Photo tour 2018 Timeless Venice
17th-21st January 2018

There are cities and then,...there is Veni­ce. Join the award-winning photo­grapher Rafael Rojas and his partner Anca Minican on this exclusive Photo-Immersion trip to one of the most magical, photogenic and surrea­listic cities in the world: Venice.

This photo immersion trip will take place during one of the periods we love the most for photographing Ve­nice, winter, when the number of visitors is at its lowest and the mists are more likely to arrive, filling the maze of canals, streets and squares with an extra veil of mystery and minimalism under the faint light of the lamps.

We will photograph all the iconic places of the floating city, but also many other locations off the beaten track where we will photograph the authentic essence of Venice. We will also photograph during the night, as there is nothing like the mystery of an empty Venice under the light of the moon in a silence broken only by the sound of the water lapping in the canals and the buzz of the lamps in the mist. 

We will be based at a cosy central hotel for four days from where we will have easy access to all the areas we will photograph.

 

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 memories, 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 glasses for that whisky.
Different from our Photo Adventures, which are more focused on exploring the world, experiencing the thrill of discovering faraway places with the help of a camera, our Photo Immersion trips offer a slightly different approach: To slow down our pace, to forget about running after photographic trophies and to 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 particular ‘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 Immersion trips, we will hold daily briefings, general tutorials and “in the field” instruction together with occasional commentary and feedback sessions with image reviews, thereby tackling all aspects related to photography: Vision, composition, visual design, technique, post-processing, workflow, light and weather, the philosophy of photography, information about the different places, travel logistics, etc.

After many years conducting photo immersion trips, we have realized the best way is to allow our participants to immerse themselves with plenty of time out in the field on their own, undisturbed unless they need any help. Rafael and Anca are always available for participants, anytime, anywhere, to discuss technical, compositional, artistic, or philosophic aspects while we work in the field. Participants will not only get a lot of hands on tuition from Rafael during the photographic sessions, but they will also have the possibility of seeing how Rafael works, how he visualizes, composes and creates his own photographs in the field. Rafael will use many of his photographs to explain many concepts in the field, and later on during the post-processing and critique sessions which will take place at our hotel base. You will receive a lot of instruction about post-processing, which is an essential part of contemporary landscape photography.

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 at Venice we have chosen a central, cosy hotel from where we will have easy access on foot to all the places we will photograph. 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. We may also make use of direct, diffused, reflected and artificial light. Variety is the name!

 

The place: Venice


Between the land and the sea lies a floating city which seems to have been drawn from a fairy tale. Hundreds of towers, churches, palaces and charming buildings rise from the water within a maze of streets, narrow alleys, squares and canals. Venice is not just another city, but a surrealistic dream come true.

Talking about Venice is talking about time. On one hand, there is a timeless character which seems to reign over the entire place. Due to the lack of refe­rences and its uniqueness, one would think that Venice has been there from the origins of this world. Wande­ring around the city, it is difficult to imagine that, time ago, Venice started as hundreds of natural islands nestling in the middle of the sea lagoon. On the other hand though, it is the charm of its decay that creates most of its magic. Rubbing shoulders with amazing palazzos and glinting cathedrals, a myriad of deliciously derelict buildings show the scars of time in their peeling facades full of character.

And then, there is the water. Water everywhere, around the city, within the city, below the city and, during the mists of winter, over the city. The smell of the sea and the sound of the water accompany us wherever we go. Pigeons mix with seagulls. Cars become boats. Streets become canals. Pedestrian crossings become bridges. Horse carts become gondolas and traffic lights become illuminated windows reflected in the water... 

For the photographer, there are few places as rich, photogenic and inspiring as Venice. Variety is the name of the game there. Wide vistas exposed to the golden light of the rising and setting sun, a myriad of distant islands which become glorious focal points for the photographer, intimate details of hidden alleys, facades, hanging cloths and monumental buildings...

