21-28 September 2013
The Greek island of Kythira is known as the place of birth of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In ancient times many places of worship were dedicated to her. Today Kythira is a colourful and lively island, with plenty of villages tucked away in the landscape with its rolling hills and deep gorges. On many an island you do not encounter a living soul outside the main tourism season. Kythira is different: the 66 villages – with their old wells, kamares (traditional houses), ovens and pots and plants – are vibrant with life, thus creating attractive scenes for photography.
Photo tour for beginning and advanced photographers
During the photography vacation we travel over the island to capture villages, people, nature. We take ample time for photography. Learn to photograph specific features in an eye catching manner. Information, tips and assignments will based on your camera, your knowledge and level of experience. Beginning photographers will be supported in using the right camera settings, while we challenge more advanced photographers to discover their own style of photography. Before dinner in one of the beach taverns in walking distance of our hotel, we view and discuss a daily selection of photos in a joint session.
Day 1 - Arrival. Welcome at 8 pm followed by dinner.
Day 2 - Aphrodite's cave
We start our photo tour on the island in Avlemonas, where we'll find Aphrodite’s cave. Avlemonas is a small fishing village with a beautiful natural harbour. We photograph in the village and along the water front, before hiking up to the Church of St. George, where we'll be rewarded with stunning views.
Day 3 - Lively versus deserted
The weekly market in Potamos is a perfect way to see and capture Kythira's local products. Besides photography we'll take time for coffee on the busy square, where locals come to shop and meet. We continue to Palaiochora, an abandoned village surrounded by steep gorges. The rock faces did not frighten Redbeard, pirate and Pasha in the Ottoman army, who plundered the village. Its inhabitants never returned.
Day 4 - Beach and Beehives
Kythira is well known for its beaches. Today we visit one of them with the main purpose of a photographing the beach and its spectacular steps and rock formations. We continue through rolling hills – with photo stops - to visit a beekeeper. Kythira is famous for its pure honey. We'll photograph the beekeeper at work; a zoom lens definitely comes in handy today.
Day 5 - Over and underexposure in the Chora
It will be a long day today. We'll start with photography in the Chora, the island's capital. White houses, alleys and steps, colourful gates, doors, flowers and ornamental chimneys make the Chora a fantastic place for photography. And not an easy one! The combination of white houses against a deep blue sky demands you use your exposure settings. We go for lunch and photography in the picturesque bay of Kapsali and continu to the church of Aghia Ellessa for some great sunset photography. As we'll return late, we'll be viewing the photos the next morning.
Day 6 - Nature photography in Diakofti
After ample discussion of yesterday's photos, we continue with nature photography in Diakofti. We walk to the peninsula, covered with phrygana, dwarf scrub-like vegetation dominated by low, often cushion-shaped, spiny shrubs. What looks like a rather boring landscape from a distance, turns into a feast for photographers: apart from the great aroma's, the colourful shrubs have fascinating shapes.
Day 7 - Back to the Chora/day off
Today you can spend the day as you wish. Return to the Chora for a second photo shoot is one of the options. At the end of the afternoon we meet for a photo viewing session, followed by dinner.
Day 8 - Water and depth
Mylapotamos and the Venetian Fortress of Kato Chora are our destinations for today. Mylopotamos (mills along the river) gives us the opportunity to shoot water and deal with the difficult light, caused by the shadows from huge plane trees. Kato Chora is a fascinating ghost town with beautiful overgrown corners. Back in Diakofti we view today's photos and evaluate this week's experiences.