Photo trip 2017 Isle of Skye
6th - 12th Nov 2017

Over the bridge to Skye awaits a jewel for photographers: The most impressive mountains of the Hebrides, mysterious glens, wonderful coastline and imposing geological features. Do we rea­lly need to introduce this island to the photographer? 

There is something about Scotland which attracts landscape photographers from all over the world. It could be the contrast between the ocean and the mountains, the raw nature of the landscape, the untamed fury of the sea, the transient character of the light, the changeability of the weather and the sense of isolation... If all those elements define Scotland, the Isle of Skye becomes one of its strongest representations, the pure essence of what this land has to offer encapsulated in one single place. We will be visiting and photographing this magical place when the autumn colours fill the landscape and the first snow falls on the mountain peaks. 

 

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.

Apart from our Photo Adventures, which are more focused on exploring the world and 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 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.

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 we will be based at an exclusive hotel in the village of Portree, close to the areas 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 photo­trip, we will photograph in all kinds of light conditions; sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk, day and night. In November the sun remains low over the horizon providing us daily with 8 hours of great light for landscape photography. And all that under the extremely dynamic and photogenic weather so unique to the Scottish Hebrides.

Truly a landscape photographer’s heaven...

 

The place: Isle of Skye, Scotland


Over the bridge to Skye awaits a jewel for photographers: The most impressive mountains of the Hebrides, mysterious glens, wonderful coastline and imposing geological features. Do we rea­lly need to introduce this island to the photographer? 

There is something about Scotland which attracts landscape photographers from all over the world. It could be the contrast between the ocean and the mountains, the raw nature of the landscape, the untamed fury of the sea, the transient character of the light, the changeability of the weather and the sense of isolation... If all those elements define Scotland, the Isle of Skye becomes one of its strongest representations, the pure essence of what this land has to offer encapsulated in one single place. We will be visiting and photographing this magical place when the autumn colours fill the landscape and the first snow falls on the mountain peaks. 

The Isle of Skye has always been considered as one of the most varied and photographed places in Scotland, and for good reason. It boasts an extremely diverse array of different environments. Some of the most photogenic and alpine-like mountains of Scotland are here. The Cuillin peaks, jagged and impressive, rise from the ocean providing impressive photographic opportunities. Lighthouses, cliffs, beaches, dramatic rock formations, moors, mysterious glens with mighty waterfalls... all these are just some of the places we will visit and photograph under all kinds of light and weather conditions. 

Drama and emotion is not only provi­ded by the land and the sea, but also by the sky. Weather fronts roll in from the Atlantic, creating amazing cloud formations and dramatic light conditions like nowhere else on the planet­. Photographing the landscape in the Hebrides is like photographing a living­ organism. Every minute, everything changes... The light, the tide, the clouds, the weather... The landscape becomes a canvas where a transient play of tones, colours and reflections are mirrored as the light changes by the second. When photographing in the Hebrides you become a hunter of the light.

We will be based at a comfortable and exclusive 4* hotel at Portree, from where we will have easy and rapid access to all the areas we will photograph, mainly focusing on the coastline. You can be sure about something, every day the landscape will be different!

 

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 - 6th November 2017 - Arrival in the Isle of Harris

We will pick you up at the city of Inverness (exact place to be announced) at 9:00 in the morning. As such, participants are expected to spend the night in Inverness prior to the beginning of the workshop. Then, we will leave towards the Isle of Skye, where we will photograph in different locations.

Days 2 to 6 - Isle of Skye

During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the Isle of Skye. In November the sun rises at 8:00 am and sets at around 4:30 pm, staying low over the horizon for the whole day. Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit, combining daily post-processing and photography sessions. At the end of the last day we will drive back to Inverness, where we will spend the night.

Day 7 - 12th November 2017 - End of photographic trip

We will have breakfast together and officially end the photo-trip.We will take all participants to the airport.

 

Included and excluded


Included:

- Tour led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican

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

- Workshop sessions on post-processing (Lightroom - Photoshop)

- Special workshop session on technical basics in the use of DSRL cameras (only for beginners)

- Transportation in 9 places van

- Accommodation in exclusive 4* hotel, on single occupancy basis for all participants (superior rooms)

- All meals and non alcoholic drinks

- Transfer to Inverness airport

- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!

Excluded

- Photographic and clothing equipment

- International and domestic flights

- Any meals other than those stated in detailed itinerary

- Personal expenses: Tips, telephone, laundry, gifts, etc.

- Alcoholic beverages

- Medical and Accident insurance valid for the UK (compulsory for all participants)

- Cancellation and Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

- Personal items

 

Other details


Photography Level

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

Exertion Level

Easy. We will mainly work not far from the road, with occasional walks of 2 km maximum.

Price

3'500 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Supplement

Single Occupancy accommodation in superior rooms (4* hotel) is included on this photo trip for all participants.

