Adventure in Chamonix 2020 // 14 to 18 August 2020

Aiguille du Dru (3754m) as ween from Signal de Forbes (2198m). Fujifilm XT-2 and Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F/2.8R Ois Wr‎

Travel, learn and create! There is no better way to learn how to create beautiful and engaging photos than practicing in the field. And what better place to do it, than in the gorgeous valley of Mont Blanc.

Registrations are open!

This will be a 4 day photography adventure to one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.

On this photography adventure you will:

  • Experience firsthand the process of finding and creating a great photo
  • Learn how to create great photos by using helpful compositional tips
  • Learn how to use the available light to create engaging and beautiful images
  • Train your eye to spot photographic opportunities
  • Practice and develop your unique photographic vision

I will give personalised advice and feedback to all attendants and will help you go back home with some amazing photos!

Dates: 14 to 18 August 2020 

PRICE: 800 Euro (price includes only the photography tuition during the trip). Please contact me for more info.

TIMELINE: 

August 14: Arrival in Chamonix, preferably in the morning. First shoot in the afternoon and meeting to discuss our next few days together and get to know each other.

August 15 and August 17: Visiting various photography locations around Chamonix. The exact timeline we will discuss on spot getting into account the weather forecast.

August 18: Departure from Chamonix.

We will be visiting various locations around Chamonix, here are some of them:

  • We will visit and photograph the absolutely amazing Aiguille du Midi (3842m). The top is very easily accessible with lifts and the view towards the Mont Blanc massive is simply breath taking.
  • We will visit and photograph from Planpraz (2000m) the gorgeous panorama of Mont Blanc. Easily reachable by lift.
  • We will journey to the foot of Mont Blanc with the famous Tramway du Mont Blanc and visit Nid d’Aigle (The Eagle’s Nest) and the Bionnassay Glacier at 2,372m
  • We will visit the biggest glaciers in France. Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is 7km long and 200m deep and is one of the biggest attractions in the Chamonix Valley. Easily accessible with a train from Chamonix. We will photograph there some of the most prestigious peaks in Chamonix: Les Drus (3754m)Les Grands Jorasses (4205m) and the Aiguille du Grepon (3482m).
  • BONUS: We will hike to the gorgeous high mountain lake – Lac Blanc (2352m) (Depending on the weather and general condition of the attendees. It is a full day hike, so we will decide on spot). Set in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges, this beautiful lake (which is often snow covered) offers an extraordinary vantage point over the Chamonix Aiguilles, Les Drus and Aiguille Verte.

EXPERIENCE | DIFFICULTY

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-professional photographers (non photographers are also welcome).

We will be hiking for a few hours each day (easy hikes), so you should be able to keep up. All of the hikes are lift assisted, so nothing too strenuous or dangerous will be done.

All types of cameras. Detailed list of recommended gear will be sent to all attendees, but even basic cameras and kit lenses will be fine.

Travel by plane, train or car. Closest airport: Geneva. Transfers from Geneva Airport to Chamonix (about 90km ± 1 hour) all day long.

Lots of walking. Some lifts.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Closest Arrival & Departure Airport: Geneva, Switzerland (about 100km from Chamonix). Lots of transfer options to Chamonix. Please contact me for more info.

WEATHER

August is hot and sunny, but rains and summer storms are not unusual. Temperature can vary from ± 28 Celsius in the village to about 5 – 6 Celsius in the mountain (even lower). Good walking shoes and warm clothes should be packed as well! Rain is also a possibility, so a rain cover is a great idea (can be bought on spot).

Please enjoy a few photos from our Adventure in Chamonix in August 2019 and some photos from our Adventure in Chamonix 2018 here.

Chamonix adventure 2019

Chamonix is by far my favourite place in the world. It is a small village situated to the north of Mont Blanc, and near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. It’s regarded as well as the birthplace and one of the capitals of mountaineering and alpinism.

Traditional mountaineering was basically leading travellers over the mountain passes by the safest route. In 1760 the scientist Horace Bénédict de Saussure put up a prize for the first ascent of Mont Blanc. In those days the mountain lay in Savoy, an independent country that included Nice, Aosta, Piedmont and Sardinia. Not until 1860 was the territory definitively incorporated into France and Italy, with Mont Blanc marking the border.

De Saussure himself made several attempts, but the first successful ascent of Mont Blanc was on 8 Aug 1786 by Jean-Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.

My photo adventure there was a blast. We had great time and managed to take some awesome photos. Please enjoy a small selection and if you fell like joining the next trip there in August 2020, send me an email at: ivo.popov@gmail.com

Sunset over Jodhpur // Timelapse

Jodhpur is one of my favourite cities in India – it is beautiful, people are friendly and there is lots to explore and photograph – small streets, old buildings, city life, the fort overlooking the city – Jodhpur has it all.

Please enjoy a small timelapse / motionlapse at sunset from a spot over the town. If you like what you see, check my next photo adventures and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at ivo.popov@gmail.com

Holi celebration in Bundi, Rajasthan // March 2019

I was very lucky to been able to attend and photograph one of the most colourful and interesting celebrations in India – Holi. I decided to travel to Bundi, a small village off the beaten path where few tourist go and enjoy the event there. It was a great decision – there were almost no tourists and the party was crazy!!

The History of Holi

Holi’s origins are linked with the coming of spring, good harvest and fertility of the land. Two stories are linked to Holi celebrations. The first is pretty romantic and explains why Holi is the exuberant colourful party it is today.

It celebrates the love story of Krishna and Radha. Krishna is traditionally depicted as having blue skin. He told his mother he was unhappy that his difference would come between him and fair-skinned Radha. His mother told him not to wish for fair skin but to playfully smear Radha with paint instead. Which he did and Radha fell in love with him.

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My adventure in Rajasthan // March 2019

Sunset over the Blue city of Rajasthan – Jodhpur

My first adventure in Rajasthan was a great success! We had amazing weather, visited some great cities and met so many interesting people. I have to say that we all fell in love with the blue city of Jodhpur and it’s calm and welcoming people, with the beautiful city of lakes – Udaipur and it’s numerous sunset points that attract locals and tourists every night, with the calm and off the beaten track Bundi where it seems the time have stopped.

Please enjoy a few photos from our trip and if you like what you see and what to join the next adventure in India (January – February 2020), contact me at: ivo.popov@gmail.com

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