James Kerwin Photographic
Fine Art & Workshops

Georgia - Tour Extension

6th - 10th May 2019

Ushguli, Mt. Shkhara, Upper Svaneti, Georgia, Europe
PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE TOUR - EXTENDED
549.00

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 in 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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AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY trip - extended!

*Please note this trip add on is initially only open to participants of my Spring Georgia Adventure Tour.

Beautiful, wild and mysterious, Svaneti is an ancient land locked in the North-West corner of Georgia. Svaneti is one of Georgias best kept treasures. The self sufficient Svan people have been living high in the Caucasian mountains for thousands of years and they have preserved their ancient traditions and culture, but also the beautiful of nature in this region, where watchtowers scatter the untouched landscape a real look into Georgias medieval past.

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 in 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.

Once we drop the 7 day tour participants off in Kutaisi, we set off the very next morning to explore the untouched and beautiful Svaneti region, switching our vehicle of choice to a 4x4. We shall take base in the most remote region of Georgia, Mestia. Were we set up home for 3 nights in a lovely apartment and from here we set out each morning, to seek out the amazing photography locations that this unique region has to offer.

Meal times are then set a little earlier each day so that once we are refreshed, we can all sit down together and go through your images from the trip to date. I am on hand to guide you through any editing that you wish to do, with dedicated time to do this in a relaxed environment.

 

Places on this tour are strictly limited to three PHOTOGRAPHERS only, so MAKE SURE TO book alongside your initial 7 day tour to avoid any disappointment.

 
Abandoned houses of Ushguli, Georgia

FEATURED LOCATIONS:

Chaladi Glacier

A popular trail in the proximity of Mestia - this one is exploring the valley of Mestiachala river. The scenic nature in the proximity of the glacier is really beautiful and it allows for some amazing images to be captured of the glacier and the surrounding valley. We seek out the best spots for a sunrise capture of the glacier (shown below).

Mestia

The 'capital' of Upper Svaneti, Mestia is a collection of at least 10 hamlets, dotted with picturesque Svan towers. There are hundreds of them in the region, sticking them up above the villages to afford a clear view of ancient enemies. Made of stone in medieval times and topped with slate, they have stood upright through centuries of avalanches and floods.

Swanetia region in Georgia
Svaneti - Georgia

STEP UP YOUR IMAGE MAKING PROCESS

I believe that if you want to improve your photography you need to be in the right mindset and in a group of the right minded people. Apart from some awesome images here are a few of the other benefits that this 4 day tour extension can provide:

  • Help with composition and how to find unique angles through much more 1 on 1 time with me.

  • A better understanding of light and how it can impact on the mood of the photograph.

  • More dedicated time to slow down and think more carefully about taking fewer but better images.

  • I also can help with appropriate use of filters.  I think that getting the image correct in camera at the time of a shoot is really good practice.

  • Explanations on how I visualize an image and then see that through to the final print.

  • A better understanding of how to effectively get the most out of your image in post processing suites of Lightroom & Photoshop.

  • Unique images, shot in a more remote region (off the beaten path).


A TYPICAL FULL DAY:

  • Breakfast (with coffee)

  • Photography in the region (around 6-8hrs)

  • Shooting in 2-3 unique locations

  • Tasty home made morning / afternoon snack to keep us going

  • Back in time for inclusive dinner

  • Review of your images together (and some editing/guidance from me where we see fit)

WHAT kit additions do i need?

  • Some warmer clothing - it will be colder than the 7 day tour.

  • Waterproofs.

  • Your laptop & back up devices - we can store this in Georgia prior to the 7 day tour starting, so you don’t have this with you for the full 11 days.

  • Make sure your boots are waterproof.

  • Then the kit you had on the 7 day tour.