WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of travel photography and how to capture candid moments, dynamic energy, motion and human interaction.
- Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
- Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, middleground and background.
- Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
- How to handle equipment with care on location.
- Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level.
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
- Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
- Portfolio Review.
- A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
Since the absolute best light is during the evening and night hours, we will chase our motives in these very hours – the late evening and night. At these moments the light is saturated with pink red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO SIENA
Arrival at our hotel in Siena. At the hotel we will have a briefing on the coming workshop.
Time to explore Siena with our cameras in the night, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site with architectural treasures such as the Siena Cathedral and the Piazza del Campo.
DAY 2: GENERAL TRIAL
This day offers a lot of adventure and great scenes. We will explore the the final rehearsal and final rehearsal dinner with our camera. The grand dinner depending on the size of the contrada, have seats anywhere from 900 to 3500 people, who all eat, sing and drink lots of wine, with the favourite topic of conversation being the contrada’s chances in the race the following day.
DAY 3: PALIO
We will get early up in the morning at the day of the main event to photography the exciting moments and the spectacular horse race Il Palio.
7.45 am – In the Chapel adjacent the City Hall, the Archbishop celebrates the “Jockey Mass.”
3 pm – Blessing of the horse and the jockey in each Contrada’s parish church. The priest ends the mystical rite with a wish that sounds like an order: “Go and come back victorious!”
Also around 3 p.m. each Contrada performs a benediction ceremony of its horse and afterwards joins in the large parade in historical costume with over 600 participants, that winds through the city.
The parade arrives around 5 p.m. at the Piazza del Campo, and ends by around 6.30-7 p.m. The Piazza del Campo is completely packed with local spectators and tourists. The event is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m., but the actual start can be delayed by the preparations. The race takes only 75 seconds – it is fast and dangerous for the jockeys and the horses. At the end, the winning Contrada is presented with the Palio banner which represents a great honor. The winning Contrada then marches through town with the banner.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE