Join our journey through the ancient forests and charming rural landscapes of the East Netherlands, photographing the vibrant autumnal colours that are splashed across the idyllic landscape of this timeless setting. Atmospheric mist and crisp morning frost add some drama to your photos and softer sunlight means more time to shoot. Together with award-winning Dutch photographer Lars van der Goor, explore some of the most picturesque locations in the area and get lost in the mystical, foggy forest of the “dancing trees”.
If you want to take just another shot of a popular location, this might not be the workshop you are looking for. However, if you believe there is beauty just around the corner and you would like to learn how to capture that beauty and turn even a less succeeded picture into an eye catcher, this workshop could be the one you just need. Not only will we visit and shoot in fabulous forests and enchanting tree lanes. The post processing part will be an interesting and fun part too.
If you are not afraid to leave the rules behind you and are willing to challenge yourself, push your boundaries, this workshop could be just the creative boost you needed.
The first day (depending on the time of your arrival ) will be spent meeting your fellow photographers and enjoying the photogenic streets and canals of Amsterdam. Watch boats floating by, admire the charming houses, and grab some local delicacies along the way.
In the evening, we enjoy a nice welcome dinner and Lars van de Goor will elaborate more about the itinerary for the coming days while also presenting a selection of his unique and award winning photos taken at the locations we will visit.
From Amsterdam we make our way to our hotel, located at the edge of the spectacular Speulder Forest. This picturesque woodland is home to what locals refer to as “dancing trees”, which twist elegantly to form intriguing compositions. The beech forest is saturated with the first autumn colors and the mighty beech trees leak magically into the landscape. Lars has photographed here for years and he considers it as one of his favorite locations in the Netherlands.
We photograph in the soft atmospheric autumn light and Lars holds his first of many one-to-one workshops.
In the evening, Lars van de Goor will conduct a workshop on how to best take advantage of the local light and weather conditions, sharing some of his iconic nature photography.
The lighting is absolutely best in the morning, early when the fog is settling and later when you can capture rays of light falling through the colorful canopy. Keep your eyes peeled for morning frost covering branches and the edges of leaves. Lars van de Goor knows this forest like the back of his hand and will lead us to some of his favourite spots.
Speulder Forest developed its unique appearance due to the custom of felling straight trees for building material, especially as support beams in local mines. This has left a forest full of irregular and gnarled trees, providing almost endless subjects for photography. Lars will show us some of the trees featured in his award-winning photographs as well as a few secret details that can be difficult to spot.
After dinner, we will have a lecture by Lars about his workflow in Photoshop. Lars will also work on a selection of the group’s images, to illustrate how he sees and defines the pictures in his photo concept and workflow.
After a short drive from the Speulder Forest, we arrive in the town of Lochem. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the surrounding countryside with our cameras, trying to capture the mysterious encounter of nature and light. Capture red and golden foliage on a background of lush green grass and crisp blue skies. This part of Gelderland is renowned for its rural charm, with tree-lined avenues, lush farmland and picturesque estates. The timeless landscape is the perfect place to capture amazing nature photography, with scenes that seem to have come straight out of a painting from the Dutch Golden Age.
Lars van de Goor lived in this region for some years, considering it one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Lars will assist, guide and teach how to find locations, and there will be great opportunities to practice some more landscape photography in one of the world’s most stunning locations. You will undoubtedly fill your memory card with stunning photographs.
Tonight we all meet after dinner to work on our images. Lars will support one-to-one with his point of view in regards to framing and basic Photoshop workflow.
This morning will be spent with exciting lectures and workshops at our hotel, assessing shots taken so far, as well as some free time to explore the surrounding area and practice new techniques.
Unless there is fog to photograph, which will always take precedence over any other activity. Especially in autumn, it contrasts nicely with the colourful foliage. Lars van de Goor will conduct a workshop. Being an expert in using natural light and local weather conditions he will explain how to create stunning compositions. During the workshop he will also share some of the insights that helped him win numerous international awards.
In the soft afternoon light, we meet and spend the rest of the day photographing the adventurous and artistic beech trees.
Tonight it’s time to discuss our pictures and get each other’s input to optimise our photography.
Today, we will be heading to “De Veluwe”, where we will stroll down some great tree-lined forest paths, which give us plenty of opportunities for experimenting with both composition and the combination of colors. Dutch people voted the Veluwe region as the finest area of scenic beauty in the country. It is where forests, sand drifts, lichen stepped and heathlands form a splendid natural landscape.
Driving to De Carolinahoeve, we will walk along the old King’s Road. This ancient thoroughfare leads all the way from Dieren to Ede, and is over 37 km long, however, we will only explore the most interesting stretch.
Tonight, we all meet after dinner to work on our images. Lars will support one-to-one with his point of view in regards to framing and basic Photoshop workflow.
Driving to Delden, we will discover a unique landscape of bent beeches, their saturated leaves reflecting in the calm river, which is acting as an artistic mirror.
Later that day, we will return to Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Early morning transfer to Amsterdam Schipol airport.
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30 Oct – 6 Nov 2019
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: Bus is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 4,450 in shared double room.
€ 4,850 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
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There are many flights to Schiphol Airport, most of them on a daily basis to and from international Airports. The airport is located 17.5 km from the city and is easily reachable by train.
You must have a valid passport from before the start of your journey to the Netherlands. Visitors from outside EU may need a visa, otherwise you can stay as long as required. Please check with the local embassy and read more at https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands
The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with warm summers and cool winters, and typically high humidity. Much of Holland is below sea level, making fog, mist, and dampness your too-frequent companions. As the Dutch weather is unpredictable, be prepared to layer your clothing any time of year.
In East Holland, the average temperature in October ranges from 6°C to 14°C.
The ideal time for traveling throughout the country is from April to October, with July and August usually being the months with the nicest weather.
The official language is Dutch. In some parts of the Netherlands, people often speak a dialect besides Standard Dutch. Many Dutch people also speak German and English.
The Dutch monetary unit is Euro (EUR)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.
“I found out that one of my favourite photographers, Lars van de Goor, was doing a workshop in the Netherlands so I signed up for the workshop and was introduced to Christian, the founder of the company, and I knew immediately that this would be a great workshop just by talking to him and seeing how incredibly well organized and precise everything was planned out. The hotels were first class, the food was phenomenal, which is important, and more importantly, each day was very well planned out and it has been a really great experience.”
Aubra Franklin, USA