Light & Land

Lanzarote

19th - 23rd Mar, 2018 - AVAILABLE

£1499.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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Valda Bailey invites you to come and discover a unique, remarkable environment. Lanzarote has a strange and compelling lunar landscape with echoes of the Namibian plains, the seemingly endless highways of the American Midwest and Route 66, together with a large dose of Iceland’s dramatic volcanic terrain thrown in for good measure.

The island's volcanic origins and rain-free climate mean that it has a rare mix of geology and ecology, which is why it is registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Photographers are offered an extraordinary palette of colour and texture, of dark drama and black sand and wild, geologically unique fascination.

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  • Tour Code LAZ01
  • Included
    • Accommodation on single occupancy
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Valda Bailey
    • Transfers from recommended flight
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Meals
    • Insurance
  • Duration 4 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
  • Tutored By
Lanzarote

Valda Bailey invites you to come and discover a unique, remarkable environment. Lanzarote has a strange and compelling lunar landscape with echoes of the Namibian plains, the seemingly endless highways of the American Midwest and Route 66, together with a large dose of Iceland’s dramatic volcanic terrain thrown in for good measure.

The island's volcanic origins and rain-free climate mean that it has a rare mix of geology and ecology, which is why it is registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Photographers are offered an extraordinary palette of colour and texture, of dark drama and black sand and wild, geologically unique fascination.

Lanzarote boasts extremely unusual vistas. Thanks to its volcanic history, most of the island has treeless, moonlike landscapes with different colored soils, craters, bizarre rock formations and gently sloping mountains. All over the island, you see the influence of the visionary artist, architect and environmentalist, César Manrique whose creative genius is evident at every turn. Because of him you will find no high rise buildings nor advertising billboards on the island.

All the locations will be selected each day depending on what the light and weather is doing, to make the very best use of our time. Options include:

Timanfaya National Park. The park has made Lanzarote world famous and rightly so, as there is virtually no other place on earth where one can experience such a big volcanic area as closely. 

With its still-steaming mounds of volcanic tuff and eerily barren lava fields, the volcanic terrain of Timanfaya National Park is a world away from the lively beach towns that Lanzarote is also known for. The focal point of the protected area is the dramatic red and black-rock mountain range, fittingly named the Fire Mountains (Montañas de Fuego) after a series of eruptions in the 18th century that covered the entire island with volcanic ash and lava, completely reshaping the its topography.

Teguise. This charming and sleepy little village used to be the capital of Lanzarote up until 1852. It is one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands, it being almost 600 years old. It has a delightful and very traditional Mediterranean atmosphere where time seems to have stood still. Its offers up whitewashed buildings, dappled light, sleepy pavement cafes and seemingly deserted alleyways.

Mirador del Rio. A dramatic location, created in 1974 by Cesar Manrique, with distant views to neighbouring fishing villages and the island of La Graciosa. Often shrouded in mist.

La Geria. Lanzarote's fascinating wine growing region. Thousands of semi-circular walls surrounding hollows scraped from the thick layer of lapilli, each containing a single vine, make this a truly unique agricultural landscape. The stark contrast of fresh green on black makes for fascinating photographic studies

The days and locations will also afford opportunities to work on details. Many of the beaches and the volcanic landscape cry out for careful observation of abstract details and the making of macro images will expand compositional skills. 

Both classic and non-traditional photographic techniques will be covered. The diversity of the location offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with some ICM or multiple exposures. Such techniques are controllable to a certain degree and experimentation will give you the chance to delight in some of the happy accidents that can occur by moving the camera and combining exposures.  Valda shoots with a Canon 5D MkIII and will explain the way the camera uses blend modes to diminish detail and create abstraction. Most cameras these days offer some sort of multiple exposure option and all cameras are capable of ICM with addition of an ND filter, so any camera is suitable. Doug will be on hand for tuition and advice in the more traditional aspects of landscape photography, as well as creative camera techniques.

H10 White Suites

Staying at H10 White Suites from 19th - 23rd March for 4 nights on Single occupancy, bed and breakfast basis.

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