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ARNISTON WORKSHOP
8-11 September 2022

R9 500
4-day workshop

Lauded by landscape photographers around the world, Arniston offers incredible seascape photographic opportunities, with dramatic rock formations that descended into the sea below.

In 2022 we will be exploring these stunning seascape locations, as well as journeying into the Overberg region to capture the yellow canola and green wheat fields in all their glory. 

 

This small fishing village is a sought after location by landscape photographers alike, with seascapes second to none. What makes this region so beautiful is the sharp texturised sandstone cliff faces that fall steeply into the rough sea below, as well as the rock shelves that interact spectacularly with the churning ocean water. All these elements are what create dramatic seascape photographs.
 
Over years of shooting this region Kyle and Jon have developed a personalised workshop that is informative in understanding the technicalities of shooting seascapes and understanding long exposure photography, whilst also offering a practical experience that is exciting and engaging, showing you how seascape photography can be exhilarating and often times adrenaline-inducing.
 
Our accommodation is in close proximity to Arniston’s most prominent seascape features that make our base the perfect platform from which to head out. Just a few minutes walk from the house we will shoot the iconic features of this region, namely The Shaft, The Cauldron, and The Arch. All three of these features offer dramatic seascape opportunities and unforgettable moments.
 
From the base of Arniston, we are well-positioned to head out to farmlands just a short distance inland and explore the Overberg backroads. Rich with colourful wheat and canola fields, here we will see plenty of striking and vivid compositions, photographing wind pumps and wind turbines, trees, mountains and valleys, and of course the beautiful yellow canola flowers. The Overberg farmlands around this season are known for dramatic weather conditions, often producing epic storms, bringing with it snow of the mountain tops in the distance and rainbows across the colourful farm fields.
 
Further excursions included in this workshop include other well-known seascape locations scattered along the coastline like the famous Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and sunset at the wave-battered Meisho Maru shipwreck, offering an array of incredible photographic opportunities.
 
Our aim in this workshop is to help you get the best shots this beautiful region has to offer by showing you fantastic compositions and guiding you through the best settings for each shot. This workshop is limited to only a few photographers, giving you personalised attention throughout these four days.

 

Group size:

4-6 people. Non-photographers / partners / spouses are also welcome at a reduced rate.

This workshop caters for beginners and advanced shooters. However, we do recommend photographers are familiar with their camera settings and layout and are comfortable shooting in manual mode. If you are unsure about your skill level or gear please feel free to contact us and ask any questions. 

What's included:

Seascape, landscape, nature photography
Amazing accommodation 
ALL Breakfasts & Dinners 
Two professional photographers
Photographic assistance for the duration of the tour, including composition, best times to capture the light and help with correct gear settings
Post-processing assistance and presentations

What's excluded:

Travel to locations - you will need to drive in your own vehicle
Expenses of a personal nature
All personal snacks and drinks

Accommodation

Arniston: Sunny House

Price is per person sharing

(single supplement extra 50%)

 
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ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival and meet-and-greet at Arniston accommodation right on the beach. ​

The afternoon will involve a walk down to the beach as we show you the compositions for the next days shoots and how best to approach them compositionally. This will be followed by a home cooked meal and a presentation on seascape photography.

The peaceful and safe coastal village of Arniston is a leisurely 2-hour drive from Cape Town, through the colourful rolling hills of the Overberg. Surrounded by a turquoise-blue sea and endless white, sandy beaches, Arniston is sandwiched between two nature reserves. Arniston also contains the 120-year-old picturesque fishing village of Kassiesbaai, a Grade One Heritage Site. 

The accommodation features: Luxury Rooms, Inside Fireplace, Braai Area, Amazing Sea Views, Wifi, Close to Town

DAY 2

An early start as we walk down to the rock features along the beach before sunrise. We will be able to shoot the iconic features Arniston is known for including the Shaft, the Cauldron and the Arch. We will focus on the rock features that are best suited the mornings light and sea tides. 

After the sunrise shoot we will head back to the accommodation and have a full breakfast. 

