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SWISS AUTUMN COLOURS WORKSHOP

17th - 20th October 2019

Places available

 
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 MAIN DETAILS

  • Place: Engadin, Graubünden, Eastern Switzerland

  • Dates: 17th - 20th October 2019

  • Places Available

  • Group size: 4p (min) to 6p (max)

  • Price: 1'970 CHF (Swiss Francs)

  • Deposit: 1’000 CHF

  • Single room & all meals included

  • Exertion Level: Normal 

  • Photo level: All

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SWISS AUTUMN

17th - 20th October 2019

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Switzerland at its best

 
In autumn, the alpine landscape becomes truly marvelous for the photographer, as the larches are clothed in yellow, orange, and rust, strongly contrasting with the cobalt blue of the sky and the glinting glaciers.

In autumn, the alpine landscape becomes truly marvelous for the photographer, as the larches are clothed in yellow, orange, and rust, strongly contrasting with the cobalt blue of the sky and the glinting glaciers. This is particularly true in the Engadin area, known as Engiadina in Romansh (“Garden of the Inn River”) in the Graubünden canton. This area, where the old Romance language Romansch is still spoken, is still wild at heart, and is indeed one of the last places where bears and wolves can still be occasionally found in the Swiss Alps. This area is also home to the only National Park in Switzerland and the largest protected area in the country. 

The Engadin area is like a Switzerland in miniature. The concentration of mountains, forests, lakes, glaciers, and picturesque villages is at its greatest here. During our photo-immersion trip, we will photograph snow-capped mountains reflected in the mysterious waters of misty lakes, glinting glaciers, legendary alpine passes, the imposing summits of Bernina, Piz Palü, and Argient, vast forests of larches and conifers, castles perched above the valleys, typical villages with wonderful architecture, etc.

During the last week of October, the weather conditions tend to be very favorable for landscape photography. It is in this period when the “Indian summer” is likely to occur, providing mild temperatures, frequent sunny spells, and a crisp and clear atmosphere frequently associated with amazing light conditions at sunrise and sunset. It is at this time that the first frost turns the grass into glinting jewels in the valley, and the early snow dusts the mountain summits, providing a wonderful juxtaposition to the autumn colors in the vast forests. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WORKSHOP

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Photograph misty lakes at sunrise, dramatic peaks at sunset, glinting glaciers, valleys covered with colorful forests, and photogenic villages perched in the mountains

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Photograph the first snow of the year. Toward the end of October, early morning frost covers the plains and the first snow dusts the mountain summits, contrasting beautifully with the colorful autumn hues

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Discover the beauty of autumn in the Alps, when the whole landscape changes and larches turn golden, yellow, and orange. In this season, the Engadin region becomes a real jewel for photographers

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FURTHER DETAILS

Approximated Schedule

Thursday 17th October 2019

We will meet all participants at 14:00 pm at our hotel which will serve as our base in the village of Pontresina.
We will have a photographic session during the evening and then dinner together at our hotel.

Friday 18th + Saturday 19th October 2019

During 4 full days, we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the Engadin, from our conveniently placed base at Pontresina.

During this period, the sun rises at 7:30 am and sets at around 18:30 pm, giving us a good light duration.
Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the weather and light conditions, but a typical day may be similar to the following:

- 07:00 - 09:00 Early morning sunrise photographic session

- 09:30 Breakfast at the hotel

- 10:30 - 12:30 Photo Review and Lightroom Post-processing session

- 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (packed or at a roadside restaurant)

- 15:00 - 19:00 Afternoon, sunset and dusk photographic session

- 20:30 Dinner at our hotel

Sunday 20th October 2019

After a sunrise photographic session, we will have breakfast together at our hotel and a last photo review session.
The workshop will officially finish after lunch, at 14:00 pm.


Included and excluded

Included:

- Photographic Tuition with Master Hasselblad fine art photographer Rafael Rojas
- Support and assistance on the field by Anca Minican
- Accommodation in cosy hotel 3 stars with spa (double room with single occupation basis included for all participants)
- All meals and all non alcoholic drinks

Excluded:

- Transport (car pooling suggested)
- Any meals other than those stated in detailed itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medical and Accident Insurance valid for Switzerland (compul­sory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)


Other details

Photography Level

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

Exertion Level

Easy to Average. You should be able to walk along some easy mountain trails for an hour or two a day with your equipment.
Most of the photography will take place not far from the road though.

Price

1’970.- CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Included

Accommodation in double rooms on single occupancy basis is included for all participants.

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. 


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
- 1.5 l bottle of water
- Head torch recommended
- Great mood and will to learn

 

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LEADERS OF THIS WORKSHOP

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, well before he picked up a camera for the first time, first helping out young students, then teaching undergrads, and later as a university lecturer. Nowadays, as a full-time artist, photographer, lecturer, author, and creativity mentor, he deeply enjoys helping other photographers grow as artists, encouraging them to 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 entire 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 to the organization, specializing in on-site logistics and providing support to customers during our workshops and photographic trips. She also plays a key role in 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 specializing in the creation of unique fine art photography books of the highest quality. She is also part of the management staff of the 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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