Composition Series: Valencia's Stunning Architecture
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Composition Series: Valencia's Stunning Architecture
As part of my popular composition series, this very special 3 day/4 night workshop finds us in the Spanish city of Valencia - home to some of the most stunning modern and ancient architecture in Europe! This workshop offers great value for money as it includes all meals, soft drinks, bus fares to the Old Town and admission fees for Valencia Cathedral and Palau de Les Arts - you simply need to get to the hotel!
The jewel in Velencia's crown is the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) - a state of the art science complex set within a huge landscaped park. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela the park was completed in 2009 at a staggering cost of over €1 billion! The stunning modern art of the four main buildings are simply breathtaking and very photogenic - more so due to the shallow pools of water surrounding some of the buildings, intentionally designed to create incredible mirror-like reflections. As we will be spending the majority of our time here, we will be staying at a beautiful and modern 4-star hotel which overlooks the complex.
During our stay, we will also spend a day in Valencia's old town to photograph its ancient architecture including Mercado Central - one of Europe's largest indoor markets covering 86,000 sq. ft. built in the Venetian Art Nouveau style. We will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Lonja de la Seda - a 15th century silk exchange and gothic masterpiece before heading to Valencia Cathedral for a headset tour and a chance to see some of the most beautiful, ancient Valencian oil paintings and carvings. We'll also visit some of the many streets that have become popular with street artists, which change regularly.
The City of Arts and Sciences is a fabulous location to hone your compositional skills with both big vista and close-up abstracts in mind. The time of year has been carefully chosen, so that we can photograph the area at dawn and dusk when it's pretty much deserted and when the light is at its best. During the main part of the day, we will walk around the area to discuss composition in detail - in particular abstracts. Here, we will also discuss lens choice and the techniques I use to gleen the very best from this staggeringly beautiful location. In line with my other Composition Series workshops, I'm offering a follow-up discounted online processing session (see below). This workshop is limited to just 6 participants, so there'll be plenty of individual tuition time. I will be on hand throughout the workshop giving advice and tuition so that you return home with a stunning variety of images that you'll look back on with fondness for years to come.
Below are examples of some of the architecture you can expect to photograph whilst in Valencia. To see my full range of Valencia images be sure to check out my Valencia Gallery Page here >>
Images from the stunning Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences)
Monochrome Images from Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences)
Images from El Carmen (Valencia Old Town)
As part of this series, for those who attend this workshop, I'm offering a one-off 20% discount on a follow-up 2-hour (or more) Zoom session to help process images taken during the workshop using Lightroom Classic (Offer valid for up to 3 months after the workshop).
You will learn
- Detailed discussions on composition (an important aspect of all my Composition Series workshops).
- Exposure bracketing
- Using graduated filters and polarisers when required
- Technical camera skills where necessary
As my wife will be assisting me with this workshop, non-photographic partners are very welcome at no extra accommodation charge. There is plenty of places for them to visit during the day and would be welcome to join us for the evening meals. However, associated costs such as all meals (including breakfast), admission fees to attractions and bus fares will need to be settled by the partner. Non-photographic partners will not be entitled to join the photography group whilst Mark is tutoring.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
- Camera body and a selection of lenses that cover very wide-angle to medium telephoto (around 12-14mm to 100mm).
- A smartphone camera is particularly useful here, too.
- At least two camera batteries
- Hot-shoe spirit level (if your camera has a level indicator built-in that’s fine).
- A small set of graduated filters (optional, as you may borrow mine if required).
- Polariser (optional, as you may borrow mine when required).
- Lens cloth
- In December, Valencia is usually around a comfortable 20 degrees in the middle of the day. However, padded jackets are necessary for dawn and dusk shoots as temperatures can dip to single figures.
- Light clothing and good walking shoes/boots are necessary.
Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging
A Easy level of fitness is required for this workshop as much of the going is on flat paths. El Carmen is around a 15 minute walk from the bus stop in the heart of Valencia.
Ryanair and other airlines offer flights from a number of UK airports to Valencia Airport, Spain. My wife and I will be travelling from Manchester airport and would be happy to meet up with you at the airport if you choose to fly from there. A taxi is the most convenient option from the airport to the Hotel (around 20 minutes) at an approximate cost of €32.00 euros each way.
Full joining instructions and itinerary will be sent prior to this workshop. Please note that all workshops oustide of the UK need to be viable for me to run, so please do not book your flights until I ask you to do so.
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Terms & Conditions of booking
Payment must be made in full when booking a single day workshop (you will be sent an invoice). For residential workshops, a deposit of £500 is required (unless otherwise stated) and the balance is payable 12 weeks before the course commences.
The balance of the cost of the workshop will be due 12 weeks before the workshop starts. If a booking is made less than 12 weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop, the full cost is payable at the time of booking.
If you, the client, cancel a booking any money you have paid (including the deposit) is non-refundable unless I can find a replacement to take your place after all other places have been filled. If a replacement is found an admin fee of £100 will be deducted from the refund. If I cancel a booking any payment received will be refunded in full. Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place. It is a term of the contract between us that you will obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you set out on the workshop. The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs, loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, flight cancellations and delays as well as your inability to arrive at the workshop destination due to fuel shortages and other such disruptions out of my control.
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I just wanted to say thank you for a great workshop in Glencoe, despite the weather! You are an excellent workshop leader with a high degree of professionalism, a methodical approach to landscape photography and the ability to adapt your teaching to your clients and the weather.
~ Fiona M
Thank you so much for such an inspirational day yesterday and for all your patience! I love my prints, thank you! I felt as though I achieved what I had set out to do and learn the principles of printing and look forward to giving things a go myself.
~ Geoff K
Hi Mark, Just a note to thank you again for such a wonderful week in so many respects. I so enjoyed the locations and the photography. Lots to process and think about again and some new exciting things to try. Your tuition and attention to detail is much appreciated and I always feel inspired again to get out with my camera. See you before too long in Yorkshire.
~ Anne W
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