You will have some free time following breakfast to explore the town or just relax on the beach. in the afternoon we will have an editing workshop where we will assist you in editing your images. After this we will head out into the Overberg to capture some of the amazing yellow canola and green wheat fields this area is famous for. 

In the evening we will have a relaxing local braai with amazing salads and garlic bread. 

DAY 3

Another early start as we head out to the beach again to capture some stunning seascapes in the morning light. We will assist you with filter use and best compositions for the unique rock features as these can be quite tricky to get right. 

We will head back for another great breakfast. After breakfast we will assist anyone that would like help with their editing or any issues they may have with composing their images from the previous shoots. 

In the afternoon we will take a drive to L'Agulhas and shoot the lighthouse at the southern most tip of Africa, followed by sunset at the shipwreck. 

We will then head back to our accommodation for a home cooked meal. 

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, the second-oldest working lighthouse in South Africa, is at the southern end of the town. Designed by Colonel Charles Cornwell Michell in homage to the Pharos of Alexandria, the lighthouse was lit on March 1, 1849. Some 150 ships lay scattered along the South African coast, many due to the treacherous Agulhas Reef. It is in memory of the countless lives lost and to warn passing ships of the pending danger that the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was designed and built. The lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1973.

The surviving fragment of the doomed vessel rusts atop the rocks, where it’s constantly battered by the wind and waves. The Meisho Maru No. 38 was a small Japanese fishing vessel that, like so many others, prowled the seas to reap its bounty. This part of South Africa’s coast is notoriously dangerous, causing many ships to succumb to its wrath.

The Meisho Maru No. 38 met its end on November 16, 1982. A storm caused it to run aground. Fortunately, because it sank so close to shore, all 17 members of its crew were able to swim to safety, leaving the ship as the only casualty.

After spending decades being beaten by the elements, the wrecked vessel finally broke apart. For now, its prow still rests in place, though it’s likely the sea may one day claim that as well. If you’re in the area and like shipwrecks, you’ll want to be sure to see it before it’s gone.

DAY 4

Our final sunrise will see us capturing amazing seascapes as the sun rises over the ocean in front of us. 

This will be our last morning to perfect our seascapes and get that perfect water motion. 

Following the sunrise shoot we will head back for a simple breakfast and say farewell to new friends made until the next adventure with VentureKJ.

 

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The balance is required one month prior to the commencement of the workshop. Cancellation 30 days prior to the workshop is 100% refund, 15-30 days a 50% refund, 15 days or less 0% refund. 


This workshop has been planned to coincide with the best possible photographic conditions for its intended purpose. These conditions however cannot be guaranteed.


Our workshops are hosted in outdoor environments where conditions cannot always be predicted and where terrain can pose hazardous risks.


By choosing to join this or any of the workshops or events hosted by VentureKJ these risks must be accepted by the attendee, and Kyle and Jon accept no responsibility or liability for injury or loss of any nature. On acceptance of participation in this workshop you will be required to sign a liability waiver/s.

 
 

REAL TESTIMONIALS

Words from Previous Clients

My first landscape workshop with Jon and  Kyle at Arniston was absolutely fantastic!
Being used to action photography I wanted to understand more about light, filters and slow shutter speeds.
I was not disappointed and walked away with plenty new skills and great images.
Now I keep an eye on all their workshops and join whenever I can.

Veronica de Bruin

My husband and I spent a few fabulous days in Arniston with Jon and Kyle on their Seascapes photography Weekend. We were given excellent tuition and learned many things you just can’t learn from Utube. We also met great likeminded people. The accomodation and food were first class. We enjoyed the course so much that we also did their Astro course, which we enjoyed just as much. We would highly recommend joining them.

Di & Pete Franklin

Thanks Guys!!The long exposure workshop at Arniston was my first with Jon and Kyle. I thoroughly enjoy every minute. The location was stunning and I came away with some stunning images.These 2 guys goes beyond and above to make sure that everyone is comfortable(great food prepared by themselves) and getting the help they needed. They are always there to answer questions and do so with kindness and patience. I would recommend workshops with Jon and Kyle anytime. Great job guys!

Muriel Eddy