Photo Workshop Sardona

10.-11. October

2 Days / 1 Night

Min 4, Max 8

Fitness-Level: Moderate

The magic area of Segnesboden

The bottom and upper Segnesboden area with its impressive and unique landscape is a real hidden gem among photographers. The region consists of meandering rivers, waterfalls, wild alpine meadows and spiky mountain tops. A swiss landscape that reminds us of other parts of the world. What had begun millions of years ago with the collision of the african onto the european continental plate, formed over the course of time the landscape we see today. Because of its importance from the geological point of view, the tectonic area of Sardona became a UNESCO World Heritage natural site back in 2008.

This unique region offers an ideal venue for our photographic exploration tour. Together, we will visit the most photogenic spots of this place to give you the possibility to capture interesting compositions in the best light possible. We will have enough time to explore and provide you with individual and professional coaching throughout the journey. We are looking forward to giving you the necessary tools for finding your own style in landscape photography.

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What you will learn in this workshop

In this workshop, we would like to give you the opportunity to improve your photographic and technical skills on the camera as well as fostering your creativity. We will use the best light of the day. (Sunrise and sunset)

Subjects we will adress
  • Landscape photography with emphasis on rivers, mountains, meadows, flowers and so on.

  • Taking photographs during sunrise, sunset, blue hour.

  • Dynamic compositions in photography.

  • Using filters.

  • Camera settings in landscape photography (Aperture, Time, ISO)

  • Insights in our processing workflow

  • Feedback and discussions about our taken images.

     

We will shoot primarily in the early morning hours as well as in the afternoon/evening. After shooting there will be the possibility to learn about our processing workflow. We are pleased to give away our knowledge and help you to process your images in an appealing way, using suitable software such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Luminar. We could discuss about:

  • Basic developments in the Raw-Converter in Adobe LR/PS

  • Combining of several exposures for more dynamic

  • Miscellaneous subjects of post processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Itinerary

 

Day 1:

We will meet at 10:00 Am at the lower terminus of the mountain cable car in Flims (In front of the ticket shop). After our greeting we will begin our journey towards the Grauberg cable car station. Two journeys and a short stretch on a well-maintained hiking trail will bring us on a higher altitude. Right on top, we will witness the impressive mountain panorama, which definitely will make us exited about our upcoming exploration. Only a few walking minutes away lies our accomodation, the mountain hut "Segneshütte", where we will have a small refreshment. It's time to do the check-in with the option to leave some unwanted baggage.

We then start with a first discovery tour at Segnesboden, where we will combine hiking, photographing and having a picnic. Later, our journey leads us to a breath-taking viewpoint, which is an ideal location for our sunset mission. This intensive session will give you a great opportunity to capture the soft light on the surrounding mountains and create epic landscape shots. Good weather provided, we will stay until sunset and later make our way down and back to the mountain hut, where a well-deserved dinner will await us. Now it's time to enjoy ourselfs and tell the stories of our little adventure.

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Day 2:

Not far from the hut awaits us the upcoming sunrise, where we capture the first light of the day among the vast mountain landscape. Lots of interesting compositions such as the leading lines and structures of the river will make up for some impressive frames during this golden hour. After completing our sunrise mission, we head back to Segneshütte and enjoy a rich and substantial breakfast.

Once we finish off, it's time to import our taken images and start to do a little post processing session. While we will discuss our taken captures, there will be individual coachings for all participants from Andri and Fabian. At this point, we would like to give you the opportunityi to get some isights on our editing workflow, using some frames of our exploration or even archive footage. At noon, we will leave our mountain hut and start the hike towards the upper cable car station. It is then time to look back on our adventure together and delight once more in our beautiful nature before we say farwell.

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Our accomodation

The new refurbished (2016) mountain hut "Segneshütte" is situated at an altitude of about 2100 meters above sea level. Besides delicious food, comfortable and modern equipped rooms, the hut offers a stunning view on the surrounding alpine world of Graubünden.

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Photo Credits: segneshuette.ch/graubunden.ch

Details and price

Dates:
10-11. October 2020

Price:

CHF 590.-

Participants:

Min 4, Max 8

Deposit:
CHF 200.-

Payment in full:
Until 30. Sept. 2020

Terms of payment and cancellation

A deposit of CHF 200 Francs is to be paid upon time of reservation. The remaining balance is due by the 30. of September 2020. Cancellations of the workshop from the participants before this date will be refunded with 50% of the deposit. Cancellations after this date won't be refunded. Cancellations made by us due to a too small group of participants will be refunded completely. In the rare case of illness of one of the tour guides, the workshop will be held anyway.

Included

  • Accomodation with 4 bed rooms.

  • Breakfast and dinner.

  • Non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Professional Coaching of two tour guides.

  • Sessions and guidance of post processing.

Not included

  • Transport coasts of the mountain railways.
    (You need a return ticket of Sesselbahn Naraus and Luftseilbahn Grauberg.) Learn more.

  • Snacks/Picnic and alcoholic beverages.

  • Twin room (if desired) + CHF 20.-

  • Single ocupancy of a twin room + CHF 105.-
    (Max 2x twin rooms available. First come, first serve.)

Weather and Disclaimer

​We will spent most of the time in the mountains, which means that we are exposed to nature's caprices. Weather can be unpredictable and change fast. Because of this, we ask you to bring suitable clothes and needed equipment according to the weather forecast. Our goal is to send you home with the best possible experience, but our well being and security will always be priority. We cannot be responsible for the weather. If we are unable to visit the planned locations due to uncertain conditions, we will use the time alternatively with more sessions on post processing. Iinsurance is the participants own responsibility.

Recommended gear
  • A camera that offers to capture in manual mode. (Reflex, Bridge, Compact, System)

  • At least one lens. (Recommended are also lenses like a wide angle, middle range as well as a tele lens)

  • Possibly a photo drone.

  • Tripod.

  • Head lamp.

  • Filter for longexposures and so on. (Polarisation, Neutral Density, Gradient) (Several creeks and waterfalls are on the site)

  • Gear and clothes according to weather conditions. We recommend hiking boots.

  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop/Luminar.
     

Physical fitness

Our trip together won't be very demanding physically. However, you should be able to carry all your gear on an easy hike (Max 150 meters in altitude) for approximately 3 hours a day. If you suffer from heart disease, asthma or other kinds of injuries, please don't participate in the workshop.

Tour Guides
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Fabian Hurschler

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Andri Laukas