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Canson & Epson In The High Country

Our hosts Sue and Willy organised a flock of sheep for us in the late afternoon, their dogs enjoying the challenge of first bringing them over the distant ridges, and then having the circle around.
A neutral density filter and a long exposure created the movement.
Phase One XF 100MP, 55mm Schneider, 6 seconds @ f14, ISO 200.

Last month, Tony Hewitt and I presented an Art Photography Workshop at Middlehurst, a remote sheep station tucked away in the mountains up the north end of New Zealand's South Island. We spent six days and five nights with our small class of photographers, shooting around our shearer quarter lodgings or travelling around the property in a 4WD ute, a plane or a helicopter. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it!

Well, it was simply excellent and as this was an art photography workshop, we arranged to have a printer and paper with us so we could print our images as we worked on them. After all, real photographers make prints!

As Tony and I are Canson Ambassadors, we knew what papers we wanted to take along - Canson Platine, Aquarelle and Rag Photographique. Thanks to Canson and Rob Gatto at Kayell for making that happen. And thanks also for the assistance from our friends at Epson both here and in New Zealand. We borrowed an excellent Epson SureColor SC-P600. My apologies to Epson for the box which was slightly re-arranged so we could fit the printer into the tiny cargo hold of our Cesna Caravan (we flew from Wellington direct to Middlehurst Station).

Our Epson SureColor SC-P600 printer and Tony's new favourite, Canson Aquarelle.

So, what about the photography? What can I say? This is a sensational location. It is remote, it is Tolkein, and it is private property. Over the next few months, Tony and I will be posting some of our photographs and trying to encourage six photographers to join us on Middlehurst again next year - although following Tony's Facebook post, we may already have our six.

Check out Tony's home-made movie on our Facebook page here:

And check out the brochure for our 2016 Middlehurst workshop here - the 2017 will be very similar, but probably a day longer!

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