Hotel accommodations for
12 nights of single accommodations
All breakfasts, 3 lunches,
and 5 group dinners.
Airport transfers and all internal transportation.
One on One instruction and critiques will be offered during this trip
*Price is per person, single occupancy.This workshop is limited to 10 students.Airport transfers and airfare from/to your home cities are not included. A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve you space.
Welcome to Romania! You will arrive in Bucharest from where this photo tour starts. Tonight we meet during our welcome dinner.
You will start the day with a photo walk in the capital. We will wander through the old town, a place with beautiful historic buildings, small shops and restaurants. Actually, Bucharest’s old town was known as “Little Paris” in the “Belle Epoque” period.
Then we will travel to a mountainous region where we will have a landscape shooting. On the hillside you will spot animals grazing among haystacks made by hand by locals and on the valleys traditional houses and old barns.
The last shoot of the day is during the blue hour at the famous Bran castle. You will photograph the castle from outside, set in a picturesque landscape, surrounded by mountains.
Today we will travel to Sibiu, but on our way we will stop by a glass making workshop. Here you will be able to see the process sand goes through to becoming a water glass or a wine decanter. You will also have the chance to photograph the handy employees that shape and pack the glass products.
Sibiu is a beautiful medieval town built by German-Saxons and has defensive walls, towers and eye-catching old buildings. You will roam the cobbled streets of the old town and you will have a blue hour shoot here.
Once a year the shepherds from the most famous shepherding region of Romania gather at a market to sell their sheep and exchange experiences. It is a true celebration as it is the time when shepherds complete the annual transhumance by returning with their flocks from higher pastures to the valleys and prepare for winter. The event is a tremendous opportunity to learn about shepherding as it was done centuries ago and still is and also photograph the people practicing this fascinating occupation and lifestyle.
In the second part of the day you will actually get to visit a sheepfold where you will observe the shepherds’ life in their usual electricity-free environment, you will see how they take care of the sheep.
We will leave Transylvania behind and we will head north to the bucolic Maramures region.
On our way we will stop in Turda where we will visit an alien-looking salt mine. The underground place is so huge that there is a lake where you can row a boat, there is a Feris wheel and it also offers great opportunity for photography from above. As we make our way into Maramures and observe the land dotted with haystacks, people working in the fields or traveling by horse carts, we will make stops to take it all in.
We will start the day with a visit to a famous potter from the region and its fascinating workshop. The man has a very interesting character and the work that he does is truly impressive, specializing in Dacian pottery and human faces. You will be able to photograph him while he gives shape to the clay.
The town of Sighetu Marmatiei had one of the greatest prisons from the country during communist regime. Turned now in a museum, the Memorial of the Victims of Communism is a place where people go so they can learn about the communist times, the life that people had during it and its impact on the people of Romania. You will visit the museum and you also have the opportunity to photograph the cells where the most important political opponents were detained. In a small village you will meet a hat-maker and traditional shoe-maker but also a family that grinds the corn using a water-powered mill, washes the carpets in a traditional washing whirlpool and distills horinca, a strong and tasty local brandy (Americans would simply call it moonshine but for Romanians it is truly part of the culture).
One of the most iconic attractions in Maramures are its traditional wooden churches. Today you will visit one of the many across the region, the one in Surdesti village, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Then we will drive to Bucovina region, crossing the mountains through a pass with beautiful landscape.
In the afternoon we will visit a workshop where a lady dressed in traditional clothes masters the egg painting craft, typical of this region.
Today you will visit two of the most beautiful painted monasteries from Bucovina region, the ones in Moldovita and Sucevita. The Moldovita monastery features a predominantly gold and deep blue painting while the one in Sucevita has some of the best preserved frescos to this day from all painted monasteries in the country. In Molodovita you will also have the chance to photograph a steam train in motion, as it runs through villages and forests.
In the late afternoon we will hope for some great weather with clouds and sun as we will be in a place which offers wonderful landscape photography opportunities with mountains, fences.
We will head back to Transylvania region, to the medieval town of Biertan. On our way we will stop at winery where we will have lunch and wine tasting.
