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’ll meet. You’ll then be guided on an early dawn shoot around the incredible Piazza die Miracoli, before the crowds arrive, to capture the world heritage listed architecture which 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. 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) and weather permitting 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 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. Our final destination will be around Passo Rolle back in the Trentino, we’ll overnight nearby before returning to Favaro Veneto. 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, there are other options – note this is the meeting point and pick up location. Start time 13:00 19th September 2020 – 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 approx 14:30 approx Drop off – Favaro Veneto on the 25th 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 Chiusa* ( Alto Adige / South Tyrol ) 1 night Tonadico in the Trentino. All single occupancy rooms. 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 / head torch. 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. A walking pole may also be helpful on some walks. 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 will also go for some short walks and a medium hike around the Tre Cime. This is in 3 parts and all optional. It’s the best way to explore the surrounding area and vary compositions but it’s nothing extreme. Most passes have a Refugio ( small hotel ) or restaurants / 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 Summit of Lagazuoi 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. *Some accommodation options may vary depending on availability Fitness All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness for walking and good 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. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.