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Photo-Immersion 2014: Hebridean watercolours
2nd - 8th November 2014

Imagine a place of infinite sand beaches, tidal flats, and endless dunes covered with grass swaying in the wind, waves crashing on deserted shores and in the background, sensual mountains rising from the water... Now, add some of the wildest and most dramatic light conditions you can imagine and a delightful sense of remoteness. That is the Isle of Harris.

During a whole week, we will photograph a constantly changing landscape where the magical brushes of light and weather paint over a canvas of sand, water and grass in this gem of the Outer Hebrides.

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 comfortable hotel from where we will be able to easily reach all our chosen photographic areas and adapt ourselves to the different weather and light conditions.

If there is a place which seems been made for  landscape photographers, it is the Isle of Harris. By far our favourite location in Scotland and one of our preferred places on this planet.

 

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 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.

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 or case studies on the field, and analysed 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 comfortable hotel in the village of Tarbert, 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 8.5 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 Harris, Scotland


Imagine a place of infinite sand beaches, tidal flats, and endless dunes covered with marram grass swaying in the wind, waves crashing on deserted shores and, in the background, sensual mountains rising from the water... Now, add some of the wildest and most dramatic light conditions you can imagine and a delightful sense of remoteness. That is the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

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 Harris becomes one of its strongest representations, the pure essence of what this land has to offer encapsulated in one single place.

Over the last years, we have travelled and photographed extensively in many areas of Scotland, including some iconic places such as the Isle of Skye or Glencoe. As much as we were impressed by these places, nothing had prepared us for the magic and photographic opportunities of the Isle of Harris. This is truly our preferred photographic location in the whole of Scotland.

Part of the Outer Hebrides, Harris faces the open ocean, unprotected from the winds and the fierce waves of the Atlantic, which become the shaping force of the landscape. 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 Outer 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. Photographing in Harris means becoming a hunter of light.

The landscape of Harris is extremely varied and could be defined as a Scotland in miniature. To the East, a rugged coast outlined with rocky islets welcomes the first rays of the sunrise. Inland, a barren landscape of turf, lochans and Lewisian gneiss rock unveils the sombre and almost mystical nature of this ancient land. To the west, some of the best sand beaches of the whole Atlantic beg to be photographed. White and golden sand stretches for kilometres, lined by sand dunes covered with marram grass which sways in the wind providing great photographic opportunities. From the ocean, islands and mountains rise from the water, drawing their sensual rounded shapes against the horizon and offering amazing focal points for photographs.

Talking about Harris is also talking about space, openness, isolation and remoteness. Huge expanses of sand flats, empty beaches, silent bogs and lochans, uninterrupted views stretching over to the horizon and infinite skies... There is a strong sense of magnetism and mysticism permeating this place.

We will be based at a comfortable hotel in Tarbert, South Harris, from where we will have easy and rapid access to all the areas we will photograph, mainly focusing on the coast. 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 - 2nd November - Arrival in Isle of Harris

We will pick you up at Stornoway airport on the first day and transfer you to our cosy hotel which will serve as our base. You should arrive before 5 pm if possible. We will enjoy dinner together, get acquainted and introduce the photographic trip to all participants.

Days 2 to 6 - Isle of Harris and Lewis

During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the isle of Harris and Lewis, conveniently located close to our home base. 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. Most of the landscapes we will photograph nestle on the West coast, so we may focus particularly on the sunsets and late evenings, also planning for some sunrise photography sessions in certain specific locations.

- 07:00 - 9:00          Photographic session at dawn and sunrise

- 09:30 - 10:30        Breakfast at the hotel

- 10:30 - 11:30        Free time and/or critique session

- 11:00 - 14:00        Photographic session

- 14:00                   Packed Lunch

- 15:00 - 17:00        Photographic session at sunset and dusk

- 19:00                   Dinner      

-  20:00                  Free time and/or critique session

Day 7 - 8th November 2014 - Departure

We will have breakfast together and officially end the photographic trip. We will arrange the transfers to Stornoway airport for the early morning, so that participants can easily catch their connecting flights back home.

 

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

- Special workshop session 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 comfortable hotel, on single occupancy basis for all participants (superior rooms)

- All meals

- All non alcoholic drinks

- Transfers from and to the airport at Stornoway

- A free copy of the Electronic book “A photographer’s vision: Scotland” by Rafael Rojas (English version), which will give you an insight of what lies in store!

- 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/Moderate. We will mainly work around sandy beaches, with some dune climbing and walks of 2 km maximum from the car.

Price

3'200 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.

Single Occupancy Supplement

Single Occupancy accommodation in superior rooms is included on this photo trip for all participants.
Couples will be able to share the same room.

Payment details

Deposit of 1'000 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 a comfortable hotel in Tarbert, 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 Harris. 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!

 

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 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 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. He is currently one of the finalists for the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2014.

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 “A photographer’s vision” which he publishes and distributes from his website in different languages as eBooks.

He is 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 is 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!

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 Isle of Harris?
The best way to get to the Isle of Harris is by plane. The company Flybe (www. flybe.com) offers low cost flights to Stornoway (Isle of Harris) from a number of European cities. Otherwise, you can always fly to Edinburgh or London and then catch a domestic flight to the Isle of Harris. Another solution is to catch the ferry at Uist (Isle of Skye, Scotland) with the company Caledonian MacBrayne (http://www.calmac.co.uk/), which goes to Tarbert, Isle of Harris. Bear in mind that the seas can be rough and sometimes the ferries are cancelled due to bad weather. Flying is therefore recommended.

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.

Does Rafael also take photographs during the photo trips?
Yes. For our workshops, 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. However, during our photo trips, like this one, we adopt a less intensive approach, allowing our participants to immerse themselves with plenty of time out in the field on their own. Participants will get a lot of hands on tuition from Rafael during the photographic sessions, and 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 on the field, and later on during the postprocessing and critique sessions, which will take place at our hotel base.

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. 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.

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 Namibia?
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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Aubra Franklin, USA
  • I recently spent 14 incredible days on a photo trip to Namibia with Rafael Rojas an Anca Minican. 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 in the middle of the desert, a dream camping under the acacia trees and the milky way, 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
  • Namibia is without doubt a dream destination for every landscape photographer. 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 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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-Immersion 2014: Hebridean watercolours
    Place: Isle of Harris, Scotland
    Date: 2nd - 8th November 2014
    Price: 3,200 CHF
    Deposit: 1,000 CHF
    Number of Places: 6
    Language: EN, FR
     
    fully booked
     
    phototrip highlights
    Infinite sand beaches, tidal flats, and endless dunes covered with grass swaying in the wind, waves crashing on deserted shores and in the background, the highest mountains of the Outer Hebrides rising from the water.
    Photograph in the dynamic and changeable light of the Outer Hebrides, without doubt possessing some of the most magical and photogenic light conditions in the world.
    Enjoy the sense of remoteness and isolation of the Isle of Harris, 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, the light...
     
    difficulty level: Easy
    photography level: All
     
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