Photo trip 2017 La Palma, miniature continent
2nd - 8th April 2017

Imagine a small island nestled in the middle of the Atlantic, where volcanoes rise over a sea of clouds, primeval subtropical forests remnants of the Tertiary still thrive and the skies fill with millions of stars every night. Imagine fantastic volcanic landscapes, rocky shores, and unique endemic vegetation of an incredible variety that is rare to see elsewhere. This is where you are going with us.

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.
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. A special workshop session will be held during our Photo Immersion trip to La Palma devoted to night photography, which will be very useful for photographing one of the clearest and most amazing night skies in the world.

As opposed to our workshops, where Rafael does not even take his camera out of the bag, this Photo Trip will also give you the opportunity of seeing how Rafael works, how he visualises, 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 photographic trip.

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 a high end exclusive hotel, close to the areas we will photograph and where we will be able to talk about photography. 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: Island of La Palma


Imagine a small island nestled in the middle of the Atlantic, where volcanoes rise over a sea of clouds, primeval subtropical forests remnants of the Tertiary still thrive and the skies fill with millions of stars every night. Imagine fantastic volcanic landscapes, rocky shores, and unique endemic vegetation of an incredible variety that is rare to see elsewhere. This is where you are going with us.

La Palma, one of the western islands of the archipelago of the Canary Islands, Spain, is considered to be one of the highest islands in the world relative to its surface area, and by far the most natural, well preserved and authentic of the whole Canary archipelago. Due to its high altitude and exposition to the trade winds, the vegetation, weather and light changes at every moment and every kilometre. At one and the same time, the sun can be shining on the West, the mist flooding the forests in the East and the warm colours of sunset painting the sea of clouds at the top of the island. 

It is no surprise that La Palma, frequently known by its Spanish nickname “La Isla Bonita”, was declared a Biosphere reservation by Unesco. It could truly be likened to a miniature continent, unspoiled and far away from the touristic crowds.
During one week we will able to photograph all ecosystems, light and weather conditions you can ima­gine. This photo-immersion workshop will be about variety. Coastal landscapes, mountains, forests of pines and ferns, subtropical relics in the mist such as the Laurisilva, volcanic landscapes filled with lava and a kaleidoscope of colours, starry skies the like of which you have never seen before, graphical and ama­zing human constructions such as salt lakes, lighthouses and harbours, picturesque historical villages and amazing architecture, plus beaches, cliffs...

This will be an all Inclusive Photo Immersion trip conducted personally by Rafael Rojas and his partner Anca Minican. During the entire week we will be based at our exclusive hotel, from where we will tackle all kind of different landscapes and ecosystems. Ocean, volcanic shores, tropical forests, rising peaks, exotic vegetation, night photography and picturesque historical villages. This is not a conventional photo-trip, but a true all inclusive photographic workshop. We will not only discover and enjoy the place, but we will make sure you evolve in your photographic vision, technique and skills. During the workshop, we will hold daily photo review sessions, dealing with major aspects of post-production.

 

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 - 2nd April 2017 - Arrival in La Palma

We will pick you up at the La Palma airport on the first day and transfer you to our cosy and exclusive hotel **** which will serve as our base. We will have dinner together, get acquainted and introduce the workshop.

Days 2 to 6

During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the whole island, conveniently loca­ted close to our home base. During this period, the sun rises at 8:00 am and sets at around 8:30 pm, gi­ving us 12 hours of good light. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of  photo­­­gra­phing night scenes without having to stay up too long. Our daily schedule will vary depen­ding on the locations we will visit and the weather conditions, but a typical day will hold several photographic sessions in different locales, post-processing sessions with review of images and some free time at our hotel.

Day 7 - 8th April 2017 - End of Photo-Immersion trip

We will surely have a last sunrise photographic session. Then, we will have breakfast together and officially end the photographic trip. We will arrange the transfers to the airport for all participants.

 

Included and excluded


Included:

- Tour led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican

- "In the field’ photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions & image reviews

- Special workshop session on night photography

- Accommodation in exclusive hotel ****

- Single occupancy for all participants

- All meals and all non alcoholic drinks, typical canarian gastronomy

- Transport during the whole stay in 9 seater van

- Transfers from and to the airport of La Palma

- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!

Excluded

- Photographic and clothing equipment

- International and domestic flights

- Any meals other than those stated in the detailed itinerary

- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...

