PATAGONIA(ARGENTINA)

MARCH 23RD-31ST 2019

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Come join me for a once in a lifetime photography adventure to the wild and beautiful side of Argentinian Patagonia. Los Glaciares National Park is in my opinion the most beautiful park in the whole region of Patagonia and is a hiker’s dream with beautiful trails that are far less crowded than it renown rival Torres Del Paine National Park. The scenery is incredibly photogenic an oasis for those who seek that feeling of wilderness and freedom.


 This 9 days-8 nights photo workshop is only for hiking lovers and experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness. Amateur & professionnal photographers are welcome to join and can both expect to be challenged. However, it is required to know your manual mode and how to change your settings.


 I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 4-6 people. The goal is to make this a trip a memory of a lifetime and to teach you skills that you can carry with you for the rest of your life!

Itinerary :

 

DAY 1 (March 23rd)

Meet up in El Chalten, check in at our Hostel/Guest House starting at 2pm, Welcome Dinner at restaurant & briefing. 

Day 2 (March 24rd)

Breakfast, preparation for our first 3-day trek , quick stop at the grocery store to complete our food prep. After lunch we will walk to the trailhead and start our hike to the first campground. (4km, 1.30h-2h00, uphill + flat) After setting up our tents we will go to a nearby location for sunset. Dinner at the campsite after sunset.

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DAY 3 (March 25th)

After breakfast at the campsite, it’s time to pack our tents and continue our way towards the next campsite (5km, 1h00, mostly flat), where we’ll spend the next  night. We’ll have plenty of time to scout around after a quick lunch together, then we’ll reach our sunset location and come back to the campsite for dinner.

DAY 4 (March 26th)

On the fourth day we’ll get up early, have a quick breakfast and hike up to our sunrise location, an amazing lake right below Mount Fitz Roy (2km approx 1.30h, uphill).  We will stay in the area for the whole morning to practice lifestyle shots and take maximize the incredible scenery. After lunch near the lake we will head back down and take some well-needed rest at the campsite. After our sunset shooting nearby we’ll have dinner.

DAY 5 (March 27th)

On day 5, after sunrise shoot and breakfast, we will pack our stuff and hike back down to the first campsite where we’ll have lunch and continue to El Chalten (8km, 2h00 approx). We’ll recharge batteries, secure our photos on external hard drives and relax for the rest of the day.

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DAY 6 (March 28th)

 After a late Breakfast we will do some post-processing. I show my personal techniques and spend some time individually with each participant. In the afternoon we will do food shopping four our second trek and head to our sunset location (3 hours return)

DAY 7 (March 29th)

 After breakfast, we will start walk to the trailhead and start our hike to the campground. (10km approx.  3h30-4h30, uphill + flat)After setting our tents we will go to a nearby location for sunset. The will be an option to shoot astrophotography if the sky is clear.

Day 8 (March 30th)

 Sunrise will be very close to our campsite with many compositions to choose from, including river, trees and a lake right below the mountains. After breakfast we will pack and hike back to El Chalten (10km 3h00-4h00, mostly flat). After check-in at our hostel we will have lunch and one last post-processing session. We will have one last dinner together.

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Day 9 (March 31st)

There will be a two sunrise options depending on the group departure’s schedule. We will be back in town around noon for those who need to take the 13h00 bus back to El Calafate.

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What you will learn :

Landscape photography : Composition, Depth of field, panoramas, long exposure photography, night photography, focus stacking

Knowing your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field

Travel and lifestyle photography : telling a story, composing your shots, interacting with your subject 

Post-processing (80% Adobe Lightroom + 20 %Photoshop) + personal techniques

Creative editing, Dodge & Burning, Creating a mood, Processing Panorama, Wrapping, Presets

 Social media strategies and how to build your brand online

 Packing for a landscape photography trip

What's included?

On-field tuition

Post-Processing classes

Accommodation for 4 nights (4-6 beds dorm or house with shared rooms) Additional fees apply for double or private room

Camping for 4 nights

Goodbye Dinner (excluding drinks)

My personal preset package

What's not included?

Flights from and to El Calafate

Bus from and to El Calafate

Personal travel insurances, including camera gear and trip cancellation

Camera gear

All Camping gear

Food

Storage for luggage fee

COST : 3295$ USD

DEPOSIT : 825 $ USD

Patagonia is a sacred place to me and I want to make sure everyone understand the challenges, requirements and risks related to attending my workshop. For this reason I will read carefully and hand pick all applications to make sure our group is only composed of people that are experiences and prepared for it. All applicants will be notified if they’ve been chosen or not within 7 business days. Successful applicants will have 3 days to make the deposit via Paypal and secure their spot. Please refer to the FAQ below this form for additional information.

fill the application below to apply

-Applications close on February 15th-.

