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METEORA PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP


A 3-day photography trip at the majestic scenery of Meteora with the monolithic vertical cliffs topped with Byzantine monasteries. Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. A truly inspiring and sensational photography setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this photo workshop  is much more than merely capturing an exquisite landscape. It is a great chance to view and depict the pilgrimage to this holy place, for all Christians around the world.

Small group size up to 6

 

 

 

PRICE:  690 24-26 March, 14-16 APRIL & 19-21 MAY 2018

THE WORKSHOP

Meteora as a photography destination, offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. A truly inspiring and sensational photography setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this photo workshop  is much more than merely capturing an exquisite landscape. It is a great  chance to sense and depict the pilgrimage to a holy place,  that has become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed, for all Christians around the world.

So, the objective of this photo workshop is mainly  landscape & cultural photography with some portaiture chances.  Under the guidance of our seasoned, National Geographic’s past associated photographer, Nikos Kokkas, we’ll have  a lot of good hands-on photography instruction, integrated talks, edit-and-critique sessions, and photo assignments into each day’s schedule. The experience includes the joy of the company, traditional guesthouse acoomodation, good food, fascinating places to be and time to have fun and relax.

The idea throughout your photography travel workshop is to have daily photo shoots that we can view and discuss at the end of the day.

Although Nikos will provide technical tips and tricks throughout the duration of your photography trip, the workshop will emphasize on what makes images interesting rather than simply technically correct. Provisions will be made so that we may download and quick-view images on a daily basis. Nikos will be available to comment on your images individually to review the photos taken by all participants, to discuss them technically and aesthetically, and to explore post-processing options.

Upon registering, you will be contacted by the instructors via e-mail. You will be sent a short questionnaire and a multiple choice test to establish your skill level as well as your photographic needs and wants. This will help instructors prepare for individual counselling.

 

Day 1 Saturday

We are happy to meet all together in Athens early in the morning to start with our van, our 4 hours journey to Meteora. During our drive, we will have the opportunity to know each other and this first contact, will bring with it an array of questions, queries and answers in preparation for the surprises that our photography trip will give us.  As soon as we settle in at the hotel, we will enjoy some local food in one of the traditional tavernas around. Then the afternoon is all ours to capture the sublime scenery. A scenery composed by the unique formations of the giant suspended sand-rocks of Meteora. Meteora rock pillars are topped with Byzantine monasteries that echo the nun chants to create an eerie atmosphere in their isolated and steep standing. Millions of opportunities for superb landscape photography as we capture the scenery from all possible perspectives from bottom up to the top of the rock pillars for a panoramic spectacle.

Each day will be followed by a critique and editing review led by our instructor through exchanging infos of our shots over our photography assignments.

Day 2 Sunday
The second day of our photography  trip will be divided between visiting the monasteries and some more selective shots of the landscape. We will focus on monasteries’ life – wherever we are allowed to– as evolved in time, mingling with pilgrims & travelers from all over the world and taking the opportunity for some intriguing photography compositions and themes.

In the evening, a farewell dinner is a great chance for an overall review of our photography trip.

Day 3 Monday – Departure
We depart early in the morning to get back to Athens or why not you to continue from there in your next near by destination along with your memories, your perception in photography broadened and your skills refined. Whatever you do, it’ s your choices in life that matters!

WORKSHOP COST:  690

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

– Point of departure for our photography trip is Athens
– Accommodation in Meteora: in the 4* star Grand Meteora Hotel or in a hotel of equal standards depending on the availability of the period
– All transfers with private cars to the referred scheduled places.
– Home made breakfast.
– Proffesional photographer to every photography location.

 

 

profileNikos Kokkas was born in south-western Germany, near Stuttgart in 1972. He grew up in Thessaloniki but his family immigrated to Germany for a second time when he was 15 years old. That functioned in a way as a “new beginning” in his life and that was the point where he started expressing a growing interest on travel and photography simultaneously. He bought his first SLR camera, a Minolta X-700 by the age of 16 and started discovering the endless aspects of light, in colour and B&W. Carrying a camera on a daily basis, it started being obvious how his life would proceed. Self taught and having already travelled a lot in Europe, “camera in hand”, he returned to Greece in 1995, to Athens, with only one aim: to start working as a freelance journalist and photographer.

With a growing economy in the press at the time, and speaking three foreign languages, English, German and a little French, Nikos started producing and publishing his own subjects. His topics which drew inspiration from Greece and other parts of the world ranged from architecture and interior design, to travel and social issues. So far he has produced and published over 60 travel and social issues from Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, U.S.A., Israel, Panama, Zambia, England, Ireland, Oman. He was a member of the Greek edition of National Geographic Magazine, having produced 6 subjects from different places in Greece with a certain point of view. A few years ago, he also developed an interest in portraiture making it a very important part of his work until today. He has collaborated with numerous major Greek magazines and newspapers. Part of his work can be seen on his website www.nikoskokkas.com , on facebook Nikos Kokkas and the facebook group Nikos Kokkas’ Pictures.

He lives in Athens.

 

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NOTES
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are permitted, as long as you cover your shoulders and knees. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are unprepared.

EQUIPMENT
DSLR’s or Mirrorless are preferred with a wide and a telephoto lens. In addition, its recommended you bring a lightweight tripod, extra memory cards and a laptop. Once completing registration, you will be contacted by the photography instructors and you will be sent the full list of the prerequisites.

 

 

METEORA PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP


A 3-day photography trip at the majestic scenery of Meteora with the monolithic vertical cliffs topped with Byzantine monasteries. Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. A truly inspiring and sensational photography setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this photo workshop  is much more than merely capturing an exquisite landscape. It is a great chance to view and depict the pilgrimage to this holy place, for all Christians around the world.

Small group size up to 6

 

 

 

PRICE:  690 24-26 March, 14-16 APRIL & 19-21 MAY 2018

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