19 – 26 May
The North coast of Spain from the Basque Country to Galicia is an amazing and characteristic coast, surrounded by Cantabrian Sea, which was considered for a long time “mare Tenebrarum”, this abrupt and steep coast offers amazing cliffs and flysches that tell the history of the formation of the Bay of Biscay, a coastline where mountains meet the sea, but it also has peaceful bays and inlets as well as paradisiacal beaches. The Cantabrian Sea has forged the character of the population. All this combined with the unpredictable weather, it can be sunny and then suddenly get cloudy, misty or raining and vice versa. All the weather conditions show off the beauty of this coastline in different but beautiful moods. There is no doubt that the northern coast of Spain is one of the most beautiful and unknown coasts in Spain. Spain is widely known for its sunny south and east coast, but the north has a lot of superb photograpic locations and it is probably also one of the most beautiful coastlines not only in Spain but in Europe, it is not by mere coincidence that some locations of the famous show Game of Thrones have been filmed there.
We have an epic place, but in order to make this workshop epic, we also need epic photographers. Can you imagine shooting and learning for a week in such a spectacular area with some of the best photographers in the world? That’s what we are offering you, a week full of emotions and knowledge, where you will learn about composition, about the use of filters (this is a LucrOit Workshop, bring your filters, but if you don’t have any, don’t worry, we will lend you some), planning, processing, and social media with the following LucrOit Ambassadors:
- Daniel Kordan
- Simon Roppel
- Felix Inden
- Jesus M García
- Raico Rosenberg
- Antonio Prado
- Nestor Rodan
- Shadi Nassri
- Lucas Olmedo (LucrOit)
- Namor Pastor (1 night for night photography at Lagos de Covadonga)
Besides being a great place for photography, in northern Spain the food is absolutely delicious, food is part of the culture, the hub of Spanish gastronomy and high cuisine, trying to describe it is a waste of time, so we will go to check it out ourselves by testing some different delicious meals (when not taking photos of course 😉
Day 1, May 19th.
You will arrive at Bilbao’s airport where a FlyBus will pick you up to transfer you to the hotel so that you can check in. We will meet in the lobby at 5:00 pm to get to know each other, form the groups and receive the initial instructions. Each group will go to a different location with 3 LucrOit guides, groups will rotate location and ambassadors, so all groups will visit all of the locations and will be shooting with all ambassadors, learning the way they work and why they do what do; It´s as simple as that, with no secrets, right in the field, taking action with them.
Our first spot for shooting the sunset will be Barrika, Azkorri, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe depending on which group you are in, some of the locations are scenes of the famous show Game of Thrones, and that’s not through chance, the beauty of these places just will mark you, the magic flowing in the air is something you will feel.
We will have a delicious picnic dinner after sunset, and then we will go back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 2, May 20th.
The Sun rises at 6:43 am, so we will meet in the lobby at 5:00 am to be in our locations about 1h before sunrise, except the group going to Barrika. We will go to the same spots, Barrika, Azkorri, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, but each group will rotate their location, the group going to Barrika, will meet in the lobby at 7:30 to be in Barrika with good tide conditions, this group will have breakfast before the meeting time, the rest of the groups will have breakfast right after sunrise.
Once back in the hotel, we will meet again at 11:30, and will take a bus to Bilbao, to visit the most iconic places in the city and we will enjoy the famous and delicious pintxos for lunch in the old town of Bilbao. After lunch we will go back to our hotel, have a siesta to rest a bit and recharge our energy for the rest of the day.
At 5:00pm in the conference room there is going to be a photo critic session and a conference from one of our ambassadors, all of them will be talking during the week about their workflow, processing, social media, and photography business.
Sun sets at 9:35 pm so we will be leaving the hotel at 7:45 pm to be in our places and ready at about 1h before sunset. As the day before, we will have a delicious picnic, after sunset, then we will go back to the hotel.
Day 3, May 21st
Today is our last day in Bilbao, so we are going to shoot the sunrise to Bilbao and get some nice cityscape pictures. It is going to be optional, so those who want to rest a bit more, today is the day and for those who want to shoot sunrise, meeting time will be 5:45 am in the lobby.
After sunrise, breakfast will be waiting for us in the hotel, then we have to pack as we are leaving today after checking out. Next destination… Asturias.
We will check in and have a lunch in the hotel, after lunch there is going to be some free time. At 5:00 pm that we well meet at the conference room to have a processing session before leaving the hotel to shoot the sunset. Today we are going to take pictures of the Naranjo de Bulnes peak if weather condition allows, but if it’s not possible, our plan B will be playa de La Arnía, Playa de Torimbia, and playa de Buelna. We will have a delicious picnic dinner after the sunset and go back to the hotel.
