Havana Photography Workshop

with photographer Dan Callis

 

Feb. 28 to March 7, 2015 (arrive sat., leave the following sat.)

Limited to 8 people, 4 spots left

Jan.31 - Feb.7 ONE SPOT LEFT! (sat. to sat.)

(scroll down for info on Licenses for American citizens)

Do you have a small group of friends or camera club who would like a custom workshop?

Contact me  to discuss dates.        tel:902.499.1290


Get off the tourist path and see the real Havana!

$1650 includes accommodation with breakfast every day and dinner for 5 days

Arrive Saturday, depart the following Saturday.


For an AUTHENTIC ADVENTURE join professional photographer Dan Callis on assignment in HAVANA, Cuba, a city almost frozen in time with its colonial architecture and old cars. Present day Havana may still echo the 1950’s but you’ll also find a vibrant culture with amazing music, African influences, and, of course, cigars, rum, and dancing!


In Havana you’ll find resourceful, proud and friendly people, all part of an urban landscape that is so visually rich you’ll have trouble deciding what not to photograph.


Photographers of all levels are welcome. It will be a cultural experience seen through your lens. We will live in Central Havana, a busy Cuban neighbourhood just a few blocks from the Malecon and a short walk to Old Havana.


COST:

$1650 per person, (plus 15% hst for Canadians).


We have Americans and Europeans as well as Canadians attend. Everyone is welcome.


Deposit: $500 is required to hold your space. Balance due 8 weeks prior to start date.


Refunds: Refunds may be made 8 weeks prior to start date, a 25% administration fee will be deducted. Payment is otherwise nonrefundable unless the trip is cancelled by Dan due to low enrolment, illness or any other unforeseen circumstance.


What’s included: Accommodation with breakfast every day, dinner at home base, (5 days), and workshop tuition.

What’s not included: Airfare, ground transportation, Cuban exit tax, ($25), meals other than those provided at home base and all other personal or incidental expenses including entrance fees, taxis etc.


EQUIPMENT:


Digital SLR and laptop with editing software. (I use Adobe Lightroom).

For lenses, I recommend a 24-70mm, maybe a 70-200mm and a fast prime like a 50mm.           

                       

           

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Small Group - Individual Attention - Cultural Immersion


The small number of participants ensures I can give you individual attention and attend to the different skill levels. We explore different areas of the city every day and return to home base where we will edit, process and generally discuss your images.

I am there to give you guidance every step of the way. A small group of like minded people from different backgrounds and age groups makes for a great learning environment.


We live with Cuban families in a busy Cuban neighbourhood within walking distance to the big hotels and tourist areas. There are very few tourists in our immediate neighbourhood and there are great photo opportunities right outside the door. We will hit the must see tourist areas but also go where few tourists can be found.


AMERICAN CITIZENS:


For licenses and flights contact www.pgtravel.ca email judy@pgtravel.ca

or call Judy Gallant tel: 1 877 586 8747


See OFAC General Licenses: HERE



ITINERARY:


Saturday - Participants arrive

Sunday to Thursday - Photography activities

Friday - Personal day

Saturday - Participants depart



CONTACT: To reserve your spot or to get more information, please contact Dan Callis

tel: 902.499.1290 or 902.425.8093     email: dan@dancallis.com     website: dancallis.com

        

                                                          MEET DAN: I’ve been traveling to Cuba since the early       

                                                            1990’s. My first visits were to Santiago de

                                                            Cuba, where I was instantly taken by the

                                                            beauty of the place, the friendly people and

                                                            the music. I’ll never forget getting off the bus

                                                            Parque Cespedes and walking a few meters to

                                                            La Casa de la Trova. Wow! The music! I was

                                                            hooked. After returning to Santiago de Cuba

                                                            several times, a friend suggested we try

                                                            Havana. We found Havana to be an endlessly

                                                            fascinating place. We found jazz clubs that

                                                            blew our minds, son groups playing for tourists

                                                            that were so numerous and talented, I just

                                                            can’t begin to describe them - and the salsa, or ‘timba’ groups who don’t even start playing until midnight. Then there was the folkloric music, which stole my heart, mind, and soul - rumba, abakua, and the religious bata drums. I was hooked all over again. I spent 15 years hunting out the folkloric music and the great people who play these drums and dance and sing this beautiful music. I’ve done workshops in Havana and Matanzas with the best groups. I met musicians whose American contemporaries I would never have an opportunity to meet. In Havana they invite you into their homes! A world like no other. I’ve been so fascinated by Havana I forgot to take pictures. I can’t explain why. I’ve been a photographer my entire life. That’s where the idea was born to start the Havana Photography Workshops - a half dozen like-minded people exploring a city that has captivated me for years.


ACCOMMODATION: Secure accommodation in a  private room with bath. Part of the cultural experience is meeting Cuban's where they live. We stay in 2 or 3 B&B's, depending on the size of the group, all within a couple of blocks. We gather each morning at home base for breakfast together. There we discuss the day ahead and return to edit, process and discuss our photographs. Home base is where we gather day and night. We arrange wonderful family like dinners at home or venture out to one of the many restaurants in the area. Cuban food is no longer the disappointment it was 10 years ago and there are some very good eateries within walking distance, including a very good one right across the street where the average meal is around $10. There are also many higher end restaurants popping up around the city.

                    

Breakfast at home base is excellent and generous. Fruit, bread, eggs, Cuban coffee.


The airport taxi to downtown is $25CUC’s. From home base we’ll walking most of the time, but taxis or bicycle cabs, ( for 2 ppl), are everywhere if you’re feeling tired, and usually cost btw 4 and 7 CUC’s to anywhere in Havana, (except the airport!).

A ride in a 1950’s taxi can be quite a thrill!


Note:  Visitors to Cuba now must have proof of valid medical insurance. Participants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documentation is current and valid.


Money must be converted to Cuban Convertible Peso at the airport or at a bank.


April 2011 photos


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