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. June 28, 2016 1:41 pm
Tuscany and Cinque Terre Photo Adventure This Italian photo adventure combines two classic locations, the Cinque Terre ( five lands ) and beautiful Tuscany. We initially kick off with an evening session in the city of Pisa where we meet. We’ll make an early dawn shot in it’s Piazza die Miracoli, without the crowds which will see us capture the world heritage listed architecture. This includes the leaning tower, the Duomo and the Romanesque Baptistery. Cinque Terre From Pisa you’ll head north to the five villages of the Cinque Terre in Liguria for 3 nights. The villages are all connected by a train that cuts through tunnels in the cliffs making it easy to jump on and off between them. Colourful houses cling to the cliff tops and huddle around ridiculously quaint harbours. It’s a setting that has virtually remained unchanged for centuries. The seascapes around Riomaggiore and Manarola with their colourful houses as backdrops are as atmospheric and photogenic as it gets. You’ll sample these scenes at dusk, dawn and the blue hour. You’ll also have time to explore a couple of the more compact villages such as Manarola and Vernazza during the day. Tuscany After feasting on and photographing the delights of the Ligurian coast you’ll drive south from Pisa by 9 seater van to Pienza. Here the landscape is a total contrast to that of the previous days shooting. Basing ourselves in the World Heritage listed Val D’Orcia and town of Pienza for 3 nights. The photography here is unrivalled for a pure, subtle mix of rolling hills, Tuscan villas, Cypress trees and soft light at dawn and dusk. We’ll also photograph and explore the medieval towns of Pienza, Montepulciano and Montelcino. Magical image making in one of the most photo rich parts of Europe. From here on our final day we’ll return to Pisa via Crete Senesi. Some handpicked photo locations along the way will bring to and end a great week of photography. In the evenings the wine will flow and combine with simple Tuscan and Ligurian flavours. By day you explore and photograph the villages, towns, seascapes and landscapes of these classic heart stirring regions, all photographed in glorious autumn light. Book now to secure your place. Extra information Start time 15:30 Grand Hotel Duomo in Pisa – 1st October End time 16:30 dropped off in Pisa on the 8th Oct ( you will need additional accommodation for this night if your not flying out) Getting there Easy jet offer good value flights to Pisa from Gatwick and other UK hubs as do other European budget airlines. Accommodation 1 night at the Grand Hotel Duomo adjacent to the Piazza die Miracoli in Pisa, 3 nights in the Affittacamere Anna Michielini apartments in the heart of Riomaggiore, close to the old harbour in Cinque Terre . Then 3 nights at the wonderful hill top Tuscan Villa Cosona, just outside Pienza surrounded by breathtaking Tuscan countryside. All accommodation is single occupancy rooms. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Due to limited space place in the van please limit your luggage to 1 camera bag and one medium suitcase or hold-all. You will need to be able to move your luggage between railway stations Pisa – Riomaggiore. 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 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. 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 Even in early autumn the weather on the Mediterranean can be unpredictable with a few showers. It can still be pleasantly warm during the day with temperatures around 19 – 23 centigrade (69 – 74F) but evenings and early mornings can be cooler. It’s important that you are comfortable and you have adequate outdoor clothing ( light rain jackets and outdoor lightweight trousers) lightweight trekking shoes or boots that are waterproof are ideal. Tuscany, again as with Cinque Terre there can be some showers of rain around but its still pleasantly warm with average highs of 22 C during the day and lows of 11C at night. Locations Many of the Cinque Terre coastal locations require walking up some flights of steps to view points and down to beaches, train stations and harbours. All locations are optional. Not all locations will be by the roadside and some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy rocky surfaces. Furthermore in Tuscany there is some walking in villages and towns but these are moderate and pretty easy going. Many rural locations are by the roadside. Walking times around towns can be up to 45minutes – however participation is optional at every location. 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. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.