Dolomites June 7-13, 2015
A 7 day photo workshop June 7-13, 2015 for 6-9/10 participants in the beautiful Dolomites mountains in Italy at the best time for spring/early summer colors. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Europe. In this altitude of the mountains flowers will blossom at this time of year. The Dolomites are known for their dramatic shapes and altitudes and is a wonderland for photography as well. The weather can be dramatic at times and give wonderful opportunites for extraordinary pictures. The rugged rocks are also beautiful and are emphasized in many different shapes and forms, when the light creates shadows and colors during the day. Notice that the flexible 5-7 day workshop program will be continued in 2015.
This workshop is the first to combine the Western and the Eastern parts of the Dolomites in one workshop. We will start in the west staying in hotel Adler near the beautiful Lago di Carezza close to the village Nova Levante near Bolzano. We leave this hotel on June 10 and checkin to the hotel Argentina just outside of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The drive is about 2 hours. For this workshop it is recommended to also choose the 2 optional days before the workshop and arrive on June 5. These two days are optional and not included in the workshop price. By combining the west and the east of the Dolomites we will shoot the highlights of the Dolomites.
The workshop is aimed at giving the workshop participant the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful areas of Europe and get some great pictures. You can find examples of pictures taken at the locations and the time of year for the workshop. Scroll down to see the pictures. The instructor is Hans Kruse, owner of HansKrusePhotography. He is very experienced in landscape photography and in post processing techniques. More of Hans Kruse's landscape photography work can be found here.
The workshop will include
- lectures about composition, scene selection, technique, post processing, etc.
- critique and discussion sessions about the pictures taken during the workshop
- morning and afternoon shooting sessions through the area with a selection of the most interesting spots for the time of year
- on location instructions and discussions about composition and technique
- opportunity to learn from and get inspired by fellow photographers
The schedule will be adapted to the weather conditions. The detailed schedule for the 7 days is
- June 7: Arrival and afternoon shoot.
- June 8: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Meeting room 12-16:
on how to achieve technically good pictrures, composition and how to
select interesting view points and pictures from the areas with
comments. Working light lunch at 13:00. Afternoon shoot.
- June 9: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Meeting room 12-16: Lightroom and post processing demo. Working light lunch at 13:00. Afternoon shoot.
- June 10: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Move to hotel Argentina. Light
lunch on arrival. Afternoon shoot.
- June 11: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Meeting room 12-16: Critique session. Working light lunch at 13:00. Afternoon shoot.
- June 12: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Meeting room 12-16: Critique session. Working light lunch at 13:00. Afternoon shoot.
- June 13: Morning shoot. Breakfast. End of workshop.
Please notice that the time for going into post processing is limited since the workshop has only full days for workroom activities. To get a Lightroom tutorial use the option of up to two extra days early arrival. To take full advantage of this option please plan to arrive on June 5, 2015.
There are no specific expectations for the skill level of the participants to get full value from the workshop. You will likely have been interested in photography for some years and have acquired a digital SLR or equivalent mirrorless camera and a few lenses. However less experienced photographers are equally welcome. The workshop will be adapted for the individuals attending such that individuals who need more guidance in certain areas will have the attention of the instructor to get help with the settings of the camera. For landscape photography in this area the focal lengths from 24mm to 200mm in 35mm full frame terms will be adequate (approx. 15mm to 135mm on crop DSLR cameras). A wider lens can be useful and a longer lens also (16mm and 300mm in 35mm full frame terms). It is expected that you are familiar with your camera including the most typical functions, however any question about camera operation and features are welcomed. Bring a manual for your camera too. A solid and stable tripod is essential and a cable/remote release for your camera. It is advised that you have practiced using your camera on a tripod so that you quickly can setup the camera as sometimes the lighting conditions change rapidly. The language of the workshop is English.
The instructor uses Canon 5D mkIII and Nikon D800E/D810 cameras and have detailed knowledge of these cameras, however photographers with any camera are welcome. It is expected that you are familiar with the camera and menues since it is not possible for the instructor to know every variant of even Canon or Nikon cameras. For post processing the instructor will use and show Adobe Lightroom and with additional processing in Adobe Photoshop. For HDR and tone mapping typically the Photomatix 32bit HDR plugin for Lightroom and with tone mapping in Lightroom is used. It is highly recommended that the participants bring their own laptop for post processing. For critique sessions you will need a laptop to process your own images.
On location conditions
The temperature can fall to around the freezing point at this time of year in the morning, so please bring warm clothes and good, comfortable footwear for the time we will spend outdoors. Waterproof or almost waterproof and warm boots are highly recommended as grass is often wet in the morning and it is good to be able to walk into the landscape to find the best spots. Also headwear and gloves are essential as well as wind proof clothing. Although afternoons are generally nice and warm the early mornings can be cold and especially in windy conditions. Only relatively short walking distances are planned from the roads (up to 15-30 minutes and longer than 30 minutes can occur but will be discussed with the participants).
Pricing, accommodation and travel
The cost of the workshop is 1695 Euro which include hotel, meals and beverages (breakfast, lunch time refreshments and evening dinner, water, wine and coffee). A single room for each participant. For a shared double room the price is 1600 Euro per participant. If you decide to come early and stay after the workshop you will pay these extra days directly to the hotel. Any extra shoots outside of the workshop is free of charge and is made as a service to the participants.
The price does not include transport to and from the hotel (air fare, rental cars, etc.) and transport in the area. It is planned that the 6-9 participants and the instructor will drive in 2-3 cars for the shooting (the instructor in his car and 1-2 cars from the participants). Since we will start in hotel Adler near Bolzano and end in hotel Argentina near Cortina d'Ampezzo the best airport for arrival and departure is Venice (Venezia). The driving time from the Venice Marco Polo airport to hotel Adler is about 3 hours and the return trip from hotel Argentina is about 2 hours. If Venice is not practical then Milan is the alternative but the driving time is considerably longer. From hotel Argentina it is about 5 hours and to hotel Adler it is about 3.5 hours.
To share a car e-mail addresses will be exchanged among the participants such that sharing of rental cars can be planned in advance. A booking sheet including arrival and departure dates are sent to the participants of the workshop to help finding a match in sharing a rental car. A rental car no smaller than a Fiat Punto is assumed for 3-4 photographers per car including their equipment. The plan is that every day it is changed who is driving together in order to get the most value of discussions among the participants. The reason for not including transportation is that it would add substantial extra cost to the workshop to include this and most participants would likely combine a workshop with a stay in the area. If you would like to bring a spouse or friend to the workshop, then please indicate this in the registration e-mail. A spouse or friend cannot participate in any of the workshop activities, but are welcome to breakfasts and dinners. The lunch is a working lunch so it is only for workshop participants. A GPS unit is highly recommended and mobile phones to get reconnected, if getting lost. The instructor will have a mobile phone operational at all times and walkie talkies in the cars.
Please book space on the workshop by sending an e-mail to Hans Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to ask additional questions about the workshop. If you are not able to join this workshop or it is sold out, then please consult the workshop schedule or contact Hans Kruse. As the time of the workshop approaches (2-3 weeks in advance) you will get updates on the detailed schedule and meeting times and additional relevant information. You are welcome to divide the payment of the 1695 Euro into a deposit of 245 Euro at sign-up and payment of the 1450 Euro April 1st, 2015. In a shared double room the price is 1600 Euro per participant and the final payment is 1355 Euro. If the workshop need to be cancelled a full refund will be paid. If you need to cancel participation the 245 Euros will not be refunded unless a replacement is found. If cancelled after April 1st, 2015 a refund is only paid if a replacement is found.
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