This 2020 we will launch a new excursion option, adapted both for professional photographers looking for places and lights in particular and also for amateurs or amateurs who want to marvel at the beauties that Atacama offers and in turn learn or expand their experience in the art of photography .
These activities are designed for a maximum of 7 people and a minimum of 3 to be able to make the group (ask for larger groups if required) Visiting the classic attractions around San Pedro de Atacama, but at special times to see the Better lights and avoid conventional groups. In addition, we will offer the option of visiting uncrowded and unusual places, but with a unique photographic potential. And as atacama is characterized by having one of the best skies in the world to perform astrophotography, of course we will perform nighttime activities, where professionals or semi-professionals will marvel at this sky to perform their astrophotographs and those who are learning will do it in one of the ideal places for this activity.
In addition, throughout the excursions all information related to the area will be delivered, in areas of geology, flora, fauna, history and heritage, traditions, etc. And they can also make all the questions related to photography for those who want to learn or improve their knowledge with their camera.
The safaris-workshops will be held on specific dates to have the best night sky conditions, but unfortunately we cannot control the weather. Most of the year the weather is stable except for summer (January to March) when the rainy season manifests and if the intensity is strong, tourist attractions and roads are usually closed, therefore these circuits are not feasible for now in January and February.
The rest of the year the weather is mostly stable, but in autumn-winter if we suffer from a cold core in height (rare weather condition) it can leave several centimeters of snow on the high plateau and mountain range and the attractions of height can be closed, In any case, if that happens, alternatives will be proposed.
Starting next year every month we will have 2 photographic safaris-workshops. A basic 3 days and two nights of activities for those who do not have much time, but still we can see the main places and two astrography outings. And you will have a full 5 day and 3 night astrophotography safari. In this latest version we will have a unique destination that will surely surprise you !!
Each month you will have a unique itinerary due to the changes of schedules and fluctuations in the hours of light and darkness, but we will make sure to cover as many places and moments to capture in our cameras.
The night before the first day of activities, we will enjoy a meal in a restaurant and share more information about each one in order to further internalize the interests and objectives of the person and also begin to consolidate the group and get to know each other. In addition, we will detail the itinerary to follow, which we will see and make every day, recommendations of what to wear and how to dress, etc.
And last night as a bonus we will enjoy a dinner under the stars with local cuisine, to enjoy a delicious dinner among all of us and share comments on what was the experience lived in the previous days. In addition, they will have the opportunity to obviously perform their last astrophotographs of the Atacama desert skies.
Workshop (medium-advanced level)
-Review of basic parameters (Exposure, aperture, ISO, white balance, focal distances)
-Panoramas with and without tripod
-Depth of field
-Use of filters
-Timelapse technique (essential intervalometer)
-Different lights of the day
-High dynamic range or HDR photography
-Long day exposure (essential ND filter)
-Full astrophotography from wide field to deep sky photography.
3 days and 2 nights: From March 15 to 17 and from March 27 to 29
5 days and 3 nights: From March 20 to 25.
3 days and 2 nights: From April 13 to 15 and from April 24 to 26
5 days and 3 nights: From April 18 to 22
3 days and 2 nights: From May 12 to 14 and from May 23 to 25
5 days and 3 nights: From May 17 to 21
3 days and 2 nights: From June 11 to 13 and from June 22 to 24
5 days and 3 nights: From June 16 to 20
3 days and 2 nights: From July 10 to 12 and from July 21 to 23
5 days and 3 nights: July 15-19
3 days and 2 nights: From August 8 to 10 and from August 19 to 21
5 days and 3 nights: From August 13 to 17
3 days and 2 nights: From September 7 to 9 and from September 18 to 20
5 days and 3 nights: From September 12 to 16
3 days and 2 nights: From October 6 to 8 and from October 18 to 20
5 days and 3 nights: From October 11 to 15
3 days and 2 nights: From November 4 to 6 and from November 15 to 17
5 days and 3 nights: From November 9 to 13
December (Unfortunately because the sagittarius arm (milky way) is already hidden on the horizon at nightfall only 1 night out will be made in the short safari and 2 in the long)
3 days and 1 night: From December 3 to 5 and from December 14 to 16
5 days and 2 nights: From December 8 to 12
Unmissable places that we will visit on our tours: (they may suffer changes or closures due to weather conditions)
* Laguna Chaxa
* Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons
* Salar de Talar (Viewpoints to former Red Stones)
* Salt mountain range
* Tatio Geysers
* Salar de Atacama
What we will include for each day:
* Water bottles
* Breakfast and lunch
* Medicinal herb infusions to prevent altitude sickness
* Tickets to national parks
* Tracker for astrophotography nights
* Tripod with gimball for telephotos.
* Canon users will have 2 lenses available in case they want to occupy them
-Canon EF 100-400mm f / 4.5-5.6 L IS
-Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L IS Mark II
Recommendations and what to bring
Throughout the days we will have quite abrupt temperature fluctuations, the same every month, therefore, in terms of clothing they should always bring.
-Sun protection as caps, glasses, protective cream
-Thick and thin gloves (first skin)
-First layers help enough
- Thick or cold jackets
-Light clothes for the day
As for the photographic equipment:
- DSRL camera if possible (requirement to bring manual mode)
-Extra batteries as well as memories
-Tripod (in case you can't bring space, you can rent a semi-professional and stable ball head tripod)
-UV filters to prevent dust from entering the optics
- Polarizing filters (we have too much sun and some photographers don't like to photograph with “too much light”)
-Front lamps, if possible with red light and normal light
-Cleaning kits such as blowers and brushes for all the dust and sand we have (we also offer sale of microfiber brushes to clean Full frame sensors and crop sensor in case of dirt in the camera sensor)
-Intervalometer or remote control (fundamental to make Bulb in long exposure shots over 30 seconds)
On which lenses to bring, I suggest a wide-angle lens (unless it has 2.8 aperture) for astrophotography shots, a zoom lens for dynamic photos such as 24-70 or 24-105 and a telephoto to capture wildlife or play with depth of field
Finally, for each safari-workshop we will propose 3 itinerary options by contacting us by email and each participant can propose which option to perform, the one with the most votes will be the option to follow. Anyway, each photographer will be made some basic queries by email to know what they are looking for, what their goals are and thus already have an idea of each one.
To make the reservation of the safari you must go to the section of safaris-workshops following the following link: Click here here and select the month you want, 3 options will appear and select the date and type of safari you want, when filling out the form and making the payment your reservation will be finalized, remember to send us an email to confirm your request and in case of any doubts or questions do not hesitate to contact us.