One of the main attractions of Venice for the photographer is the possibility of playing with many different light conditions. At dawn and dusk, the atmospheric light of the blue hour mixes beautifully with the artificial light creating wonderful photo opportunities. As the sun rises and sets, the direct rays of golden light kiss the contours of the city, bathing the buildings, palazzos and towers in warm and striking hues. During the day, direct light filters through the streets, is reflected by the water and the facades of the buildings and casts a highly photogenic glow on the surroundings which can provide quite special lighting conditions. Under a cloudy or misty sky, the diffused light allows us to focus on the textures and colours of Venice, providing a low contrast light which can prove ideal to photograph the inner parts of the city. Even during the rainy days is Venice magical, when the wet stone glints with an eerie light and the water saturates the colours of the buildings facades. 

During the night, Venice is transformed as the shadows creep into the city, swallowing the chaos and complexity and turning it into a mysterious stage where the scattered lamps cast their light over bridges, lonely squares and dark canals.

Join us for this photo-immersion trip, where we will explore the maze that is Venice, photographing a ­myriad of subjects, moods and ambiances in all kinds of light and weather conditions. And when our legs start to ache, there will be always a nearby cafe where we can enjoy an expresso or a delicious gelatto... 

 

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 - 17th January 2018 - Arrival in Venice

We will meet you at our 4* hotel, situated by the Canal Grande. All participants will receive easy to follow instructions about how to get there, both if they are flying into Venice or arriving by train. All participants should arrive before 18:00 hours. We will hold an introduction of the photo-trip, dinner together and eventually hold a first night photographic session.

Days 2 to 4

During 3 full days, we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of Venice. During this period, the sun rises at 7:15 am and sets at around 4:30 pm, giving us a good light duration, decent waking hours for dawn and also the possibility of photographing night scenes without having to stay up for too long. Our daily schedule will vary according to the locations we visit and the nocturnal photographic sessions we may have, but a typical day may be similar to the following:

- 06:30 - 08:30 - Early morning sunrise photographic session

- 09:00 - Breakfast at our hotel

- 10:00 - 13:00 - Photo critique session and/or free time

- 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch in the city 

- 14:00 - 17:00 - Photo session

- 18:00 - Dinner together in the city

- 19:00 - Night photography session


Day 5 - 21st January 2018 - End of Photo-Immersion trip

After a sunrise photographic session, we will have breakfast together at our hotel and hold a critique session on the computer. The photo Immersion trip will officially finish in the morning. You will then be able to easily reach either the airport or the train station to leave the city.

 

Included and excluded


Included:

- Tour led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican  

- "In the field" photography advice, daily briefings, critique sessions with image reviews

- Introduction session to the use of Adobe Lightroom for postprocessing

- Special workshop session on night photography

- Accommodation in exclusive 4* hotel ideally placed by the Canal Grande

- Single room occupancy for all participants (double for couples)

- All breakfasts

- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!

Excluded:

- Photographic equipment

- Transport to and around Venice  (including transfer from airport or train station)

- Meals other than breakfasts, in order to give extra flexibility to participants 

- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...

- Entry fees to museums, churches, etc

- Medical and Accident Insurance valid for Italy (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. We will in any case hold a technical session about the use of DSRL cameras for beginners. 

Exertion Level:

Normal. However, bear in mind that most of the travel will be on foot so you need to be able to walk seve­ral kilometres a day around the city with your photographic bag. 

Price:

1,800 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl for photographers.

1'000 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl for accompanying non-photographer partners 

Single Occupancy Supplement:

Single Occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants. Couples will be able to share the same room (double bed).

Payment details:

Deposit of 800 CHF to secure your place atthe 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. A limited number of non-photographing partners / spouses could join the group at a reduced rate of 50%. Please contact us for further details.

Logistics and Transportation:

All breakfasts are included and will take place at our hotel. Participants will have the freedom to decide on their lunches and dinners, for which we will allow time in our programme. Group meals will be encouraged

Non photographing spouses / partners:

Non-photographing partners / spouses are welcome and could join the group at a reduced rate. Please contact us for further details. 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 Venice. 

Languages:

The official languages for this photographic trip will be English and French. If you speak either of those languages, that will be enough. In the case whereby we have both languages represented, we will duplicate our group explanations and image critique session in order to cater for the two 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 Italy 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 and weight limitations for your photo-bag! Almost all transport will take place on foot during the entire duration of the photo-trip, and we will walk several kilometres per day. You do not want unnecessary gear to become a burden!

