*Update 18/5

You can load your equipment to horses that will go to the shelter. If interested, contact with us about the cost.

Intro

A week after our Verliga workshop, we ride Mt. Tymfi to capture the night sky from the Dragonlake creating a complete astrophotography experience. Apart from travelling to Tymfi, any participant can choose our post-processing webinar, which along with Tomas Slovinsky we'll help take your results to a whole new level.

Description

Dragonlake of Tymfi (2050m) is a favourite landscape for nature lovers and photographers. Its eerie combination with the night sky gives us opportunities for unique frames.

In our three-day photographic journey, we will enjoy the stars, learn to photograph the night sky, spot our photo targets and get acquainted with advanced techniques.

Price (VAT included)

€290

Team

15 people (mininum number of people 10)

Experience level

Amateurs and pros

Physical status

Very good

The date

1 - 3 July 2022

Itinerary

Friday 1/7 (Papigo - Astrakas hut)

We will meet in the large parking lot of the village of Mikro Papigo at 12 where we will meet and talk about the program that will follow. At 12:30 pm we will start the hike with our guide to the Astrakas hut. It will take about 4 hours to reach the hut. During the route, we will meet many kiosks where we can replenish our water and take our breaks.

Once we reach the hut and get comfortable in our beds, we will eat to replenish our strength. At this point, we must mention that the shelter has breakfast, cooked, coffee, water etc. After getting some rest, we will meet at 7.00 pm when we will talk about the theoretical part of astrophotography and the necessary techniques and settings that we need to know.

As soon as it gets dark we will put on our warm clothes and prepare our equipment. At this point, we should state that the headlamp is necessary (bonus if it has a red light so as not to spoil the eye adjustment in the dark. We will stroll around the shelter and photograph the galaxy above the peaks of Tymfi and the imposing peak of Gamila.

For anyone interested, we will do an introductory lesson on the use of the star tracker and photographing targets with a focal length of over 100mm. In this way, we isolate points in the sky and highlight more details in star clusters and nebulae. Throughout the night we will be close to each participant to make sure that you have assimilated all the necessary knowledge and secrets so that you can continue to take wonderful astrophotographs in the future.

Saturday 2/7 (Astrakas hut - Dragonlake)

After breakfast, we will have free time to relax and enjoy the mountain with a coffee or tea. We will have the opportunity to discuss questions about what we practised last night. In the afternoon after taking our packed lunch (it is good that you have your own container), we will head to Dragonlake which is 1.5 hours away from the hut.

When we arrive, we will photograph the sunset and prepare for the night. The goal is to practice advanced photo techniques, such as focus stacking, polar aligning, panoramas, etc. Once we have completed our shooting and we all have the data we want, we will return with the mountain guide to the hut and rest.

Sunday 3/7 (Astrakas hut - Papigo)

The goal is to start the descent at 10:30 am and it will take about 2.5 - 3 hours to reach Mikro Papigo. That's where our trip will end, planning a rendevous for the next one!

Location

The village of Mikro Papigo is located about 470 km from Athens.

Transportation

You have to drive by yourself to the village of Pappigo.

Food

The Astrakas hut has food, water and everything you need. It is good to have some snacks with you when we are hiking.

Accomodation

The ticket price only includes accommodation at the hut. The shelter has beds but you will need to bring a sleeping bag to cover yourself.

Terms & Conditions


  • The participant must be at least 18 years old.
  • The participant must bring with him all the mandatory equipment listed at the top of the page.
  • The participant has the full responsibility to judge whether he/she can participate in the workshop without compromising his/her health, as well as to ensure that he/she will not endanger his/her physical integrity or that of the other participants. He/She recognizes and accepts that the weather phenomena in the mountain are changeable and unpredictable. For this reason, the hosts are not responsible for the cancellation of the trip or change of planning for this reason. Also in case, the participant is in danger of either injury, loss of body part, or life itself, the responsibility of the organizer is limited to the correct preparation and correct decision/choice/change of design, and the provision of instructions to ensure as much as possible physical integrity and mental and spiritual health of the participants.
  • The participant is responsible and accountable for the honest statement of his health status, acknowledges and accepts that the hosts are not responsible for injuries or health problems that existed before, as well as for any burden that may be suffered by his/her health condition, from his/her participation in the activity. In case the participant due to a false or insufficient declaration of health status or unavailability (due to his/her fault) of the equipment required so that he/she can not cope with the planning of the trip/activity, the hosts have the right to remove the participant from the activity, with the sole obligation to ensure a safe return and to call for rescue assistance, if and when needed. The cost of the rescue is paid solely by the participant. In case he/she puts the whole team or another member at risk due to false or inadequate health status or problems, he/she has the sole responsibility for any financial claim or any legal decision taken by the other members.
  • Τhe invoice will be issued after the end of the workshop.

Cancellations


We take the responsibility to fully comply with all health requirements regarding the protection of the population and the prevention of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. There may be modifications of dates or schedules, about which we will inform you in time.

  1. Any change/cancellation/update by the participants will be done at info@constantinethemelis.com or Discord channel.
  2. For cancellations up to 30 days before the activity, there is the right to a 100% refund, minus the cost of banking transactions for booking and refunds.
  3. For cancellations in the period from 30 to 10 days before the workshop, there is a right to a 50% refund of the ticket's cost minus the cost of banking transactions for booking and refunds.
  4. For cancellations up to 10 days before the date of the workshop, no refund is returned.
  5. The workshop will take place only if the minimum number of people is reached (10). In case the minimum number of participants is not completed, the date will be changed and will be announced in the future.
  6. In case of cancellation by the hosts due to the non-completion of the required number of people, the full amount will be refunded.
  7. In case of cancellation due to extenuating circumstances within the last 48 hours, the right to withhold reasonable expenses is reserved. In any case, an attempt will be made to postpone the trip to a later date. (Cancellation term 1)
  8. The organizers reserve the right to modify the program unilaterally.
  9. In case of cancellation by the participant, the invoice will be sent after the workshop for the amount that may have been withheld.
Meet the hosts
Constantine Themelis

Constantine Themelis

Astrophotographer, Photo tour guide

Constantine is a self-taught photographer based in Greece. He studied Computer Engineering back in 2010 and got his BSc in 2015 and an MSc in 2018. His astro journey started back in 2013. Inspired by Carl Sagan and science fiction movies, he bought my first DSLR and started experimenting with astrophotography and amateur astronomy.

The big change came in 2018 when the Canon department in Greece approached him. Since then, he works closely with Canon, delivering content and testing new equipment. In 2020, he started working with F-stop gear, a company that creates top-class outdoor camera bags and joined their Pathfinder Ambassador program. His main passion is to travel the world, capture the starscapes and run workshops to educate people about astrophotography.

Featured in: Milky Way Photographer Of The Year 2021, The World at Night, Photopills

For more information about the trip, contact Constantine Themelis info@constantinethemelis.com/+306984258076.

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