro on buds in the Vineyards
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middle ground and background.
  • Colour and contrast in The Canola Fileds.
  • How to handle light and natural elements such as dust.
  • Movie night and feedback on images
  • A basic Lightroom Course

Itinerary:

We have created fixed workshops during the tour to ensure that we cover as many aspects of photography as possible. These are worked around the best light, travel times, check in times and meal times.

The tour does also allow for free time as the mornings are early as the nights are long.

31 August:

If you are making use of the shared transport option – we will collect you from your home / BnB, in Hermanus, around 09h00 and head to Cape Town International Airport around 10h30 to collect any photowalkers joining us for the tour (please ensure that your flight lands by 10h00. From there we will drive to the Postberg National Park.

Those self-driving can meet us outside the restaurant area at 12h30 at Postberg. Meet and greet over a picnic and then head into the reserve to photograph the beautiful landscapes. At 16h00 we will head to Lamberts Bay and check into our accommodation which is a home in the shape of a Nautilus Shell, beautifully decorated and covered in large West Coast mussel shells. Here we will check camera settings, go through camera basics, photograph the sun setting over the rough West Coast ocean, enjoy a home cooked meal together and do some night time photography before heading to bed.

1 September:

A relaxing morning after a long day – Breakfast at your leisure (full breakfast provided at BnB across the road). Check-out at 10h00. Meander through the backroads stopping in The Cedarberg mountains to photograph the beautiful orange rock faces with flowers squashed between them, through Citrusdal, into Gouda to photograph the oldest pub in South Africa and then to Tulbagh to check into our accommodation on a farm by the evening. Dinner in Tulbagh.

2 September:

An early morning workshop through the streets of Tulbagh soaking up the beauty and history of this unique and quaint Cape Village. Breakfast, check-out and to the Oldest Wine Farms in South Africa, down the backroads heading back to Greyton for a light lunch and a bit of ‘Street’ photography. We will then slowly meander down the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley wine stopping at a wine farm or two for a photograph(and do the obvious if you would like to!). Head to Hermanus, check-in and dinner at leisure.

3 September:

Onto the beach for a shutter speed workshop, and then to the Whale Boats at 09h00 – or a walk on the Cliff Paths photographing the Whales, if the boats cannot go out. Head onto Stanford for a fresh farm lunch and then meander through the area photographing the fields of bight yellow Canola. Back to Hermanus where the tour ends around 17h00.

Accommodation:

We have found that everyone has their own Accommodation needs and therefore we do not include it.

Accommodation is additional to the tour price and we can book it for you for an Accommodation Booking Fee of R500.00.  We will book you where the photographers and the rest of the group are staying.

There is the option of self-catering in clean but basic accommodation – or more comfortable 3-Star en-suite accommodation with breakfast served. Prices are based on estimates* – the actual price is dependant on availability at the time of your booking. Our booking team will do their best to find the most suitable accommodation for you – at the most suitable price for you.

  • The estimated* price over the 3 nights in self catering per person per night sharing is: R550.00
  • The estimated* price over the 3 nights in self catering for a single supplement per night is: R850.00
  • The estimated* price over the 3 nights in Bed and Breakfast per person per night sharing is: R750.00
  • The estimated* price over the 3 nights in Bed and Breakfast for a single supplement per night is: R1150.00

All of the above options for accommodation are in the Drop Downs when you fill out the “Booking and Enquiry” form at the top of the page. Once you have secured your place on the tour we will book your accommodation for you. You are welcome to book our own if you prefer – as per the itinerary above.

Transport:

thephotowalkers.com are offering shared transport from Hermanus. Its by far the easiest way to do the tours and its good fun too.

The shared transport will depart from Hermanus at 09h00 on the 31st of August and return to Hermanus at roughly 17h00 on the 3rd of September. The cost of this is additional and divided by the number of people using the service. The cost is calculated a week before departure and is invoiced.  The average price per person for the tour is between R1500 and R1900. You will be picked up and dropped off where you are staying in Hermanus or en-route at CT International at no extra charge. Please make sure your plane lands by 10h00 – we will be at pick up between 10h15 and 10h30. If you need to leave a car in Hermanus for the duration of the tour, we offer safe parking facilities.

Airport transfers at the end of the tour can be arranged on the last night of the tour**

You are welcome to self drive.

Meeting Point and Ending Point for those Self-Driving:

We will be meeting in at 12h30 on the 31st of August outside the restaurant in the Postberg Nature Reserve near Langebaan.

Meet and greet over lunch where we will check your camera setting and set you up for the tour – and then meander through the beautiful photographing until it closes.

The Photo-Tour will end in Hermanus at 17h00 on Sunday 3 September 2018.

** We can book you an airport transfer that night for flights departing from 20h00 – or during the the following day. We can also book you accommodation for that night in Hermanus (details under the booking form at the top of the page).

Price and Payment Policy:

Please fill out the form under the button at the top of the page – ‘ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS’.

There are drop-downs that prompt you to tell us if you would like to share transport and what your accommodation requirements are. Once we have received this information from you, we will send you a quote.

The full price of tour is R4950.00 (An average of R1250.00 per day for the photography instruction) A deposit of R2500.00 is required to secure you place and the balance is payable 2 weeks before departure. There is limited space so early booking is advisable.

A 10% discount is offered on the Photography Instruction to our existing clients, our past and present 52-Week Challengers and Registered Camera Club Members (PSSA – please supply details). This will reflect on your quote.  This discount does not apply while a promotional offer is running.

Non Photographers are welcome at the same price as photographers.

Includes:

Accredited South African Professional Photographers who will be on hand through out the weekend to assist you – no matter what skill level you are. A second Professional Photographer will join the tour once 10 people have confirmed.

Excludes:

Camera Gear, Accommodation, Meals, Transport, Entrance Fees and any expenses of a personal nature.

What to Bring:

In order to achieve the most from the Accredited South African Professional Photographer, a camera body with a manual mode function is recommended. However, all makes of cameras are welcome.

A tripod is essential (in the event that you do not own a tripod you are welcome to hire one from thephotowalkers.com at a cost of R200.00 for the duration of the tour). Pre-booking is essential.

Head torches for the evenings.

What to Wear:

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful. thephotowalkers.com will communicate with you closer to the date of departure should there any be any inclement weather expected that would encourage additional items of clothing that are not typical.

Non-photographers:

Persons over the age of 18 are welcome to join as non-photographers at the same rate as photographers.

Fitness:

A certain level of fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag, tripod and accessories. Reasonably short to medium distances are covered while photowalking. If during ‘free time’ you would like to partake in other adventures, additional fitness may be required.

Cancellation Policy:

Due to the logistics of the bookings the Accommodation Booking Fee is non-refundable.

Cancellations within 1 month of the tour: No refund will be issued.

Cancellations more than 1 month before the tour: 50% refund will be issued on any monies paid to date – less any costs incurred.

In the event that thephotowalkers.com has to cancel the tour for any reason what-so-ever, a full refund will be issued immediately.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature what-so-ever. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour what-so-ever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com.)