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VOLCANO PHOTO WORKSHOP – LANDSCAPES OF ISLAS CANARIAS MARCH 2022 sold out

March 4, 2020 3:17 pm Published by

Volcano Photo workshop – The Landscapes of Islas Canarias Destination Summary 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 Volcanic Landscape 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. **subject to local authorities review and conditions. Santa Cruze De Tenerife  An architectural marvel – the Auditorio de Tenerife Islas Canaries  winter retreat workshop You’ll be one of only 5 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 Villaflor – 2 nights – Volcanic landscapes around El Tiede Anaga – 2 nights – Lush forest peaks and seascapes** Santiago del Teide – 2 nights – Mountains , Gorges, Almond Blossoms and seascapes **single occupancy dependant on availability. Extra information Start time Monday  7th March 2021 1400 – 1630 Pick up / meet up location – In El Medano a pleasant Canarian coastal town 10 mins from Tenerife South Airport between 14:00 and 16:30 * Once we are together we will drive up to the mountain village of Villaflor. *depending on participant arrival time. If arriving the night before I recommend staying at the Hotel El Medano a short taxi ride from the airport. End time 12:30 drop off in El Medano or Tenerife South airport Sunday 13th March 2022. 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 **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.

THE DOLOMITES, ITALY SEPTEMBER 2022

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 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 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 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 return route to the Veneto we’ll pass over Passo Rolle  in the Trentino,  before returning to Favaro Veneto 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 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 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. 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.

IRELAND’S GIANTS CAUSEWAY AND CO DONEGAL, OCTOBER 2022

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 t he centre  and east of the International airport. End time approx 13:00 drop off Belfast – 30th October Getting there  Belfast 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.