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ATLANTIC HEAVEN ASTURIAS

5th - 12th October 2019

Places available

 
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 MAIN DETAILS

  • Place: Asturias, Northern Spain

  • Dates: 5th - 12th October 2019

  • Places Available

  • Group size: 4p (min) to 6p (max)

  • Price: 3'700 CHF

  • Deposit: 1’500 CHF

  • Single room at exclusive hotel

  • All meals included

  • Exertion Level: Easy - Medium

  • Photo level: All levels

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ASTURIAS, ATLANTIC HEAVEN

5th - 12th October 2019

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AN IMPRESSIVE COASTLINE

In the Atlantic north of Spain, one of the most spectacular hidden gems of the natural world can be found. 

Inland, wild mountains covered by lush vegetation are the home of bears and wolves in some of the most beautiful deciduous forests of Europe. Up in the summits, eagles sore over the white snowed peaks of towering mountains. Down in the valley, small villages still live an ancestral life, simple, authentic.   

As we get closer to the ocean, the land ends abruptly and sinks into the sea creating one of the most spectacular coast lines of the whole world. Along the whole coast of Asturias and Galicia, a mixture of vertical cliffs, secret coves, never ending beaches, sea stacks, caves and estuaries alternate creating a feast for the landscape photographer. 

But the rocks... oh, the rocks! Geology has created some of the most beautiful patterns, colours and shapes to be found on Earth. Flysch, slate, quartzites and other rocks mix into natural canvasses full of the most beautiful shapes, colours and textures. Every time the tides get it and out, a whole new world of intimate landscapes are revealed to the photographer. 

Unspoiled, this place is still authentic and off the beaten track. A true paradise for landscape photographers
 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

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The places we will vi­sit are all about diversity. Atlantic wet forest, rocky shores, long beaches, secret coves, intimate landscapes of colourful rocks and sand, abandoned villages, high mountains. This will be like experien­cing several trips in one! 

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The natural light in Asturias is soft and delicate but can also be wild and spectacular. We will enjoy a wide range of light and weather conditions, making the landscape show a different face every day and night. 

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Rafael was born in Spain and knows this stretch of coast like the palm of his hand. You will get to places that not many people know and where many natural treasures can be found. 

 

 

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LEADERS OF THE TRIP

RAFAEL ROJAS

Rafael Rojas (Master Hasselblad 2014, MA Photography, ARPS) is a Swiss-Spanish fine art photographer, author and lecturer whose work frequently focuses on concepts like time, decay and renewal, the raw latent energy found in the landscape and the ephemeral qualities of existence. He strives to encapsulate concept, emotion and spirituality in his work.    

Rafael has been involved in teaching since he was in his teens, and well before he took a camera for the first time. First helping out young students, then teaching undergrads and later on as a University lecturer. Nowadays, as a full time professional photographer, lecturer, author and creativity mentor, he deeply enjoys helping other photographers grow as artists, slow down and look at the world with different eyes.

He is the founder of the online Photo School "Photography with Intent", a unique, comprehensive and structured one year course devoted to the whole photographic process from message to print.

Rafael is also co-owner and co-director of “Platinum Press Editions”, an independent finer art photography publishing company devoted to the creation of photography books of the highest quality.

Rafael speaks English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Italian.

ANCA MINICAN

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Anca Minican, the partner of Rafael Rojas, provides a very special touch to all our photographic workshops and trips.  Trained as an architect, she is a true lover of nature and the wilderness and always accompanies Rafael on his photographic expeditions all over the planet. 

Her broad experience in the corporate world, her professionalism and her methodical and serious approach make her a valuable asset for the organization, on-site logistics and the support to customers during our workshops and photographic trips. She also plays a key role in the team building and knows how to create an amicable environment with a personal touch as all our clients can testify! 

Anca is co-owner and co-founder of “Platinum Press Editions”, an exclusive editorial house specialized in the creation of unique fine art photography books of the highest quality. She is also part of the management staff of the Photo School “Photography with Intent”.

She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian.

FURTHER DETAILS

 
 

 

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TOP OF THE CLASS

Small groups, all inclusive, daily critique sessions and full support by two leaders

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All inclusive. All included. All first class.

During this workshop we will be based at one of the most ideally placed hotels in the whole coast, exclusive, isolated, surrounded by the forest and right in front of one of the most spectacular beaches in Asturias. From our exclusive hotel, we will be able to make the most of the conditions, tailoring our programme to the weather and light we will experience during our trip. 

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Matching light and mood with the place

Asturias is still a very much unknown destination for landscape photographers, and a place we know inside out after many visits in the last few years. As a Spanish national himself, Rafael has got to know many of the hidden places we will visit during our stay. We will take you to some of the most intimate, hidden and magical places of the area.

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Learning with the best

One of the main activities of Rafael Rojas is teaching, writing and lecturing about creative and expressive landscape photography. As a former university lecturer, founder of the online PhotoSchool "Photography with Intent" and monthly columnist for several magazines, Rafael will surely help you go home being a better photographer.

 
 

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

 
For those looking for a warm, friendly, fun, inspiring and photographically stimulating trip with exceptional people and one of the best landscape photographers anywhere, one need look no further.
— David Driman, Canada
 
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COME WITH US!

 
 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
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