April 1, 2019 6:18 pm
Corfu, Epirus and Meteora – Northern Greece Trip summary This Photo adventure starts and ends on the Ionian Island of Corfu in the capital of the same name. Meteora and Vikos Gorge are two other key highlights. Your adventure kicks off with an evening session photographing the town’s impressive architecture from the castle above. Corfu town (Kerkyra) is a blend of Sicilian, Venetian, French and British architecture and easy to get around on foot. The following day we board a ferry to take us to Igoumenitsa on the Northern Greece mainland. From there you’ll make your way up to the Epirus mountains and our base in the visually stunning village of Papigo in the Zagori. We’ll explore this region by day and capture the sun rise and set over Vikos Gorge, one of the world’s deepest Canyons from nearby lookouts. The stone built villages, windy roads and stunning vistas will all play a part in our photography as we seek out wild mountain light. From Papigo you’ll travel deeper into the region and stop for a night in the village of Kipi to photograph some of the area’s medieval bridges at dawn. As the cool morning mist rises we’ll move between them mixing the early mist with the warm morning sun. After our night in Kipi we move south to Kastraki and Meteora, via the interesting mountain town on Metsovo. Here six orthodox monasteries sit perched atop giant natural rock pillars that loom high above the surrounding area, we’ll capture these scenes during both dusk and dawn sessions. From Meteroa we’ll make our way back to the coast to catch the ferry back to Corfu for departure or a final night. On Location Corfu town As you wander the lanes and look up you can see the variety of influences that create the mood and feel of old Corfu town. It’s soft pastels, shuttered windows, flaky layers of paint, plaster and elaborate wrought iron balconies can often beg the questions “where am I “ ? After initial exploration you’ll take to higher ground to catch the sun as it sets over the jigsaw jumble of rooftops and buildings that make up the town” Vikos Gorge, Pindos and the Zagori Billed as one of Greece’s best kept secrets the Epirus Mountains are not only home to one of the world’s deepest canyons, Vikos Gorge but are also a place of bucolic peace and beauty. Dotted with villages the Zagori region has around 46 small villages and ancient medieval bridges that are perfect subjects captured in misty dawn light . Metsovo and Meteora As you travel towards Meteora the first sight of the high pillars and perched monasteries some 300 metres up are amazing and extraordinary. Stunning locations as the sun goes down, the soft light combines with these remarkable subjects to create wonderful imagery. We can also climb the steps into one or two to capture a glimpse of life for those who still inhabit them during the day. On top of all that you’ll get to sample some of Greece’s Ionian and mountain culture and its wonderful cuisine ! A unique Greek photography experience not to be missed. Extra information Starts in Corfu Town 4:30pm Sunday 3rd October 2021 Ends in Corfu Town Sunday 3pm – 4pm* 10th October 2021 Meet up point Hotel Arcadian – Corfu old town Estimated time Travel times – Ferry to Igoumenitsa takes 90 minutes / By Road – Igoumenitsa to Papigo 2hrs by road / Papigo to Kipi 1hr / Kipi to Meteora (Kastraki) 2hrs 20mins Accommodation: Corfu town – Arcadia Hotel is a classic based in the heart of the old town, close to cafes restaurants and all the sights. 1 night Saxonis House Papigo – Privately owned comfortable stone villa in the village at the foot of the mountains – 3 nights. Kipi – Tritoxo Guest house. Traditional and comfortable with a small tavern and magic views. Home made a dinner and breakfasts using fresh local ingredients. Close to the all the medieval bridges that’ll well capture at dawn – 1 night, Meteora – The fantastic Hotel Doupiani – gardens and panoramic views out over Meteora – 2 nights. Single occupancy rooms unless specified . Getting there Many budget airlines fly direct to Corfu as it’s a popular holiday destination. Ryanair operate from the UK as well as Norwegian and Jet 2. Check you options as early as possible. The airport is a relatively short distance to the town with taxis and buses serving the route.
March 4, 2020 3:17 pm
Volcano Photo workshop – The Landscapes of Islas Canarias Destination Summary Early March 2022 – 7 days In 2012 I made my first visit to the Canary Islands after being shown a book of landscapes by a local photographer, I was instantly blown away. This was not the image of Tenerife that I had in my head. Since then I’ve been back around 15 times and photographed 6 out of 7 Islands with only little El Hierro remaining. So with a host of dramatic locations, colour, culture and warm sunshine in the winter months, it makes for the ideal photography retreat. Tenerife is the the first of the Islas Canaries winter retreat workshops that I hope to offer. So shake off those preconceptions and prepare to create your own canvas of colour and drama on this Lightstalkers Volcano Photo Workshop featuring the Island of Eternal Spring. Mount Teide and Roques de Garcia* Villaflor & El Tiede , a soaring volcano and Spain’s highest mountain at over 12000ft with lava landscapes, rocky columns and ravines to explore. Anaga Mountains and Roques de Anaga The lush verdant hillsides of Anaga with twisting mountain roads plunge over mountain passes down to wild coastlines littered with volcanic rock seastacks and remote Canarian villages. La Orotava Picturesque and classic Canarian town in the lush north with colourful architecture and local cuisine to match. Teno Mountains, Masca and Los Gigantes In the Teno mountains to the west we’ll catch a sunset at the Punta del Teno before venturing over its twisting roads and peaks. During the day we start early for an exhilarating 3 – 4 hr hike, decending deep into Masca Gorge** and returning via Los Gigantes and its huge sea cliffs by boat. Our base in Santiago del Teide is famous for spring flowers and almond blossom that may be in flower, and ideal base for this part of the Island. Santa Cruze De Tenerife An architectural marvel – the Auditorio de Tenerife Islas Canaries winter retreat workshop You’ll be one of only 6 participants on this Canarian Volcano Photo Workshop. You’ll be a million miles away from the tourist resorts staying in mountain villages and small towns. We’ll be sampling local tapas, mountain staples and authentic Spanish cuisine with a Canarian twist. The Learning Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters, long exposures and final execution of image capture at a variety of handpicked