A Night at Craig’s Through the Lens – 2 Days
Difficulty: Grade 3 (moderate)
Departing on Saturday 13 April 2024
Briefing Session on Friday 12 April 2024 at 5:00pm at Merrijig High Country Hotel
Bookings close on Friday 5 April 2024
What better way to take in the Victorian High Country than to break out the camera and capture some of the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. Now imagine doing it at night. Following an amazing hike to Craig’s Hut, Tim from Under the Southern Sky Photography will lead a small workshop on shooting nightscapes – where the stunning night sky meets beautiful scenery.
This workshop will be tailored to your level of photography and nightscape experience and will guide you through anything from:
- Safety while shooting at night
- What equipment you’ll need
- How to find interesting things to shoot
- Camera settings to use
- How to focus your camera at night
- Basic processing techniques
Through to advanced topics, such as:
- How to find, place and light foreground objects to really make your art shine
- Taking and stacking multiple photos for a cleaner image
- Setting up and using a star tracker
- Advanced processing techniques and panorama stitching for the ultimate in astrophotography results
Be spoilt on this hiking photography workshop from the moment you start walking.
The hike will take you through forests of towering Alpine Ash, through Snow Gum covered alpine areas and up above the tree line with breathtaking views of the Victorian High Country as you traverse over Mt Stirling’s summit, before arriving at Craig’s Hut, where you will spend the night camping.
This part of our high country is photographer’s paradise.
Craig’s Hut is a movie set built especially for the film The Man from Snowy River in 1982 and was named after the family that lived there. Today it’s one of Victoria’s most iconic places to visit, and you will have a rare opportunity to capture this iconic location at night with the assistance of a professional astrophotographer.
Places are limited, only 6 people will get the opportunity to join us on this amazing adventure.
- Two days of guided hiking with an experienced guide
- Photography workshop delivered by Under the Southern Sky Photography
- Transfers between Merrijig and the hiking track
- All hiking and camping equipment –tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, pillow, sit mat, walking poles, gaiters, cooking stove including fuel, pots, bowls, cups and utensils, head torch, sleeping bag liner, blanket during colder nights
- One night accommodation in a two man tent (twin share)
- Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 snacks, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and dessert, tea/coffee and sugar, milk is also available, wine, beer, juice (some meals are dehydrated or freeze dried)
- Drinking water is available at the campsite
Tour does not include
- Accommodation prior to and post tour dates
- Meals, snacks and beverages other than what is included in the tour. You are welcome to bring additional food and drinks. Our Base Camp Manager will deliver them to the campsite. Please make sure that they are labelled with your name. Space in the fridge is limited, therefore we cannot guarantee that they will be cold.
- Transport to and from Merrijig other than transfers as per tour inclusions
- Personal items and clothing
- Duffle bag (to store all your belongings in)
- Daypack with wet weather cover
- Travel/medical insurance, ambulance cover
What to bring
- Personal items and clothing – refer to Essential Info/Equipment
- Duffle bag or a backpack (to store all your belongings, which will be dropped off at the campsite by our Base Camp Manager)
- Daypack/camera bag with wet weather cover – large enough to carry your camera, as there will be photo opportunities along the way, 2 litres of water, lunch, snacks and appropriate clothing
- A camera with manual control (DSLR or mirrorless is ideal) and spare batteries
- A wide-angle lens (the wider, the easier to start nightscapes with)
- A tripod
- A camera trigger if you have one
If you have any questions on the gear you have and what to bring, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have any other questions, please contact Romana at email@example.com or on 0407 827 833.
A Night at Craig’s Through the Lens will only proceed if there are 6 participants. That is also the maximum number of participants.
Bookings must be made no later than 5 April 2024 and payment in full is required upon booking.
In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, no refund will be provided should you cancel your booking.
Under the Southern Sky Photography Terms and Conditions also apply. You can access them here.
If the tour doesn’t proceed due to lack of participants, your booking will either be transferred to another date or payment will be refunded in full.
$968.00 per person including GST
6 participants are required for this tour to proceed. 6 is also the maximum number of participants.
You will be required to carry approximately 2 litres of drinking water each day.
Any water collected along the track must be treated before consumption.
Toilets are available at the following locations.
- Start of the hike at Telephone Box Junction
- Bluff Spur Memorial Hut – first day lunch spot
- Craig’s Hut – overnight campsite
- King Spur Hut – second day lunch spot
- Cricket Pitch – afternoon on day two
- King Saddle Shelter – at the end of the track
A briefing session will take place the day before the start of the tour at 5:00pm sharp at Merrijig High Country Hotel. Please contact us if you are running late. It is very important that all tour participants attend the briefing session. This is where we will get to know each other, distribute equipment, discuss the tour and answer any questions. Tim will also cover some of the theory side of Astro.