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Pinnacles Twilight, Night & Stars Photography Tours

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Pinnacles Twilight Night Photo Tour & Stargazing

Pinnacles Desert After Dark (Day/Night Tour)

Ever dreamed to capture the Milky Way? The Nambung National Park offers one of the best surrounding to shoot amazing images of the stars and the Milky Way!!!!

The After Dark at the Pinnacles Desert is a truly unique experience – as the night fall, the starry sky become this amazing back drop blanket, creating this breathtaking surreal landscape with thousand of stars lighting-up the Pinnacles with ever-changing lightshadow all year round.

Heading North, the newly build Indian Ocean Drive takes us through an amazing diversity of landscapes, flora and spectacular ocean views. As we approach the sand dunes you could be forgiven for thinking they were snow-covered mountains, as the sand here is so stunningly white.  

Experience the most spectacular night sky and star photography adventure in the world.

The fresh local crayfish in Cervantes is a must when visiting this part of the coast. Finally we explore the Nambung National Park, the highlight of the day, as we wait for the Milky Way to rise, we’ll sit-back and go through some simple night time camera settings while sharing a few more photography tips and practice some light painting technique.

Explore your night photography kills while on location in the spectacular Nambung National Park with one of Australia’s most experienced commercial & landscape shooters. 

Tour Highlight and Inclusions

This Exclusive small-group day/ night photographic tour has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of breathtaking Australian landscape and unique nightscape at the iconic Pinnacles. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.

  • Experience a unique itinerary specially designed for photographers
  • Day & Night photography tour
  • Late afternoon lunch/ early dinner at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes
  • Comfortable air conditioned 4WD/ Bus (incl. 2 water bottle pp & snacks)
  • National Park Fees & all entrance fees to exhibits & locations that we visit
  • Late morning Tea at Nilgen Lookout Nature Reserve
  • A varieties of wildflowers (seasonal)
  • Nature & macro photography tips
  • An array of iconic National Parks landscapes with plenty of photography time
  • Panoramic views over the Turquoise Coast & the Nambung Nat’l Park
  • Breathtaking drive trough the vast Wanagarren Nature Reserve
  • Iconic Grass Tree landscapes, Sand Dunes and other spectacular sights
  • Short accessible walks to explore some of the best photo locations on tour
  • Nightscape Photography Workshop at the Pinnacles Desert
  • Camera settings & technique to take the perfect Milky Way shot every time
  • As it is our own personalized photo tour, we can stop when and where we want!
  • Professional photography advise
  • Fully escorted tour in English (French & German knowledge)
  • Photography group of 2 – 6 participants maximum

Dates

Dates:  Flexible with dates between January & December

Cost: $398.00 pp

Non Photographer companion welcome

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

Escape the busy tracks and experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to shoot dramatic scenery from sunrise to sunset, and capture some of Australia most breathtaking landscape along the coats. This Pinnacles photo tour is offered as a stand-alone tour with option to add a pre – Perth tour extension or a post Extended tour down WA’s Southwest or Geographe Bay & Margaret River Region. It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer companion.

Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of the surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the evenings to share a few stories of the day’s events.

Optional Activities:

On the water ‘Sea Lion Tour’ $60 pp / 2hrs.  

Full payment at booking is required to secure your spot.  

What is included?

  • A unique itinerary to the Pinnacles specially designed for photographers
  • Morning and afternoon Tea, late lunch or dinner, incl. 2 bottles of water pp
  • Fresh local produce (Cray Fish/ fish n chips) for lunch or dinner in Cervantes
  • Comfortable air conditioned 4WD/ Bus
  • All entrance fees to exhibits, national parks & locations that we visit for photography
  • Night Photography guidance and practical notes
  • Martial’s expertise in guiding and photography instruction

Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5

This Pinnacles Full Night 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

Pinnacles Desert After Dark ‘Astro’ Photo Tour (Day/Night Tour)  

This Pinnacles Fauna, Flora & Nature Photography Day Tour starts late morning from Perth (departure times are subject to change with the seasons). Our first stop is at Yanchep National Park for a quick stretch and meet some of the locals – Kangaroo, Koala & Emus can be spotted in the area. We’ll break at Nilgen Nature Reserve Lookout for a quick look around, a truly unique western Australian flora smorgasbord all year round and a perfect stop for macro photography.

Built in 2010, the new Indian Ocean Drive will take us through an amazing diversity of landscapes, flora and spectacular ocean views. As we approach the sand dunes along the Turquoise Coast, you could be forgiven for thinking they were snow-covered mountains as the sand is so stunningly white. Further north, 210 kilometres from where we started the day, the Nambung National Park is the highlights of the day. Fresh local crayfish in Cervantes is a must before heading back to the great Ocean Rd and iconic Pinnacles Desert, offering a splendour of photographic opportunities, casting dramatic shadows with the ever-changing light.

Although the best period of the year to capture the Milky Way in the southern hemisphere is Autumn, Winter and Spring (March to October), the Pinnacle Desert is an amazing place to visit through out the year at sunset, Golden/ Blue Hour and after dark. As the night fall, the starry sky become this amazing back drop blanket, creating this breathtaking surreal landscape with thousand of stars lighting-up the Pinnacles with ever-changing lightshadow all year round.

Depending on the time of the year and the weather conditions, we’ll slowly make our way back to Perth between 8.00 – 9.00pm with the aim of getting back in town around 11.00pm

A perfect add-on before your PINNACLES NIGHT Photo Tour is our PERTH HALF DAY TOUR or following straight after our PINNACLES NIGHT join us on our 2 DAY GEOGRAPHE BAY & MARGARET RIVER Photo Tour extension.

Photography Outline

Nature, 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 Pinnacles National Parks Night Photo Tour is our Half Day Perth photo tour or after your Pinnacles National Parks Photo Tour to join us on a 2 Day Geographe Bay & Margaret River Photo Tour.

Perth-by-Night Photo Tour | Perth Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round

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Margaret River Region | Geographe Bay & Margaret River Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round (Jan-March N/R)

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Tour Details

January To December

Private Tour Available

Group Size: min 4, max 6

Cost: $398.00 pp

Tour starts and ends in Perth

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