Photo trip 2018 Faroe, atlantic moods
25th November-1st December 2018

Mysterious, remote, unspoiled, rugged and imposing, the Faroe Islands are one of the most magnetic locations in the World for the landscape photographer. 

Battered by the elements, towering cliffs rise from the depths of the ocean delineating a group of islands where time seems to have stopped and the feeling of being far away from it all overwhelms the senses of the visitor.

Isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Scotland and Iceland, it is no surprise that these islands have been ranked by National Geographic as the most authentic and unspoiled islands in the World.

Dynamic, changeable and dramatic; the light and weather conditions are as impressive as the landscape. Snow, mist, sunny skies and dramatic clouds can happen anytime, anywhere. In November, we may have also the chance of observing and photographing the Northern Lights dancing over the fjords.

This will be a Photo Immersion trip conducted personally by Rafael Rojas, Master Hasselblad, and his partner Anca Minican. From our comfortable hotel, ideally and idyllically situated, we will be able to easily reach all our chosen photographic areas and adapt ourselves to the different weather, light and eventual aurora conditions.

 

The philosophy of this Photo Immersion Trip


Photography is not the goal, but the path. Nowa­days, we all rush through our life. We travel fast and we see the world without experiencing it. We think that in order to see more, we need to move faster.­ But the truth is that travelling in time and light, ­travelling through mood and weather is often more rewarding. Feelings and emotions, experiences and souvenirs, are not measured in quantity, but in qua­lity. Slowing down makes you connect more with a place. When you slow down, your inner landscape tends to blend with the outer one. And then, magic happens. Life is like a good whisky, and should be consumed in small sips. Photography is the best of the glasses for that whisky. By slowing down our pace, we forget about running after photographic trophies and focus on creating highly personal work about a specific area for a certain number of days. We minimise the travel in space to focus on travel in the light, travel through the changes in the weather, travel in time. Every day, we photograph a certain ‘playground’ where you will notice that conditions are never the same. Every day, we get a little closer to the spirit of the place. Every day, we make a bet­ter friend. In a way, we focus on a type of internal travel, rather than an external one.

During our photo trips, we adopt a similar approach to our workshops, with a strong emphasis on tuto­ring, while allowing our participants to immerse themselves with plenty of time out in the field on their own. Rafael’s participants can expect plenty of hands on, one-to-one tuition during the photographic sessions, tackling all aspects related to photography: Vision, composition, visual design, technique, post-processing, workflow, light and weather, the philosophy of photography, information about the landscape, travel logistics, etc. Participants will also have the possibility of seeing how Rafael works, visualizes, composes and creates his own photographs in the field. 

We will also hold many critique sessions with reviews of photographs taken by all the participants, as well as post-processing tutorials using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. A special workshop session will be held during our Photo Immersion trip to Senja devoted to night photography, which will be very useful for photographing the magical northern lights and black and white photography, which is specially suited for winter.

We want to eliminate all the hassle of travelling so that we can focus on creative photography and maximize our natural immersion in the location.  For our entire stay we will be based at our own apartments, ideally placed by the sea and close to the areas we will photograph and where we will be able to talk about photography with views over the ocean. This will also allow us to make the most of the conditions, tailoring our programme to the weather and light we will experience during our trip. 

During this photo-trip, we will photograph in all kinds of light conditions: sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk, day and night. Variety is the name!

 

The place: The Faroe islands


Mysterious, remote, unspoiled, rugged and imposing, the Faroe Islands are one of the most magnetic locations in the World for the landscape photographer. Battered by the elements, towering cliffs rise from the depths of the ocean, delineating a group of islands where time seems to have stopped and the feeling of being far away from it all overwhelms the senses of the visitor.

Isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Scotland and Iceland, it is no surprise that these islands have been ranked by National Geographic as the most authentic and unspoiled islands in the World. This location remains largely unknown and still seldom visited by photographers. Expect it to soon become the “new Iceland” for landscape photographers!Dynamic, changeable and dramatic; the light and weather conditions are as impressive as the landscape. Snow, mist, sunny skies and dramatic clouds can happen anytime, anywhere. 
The Faroe Islands display one of the most dramatic and mysterious coastlines in the world, with towering cliffs, rock pinnacles, beaches and fjords. 

In November, the snow covers the summits of the peaks, dramatically contrasting with the dark waters of the ocean. We may equally experience snow at valley level and have the opportunity of observing and photographing the Northern Lights dancing over the fjords. 

In early winter, pale greens and velvety browns cover the land, contrasting with the glinting white snow on the peaks and the intense blue of the deep fjords. During this period, the sun is low during the whole day, casting a beautiful light over the landscape. But the Faroe Islands not only excel in colour... The mysterious essence of these islands reveals itself in the mood, shapes and textures of the ocean, fjords and towering mountains. This is why the Faroe Islands are a wonderful destination for photography in black and white.

During our photo immersion trip, we will help you connect with the mystery and moods of these islands and use photography as a creative mean of personal expression.

 

For the full detailed information, please donwload our detailed PDF brochure at the bottom of the right column of this page.

The Itinerary


Day 1 - 25th November 2018 - Pick up at Faroe airport

The workshop will start officially at 9:00 hours in the morning  with meeting point to be announced, so that we will spend the whole day photographing already! This means participants are expected therefore to spend the night before in Torshavn, arriving anytime on the day before. We will assist participants to find an hotel and arrange the transport if they want.

Days 2 to 6

During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the different islands of Faroe. 

During this period, dawn breaks at 8 am and dusk sets in at around 4 pm, giving us plenty of hours of warm light due to the sun which stays low above the horizon for the whole day. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of photographing night scenes of auroras without having to stay up too long. 

Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit but a typical day will combine photographic sessions at different places, image reviews on the computer, post-processing sessions and some time to rest and relax. We will likely leave in the morning after an early breakfast and return after dark, taking a packed lunch with us in order to make the most of the whole day.

Day 7 - 1st December 2018 - End of Photo-Immersion trip

We will have breakfast together and depending on the flight schedules have a morning photographic session, after which the phototrip will officially end. We will drive back all participants to the airport.

 

Included and excluded


Included:

- Tour organised and led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican

- "In the field" photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions / image reviews, Photoshop - Lightroom tutorials

- Special workshop session on night photography and black and white photography

- Special workshop session on post-processing (Lightroom - Photoshop)

- Special workshop session on basic use of DSRL (for beginners) 

- Single accommodation in hotel ideally placed by the sea

- All meals

- Transport during the whole stay

- Transfers from and to the airport of Faroe

- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!

Excluded:

- Photographic equipment

- International and domestic flights

- Any meals other than those stated in detailed itinerary

- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...

- All beverages

- Medical and Accident Insurance valid for Faroe (compulsory for all participants)

- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)

 

Other details


Photography Level

All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. A certain familiarity with your camera will be very beneficial in order to get the most from this photographic trip.

Exertion Level

Easy. Most walks will be very short as we will be photographing close to the car. Temperatures are not very cold (around 6°), and any person in average physical shape with good clothing and equipment such as that we recommend should not have any problems at all. Please contact us if you have any doubts about the difficulty level of this trip.

Price

3,700 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Supplement

Single occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants in the best hotel of the whole islands (4 stars hotel)

Payment details

Deposit of 1,500 CHF to secure your place at the time of booking.

Full payment of the photo-trip due 120 days (4 months) prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Fees

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

- 90 days or more before the departure date:Your deposit fee

- 89 to 61 days before the departure date:50% cancellation fee

- 60 days or less before the departure date:100% cancellation fee

It is strongly recommended to acquire travel cancellation insurance. If you need any help, please contact us and we will be very glad to assist you.

Number of People

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

Logistics and Transportation

Transportation will be in a van seating 9 people. Accommodation will be in the best hotel of the island (4 stars). Breakfasts will be served at the hotel. Packed lunches will be taken with us for flexibility and really good dinners will be waiting for us at the hotel restaurant.

Non photographing spouses / partners

Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this trip. 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 Faroe islands. They can also stay at our lovely appartments by the sea during our early morning or evening photographic forays, taking full advantageof the facilities and the beauty of the area. Same rates apply.

Languages

The official language for this photographic trip will be ­English. However, bear in mind that personal explanations to each participant can be done also in French or Spanish, as we are bilingual in these other languages. 
A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings! 

 

Special Conditions


Visas/Passports

Please ensure:
1) That you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required
2) That your passport is valid to visit the Faroe islands (Denmark) and does not expire in a critical date

Health

No vaccinations are mandatory. 
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 trip and will allow us to understand the implications in relation to the particular trip. 

