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Bay of Many Coves Offers Picture Perfect Retreat

Bay of Many Coves Offers Picture Perfect Retreat

May 14, 2014

Everything that Simon Woolf does is picture perfect and he’s now giving novice and intermediate photographers the opportunity to be the same.

Bay Of Many Coves in the Marlborough Sounds has engaged Simon to provide two photographic retreats at the idyllic lodge this year, the first taking place over the June 27-29 weekend.

Simon, who’s a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and Principal of leading Wellington image company, Photography by Woolf, will spend the weekend honing skills and improving techniques.

At the Bay Of Many Coves there’s a variety of stunning photographic opportunities including the unique flora and fauna, landscape and marine and cultural subjects. Simon will enhance skills by introducing a broad range of styles including portrait, landscape, macro and night shoots.

Around Bay Of Many Coves is a pristine panorama and Simon’s tuition will allow participants to record those images for life.

The five-star lodge, through its June retreat, provides that moment to photograph marine life, rare native birds and impressive landscapes. “It’s a drop dead gorgeous setting for photography,” Simon comments.
“In the whole of New Zealand it’s one of my top five places to photograph, it’s so utterly photogenic.”

The retreat focuses on the superb natural environment and Simon will provide “a complete package which will include wildlife and landscape photography and portraiture.” There’s also the added bonus of having one-on-one mentoring.

In addition he wants to challenge participants to produce something less literal and more fine art based. “I want to get people off the manual setting to do something far more creative,” he says.

A fun exercise will be a portraiture shoot of Captain Cook against an environmental background. The man, who first chartered the coastline of New Zealand, is particularly appropriate as he made Ship Cove, close to Bay Of Many Coves, his headquarters during his three voyages here. Simon Woolf has engaged a person who will recreate Captain Cook for the exercise.

The surrounding vista is only rivalled by the Bay Of Many Coves itself. The lodge, cocooned among native flora at the water’s edge, provides the ultimate experience for participants to relax at the end of the day.

They will enjoy the luxury accommodation with fine wine and cuisine including a special seven- course degustation dinner prepared by Executive Chef, Hannes Bareiter.

Co-owner of the Bay Of Many Coves, Murray McCaw, is delighted Simon Woolf is again returning to guide novices and more experienced photographers in the art of recording rare and endangered wildlife.

“June is an ideal time for people to pause what they’re doing, take a break, enjoy our lodge at the start of winter and receive instruction from one of New Zealand’s best,” he says.

“Simon is a delightful host and skilled tutor. Recently he took a photo of the Royal couple with baby George at Government House. When it was presented to them on their departure, the Duchess of Cambridge was captivated and commented it was ‘the photo of the tour.’”

It has subsequently had a billion hits around the globe.

“Simon shares a passion for photography in the same way that we’re passionate about offering an experience that will last in the lens and the memory for a lifetime,” Murray says.

Prices for the June 27-29 weekend range from $1,050 for a twin share. Spaces are strictly limited.

For more information contact:
Bay Of Many Coves Lodge
Freephone 0800 5799 771
Phone +64 3 5799 771, fax +64 3 5799 777.

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