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.

Number of People

Groups are 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 at an exclusive 4* hotel in Portree, with single superior bedrooms for each participant. Breakfasts will be served at the hotel, we will take packed lunches with us for greater flexibility and we will enjoy a 3 course dinner at the restaurant every evening. 

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 Isle of Skye. 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.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!

 

Special Conditions


Visas/Passports

Please ensure that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required and that your passport is valid to visit the UK, and that it 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 and Travel Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work.

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.

 

How is the teaching structured in these photo-immersion trips?
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.

Which are the official languages 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!

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.

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. Bear in mind that in Scotland the weather is often wet and windy. You might want to bring a photo bag with a rain cover, so that you can protect your bag from the rain when not using your camera. In the same way you might want to bring a rain cover for the camera and lens, even if normally we photograph without protection and never had a problem!. Please refer to the Checklist in the PDF brochure where we mention photographic and non photographic equipment necessary for this trip.

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.

How can I reach the meeting point?
We are meeting at Inverness, since it is the closest airport to Skye. We will announce to all participants the meeting point. As we will leave from Inverness at 9:00 am in the morning, participants are expected to arrive a day before. We will recommend a hotel to spend the night prior to the beginning of the workshop.

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.

What clothing should I bring?
Good clothing and equipment is essential for this photographic trip. If you follow our recommendations you will be able to fully enjoy and photograph the magic of the Atlantic. It is very important that you bring a layered system of clothing, specially suitable for humid-rainy weather. Here below we list the different necessary elements:

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.
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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 sea, we may experience chilly temperatures. 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.

Bear in mind we will assist registered participants to gear up during this trip. In fact, knowing how to prepare and photograph in the cold is part of the learning experience of this photo-immersion 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.

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 you offer single occupancy options for the accommodation in this Photo-trip?
Single Occupancy accommodation in superior rooms is included on this photo trip for all participants.
Couples will be able to share the same room.

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.

How easy will be to charge my batteries?
We can charge our batteries every day in our hotel rooms, and also in our vehicle as we will take an inverter; however, bring plenty of batteries with you (2 minimum) so that you are always ready and flexible. Bear in mind that cold temperatures can strongly affect the time of use for a fully charged battery.

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

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. 


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 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 individual’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.

I do not have any photographic equipment. Do you have some available for rent?
We do not rent any equipment as we should need to cater for many different requirements; however we can suggest some addresses where you will be able to rent a camera, lens or tripod. If you have any queries concerning what to purchase prior to a workshop or a photo-trip, just let us know and we will be very glad to help.

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John Erskin - South Africa
  • I have had the chance of travelling with Rafael and Anca many times. Every time, the choice of destinations, the quality of the instruction and the professionalism have been of the highest standards, and all that in a very friendly and warm environment. The knowledge, the encouragement and the contagious great mood of Rafael are, for me, the best way of finding the artist who hides inside of us.
  • 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 ¬ďnon- photographic¬Ē needs of everyone of us, the humor and group dynamism with which Rafael and Anca fuel everyone¬ís 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.
  • 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.
  • Phil Fontana - USA
  • This was my first trip with Anca and Rafael and I found the experience way beyond my anticipation. These are genuinely good people. The effort they put to the details of organization and personal attention to each person in the group provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere during the whole time. Not only is Rafael a great artist but he is also a very patient and attentive teacher. I highly recommend a trip with these folks, so much so that I have already signed up for another trip next year.
  • David Meylan, Switzerland
  • I have had the chance of travelling with Rafael and Anca many times. Every time, the choice of destinations, the quality of the instruction and the professionalism have been of the highest standards, and all that in a very friendly and warm environment. The knowledge, the encouragement and the contagious great mood of Rafael are, for me, the best way of finding the artist who hides inside of us.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • Yvonne & Ren√© 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. 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!
  • 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!

  • 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!
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    Photo trip 2017 Isle of Skye

    • Place: Isle of Skye, Scotland
    • Date: 6th - 12th Nov 2017
    • Price: 3,500 CHF
    • Deposit: 1,500 CHF
    • Number of Places: 6
    • Language: EN, FR
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    phototrip highlights

      Incredible rock formations by the sea with some of the most impressive backgrounds of Scotland towering in the distance. The Isle of Skye offers some of the most alpine-like peaks in the whole of Scotland, rising directly from the sea.
      Photograph in the dyna­mic and changeable light of the Hebrides, which boasts some of the most magical and photogenic light conditions in the world.
      Enjoy the sense of remoteness and isolation of the Isle of Skye, truly a place which seems to defy time and space.
      Photograph an orchestral landscape where everything seems to be alive and in movement; the sea, the wind, the vegetation, the clouds... Fantastic possibilities for long exposure photography and B&W await us!

    difficulty level: Easy
    photography level: All

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