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September 27th to 29th 2019Bad Gastein Photo Tour

3-DAY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN AUSTRIA BY NIKLAS SIEMENS
in collaboration with Sony Austria and @visitbadgastein

Tucked away in the mountains of Austria there is a near-forgotten town called Bad Gastein which is slowly waking up again from a deep sleep. The area is one of my favorite places to go, offering lush green valleys, refreshing alpine lakes and impressive mountain ranges. I have witnessed some of my most beautiful sunsets and clearest night skies around here. During the workshop, we will be staying in a mountain hut on the highest grass mountain in Europe and together we'll see to some of the most photogenic places Austria has to offer. I will sharpen and hone your photo skills, whilst teaching how best to plan your own outdoor adventures. Join me on this one of a kind photo tour in the mountains of Austria!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • September 27th to 29th 2019
  • Total Price: €599 EUR
  • Participants: max. 6 + Niklas + mountain guide
  • Moderate level of fitness required
  • Languages spoken: English and German
  • 5% of profits go to 350.org - an international environmental organization addressing climate change
WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • All transport
  • All accommodation (mountain huts with shared rooms)
  • Breakfasts and dinners (see itinerary for details)
  • Photography tuition (Landscape, Outdoor/ Adventure, Night Photography, in-the-field guidance on settings and composition)
  • Teaching you how to plan going out in the mountains on your own (reading weather maps, outdoor/ hiking maps, useful apps)
  • Sony camera equipment for you to try (feel free to use your own camera if you prefer)
  • A licensed mountain guide for your safety
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights and transport to and from Bad Gastein (I would recommend flying in to Munich or Salzburg and taking a train from there)
  • Travel insurance
  • Hiking gear
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
Itinerary
Our 3 day schedule

Day 1
Meet in Bad Gastein at 12 noon and briefly talk about what we will be doing the next days. After a short drive to the beginning of the hike we gear up and start our 2h hike to reach Gamskarkogel mountain at 2467m height and our hut for the night. Up on the mountain top we will be out during golden hour and sunset, then have dinner and if the weather is good we will do some Astrophotography at night.
[ Meals included: Dinner ]

Day 2
Early wake up call to get out during blue hour and photograph the sunrise from up on the mountain. After breakfast we will descent on a different route down to Bad Gastein. Approximately 4h of walking with a stop at Poserhöhe and lunch afterwards in Bad Gastein. We will see the town with its waterfall rushing straight through for a bit and then drive to the end of the valley in Sportgastein. Exploring the area before having dinner in our next mountain hut and doing another night photography session. Sportgastein is one of the darkest places in Austria with close to zero light pollution which makes this a perfect place for taking photos of the night sky.
[ Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner ]

Day 3
Getting up before sunrise to photograph the mood in the valley with good chances on some low fog turning the whole place in a mystic world. After breakfast we will be driving back to Bad Gastein from where we will do a 3h hike to Reedsee Lake to see the perfect reflection and mountain hut. A 2h descent afterwards and then one last lunch together summing up what we have learned and experienced before the workshop is officially over in the afternoon. Happy to help you with advice on where to go next if you want to stay a few days longer.
[ Meals included: Breakfast ]

This itinerary is open to changes given weather circumstances.

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For more impressions of the Bad Gastein area scroll down for my workshop mood board or have a look here
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

What level of photography is required?
The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Just bring some passion and energy, with the drive to be out in the field every day.

What clothes should I bring?
I’d recommend that you layer up! Bring comfortable, warm clothes and a waterproof outer layer. Merino socks and hiking boots are your best friend. As the saying goes “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." A detailed packing list will be provided.

Where will we be staying?
Accommodation will be basic but authentic and cozy mountain huts without the comfort you might be used to from hotels but that’s the way we locals do it. Views over comfort. Worth it all the times.

What kind of weather can I expect?
We expect a good mix of sunshine and moody weather with the potential of rain. The temperature for this time of the year should be around 20° Celsius during the day down in the valley and slightly above 0° Celsius up at the mountain at night.

What and where will we eat?
All huts include traditional dinner and breakfast and we will have lunches at selected local restaurants on the way. All places serve food made from regional ingredients. If you have any dietary requirements please let me know in advance.

LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!
Please fill out the application form to register your interest for a place on the workshop.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions: niklas@sieklas.com
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