Luggage

Please bear in mind the volume limitation for your photo-bag! 
Even though we will be 8 people travelling in a van seating 9, we should be able to acco­mmodate all the bags in the van that we normally take for our photographic sessions. 

Insurances

All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover). 
Additionally, we strongly advise you to conclude a Cancellation Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work. 

 

Informations about the Weather:


The weather is dynamic and changeable in winter, and light displays a very special quality. Fronts come and go, rolling in from the Atlantic and providing dramatic and variable conditions of weather, mood and light. Snow, sun, broken clouds, storms and clear night skies can all occur over just a few days, changing the mood of the landscape at every minute, never providing exactly the same conditions again. 

The Faroe Islands, nestled in the middle of the Atlantic, are exposed to the elements and this is why strong winds are likely to occur. In November, we may experience snow at the higher altitudes and possibly at the valley and sea levels too. During these months, the contrast between the snowy peaks and the dark bottoms of the fjords is striking and highly photogenic. 

The favourable location of the Faroe Islands next to the Gulf Stream keeps the climate milder than expected. The Faroe Islands have a relatively balmy average high of 10°C (30°F) even in the coldest winter months. This is why temperatures should not be too cold, with an average of around 6°C during the day. The sun is very low during the whole day, casting a beautiful light over the landscape. The duration of the day is quite good too, with around 8 hours of sunlight. During the night, another show might unveil as the northern lights illuminate the skies of the Faroe Islands at times. 

One important aspect is the preparation. It is really true that bad weather means good weather for photography. However, nobody can appreciate the atmosphere, mystery and drama of the north, let alone engage in creative photography, when cold, wet or ill prepared. This is why it is very important that you bring a good layered system of clothing which will keep you warm and dry. We strongly advise you to bring thermal underwear in merino wool (shirt and leggings), a second and third layer of fleece and down (upper and lower clothing) and an outer garment that is totally impervious consisting of jacket and trousers which allow for breathing but which will keep you dry inside. Hats, gloves and balaclava and some good socks will be important too. There is no such thing as bad weather, but inappropriate gear and badly prepared trips!

Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer specialized in large format landscape and nature photography. Following a career as an engineer, researcher and university lecturer he made a dramatic change by becoming a professional photographer of nature and lands­cape, his true passion and vocation. Today, he travels the planet always in search of those fleeting moments when light and land combine to create sheer magic and inspire the soul.
His work has been awarded in the most prestigious international nature photography competitions, including the prestigious Master Hasselblad Award, First Prize several times in the International Photography Awards (USA), Px3 Prix de Photographie de Paris (France),    Nature’s Best (USA), International Conservation Awards (USA), European Nature Photographer of the Year GDT (Germany), MML International (Spain), Trierenberg Super Circuit (Austria), Panoramic Photographer of the Year, etc.

His fine art prints, which form part of numerous private collections belonging to individuals and corporations, are often exhibited at international ­level, in private galleries and museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington and the Burke Museum in Seattle­, USA. His photographs are also frequently­ used by various companies and institutions and are often published for editorial use in magazines.

One of the main activities of Rafael Rojas is tea­ching and lecturing about personal and expressive landscape photography, which he carries out during his photographic workshops and Photo Trips. This allows him to share and pass on to others his passion and knowledge about photography by means of photogra­phic tuition in locations where natural inspiration is at hand. Rafael uses his former experience in tea­ching at the university, his contagious passion and a deep experience and knowledge of the natural environment to assure optimal learning and unforgettable memories for all his clients.

He has collaborated in the creation of several photography books, including “Visions of Earth” and “Natura”. He is the ­author of his own line of instructive photography books which he publishes and distributes from the website Essential Seeing in ­different languages as electronic Books.

He is the 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. 

He works with a panoramic 617 medium format film camera, Hasselblad 6x6 and a whole Nikon digital system, always set on the sturdiest tripod available.

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

 

Anca Minican

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! 

She is co-editor of the whole range of Rafael Rojas Photography books, ensures the representation of our Limited Edition Fine Art prints and manages the photographic library of Rafael Rojas Photography.
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 speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian.

 

Which is the official language for this photo-trip?
The official language for this photographic trip will be ­English. However, bear in mind that personal explanations to each participant can be done also in French or Spanish, as we are bilingual in these other languages.

