A guided photography workshop to three beautiful zoos in Holland 15th May â€“ 19th May 2019
You will enjoy one full day at Apenheul, one full day at Ouwehands and 1.5 days at Burgers. Geoff and Roy are your guides during this workshop. This workshop is for a maximum of 12 people. With two guides, we could potentially split the group up in 2 groups in case people would like to explore different places of the zoo. All the necessary photographic guidance will be provided and along with Geoffâ€™s 47 years of experience working at London Zoo and Marwell Zoo we also provide an extensive amount of knowledge about the animals. This workshop is designed specifically for the enthusiastic photographers with a passion in photographing wildlife. This workshop enables you to: -
master many of the field techniques required of a competent wildlife photographer improve photographic techniques get a great knowledge of the subjects bring home loads of memorable and high-quality images
Burgers Bush restaurant
Itinerary Wednesday 15th May 2019 Afternoon arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Upon arrival at Schiphol airport, you will be welcomed by Geoff and Roy (meeting point information will be send to you by email. At approximately 16.30CET we will take you to our hotel. If the traffic is kind to us, the journey to our hotel will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Dinner is scheduled for 19:30CET. After a lovely meal, we will take you through the plans for the next day. We will aim to arrange our schedule such that we can visit Apenheul on a dry day.
Thursday 16th May 2019 A full day at Apenheul 10:00CET â€“ 17:00CET Buffet breakfast will be available from 06:30CET and may be taken individually. If you are planning to have breakfast, please note we will aim to leave the hotel for the zoo at Apenheul 09:30CET latest. We will drive back to the hotel at approximately 17:00CET. Buffet dinner will be waiting for us at 19:30CET and tables are reserved to enjoy a meal together.
Friday 17th May 2019 A full day at Ouwehands 10:00CET â€“ 17:00CET Buffet breakfast will be available from 06:30CET and may be taken individually. If you are planning to have breakfast, please note we will aim to leave the hotel for the zoo at 08:30CET latest. We will drive back to the hotel at approximately 17:00CET. Buffet dinner will be waiting for us at 19:30CET and tables are reserved to enjoy a meal together.
Saturday 18th May 2019 A full day at Burgers Zoo 09:00CET â€“ 18:00CET Buffet breakfast will be available from 07:00CET and may be taken individually. If you are planning to have breakfast, please note we will aim to leave the hotel for the zoo at 08:30CET latest. We will drive back to the hotel at approximately 18:00CET. Buffet dinner will be waiting for us at 19:30CET and tables are reserved to enjoy a meal together.
Sunday 19th May 2019 3 hours at Burgers Zoo 09:00CET â€“ 12:00CET Buffet breakfast will be available from 07:00CET and may be taken individually. If you are planning to have breakfast, please note we will aim to leave the hotel for the zoo at 08:30CET latest. We will leave the zoo at 12:00CET in time for your return flight back to the UK. Photography Level This workshop is aimed at photographers of all abilities. You will however gain more from the workshop if you are fairly conversant with your cameras controls and the basic principles of general photography. We will however be on hand all day to assist by explainingâ€¨relevant techniques, camera settings etc. to help you to take the best photographs.
Photographic equipment required To get the best out of this workshop a good quality Digital SLR is recommended. Lenses, ideally a lens with a focal length of 300 - 400mm is recommended. Another lens we recommend is a macro lens. You don’t need it for Apenheul or Ouwehands but it could be useful for Burgers, especially if you enjoy photographing butterflies and flowers. Other accessories (not necessary but might come in handy): A rubber lens hood (for shooting through glass), monopod (ideally no tripod), plastic bag (for rain cover and humidity), extension tubes, flash (macro or flash gun), 1.4x teleconverter. If don’t own a recommended lens or you would like to try a different lens/camera we highly recommend LensesForHire. It may be that, for example, you would like to use this as an opportunity to experiment with a specific lens in a “real wildlife situation” before considering buying one. Please use CHAMELEON2017 for a 10% discount at www.lensesforhire.co.uk This will be an intensive workshop and you can expect to take home lots of great images. Three days of photography can produce a lot of images so make sure you either bring enough memory cards or arrange for a download facility such as an external hard drive or a cloud service. There will be no access to power for charging batteries at the zoos so please make sure you bring adequate quantities. You can recharge your batteries when we get back at the hotel. Please don’t forget to bring your charger and a European plug adaptor! If you have any particular questions regarding equipment please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Travel arrangements to and from The Netherlands/Schiphol Airport The cost of transport within the UK and flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are excluded. This is done to give you full flexibility to choose your preferred airport and time of departure. Please book your outbound flight to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport such that your arrival time is no later than 15:30CET on the 15th May. The departure time of your inbound flight to the UK should be no earlier than 16:00CET on the 19th May. Please be aware that you will need to ensure you have sufficient luggage allowance especially if taking heavy camera equipment. We will provide you with details regarding where to meet at Schiphol airport nearer the time of the workshop. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU SHOULD NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED TO YOU THAT THE WORKSHOP WILL GO AHEAD. FEW AIRLINES PROVIDE REFUNDS. Booking flights without having received this confirmation will be at your own risk.
Hotel Throughout the workshop, we will be staying at the Van der Valk Hotel Apeldoorn - de Cantharel: https://www.vandervalkapeldoorn.nl/en Van der Valk guests can make use of its fitness centre, which is free of charge. Other wellness activities such as sauna, beauty treatments, heated waterbeds, which can be used at a cost. Should you wish to make use of these services, arrangements can be made directly with the hotel staff. Use of wifi is free of charge.
Food and drinks Breakfast and evening meals will be enjoyed at the hotel and is included in the cost of the workshop. Drinks during the day and at/after dinner will be at your own expense. Lunch can be purchased at the zoos and is excluded from the cost of the workshop. The zoos offer nice restaurants for hot and cold beverages, snacks and meals. At Burgers Zoo, lunch can be purchased from “The Bush” which we highly recommend. Drinks or other refreshments enjoyed at the hotel are not included in the cost of the workshop. We kindly request for you to settle these directly with the hotel staff rather than putting it onto your room. As you will be sharing a room, this will avoid confusion on who needs to settle what.
Fitness level, clothing and the weather Apenheul, Ouwehands and Burgers Zoo are large zoos. There will be a reasonable amount of walking involved throughout the workshop. The parks are well maintained but we do recommend good walking/hiking shoes especially for in “The Bush” at Burgers Zoo. Walking in the jungle, crossing small streams could mean it may be a bit slippery. All three zoos have plenty of areas where you can sit, relax and buy refreshments. We will spend most of our time at Apenheul and Ouwehands outdoors, Burgers will involve a combination of both outdoors and indoors. The average temperature for May is around 18C, we advise to bring suitable warm waterproof clothing preferably with layers so you can remain comfortable should conditions change. We recommend bringing sun lotion as May can also offer very sunny days. You will need to be able to carry your camera equipment from location to location. A good camera bag will therefore be essential and some people prefer to use a trolley bag. The walkways are all “buggy friendly” so that would be OK and if you want to explore the rougher terrain in “The Bush” one of us can look after your camera bags. Whilst Apenheul, Ouwehands and Burgers Zoo are suitable for wheelchairs or guests with specific mobility requirements, our mode of transport will not be specifically adapted. However, if you have any particular questions or requirements please contact us directly so we can aim to cater for your needs.
Cost This truly unique workshop is offered nowhere else and costs just £850 per person based on two people sharing a room.
Included in the price: • • • • • • •
All transport from and to Schiphol Amsterdam International Airport. All transport to and from the zoos. 4x nights’ accommodation double rooms – single supplement £130 (if available!). 4x breakfast 4x 3 course evening meals in our hotel All guiding and tuition on this photographic workshop Entrance fees to all zoos attended
Excluded in the price: • • • •
Transport and flights from and to the UK. Lunches and drinks. Photographic insurance Travel insurance
Booking your place on this workshop To secure yourself a place on this wonderful and unique workshop please visit www.chameleonphotography.eu Select ‘Workshops’ from the menu and click on the ‘Holland workshop’. Here you will find more details and you can book your place. You will be asked to pay a £300 non-refundable (see terms and conditions http://www.chameleonphotography.eu/terms-conditions/ ) deposit. The balance of the workshop is due by Wednesday the 31st March 2019.
Geoff and Roy www.chameleonphotography.eu Roy 07796 626 659 Geoff 07763 280 117