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Julie Fletcher Photography

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

Lake Eyre untouched and pristine August 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

ANZANG 2016 WINNER

As this competition gets more and more incredible entries every year it becomes harder to win an award. I have won awards every year for the last 4 years which is when I first enterered this compitition. However this is the first year I have managed to take out 1st prize in 2 categories. I am pretty happy with these wins especially the win for the botanical category. I am so proud of this image as it was super hard to set up and shoot, I had pulled a muscle in my back a couple of days earlier and was in so much pain I did not want to go out and shoot it but I was there and I am sure glad I did. The condiditons were perfect and it had taken almost 2 years for everything to come together for the execution of the image (weather)(planets) and me being able to get out to the location so I could not walk away. Lying on the ground over rocks and prickles trying to set up the composoiton was a nightmare although I was lying on my trusty car viser which I always carry for this purpose (just in case). Every time I moved or breathed the pain would grab in my back reminding me it was still there. The lighting was the next stage to set up once the composoiton was fine tuned and I knew if I could execute it the way I saw it in my head it was going to be a strong image. Off camera flash was used to create the rim light which is one of my favourite types of light. I love it when I get to use some of the technical info that I learned so long ago at ULTIMO TAFE in the studio as I dont use it nearly as much as I would like to. Once I had the lighting ratio's sorted it was just a matter of doing some test shots for placement of lights so I was back and forth from camera to lights in the most arkward positions possible until I was happy and nailed it.

To see this image please visit my astro/night gallery or award winners gallery.

http://www.juliefletcherphotography.com.au/image-galleries/event/AstroandNightImages

http://www.juliefletcherphotography.com.au/news-blog/award-winning-images

 

Another Flinders Trip done and dusted. 5 days of wilderness and wildlife fun and friendships and of course learning. I had 3 beginners on this trip which was a challenge for me with plenty of locations on offer to practice settings and compositions and plenty of time to go for a walk and find niche shots and just enjoy the surroundings. The wildlife is plentiful in the Flinders if your a wildlife chaser and there are ample opportunities for emus and several types of kangaroos and wallabies as well as birds of all descriptions.

We worked in all types of light as I believe its crucial to understand all types of lighting not just the golden hour (soft even light). I work with backlight all the time out here which is one of my favourite types of light to shoot in when I can. Its challenging light and you really need to understand your camera's settings to expose correctly using this type of light. I do not get too technical when explaining things and talk in lamens terms so you have the best chance for the penny to drop quickly and acheive good results. Composition is also crucial and I continually point out things that I am seeing when out and about as well as encourage people to show me what they are seeing and help them tighten compositons througout the tour. 

We had alot of laughs, some crazy banter and just genarally had a great time out. Sure there is frustration when something does not work or you miss the shot because your not quite there yet but thats just part of the process of learning and very normal. Even if your well versed in photography you can still learn from others and I often pick up things from participants, whether its gear or software related or a processing style I always keep an open mind. At the end of the day we are all there to help each other, learn and share ideas.

I hope to see you one day in the great outdoors.

Juliexx

Another Flinders Trip done and dusted. 5 days of wilderness and wildlife fun and friendships and of course learning. I had 3 beginners on this trip which was a challenge for me with plenty of locations on offer to practice settings and compositions and plenty of time to go for a walk and find niche shots and just enjoy the surroundings. The wildlife is plentiful in the Flinders if your a wildlife chaser and there are ample opportunities for emus and several types of kangaroos and wallabies as well as birds of all descriptions.

We worked in all types of light as I believe its crucial to understand all types of lighting not just the golden hour (soft even light). I work with backlight all the time out here which is one of my favourite types of light to shoot in when I can. Its challenging light and you really need to understand your camera's settings to expose correctly using this type of light. I do not get too technical when explaining things and talk in lamens terms so you have the best chance for the penny to drop quickly and acheive good results. Composition is also crucial and I continually point out things that I am seeing when out and about as well as encourage people to show me what they are seeing and help them tighten compositons througout the tour. 

We had alot of laughs, some crazy banter and just genarally had a great time out. Sure there is frustration when something does not work or you miss the shot because your not quite there yet but thats just part of the process of learning and very normal. Even if your well versed in photography you can still learn from others and I often pick up things from participants, whether its gear or software related or a processing style I always keep an open mind.

I hope to see you one day in the great outdoors.

Juliexx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Fagus time in Tasmania April-May 2016

For a short time every year the trees in Cradle Mountain National Park take on autumn colour, a scene that is stunning. I recently came back from Tasmania spending a month travelling around and building an itinary for a tour next year. I also made sure I arrived in time for fagus week and was not disapointed with what I saw. I did a lot of walking on many of the tracks in Cradle Mountain National Park so I knew what would best suit a group next year. I also travelled to several other parts of Tassie doing exactly the same thing a reconnaissance for a tour. Overall it was great weather but of course being Tasmania I always expeceted a mixed bag of good and bad weather. I love it over there and what I liked the most was the unexpected and all the walking trails some easy some extreme and the challenge of a completely different environment from where I live here in the outback of South Australia. 

I am currently finalising the itinary for the trip and am excited about taking people over to Tassie and getting them in to some key locations. If your interested in coming along in 2017 please subscribe to my newsletter and I will notify of the dates when they are online and bookings can be made to hold your space. You dont want to miss this trip its going to be fantastic.

Hope to see you there in 2017.

Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Lake Eyre Photo Tour April 2016

TESTIMONIAL SUE CHAPLIN

Sometimes, out of the blue, comes opportunities that should be grabbed with both hands and are not to be missed. It could be the location, the timing, the activity or just the sponteniety that makes it special. Joining Julie Fletcher on her inaugural Lake Eyre Photography Tour was one such opportunity that I definitely didn't want to miss, after all there is only ever one inaugural trip anywhere, and I knew this was going to be special.

The timing was perfect - being South Aussie born and growing up in the driest state in the driest continent on earth, I knew that to see water in Lake Eyre was a rare event, something that not everyone gets a chance to see and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. Wet Season rain flowing down from the north and fortuitous rain in the far north of South Australia a couple of weeks prior to the trip made it even more special, the outback was awash with green, the cattle fat and rivers and creeks flowing into the lake making it a spectacle to behold.

Our tour group consisted of 5 avid photographers of varying skill levels and we were treated to some of the most amazing locations in which to hone our skills. Julie shared with us her favourite places, giving us the opportunity to emulate some of her famous and popular outback shots, from high above the lake to starry outback skies, bullet riddled car wrecks and the most special of all, her favourite and 'secret' spot on the lake that is inaccessible and unknown to the general public. This place is unspoilt and pristine, its rugged beauty in daylight stark contrast to the soft pastels of the lake at dawn and dusk and the most amazing salt bed you will ever see. I would rate this special location in my top 3 travel destinations, up there with the beauty of the Maldives and the adrenalin rush of walking the rim of an active volcano at night in Vanuatu. It has a presence that is indescribable, a serenity that belies its harsh and arid location, and a beauty that is felt, not just seen.

Julie's love of country and her chosen field is palpable. Her ability to work with workshop participants of varying skill levels is masterful and encouraging. Her down to earth approach makes it easy to learn and she is determined that everyone WILL learn something, even those like me who march to the beat of their own drum and do things their own way!!!

If the opportunity ever presents and you share a love of photography and our amazing country, a workshop with Julie won't disappoint, regardless of its location. If you get a chance to see Lake Eyre in all its glory, just go. It is a rare occasion that all things come together and put on a show like we were treated to.

So, location, check. Timing, check. Activity, check (who could resist 3 days of photography with no interruptions!). Spontaneity, check. And if I get another chance, I'll be there with bells on.....

 Sue Chaplin (Darwin NT)

(second trip with me Sue was on our Red Centre Trip back in 2015)

Monday, 30 May 2016 00:00

Wild Tasmania May 2016

I recently went to Tasmania for the third time to outline and set up an itinary for a tour in 2017. These are a few of the shots I came back with from my time there. For more information about the 2017 tour please visit the tours and workshops page.

Friday, 08 April 2016 00:00

Lake Eyre Photo Tour April 2016

Dear Julie, 

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Marree/Lake Eyre workshop last weekend! Your tutelage was excellent, the other participants were a great group of people and lots of fun, and the locations were amazing!! The flight you organised, though additional, was worth every cent!

I am so glad I made the effort to join you, and despite the odd personal mishap, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and appreciate the extra little touches you arranged for my benefit. (Hope your hand has recovered from helping down the slope at Lake Harry!)

Yours sincerely,

Christine (Victoria)

(third trip with me)

Friday, 08 April 2016 00:00

Lake Eyre Photo Tour April 2016

I can't really put into words what this experience meant to me. Julie's bravery and determination has always been an inspiration and without that I would never have attempted the journey alone:-) The tour was amazing, the light was amazing and the main location was simply breathtaking. To experience all that with a great bunch of characters was something I will never forget!

I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to visit this very special place and learn so much from Julie, who's passion for photography and this area flows over who ever is around her. If ever you have the chance to spread your wings and participate in a tour, grab it with both hands while you can!!

And then there is Lyall at the roadhouse.....what a gem!!.....if ever you are travelling through Marree, he grills theeee best scotch fillet I have ever eaten!!

Margaret Smith (Victoria)

Friday, 08 April 2016 00:00

Lake Eyre Photo Tour April 2016

I just spent the most amazing 3 days on Julie Fletcher’s Lake Eyre Photography Tour/Workshop. Her photography speaks for itself but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her as a teacher. I was not disappointed. I lapped up anything she had to teach us. Julie catered to all of our levels of expertise and was very patient and helpful. She is very humble and fair and did not hold back on revealing any of her photography secrets or amazing locations (including one that is not accessible to the general public). Julie genuinely wanted us all to ‘get the money shot’ and with her guidance, we all did.
I was with a great bunch of people and although we hit the ground running and didn’t stop, we all would do it over again in a second. If you are thinking of going on a workshop, I can’t recommend it enough…….and if you end up doing a Marree or Lake Eyre workshop make sure you try one of Lyall’s char grilled steaks. It was honestly the best I have ever had.
Thanks Julie, I hope to see you in the outback again one day.
Toni Moran (Queensland)

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Award Winning Images

Workshop Participant Images

Marree Workshop March 2015 - Rosalie Dibben

Hi Julie, Thanks for another brilliant workshop! Once again it was full on, but building on from last time meant it wasn't quite so head-spinning as the first one when everything was new. The challenges you set were great for making me think about my shots a bit more and…

Flinders Ranges South Australia Photo Tour June 2015

Hi Julie, Thanks for another awesome workshop! So different from the previous ones with such a heavy emphasis on shooting in such a variety of locations, but one that still delivered the goods. 

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