It was a four-day travel photography workshop, and our biggest challenge was the Sunrise and Sunset times in Paris at this time of year. Sunrise is early — 5:45 am, and sunset is really late around 9:50 pm. This is why we had the workshop participants take a siesta each day from lunchtime to 5:30 pm. Remember — if Sunrise is 5:45 am, that's about when the shoot ENDS. We have to be on-location and shooting, starting around 5:10 am. Those siestas are very necessary and keep everybody from getting burned out. We're still working together for about 10-hours a day, but we're together more like 12 hours (with breakfast and lunch).
THE NIGHT BEFORE…
At our workshops, we treat all the participants to a casual get-together dinner the night before the workshop so we can all get to know each other over a great meal before the start of the workshop at dawn the next monring. We had such a great group of photographers, and that makes all the difference in the world at a workshop like this. Great people make for great times.
Before the workshop, we asked the participants to watch the wonderful movie "Midnight in Paris" (Directed by Woody Alan and starring Owen Wilson). We did this for two reasons:
(1) It's the perfect movie to watch before any trip to Paris. It's just so great. And…
(2) …thanks to Kalebra, we were able to get the Polidor Restaurant for that "get together" dinner. The Polidor was used in the movie "Midnight in Paris" when Owen Wilson's character meets Ernest Hemingway (seen below).
Every day we're either shooting on location, or learning in the classroom.
BEFORE THE WORKSHOP AND RIGHT AFTER, MIMO AND I GOT A CHANCE TO DO SOME SHOOTING.
We stayed at such a charming Bed & Breakfast —
It was called "Le jardin des Glycines" In the town of Mane, France. About 45 minutes from the Lavender fields of Valensol (well, at least by car). A wonderful couple runs the place, and they are as charming as the hotel. Beautiful gardens, and a super yummy French breakfast (crepes, homemade bread, juices, great coffee, croissants, homemade jellies, and jams, etc.) and served in such a beautiful room I had to take a few pictures of the place and the food.
All photos ©2019 Scott Kelby