February 23, 2016 12:15 pm
Slovenia Autumn Gold Photo Adventure Destination summary This is one of the best times to visit Slovenia and this fascinating and friendly corner of Europe. We’ll meet up in the capitol of Slovenia Ljubljana, from where we’ll make the short drive north to the wonderful town of Bled and its jaw droppingly beautiful Lake, one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. Our base for 4 nights, Bled has it all. A small town surrounded by mountains, a castle perched upon a cliff top, a lake complete with an island that appears to float, along with it’s atmospheric Baroque church, just for good measure. From our base in Bled we’ll also photograph beautiful Lake Bohinj, walk through and photograph Vintgar gorge, plus the surrounding mountains and iconic churches such as Sveti Tomaz and Jamnik that dot the region. On one of your days, after an early start you’ll heading further west from Bled to traverse the winding road over the stunning Vrsic Pass, the highest in the Julian Alps. The vistas here will linger long in your memory and offer some amazing photo opportunities. Desending down into the beautiful Soca valley we’ll capture its aquamarine river that tumbles from the mountains before arriving nearby Bovec where you’ll spend one night. From here we’ll focus on some of the waterfalls of the region including Slap Virje and Kozak falls near Kobarid. We’ll also take a side trip into Italy to capture Lake Fusine at dusk below the north face of Mt Mangart as the sun sets. Returning to our base in Bled late evening. From Bovec we’ll leave the Julian Alps and travel south to the medieval coastal town of Piran which will offer a complete contrast to the Julian Alps. Piran sits on the Adriatic Sea and it’s here that we’ll have our final photo sessions. Piran is perched on a spit of land and with its Venetian gothic architecture is one of the most well preserved on the entire Adriatic coast. After 2 nights in Piran we’ll return to Ljubljana via both the Skocjan caves and Predjama castle. An action packed photo adventure with a backdrop of Autumn colour and breathtaking mountain scenery. Book your place online. Extra information Start time 15:30hrs 4th October in Ljubljana leaving for Bled End time 17:00hrs 11th October in Ljubljana Getting there At time of writing direct flights from London, Stanstead with Easyjet, flights also connect through Brussels and other European hubs. Further information. Accommodation 4 nights in Old Parish House, Bled 1 night Bovec 2 nights at the Hotel Piran, Piran All single occupancy rooms in small hotels and guest houses. Accommodation may be required in Ljubljana prior to and after the trip depending on your flight times. Recommended options include the Hotel Emonec, Celica Hostel, City Hotel, and the Slamic Bed and Breakfast, all are central to the centre of town. The airport is located about 20 mins north of the city and a shuttle bus is available for around £10. Airlines Easyjet* and Adria airways all fly into Ljubljana from Stanstead* and Gatwick (UK)* Brussels ( Belgium) and Paris. Check Skyscanner for options. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location in Slovenia on the first day. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode, reading histograms, using grads, the practicalities of shooting in the Julian Alps, waterfalls and vistas. Guidance and help will be on hand throughout the trip. 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. Weather The sun can shine and still have some warmth late October ( average 15 celsius during the day) but it can turn chilly at this time of year in the mountains. Snow is even possible in the high passes. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm. Primarily a waterproof jacket and good walking boots or shoes that are waterproof. Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and even snowy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 45 mins one way, however participation is optional at every location. 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. May 3, 2017 1:21 pm
Destination summary This Dolomites photo adventure focuses on several of the most dramatic mountains and passes in the Dolomites. It features stunning Alpine scenery captured at dusk and dawn in beautiful mountain light. During this trip you’ll be exploring and photographing from the high passes and plateaus that are surrounded by the soaring peaks and pinnacles of the Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto regions of the Dolomites ranges. A designated UNESCO World Heritage area, you’ll be focusing on the Sesto (Tre Cime), Sella, and Pale (Pale Di San Martino) groups. Along with the massif of Marmolada and Pelmo, these are some of the most dramatic and iconic peaks of the Dolomites. Famous for their rosy pink glow (Enrosadira) we’ll be in the best locations, ready to capture the soaring peaks at dawn and dusk. During the day you’ll traverse the many high passes seeking out dramatic and evocative compositions of the jagged mountains and valleys below. From our base a little further to the west you’ll venture onto the Alpe di Siusi Europe’s biggest alpine plateau, vast meadows dotted with wooden huts overlooked by magnificent Mt Sciliar. Further north you’ll finally travel into the incredibly scenic Valle di Funes with its iconic chapel at the foot of the Odle range. Shaped and formed by natural elements over time these incredibly dramatic mountains and valleys are all easily accessible by road and cable cars* and up to the higher tops at certain times of the year. The Dolomites – extra information This trip includes 6 nights accommodation. You may need to make additional bookings either side of the trip prior to pick up and after drop off in Favaro Veneto depending on flights. Favaro about 10 minutes from Marco Polo airport. I will be staying at the Hotel Altieri prior to the start day. This is the meeting point and pick up location. Start time 13:00 22nd September 2018 – Meet up in Favaro Veneto pick up /departure point – Hotel Altieri. Once loaded we will leave depart for Cortina d’Ampezzo which will take around 2 hours. Our base here is the Piccolo Pocol for 4 nights. End time 18:00 Drop off – Favaro Veneto on the 28th Sept. Getting there Easy jet / Ryanair / Jet2 and other European airlines offer good value flights to Venice Marco Polo or Treviso airports. Accommodation 4 nights in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Veneto / 1 night Passo Di Valles (Trentino) / 1 night Chiusa ( Alto Adige / South Tyrol ). All single occupancy with breakfast. You may wish to extend your trip into Venice with waterbus transport from the airport being easily arranged. Contact me for more information if you’d like to discuss your own arrangements. Essential equipment camera, wide and telephoto 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 graduated filters, both hard and soft filters along with Lee big and little stoppers. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software may be useful to back up or edit your images as you go. A good quality waterproof camera bag is also highly recommended. What to expect Photo Adventure This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms if required. 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 8 of their final images with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Perfect for early Autumn adventures. The Dolomites receive more sunshine hours than their Alpine cousins and are still pleasantly warm. Hikers and climbers roam the mountains at this time of year but you still have to come prepared for unseasonal changes. Light warm layers, gloves and hats for those early sessions at altitude which can be over 2000 meters. Waterproof and windproof jackets are also a must. Comfortable boots or hiking shoes with good grip. Locations Most of the photo locations will be around mountain passes ( passo ) which we will navigate and access in our 9 seater van. We may go for short walks to explore the surrounding areas and vary compositions but nothing extreme. Most passes have a Refugio ( small hotel ) or restaurants and cafes that have toilets and refreshments. We may use these for lunch stops too. Bring cash in euros as they don’t always take cards. The roads can be steep and very windy with hairpin bends so if you suffer from travel sickness, maybe bring something to counter this. A cable car ride to the Cinque Torre is also planned but this is optional and little effort is required apart from a head for heights on the way up. * Cable cars are subject to weather and conditions. Fitness 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. Some walking on short trails will be required but there are no overly long uphill hikes. A cable car ride to the Cinque Torre may also form part of the interary and some short walks are at the summit. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly. October 19, 2015 11:48 am
Capture Venice, Italy workshop Destination summary 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 two planned walks that you’ll 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 “to do” list. Extra information Start time Hotel San Gallo*, Venice – meet up between 15:30hrs 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 conveniently located our featured locations and a minutes walk from San Marco square. Group size minimum 3 – maximum 5 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. Weather 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.