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THE DOLOMITES, ITALY SEPTEMBER 2022 2 places left

May 3, 2017 1:21 pm Published by

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, surrounded by the soaring peaks and pinnacles of the Trentino, Alto Adige and Veneto regions of the Dolomites range. A designated UNESCO World Heritage region, you’ll be focusing on the areas around  Sesto (Tre Cime), Sella and Alpe Di Siusi.   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 by comfortable vehicle some of the most dramatic high passes in the Alps to photograph the most evocative compositions of the jagged mountains and valleys below. From our second base a little further to the west you’ll venture onto nearby Alpe di Siusi, this is Europe’s biggest alpine plateau and  features a  vast meadow  dotted with wooden huts which are overlooked by magnificent Mt Sciliar. We’ll capture this incredible locational at dawn on foot which can be breathtaking as the cloud disperses to reveal the nearby peaks. To the north of our base  you’ll travel into the incredibly scenic Valle di Funes with its iconic chapel at the foot of the Odle range one of the most iconic scenes of the Dolomites. Shaped and formed by natural elements over time these incredibly dramatic mountains and valleys are all easily accessible by road and higher elevation by cable cars*. For this years trip I’ve introduced a new option to ride the cable car from St Ulrich up to photograph the incredible scenes around the summit of  Seceda (2518 meters) and the Odle/Geisler Peak’s. This is a wonderful photo adventure that has always produces some incredibly dramatic images from one of Europe’s great locations. From our base near Castelrotto we return through part of the ranges and back to Favaro Veneto where you’ll be dropped off at the end of our trip.   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 14:00 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 Hotel De La Poste in Cortina deD’Ampezzo 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 at the Hotel De La Poste /  2 nighst near Alpe di Suisi*  ( Alto Adige / South Tyrol ) at the Villa Rier. 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. There are also  some short hikes and a medium level hike around the Tre Cime (approx 3 hours return ) all 3 parts and all are optional and you can go at your own pace.   There’s all a hike to an Alpine lake that takes around 30 minutes with a reasonable gradient, plus dawn circular walk around the Alpe di Suisi (vehicles are not permitted) of around 2-3km but fairly flat. 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 Seceda and or 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 of the locations are at altitude of around 2000m so you may feel it takes a little more effort to get around when walking up higher elevations. Some walking on short trails will be required but there are no overly long steep hikes. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