- Alcoholic beverages

- Medical and Accident Insurance (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 to Normal. Many of the places we will visit are close to the road, however, we will sometimes hike for a few kilometres taking a couple of hours, mainly in the forest. Although most walks are on good paths and trails, one needs to be able to carry the photographic equipment, so you should nevertheless be of good basic fitness.

Price

3'500 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Supplement

Single Occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants. Couples will be able to share the same room (twin beds, which may be put together).

Payment details

Deposit of 1,500 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 and non-photographing partners / spouses.

Logistics and Transportation

Transportation will be in a van seating 9 people. Accommodation is in exclusive hotel **** with great views. Breakfasts and 3 course dinners typically from the region will be served at the restaurant. We will have lunch at different typical and authentic restaurants spread all over the island, adapted to our photographic schedule.

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 island of La Palma. They can also stay at our lovely hotel with views over the sea during our early morning­ or ­evening photographic forays. Same rates apply.

Languages

The official languages for this photographic trip will be ­English and French. If you speak any 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.

Personal explanations to each participant can be done either in English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!

How to get there

Basic notions of geography: The island of La Palma should not be confused with the city of La Palma (on the island of Gran Canaria) or with Palma de Mayorca (in the Balearic Islands). 

The island of La Palma is one of the westernmost islands of the Canary archipelago and sits within the subtropical belt. It can be reached either by boat from Tenerife, or by plane. 

Different companies fly to La Palma Island: Air Berlín, Iberia, TUIfly, Binter Canarias, Islas Airways y Cóndor. If you cannot fly there directly from your home airport, a good solution might be to fly to Madrid and then catch another flight to La Palma. Another solution might be to fly directly to Tenerife and catch a ferry to La Palma Island (2.5 hours).

 

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 Spain 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! We will be travelling in a van of 9 seats, which should be able to accommodate all our bags 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:


In general, the Canary Islands are considered as having the best climate in the world due to the spring-like weather all year round, with an annual average temperature of 21°C (71.6°F). 

The islands’ mild temperatures are why they have long been known as ‘the islands of eternal spring.’ The mild climate occurs largely because of the islands’ location in the path of the Canary current. The Canary current is a cool ocean current which flows toward the southwest. The islands lie in this current so they are directly affected by these cooler waters. Temperatures on the islands are usually a couple of degrees cooler than expected at their latitude.

The archipelago generally experiences mild winters and warm summers. The Canary Islands receive warm, sunny weather all year round with an average temperature that ranges from 17°C in the winter to 24°C in the summer.   

On the mountainous island of La Palma, trade winds collide with the orography, elevating, condensing and bringing frequent “horizontal rain” or mist to the eastern side of the island. This is why totally different weather conditions can prevail at the same time in different places on the island. One can experience sun in the West, mist and rain in the forests of the East and dry and sunny conditions on top of the summits of the central Taburiente caldera, where one is treated to the exhilarating experience of standing above a sea of clouds. This is one of the reasons why light conditions in La Palma Island are particularly interesting for photographers. As the day progresses, convection currents bring cloud cover and interesting light phenomena.

As the night falls, the clouds tend to fade away, leaving the way to the great show of a starry sky. Indeed, the Canary Islands offer some of the clearest skies in the world due to the trade winds and the thermal inversion which prevents cloud formation. Furthermore, the Canaries are protected by the Law for the Protection of the Astronomical Quality for the Conservatives of the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, which controls atmospheric light pollution and even regulates flight routes so the skies are crystal clear throughout the year. This also means that the Canary Islands are regarded as one of the best places on earth to observe space, featuring the major Astrophysics observatories of the northern hemisphere.

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 award, 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 PhotoTrips. 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 photography books which he publishes and distributes from the website Essential Seeing in different languages as eBooks. He is a regular contributor of magazines like Extraordinary Vision, On Landscape and Landscape Photography Magazine.

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...

 

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!

How many people will attend these Photo-Immersion trips?
A highly reduced number, of a maximum of 6 photographers, will be accepted. The idea is to keep the group at a very individual level, being able to engage in deep discussions as we evaluate our work completed during each day. As Photo Immersion trips are shorter than our Photo Adventure trips, this allows us to focus on each of the participants in a more personal manner.

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...

There will be some travelling involved in your Photo-Immersion trips?
It depends on the particular Photo Immersion trip, but in the vast majority of cases travelling will be limited, if any. On some occasions, we may work along the same stretch of coast, on foot, from our cottage base located at 100m from the seashore. In some cases, we may even take bicycles and cycle along the back roads of a tropical island where no cars are allowed. In other cases, we might hire a small van to reach some locations nearby, repeating some of them during the week. However as we will be based in the same location, you will be able to leave your luggage at our base, and only take a few necessary items with you each day.

