Zagori in Spring

Zagori is an area of natural beauty in Epirus. It includes 2 National parks, rivers, mountains lakes, stone bridges and traditional villages with friendly people and great food. Spring is a great time to visit Zagori for many reasons. The nature is full of color, as the area is famous for its wildflowers that are blooming this time of year, all the lakes and rivers are filled with fresh water from the recently melted snow and the weather is not that cold allowing us to stay outside as long as we desire, in order to make great photos.

You'll be guided along the way by 2 profesional photographers, George Avgerinos and Stelios Avgerinos. Both are landscape photographers for more than 20 years and they will share with you their tips and techniques so you can maximize your opportunities of capturing great photos. They know the area well and will take you to some of the most beautiful locations of the Zagori at the right time of day. Over the course of the workshop, you’ll learn about correct exposure, focusing, camera settings, how to focus stack for extreme sharpness through an entire scene, how to best utilize neutral density and polarizing filters, and much more. The workshop is open to all levels, beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers.

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Location:

Greece

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Cost:

1.200 ¤

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Dates:

25-28 May 2020

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Difficulty:

Moderate

Moderate hiking per day, uneven ground,
alpine environment

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Pro Photographers:

George Avgerinos

Stelios Avgerinos

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Availability:

Seats available

Limited to 7 Guests

Itinerary

We’ll keep our itinerary as flexible as possible to make the best of the weather and light conditions each day. However we'll make sure we shoot all the areas mentioned below during our workshop.

Kolimbithres in Papigo
Papigo Towers
● Kleidonia bridge
● Aristi bridge 
● Vikos Corge
● Stone Forest
● Dracon lake

Day 1 (May 25)


We will leave at 8 o'clock in the morning from Thessaloniki. From those of you that are coming from other places of Greece or other countries we can arrange to pick you up from any airport that suits you, either Thessaloniki or Ioannina Airport. We meet and say hello to each other and after we pick you up we will start our drive to our destination, the Aristi village. For the first day we are shooting the Aristi bridge, Kolimbithres and the area around Papigo.
After the sunset shoot we will go to a local tavern of our choice for dinner. During dinner we'll have the chance to get to know each other better while enjoining some of the great food of the local cuisine.

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Day 2


On the following morning we will visit the beautiful Kleidonia bridge for sunrise. This is a beautiful bridge and along with the Voidomatis river offers some great photo opportunities. After the sunrise shooting we return to the hotel for breakfast. We will have a short rest before our post processing session.

During our post-processing session we will see how to get the most out of the images we took using Lightroom and Photoshop. After the session we will have lunch and then we will leave for Vikos Gorge and the Stone Forest for our last shoot. As soon as we finish we will say our goodbyes and take the return road to Thessaloniki.
On our first morning we shoot the sunrise at lake Antorno. This is a beautiful alpine lake which offers some great photo opportunities. During the sunrise the Tre Cime peaks are illuminated by the sun and are reflected in the waters of the lake. After the sunrise shooting we return to the hotel for breakfast. We will have a short rest for a few hours before our first processing session.
During our first post-processing session we will see how to get the most out of the images we took using Lightroom and Photoshop.
After the session we will have lunch and then we will leave again for Tre Cime. This time we'll go upper into the mountain until the Refugio Locatelli where we will spent all afternoon. We'll have the chance to get to know better the area and find a good location for the sunset. After the sunset we will go back to Refugio Auronzo and have dinner at the restaurant. After dinner, if the sky is clear, we will shoot the stars and the milky way above the Tre Cime peaks.

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Day 3


On our second morning shoot we are heading to Lago Limides to shoot the sunrise at this beautiful lake. We spend the morning shooting from various spots and after that we are going back to the hotel for breakfast.
After some rest to our rooms we'll have our second post-processing session. Again this session will be tailored to your needs. When the session finishes we'll have lunch at the restaurant and take it easy for a couple of hours. For this afternoon we are heading to the most known lake and the most photographed one of the Dolomites, the beautiful Lago di Braies. With it's turquoise waters, the boat house and the beautiful scenery around it offers some great photographic opportunities all around the lake.

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Day 4 (May 28)


On day 4 we have an early rise and visit the Passo Giau to capture the sunrise and the first light of sun illuminating the beautiful peaks reflected in the lake. After the shoot we return to our hotel for breakfast. At 10 o clock we take our stuff and check out from the hotel for our final base, which will be near Ortisei. We will stay there for the next days. On our way there we will make a stop to photograph the small gem of the Dolomites, the Lago di Carezza.
At the afternoon we will visit the Alp di Siusi, to shoot the sunset at this magnificent plateau. The beauty of the Alpe di Siusi area is legendary. It's Europe’s largest high alpine meadow, with beautiful wooden huts and pine trees and the large peaks of Lankofel and Platkofel behind them. There are so many spots for great photos here and we'll have a lot of time to find the composition we like the most before sunset. After the shoot we'll have dinner at a restaurant in town.

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This is our final day so we have breakfast at the hotel and checkout at 10:00. We wiil drive you to the airport and say goodbye to each other. It is about 3 hours drive to the Marco Polo airport, near Venice, so we will be there at around 13:00. Make sure your flights are at least 3 hours later, to be on the safe side.

What's Included

Accommodation, 3 nights in 3/4-Star hotels

Airport transfer at the beginning and ending of the workshop

Transportation between workshop locations

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Guidance to unique photography locations

National Park entry fees

In-field instructions by 2 professional landscape photographers

Post-processing instructions in Lightroom and Photoshop

What's not included

Flights, to and from Ioannina or Thessaloniki Airport. Passport and visa fees, if any. Snacks, beverages, and other personal purchases. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

The Total price of the workshop is €1200 in Double room (with shared bathroom) for 4 days (3 nights), in the best locations. If you want to stay in a single room the extra cost is €200. A deposit of €500 will secure your place on this workshop. The balance of €700 will be due not later than March 25, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.