Wildflower Photo Tour (Seasonal)

Regular price
$249.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$249.00 USD
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Group Size
Min 4, Max 6
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Meals
Included / Varies with tour selection
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Transport
Air Conditioned 4WD
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Monthly Tours
July - December, Tour starts and ends in Perth

Are you making the most of Western Australia’s magical floral bounty!

Heading out off Perth, the lush green wine region of the Swan Valley will take us to the untouched bush & wetlands of the Chittering Valley, in the northern hills of the Darling Range.

Our first stop is Brigadoon and it’s rugged Bell Rapids, a treat all year round. As we continue our journey up the Great Northern Hwy, who could resist a quick break at the famous Bindoon Bakehaus and café before arriving at the Abbey of New Norcia. Established in 1847, New Norcia is the only monastic town in Australia, take a moment to appreciate and discover the history behind the Spanish architecture-style monastery. The seasonal wild flowers, fresh local produce and beautiful countryside will make this journey a day to remember, and perhaps a place to revisit!

THE WILDFLOWER SELECTION AROUND THE DARLING RANGE OFFERS A SPLENDOUR OF PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES.

SEASONAL WILD FLOWERS AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE

The wildflower selection around the Darling Range offers a splendour of photography opportunities, transforming the scenery for a very short time each year with an every-changing palette of fascinating colours. Martial has been exploring the Darling Range Hills for many years and will be there to assist you with your lens selection and camera settings.

Tour Highlight and Inclusions

  • Varieties of floral and fauna (wildflowers seasonal).
  • A taste of landscape, architecture and macro photography.
  • New Norcia Abbey and it’s fascinating history.
  • Local wine & food tasting.
  • Lunch in New Norcia (fresh local products).
  • Professional advise from Martial.
  • Bells Rapids Nature Park.
  • River walk.
  • Morning tea at Bindoon Bakehaus and Café.
  • Comfortable 4WD/Bus fully air-conditioned.
  • Small group of 6 maximum.

Dates

Dates:  Flexible with dates between July & November.

Cost: $368.00 pp

Non Photographer companion welcome

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 participants or more tours. (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only for direct online bookings)

Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of the surroundings.

 

What is included?

Nature, Landscapes, Wildflowers, Architecture and History

  • Dare to go manual Vs Auto settings, when to change
  • Working with available light [read and understanding the light]
  • What lenses should I use ?
  • Camera settings for macro photography
  • Camera settings for landscape photography
  • Camera settings for nature photography
  • Image composition, the golden rules and breaking them
– Understanding your camera
  • Reading the histogram and how to fine-tune it?
  • Depth of field, be in control
  • Adjust the exposure in relation to your subject?
  • Capturing raw

Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5

Wildflower Day Tour starts in Perth and finishes in Perth. It is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking).

Itinerary

Wildflower Photo Tour (Day Tour)

This Wildflower Day Tour starts & finishes in Perth (departure times are subject to change with the seasons). Heading out off Perth, the lush green wine region of the Swan Valley will take us to the untouched bush & wetlands of the Chittering Valley, in the northern hills of the Darling Range.

Our first stop is Bells Rapids, heading through to Bindoon and finally Abbey of New Norcia. Established in 1847, the town offers an abundance of historical old buildings to test your architectural photographic creativity.  Also monks can be seen time-to-time walking outside the monastery, please respect their privacy.

The second part of our journey will take us back towards the coast through the rolling hills and iconic landscapes of the Wheatbelt.

Our Drive will take us back to Perth through an amazing diversity of landscapes, flora and spectacular vineyards and wetlands.

A perfect add-on before your NEW NORCIA & PINNACLES NAT’L PARK Photo Tour is our PERTH HALF DAY TOUR or following straight after our NN PINNACLES D/T join us on our 3 DAY WAVE ROCK Photo Tour extension.