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...

Will I get bored after 1 week in the same place?
Many times, we have spent 2 weeks on the same stretch of coast, walking less than 300 metres every day, and never found the same scene and emotions. We have spent 3 weeks in the Taiga, visiting the same forest every day, and every day the magic of winter created a new spectacle for our eyes only...

In our Photo-Immersion trips, you may experience a certain shock at the beginning, since your mind, more used to the frenetic world we live in, will ask for more. You may want an internet connection. You may want to share that last photograph on Facebook. Do not relent by allowing your mind to keep to its normal routine, "see" instead of looking and enjoy the experience. At the end of the trip you will return home as if you were waking up from a pleasant dream, where your photographs will be the proof that it really took place. Returning to "reality" may not be easy, though!

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.

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.

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 our La Palma 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 night sky.

Please refer to the Checklist document of the detailed 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.

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.

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.

What clothing should I bring?
Good clothing and equipment is essential for this photographic trip. During our stay in La Palma we might experience very different temperatures and conditions. On the same day, we can experience 25°C by the sea, and 5°C at dusk at up in the mountains at 2,500 meters. So it is very important that you bring a layered system of clothing that allows you to accommodate to different conditions in a flexible manner. Bring comfortable boots or shoes for trekking, with a well gripping sole.

Most of the time we will enjoy very pleasant temperatures with dry conditions, for which comfortable and breathable soft trousers and shirts with a soft hat or hood are the ideal solution.

You may dress up more warmly for our early morning or late evening mountain sessions, and below we list the different necessary elements:

- Thermal underwear. Merino wool is recommended, such as Icebreaker 260 shirts.
- Polar fleece
- Down inner jacket, ideally with hat or hood
- Outer rain parka with bonnet.
- Gloves.
- This layered system should also be used for your lower clothing.

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. 


How can I travel to the La Palma island?
Basic notions of geography: The island of La Palma should not be confused with the city of La Palma (on the island of Gran Canaria) or with Palma de Mayorca (in the Balearic Islands).

The island of La Palma is one of the westernmost islands of the Canary archipelago. It can be reached either by boat from Tenerife, or by plane.

Different companies fly to La Palma Island: Air BerlĂ­n, Iberia, TUIfly, Binter Canarias, Islas Airways y CĂłndor. If you cannot fly there directly from your home airport, a good solution might be to fly to Madrid and then catch another flight to La Palma. Another solution might be to fly directly to Tenerife and catch a ferry to La Palma Island (2.5 hours).

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J.Bognar - Hungary
  • I thought this photo tour would be a good one, but indeed it's been one of the best, probably the best one, I have ever taken part. Your professionalism is exceptional, the way you treat and give support to every participant is outstanding. Its been a pleasure to me to have the talks with you about photography. On top of this, Anca's attention to all details has been superior. Thanks to her too!

    All the best to you and to Anca. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
  • J.Van Marcke - Belgium
  • The photo immersion trip “Finland, Kingdom of Silence” 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 ( taiga, canyons, rapids, woods, lakes), 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 everyone'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.
  • 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.
  • P. Conesa - Spain
  • For me it was an unforgettable trip, largely exceeding my expectations. As a photographic experience it helped me to reflect and look for a more personal, intimate and emotional kind of photography and, as Rafael said so often, look for the photographs inside of my photographs... Thanks my friends.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
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    Photo trip 2017 La Palma, miniature continent

    • Place: La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
    • Date: 2nd - 8th April 2017
    • Price: 3,500 CHF
    • Deposit: 1,500 CHF
    • Number of Places: 6
    • Language: EN, FR
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    phototrip highlights

      Photograph at sunset, rising volcanoes over the sea of clouds from 2,500 meters, eerie volcanic landscapes and fantastic shores  
      Due to its isolation and the protection against light pollution, the sky of La Palma is one of the clearest and most amazing. During the night, another show begins. We will devote quite a lot of time to night photography there
      La Palma is one of the few places of the world where incredible Laurisilva forests (Laurel Forest) still thrive. Volcanic walls, giant ferns, huge trees and mysterious forests filled with mist and eerie sounds will be photographed during our stay
      We will also make the most of the human elements on the island. Lighthouses, graphical salt lakes, picturesque nestled villages and historical streets, beautiful harbours…

    difficulty level: Easy-Medium
    photography level: All

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