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:


In December, average temperatures are about 10°C. They might however reach freezing point during the night and twilight hours, rising to around 15°C during the day. Therefore, it is easy to forget that Venice is surrounded by the ocean and the humidity allied with the low temperatures can really exacerbate the cold feeling. This is even more so for the photographer who stays still for a long time waiting for the right light conditions or working out a composition on one of Venice’s narrow canals or streets, oblivious to the passage of time. Winter is also the moment when we might experience fog hovering over the city, particularly as the day breaks or the night falls. This is particularly interesting for the photographer who wants to inject an extra dose of mystery into the photographs. Fog tends to wipe out detail, minimise the complexity and confer a strong sense of depth to the images as the contrast decreases with the distance. During the night, fog tends to create atmospherical halos around the artificial light sources, increasing even more the mood and the magic of the night scene. If we have chosen November as the month for our photographic trip, there is a strong reason!

One of the particularities of Venice is that it gets flooded from time to time in those events known by the locals as “acqua alta” (high waters). A few times every year, low pressure fronts associated with rains and high tides can converge, raising the water level and flooding large parts of Venice. In those situations, the city sets up a network of elevated boards which can be used by pedestrians to walk around the city. The use of high wellingtons can be useful when the water level is not too high, allowing circulation everywhere. Even if these events are occasional and relatively uncomfortable for the normal tourist, they can provide extraordinary photographic opportunities, as in many squares we can see islands within an island and incredible scenes like the St. Marcos cathedral rising from the water, or the buildings being reflected in the water. In the rare event an acqua alta event is forecast during the period of our photo-trip, we will advise you to bring high wellington boots so that we can make the most of this extraordinary event.

One of the advantages of Venice is that the nature of the subject and the configuration of the city mean that every type of weather condition will be useful and optimal for practicing photography in a different way. On sunny days, we will take advantage of the rising and setting sun and, later on, the light reflected by the water and the facades of the buildings. Under a cloudy or misty sky, the diffused light will allow us to focus on the textures and colours of Venice, providing a low contrast light which can prove ideal to photograph the inner parts of the city and create photographs with an extra dose of mystery and mood. This period may be perfect for black and white photography. Even during the rainy days Venice is magical, when the wet stone glints with an eerie light and the water saturates the colours of the buildings facades. 

In Venice, the old adage “there is no such thing as bad weather for photography” could not be truer!

Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer specialized in 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 photography competitions, including the Master Hasselblad 2014, First Prize several times in the IPA 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 Awards (Australia), 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 including National Geographic Travel, Terre Sauvage, etc.

One of the activities of Rafael Rojas is teaching and lecturing about Nature 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 nature and 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” - both from Editions Altus - and is the author of his own line of instructive photography books which he publishes and distributes from Essential Seeing website in different languages as eBooks.

He was one of the founders and directors of the company WHYTAKE.NET - The Global Community of Nature PhotographersTM. He is also a member of the select nature photography groups “Bouts de Planète” (France) and “Portfolio Natural” (Spain). He works with a panoramic 617 medium format film camera, a Hasselblad 6x6 and a whole Nikon digital system, always set on the sturdiest tripod available. He speaks Spanish, English, French 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 and interior designer, 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 was one of the founders and directors of the company WHYTAKE.NET - The Global Community of Nature PhotographersTM. She is also 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. To summarize, nothing would work without her! She speaks English, French, Spanish, Romanian and quite some Italian...

 

Is this trip available for all photographic levels?
Yes. This Photo Immersion 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 this 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. Or you may prefer 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 Immersion trip to Lofoten we will tackle the basic technical use of a DSRL for all our beginner participants.

Which are the official languages for this photo-trip?
The official languages for this photo-tour are English and French. If we have the two languages represented among our participants, we will use the two for the general explanations and critique sessions.

However, as the number of participants is quite small, we can tailor the teaching to cater for the particular language of our participants, and speak with them either in English, French or Spanish.

