Photography Holiday in La Palma

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This photography holiday is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of La Palma, one of the Spain’s Canary islands, while your images are being guided by our tutor Ion Paciu.

  • Dates: 9th March – 16th March 2017
  • Group size: 7 people
  • Price: £1600
  • Accommodation (single occupancy);

  • Breakfasts and dinners;

  • Group Airport Transfers;

  • All transport during the course to the shooting locations;

  • Professional hiking guide to one of the shooting locations;

  • Photography tuition (5 full days).

  • Flights;

  • Visa (if needed);

  • Food outside of the package.

What will we do?

If you love exploring new places and learning as you shoot, this photography holiday will be a memorable experience. The photography modules will consist of a variety of photography styles, including landscape photography, star gazing & starry (night) photography, and flower & nature photography. We will finish by reviewing the images we have taken and developing post production skills. We understand that you won’t want to spend your whole holiday looking through a lens, so you will of course have a bit of down time to relax too!

Here are some locations we’ll be visiting:

Once believed to be a colossal crater, Caldera de Taburiente is a 10km expanse of mountains that reach up over 2km from the “crater” floor. Within the park, a forest of pine trees follows the valley out to sea, leading to views of tree-tops as far as the eye can see!
Its location also gives Caldera de Taburiente an impressive view of the clouds and morning mist as they fill the “crater”, making you feel as though you’re standing above the clouds and making way for incredible, mystical photographs. See more images here www.photoion.co.uk/blog/a-trip-to-la-palma-canary-islands-spain
The tallest point in La Palma, standing at over 2400 meters, Roque de los Muchachos offers an unparalleled view of the island. Its height also makes it perfect for Starry Sky photography, a fact emphasised by the collection of massive telescopes operated by the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. The Observatory is widely regarded as the second-best place in the Northern Hemisphere for optical and infrared astronomy. And rightly so! The elevation and location allows for spectacular clear skies, and stunning night photography. See more images here www.photoion.co.uk/blog/a-trip-to-la-palma-canary-islands-spain
Starting at the centre of the Island, Cumbre Vieja National Park is home to a variety of volcanos, including many that have erupted in the last century. This area offers a glimpse at a variety of lava flows, from prehistoric to modern. The park is home to a variety of protected plant and animal species, and the volcanic environment provides a great backdrop for the vibrant flora and wildlife of the park. See more images here www.photoion.co.uk/blog/a-trip-to-la-palma-canary-islands-spain
Puerto Naos is a small town on the west coast of the island, and is where we will be staying during the trip. It is also home to the best black sand beach on La Palma, a location that will provide ample opportunities for unusual and striking images. See more images here www.photoion.co.uk/blog/a-trip-to-la-palma-canary-islands-spain
Photo of the starry night sky and rock in la palma

What you need to know

Flights are not included in the cost of this trip, so please book your flight separately. On the first day of the holiday the transfer from the airport at La Palma (Canary islands, Spain) will be at 3.30pm, so make sure your flight arrives in good time. On return to the UK, our hotel transfer will arrive at the airport at 12.30pm so book a flight which gives enough time for check-in and security.
If you are coming from London there is a direct flight from London to La Palma operated by Thomson Airways. Also there are some convenient connection flights through Madrid operated by British Airways and Iberia.
We’ll stay in lovely sea-view rooms at Sol La Palma, a beachfront hotel in Puerto Naos. The hotel has several swimming pools, a gym, tennis court, professional star-gazing facilities, and spa. You can rent bikes to explore the island in your free time or go scuba diving just opposite the hotel. The location has easy and convenient access to most of our places of interest.

This is our brief agenda for the week:

Arrival, check-in and preparation for the next day.

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We’ll spend the entire day in La Taburiente National Park for landscape photography workshop.

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We head to the top of Roque de los Muchachos and enjoy the view in different stages of light. Here we will stay until night to practice night/starry sky photography.

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Free day to spend at your leisure. We suggest some rest before hiking the following day!

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 Today we go hiking with a professional guide through the Cumbre Vieja National Park for more landscape photography. The best views can only be reached on foot, but walks can be adjusted according to the group needs.

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On day six we’ll visit a beautiful tropical garden for nature photography opportunities.

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On our final full day we’ll take a look at all of our images and learn post production techniques.

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Say goodbye to your new friends as we make our way to the airport.

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How to book

Spaces on the photography holiday 2017 are limited. To book your place email hello@photoion.co.uk

You will be required to secure a place with a £500 deposit, and full payment must be made before 1st December 2016.

Our Students Testimonials

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“I don’t think it would be possible to find a more energetic, knowledgeable and passionate teacher than Ion. His patience and enthusiasm over our 2 day advanced photography course has allowed me to evolve into a confident photographer. Highly Recommended! Thanks Ion. Harry”

Harry Boothman

“If you want to learn photography, please take my advice and book a course with Ion. I am a city trader and wanted a one to one specialist pro course instructor. In Ion, I found the enthusiasm and expert instruction I required! I’ve learnt a lot, his passion is infectious, take my word use this guy! Mike – Phoenix Partners – City.”

Mike Tambling

“A big thanks for yesterday Ion! You are the most fantastic teacher I’ve ever had in any subject. The passion you have for photography definitely comes across strongly and infects those you teach. It was a fabulous lesson, I learnt a lot, enjoyed myself! Thanks. Highly Recommended!”

Jasna Lukic

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