Kea Photography Holiday - March 2011

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Real Greece Photography Holiday: 16 - 22 March 2011
The Greek Island of Kea – a photographer’s paradise

Escape for an idyllic Photography Holiday on the peaceful, unspoilt Greek island of Kea with its simple, breathtaking beauty. A Mediterranean Photographic Holiday in Kea – the “Real Greece” - boasts a wealth of exciting, unique shooting opportunities, 5 hours of professional, practical tuition every day at inspirational locations, a range of leisure activities and the most blissful setting for relaxation and enjoyment.

Summary of the Photographic Holiday

Price: £1239 per person (based on 2 sharing a double room)

Price includes:
  • Daily photography classes with group & one to one tuition
  • Use of photographic equipment
  • 6 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • Chauffeured transport to shoots once you arrive on the island
  • A friendly local guide for certain locations
  • Welcome and farewell dinners & drinks, picnic lunch Day 3, cheese and wine Day 5
  • 3 months FREE ongoing professional photography support and review of your portfolio
Next date:16-22 March 2011
Places available: Yes
Ability: Photography for beginners and intermediates
Age: Both the young and young at heart. A degree of fitness is required as there is about 3 miles of walking a day
Tuition: 5 hours of professional on-site photography tuition per day – includes one to one and small group support
Times: Classes run for 3 hours in the mornings, 2-3 hours in the afternoons/early evenings

Please note: Most other Photography Holiday providers include days in the week without any tuition and guidance. We think it’s important to offer professional tuition and guidance every day, so you leave Kea feeling you have learnt a great deal and received excellent value for money. If you would prefer a day off, that is of course absolutely fine.
Non-participants may join you at shooting locations but, if we are driving to the site, they will need to use alternative transport options since there are only 7 seats in our vehicle.

Spring time on the Cycladic Greek Island of Kea:

Kea (Tzia, to the locals) can only be reached by boat from mainland Greece, so remains untouched by international tourism. The island is 130 square kilometres and has only 2,000 residents. Ancient artefacts and archaeological remains suggest civilisation on the island dates back to 2500 BC. The many contrasting landscapes, seascapes and settings you will experience on your Photographic Holiday are a delight to capture in an image. Springtime in Kea means the island is relatively green - awash with colourful blooms, orchards, olive groves and almond trees. Walk or take a boat to reach magical, remote beaches with warm, azure waters and undisturbed sands.

Alive with culture & tradition

Step back in time on your Photography Holiday, into the “Real Greece”, as you marvel at the simple, gentle pace of life which is so endearing to visitors and wonderful to shoot. The local people are warm and friendly and their traditional food is colourful and delicious. Farmers plough the lush valleys on foot with mules, tired but happy fishermen return with their catch at dusk, drinking water is sourced from natural springs and fire is the main form of heating. The architecture boasts traditional Greek character; whitewashed houses, chapels, monasteries and windmills crown the hilltops and ancient roads lead you to splendid historical sites.

Accommodation at Red Tractor Farm

For your Photography Holiday, you will be staying in a lovely en-suite double room in one of 4 new, traditional-style guesthouses on the grounds of the picturesque 8 acre Red Tractor Farm in Korissa - owned by our trusted friends and hoteliers, Marcie and Kostis. The guesthouses have been especially designed to let in as much natural light as possible and are surrounded by gardens and fields, an olive grove and a vineyard – ideal for Photography Holidays, shooting at your leisure and the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind. The beautiful, sandy St George beach is at the end of the driveway and the port town of Korissia is just a 5 minute walk away with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants lining the seafront. This serene environment is truly the Real Greece and staying here will make your Photography Holiday all the more special.

Reviews of Red Tractor Farm:
“As seasoned travellers, that was our favourite hotel/guest house in Europe, a one of a kind!”
“Really friendly and great guesthouse in a beautiful location”
“Even better than we'd hoped - Greece's best kept secret!”
Click here for more excellent reviews of your accommodation from previous guests:
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En-suite Double Rooms
  • Most rooms have double beds – one twin room is available
  • En-suite bathroom with wc & shower
  • Orthopaedic beds and pillows
  • Fridge and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Private outdoor veranda with seating area and amazing views over the countryside
  • Continental breakfast is included
  • Free WIFI connection is available in every room if you want to bring your laptop
Prices for the Photographic Holiday are based on 2 sharing a double room
Single room supplement is £270
If you would like to be accompanied by a non-photographic partner, the cost for them is just £129 (based on the 2 of you sharing)

Penthouse Studio

  • Double bedroom/s with orthopaedic beds and pillows
  • En-suite bathroom with wc & shower
  • Lounge areas
  • Fridge & cooking facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Private verandas and/or roof terrace with seating areas and panoramic views over the countryside
  • Continental breakfast included
  • Free WIFI connection is available in every room if you want to bring your laptop
There is a 10% discount on accommodation if you would like to extend your stay with Red Tractor Farm

Photography Holiday Itinerary – unique photographic opportunities

Springtime temperature hovers around a pleasantly warm 22 degrees with 12 hours of sunlight every day. The sky is invariably blue with a few white clouds for decoration. Sunrise is around 6.30am and sunset 6.30pm. On the Photography Holiday, we will be shooting for approximately 3 hours each morning; later in the day, we will shoot for another 2 to 3 hours – either in the afternoon or early evening, depending on the setting. The Photography Holiday Classes are inspirational, entertaining and well- structured, tailored to the abilities within the group. You will also have the freedom to practise taught photography techniques at your leisure, with an expert to hand at all times during the sessions. There is plenty of time between classes for you to relax, socialise and explore the island. Although you will be chauffeured to several locations in our vehicle, this Photography Holiday involves walking for about 3 miles a day, so don’t forget your walking boots!

