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Lighthouses Coast of Brittany – France

Landscape Photography Workshop

3rd
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Travel with an experienced Nikon School photography tour guide and
an internationally published Canon travel photographer

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TOUR OVERVIEW

DATES Tuesday 28 July – Sunday 2 August 2020
DURATION 6 days, 5 nights
THEME Landscape Photography
SUITABLE FOR From beginners to experts (details in USEFUL INFORMATION)
PHOTOGRAPHIC GEAR Digital reflex or mirrorless, any brand (details in USEFUL INFORMATION)
PARTICIPANTS Max. 5 participants with 1 guide or
Max. 10 participants with 2 guides
TUTORS Gabriele Lorenzini and Laurie Noble
PRICE Now on offer for the same price as last year: 2.730 €
Price guaranteed and blocked for registration by 12/30/19

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WHAT YOU WILL PHOTOGRAPH IN THIS PHOTO TOUR

 

… and many other locations far from the usual tourist routes and often unknown, which you will discover during the journey!

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PHOTO TOUR DAILY SCHEDULE

 

Day 1 – Arrival and Pointe Saint Mathieu Lighthouse

On your first day in France, we’ll meet you at 3 pm in the arrival hall of Brest airport (BES).
Our tour operator will help you find the best solution for travel and will give you all the information you need to reach the meeting point.

Once together we will accomodate at our hotel and hold a briefing to prepare for the next shooting sessions.

We will then have an early dinner and move to the location chosen for the first sunset, Pointe Saint Mathieu Lighthouse, to take advantage and shoot in the best hours of light.

The restaurants in this area indeed close quite early and it will not be possible to find a restaurant open at 10.30 pm when we return from the sunset session.
Therefore this will basically be the meal plan: a light breakfast before dawn, a full breakfast on the return from dawn, a light lunch at midday and an early dinner before going out to photograph the sunset.
Our guides will however be available to satisfy any need of the participants.

After sunset we will be able to evaluate based on the weather conditions whether to stay in the field for a night photography session for Milky Way and Startrails or to return to the hotel to rest.
Each participant can decide independently whether to participate in the night photography session or return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Brest
 


 

Day 2 – Brest, Petit Minou and Kermorvan Lighthouses

On the second day of your Photo Tour, we will start the day photographing at dawn in one of the most iconic locations of Brittany: Petit Minou Lighthouse.

Before dawn our tutors will offer a quick breakfast and coffee to find the energy to photograph, and after dawn you will have the opportunity to have a full breakfast in our hotel.

After breakfast there will be a few hours to rest.

Lunch will be in a restaurant not far from the hotel and in the early afternoon we will visit Brest city center and a small biscuit factory which produces the typical Breton biscuits called “Palette” and “Galette”.

We will then have an early dinner and move to Kermorvan Lighthouse, the location chosen for the sunset.

Accommodation: Brest
 


 

Day 3 – Ile Vierge Lighthouse, Menez Ham beach, Pontusval Lighthouse and Ploumanac’h Lighthouse

This day sunrise will be optional and we will evaluate whether to shoot based on weather conditions and previous sessions.

However, it will be a day full of interesting things to see and photograph.

In the morning we will head to the Ile Vierge Lighthouse and the nearby Phare de L’île Wrac’h.

Then we will walk and photograph the Menez Ham beach, where there is also the reconstruction of an ancient Breton village.

We will photograph the Pontusval Lighthouse and finally we will move for the sunset at the Ploumanac’h Lighthouse.

After sunset we will be able to evaluate based on the weather conditions whether to stay in the field for a night photography session for Milky Way and Startrails or to return to the hotel to rest.

Accommodation: Perros-Guirec
 


 

Day 4 – House between the rocks, Cap Fréhel, Pointe du Grouin and Mont Saint-Michel

At dawn we will photograph in the beautiful pink granite coast, then we will deserve a good breakfast and some rest at the hotel.

In the late morning we will begin to move towards Mont Saint-Michel, visiting several very particular locations in the area.
First we will stop to photograph the House between the rocks and the nearby Pointe Chateau.

We will then continue to Cap Fréhel and Pointe du Grouin, finally we will arrive at Mont Saint-Michel in the afternoon.

After settling into the hotel and having dinner we will visit this incredible island city both day and night with a special entrance ticket.
We will photograph this important site both from inside and from outside, looking for the best observation points of the bay.

