Hidden Landscapes - 2018

AUD $680.00
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Location: Bathurst, Nsw

Hidden Landscapes

2-Day All-Inclusive Easter Weekend - Photography Retreat 2018

Immerse yourself in a weekend of learning, exploring and sharing creative energy in landscape and macro photography.

The Bathurst landscape has been inspirational for many genres of artists for its subtle light and undulating mountain and bush scapes. 

Looking through a macro lens brings you up close to a whole new world of colours, textures and shapes. The canvas is limitless as we focus on techniques that help you create and frame visual compositions through macro and close up photography.

The emphasis of this workshop is on the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage. Also how light effects colour, texture and definition. We’ll be looking for unusual angles and leading lines, natural framing and how to problem solve harsh sunlight and shadows.

We’ll look at composition, where to place the subject in relationship to the background and how colours and shapes can create a strong graphic image. We also explore some basic camera techniques and make the creative process fun and easy.


We will be running this workshop over two days – Saturday and Sunday.

Arrive Friday afternoon, enjoy a home cooked meal, good company, a million stars and wake up to call of birds and a meandering river scape.  Workshops will be run Saturday in the morning and afternoon in the cooler parts of the day and will finish at 3pm
on Sunday.


If you wish to book an extra nights accommodation to make the most of the weekend please let us know.

Bathurst Art Retreat is surrounded by 250 acres of breathtaking native flora and fauna. The private property borders the Macquarie
River and provides a variety of dramatic settings for both budding and established photographers.

Catering includes breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner. Classes are approx 6 hours lessons per day with a professional photographer. A material and equipment list will be sent out for each class advising what you will need to bring. Various accommodation options are available on site, or can be recommended at local B&B's or hotels (not all packages include accommodation).



DATE: 30th - 1st April 2018

LOCATION: Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat  http://www.bathurstartretreat.com.au/

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 6 - Maximum 10 participants.


·  Weekend for $680  inclusive of 2-day accommodation, all meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, and tutor fees.

.  Deposit of $200 on booking with full payment required by March 1st 2018.

·  Extra nights accommodation are available @ $150 pp includes meals if you wish to extend your stay. 



To join this workshop you need to have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  If you’re not sure if that’s you, please email us: info@theapertureclub.com.au. This weekend centres on developing your artistic skills and developing your creative ideas in photography.


Friday 30th

Arrive anytime from 3pm onwards. Relax and settle into your accommodation. When you arrive we will collect you from the property gate and bring you down to Platypus Burra - if you have a 4 wheel drive then you can follow us.

Settle in and enjoy a drink and a sumptuous dinner prepared by our hosts Robbie and Steve. After dinner we will discuss the weekend and enjoy a discussion on landscape photography. Please bring in some of your landscape works that we can review and discuss.

For those keen after dinner we'll explore shooting the night skies with a million and one stars!


Saturday 31st

Optional -Rise with the sun (or maybe before!) to capture the gorgeous early morning light and shifting mists that surround Platypus Burra. After a couple hours of shooting we will return to the homestead for an exquisite breakfast.  

After breakfast till late morning we will explore photographing some riverscapes which is full of beautiful hidden rock formations and beautiful reflections. 

We will then have time to download our work and settle into our discussion sessions on landscape photography.

Lunch is served and then take a couple of hours to relax and swim in the river or read at the library retreat next to the river bed.

The afternoon session will commence at 3pm where we discusses the art of macro and close up photography. 

We will then shoot our practical session from around 4pm to 7pm.

This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the day.  As the light changes through the afternoon into twilight we ensure we are ready for the golden and blue hours. 

Relax and review your images and we'll use the evening to rest, reflect, dine and enjoy the peaceful environment. We usually have a  review of your top shots taken from the day.


Sunday 12th

Be adventurous and rise early for another great sunrise photography shoot on the property.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at 8am - 9am

After breakfast we do a practical session on creating a studio approach for macro work.

This session shoot will give everyone the opportunity to actualise their own creative setups and work on a one to one basis with their macro setups.

Lunch will be from 1.30 - 2.30 and we will ferry people back to their cars by 3pm.

Those who have decided to extend their weekend can relax and enjoy the afternoon.



·       Landscapes and its various genres

·       The Art of macro

·       Creative camera controls

·       Understanding light

·       Working with diffusers

·       Lenses and macro attachments

·       Natural lighting

·       Creative idea development

·       Setting mood and creating atmosphere

·       Developing personal style



This is a gentle trip, though it requires a good general level of fitness.  There will be walking to and from shooting
locations which are along the riverbeds  and the hills behind the property. There are uneven surfaces with steps and inclines.  If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Sharon directly.  

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan.



·      Macquarie River

·      Majestic cliff top views

·      Green mossy forests

·      Gum tree forests 

·      Many kangaroos



Accommodation comprises of twin share. Single room supplements are available on request for an extra charge.

Platypus Burra has cabin style accommodation and rooms off the main living area. Each cabin has 2 separate bedrooms with a shared bathroom.



Breakfast, morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Robbie and Steve. 

We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten, diary free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.



Car: Make your own way directly to Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat.

From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith.  Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains.  Continue over the mountains and down through Lithgow and onto Bathurst. You will be given detailed instructions from Bathurst to Platypus Burra.

Train: We are happy to organise pick up and drop offs to Bathurst train station.

Most of our clients prefer to have their own transport for this workshop, so that they can come and go from Platypus Burra depending on their time frame.



·      Camera equipment - camera, lenses, macro or close up rings.

·     Tripod

·      Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended) 

·      Wet weather clothing? Check weather forecast

·      Wind jacket for early morning adventures

·      Sturdy footwear

·      Hat

·      Sunscreen

·      Day pack/camera pack

·      Torch

·      Water bottle

·      Please make sure you have booked your accommodation and
       organised your breakfast, dinner and snacks prior to the workshop



·      All meals (breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

·      Accommodation

·      Free access to the forum and student notes

·      One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine arts photographer
       and tutor Sharon Hickey

·      Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that
       will make your photos sing

·      Plenty of time to shoot and learn

·      Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection
       with the landscape

·      Suitable for amateurs to professionals

·      A positive environment, which encourages group learning,
       advice-sharing and support



·      Transport

·      Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)

·      Weather-specific clothing 

·      Alcohol or soft drinks – BYO


We look forward to you joining us.

Sharon and The Aperture Club Team



Sharon: 0411 370577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au