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 workshops and a highly enriching experience!

Do you offer single occupancy options for the accommodation in this Photo-trip?
Yes, a limited number of places as single Occupancy option are available for this photographic trip, with a price supplement of 350 CHF.

Can I bring my non-photographing spouse or companion with me?
Yes. Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome to 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 Lofoten. They can also stay at our lovely rorbua by the sea during our early morning or evening photographic forays, taking full advantage of the facilities and the beauty of Reine ­village. Same rates apply.

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...

Does Rafael also take photographs during the photo trips?
For our workshops, which are never longer than a couple of days of three, Rafael is normally focused on the learning experience of his clients in that short period of time and for that reason he rarely takes his camera out of the bag. He may do so to explain certain aspects, or to demonstrate with some particular examples how he normally looks for his compositions and creates his photographs. Workshops are highly intensive learning programmes, and therefore all the time is put to the service of our clients, with one-to-one tuition.

However during our photo trips, with more days available, we adopt a less intensive approach, allowing our participants to immerse themselves with plenty of time out in the field on their own. Of course, participants will still get a lot of hands on tuition from Rafael during the photographic sessions, but they will also have the possibility of seeing how Rafael works, how he visualizes, composes and creates his photographs in the field. Some of his photographs taken during the trip will also be used as examples during the lectures and critique sessions held during the trip. In a way, during our photo trips you will also learn by seeing how Rafael normally works on his own photographs and later on uses them for discussion and analysis.

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...

Which equipment should I bring?
Please refer to the Checklist document of the PDF brochure where we mention photographic and non photographic equipment necessary for this trip. Please use the button "Download brochure" that you will find on the right column of this page.

What clothing should I bring?
You should bring comfortable boots/shoes for walking several kilometres a day, along paved alleys and stairs. In the rare case “acqua-alta” conditions are forecast for our visit (a rise of the water level with partial flooding of Venice, which happens normally once per year), we will advise you to bring wellington boots. By the way, acqua-alta can also provide some extraordinary photographic opportunities!

Bring really warm clothing, especially for the early morning and late evening, as it can get really cold and humid in Venice, particularly in winter and during the night. It is very important that you bring a layered selection 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 be useful 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. Bear in mind that after several hours along the canals we can quickly feel cold unless we are properly dressed.

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. Bear in mind that all photographic equipment will need to be carried by you for the whole trip, since virtually all transportation will be made on foot. 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. A tripod is paramount as well as a cable release which can be blocked in the bulb position for our night photographs. You might want to bring with you gradual density, polarizer or neutral density filters. Please refer to the Checklist document where we mention photographic and non photographic equipment necessary for this trip.

Why meals other than breakfast are not included ?
During the day, we will be walking and photographing around Venice. We know that eating in Italy is part of the experience, and in order to allow the flexibility of budget and other options to our participants, we have decided not to include meals other than breakfasts in this photo-trip. For lunch and dinner, we will allow a certain amount of free time so that each participant can decide on their options. We will in any case encourage lunches and dinners as a group, and will propose and arrange for some meals at restaurants or places where we can eat with a very good quality to price ratio. Lunch and dinner times will be accommodated in a flexible way so that we can make the most of our day, photographically speaking.

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. In case you need assistance in finding a good insurance option, let us know and we will put you in contact with the leading insurance companies we normally work with.

Is Venice safe, even during the night?
Yes. In terms of safety, it has often been said that Venice is one of the safest cities in the world. The truth is that we have photographed extensively even in the most isolated streets and in the middle of the night with absolutely no feeling of danger or threat at any moment. That being said, as in any urban place you should be very careful with your photographic equipment, keeping it close at hand at all times.

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 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.

Do I need a Visa for visiting Italy?
Citizens of the USA and most European and other countries do not need a visa to enter the country. Please visit the Norwegian government website to confirm whether or not you need a visa, that is your responsibility!

