The Magic of ARGENTINA thru Your Camera

DATES: 03/15/2018 - 03/24/2018
LOCATION: Buenos Aires-Mendoza
PRICE: $3550.00
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Lester Lefkowitz is a New York-based professional photographer who has photographed in all fifty states and fourteen countries. He has provided images to many Fortune-500 companies and most major publications, from National Geographic to Time Magazine to The New York Times.

Lester is the author of numerous books and articles on photography, and has been a consultant to both Kodak and Polaroid. He has taught workshops and lectured at many arts, educational and professional institutions, and is a very popular teacher at The International Center of Photography (ICP). From introductory classes to advanced lighting, from basic Photoshop to close-up photography, Lester has been an enthusiastic instructor to hundreds of students.

Lester was an early adopter of digital photography, but is still pleased to assist film photographers based on his years of experience with that lovely (old) medium. His knowledge of state-of-the-art digital imaging is extensive, working with both Macs and PCs, numerous digital cameras, and with a long list of software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, iPhoto and Portfolio.

Lester is a major producer of stock photography; creating images for both Getty and Corbis, the two largest stock photo agencies in the world. His subject matter ranges from landscapes to cityscapes, flowers to lasers, architecture to surgery.

Lester Lefkowitz is a New York-based professional photographer who has photographed in all fifty states and fourteen countries. He has provided images to many Fortune-500 companies and most major publications, from National Geographic to Time Magazine to The New York Times.

Lester is the author of numerous books and articles on photography, and has been a consultant to both Kodak and Polaroid. He has taught workshops and lectured at many arts, educational and professional institutions, and is a very popular teacher at The International Center of Photography (ICP). From introductory classes to advanced lighting, from basic Photoshop to close-up photography, Lester has been an enthusiastic instructor to hundreds of students.

Lester was an early adopter of digital photography, but is still pleased to assist film photographers based on his years of experience with that lovely (old) medium. His knowledge of state-of-the-art digital imaging is extensive, working with both Macs and PCs, numerous digital cameras, and with a long list of software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, iPhoto and Portfolio.

Lester is a major producer of stock photography; creating images for both Getty and Corbis, the two largest stock photo agencies in the world. His subject matter ranges from landscapes to cityscapes, flowers to lasers, architecture to surgery.

Combine the excitement of Argentina with an opportunity to broaden and hone your photographic skills and vision.

This is part of the new Il Chiostro – Upside Down! series which mirrors our popular Autumn Arts Festival in Tuscany. This March series, however, is held at harvest time in wineries in the southern hemisphere.  In 2017 we kicked the program off to great success in South Africa. Now for 2018, it is sensual Argentina where we’ll spend time in both the capital city of Buenos Aires and the wine producing area of Mendoza right under the looming Andes mountains. For non-photographers, we also offer a painting workshop with Hilarie Lambert.

Posada Salentein nestled beneath the mountains

Tango Guitarist

For 9 days (3+3+3), totally immerse yourself in art, architecture, nature and adventure, with sights that are a feast for the eyes. Then translate those experiences into compelling photographs with the assistance of Lester Lefkowitz – an energetic, vastly experienced and wonderfully engaging instructor.

We will start our adventure in the capital, Buenos Aires, with its architecture, tango dancers, nightlife and culture.  Lester will help you translate the stimulating city into expressive photos that capture the energy of this South American capital.

After 3 nights, we’ll transfer to Mendoza in the interior of the country to settle in at the Grand Hotel Potrerillos, a Malbec vineyard on the shore of that lake.  Then for the final 3 days we’ll push further north to our private winery in the sensational Valle de Uca at the foot of the Andes for a more rural experience.

These 3 locations will provide a nice variety of diverse photographic locations.  Don’t miss this amazing adventure and opportunity to take your photography to a new level!  Limited to 10 students.


La Boca Caminito

Workshop Goals:

  • have a wonderful experience,
  • improve your visual and technical mastery of the film or digital medium, regardless of your current level, and
  • create memorable images.

Because of the small group size, each person will get a good deal of personal attention with the opportunity (but not necessity) to interact with the instructor and each other for up to sixteen hours a day.

Carefully planned daily excursions will allow abundant time for photography at visually and intellectually stimulating venues both urban and rural. Most mornings (and after dinner if you wish), there will be presentations by the instructor, and one-on-one attention to your personal photographic interests and needs.

Digital photography, of course, provides tremendous opportunity for immediate feedback, critique and sharing, greatly facilitating the learning process. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring not only a digital camera, but also a laptop computer.

In a studio set aside just for us, those shooting digitally will have the opportunity to download their images for immediate editing, review, and comment by instructor and class. As appropriate, Lester will offer instruction in all aspects of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, iPhoto and Portfolio for editing, organizing, image enhancement and image manipulation. If you are familiar with some other software, you are, of course, welcome to use that.

March is an ideal time to visit Argentina: the weather is mild, autumn colors paint the landscape, and the grape harvests are underway at the world-class wineries.


