Nightscape brings them back

Published on 29 November 2019

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A very special type of alumni reunion took place at Murphy’s Creek on recently when keen photographers from across Victoria returned to the Rostrata Country House near Tarnagulla.

A haven for photographers, Loddon Valley offers vast landscapes with clear skies, where from certain viewpoints the curve of the earth can be observed by day and stars down to the horizon at night. The sunrises and sunsets are outstanding and the quality of the air and light perfect for capturing magnificent landscapes and nightscapes.

Nightscape Images runs regular workshops from the Rostrata Country House throughout the year for people to experience the magnificent rural nightscape and learn how to capture it with their own cameras.

The recent gathering was an opportunity for Richard Tatti of Nightscape Images to not only thank his workshop participants for their patronage throughout the year, but also to allow them to reconnect with other photographers who have experienced Richard’s unique workshops.

Richard has a great passion for the night sky and takes joy in sharing the experience with people from all walks of life, many of whom are from metropolitan areas, who have not experienced the quiet majesty of a truly dark sky.

By holding workshops in a remote location, participants get to enjoy the experience with like-minded people with varying levels of experience. The Rostrata Country House is the perfect backdrop as a working farm set on 100 acres of beautiful countryside, away from city lights, but with all the comforts and conveniences on hand.

Richard’s workshops not only attract people from around Australia but also international visitors from countries such as India and the USA, who have already followed his tutorials on his popular YouTube channel. Many of them come from light-polluted areas and take great delight in capturing their own nightscape images under Richard’s expert tuition.

The workshops are also a great boost to the local economy of the Loddon Shire with participants often staying after the course to enjoy the bakeries, wineries, waterways and of course the many opportunities for photography. As an ambassador for the region, Richard is enthusiastic about the beauty and splendour of the Central Victorian night sky.

Saturday’s reunion, which was a High Tea provided by Rostrata’s hosts Dorothy and Colin Silke, was set in the charming rustic surrounds of the farm out-building and allowed former participants the opportunity to relive the unique experience of capturing the beautiful night sky and learning and sharing with other keen photographers.


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