What if I shoot film, can I still join this Photo-Immersion Trip?
Of course you can! If you shoot film and want to bring your system, feel free. In fact, Rafael still works with film for a very large part of his work and he will very happy to help you with yours. For obvious reasons, we may not use your photos for the critique session during the trip (unless you use a Polaroid), but you will see the photographs of the other participants commented. At the end of the photo trip though, we will be pleased to prepare a video critique of some of your photographs, once developed, scanned and sent to us for a personal review.

Can the group turn into a competition to see who creates the best photograph?
No. Our whole philosophy is one of humility and self confidence, of forgetting about the hunt for photographic trophies, and about the need to focus on an individualÂ’s personal vision. That is why the environment and mood we foster in our groups is deeply embedded in these beliefs. In all the workshops and photo trips we have organised during the last few years, we have never seen bitter competition arise between the members of our groups. If one day that should happen, you can be sure we will be the first to make it disappear. Photography should not be a contest, since we are all different, none better or worse.

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J.S.Jacquet - France
  • This photo-trip to Venice 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • A. Franklin - USA
  • My wife and I recently spent 5 days with Rafael Rojas touring and photographing amazing landscapes of Switzerland 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!
  • B. Dupas - Switzerland
  • I have attended to many workshops with Rafael and Anca in the last couple of years. In all of them, the choice of the places, the organization, the instruction and the great ambiance created by Rafael and Anca have made a difference, turning these events into very special and enlightening experiences. To be consumed without any moderation and with a lot of pleasure!
  • 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!
  • 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. 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.
  • B. Vioget - Switzerland
  • A photographic workshop with Rafael and Anca means connecting with the landscape and living incredible instants full of their knowledge and their great company. Pure poetry!
  • 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!
  • T. Von Weid - Switzerland
  • Totally personalized workshop with a very friendly ambiance. Rafael and Anca ensured a great transmission of their passion and knowledge about photography...even when it rained!
  • V. Manixab - Switzerland
  • In all the photographic workshops I have attended with Rafael and Anca, it was always a real pleasure. Rafael really transmits his passion about photography and his great sense of humor. The tuition was very tailored to each of us, and all different photographic levels could be catered due to the small size of our group. A real sharing experience took place among all the participants. Highly recommended!
  • N. Bohny - Switzerland
  • To spend a few days in the mountains with you was like being on holidays with good friends, while at the same time getting into a really deep learning experience about photography. I enjoyed very much how we could tackle all different stages of the photographic process, from the concept to the shooting and then the critical review and analysis of the photographs. I could ask all the questions I wanted, even the banal ones and even several times the same one! We have really made the most of the available time, when I got home I was really tired but happy. You two are really friendly and really committed, I deeply enjoyed your enthusiasm!
  • J. Wasem - Switzerland
  • My opinion can be summed up like this: Follow many workshops and phototrips with Rafael and Anca and you will learn to photograph in a different way!
  • S. Bongard - Switzerland
  • Rafael has made me feel his passion about photography in a way that no other photographer has never done! He really spurred on me the will to learn, always giving away without limitation! Bravo and thanks so much!
  • J. Thies - Germany
  • I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your constructive feedback session. This is the part that often misses out in other photography workshops and I believe your approach to send it after the actual workshop as a video download is really excellent. Your workshop in Grindelwald was top notch and the kind personality of Anca and you speak for themselves.
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    Photo tour 2018 Timeless Venice

    • Place: Venice, Italy
    • Date: 17th-21st January 2018
    • Price: 1,800 CHF
    • Deposit: 1,000 CHF
    • Number of Places: 6
    • Language: EN, FR
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    phototrip highlights

      Discover and photograph not only the most iconic places of Ve­nice, but also those hidden streets, canals and squares which are seldom visited and where the authentic essence of the floating city can be found. 
      Photograph wide vistas, intimate scenes, details and abstracts under all types of light conditions.
      In January, crowds dwindle and the winter mists tend to fill the maze of canals, squares and streets, reducing clutter to a minimum and allowing us to photograph the most mysterious, intimate and graphical character of this magical place. This is by far our favourite month to visit Venice...
      Several night photographic sessions, when we will have the whole of Venice to ourselves and will photograph the maze of alleys, squares and canals under the faint light of the lamps.

    difficulty level: Normal
    photography level: All

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