The Flores Photographic Experience 2016 is about uncovering hidden locations and bringing fresh new travel images to the world. Led by Pedro Ferrão Patrício and Ben McRae in Flores Island, Azores, Portugal, this experience is devoted to picture making. You can be at any stage of your photographic journey to make the most of this island's beautiful countryside. This trip is about getting you out there to see the sights, to be in the best locations at the best time of day and framing what you feel. This is our goal, the tuition if needed is just a bonus!
Despite the fact that Flores is an uncrowded place, we will be visiting locations that do not appear on any other itinerary. This is where previous scouting missions will come in handy, it is these hidden gems that have been passed down from locals will come to the fore. We will discover something new whilst also covering the more popular landmarks too.
We will be limited to a group of 8.That's you, 5 others and your two photographic guides. You will be able to move about freely and never have the feeling of shooting in a crowd. this small group works well as it allows us to bounce ideas and angles, as well as allowing us to provide you with one on one tuition if you would like it. We will implement various styles of shooting whilst on the road and if you are not already using off camera flash or filters in your photography we will spend as much time as we can on integrating these techniques into your repertoire. There will also be post production seminars on some of our evenings to get your skills up to speed and for you to learn a few new tricks.
We are looking for the best light, but it cannot be guaranteed. We will try to get you everything that is outlined in our plan, but we cannot deliver miracles. If the light is not working we will just have to make do, which can mean sitting back, making another plan and getting on with life. The images will not just roll onto your memory cards, you will have to work for them and you have to be motivated each day to work towards that.
There is also a lot of very early mornings that come with this experience. We will strive to spend the clear nights out and about when possible to try our hand at astrophotography, startrails and light painting. If opportunities present themselves we will also strive to let you photograph some of the locals and their way of life, this is after all an expeience so we want you to head away with having a great one at that!
You will be with like-minded people who have the same goals as you, so if you have this in mind and think you fit into this mould 100%, then We are sure you will end up having some amazing experiences. You will learn something new, you will get the images that you hope for and most of all you will have definitely earned that nice cold comforting drink at the end of each day.
You will be taken beyond the borders of the usual tourist sights. You will see and experience a side of this beautiful island that others rarely experience. Volcanic lakes, waterfalls and spectacular vistas is what Flores is about. It's a land created in a violent upheaval. Luscious green hills dropping dramatically away off steep cliffs that are illuminated by passing shards of light. The Atlantic Ocean will draw you in at every corner. Stunning blues, off shore islands, abundant sea life and spectacular seascapes pull at every string of a landscape photographers being. Which ever direction we will take you whilst crossing the island we will be rewarded with endless photographic opportunities.
Flores Photographic Experience 2016
Where: Flores Island, Azores, Portugal When: From the 1st to the 7th of August 2016 Availability: maximum of 6 people (first in first served) Included: Accomodation in double occupancy, breakfasts and packed lunches, 4 dinners, car rental, gas and boat trip around the island Tuition: Pedro Ferrão Patrício and Ben McRae
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.