August 1, 2022 1:53 pm
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 at the Hotel Finca La Mansion, a short distance from the centre of town and our nearby beaches. Cangas de Onis – Hotel Los Lagos Nature – 2 nights in the heart of the town and our base for exploring the Picos de Europa. Cudillero – 3 nights at the wonderful Casona de La Paca, a classic house hotel on the edge of the colourful town harbour town a shirt drive from the most dramatic Asturian beaches. Extra Info Meet up will be in the morning at Santander railway station at 10:00am on the 18th End point will be at Santander railway station at 13:30hrs on the 24th Your invited to check out some testimonials from previous photo adventures here
October 1, 2022 6:15 pm
MONTENEGRO PHOTO ADVENTURE – THE ADRIATIC COAST AND DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK Destination Summary This Montenegro photo adventure will begin when we meet up in the city of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. From Dubrovnik it’s only a very short drive to the Montenegrin border where shortly after, the beautiful Bay of Kotor cuts like a deep fjord into the steep sided mountains. The Montenegrin coast isn’t long but its dotted with old villages, castle ruins, churches and tiny islands all along a stunningly beautiful coastline. After a few days photographing the highlights of the Adriatic coastal villages including Perast, Budva and Pertovac , we’ll drive up into the interior of the country. Lake Skadar is the biggest lake in southern Europe and straddles the border over into Albania to the south. The Montenegrin part is surround by National park and you’ll be able create some images at some major viewpoints and we’ll maybe even negotiate a boat trip onto the lake itself. Now on our Montenegro photo adventure its time to swap our flip flops for hiking boots as the weather turns colder and the weather less predicable. From Skadar we travel up to Biogradska Gora National Park with its lake and unique Rainforest setting and onto Durmitor National Park (a UNESCO world heritage site). We’ll explore the Tara River Canyon, the largest and deepest in Europe, photograph its famous bridge and get down into the river canyon itself for some wide angle compositions. The town of Zabljak will be our base for a couple of nights, while we capture the glacial Black Lake, the surrounding forests and some of the amazing viewpoints over the Durmitor Massif. After the mountain highs around Zabljak we’ll make our way back to Dubrovnik where the trip will come to an end. Perhaps you can spend one last night enjoying the walled city of Dubrovnik before flying home. Extra Information For this Montenegro photo adventure, make sure you have necessary visa and passport requirements ( 3 months remaining as a minimum) as required for entry into Croatia (EU) and Montenegro which is not a member of the EU yet. Most visitors are allowed up to 30days without a visa. Further details will be available this page soon.
March 4, 2020 3:17 pm
Volcanic Wild Landscapes workshop – Tenerife & El Hierro Wild Landscapes destination Summary In 2012 I made my first visit to the wild landscapes of 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 a dozen times and photographed all 7 Islands (apart from newly recognised number 8 – little La Graciousa near Lanzerote but not for long). So with a host of dramatic locations, colour, culture and warm sunshine in the winter months, it makes for the ideal photography retreat. This will be the second Lightstalkers visit to the wild landscapes of Tenerife as a winter retreat workshop but this time I’m adding little El Hierro into the mix. El Hierro (the meridian island) is the second smallest and second least populated island and is a wonderful mixture of pine cloud mountains, green / azure pools surrounded by black volcanic rock and vertical steep cliffs. The islands symbol is the “Sabina” or wind swept Juniper tree that resemble the form of dramatic human dancers ( to me anyway ). So shake off those preconceptions and prepare to create your own canvas of colour and drama on this Lightstalkers Volcanic Landscape Photo Workshop featuring the Island of Eternal Spring and the meridian island. El Hierro A UNESCO Biosphere, get lost amongst the twisted Sabina trees and below the soaring Caldera by the azure volcanic pools. 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. Islas Canaries winter retreat workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Wild Landscapes 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 18 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 / El Hierro 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 Villaflor – 2 nights – Volcanic landscapes around El Tiede Anaga – 1 nights – Lush forest peaks and seascapes El Hierro – 3 nights – raw volcanic landscapes **single occupancy dependant on availability. Extra information Start time details to follow in El Medano Tenerife. Pick up / meet up location – In El Medano a pleasant Canarian coastal town 10 mins from Tenerife South Airport. If arriving the night before I recommend staying at the Hotel El Medano a short taxi ride from the airport. End time in El Medano or Tenerife South airport 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 Average 21 degrees 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 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.