After sunset we will be able to evaluate based on the weather conditions whether to stay in the field for a night photography session for Milky Way and Startrails or to return to the hotel to rest.

Accommodation: Pontorson
 


 

Day 5 – Pen Hir Point, Baie des Trépassés, Locronan, Pointe Croix and Pointe du Raz

After photographing the sunrise again at Mont Saint-Michel, we will have breakfast and rest at the hotel.
In the morning we will leave in the direction of Pointe du Raz.
Even today, the day will be organized with several stops to visit and stop the most interesting places.
Some of these will be landscape locations such as Pen Hir Point and Baie des Trépassés.

But there will also be some perfectly preserved typical Breton villages such as Locronan and Pointe Croix.

After having settled in the hotel and having dinner, we will head to Pointe du Raz to photograph the picturesque sunset over the Phare de la Vieille.

Accommodation: Audierne
 


 

Day 6 – Pointe du Van and Departure

Your last day in the beautiful Brittany, will start by shooting the sunrise at Pointe du Van.

After breakfast when you luggage is packed we will drive for about 1 hour to Brest airport. This is where the tour ends. We hope you have great memories and fantastic photographs.

ORGANIZATION OF AIR FLIGHTS

 
The meeting point is at 3 pm on the first day of the trip in the arrival hall of Brest airport (BES), where teachers will be ready to welcome you upon your arrival.

The Travel Agency and the teachers are available to advise on the flight that best suits the needs and the place of departure of each participant.

Contact us to receive additional information about flights.

PRICE AND REGISTRATION

Now on offer for the same price as last year: 2.730 €

Price per person double occupancy
Registration deposit: 500 €
Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date
Price guaranteed and blocked for registration by 12/30/19

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PRICE INCLUDES:

 

    Before departure

  • Payment in installments without any price increase, to allow you to plan payments better.
  • Travel preparation aid: receiving all the useful information by email several weeks before the trip.
  • Teachers will be available immediately after registering to answer any doubts or requests, both on the organization of the trip and on photographic equipment.
  • Our exclusive Shooting Techniques Manual to start learning new concepts, shooting techniques and post-production even before the Tour.
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    During the Tour

  • All transportation in comfortable minivans for the duration of the trip.
  • 5 nights in hotel – twin rooms with separate beds and private bathroom.
    If you travel alone and do not choose a single room (available with a supplement), you can share the room with one of the other participants.
  • Individual and continuous assistance from the teachers of the Photo Workshop for the duration of the trip, 24 hours a day.
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    After the Tour

  • Group reserved on Facebook to continue the interaction with the teacher upon return from the Tour: you will be able to publish your photos and receive comments and advice from the teacher to further improve your technique.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 

  • Flight tickets to and from France (Marseilles airport).
  • Personal health insurance with repatriation. (required)
  • Meals. Everyone will be free to decide every time what to eat. We estimate a cost of around € 300 for the whole trip.
  • Single room supplement (510 €).
  • Trip cancellation insurance (optional).
  • Photographic equipment, notebooks and accessories.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the “price includes” section.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed or 60 days before the start of the tour. All communication regarding the trip will be by e-mail.
If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total, minus 100 € administration fee.
If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
– Within 30 days of the start of the tour you will be refunded 50% of the total cost
– Less than 30 days before the start of the trip no refund will be granted.
Refunds will be paid by bank transfer.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

DISCLAIMER

Activity Level: Easy – Short walks over mostly level ground.
The tour itinerary is always dependent on weather, as the weather can indeed be unpredictable.

PHOTO TOURS MANAGEMENT

Vista Photo Tours
via San Donato 149
40127 – Bologna (BO) – Italy
VAT: IT02445160399
Phone: +39 339 8723878
Website: www.vistaphototours.com
Email: info@vistaphototours.com

AUTHORISED TRAVEL AGENCY

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Via Soldato Anselmo, 4
12080 – Monasterolo Casotto (CN) – Italy
VAT: IT03405540042
Phone: +39 349 1082377
Website: www.puntoviaggio.com
Email: luca@puntoviaggio.com

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USEFUL INFORMATION

After the registration you will receive by email the Travel Program and all useful information.
You will also be placed in a reserved group on Facebook where you can talk with the teachers to prepare yourself for the trip.

