Nature photography workshop: The thaw in the Lagunillos de la Virgen

If you like mountain photography and want to learn more about the Sierra Nevada National Park, this nature photography workshop offers you the perfect opportunity, taking advantage of the Lagunillos de la Virgen glacial tarns during the thaw.

Hidden away in the Glacial Valley of the River Dílar, this area boasts one of the Sierra Nevada’s most impressive landscapes. At this time of year, the variety of flora at every turn, tarns, borreguiles (high mountain pastures) and blocks of floating ice are sure to make an impact.


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The activity comprises an enjoyable and informative route centred around photography in this stunning area of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

Professional nature photographer, Luis Ordoñez Ballesteros will impart a dynamic photography workshop throughout the course of this excursion, including information about the native flora and the region’s history and geology, guaranteed to inspire you when capturing the details of the characteristic surroundings of the Lagunillos de la Virgen. You’ll learn how to get the very most out of your photography equipment while getting to know a quieter corner of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

What does the photography element of the activity include?

✅ Camera configuration according to different photographic circumstances.

Metering mode, correct exposure mode, ISO settings, white balance.

✅ Practical photography applied to different photographic circumstances along the route.

✅ Different lens types. Photographic composition. Framing. Photography of flora using macro lenses or extension tubes

✅ Different exposure modes. Automatic, semiautomatic (Av, Tv) and manual. We will primarily be using manual settings.

✅ File types, jpeg and raw. We will generally be working with raw.

✅ Minimal equipment and mountain transport. Equipment protection, rucksacks.

✅ Photography in adverse weather conditions: cold, wild, rain…

✅ Exposure. How to use and adjust histograms. Exposure compensation. Lighting and problems in the mountains with snow, glare and reflections.

✅ Focused areas, depth of field. What is hyperfocal distance and what is it used for?

What do I need to take part?

The workshop takes place over mountainous terrain and it is therefore necessary to have a moderate level of fitness.

It goes without saying, you’ll need your camera. You can even take part using the camera on your mobile phone or compact camera, although a DSLR/SLR with interchangeable lenses is preferable. 

This is a low-difficulty route although the total distance amounts to 11.5kms, with a total ascent of 450m. As with all our activities, we will adapt the route to suit the rhythm of our participants. Safety is our number one priority.

✅ You’ll need comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for use in the mountains, a cap or hat, sunglasses and sun cream. You will also need a rucksack with food and water.

✅ If you have it, the following equipment will be useful: tripod, ND filters, polarizing filters, graduated filters. Cable release and waterproof covers or bags to protect your equipment.


How much does the photography workshop cost?

The price is €40 per person, 21% VAT included.

This excursion takes place on the 6th of June. The number of participants is limited to 10 people.

The starting point for this activity is the Hoya de la Mora at 8am

This price includes:

✅ Advice and assistance from professional photographer, Luis Ordoñez Ballesteros

✅ A guide with expert knowledge of the area’s natural environment

✅ Healthcare and Liability Insurance


Remember, there are only 10 places

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