Biertan is a charming village of German-Saxon heritage and has one of the most impressive strongholds from Transylvania. You will wander through its streets so you can get a feel for the place, its architecture and get an insight into the life of the locals.
At sunrise you will photograph Biertan village, set in a beautiful landscape, among gentle hills and guarded by St Mary’s fortified church.
Then we will meet a gypsy family in a nearby village that will give us insight to their way of life. The man is a coppersmith so you will be able to photograph him while working.
We will then have lunch at a small-scale organic farm where you will also learn about their traditional farming techniques.
The next stop will be at a group of charcoal workers where you see how charcoal is made by slowly burning large quantities of wood for a long period of time. The place offers great opportunities for photography as, while the people carry on their activity, the smoke arise from the wood, creating an idyllic atmosphere.
You will spend the day in Viscri, another village of German-Saxon heritage, with well-preserved colorful houses and cobbled-stone roads. You will visit the fortified church which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you will also meet a brick-maker that will show you how he makes the traditional bricks by hand, mixing sand, water and clay. Another visit will be at the blacksmith, whose steel objects are still on high demand in the area as agriculture is the main occupation of people from these rural areas.
You will spend a relaxing morning in Viscri and then hit the road to Bucharest where you will spend the last night of your trip. Farewell dinner.
You will travel back home, departing from Bucharest’s airport.
Clients may pay for the workshop directly online or by check.
If the client chooses to pay by check, the check is to make payable to
Raul Touzon and mailed to the following address:
10710 NW 66st
Doral, FL 33178 USA
Photographic equipment: bring your normal photographic gear: a camera, lenses, and a flash if you have one. You are allowed to take two cameras into mexico. If you bring more than two, declare them on the customs form as you enter Mexico.
Please make sure your photography equipment is in good working order before leaving home, and be sure to bring extra batteries. There is nothing more frustrating than having your equipment quit during a workshop week, particularly in a foreign country where repair or replacement is challenging. Check with your insurance company and make sure your equipment is covered while you are in Mexico.
Digital capture: the workshops embraces your use of digital cameras within traditional photography workshops. Please be aware that you will need to be technically self-sufficient and bring the following equipment with you:
- digital memory cards with reader
- power adapters and cables for laptop and digital camera
- camera manual
- batteries and charger for rechargeable batteries
- blank dvds for burning images
It is expected that you know how to download images from your camera to the laptop, edit images using your software, and organize the edited images for critique.
Participants will be given “standards” to follow while at the workshops. These standards are designed to simplify daily presentations and critiques. The workshops will support your participation in our night participant’s image presentation by creating a digital presentation.
Closer 30 days before the start of your workshop you will receive a letter from us with more specific details on photo and computer gear.
Client’s participation in the workshop is not guaranteed unless and until payment is received in full by raul touzon. Unless otherwise agreed below, workshops are non-transferable and non refundable.
If you cancel and the workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the worksho
- If requested more than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $250 fee.
- 31 days – 60 days: 50% refund
- Less than 30 days: no refund
- Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
- Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Photography workshop policies and general liability waiver
Please read the following document carefully. Each individual participating in a photography workshop conducted by Raul Touzon Photography must submit a signed copy of this form as part the registration process.
Participants under 18 years of age must also include the signature of a parent or guardian.
“The photographer” shall mean the organizer known as “Raul Touzon Photography”.
“The client(s)” shall be those who attend the workshop.
The information presented in this contract cannot be altered in any way by the client(s) unless such conditions are expressly agreed upon by Raul Touzon Photography and provided in writing prior to the commencement of the workshop.
- Health & safety: I am aware that the courses and activities related to the workshop in which I am participating present certain risks including, but not limited to, bodily injury, death, illness, loss or damage to personal property, and other safety-related dangers. I further understand that these outdoor photography courses in certain instances present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, wild animals, absence of prompt medical attention, if needed, and travel by automobile or other conveyance. I understand these risks, recognize that these dangers cannot be eliminated, and acknowledge other dangers not mentioned may also exist. I understand the physical requirements of participation in these activities and affirm I meet these requirements, and that my physical and mental health is good, and that I am not under a doctor’s care for any condition that might endanger other participants or me. I understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In case of injury, accident, illness, or my inability to complete these activities, I will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors or the national park services.
