James Kerwin Photographic

Lebanon Uncovered - Spring 2020

A Photography retreat - 21ST to 28TH March 2020


Lebanon Uncovered - Spring 2020
2,059.00

My exclusive 9-day photography tour across Lebanon provides a multitude of photography opportunities, from the breath-taking views at the Baatara and Jezzine Waterfalls, to the awe-inspiring, abandoned ruins scattered across the historic and recovering city of Beirut. Think of this as a retreat; as you call a stunning luxury apartment in Ghazir home for the duration of our tour, using it as our base to explore from.

(Anybody not wishing to pay the full amount please contact me to pay a £500 deposit).

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AN off the beaten path PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINATION

that combines STUNNING landscapes, ruins & stunning architecture

Lebanon is in my top three destinations for photography, the country offers beautiful landscapes and waterfalls as well of course stunning architecture and ruins. The country also offers world class cuisine that caters to all tastes and palates . 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 and less traveled country.

I only work with experienced drivers to provide transport to each of our photography locations and this is included and provided alongside all overnight accommodation in Lebanon. 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 Beirut to photograph some of the stunning architecture from before the war there in the 1980’s, 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” evening in the nation’s capital.

A photography tour with a difference - for the second year running.


FEATURED:

Beirut

The city of Beirut has always stood out in peoples minds for the wrong reasons, in reality these days it has money spent on it and it contains a mix of architecture, due to the blend of different cultures similar somewhat to Tbilisi. 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 and hunt out the stunning ruins.

Baatara Waterfall

Voted as one of the top ten waterfalls in the world, yet it is still somewhat unknown outside of Lebanon. The waterfall drops (for a few months only each year) 255 metres into the Balaa Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone which is located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. The cave is also known as the Cave of the Three Bridges and we take a morning to photograph this stunning location, images here work from multiple angles and viewpoints.


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 nine day 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 Lebanese locations that I have researched and visited myself prior. But here are a few of the other key features and benefits that the workshop will provide:

Small group size. Maximum of 4 people only

  • Transport provided throughout Lebanon over the 8 days (inc. collection from Airport).

  • 9 nights accommodation inclusive - We take a large apartment that I have personally vetted - this is so we can set up base for the time we are in Lebanon. Think of this as a luxury retreat style of workshop. I opted for this due to the cost of accommodation in Lebanon

    (this includes the night of arrival from the airport and 8 nights during the retreat).

  • Breakfast each morning included - served in the apartment. (Check the welcome pack for exclusions)

  • 8 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 & Photoshop / Post processing on some evenings.

  • A moderate pace that works for everyone.

  • Prize for image of the week.

  • A photography clinic in the middle of the week.

  • 1 on 1 sessions.

  • A “Pizza & Wine editing evening” included on our last night in Lebanon.


AN Itinerary of LOCATIONS

I wanted to build an itinerary* that would show the best of Lebanon in the time that we have available. I wanted to show you the two extremes of this beautiful country similar to my tours in Georgia in 2019. 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):

  • A walk around historic Beriut where we take a look at the hidden relics

  • Niha Temple

  • A visit to TWO former train stations, closed down during the war

  • We visit some war torn apartment blocks - a real eye opener

  • An abandoned castle in the Deir al Oumara region, with history provided by the owner

  • The interiors of the former Turkish baths country wide

  • The unique Jezzine waterfall

  • The stunning Baatara Gorge waterfall

  • Abandoned & hidden architecture including mansions around Lebanon

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

 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer

A FULL 8 DAY SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED IN THE WELCOME PACK


 

ACCOMMODATION

“Single supplements” withdrawn - you get a room to yourself.

We have booked a large luxury apartment in the centre of Lebanon in a place called Ghazir situated in a gorgeous valley overlooking the town of Jounieh - this is where you will be based during your time in Lebanon with us.

Think of this as a photography retreat. I opted for this style of trip due to the cost of accommodation over in Lebanon, which is expensive. You will see left images that have come directly from our hosts Airbnb page.

Myself and our driver shall be staying just 10 minutes away in another apartment close by.

The accommodation includes the night of arrival from the airport and a further 8 nights during the tour).


 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ALONG?

  • Early Spring clothing - it could be raining at points, so maybe a rain coat

  • Walking boots

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

  • A sturdy Tripod

  • Filters if you have them (but not necessary)

  • Manual for camera

  • Phone


HOW DO I GET THERE?

With flights landing in Beirut, Lebanon on most days from multiple airlines, although I highly recommend MEA :

From the UK – British Airways

Stockholm - Lufthansa

Paris – Lufthansa (with a change in Frankfurt)

Berlin & Dortmund – Lufthansa

Milan – MEA

Regardless of which flight you arrive on, you will be greeted by James & a local driver to take you to your local apartment Ghazir, North of Beirut where you will check in for the 8 days.

 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer

THE ADVENTURE TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • Any personal expenses

  • Lunch, Dinner & additional snacks

  • Alcohol

  • International air tickets

  • Visa fees (if applicable)

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