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True North Australia Day Workshop Details

14 Jan 2011 at 10:20am


The True North Australia day Rottnest Workshop (phew what a mouth full)  is all systems go. For those that need a little more detail here it is.


Date – 26th of January 2011

Leaving – 6 Rous Head Road, North Fremantle (next to Rottnest ferry terminal.  Parking available), at 9am (arrive at 8.30am, don’t be late) Returns 10.30pm to same location. Parking in the yard.

Cost is $295 per person which includes the cruise to Rottnest on True North, the workshops, lunch and morning and afternoon teas.

Four speakers – Tony Hewitt, Nick Rains, Michael Fletcher and Christian Fletcher.

Only 49 places left as of yesterday so booking essential in the next week. (Limited to 100)

To book your place email or call the True North office. 08 9192 1829  or cruise@northstarcruises.com.au


We will cruise to Rottnest whilst we get a run down from Tony on the days events. Then it will be lay back relax and feel the cool breeze in your face as True North makes it way across to the island.

We will then anchor off Longreach Bay and the workshops will commence. The group will be split into two. Half staying upstairs the rest going downstairs. The speakers will each talk twice so everyone gets to hear all 4.

After the first two talks we have lunch and a time to relax and soak up the information you have just been given. Don’t drink too much at this stage as you will be a bit sleepy for round two of the talks.

After the talks you will have a bit of time to unwind check out the sponsors tables with their latest equipment and workshop deals and then it will be a short tender ride to the island for a sunset shoot with Tony, Nick, Michael and Christian as your guides. Learn how the pro’s shoot a bonus to the already full days schedule.

Once back on board we will take time to have a drink and mingle with like minded people where the conversations will definitely be photography or who is more famous, Merv or Muzz. Once we pull anchor it will be a slow cruise back to Fremantle and time to say good bye till next time. If you love the True North Experience you will be able to get some information on upcoming cruises and the photographic holidays of a lifetime.


Last year we held a competition for the best photo taken on the day. This year it is going to be even better.

Thanks to Team Digital, F-Stop bags and Fitzgerald Photo Lab we have some awesome prizes for the lucky ones who manage to snap a bit of gold. This is only open to those who come to the workshop so your chances of winning are pretty good.

1st Prize – Epson Stylus Photo R1900 valued at $1000 or the equivalent amount of another Epson Printer Courtesy of Team Digital and Epson.

2nd Prize – F- Stop Bag ( the best Photographic Bag on the planet) Courtesy of F-Stop Australia

3rd Prize – 20″ x 30″ Fujiflex Print courtesy of Fitzgerald Photo Lab

The winners will be chosen by popular vote after the images have been narrowed down by the Photographers.


Your Camera, Tripod, sunscreen, money, towel, bathers (optional), laptop (be aware we can’t charge you all up so make sure your batteries are full), ipad, notebook, anything you can record information on to. I like Drambuie so if anyone wants to suck up to me that would do the job! Most importantly a sense of humour.


Clothes (optional), TNFP Shirts, hats, thongs (True North has a no shoes policy so bring something that can get wet and is easy to take off)


Extreme Awesomeness!!

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100% RAW Mega pickles!!

6 Apr 2010 at 8:01pm

Mark Stothard & Les Walkling

Well Tony you asked for it so here is a great example of a untouched image from the Phase One. What better way to show the ability of this camera than with my two mentors. Mark for his go for it motivation skills and Les for being the smartest photographer I have ever met. These two guys have changed my life and are good mates. Thanks fellas.

Now, so what you say, a couple of guys standing in the middle of the road. Did I mention it was raining. Have a look at the 100% crop. That says it all. And when I say it was raining it wasn’t even heavy enough to get you wet. Those drops were miniscule.

Mark Stothard and Les Walkling

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True Norths New Website

22 Feb 2010 at 11:01am

True North has a new website and it looks pretty fantastic. It has Michaels videos on it and lots of great photos by Mark. Check it out and whilst your at it book a trip.

Mark and I are working on the True North / Rotto trip extravaganza for next year and lets just say it will be bigger and better than the last one. Keep an eye on this blog for more details.

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Rottnest on True North Update

23 Nov 2009 at 1:59am

Well the response has been fantastic, I guess the chance to get aboard this magnificent vessel is too much to pass up, forget the dodgy speakers. So now there is only 12 spots left from the 100 on offer. If you think you can make it ring the girls at Northstar Cruises asap. See you there.

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Pizza Night and Big Announcement

7 Nov 2009 at 8:37am

Hi all, well the inaugural Blog party pizza night was last night and we had a great crowd turn up to chow down on some mighty fine pizzas. I want to thank everyone for coming and making it a fun night. It was good to see everyone again and Mark really enjoyed meeting you all too. It is just the start of all the adventures. Hope you can come to the True North Rotto workshop as it is going to be a hell of a day out. Will post the details of this special day this week, for those of you who came last night and want to book a spot on the boat for the 26th of January let Mark know, he will direct you to the Northstar girls who will take your booking. For those of you who couldn’t make it last night the deal is this, a day cruise on True North to Rotto, 4 speakers including Tony Hewitt, Nick Rains, Glen Cowans and myself, lunch with the chance there will be a heli on board to take some aerial pics. We will get off on to the beach, take a few sunset pics then get back on for a slow cruise back to Freo by 8pm. It is going to be magic. There are probably only 80 spots left so get in quick. Oh and the price, $250 per person. Now that is a bargain. Drinks and Heli flights are extra as you would expect.
Anyway here are some pics from last night. Cheers

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