A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings.
We are used to dealing with international groups in our workshops and photo trips and it is normal to have four or five nationalities represented in the group. Trust us, that is one of the strong points of our photo-trips and a highly enriching experience!

Can you cater for special diets?
Yes, our accommodation partners can cater for most diets. Please advise us of your preferences at the time of booking on your booking form. 


Why do you offer these "Photo Immersion trips", is it a type of marketing gimmick?
No. Basically we propose activities that we ourselves enjoy, and that we have identified as most suitable to develop what we consider the most valuable aspect about photography; experiencing the world, connecting with it, having something to say and saying it by means of a camera. We realized that, after many years photographing the natural world, we could summarise why we enjoyed it in two distinct ways: Either with the thrill and adventure of slow-paced itinerant trips, or in the quietness and intimacy provided by short periods of discovery of a particular environment. What we offer to our clients is what we have found we enjoy the most ourselves, and that is why we propose both Photo-Adventure as Photo-Immersion trips...

What clothing should I bring?
You should bring comfortable boots/shoes for trekking, with a well gripping sole. We will walk over sand, moss, boulders, rock and a lot of water. This is why it is paramount that the boots are thoroughly watertight. We strongly recommend the use of over-boots which can be worn over your normal boots, like those sold by the NEOS company in the US and which can be ordered from Europe easily.­ We personally take Goretex trekking boots with us, and then use high Neos over-boots. The use of these over-shoes is twofold: You can walk in the mossy and marshy terrain, normally drenched with water, and also photograph right on the shore as the seawater swirls around your feet. Trust us; they are ­rea­lly useful and great fun too!
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Bring warm clothing, especially for the early morning and late evening, as even though we are under the influence of the Gulf Stream we are still in the middle of the Atlantic and we may experience chilly temperatures and humid weather. It is very important that you bring a layered system of clothing, with thermal underwear (merino wool is recommended), polar fleece and down inner jacket, and an impervious outer garment with a rain hat to keep you dry. This layered system should also be used for your lower clothing: Merino wool leggings, preferably down trousers and impervious over-trousers which serve to protect you from the wind and rain. Gloves and a balaclava can help too. It is always easier to dress down than to dress up, and you can always leave those things you might not need at the hotel.

Photo-Immersion trips seem quite deep and intense... Are these trips only for experienced photographers?
No. Photo-Immersion trips are open to everyone and all levels. A good photographer is not someone who just knows how to operate a camera. If you are nervous of the technical knowledge, you will see how in less than an hour we can resolve that aspect. And then, we will discover what lies below the tip of the iceberg...

What if I shoot film, can I join one of these Photo Immersion trips?
Yes, there is no problem at all. However, we may not use your photographs during the critique sessions as we cannot see them until they are developed! That being said, you will be able to benefit from the reviews of photographs from Rafael and other participants. What we are able to do though is to offer film users a review/ feedback video, to be made during the several weeks following the photographic trip after you have sent us a few samples of your recently developed and scanned work.

Can I bring my non-photographing spouse or companion with me?
Non-photographing spouses and partners are ­welcome on this trip. 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 isle of Harris. Same rates apply as for photographer participants.

Do I need to be very fit to participate?
You certainly do not need to be a superman or superwoman, but as a general guide you should be able to walk or hike with your camera equipment for a few hours each day. Please refer to the details of a particular workshop or Photo Trip to learn the exact level of physical exertion you may expect.

If I have a medical condition will this prevent me from joining a trip?
It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions. 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 relative to the particular trip.

Do I need to have travel insurance?
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks valid for the place and time of the Photo Trip. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation and curtailment and baggage cover.

What sort of photographic equipment do I need to bring?
In terms of photographic equipment, the choice depends very much on your experience, your budget and your style of photography. There are a few general points though which should be mentioned. Most photographers tend to bring too much equipment to Photo Trips, leading to extremely heavy bags which then become a burden more than a useful tool to experience and photograph the places we visit. Never bring pieces of equipment you are not familiar with to a photo trip, and limit your equipment to what you will need in the majority of cases. Typically, any camera you use normally and a couple of zooms like a 24-70 and a telephoto 70-200 are more than enough for the vast majority of situations. For this photo trip, it might be useful to bring a fast lens, particularly wide, which gives good performance wide open (f1.8, f1.4 or at least a good f2.8) for the photography of the Northern Lights. Please refer to the Checklist document where we mention photographic and non photographic equipment necessary for this trip.

