James Kerwin Photographic
Fine Art & Workshops

Georgia Adventure Tour

29TH APRIL - 5TH MAY 2019


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SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE TOUR
1,149.00

My exclusive 7-day photography tour includes everything from the breath-taking views and photography opportunities up at Gergeti Trinity Church to a ride on Stalin’s death coffins in Chiatura.

(Anybody not wishing to pay the full amount please contact me to pay a £400 deposit)

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AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINATION

WITH STUNNING FORMER SOVIET ARCHITECTURE

Georgia is an exciting destination for photography, offering beautiful landscapes and stunning but dated architecture with food that caters to all tastes and pallets. This trip is also a great opportunity to improve your photography (I will be on hand to answer any questions along the way), explore your creativity and at the same time discover this amazing country.

I only work with experienced & knowledgeable drivers to provide transport to each of our photography locations and this is included and provided alongside all overnight accommodation. I take care of all the bookings, so you can relax and take in our stunning surroundings as well as focus on your photography.

The tour also comes complete with a trip into Tbilisi to photograph many relics from a by-gone era, before we complete the 2 days there in no better way, but to eat & drink - as I team up with a local host to provide a “wine & food” extravaganza in the nation’s capital.

A photography tour with a difference.


FEATURED:

Tbilisi

The city of Tbilisi has always stood out with its unique streets, buildings and mix of unique architecture, due to the blend of different cultures. The exterior of the city has changed over time due to the country being in a constant state of transition. We explore what the capital has to offer from both a photographic and a hospitality standpoint.

Gergeti Trinity Church

It's definitely one of Georgia's most iconic images (seen above right). The Georgian's seem to have a knack for building churches in spectacular locations, and at 2200 metres above sea level and backed by one of the highest peaks in the Caucasus Mountains, this is probably the most spectacular of them all.


START TO TAKE PORTFOLIO STANDARD PHOTOGRAPHS

My Photography adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like minded people. Either beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, through to advanced photographers looking to find some great locations or rekindle their enthusiasm and inspiration.  The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors whilst leaving inspired to take photos that will enter your own photography portfolio.

I have organised and run photography tours for a number of years both personally and with friends but after leaving a job as an events organiser in early 2018 after 7 long years, it seems like the perfect fit that I should now be running photography tours and experiences for others.

During our week long adventure, I will talk you through what I use as the key elements to producing great image:

  • Composition

  • Light

  • Subject

  • Timing

  • Post Processing techniques

As we wander through the streets of Tbilisi, or the abandoned town of Tskaltubo - I will also chat to you about the technical aspects of photography. Helping you understand your camera and settings whilst keeping it simple. I also help each day with the technical aspects, of course depending on your requirements.

The typical areas that we discuss will be the exposure triangle of f-stop, ISO and shutter speed, but also I can help with:

  • Composition and how to find unique angles

  • Understanding light and how it can impact on the mood of the image

  • The key technical elements, demystifying the often overwhelming array of camera settings (focus, exposure, histogram, lenses, tripod, and of course filters)

  • Dedicated time to slow down and think more carefully about taking fewer but better quality images

  • How to visualise an image


WORKSHOP KEY FEATURES

Apart from an amazing time we will have hunting out some great images whilst taking in a tour route that I have designed from the ground up. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic Georgian locations. But here are a few of the other key features and benefits that the workshop will provide:

Small group size. Maximum of 5 people

  • Transport provided throughout Georgia over the 7 days (inc. collection from Airport)

  • 7 nights accommodation inclusive - in apartments or hotels that I have personally vetted

  • All evening meals included - at restaurants recommend by locals (Check the welcome pack for exclusions)

  • 7 days workshop guidance with myself James Kerwin

  • Spring offers the balance of some time in the evening vs great amount of shoot time

  • Help with lightroom / post processing on some evenings

  • A moderate pace that works for everyone

  • Prize for image of the week

  • A photography clinic during the week

  • 1 on 1 sessions

  • Tbilisi “Food & Wine tour” included on our last night in Tbilisi

  • 4 day tour extension available to the region of Mestia - Check details HERE.


AN Itinerary of LOCATIONS

I wanted to build an itinerary* that would show the best of Georgia in a short time. I wanted to show you the two extremes of this beautiful country. We mix interior and architecture photography locations in with historic exteriors and locations on this comprehensive adventure.

Here are a few of the possible examples (a more comprehensive guide shall be sent in the welcome pack):

  • Chronicle of Georgia

  • Saint Nino Monument

  • Saburtalo Skybridge apartments

  • Ananuri Fortress Complex

  • A soviet car graveyard

  • The interiors of the former sanatorium town of Tskaltubo

  • The Georgia-Russia Friendship Monument

  • Uplistsikhe

  • An abandoned mansion

  • The hidden architecture of Tbilisi

  • Abandoned & Hidden Soviet Architecture in Georgia

*Note: The itinerary in Georgia is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables.


A FULL 7 DAY SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED IN THE WELCOME PACK


ACCOMMODATION

“Single supplements” withdrawn - rooms to yourself where needed

  • 2 Nights in Tskaltubo

  • 1 night near Kobuleti (The Dead Sea)

  • 1 night in Zestafoni

  • 1 night in Kazbegi

  • 2 nights in Tbilisi

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ALONG?

  • Late Winter/Early Spring clothing - it could be raining at points.

  • Walking boots

  • Camera (obviously) and spare batteries as they will soon run flat

  • Sturdy Tripod as it is likely to be windy at some point

  • Filters if you have them (but not necessary)

  • Manual for camera

  • Phone


HOW DO I GET THERE?

With flights landing in Kutaisi, Georgia on the following days via Wizz Air:

From the UK – Thursday & Sunday

Prague – Tuesday & Saturday

Paris – Tuesday & Saturday

Berlin & Dortmund – Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Milan – Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Regardless of which flight you arrive on, you will be greeted by James & a local driver to take you to your local apartment/hotel in Kutaisi, where you will check in.

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THE ADVENTURE TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • Any personal expenses

  • Lunch or additional snacks

  • Alcohol

  • International air tickets

  • Visa fees (if applicable)

  • Photography equipment, although some hire can be arranged through James in advance.


Ushguli, Mt. Shkhara, Upper Svaneti, Georgia, Europe

AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP - EXTENDED!

I am offering three photographers to option of extending the tour for 4 days, an exclusive for participants of my Georgia Spring adventure workshop.

This add-on offers the opportunity to stay in Georgia after the initial 7-day Georgia Adventure Tour and to also visit the stunning and remote areas of Mestia & Ushguli within a smaller group size. By having the group size smaller and by extending your trip, it allows us time to spend much more 1 on 1 time together in an environment more like a photography retreat.

(Anybody not wishing to pay the full amount please contact me to pay a £100 deposit)

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PLACES ON THIS TOUR EXTENSION ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY, SO MAKE SURE TO BOOK ALONGSIDE YOUR INITIAL 7 DAY TOUR TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT.