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Ladoga Skerries – Tour to Karelia

The formation of relief and the Ladoga lake basin of nowadays had happened approximately 12,000 years ago because of Valday ice age and further rising of the Baltic sea level that was 9,000 years ago. And all this in order to let us enjoy boating along the archipelago of that wonderful skerry land of Karelia, rugged by many straits, to shoot the minimalistic landscape of those countless islands, to look for the seals basking in the sun and to breathe crystal clear air of the subarctic Karelian region.

All this beauty will be crowned with a night walk along the majestic channels of St.-Petersburg and visiting high points at the roof locations to shoot the bridges that are lighted with openwork bridge lamps and finally, we will play with the rays of the morning sun in the colonnades of the Kazan Cathedral.

During our trip we are going to visit Orthodox and Catholic churches for a portrait and landscape photography as well as the huge marble canyon and a well-known movie island where ‘Zapret’ (‘Taboo’) was made.

You will also have workshops devoted to shooting and post-production processes and a lot of interesting things that can hardly be described in a short text:)


Itinerary

Day 1, Meeting at the airport (July 27)

Meeting in St.-Petersburg. Free time until the evening. Sunset shooting, shooting the trails, backlights of the historical places and buildings. During the process we are going to the rooftops that are considered to be a very attractive location for the evening city shooting. Then we are going to visit the most significant view buildings in night illumination, have a snack and meet the dawn by the Collonnade of the Kazan Cathedral.

Day 2 (July 28)

On our way to Karelia we are going to stop at the Church of St. Andrew that is located on the picturesque island and by the evening we will have been boating to the marvelous Ladoga skerries to shoot the sunset.

Day 3 (July 29)

This day we are going to visit an amazing place – Marble Canyon. Back in 1765 in Karelia in a small town of Ruskela a marble deposit was found. The grey marble from Ruskela was widely used in the building of St. Isaac’s and Kazan Cathedrals, as well as the Marble Palace, the Tauride Palace and the Winter Palace of St.-Petersburg. It is unacceptable to be near all that beauty and not to see it:) In the afternoon we are going to have a lecture on photography, viewing footage, demonstration of postproduction secrets and tricks. In the evening we will be shooting the sunset beauty and stay overnight at a picturesque desert island.

Day 4 (July 30 июля)

We will spend the morning on the Ladoga skerry islands and visit an old abandoned Lutheran Church in the afternoon. You will be able to see the beauty inside, created with the sunrays wading through window openings. We will meet the sunset on the islands, traditionally.

Day 5 (July 31)

Having had a long awaited morning sleep, we are leaving our base for other area by a motor boat to visit the Yesusareth island where a lonely dilapidated church is situated. Also we are going to boat along the picturesque strait called ‘Kocherga’. Coming back to St.-Petersburg by the evening.


During the tour we will pay a particular attention to the following topics:

  • Composition in the landscape;
  • Ways of contrasting scenes shooting;
  • Shooting with a long and pseudo-long exposure;
  • Footage postproduction.

In order to work out in detail all the topics mentioned above, for the whole duration of the tour, the group will be accompanied by two professional photographers who will be giving all necessary recommendations about a technical and art components of the shot. We are going to visit sufficiently proven places for the sunrise and sunset shooting. The limited group membership will allow paying special attention to every participant.

Tour program sequence can be varied due to the weather conditions or other factors.

Required equipment and gear

  • DSLR or MILC camera
  • Lenses: telephoto, wide, normal
  • Gradient (hard, soft) and CPL filters
  • Tripod and remote shutter release device
  • Headlight or torch for the night shooting
  • Spare batteries
  • Laptop for the photos analysis
  • Windproof jacket
  • Windproof trousers
  • Windproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Base layer
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Spare pair of boots
  • Footwear for house (sneakers or slippers)

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