Is this trip available for all photographic levels?
Yes. This Photo Trip caters for all photographic levels, from beginners to advanced and even professional photographers. However, the truth is that to make the most of the possibilities of a photographic trip it would be best that you already have a certain knowledge of the use of your camera so it is recommended that you exercise a little and become accustomed to your equipment in the weeks prior to the trip. Otherwise, you may also wish to enroll on one of our intensive photographic workshops of 1/2 day or 2 days in Switzerland (see availability).
In any case, during our Photo Trip to the Hebrides we will hold a special workshop session on the basic technical use of a DSRL for all our beginner participants.

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J. Stern - USA
  • The workshop provided me with an intensive, exciting, and highly personal experience. It taught me a lot about landscape photography and technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. It helped me to "see" in a different way, both at the time of taking the photograph and in looking at my pictures after. Rafael and Anca were always attentive to each of our individual needs and delightful company. They set the tone for a warm and fun learning and social experience.
  • A. Franklin - USA
  • My wife and I recently spent 5 days with Rafael Rojas touring and photographing while on a private workshop. If you are interested in elevating your photography to another level, I would highly recommend spending some time with Rafael. He is a true artist, has a very unique approach and vision from visualization to the digital darkroom and has the amazing ability to communicate and teach in a very articulate manner. His passion is contagious; it was an incredible photographic learning experience. I am looking forward to our next private workshop next summer!
  • Bernard Dupas, Switzerland
  • Breathtaking landscapes, unbelievable lodges, a perfect organization... Rafael and Anca have offered us a magical photo-trip, out of this time, which remains with you long after it is finished...

    Sharing a couple of weeks with a group of strangers is always a tricky thing...but not a problem at all with Rafael and Anca, who knew how to create a great ambiance in the group and foster the complicity of all its members.

    In terms of photography, the sheer variety of the places chosen by Rafael, his permanent implication and his effective photographic tuition elevated the quality of this experience to a higher level.
  • Marie-Eve Glasson, Switzerland
  • Unforgettable photo-trip, not only for the places chosen by Rafael but for his top-notch organization ! Incredible accommodation in lodges ideally placed to maximize the photographic opportunities. Rafael knew how to pass on to us his passion for photography and his detailed knowledge about all places we photographed. The photographic tuition was perfectly integrated into the different photographic sessions in a very practical way, without it becoming too academic or theoretical !
  • Luke Classen, USA
  • Having never been on a photo-trip before I did not know what to expect and was somewhat apprehensive of the anticipated trip...but to my delight and amazement, it was outstanding. Rafael and Anca were the perfect hosts and had made sure that every little detail was provided which resulted in a photo-trip of a lifetime that will never be forgotten. And, I would not hesitate to sign up again for another incredible experience!
  • David Meylan, Switzerland
  • I would like to say a huge thank you to both of you for this magnificent photo-trip. The organisation was faultless, the logistics perfect (accommodation and food) and the lessons of photography of an extraordinary quality.

