Venice, Italy workshop
There is nowhere quite like Venice. In November the days are shorter, streets quieter and there is more time to look, savour and let the land in the lagoon permeate your senses. Every building, street and waterway has a photo opportunity waiting and I’ve hand picked a series of varied locations that will do this amazing part of the world justice.
Being creative is important, so we’ll take time to choose how we shoot each dawn and dusk location. As the city awakens and life takes to the waterways we’ll be there to witness and photograph it all.
There are also three planned walks that we will navigate with me as your guide. Seeing life reflected in the canals and history etched into weathered pastel walls and walkways of this unique place.
We’ll photograph the classic locations from St Marks square, the San Giorgio Maggiore bell tower and the colourful houses of Burano Island. There really is an image around every corner and we’ll explore the everyday life and moods of this special city in between our featured dusk and dawn sessions.
If you’ve never been to or photographed Venice then it should definitely be on your photography locations list.
Start time Hotel San Gallo*, Venice – meet up between 1600 – 1700hrs at the on the 11th November.
End time Hotel San Gallo, 10am on the 15th November
Getting there Venice can be reached by two airports, Marco Polo and Treviso. Treviso is a little further out but both provide a bus service to the Piazza Roma in Venice, from there its a short Vaporetta ride to the hotel. You will be advised of the details in due course once booked.
Accommodation 4 nights single occupancy, ensuite room with breakfast at the Hotel San Gallo (or similar centrally located hotel), conveniently located our featured locations.
Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod.
Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.
What to expect
This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.
A photo adventure’s main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand and advice freely given.
Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.
Soft light creates mood but it will be cooler in November (and quieter) with the occasional shower at this time of year. This can add to the atmosphere of our images at all times of the day. Light rain jackets and a fleece top might be a good idea.
Locations and fitness.
Venice is pretty flat, so its great for walking. We’ll be exploring on foot and using the vaporetta (water bus) to get ourselves around. There will be time for coffee and refreshment breaks but make sure your comfortable walking with what you carry in your camera bag.
All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
Directions – getting to the hotel* from the airport.
From Treviso airport: Take the ATVO bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma. Take the No 1 or No 2 Vaporetto water bus down the Grand Canal for about 1/2 hour. The Vaporetto stop to get off is San Marco Vallaresso on the left bank. Alight here and walk immediatly up Calle Vallaresso for 100m. You’ll come to a fork, go to the left momentarily then immediately go right up Calle Frezzaria for 100m, then turn right onto Calle Tron which becomes Campo San Gallo once over a small canal. The Hotel San Gallo is on your right. All up it’s a 5 minute walk from the Vaporetto stop.
From Marco Polo airport: There are four possibilities (1) private watertaxi from the airport to as close as possible to your hotel. These can be booked at the two desks in the Arrivals Hall and will cost c.€100 -129 for the whole launch, not per passenger. (2) a shared water taxi for c. €25 per person (see Venice link shared transfer) (3) Alilaguna ferry from the airport to a number of places in Venice (see www.alilaguna.it) for €15 per adult. (4) ATVO coach or ACTV bus or land taxi to Piazzale Roma. Same directions apply as above from here to the Hotel. *You’ll be notified if the venue is changed.
I will send a map showing the short walking route from the San Marco Vallaresso stop to the hotel once booked. If your not confident with directions, I may be able to meet you at the Piazzale Roma and guide you. Don’t panic, everyone gets lost in Venice at some point.
11th - 15th November 2016 - 4 days
Places available: yes
Trip fee: £1195.00
Booking deposit: £200.00
Starts / ends: Venice, Italy
- 4 nights single occupancy accommodation in Venice
- Meet and greet in Venice
- 3 day vaportetta boat ticket
- Bell tower entry tickets
- Guiding to all photo locations in Venice
- Tailored itinerary and key locations
- 3 guided photo walks
- Dawn and dusk sessions at the best locations
- Some optional free time
- Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
- Flights to Venice
- Transfers to / from airport
- Lunches or evening meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- The best locations in Venice
- Grand Canal overview
- Burano Island session
- Accademia and Rialto Bridges
- Riva Degli Schiavoni
- Punta Della Dogana
- San Giorgio Maggiore
- San Marco
- Dawn and dusk sessions
- Guided, leisurely photo walks
- Technique and composition tips
- Quieter time of year with soft light
- Small groups ( max 6 ) for maximum freedom to photograph and one to one advice
Alex Jenkinson - Scotland