The program is not intensive and time is given for individual exploring or simply a swim! All levels are covered and both film and digital formats are included, with informal discussions along the way and accompanied by Jan McGready, with 20 yrs experience in photography.
Where better to study photography than in a vast land of myths and legends, history and holidays, blue skies and azure seas? Being spoilt for choice is the biggest problem you will face in Turkey where the sun shines for 14 hours a day and life goes on at a different pace slow or slower! The holiday workshop will combine some fantastic photo opportunities along with a taste of Turkish life few tourists ever get to see or experience.
We aim to make the holiday workshop relatively informal, helping to improve your photographic ability whilst not getting too involved with the technical side of things. One to one advice will be available throughout, with occasional discussions and reviews.
During your 7 night stay we will visit some of the most famous archaeological sites in Turkey including the stunning ruins of Ephesus, the imposing Castle of St John (built by crusaders) and not just one, but two of the seven ancient wonders of the world - The Temple of Artemesia and the Tomb of King Mausolus - the original mausoleum. Between all this ancient history there will be ample time to explore village life in the hills, shopping at the local weekly market and sample the delicious Turkish cuisine along the way.
Your accommodation will be in a Konak hotel a traditional Greek style walled house, with gardens, a courtyard, a pool and lots of charm. I will be accompanying you throughout the trip to make sure you get to the best view points and to give help along the way. I have lived in Turkey for the last ten years and have been involved in photography for more than twenty.
Monday (4th May) arrival to Kusadasi in time for evening drinks and welcome meeting at your hotel. Informal introduction to go over the aims of the trip and general guidelines. Evening meal in the Hotel. Tuesday (5th May) morning meeting to go through introductions and the basics of photography. Orientation around Kusadasi with lunch near the harbour. Areas covered: - Hammam, market, old town, harbor, seafront promenade and the marina. Sunset views from the hill overlooking the town.
Wednesday (6th May) an early morning trip to Bodrum. (2hrs drive). We will visit the Castle of St John, the picturesque harbour and the Tomb of King Mausoleus. (original mausoleum) Lunch and free time in the afternoon. If time permits - stop off on the way back at Eurosmos Temple. Thursday (7th May) - Ephesus and Basilica of St John. Lunch in Selcuk and visit the Museum and surrounds. (old hammam & temple of Artemesia.) Visit the House of Virgin Mary. Evening meal in the best fish restaurant in town - by the sea.
Friday (8th May) - morning trip to the colorful local market with many shopping and photographic opportunities. Lunch in a typical Turkish Lokanta in town. Afternoon discussion and review in the hotel, with tips on taking interior shots. Maybe even time for a swim in the pool! On Saturday (9th May) - we will visit Sirince village, famous as the best preserved Greek village in the hills. Lunch in an old Greek school house, followed by a visit to a carpet farm and open-air train museum. Evening - Turkish night in town.
Sunday (10th May) free day to enjoy and relax, lunch is not included. Late PM - final discussion and review of photographs taken during the week. Evening meal in the Hotel. Monday (11th May) departure day, farewell - Iyi yolculuklar! ('Good Journey' in Turkish).
Please Note: Places are limited to a maximum of 10 (minimum - 5).
Follow on trips available (personal itineraries can be arranged to suit your requests):
* Greek Islands
* Turquoise Cruise
* Any resort in Turkey - hotel - 1 week.
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