Discover the most useful information on our Photo Tour by clicking on the sections below:

The accommodations are of excellent quality: all the hotels have been tested in previous trips.
5 nights in 3* hotels in twin rooms with separate beds and private bathroom.

If you do not have companions and do not choose a single (it carries a surcharge and is not always available), you can share the room with one of the other participants.

Contact us if you want more information on this aspect of the trip.

Activity Level: Easy – Short walks over mostly level ground.

Participation in this Photographic Tour is recommended for those who already have a minimum basic preparation, ie those who know how to shoot in Manual mode, are familiar with the use of ISO, timing and aperture, has a good knowledge of the camera menu.
Having these notions will allow you to take advantage of all the photographic opportunities that will arise and to better assimilate all the intermediate and advanced concepts that our teachers will explain to you.
A few weeks before the trip you will receive our exclusive Teaching Preparation Manual to begin learning new concepts, shooting techniques and post-production even before the trip and you will have exclusive access to our video post-production tutorials with Lightroom and Photoshop .
The very limited number of participants enables continuous interaction with the teachers, who can help and advise you at any time, but we cannot guarantee that you will have the opportunity to explain the basics of photography.

Not sure if this photo trip is right for you? Contact us and talk directly with the teachers of the Workshop.

You can participate with any brand of camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, etc.): despite being Nikon School, in almost all of our Workshops there are also participants with other camera brands, so our teachers will be perfectly able to help you with your camera settings.

To participate in the Workshop the following equipment is required:

  • SLR or mirrorless camera (any make and model)
  • Any lens
  • Tripod
  • Remote control / Remote shooting
  • 1-2 spare batteries
  • Enough memory cards to hold at least 1500 photos (or a notebook to download the photos, but it is better to have enough cards for the whole trip)

Before departure we will send you an email with all the useful information about the most suitable equipment for this trip and our buying guides for tripods and filters, which will help you understand if it is appropriate to improve the your photographic kit. If you don’t want to wait, you can immediately get the guides by clicking on the banner at the bottom of this page.

  • Wide-angle lens with the possibility of mounting filters (approximately 14-17 mm minimum focal length on full frame)
  • Bright wide-angle lens for night-time (eg 14mm f2.8 on full frame)
  • Medium zoom lens (eg 24-70 mm or 24-120 mm on full frame)
  • Telephoto zoom lens (eg 70-200 mm or even more on full frame)
  • Photographic filters (circular polarizer, ND, GND, etc.)
  • Cleaning kit with pump, microfibre cloth, small brush

Before departure we will send you an email with all the useful information about the most suitable equipment for this trip and our buying guides for tripods and filters, which will help you understand if it is appropriate to improve the your photographic kit. If you don’t want to wait, you can immediately get the guides by clicking on the banner at the bottom of this page.

The weather and the temperatures of the period are usually the typical summer ones, with lows around 15-20°C and highs even above 30°C.
We will avoid being outdoors in the central hours of the day, also because they are less interesting to photograph, and we will shoot especially at dawn and sunset.

A few days before the start of the workshop, consult the weather to assess the most suitable clothing both day and night, considering that at dawn and at night it will be cool enough.

Before departure we will send you an email with lots of detailed information on the most suitable clothing and accessories for this trip.

Since we will load all the luggage in the cars, it is important to limit the size of the luggage as much as possible, also in consideration of the short duration of the trip.
We recommend using a suitcase or duffel bag of about 100 liters of capacity (about 80 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm), in addition to the photo backpack.

Valid Passport with at least 2 blank pages. Tourist VISA not required for stays under 90 days. We advise to check your own country immigration laws to ensure you have the right to travel to France.

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WHAT MAKES OUR PHOTO TOUR SO SPECIAL?

 
In our Travel and Workshops you will be constantly followed by teachers who will help you at all times during all shooting sessions.
In this way you can immediately learn new shooting and post-production techniques to get the most out of your photos.
From several weeks before the trip, with all the information to prepare you better, up to post-Workshop tutoring via Facebook and email, we will be at your complete disposal to send you all our knowledge .