destinations. Tenerife Photo Workshop compositions – Seascapes, culture , mountain scenery , abstract, night sky, architecture. The Accommodation Venues TBC – a mixture of small guest houses and small hotels – single occupancy and breakfast* where available Early March Villaflor – 2 nights – Volcanic landscapes around El Tiede March Anaga – 2 nights – Lush forest peaks and seascapes Santiago del Teide – 2 nights – Mountains , Gorges, Almond Blossoms and seascapes Extra information Start time Monday 8th March 2021 1400 – 1600hrs Pick up / meet up location – In El Medano a pleasant Canarian coastal town 10 mins from Tenerife South Airport between 14:00 and 16:00hrs. Once we are together we will drive up to the mountain village of Villaflor. End time 12:30 drop off in El Medano or airport Sunday 14th March 2021. You may wish to extend your trip and stay a further night in this pleasant laid back town which attracts locals and surfers. Getting there Tenerife – by air from major UK and European airports 3.5 – 4.5 hr flight. Essential camera equipment – A lightweight kit is preferable for portability with medium camera backpack SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue. Clothing Good quality lightweight and wind proof down jacket for cooler times. Light gloves for dawn shoots around Teide as it can be cold. T shirts / shorts and long pants . Lightweight hiking boots or shoes that are waterproof and maybe Teva type sandals for standing sea water. 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 lightweight and waterproof camera bag. Weather 20 – 25 C during the day with cooler evenings and the chance of odd rain shower too. Fitness and mobility A reasonable degree of fitness and agility is required for one or two of the walks. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on uneven surfaces . This can involve short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. *Roques de Garcia a circular 2 hour walk (for photography) with descents and slight uphill section **Masca Gorge This is optional – walking times down Masca Gorge can be 3 – 4hrs with boat pick up at the end. Some clambering over rocks and boulders is required with awkward steps at times, there are rest periods and time for photography. 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. ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability.
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 2022 – 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 / Venice aiport on the final day 25th September 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 Alpe di Suisi* ( 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.
November 3, 2015 12:05 pm
County Kerry Ireland Photo Adventure Destination summary Ireland Photo Adventure. The South West corner of Ireland is well known as being one of the most dramatic and evocative parts of the Emerald Isle. The stunningly beautiful coastline, villages and rural pastures of County Kerry and County Cork’s Beara peninsula being the main attractions. Situated in the provence of Munster it contains an abundance of photographic opportunities for the landscape photographer. The Atlantic ocean pounds sea cliffs and laps onto golden sand beaches. Vibrant green fields dotted with farms and old dwellings are criss crossed with traditionally built old stone walls. Colourful village pubs, mountains, lakes, jagged rocky cliffs, and deserted coves will all combine to create a very Irish and iconic set of images for your portfolio. This Ireland photo adventure in the city of Cork where you’ll be picked up before heading west to Portmagee on the Ring of Kerry near the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll explore nearby Killarney National Park en-route. It’s packed full of scenic wonders, including Lough Leane, complete with early misty moring views out to the McGillycuddy Reeks mountains and Torc Falls. A dusk session on the Skerrig Ring capturing its views and seascapes out to the Skellig Islands will end the first day. We’ll need an early start on the second morning to make our along the northern section of the Ring of Kerry and out to the Dingle peninsula. We’ll make a few stops along the way including the Inch Strand en route. After checking in to our Dingle accommodation you’ll explore the dramatic coastline and beaches around Slea and Cloger heads finishing with a dusk session at the photogenic pier. You’ll have an optional early session at the Conor Pass with stunning views before breakfast then time to explore colourful Dingle town itself. Here, every other building seems to be a quirky old pub or old style hardware store…or both! Then its a full circuit of the western part of the peninsula with amazing landscapes, views and crashing surf. All a short distance from our base in Dingle village. Our penultimate days sees us start early as we head back towards Killarney National Park. You’ll explore the the Gap of Dunloe by horse and trap*, Kenmare village and then make a detour out to the Beara peninsula. Overnighting nearby, the following day you’ll traverse the the Caha Mountains via the dramatic Healy Pass. The peninsula is split in two between County Kerry and County Cork with route affording great views of the surround countryside. From here we will return to Cork we’ll get together for a Guinness and a bite to eat in a traditional local pub. Extra information 5 Full Days – 5 nights accommodation Start time pick up in Cork City at 10:00am End time Ends 1900hrs Cork City Getting there Cork airport has connections with UK and European airports or you can fly into Dublin or Shannon international airports. Accommodation 5 nights single occupancy rooms – 1 night near the Skellig ring on the Ring of Kerry. 2 nights in Dingle village, 1 night on the Bearna peninsula. Final night in central Cork at the wonderful Hotel Isaacs. 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. IRELAND PHOTO ADVENTURE -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 As in it’s Celtic cousin Scotland, Ireland can have fickle wet weather at anytime of year, you can’t have all that emerald green without a little rain ! Having said that conditions can be glorious at times and my first encounter with Kerry featured both wonderful weather and light. So expect the unexpected. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots 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 boggy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 30 mins – one way, however participation is optional at every location. 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. All ages above 18 years are welcome. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.