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GIANTS OF GRANITE SWITZERLAND

7th - 8th September 2019

Places available

 
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 MAIN DETAILS

  • Place: Grimsel area, Switzerland

  • Dates: 7th - 8th September 2019

  • Places Available

  • Group size: 4p (min) to 6p (max)

  • Price: 590 CHF, shared room

  • Deposit: Full amount (590 CHF)

  • Shared room & all meals included

  • Exertion Level: Normal 

  • Photo level: All

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GIANTS OF GRANITE SWITZERLAND

7th - 8th September 2019

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Meet the Giants of Granite of the Alps

The Grimsel region is one of the most majestic and wild areas of Switzerland. Nestled in the middle of the Swiss Alps and in an area only accessible in summer, a granite landscape filled with glaciers and lakes unveils a paradise for the landscape photographer. All over the area are rocks covered with lichens, vertical cliffs that plunge into the Grimselsee lake, glaciers like the Oberaar and Unteraar, peaks like the Schreckhorn and Lauteraarhorn that glow in the morning alpenglow ... In the plateau that lies at the top of the pass, a myriad of small lakes in the granite become the mirrors where the alpine sky is reflected, especially at sunset and dusk, when the last light of the sun ignites the giants of rock.

Weather permitting, we will also visit and photograph the glacier of the Rhone, in the direction of the Furka pass. From above the valley, this glacier allows for really interesting photographic opportunities around the textures of rock and glacier crevasses.

During the night, we might play with night photography, under the starry alpine sky.

The variety of subjects in the area will give us a very wide range of photographic options: photos of the wide landscape, photos of details, vegetation, waterfalls, alpine gorges, etc.

To be within reach of the most photogenic places at the time of the best light, we will be located at the Berghaus mountain hotel. At the hotel we will not only sleep and eat, but also celebrate our post-processing sessions, where we will also take advantage of our comfortable accommodation for critique and feedback on some of the photographs already created by the photographers.

The Grimsel region is one of the wildest areas in Switzerland. In the middle of the Swiss Alps and in an area accessible only in summer, a granite landscape filled with glaciers and lakes unveils a paradise for the landscape photographer.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WORKSHOP

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Photograph one of the most dramatic areas of the entire Swiss Alps, where towering giants of granite rise from the depths of the valleys. We will not only photograph the broad landscape, but also the intimate one.

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We will explore hidden valleys and photograph mysterious gorges, through which the roaring waters from the upper glaciers rush down toward the valley. This will be a wonderful place to work with long exposures.

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There is something legendary about the Alpine passes criss-crossing the steep slopes of the central valleys of Switzerland. During this workshop, we will get to photograph various side valleys not far from Grimsel.

 

 
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FURTHER DETAILS

 

Other details

Photography Level

All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. 

Exertion Level

Easy to Normal. We will walk along mountain trails and rocks. Maximum walking distance of 1+1 km. Maximum denivelation of 100 m.

Price

590 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Supplement

Due to the logistical limitations in terms of accommodation, no single occupancy option is available for this workshop

Payment details

Full payment to secure your place at the time of booking.

Cancellation Fees

Should you need to cancel this workshop, the following fees apply:

- 90 days or more before the date of departure: The deposit fee
- 89 to 61 days before the date of departure: 50% cancellation fee
- 60 days or less before the date of departure: 100% cancellation fee

Number of People

Very small group limited from 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum). This number includes photographers and non-photographing partners / companions.

Logistics and Transportation

To provide more affordable prices and a bigger flexibility, transportation is at your expense. However, car-sharing among the participants will be organized. If you cannot  find a transportation mean, let us know please.

Non photographing spouses / partners

Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this workshop. Even though the dinner conversations will certainly revolve around photography, all locations visited will allow non-photographing partners and spouses to discover and fully enjoy the beauty of the landscape. They can also stay at the lovely hotels or mountain huts we normally select for our workshops. Same rates apply.

Languages

The official languages for our workshops are English for group explanations. Then, as most of the teaching takes place on an individual basis, we will use whichever language the participant prefers: English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group might be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!


Special Conditions

Health

It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions you might have, including allergies or special nutritional requirements. This is essential as it may affect both your own and other people’s enjoyment of the workshop and will allow us to understand the implications.

Insurances

All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover) valid in the place and date where and when the workshop will take place. 

Schedule

Saturday 7th September

-12:00   Meeting at the Grimsel Pass, picnic lunch together by the lake
-13:00 - 14:00   Introduction of workshop to participants and transfer to hotel
-14:30 - 16:30   Photographic sessions
-16:30 - 17:30   Transfer to a different location and photographic session
-17:30 - 20:30   Sunset photography session
-21:00 - 22:00   Back to the hotel. Dinner

Sunday 8th September

-05:50 Meeting at the entry of hotel. Magical light awaits us!
-06:15 - 08:30    Dawn and sunrise photographic session
-09:00 Breakfast at our hotel
-10:30 - 12:00    Critique session with Adobe Lightroom
-12:30 - 13:00   Transfer to new photographic area
-13:15 - 14:15   Picnic and coffee
-14:30 - 16:00   Small trek and photographic session
-16:30    Farewell 

A few days after the workshop

Online video of 1.5 hours where we will analyze photographs taken by the participants during the workshop.
We will give feedback and constructive criticism. You will also see what your workshop colleagues photographed!


Included & excluded

Included:

- Photographic Tuition with Master Hasselblad fine art photographer Rafael Rojas
- Support and assistance on the field by Anca Minican
- Night at a charming mountain hotel in double room (shared)
- Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast
- On-line feedback video with images review after the workshop

Excluded:

- Transport (car pooling suggested)
- Picnics for Saturday and Sunday lunch
- Drinks at the hotel
- Accident and Health insurance


To bring with you!

Photographic Gear:

- Camera
- Lenses (wide angle, normal, tele... whatever you have!)
- Tripod (compulsory!)
- Filters: Polarizer (highly recommended) Neutral density, Graduated neutral density (bring them if you have them)
- Batteries and charger

Non Photographic Gear:

- Comfortable boots-shoes for trekking, with a good gripping sole (we might walk over slightly slippery rocks)
- Warm clothing! 3 layers recommended: thermal underwear + fleece jacket or down jacket + hard shell (wind-rain shell)
- Sun glasses, solar cream and hat
- Picnics for Saturday and Sunday lunch. We will eat outdoors, weather permitting
- 1.5 l bottle of water
- Head torch recommended
- Great mood and will to learn

 
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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 Master COURSE "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 online Master COURSE “Photography with Intent”.

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

 

LEARN 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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