Day 4, 22nd
Today’s sunrise will be in same locations but rotated. Meeting time will be 4:45 for one group, 5:30 for the rest. After the sunrise, we will go back to the hotel and recharge our batteries with a nice breakfast. Once we have filled our stomachs we are going to the conference room to keeping learning from our ambassadors, if weather conditions are good, a couple of groups will go to an extra location, right tide will be from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
For lunch time, we are having lunch at the hotel except groups going to extra locations, resting a bit in the siesta and we will all go to a new location, as we are very close to Picos the Europa national park, in fact Naranjo de Bulnes peak is one of the most iconic peaks of these mountains, we are going to Lagos de Covadonga, which glacial lakes up in the mountains, it is foggy many days of the year, but whatever conditions we have, it is going to be great for shooting, unless it is raining heavy or there is a storm. It is always beautiful, with the misty fog, with the soft light of a cloudy day or with bright sun. Today we are shooting the sunset, in Lagos de Covadonga, but we are going to do night photography too, if the sky is clear we will shoot the Milky Way, then when the moon rises, there will be time for shooting some night landscape and Namor Pastor will be with us tonight to illuminate the scene with torches, this is going to be great fun!! If you have never practiced this kind of photography, you are going to find it interesting, fun and even addictive, so be careful, we are not responsible if you get addicted XD.
We will have dinner in the refuge of Lagos de Covadonga before night photography, then we will go back to the hotel. A bus will departure earlier for those who are tired and don’t want to take night pictures.
Day 5, 23rd
Last night was quite long, so today we are missing the sunrise photo shoot and that’s because there is something above photography, survival. After breakfast, we will meet at conference room to keep learning from ambassadors. A couple of groups will go to an extra location and will have a picnic lunch as high tide today is about from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
After lunch we have to pack for checking out, as after sunset, we will have a nice picnic dinner and we will move to our next destination in Asturias, Gijon. We will meet at 7:30 pm one group and 8:00 pm the others in the lobby to take the bus to go and shoot the sunset and aim to be there about 1h before sun set. Locations will be the same but rotated and round will be completed.
Day 6, 24th
Yesterday we rest enough missing the sunrise, so today there is no excuse. We are going to shoot the sunrise to new beautiful locations, playa de Gueirua, playa del Silencio and playa del Aguilar depending on the group you are in. We will meet at 5:20 am in the lobby to take the bus and be in position about 1h before sunrise. Right after shooting we will go back to the hotel to have a nice breakfast, and then we will meet in the conference room for another learning session with our ambassadors. If weather conditions are good, a couple of groups will go to an extra location, the tide will be high from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, this group will have a picnic lunch.
Lunch time will be spent at the hotel, we will take a siesta and then have some photo critique and processing sessions with our ambassadors before going to shoot the sunset, at the same locations but again rotated, we will meet at 7:30 pm in the lobby to take the bus to our last sunset, let’s cross our fingers for an epic sky!! We will eat a picnic for dinner and go back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 7, 25th
It is the last day, yes, time flies… Let’s make the last effort and go to shoot the last sunrise and complete the locations round. After the sunrise we will go back to the hotel to have breakfast and check out, then we will go to visit the beautiful town of Cudillero where we will have lunch of delicious and fresh seafood, remember to take your camera because this town is really pretty. After lunch, we are going back to Bilbao. We will have our last dinner together and a little goodbye party with all the friends you have made during this awesome week.
Day 8, 26th
We will have breakfast in the hotel (if you don’t have to leave before the restaurant opens) and check out before 12 pm. We will get a transfer to the airport. It seems unreal, but the end of this extraordinary week has arrived, nonetheless, the experience you have lived and all the knowledge you have acquired will be with you to the rest of your life, and why not, also the relationship you have established with your new friends will be with you as long as you want them to be.
- Initial deposit for registration: 1000€
- Balance: Before March 15th.
Participants: 36, with a ratio of participants/ambassadors of 4:1. (A minimum of 28 participants must be reached in order to go ahead with this tour, so please, do NOT buy air tickets until we confirm details)
If the workshop is full, and there are people in the waiting list, the total amount will be refunded minus a 300€ administrative fee.
It the workshop is not full, the refund will be done by the following schedule:
61 days or more: 50% refund
60 days or less: No refund
Refund will be made the same method that payment was made.
If Lucroit cancels workshop (in case minimum number if not reached) the full refund will be made.
Included in the price:
- All transport during the week
- 7 nights of double room accommodation in 4 star hotels.
- All meals from May 19th dinner to May 26th breakfast as stated in the itinerary.
- An amazing week of experience in which you will acquire knowledge from some of the top photographers and make new friends that share the same passion as you, photography.
- All the knowledge you will take from this week.
- All the improved skills you will acquire by shooting with many award-winning photographers.
- A multitude of pictures, taken by you, in amazing places
- All the techniques you will learn to develop and edit images..
Not included in the price:
- Flights to and from Bilbao
- Alcohol, snacks, and beverages out of the itinerary
- Minibar consumptions
- International medical and travel insurance coverage
- Visas if applicable
- Single room supplement (700€)
What to bring
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm.
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperature +10 C at nights and +10 – +20 C during the daytime)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm jacket and thermal pants
– Wellingtons or fishing boots
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops