Great Southern photographers showcase talent and art with exhibition and workshop

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Red-capped parrot by Georgina Steytler INSET Greens Pool by Ruben Martinez.
Camera IconRed-capped parrot by Georgina Steytler INSET Greens Pool by Ruben Martinez. Credit: Kellie Balaam

A celebration of photo art is under way at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station with a workshop and exhibition to highlight the region’s beauty.

Award-winning bird photographer Georgina Steytler, pictured, will take centre stage at the whaling station this Saturday when she brings her wealth of knowledge and practical skills to a bird photography workshop.

Beginner and intermediate photographers can immerse themselves in Albany’s natural landscapes for an informative 41/2 hour workshop.

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Camera IconBlack-winged stilt. Credit: Georgina Steytler.

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Participants will learn the key skills of bird photography via theory and practical application.

The workshop is best suited for those who have a camera and lens with at least 200mm focal length.

“We live in an idyllic photography location here on the south coast, with many unique bird species, and a lot of bird photography is fieldcraft,” Steytler said.

“It’s understanding the location, bird behaviour, the best way to go about getting close to birds. This is what I help students discover during my workshops.”

Steytler is also the author of the soon-to-be published For the Love of Birds — Australian Bird Photography.

Georgina Steytler.
Camera IconGeorgina Steytler. Credit: Supplied

From next Monday, Great Southern photographer Ruben Martinez’s exhibition Leeuwin to Le Grand opens to the public.

WA’s spectacular southern coast will take centre stage in the whaling station’s retail gallery this month until December 19.

Martinez visited and photographed the region for many years before moving to the Great Southern permanently about 20 years ago.

He finds interest in the urban and rural built environment with his main inspiration how agricultural activity fits into and becomes part of the landscape.

My land and seascapes are often photographed under one of the dramatic ‘cloudscapes’ which characterise the ever- JU changing southern skies, and which do so much to determine the quality of the light,

Martinez said.

The exhibition features framed and unframed images in colour and monochrome, taken using digital and film cameras.

All photographs will be available for purchase.

For more information call 9844 4021.

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