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G e o f f  S i m p s o n  P h o t o g r a p h y  L t d

p h o t o   t r a v e l   w i t h   g e o f f

White Stork landing on an Umbrella Pine

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Monchique Cabo de São Vicente Ria Formosa  Sapal de Castro Marim

Cost £995.00 per participant. Excluding flights to Faro, Portugal.

(Non-Refundable Deposit £295.00 - no single supplement)

Balance of £700.00 payment due 70 days prior to the commencement of each photographic holiday.

Access to the Ria Formosa is granted by special permission arranged with the governing authorities.

European Bee-Eater

Each year Geoff spends several months in the Algarve region of Portugal working extensively in pursuit of the best images this outstandingly rich bio-diverse region of southern Europe is capable of producing. These photographic opportunity holidays offer a truly unique adventure, giving you the chance to visit amazing locations with the benefit of first hand knowledge from one today's leading professional nature photographers.

 

 

b e n e f i t s   i n c l u d e

  • only the best locations are used and each are thoroughly researched and frequently used by Geoff to produce many of his best selling images

  • a small group size enables first hand advice and guidance if and when needed

  • low numbers of participants ensure less disturbance and impact on the subjects, therefore better photographic opportunities

  • first hand knowledge means visiting locations that are known to provide high quality photographic opportunities

  • sharing the holiday with like-minded people

  • the style of the day is tailored to ensure the maximum photographic potential

u n p r e c e n d e n t e d   o p p o r t u n i t i e s   t o   p h o t o g r a p h

  • Avocet (October - April)
  • Azure-Winged Magpie
  • Bee-Eater (March - September)
  • Black Redstart (October - January)
  • Black-Winged Stilt
  • Cattle Egret including roost
  • Crested Lark
  • Fan-Tailed Warbler
  • Greater Flamingo (October - January)
  • Hoopoe
  • Little Egret roost
  • Moorish Gecko
  • Countless species of butterflies (throughout the year) including the magnificent Two-tailed Pasha, Spanish Festoon, Scarce Swallowtail and Queen of Spain Fritillary to name a few.....
  • Probably the best location in Europe for orchids and wildflowers
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • White Stork
  • Red-Necked Nightjar
  • Wryneck

Spanish Festoon feeding on Crown Daisy

w h a t ' s   i n c l u d e d

Transfers to Vila Galé Hotel, Tavira Geoff will pick all clients up from Faro Airport and return clients to Faro Airport at the end of the photographic holiday.

7-nights accommodation (inc. breakfast and 3-course evening meal) at the elegant and modern Vila Galé Hotel in the beautiful and historic fishing town of Tavira. At its best, Portuguese food uses simple ingredients impeccably prepared. During our days out in-the-field a buffet style lunch and soft drinks will be made available.

Transportation is in the form of air-conditioned 9-people carrier during the duration of the holiday. Two chartered boat excursions at the optimum time to the outer beaches of the fabulous Ria Formosa salt marsh are included together with all tuition and advice from Geoff where required.

Group size strictly limited to 6 participants.

Review of your work Geoff will spend time as required reviewing your images and assessing the most appropriate path to improving your image making.

Ethos above all a sense a fun is paramount. Geoff is an inspirational tutor who will go out of his way to ensure that your photographic holiday in the Algarve is a truly enjoyable experience that leaves you feeling inspired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

w h a t ' s   e x c l u d e d

Flights, alcoholic drinks, personal insurance, medical insurance and any personal expenses not included in the aforementioned.

Itinerary in brief This outstanding nature photography holiday combines the unique photographic opportunities from a wildlife, natural history and cultural perspective that the Algarve region of Portugal has to offer. Please note that these photographic holiday's are essentially an opportunity to photograph a wide variety of natural history subjects from birds, reptiles, butterflies, wildflowers, orchids, culture and landscapes in the best available light by working at both dawn and dusk.

 

 

b o o k i n g   f o r m

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b o o k i n g   c o n d i t i o n s

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Greater Flamingos flying over the Ria Formosa    

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7-day holiday  commencing 11 March 2008 
7-day holiday  commencing 10 April 2008   
7-day holiday  commencing 24 October 2008   
7-day holiday  commencing 20 November 2008
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A mandatory condition of joining this outstanding photographic holiday that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risk. A European Union medical card is a mandatory requirement.

  Cattle Egret roost

q u e s t i o n s   a n d   a n s w e r s

Is the holiday suitable for beginners? All standards are welcome from beginners to advanced photographers.

What equipment will I require? This photographic holiday is suitable for both digital and film users. A range of lenses will be required for wildlife, close-up and landscape photography. An ideal lens would be 100-400mm focal length. A tripod is essential while beanbags can be filled with material obtained locally.

Will there be much walking involved? Most of our photographic forays will involve short walks over predominantly flat ground though occasionally the ground may by covered be stones and interspersed by rocks typical of the Mediterranean & Iberian coastline.

Level of fitness is required? This holiday is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and likes warm weather.

What will the climate be like? Weather in the Algarve region of Portugal is warm throughout the year with virtually no winter. We have timed our week long photographic holidays to coincide with the maximum opportunity to photograph the key species and avoiding the extreme temperatures of mid-summer. Temperatures ranging from 18ºC - 25ºC are typical with low humidity. Clothing suitable for hot climates is highly recommend together with stout walking shoes. Sun tan and aftersun lotions are also highly recommend. Evenings can be surprisingly chilly and a jumper or light fleece are recommended if venturing outside. Please note that we aim to be out at any given location pre-dawn and again before sunset to ensure our chances of obtaining outstanding images in the best possible light is maximised.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Geoff directly or email

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Chameleon

we look forward to welcoming you to what will be a photo tour packed with fantastic photographic opportunities

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