- Copyright & license: all photographs created by the client during the workshop remain the intellectual property of the client. The client retains full copyright of these images. Client images may be used to promote future workshops without compensation to Raul Touzon Photography or the client.
- Prices: prices for the workshops are available online and are non-negotiable. Amenities may vary for individual work- shops and it is the client’s responsibility to read the course details carefully. Airfare is not included in the workshop fees.
- Payments: you can make payments directly online or by check. We cannot guarantee your placement in a workshop unless we receive full payment. Unless specified, workshops are non-transferable.
- Refunds/cancellation by the client(s):
Cancellations will receive 100% refund minus a cancellation administration fee of $ 250.
Cancellations made within 31 days to 60 days prior to the start of workshop dates, are entitled to a 50% refund based on the full tuition fee of the workshop.
Cancellations made within a 30 days period prior to the start of a workshop will not be entitled to a refund.
In the unlikely event a workshop cannot be conducted for reasons defined in item (6), the client will receive a 100% refund, or the choice of an alternative workshop of equal value. No further compensation is required.
- Refunds/cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography due to an insufficient number of participants: if insufficient bookings are made, Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop. Notice will be given to the client no less than 10 days prior to the workshop date. In this circumstance an alternate workshop of equal value, or 100% refund be offered to the client.
Force majeure: (typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other “acts of god”, or the failure of third-parties such as suppliers and subcontractors to perform their obligations to the contracting party.)
The due performance of the contract is subject to alteration or cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography owing to any cause beyond their reasonable control (e.g. sudden illness/injury/victim of crime).
Raul Touzon Photography may substitute another photographer in the event that the assigned instructor is unable to attend the workshop due to such factors. However, it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement at short notice. As explained in item (6), 100% refund, or an alternate course will be offered if no workshop can be performed.
- Valuables: all valuables belonging to the client including camera equipment are the clients’ responsibility. Raul Touzon Photography and its instructors cannot be held liable for any lost or damaged equipment (camera or other) while participating in a workshop.
- Complaints: any complaints regarding the workshop or its instructors must be made in writing within seven days of the workshop. All complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.
- Logistics and accomodation: whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.
- Our itinerary is intended as an example only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.
- Governing law: the laws of the state of Montana shall govern this agreement. Any notices required or permitted under this agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (I) delivered in person, (ii) sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed, or (iii) sent by overnight mail service with confirmation of delivery. In the case of (I), notice shall be deemed effective upon delivery; in the case of (ii) and (iii), notice shall be deemed effective upon confirmation of receipt or delivery.
- Concealed weapons: in February 2010 the federal government lifted the ban on loaded and concealed weapons in our national parks. While we respect the rights of those who wish to carry firearms, Wild West photos will not allow individuals who participate in our workshops to carry firearms of any kind. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact us by phone or email prior to registration.
- Participation: I certify that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation. I hereby release Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors, any landowner, employee of the landowner in which we hold the workshop, the us forest service, the national park service, and other land managers where these activities occur from any and all liability claims, causes of action, debts, and demands that may arise as a result of my participation in these activities. This document shall also serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and members of my family. Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or change activities without prior notice, and reserves the right to cancel the registration of any participant it determines fails to meet the requirements of these activities.
- Responsibility: Raul Touzon Photography act only as agents for the passenger in regards to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.
They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provided are for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.
Signature of participant: ______________________________________________________
Print name: ______________________________________________________
As a parent or guardian of the participant indicated above, I acknowledge reading this form and agree to all the provisions above. In addition to the above release and assumption of risk, I also give my permission for instructors, staff, volunteers, and emergency personnel to make necessary first aid decisions in the event of an accident, injury, or illness to the above named participant.
Signature of parent/guardian: ______________________________________________________
Print name: ______________________________________________________