Bavarian Alps: 7-day tour for beginner/intermediate photographers
Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Join Imagine Your World on a 7-day Landscape workshop geared towards beginner to intermediate photographers in Germany’s Bavarian Alps. Photo enthusiasts will have a chance to shoot breathtaking landscape, wildlife, and macro images. Picturesque towns, untamed rivers, wild mountains, and deep lakes wait to be discovered. Our goal is to provide ample opportunities to learn the techniques and tricks professional photographers use to capture simply stunning images. Guidance and hands-on instructions will be available throughout the workshop.
Participants will capture many of the area’s best features at the best times of day. We will spend every moment of good light photographing in the field. When conditions are less perfect, we will discuss post-processing and new techniques to get the most out of RAW files using modern image processing software. This experience is truly not to be missed!
Mittenwald, one of the most beautiful towns in the Bavarian Alps, is located about 66 miles (106 kilometers) south of Munich. The idyllic resort town sits on the footsteps of the Karwendel Mountains, the largest range of the northern limestone Alps. Two mountain lakes, the Lautersee and the Ferchensee, are located west of the town, offering dramatic photo opportunities with the mountain range Wettersteingebirge as a backdrop.
The Leutasch gorge, an ancient landscape of rock, bottomless whirlpools and foaming maelstroms, crosses the border between Austria and Germany. A three kilometer trail offers breathtaking views and a walk on man-made metal gratings with the gorge deep below. Goblins posted at specific points share info on the geology and various rocks formation in the gorge. At the end of the hike, the waterfall trail leads deep into gorge and ends at a 23-meter high waterfall.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is about 20 kilometers away. The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, adds to the setting Bavaria's ritziest mountain town has to offer. The Zugspitz Glacier can be reached by picturesque train journey or more quickly by cable car. South of the peak is the Zugspitzplatt, a high karst plateau with numerous caves. On the flanks of the mountain are three glaciers, including the two largest in Germany: the Northern Schneeferner and the Höllentalferner. The third is the Southern Schneeferner. Both the weather station and the station in the Schneefernerhaus are used to conduct climate research.
The Austrian ski resort of Seefeld, reached in 15 to 20 minutes by car, offers more photo opportunities. The Kaltwassersee near the Hochegg-Alm was built as a water reservoir to produce artificial snow for the Rosshütte skiing area. It offers beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountain ranges.
The following topics will be covered during this 7-day hands-on workshop
- You have a new digital camera - learn how to use it;
- Lenses - what you need to know before you buy;
- Simply better pictures - master the basic roles of composition;
- Painting with light - why you don't always need this perfect blue sky;
- Accessories - how simple tools can help you to become a better photographer;
- Capture the moment - take better pictures during your next vacation;
- The sky is the limit - photography in an alpine environment;
- Get organized - how software can help you to archive and retrieve/find your images.
Bring your gear
It doesn’t matter if own a point-and-shoot or brand-new DSLR camera – bring what you have and learn how to take full control over your gear. If you have some macro, wide angel or zoom lenses, bring them along. A tripod is also very helpful for landscape photography. We do have a limited number of DSLR’s, mirrorless cameras, and SD cards available for rent. If needed, please inquire at the time of booking to make sure one will be available.
Getting to the best spot will often take some hiking. You should be comfortable walking between 10 to 20 kilometers with your photo gear, water and food on nature trails over the course of the day (or night), occasionally with significant elevation gains or drops. You will enjoy the tour best if you bring well fitted, broken in hiking shoes and clothing that can protect you and your gear from the elements. Some energy bars and water will help you to get through the day.
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging, meals, snacks, transportation, and entrance fees are not included in this workshop. The area features many hotels and restaurants from simple bed and breakfast to four-star lodging with half board included. Please consult with your travel agent to find the best fit. We recommend staying in Mittenwald, an idyllic resort town on the footsteps of the Karwendel Mountains.
Reservations are required for all tours.
The price for the 7-day guided tour is US-$1,580 per person.
We will meet on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 10.00 A.M. local time in front of the Tourism Office, Dammkarstrasse 3, 82481 Mittenwald, Germany.
Bernd is an award-winning photographer whose career spans more than 30 years. While working as a full-time journalist and on assignments, images and articles appeared in many national and international publications in Germany and Western Europe.
Bernd has a passion for documentary and landscape photography. He leads expeditions and tours in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and conducts photography workshops and seminars from beginner to Master Class. He is fluent in German and English. While German will be the language of choice during this tour, advice will be available in English if needed.
If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due at the time we receive written notice of your cancellation.
|91 or more days||$25|
|61 to 90 days||$400|
|46 to 60 days||50 percent of trip cost|
|0 to 45 days||100 percent of trip cost|
We strongly recommend buying travel insurance for this tour. If you have to cancel the trip because of illness, injury or death of yourself or an immediate family member, travel or cancellation insurance usually protects all deposits and payments you have made, including third party fees for both air and land cost. Please ask your travel or insurance agent for advice.
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Exploring fascinating places while capturing the moment with one of our renewed photographers – this is what Imagine Your World has to offer. Our workshops, tours and expeditions are designed for photographers of all experience levels. Beginner and intermediate photographers will learn how to get the most out of their existing equipment. Those who seek more intense instructions will prefer a hands-on Master Class, combining work under challenging lighting conditions with daily photo assignments and critique sessions.
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