‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: €5490 pp (double rooms) / Deposit: €2690 pp

  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP

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17th - 25th April 2019

Spanning the southern parts of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia holds some of the most spectacular photographic treasures in South America, perhaps even the world. Towering mountains, shattering glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls and much more, all these can be found in this pristine location. 

The area we will explore was carved over time with monumental geological process which continues even today. The Andean mountain range spans the whole continent, from north to south, measuring some 7000 km. It was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates, a process that is still active in some regions as is evident by the seismic and volcanic activities. With time, the fierce winds and the constant advance of the glaciers carved the original formation into the shapes we can appreciate now, and it wasn’t so long ago that the valleys we will explore were occupied with enormous glaciers.

Join professional nature photographer Erez Marom and Patagonia expert Jörg Bonner on a comprehensive photo workshop in the most incredible locations Patagonia has to offer. For the dedicated hikers, there is a 9-day hiking annex to this workshop during which we'll hike to shoot The Torres Del Paine, Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy at close range.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stunning locations such as Torres Del Paine National Park, Laguna Capri, Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas, Grey Glacier and more.
  • The best season to ensure high probability of calm weather, autumn colors and low, magical light.
  • Boat sail to shoot glacial landscapes.
  • Professional photo guidance and mountain guidance.
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus during the long drives to make transportation enjoyable
  • Some of the best accommodations and conditions in Patagonia.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier

You will be picked up from your hotel in El Calafate at about 13:00, and the group will drive to the first shooting location in Los Glaciares National Park: Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the world's only advancing glaciers, Perito Moreno is supported by the massive precipitation created by the humidity coming from the Pacific. It often calves in spectacular bangs.

After shooting the glacier and its surroundings, We'll hop on our bus and drive all the way to El Chalten, where we'll settle in our beautiful 4-star hotel, have a meet-and-greet over a delicious Argentinian dinner, and discuss the plans for the days ahead. 

Days 2-4 El Chalten

We’ll spend the next 3 days shooting the various locations close to the hiking town of El Chalten. One such location is Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas, a beautiful gorge with a river pointing directly at mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

Another beautiful spot is Laguna Capri, a lake overlooking mount Fitz Roy.

Days 4-8 Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Home to some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, Torres Del Paine (TDP) is one of the leading photographic locations in South America. We will spend 4 days in TDP, during which we'll shoot from several amazing vantage points. Our main subject will be the Cuernos Del Paine, a mountain ridge of immense beauty and grandeur.

Due to the park's location and geographic conditions, there is a very high chance of beautiful pink sunrises on the mountains. We will shoot the Cuernos with a variety of foregrounds.

On one of the days in TDP, we'll take a special boat sail to Grey Glacier, where we'll experience and shoot amazing icebergs and mountains from up close.

During our stay in Torres Del Paine, we'll be accommodated in one of South America's most scenic hotels. It has its own island, no less, and there's plenty to shoot from the rocky banks.

Best hotel location in the world? Image courtesy of Hougaard Malan, used with the artist's permission.

After a sunrise shoot in day 8, the participants who are leaving will be driven back to El Calafate (please note you may arrive late in the afternoon or even in the evening). The hiking annex participants will start the hike to Torres Base Camp.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: €5490 per person in double room for participants registering by June 30th, 2018.
€5590 for participants registering between July 1st and November 30th, 2018.
€5690 for participants registering afterwards.

Special Offer: Join as a group of 3 or more and receive a €200 discount each!*

Deposit: €2690

Single Room supplement: €970

Maximum Number of Participants: 13

Physical Difficulty: Beginner. There won't be any difficult climbing, but there will be a hike of up to 2 hours to get to Laguna Capri, in addition to other, much shorter hikes to get to other shooting spots. It really shouldn't be difficult for people with good mobility (I've had people of over 70 years of age do it). Weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as 0 degrees centigrade, in addition to strong winds, but conditions are usually on the calm side this time of year.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodations in some of the best hotels in Patagonia. These aren't 5-star hotels, but they are welcoming, clean, warm and comfortable.
  • Dinner the first day, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-7, breakfast on day 8
  • Professional photography guidance by esteemed landscape photographers
  • Professional mountain guides with us in the parks, to keep us safe.
  • Post-processing assistance where possible
  • Boat sail to experience and shoot glacial landscapes
  • Constant radio communication with park rangers to keep us informed and safe
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear.
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from El Calafate airport (several daily flights arrive from Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Pickup and dropoff at El Calafate airport (shuttle service is quick, efficient and inexpensive).
  • Reciprocity fee for citizens of Australia and Canada (must be paid online prior to arrival - see link).
  • Thermal clothing and gear. You're required to have all necessary gear, including thermal clothing, prior to arrival.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
    IMPORTANT: hospitals in Patagonia are not up to western standards. In the rare case that something happens, you will strongly prefer to be evacuated to Buenos Aires or another major city for treatment. I highly recommend getting insurance that covers medical evacuation to a major city.
  • Accommodation on day 8
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks
  • Single Room supplement (€920)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A light, sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A midrange zoom lens such as a 24-70mm
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300 (recommended). Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a light thermal base layer, a fleece coat and sometimes a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant hiking pants.
  • Windbreaker / rain jacket.
  • Thermal long-johns or thermal pants (or both).
  • Thermal socks (2-3 pairs).
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • A wide hat and sun glasses for sunny days
  • Good quality hiking boots.


Other

  • Headlamp.
  • Pills against motion-sickness for the boat sail, in case you're especially sensitive.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Optional: trekking poles.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.

Jörg Bonner

Jörg Bonner is an austrian landscape photographer and keen traveler. Inspired by his grandfather’s love for the mountains he found his way towards a more adventurous life in his mid-twenties. Since then he has spent an ever increasing amount of time travelling the seven continents, looking for the perfect spot to set up his tripod. Mountains are by far his favourite subject and thus it comes as no surprise that he keeps coming back to Patagonia’s epic landscapes - and even after five consecutive years his fascination for the towering peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks is as strong as on the first day.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of €2690. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 75% refund (not including deposit) will be given up to 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.


Disclaimer

Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
The sail in Grey Glacier is dependent on both weather conditions and a minimum number of participants, and so is not certain.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return. 
Important: The rules of Los Glaciares National Park prevent any sort of teaching on park grounds. Therefore, while in the park (2 days out of the trip), the workshop will oficially be a photo tour, with the guides acting as group leaders and not tutors. This is unfortunately unpreventable and is true for any person conducting a workshop in Patagonia. Rest assured - the guides will be there with you for the duration of the trip. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me and I'll explain everything.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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AVAILABILITY

17th - 25th April 2019