    I must say that I have immensely appreciated this workshop and that I learnt a lot of things. Your contagious enthusiasm and your continuous good mood at all moments were extremely motivating. I encourage you to keep on the good work and I would be looking forward to joining you again in a future photo-trip.
  • S. Schild - Switzerland
  • Excellent photographic workshops! Personalized and passionate tuition, gorgeous ambiance, field instruction mixed with feedback and critique of the photographs taken...After many workshops made with them, I never stop learning and it is always a great pleasure to come back with Rafael and Anca! All the teaching is tailored to each of the participants and of great quality, and the good sense of humor never abandons Rafael and Anca. The workshops are planned with a lot of thought, and we are always in the right place at the right time. The only problem is...all workshops and trips are quickly sold out!
  • John Erskin - South Africa
  • We were very impressed with the meticulous way in which Rafael attended to the selection of photographic locations and Anca dealt with the logistical side of hte trip. We found Rafael and Anca to be delightful companions and, by the end of the trip, real friends. It became apparent during the various image capture sessions, as well as during the image processing sessions, that the secret of RafaelÂ’s very evident expertise is his remarkable attention to detail.
  • Jean Cognard, France
  • Not only is Rafael a very talented photographer, but he also knows how to coach and foster his participants' photographic work. His enthusiastic passion for photography is highly contagious! A top-notch photographic trip! Thanks so much to both of you! I am looking forward to seeing you again.
  • Yvonne & René Hick, Belgium
  • The itinerary, the places and the timing chosen by Rafael and Anca for this photo-trip made it border on the sublime. Rafael and Anca's attention to detail turned this trip into an unforgettable experience. Congratulations and thanks so much to both of you.
  • Justine Epars, Switzerland
  • Mind-boggling landscapes, an unforgettable group of people, lots of laughs, a perfect organization of the trip and magical souvenirs which made this photo-trip unforgettable! A huge thank you to Rafael and Anca for all these magical moments and see you again!
  • Yves Curchod, Switzerland
  • Rafael and Anca are jovial, methodical, multilingual and determined organizers, with enormous attention to detail and always striving for perfection, radiating a positive atmosphere. Rafael's photographic eye and qualities as a patient teacher have deeply contributed to the improvement of my photographic work, not only in the field, but also at post-processing. A total success!
  • J.S. Jacquet - France
  • The photo-trip was a real success, with lots of unforgettable moments, both photographing and with the rest of the group. Rafael and Anca are a dream team for this kind of photographic trips. They are always surpassing your needs and expectations, with top-notch photographic coaching and a wonderful kindness.
  • Aubra Franklin, USA
  • The entire trip was perfectly orchestrated from start to finish. Whether a novice or serious photographer, Rafael and Anca masterfully meet each participants needs. I am continually inspired by Rafael's passion for his craft and his unique ability and desire to share his considerable knowledge. It is a gift. Rafael and Anca are the consummate hosts. I left enriched, fulfilled, made some fantastic photographs, and now have memories that will last a lifetime.
  • J. Thies - Germany
  • Anca and Rafael are one of the two friendliest people I know and their good sense of humour makes the trips with them very pleasant. Going out on a trip with Rafael is one of the most rewarding photographic experiences because he readily shares his ample knowledge and experience which will almost certainly make you a better photographer.
  • L. Thomas - USA
  • Rafael took care to tailor his workshop to the needs of each participant, independent of their level. I felt he spent the necessary time with me and always came around to proactively ask and SEE how I was doing. I never felt alone or abandoned. He was sincerely interested in insuring each participant came out with great photographs.

    I was amazed that he did not use his camera during the workshop. That made it clear to me that this was about OUR photographs, not his. This is rare , and I have never taken a workshop were the leader was not spending any time on his/her photographs.

    The entire workshop was well organized and the accommodation and food were above what I expected. He does not skimp on anything.

    He was totally prepared ahead of time, knew the upcoming weather and tailored each session perfectly based on that.

    Therefore, many languages were served. Anca was super-friendly and a valuable part of the entire affair.

    Highly recommended!
  • J. Van Marcke, Belgium
  • The photo immersion trip was an exceptional experience. Due to the very small group size everyone receives a very personal attention to develop his photographic skills, not only on the field but also the critique sessions and post processing where very helpful. Not only the professionalism of Rafael, but also the other aspects of the trip such as the choice of diversity in shooting locations, the excellent lodging facilities and food, the personal attention of Anca for the “non- photographic” needs of everyone of us, the humor and group dynamism with which Rafael and Anca fuel everyoneÂ’s enthusiasm are the extra assets that made this trip unforgettable. Believe me, these people are 200% engaged and passionate in what they do ! I am really looking forward to go on another trip with them.
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    Photo trip 2018 Faroe, atlantic moods

    • Place: Faroe Islands
    • Date: 25th November-1st December 2018
    • Price: 3,700 CHF
    • Deposit: 1,500 CHF
    • Number of Places: 6
    • Language: EN, FR
    available

    phototrip highlights

      Discover and photograph one of the most dramatic and mysterious coastlines in the world, with towering cliffs, rock pinnacles, beaches and fjords.
      In November, snow covers the peaks of the mountains, creating a dramatic contrast with the deep dark ocean and the profound valleys. We can expect snow at valley level too.
      The Faroe Islands are one of the best places to photograph in black and white. The skies are moody and filled with character, the mountains and fjords display incredible textures and shapes and mystery permeates it all.
      We may have the opportunity of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights dancing over the fjords and towering mountains. In November, aurora activity is quite high and the possibility is high.

    difficulty level: Easy
    photography level: All

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