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Celebrated Photographer Ben Heide returns to Yorke Peninsula to share his secrets…

June 25, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Renowned landscape photographer Ben Heide has teamed up with local land-owner and photography enthusiast Steph Ball, of Warooka, to offer amateur photographers access to some of Southern Yorke Peninsula’s most spectacular locations, many of them on private property.

Steph and Ben have curated a four day photography tour from Monday 26 – Friday 30 August, incorporating private ruins, rugged coastline, lakes and waterholes, national parks and conservation areas. The August tour co-insides with wildflower season on the Yorke Peninsula, where a qualified local Ranger will educate the group about endangered species and the need for diligent protection for some of the most delicate and fragile plants on Southern Yorke Peninsula.

Ben Heide, a talented photographer with social media influence, was selected by YP Tourism to attend the Yorke Peninsula Instameet initiative in the summer of 2017. This tourism initiative was awarded a Qantas National Tourism Award in the destination marketing category.

Steph Ball of Warooka, a celebrated photographer in her own right, has attended a number of photography tours across Australia, including a seven day tour at Diggers Rest in the east Kimberleys, including helicopter views over where the movie Australia was filmed. Steph has also enjoyed structured photography tours in the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre. Attending these tours inspired Steph to create her own, playing local tour guide and allowing access to her stunning Southern Yorke properties for photography enthusiasts too enjoy.

“I’m fortunate enough to be the custodian of a beautiful 100+ year-old stone homestead, with views across green pastures to Flaherty’s Beach. Ballara Art & Lifestyle retreat is a picturesque property sleeping six people and is the perfect venue for photography groups to start and end their day. I’m also fortunate enough to be part of a farming family with diverse and varied landscapes in every corner of ‘the paddock’. It brings me great joy to play tour guide and share with journalists and photographers of all abilities, our region’s exceptional and unique natural beauty.”

Ben agrees, and is excited to join Steph for the week. “Yorkes is an incredible place, with its amazing skies, varied coastline and vast landscapes. I’ve brought my young family to Marion Bay and Wallaroo and shot a friend’s wedding on the SYP coastline, so I’m excited to join Steph on this unique tour. I’m stoked to have access to private property secrets and to share some tips and tricks around my style of landscape photography and how this hobby can be such a great artistic release for everyone.”

Local Yorke Peninsula residents have inquired about joining the four day tour for a single-day workshop with Ben, and this will be available to the first eight local bookings. The locals’ day will begin at 7am (sunrise shots) and conclude at 5pm (evening light), beginning and ending at Ballara, 56 Main Street, Warooka. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and sun-downers by local producers, are included in the Locals Day tour price. Your own transport will be required.

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