Name *
Name
I have read, understood and accepted the Terms and Conditions *
I have done at least 5 multi-day hikes in self-sufficiency *
I have the fitness to participate to this workshop and I have no medical condition that would prevent my participation in the program. *

FAQ 

What are the Terms and conditions of this workshop?

You can find them HERE

I want to apply but I’m not sure if I have the right fitness/experience for it, can I apply anyway?

Yes you can! Please put as much information as possible. If you prefer, you can email me at mydetoxtravel@gmail.com with all your questions/concerns.

Where does the workshop start? What airport would I fly into?

The workshop begins in El Chalten. We will meet at our hostel. You should fly to El Calafate (Airport code FTE)

Where does the workshop end? What airport would I need to fly out of?

The workshop ends in El Chalten, You should fly from El Calafate (Airport code FTE)

How do I get to El Chalten from El Calafate, from El Chalten to El Calafate?

There are several buses and private transport that go from El Calafate to El Chalten daily. Some of them leave directly from airport and other from therein bus terminal in town. Take note that March is low season, there are fewer options so be sure to book and organize in advance. Here are websites where you can find informations and book your bus/private transfer.

https://www.elchalten.com/v4/en/busses-to-el-chalten.php

http://www.aeropuertoelcalafate.com/en/services.php

How difficult are the hikes/treks on this workshop?

The hikes are in majority moderate to challenging. It is required to be fit to participate to this workshop and I also recommended doing some training at least 2 months before. We will work together as a group, helping each other and making sure everyone makes it up to the best possible views. 

Do you need trekking experience to attend this workshop?

Absolutely. It is required to have done at least 5 multi-day backpacking trips before the workshop. During both backpacking trips you will need to prepare and carry your own food, camping gear and camera gear. You’ll need to be 100% self-sufficient

What do I need to carry during the backpacking trips?

You will need to carry all your camping gear, camera gear and food. This workshop is for people that are able to be self-sufficient during overnight trips of at least 3 nights. You will be guided on what do bring and how to pack your backpack with short videos sent to you before the trip to help you prepare.

What food should should I bring?

Bringing food from home at least for our first 4-day trip is the best option. Supermarkets are extremely small and are very limited in their selection. I suggest bringing dehydrated meals, nuts, protein bars and other high-energy foods which can’t be found in El Chalten. For our second 2-day trip we will have plenty of time for food shopping the day before so it is up to you.

How much does a single/double occupation supplement room cost?

Depending on our accommodation and if there is availability for a single room at our hostel, the cost is $300 USD extra per room for 2 nights at the hostel. Our guest house will have the option of single rooms depending on the number of participants. This is based on a first come first serve basis based on room availability at our accommodations.

What can I expect in terms of the weather?

Patagonia is known to have some of the most fierce weather in the world. It is not uncommon to experience 80-100 mph winds on a trip to this region of the world. In addition, Patagonia is home to a massive number of glaciers, which help create their own weather systems. While this combination can make for some challenging situations, it is also why this region of the world is so popular with photographers. Dramatic weather means dramatic light which can provide incredible photographic opportunities along the way.

What if the weather is extremely bad?

Weather conditions in El Chalten can change extremely rapidly. I personally got some of my best shots going outside in bad weather and waiting for the sky to clear or the light to change. In Patagonia, it is always worth going outside and wait. In the improbable case that weather conditions are so extreme that we can’t go out and shoot, we will stay at our hostel and do more post-processing. 

What kind of wildlife might we see?

While this trip is mostly focused on landscape photography, we should have a wide variety of wildlife photographic opportunities that could include; Guanaco, Patagonian Fox, Andean Condor, Caracara, Rhea and possibly Puma (specifically in Torres del Paine National Park.

What size is the group?

It will be between 4-6 people. If the group is larger than 4 I will have an assistant that is also a professional photographer and videographer. He will help me with the tuition so everyone can have as much attention as possible. He will also be able to teach time lapses and videography if needed.

Will you provide any information on what to bring (camera gear, clothes, accessories)?

Absolutely! You will be given a PDF with a ton of information about what to bring and how to prepare.

Check out my article on SONY ALPHA UNIVERSE below to learn more about landscape photography in Patagonia

https://alphauniverse.com/stories/the-landscape-photographer-s-guide-to-the-edge-of-the-world/