FOCUS OF THE WORKSHOP

 

  • Landscape photo composition guidelines
  • Understand and predict weather and light conditions
  • Give a personal interpretation to the landscape
  • Shooting techniques for night photography (Milky Way, Startrails)
  • Using the polarizing filter
  • Long exposures with ND (Neutral Density) filters
  • Use of GND graduated plate filters
  • Settings and techniques for proper exposure

  • Correctly interpret the RGB histograms
  • Get the highest possible sharpness
  • Avoid the blur
  • Better settings for focusing
  • Focus stacking
  • Multiple exposures with manual bracketing
  • Panoramic photos
  • Innovative techniques for digital noise reduction
  • Basic and advanced post-production

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TEACHERS AND COORDINATORS OF THIS TOUR

 

Gabriele Lorenzini

Professional photographer specializing in travel and landscape

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Laurie Noble

Professional photographer specializing in travel and landscape

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As always a guarantee for Vista trips and workshops. Excellent level of teachers who provide excellent technical and photographic support. Trip well organized in every detail. The relationship with all the participants is always fantastic. A wealth of remarkable technical-photographic experience, constant growth, fun and a great desire to repeat the experience in a new fantastic location are always back at home.

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I have to say only THANK YOU, a journey that gave me so much, both on a personal level but above all on a photographic level: I clarified many doubts and learned things I didn’t know, Gabriele was a great teacher! Council absolutely Photo Courses: seriousness and quality at will!

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This trip to Brittany is the third with the Vista Team (first Iceland and then Ireland West). By now a guarantee for a perfect photographic vacation with a logistical and organizational model resulting from professionalism across the board, ranging from the choice of photographic spots to the choice of accommodation facilities. All this requires targeted inspections where the team evaluates in advance every aspect of what will then be offered during the trip. This trip to Brittany therefore offered fantastic photographic spots as well as spectacular landscape visions, once on the field the punctual briefing where we were shown the location with suggestions on the best views, the direction of the sun for sunrise and sunset, compositional advice and technical advice on the optimal setting of the reflex. Vista guides impeccable. All this combined with a wonderful company with people who have never missed moments of pure fun. A beautiful photographic journey that I highly recommend! I hope to see you soon.

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Also this time the Vista experience was invaluable. Trip organized very well, the best photographic locations. This is now the umpteenth trip with Vista guides and every time I bring home new knowledge and improve my shots thanks to their teachings. the top company. Rated 10 and praise

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Traveling with Vista is revealed from time to time a great experience from the photographic and human point of view, being now several years that between trips abroad and workshops in Italy I know Vista guides.
Two great professionals who make all their knowledge of landscape photography available to participants, thanks to which my way of photographing has improved a lot and from time to time I enrich my personal knowledge.
To this we add their sympathy and very pleasant company that make each trip an unforgettable experience from all points of view.
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Now the team is tested, Vista guides excellent tutors and wonderful traveling companions always attentive to the needs of the participants. This tour in Brittany made me discover places that were new and beautiful to me in a relaxed atmosphere that is really a real vacation but still managed to keep the photographic part in the foreground. Excellent as always.

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Fantastic trip, visit the most beautiful lighthouses in Brittany plus other extraordinary locations! Outdated expectations.

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An unforgettable journey. Gabriele, our photographic guide, proved unsurpassed. Patient and always available. A truly unique experience.

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In short: organization (before, during and after) punctual and efficient + breathtaking views and situations + logistic arrangements and transfers OK + varied company + technical-photographic assistance level = an excellent photographic journey: 10+.

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Brittany is a very beautiful place.
The locations chosen for beautiful photo shoots.
Professional organization, but not heavy and bureaucratic.
The advice and information provided, both on the shooting points and the way to shoot, very precious.
Final judgment: All OK.

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Excellent organization (lessons, trips, schedules, lunches (all excellent except one))
Dedication to students: permanent (24/7 I would say).
Purpose of the workshop: fully successful.
Thanks Vista guides!

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Beautiful journey, pleasant and instructive. Very well organized and managed.

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UNMISSABLE!!! This trip took us to the exploration of the most suggestive locations of the Breton coast! Excellent selection of lighthouses, all very well inserted within the natural context! Overall, a very well organized trip that really suits everyone! Excellent company and above all very good masters. Vista, always a guarantee 😉

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Excellent photographic experience in places not frequented by the usual tourists with the accompaniment of Gabriele … excellent choice also of the hours to photograph at sunrise and sunset …

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Very well organized even in the presence of an AirFrance strike at the start. Transfers and photographic places up to expectations. Availability in every situation. An experience to be repeated. Best regards

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