An advanced workshop of nature photography for a few participants; then, a fairytale atmosphere to concentrate fully on searching Apennine chamois, defined by zoologists “the most beautiful chamois of the world” in the best period of the year. You will live dawns and sunsets, walks and sightings, nights in refuges and days in the most beautiful and less known places of the most ancient protected area of Italy.
Friday 16 November 2018 – Sunday 18 November 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)
Friday 30 November 2018 – Sunday 2 December 2018
Three days for lovers of photography who want to learn or study photographic shooting techniques dedicated to landscapes and blooms. You will have the chance to better your skills and your style thanks to the help of a Nikon Professional Service photographer and thanks to hikes and exercises in the magnificent natural setting of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.
You will be able to take good pictures with a reflex camera (a digital one or an analogical one) and a zoom, such as a 70-200 mm or a 100-400/80-400 mm. To obtain better results, it could be useful to use a telephoto lens between 300 and 500 mm, with the opportunity to add extenders. We always advise you to use a tripod (or, optionally, a unipod); however, during the seminar you could use the equipment provided by the tour leader.
- Choice of camera equipment;
- Advices about photographic shooting;
- How to use natural light;
- Cleaning of camera equipment, recommendations for trips;
- Exposure and focus: how to get the best from your camera;
- How to use creatively the combination of aperture value and shutter speed;
- How to use filters in landscape photography;
Arrival in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila) in the late morning, check in and accomodation of participants in the hotel and introduction of the guide. At 2:00 p.m. departure for a first high-altitude hike until the sunset. Return to the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
After a hearty breakfast in the hotel we will be able to analyse the first pictures. Then, a short transfer by car to reach the Molise region side of Abruzzo National Park and the “Rifugio del Falco” refuge. After the accomodation in the refuge departure for a new high-altitude hike and photo session in a mountain environment. Return in the refuge in the evening, dinner and overnight stay.
During the dawn of Sunday we will concentrate on taking landscape and panorama pictures. A new hike will lead us to the habitat of Apennine chamois and we will reach altitudes between 1800 metres and 2200 metres. After the return in the refuge we will be able to choose and evaluate our pictures. In the evening departure of participants.
Umberto Esposito is a mountain guide entered on the register of Alpine Guides of the Abruzzo Region and a naturalist photographer. He works between Abruzzo and Molise regions where, among the immense beech forests in the mountains or in the meadows, you can still see some extraordinary animal species. At the end of the nineties the encounter with the bears of the valley and the emotion for the first photographs guided him to what has become his job. Growing he has explored and loved these mountains. He is the creator and the director of Wildlife Adventures project and now he tries to convey the emotions he felt when he was young to those who walk along the paths and the mountains of Central Apennines with him. He has published pictures and articles on Oasis, Trekking&Outdoor, DOVE Viaggi, DRepubblica, Speciale “Qui Touring” of Touring Club Italiano. It’s co-author of the project Forestbeat to sustain the nomination of the Apennine beech forests as “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Lazio e Molise.
Guide and organization
Photo tour and lessons
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Extra and personal expenses
Accommodation in a family hotel
We reccomend you to dress in layers. Trekking shoes, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, down jacket, sun protection cream. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.
Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.
You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.