IRELAND’S GIANTS CAUSEWAY AND CO DONEGAL, OCTOBER 2022 – 2 available

November 17, 2021 2:47 pm Published by

Destination Summary Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway lies on a stretch of dramatic coastline just over an hour north of the city of Belfast. Home of the Titanic, this vibrant Northern Irish city  is where your photo adventure will begin and end. After pick up in Belfast you’ll travel north through rural Co Antrim via the Dark Hedges (Game of Thrones fame)  to the small town of Bushmills where we’ll capture  both dusk and dawn sessions photographing the Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site and some breathtaking cliff top lookouts. From Northern Ireland we travel west along the coast around Loch Foyle and into quieter County Donegal in the Irish Republic. Donegal is famous for some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland, the Gaeltacht and some of the most beautiful  Atlantic coastline. It’s often labelled as Ireland in miniature  with bog, mountains, lochs, and remote Gaelic speaking communities providing plenty subject matter. You’ll travel through peaceful villages, by wild Atlantic beaches and stunning mountain heartlands all the way down to the Slieve League peninsula. It’s a quiet, less hurried place without the crowds. The Locations County Antrim – Northen Ireland The Dark Hedges  An impressive tree lined  landscape designed to impress arrivals entering a Georgian mansion, although it’s found more recent fame as one of the backdrops from The Game of Thrones. Ireland’s Giant Causeway The UNESCO  listed Causeway features a compact section of basalt pillars that extends out into the wild Atlantic. It’s surrounded by crashing waves and with a back drop of high cliffs it makes for both unusual and effective compositions. To the west – Scenic vistas around Magheracross and Dunluce castle County Donegal – Republic of Ireland Inishowen Peninsula and Rosguill We cross the border and find ourselves on the wonderful Inishowen Peninsula. It’s Ireland’s biggest and has plenty space to breathe and big skies above. Dotted with little hamlets, traditional village pubs and emerald green fields it also features Ireland’s most northerly point in Malin Head. We’ll base ourselves as close as possible to catch the crashing waves and jagged rocks to the north and capture a more gentile scene in the morning at the Malin Pool. After a night in Malin we have a busy shedule as we move south west, picking our way through some wild land and seascapes. Stops include Fanad Head,  Murderhole on the Rosguill peninsula and through Donegal’s mountainous Gleanveagh National Park for dusk . The Rosses and North West The following day you’ll wake to the morning scenes around the Rosses on Donegal’s mid-west coast. The Rosses are home to one of Ireland’s  Gaeltacht areas. It’s distinctly different to the rest of Ireland and even Donegal, with Gaelic being widely spoken around  its clustered coastal communities. Winding coastal roads, hidden beaches  and crashing Atlantic waves lie around every corner and our base near Dungloe  is an ideal place to call home for a few days while we explore the north, east and south. Back to the coast you’ll capture the famous Bad Eddie boat wreck near Bunbeg, drop by Leos’s pub (spiritual home of Clannad and Enya) and climb the twisty road that looks out over the Bloody Foreland. On our final evening in Dungloe we’ll perch ourselves on a clifftop to  capture some magic light over the wildly dramatic Crohy Sea Arch that sits just south of the 18th century tower, built during the Napoleonic wars. Mt Errigal and Glenveagh NP To the east of Dungloe sits Mount Errigal, Donegal’s highest peak and a dramatic one at that. We’ll photograph its southern slopes and ruined churches from around Dunlewy and the loch then take a wander down the Poisoned Glenalong its riverside. Slieve League Peninsula After a few days in the Rosses we travel south to the Slieve League Peninsula. Once again the scenery takes on a wilder more dramatic appearance as the hills rise and the Atlantic crashes on exposed beaches. Near to Maghera beach,  Assaranca waterfall tumbles down the steep hillside and after a session here we’ll take a short stroll to the beach to capture the colourful rocks and waves as they fan out on the golden sand. After lunch in the famous and rather eclectic Nancy’s pub in Ardara, we head west over the scenic Glenesh Pass,  following the winding road down to the remote Gaeltacht hamlet of Glencolmcille. The township has an interesting folk museum* reflecting on life past and present in remote Donegal and if time allows we’ll take a look around. Our final destination are the Slieve League cliffs on the other side of the headland. Slieve League mountain itself sits at 2000ft, its cliffs plunging in the the swirling, crashing waves below. These are the highest in Ireland and among the highest in Europe. A dramatic way to complete our photo adventure  along the northern coast of the Emerald Isle.   Extra information Start time 12:00 – 13:00 trip commences  – Depart from Belfast on 24th October (The Landsdowne Hotel, Antrim Road , Belfast ) You have the option to overnight on the 23rd in Belfast or arrive on the morning of the 24th. The pick up point above is the on the  north side of the city about 3 miles from the centre  and east of the International airport. Note: Belfast has George Best City Aiport (BHD) and an International airport to the North West . End time approx 13:00 drop off Belfast City Airport then city centre  – 30th October Getting there  Belfast city or International or Dublin’s International Airports / Dublin to Belfast by train approx 2.75hrs. Ferries from Scotland ( Cairnryan – Belfast 2.5hrs) England (Liverpool to Dublin 8rs) Accommodation* 1 night Magherabuoy House Hotel Portrush – Antrim, 1 night  Joyce’s Place, Cardonagh, Inishowen, 3 nights Mackays Rooms, Dungloe – The Rosses, 1 night Gateway Lodge Donegal town. Single occupancy en-suite with full breakfast. * subject to availability and additional entry charge Meals – Local charismatic pubs / cafes / along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule featuring local produce where possible. Essential equipment any camera system, lenses (16mm wide angle up to 200mm ) waterproof camera bag and good quality, sturdy 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.   What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills if required. Explaining efficient use 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 ideally 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 recent encounter with Donegal featured both wonderful weather and light and some windy wet weather.  So be prepared. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. No jeans they get wet and stay wet. 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, slippy and boggy wet ground. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and greasy 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.    

