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Painting with Light, workshop, Centennial Park

Painting of a different kind is what you'll find in this workshop in Centennial Park. No brushes in this learning space at the Discovery Centre where teacher Peter Solness shows you how to create unique and exciting images that will 'wow' your friends.

Instead a camera is used for this class that has you producing photographic images through the application of torchlight onto darkened subjects, such as flowers and trees. In fact, there is a wonderful range of subjects to explore with no interfering street lights.

After an initial session inside photographing some beautiful native wildflowers and playing with lighting effects, you will head out to the picturesque paperbark and fig groves to begin 'painting' the trees, statues and historic buildings with torchlights and light painting tools, such as, Maglites, light wands and EL Wire. All are provided by Peter for you to experiment with.

The results will astound you in this awesome experience that also includes a discussion on the principles of night photography and the recommended lights and equipment, an audio-visual presentation of the best images from Peter's 'Illuminated Landscapes' essays and a Q&A session and descriptions on how some of the images were created.

Painting with Light, workshop, Centennial Park

This evening workshop runs from 7pm-10.30pm and is suitable for ages 12 and up. The cost is $135 per person (adult or child). Parents can accompany children 16years and under for free. For two or more people on the same booking, a discount of $10 per person can be had. Bookings can be made by phoning Peter directly on 0413 304 889 or via emailing He will then confirm places and send payment details. Note numbers are limited, so don't leave it too late to book.

You will need to bring a tripod and a digital camera with batteries fully charged. The camera must have manual exposure, focusing features and the ability to do 30second long exposures (not 1/30th second). Peter will have spare cameras and tripods for hire, should you need them. Sturdy footwear and warm clothes are recommended as well as a torch to help you see as you work.

For those using public transport, the meeting point is the Paddington Gates at 6.45pm. Peter will then drive you to the Discovery Centre. If driving yourself, parking is available on Dickens Drive at the Learning Centre (entry and exit via Paddington Gates only). A map of the park will be supplied at the time of booking.

Peter is very passionate about what he does and his workshops are based on 20 years of experimentation. He offers you depth of knowledge in a fun, learning environment.
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When: 7pm-10.30pm
Phone: Bookings 0413 304 889
Where: Discovery Centre, Grand Drv, Centennial Park
Cost: $135
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