Specific techniques we will be practising throughout the Photographic Holiday
  • How to meter a scene and “see” a good image
  • Shooting into the sun
  • Shooting silhouettes and the use of Neutral Density Graduated filters to control contrast
  • Explore the use of aperture and ISO settings as a way to give us control over the shutter speed
  • Use of slow shutter speeds to give water a silky smooth look and to blur and soften cloud formations
  • Creative use of white balance in order to warm up the image or cool it down

DAY 1: Arrival on Kea – meet the group!

  • Your rooms will be available from 3.00pm
  • Brief overview of what to expect over the following week, with a map of the island to discuss shooting locations
  • Welcome dinner at a traditional taverna within walking distance of the Red Tractor Farm Guesthouse

DAY 2: Loulis to Otzias Bay

  • 90 minute awe-inspiring walk from the wonderful hillside town of Loulis with its ceramic tiled houses, quaint town square and stone-paved streets. Experience the idyllic scenery and countryside, set against the backdrop of a majestic mountain
  • Time to explore and shoot the enchanting beach at Otzias Bay, lined with Tamarisk and Eucalyptus trees
  • Lunch in a friendly local taverna in Otzias village - known for its charm and stone brick houses
  • Late afternoon photography tuition includes shooting the lighthouse & bay from the headland and the enchanting light of the sunset
  • Evening free to explore the picturesque port town of Korissia, a 5 minute walk from your accommodation

DAY 3: Ellinika and Pisses Bay

  • Optional sunrise workshop session at Orkos – a peaceful bay with crystal clear waters which looks stunning at dawn
  • A walk through the beautiful hamlet of Ellinika situated at the highest point on the island. Ellinika has been inhabited since ancient times and has many unique photographic opportunities and incredible panoramic views across to the neighbouring island of Kythnos
  • We drive you to Pisses for a late lunch – a scenic seaside village nestled in a horseshoe bay with a pristine beach lined with windmills and ancient relics
  • Sunset Photography session at Pisses beach – considered by many to be the best beach in Kea - fringed with fruit trees, cypresses and flowers

DAY 4: Ancient Karthea

  • 60 minute quite strenuous, utterly rewarding hike to the island’s finest historical site of Karthea to admire and shoot the well-preserved remains of two ancient temples dedicated to Apollo and Athena. Unforgettably beautiful view over the secluded
  • Picnic lunch at Poles Beach – only accessible by boat or on foot
  • Early afternoon free to explore or one to one tuition for those who would like to stay
  • Return hike to the lovely Korissia to shoot as the sun sets over the island

DAY 5: Loulis in detail

  • A morning dedicated to discovering and shooting the architectural treasures of Loulis - including the medieval castle and religious monuments - visiting the archaeological museum and soaking up the culture
  • An opportunity to shoot the famous Lion of Kea in late morning light, Kea’s most important monument dating back to the pre-archaic era
  • Lunch at Yiannis Taverna in Loulis, whilst people-watching and soaking up the culture of this delightful town
  • Early afternoon free to explore or one to one tuition for those who would like to stay
  • Guided shoot of the sunset on Skila Beach using techniques learnt. Wine and cheese provided.

DAY 6: Group vote for beach or hillside location

  • Final photography class in the morning at a stunning site, selected by the group
  • Free afternoon to visit your favourite parts of Kea and practise the photography techniques you have learnt, or one to one tuition for those who would like to stay
  • Early evening shooting small fishing boats and luxury yachts in Voukari Bay, traditionally fishing village which has become famous for its perfect beaches and sheltered coves that attract the affluent Greeks
  • Farewell dinner at a delightful fish taverna in Voukari

DAY 7: Departure

  • Rooms to be vacated at a leisurely midday and luggage can be stored on site if required
  • There is a 10% discount on accommodation if you would like to extend your stay at Red Tractor Farm

Getting to Kea

A flight to Athens, then a short journey to the port of Laviro, then a 1 hour ferry crossing to Kea

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1) Book a direct flight to Athens with any major European International airport
2) Athens airport to Laviro Port:
  • A bus departs every 45 minutes from outside the arrivals hall, to the port of Laviro (approx 1 hour, €8)
  • Or hail a taxi from outside the arrivals hall to take you to the port of Lavrio (approx 20 mins, €55)
  • Let us know if you would like us to arrange for a taxi driver to meet you inside the arrivals hall at Athens airport
3) Ferry crossing from Laviro Port to Kea:
  • We will advise you of all sailing times 2 weeks prior to your departure
  • When you dock in Kea, we meet you off the boat in the port of Korissia and chauffeur you to your accommodation
  • There are at least 2 ferries per day to Kea (sometimes 6) with morning and afternoon crossings
  • Tickets are purchased from booths on the dockside at least 1 hour in advance of your sailing time
  • Ferry crossings take 1 hour and cost approx €10 per person

How to Book - an initial 30% deposit to secure your place

Please complete the form below to confirm your place on the Photography Holiday

A group of 6 photography participants will join Oneworld Images in Kea for this idyllic and unique Photography Holiday. You may of course bring a non-photography partner or friend if you wish at an additional cost of £129.00.

Payment options:
  • 30% deposit, with balance to be paid up to 30 days prior to departure
  • Payment in full upon booking
We accept payment by cheque or Debit/Credit card payment via PayPal over a secure server. You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay online. Upon booking your place on the Photography Holiday, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt from Oneworld Images and another from Red Tractor Farm, giving details of your accommodation.

We will be in touch again one month before departure and very much look forward to meeting you at the port in Kea!

More about Kea

For more detailed information on the idyllic island of Kea, we have selected these sites as being very informative. You will see why we chose this island as the perfect setting for your Photography Holiday!

Any questions at all

Please contact us and we will be most happy to advise:

T: 01562 750 430 or 07916 296647


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