Photography Outline

Nature, Architecture, Landscape, Wildflowers in season

In addition to great daily photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including:

    • Dare to go manual Vs Auto camera settings, when to change
    • Working with available light [read & understand the light]
    • What lenses should I use
    • Understanding your DSLR camera
    • Camera settings for macro
    • Camera settings for landscape photography
    • Camera settings for nature photography
    • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
    • How to read your histogram and how to fine-tune-it?
    • Depth of Field calculation, be in control
    • Camera settings to take the perfect shot every time
    • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
    • Adjust your image exposure in relation to your subject
    • Capturing raw

Personal Items and Weather Conditions

Temperature can range from: 8C in winter to 45C in the peak of summer

Average monthly rain for this time of year: 1day/ Jan-Feb- Mar and 11day/ Jun-Jul-Aug

Be organized and pack smart. Sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen are essential. We will email you a more detailed and updated recommendation list on what to bring with your booking confirmation depending on the time of the years and weather conditions. I recommend packing a basic easy to grab jacket or lightweight rain coat, etc. in a smaller backpack or in your camera bag in case the weather changes suddenly.

Light weight rain jacket and rain pants. You don’t have to go all out here, but it will also help you to keep warm at night. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else, the rain gear will keep you dry when walking in the parks. I have a pair of Teflon rain pants & jacket, super light and perfect to keep in you camera bag in case of a sudden change in the weather.

A warm jacket, long trousers and a jumper or light jacket during the winter month is a must. It can get really cold late afternoon with the seabreeze all year round.

Hat and sun screen protection.

 Equipment

Camera Equipment

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better, and a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions. Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polarizer filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle and a good camera bag!

Tour Extensions

A perfect add-on before your NN & Pinnacles Nat’l Parks Photo Tour is our Half Day Perth photo tour or after your Pinnacles National Parks Photo Tour to join us on a 3 Day in the Golden Outback – Wave Rock Photo Tour

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 participants or more.

 

Perth-by-Night Photo Tour | Perth Photo Tour

Flexible with dates between July & November (Wildflower Season).

Click here for more information »

 

Golden Outback | Wave Rock Photo Tour

Cancellations, Refunds, Guides & Weather Policy

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation Policy: A 25 – 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat depending on the tour that you have selected - refer to individual itinerary. Seats to be paid in full at the time of booking or within 4 weeks of departure on all Australian tours except all extended tours; 8 weeks for Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, and 12 weeks on all extended European & USA tours including: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and USA Canyons & National Parks. Cancellations less than 30 days on day tours no refund; 12 weeks for all extended tours, including: Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, it also includes all our international tours & workshops: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and all the North American tours. Deposits non refundable except tours cancelled due to sever weather, mechanical failure or minimum numbers not met; full refund will be given. Minimum and maximum numbers are at the discretion of the operator. Tours already commenced no refund. No refund for tours missed due to lateness & sickness. Travel insurance and public liability (in the even you accidentally damage someone else property) are mandatory on all our extended tours and highly recommended on day tours as well. Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Maximum 1 baggage* per person i.e. Camera bag water bottle jumper (Extra luggage* allowance on all extended tours (1 pp – personal effects) NOTE: We cannot guarantee that you will see kangaroos emus or any wild animals on our tours nor wildflowers as they are seasonal. For MasterClass workshops extended tours and international travel policy please check our website or individual tours.

 

Tour Guides

Our tours leader is Martial Fatton – Blue Tongue Tours Owner/ Operator, however we reserve the right to provide a photographer of our choosing, which we guarantee is competent of their position. Your assigned photographer might change from initial notification until the tour departure due to illness, engagements or any other reason deemed necessary by Blue Tongue Tours, not limited to the photographers listed on this site. While we do our best to match you with a photographer of your choosing if requested, for these reasons we cannot guarantee a specific photographer for an individual tour.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, before the tour commences, you have the option of a) continuing the tour as planned and we’ll do our best to concentrate the tour to areas sheltered from the elements. At prior request, we can provide an umbrella. Or b) rescheduling the tour at no additional cost (availability permitting). 

Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circonstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience and safety of our clients!