VOLCANIC LANDSCAPES OF LANZEROTE FEBRUARY 2023

May 6, 2022 12:31 pm Published by

Volcanic Landscapes of Lanzarote Islas Canarias – Winter Reteat Destination Summary In 2012 I made my first visit to the Canary Islands after being shown a book of landscapes by a local photographer.  Shortly after my first arrival I was imersed  into the volcanic landscapes and dramatic seascape vistas and  I was totally blown away by  both the  drama and beauty of these islands. Since then I’ve been back to the Canaries around a thirteen times and photographed all the seven main Islands. There’s now a recognised eighth !  Little La Graciosa of the northern tip of Lanzerote which will form part of this trip’s itinerary. So with a host of dramatic locations, colour, culture  and warm sunshine in the winter months, it makes for the ideal photography retreat. Lanzerote has some of the most wildly volcanic looking landscapes of all the Canary Islands. Timanfaya National Park’s is home  to the most dramatic concentration of these, although the whole island seems to evoke a feeling of a no-so long ago  volcanic activity. Even still, the vines which grow  in the seemingly dry, black soil still manage to produce the  famous  Malvasía grape sit in little stone circles to protect them from the elements in  the wine region of La Geria. We’ll explore the back roads of the wine country and pay a visit to one of the little bodegas that dot the landscape here. Along its rugged coast, whitewashed villas, red cliffs, azure blue natural pools and pristine golden and black sand beaches stretch out into the Atlantic. Moonscape vistas, volcanoes, lone palms against setting suns, rolling surf, caves and the legacy of César Manrique all combine to create a unique set of locations to photograph explore. Cesar Enrique is a legend in Lanzerote and her famous son was a renowned artist, sculptor and nature activist that has a lasting legacy on the Island. We’ll visit his gallery and volcano home that has a variety of works including sketches from of Picasso and Miro. The little island of La Graciosa is an idyllic retreat with a little settlement of Caleta del Sebo and we’ll spend a night here to take in a sunset on one of its pristine beaches and turquoise bays. Forget the tourist meccas of the south this trip cuts deep into the empty coves , landscapes and quiet villages of one of the most volcanic of the Canary Islands. LANZEROTE EXTRA INFO  Meet up point – Arrecife  the islands little capital at 16:00 on the 6th February. Just a short ride from the airport. End point time 16:00 on the 11th February at the airport or capital Arrecife.   You may wish to extend your trip if so I can provide information and recommend locations etc. More info to follow

ASTURIAS AND THE PICOS DE EUROPA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 2023

August 1, 2022 1:53 pm Published by

ASTURIAS  AND THE PICOS DE EUROPA PHOTO ADVENTURE Destination Summary This new Asturias and the Picos de Europa photo adventure begins and ends in Santander, the main city in Cantabria on Spain’s less visited northern coast. Once together we’ll travel west along some beautiful stretches of coastline checking out a couple of Cantabrian locations as a warm up.   We’ll then cross into the ancient kingdom of Asturias, the only part of Spain not conquered by the Moors. Vivid lush greens fill the strip of coastline between the mountains and the sea, this is where it takes its name from,  Costa Verde (the green  coast).  But it all changes where the land meets the sea with an endless chain of vivid blue and turquoise bays  dotted with mostly empty beaches that just seem to go on forever. Each hand picked beach is full of character,  with features like jagged pinnacles, arches and chasms. Great to explore, wander and of course photograph. Just a few kilometres further inland is the amazing National Park – Picos de Europa, the Peaks of Europe, named by sailors returning from the new world of the Americas as their first sight of their homeland came into view. The Picos are a compact limestone  mountain range with accessible roads that delve deep into its valleys and high plateaus. We’ll be exploring some of its higher villages, mountain lakes, vistas and sampling some local culinary offerings including, Fabada (bean stew), amazing Goat stew,  Seafood, Sidre (cider) and the famous Cabrales (blue) cheese while also focusing on capturing its most iconic peak the Naranjo de Bulnes that lies at its heart. After two nights in the mountains we’ll venture further west and back to the coast to photograph a handful of its most stunning and unique beaches plus explore a couple of  laid back fishing  villages.  Its most photogenic Cudillero will double as our base and our subject matter at dawn and provide some exploration by day. On the 7th day we will make our way back along the coast via a few more locations to Santander where the trip will conclude in the afternoon. You can read a National Geographic piece on Asturias here “Why Spain’s Asturias is an under the radar destination” Asturias and the Pico De Europa –  The Locations  More information will be available for this photo adventure soon – register your interest by contacting Glen by email Accommodation  The Asturias and the Pico de Europa photo adventure will have three main bases all with single occupancy rooms. Llanes – 1 night Las Arenas – 2 nights Cudillero – 3 nights Extra Info  Meet up will be in the morning at Santander railway station between 09:30 – 10:00am End point will be at Santander railway station at 17:00 Your invited to check out some testimonials from previous photo adventures here