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LA PALMA ISLAND  MINIATURE CONTINENT, SPAIN

24th February - 2nd March 2019

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 MAIN DETAILS

  • Place: Island of La Palma, Spain

  • Dates: 24th February - 2nd March 2019

  • No Places Available

  • Group size: 4p (min) to 6p (max)

  • Price: 3'700 CHF

  • Deposit: 1’500 CHF

  • Single room & all meals included

  • Exertion Level: Easy 

  • Photo level: All

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LA PALMA ISLAND

24th Feb - 2nd March 2019

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A MINIATURE CONTINENT

Imagine a small island nestled in the middle of the Atlantic, where volcanoes rise over a sea of clouds, primeval subtropical forests remnants of the Tertiary still thrive and the skies fill with millions of stars every night. Imagine fantastic volcanic landscapes, rocky shores, and unique endemic vegetation of an incredible variety that is rare to see elsewhere. This is where you are going with us.

La Palma, one of the western islands of the archipelago of the Canary Islands, Spain, is considered to be one of the highest islands in the world relative to its surface area, and by far the most natural, well preserved and authentic of the whole Canary archipelago. Due to its high altitude and exposition to the trade winds, the vegetation, weather and light changes at every moment and every kilometre. At one and the same time, the sun can be shining on the West, the mist flooding the forests in the East and the warm colours of sunset painting the sea of clouds at the top of the island. It is no surprise that La Palma, frequently known by its Spanish nickname “La Isla Bonita”, was declared a Biosphere reservation by Unesco. It could truly be likened to a miniature continent, unspoiled and far away from the touristic crowds.

During one week we will able to photograph all ecosystems, light and weather conditions you can ima­gine. This photo-immersion workshop will be about variety. Coastal landscapes, mountains, forests of pines and ferns, subtropical relics in the mist such as the Laurisilva, volcanic landscapes filled with lava and a kaleidoscope of colours, starry skies the like of which you have never seen before, graphical and ama­zing human constructions such as salt lakes, lighthouses and harbours, picturesque historical villages and amazing architecture, plus beaches, cliffs...

La Palma, frequently known by its Spanish nickname “La Isla Bonita”, was declared a Biosphere reservation by Unesco. It could truly be likened to a miniature continent, unspoiled and far away from the touristic crowds.
 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

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Photograph at sunset, rising volcanoes over the sea of clouds from 2,500 meters, eerie volcanic landscapes and fantastic shores  

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La Palma is one of the few places of the world where incredible Laurisilva forests (Laurel Forest) still thrive. Volcanic walls, giant ferns, huge trees and mysterious forests filled with mist and eerie sounds will be photographed during our stay

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We will also make the most of the human elements on the island. Lighthouses, graphical salt lakes, picturesque nestled villages and historical streets, beautiful harbours…

 

 

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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.

Single Occupancy accommodation in exclusive hotel 4*, gastronomic meals, three course dinners, two leaders, small group... What else can you ask for? In fact, yes. La Palma island is truly a gem, with a huge variety of landscapes, moods, light and weather conditions. 

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Matching light and mood with the place

The island of La Palma 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. We will take you to some of the most intimate, hidden and magical places of the area. You will come back home with an incredibly rich and diverse portfolio of images... 

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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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