Dates: June 1-8, 2013
Instructors: Michael Reichmann, Art Wolfe and Christian Fletcher
Are you ready for the Trip of a Lifetime?
The Kimberley, also known as ‘Paradise on Earth’, is located in beautiful Western Australia, and was one of the earliest settled parts of Australia. Where the sky meets the land, the desert meets the sea, where white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters come together, here rests the town of Broome from where your journey will begin.
As with all PODAS adventures we’ll quite literally “hit the ground (and water) running.” Each participant will be shooting this adventure with a state-of-art 60 megapixel Phase One IQ160 camera system. Your images will be rich with more detail and color than you ever thought possible.
It all begins when you board the magnificent True North in the beautiful port of Broome. You will embark at 1700H (5 pm) – in time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before an approximate 1830H (6:30 pm) departure. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.
Awaken early and witness a gorgeous sunrise on majestic Kimberley, and savour an irresistible True North breakfast as we glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands. Our attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colorful histories of both islands while helping you capture the best possible images.Next, it’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to a Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls. Have your cameras ready to experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride. Then climb aboard your air-conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience! You will have hardly had a chance to catch your breath when, for those who can’t wait one minute longer, you’ll be at Leadline Creek and have the first opportunity to ‘land a barra’! (if you prefer some fishing as break from your photography). Before you know it, your first day onboard will be coming to an end – but there’s still time to select a fine wine and to enjoy a leisurely evening meal as we cruise to Doubtful Bay and shoot even more exquisite images.
This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. We will ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition with beautiful images around every bend. Enjoy a swim in your very own billabong (small lake) before returning to the ultimate comfort of the True North. You’ll be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and cruise for another Kimberley icon -Montgomery Reef!
Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – and see it you will – as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean before your astonished eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls, exposing a privileged view of another world. Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound, and the helicopter puts all into perspective! Whether from sea level or from the air, this will be a place to capture some special photographs. During our downtimes and cruises to different locations we hold classroom lectures on Capture One Pro, and each instructor will present a lecture or two on their own styles of photography. You’ll find these lectures inspiring – they will help you see things differently as you explore this vast wilderness. We will also have time for one-on-one sessions with instructors, including an over all print critique.
Early-risers will be treated to a heli-flight with a difference – a champagne sunrise on the top of a mountain! What could be better than shooting a magnificent sunrise with a glass of champagne and a Phase One camera on a tripod? The astonishing scenery includes so many spots that you won’t want to miss as the True North graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At King’s Cascades we maneuver the True North right under the falls. Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture-perfect billabong. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park! Photo opportunities abound at every one of these stops.
If you think the Regent was good, wait until you see the Hunter! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves, the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for both photographs and simple exploring! It’s only a short hike to Jackson Falls and even more splendor from the helicopter! Hopefully we’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island while shooting sunset, and then it’s an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay. Time for some well deserved rest.
Today there will be an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws,” possibly the oldest art known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit,’ the tenders will be busy exploring local beaches and creeks, and we will also visit the site of a bomber that crashed during WWII. Overnight we cruise to Koolama Bay. Need we say more? You will want to make sure that your batteries are charged, as this is another day of great photography.
Today we meet another mighty Kimberley river – The King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even an more breathtaking river vista. Then our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls. You’ll certainly want to be on deck with your cameras for this portion of the cruise. Here we anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter, to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. The images you make here will light up your walls when you’ve returned home. (Although the thought of leaving this magnificence could well inspire mutiny!) Visit Koolama Bay and learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue to the frontier port of Wyndham.
Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 0800H (8 am) to take you to Kununurra.When it’s over, you will have incredible memories and spectacular images. You will have visited one of the hardest-to-reach areas in the world, a place that only a few humans have visited. And although the trip will be over, you will enjoy the images and the new friends you’ve made on this PODAS adventure.
Register through True North’s website here
• Shooting with the IQ160 camera system
• All accommodations based on double occupancy
• All meals and non alcoholic beverages
• Airport drop-off and pick-up
• 2 30×40 inch prints
• Lots of fun and new friends
Download PDF here
from AUD 10.995.00 .
Get AUD 500 off if you bring your own Phase One gear.
Please contact PODAS president Kevin Raber, Tel: +1 516-971-0961 or email
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM THE KIMBERLEY!