Cliff, photo by Lester Lefkowitz

This program includes:

  • Instruction that matches your experience level:  camera handling, basic camera settings and composition for people relatively new to photography.   For those more advanced, Lester will help you with shooting in RAW, professional-level exposure modes, fast and accurate focusing techniques, explanation of zillions of menu choices, white balance, and much more.
  • Tutorials in the “digital darkroom” – various software to download, edit, organize and enhance your images, from basic cropping and color correction to RAW file conversion, layers, masking and collages.
  • Excursions to capture landscapes and towns in the magical golden light around sunrise and sunset, and evening opportunities to record city scenes in the warm glow that emanates from street lamps, shops, and houses.
  • Local transportation for photographic excursions, as well as transfer to airport in Mendoza on final day.

Note: Digital photography is strongly suggested, but if you choose to shoot film, please note that there are no nearby facilities for film processing.


Program Highlights:

  • 3 days in Buenos Aires:
    • accommodations in the Serena Hotel in the fashionable Recoleta area
    • breakfasts and 2 dinners together, with wine
    • 4 hour van and walking tour of the city of tango, empanadas and Evita
    • authentic evening tango performance

  • 3 days at Grand Hotel Portrerillos in the Mendoza wine area
    • excursion into the hills and valley passes
    • optional cooking class to make empanadas at the local home of an Argentine grandmother, includes lunch
    • day trip to the town of Mendoza
    • drinks with local artist Sergio Roggerone in his studio
  • 3 days at the Posada Salentein winery in Valle de Uco.
    • winery tour and tasting
    • option to harvest grapes with the locals
    • typical Argentine barbecue at the winery
    • access to Killka art and culture center dedicated to the exhibit of work of renowned local artists of the Andean culture as well as its valuable Argentinian and Dutch contemporary art collection of the 19th and the 20th century
    • optional bike riding and horseback riding
    • all local transportation and guides
  • Breakfast and dinner each day at both locations

Panorama, Paso de la Carrera


Tasting room at the winery

Price: $3,650* p/p ($3,350 for non-participants)

* Early Bird Discount of $100 if registered by November 1, 2017

  • single supplement $600 (limited number available)

Includes:

  • Room (double or single) with full bathroom-9 nights (Buenos Aires 3, Mendoza 3+3)
  • 2 meals per day (dinner with wine and full breakfast)
  • Workshop tuition and fees-daily photography classes with Lester
  • General activities (as noted above)
  • Transfers between Mendoza airport and Potrerillos/Posada Salentein

Departure is on Saturday morning March 24th.

Price does not include:

  • Airfare*
  • Museum admission
  • Photo supplies, laptops or other equipment for workshops.

*Airfare is surprisingly affordable to Argentina.  Using Aerolineas Argentinas, a member of the Star Alliance, you can book both legs of the trip at once:  R/T Buenos Aires and R/T Mendoza.  We’ll send specific details of flights and recommended agents to use.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

This program will be 3+3+3 – split evenly between Buenos Aires, a lakeside hotel near Mendoza and the Salentein winery in the foothills of the Andes.

We’ll first meet in the city of Buenos Aires, staying at the Serena Hotel in the Recoleta section of the city.  This is the affluent, European-inspired residential section of downtown Buenos Aires particularly well known for the cemetery where Evita is buried.  Recoleta is a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, fine shopping, cafes and quaint restaurants as well as the home of the National Fine Arts Museum or Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.


After 3 nights, we will fly to the northwestern section of the country to the Mendoza wine country.  We’ll stay for the next 3 nights at the Malbec vineyards of the lakeside Grand Hotel Potrerillos.

Our final leg of the trip will be 3 days further north at the winery Posada Salentein in the Uco Valley, about 90 minutes outside of the city of Mendoza.  This is a small, intimate winery and ranch with 16 rooms set right in the vineyards and “undercooking” the imposing Andes.  The facility includes our own chef and restaurant, an art gallery and  a swimming pool (remember, March in Argentina is summer).  Our group will occupy the entire facility so it will be our exclusive home for the week.

Main entrance

 

Posada Double Room

Our private restaurant each night with our personal chef

 

Bustling Buenos Aires

From your starting point you should arrange a multi-city flight to Buenos Aires (EZE), then the internal flight from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Mendoza (MDZ) on March 18.  Please try for the AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS flight AR#2412 – departs Buenos Aires at 11:35 AM and arrives in Mendoza at 1:35 PM.  Your return flight will be from Mendoza (MDZ) to your home destination (or next stop on your itinerary) on March 24th.

As long as you are coming to the southern hemisphere, you might consider spending a few days traveling around to Iguazu Falls or even Patagonia.

To make arrangements for this program we suggest you use one of the following agencies:

  • For international flights, hotels or tours – Nancy Schaffer  in Westborough, MA, USA
    Travel Solutions, Inc.
    nrschaffer@charter.net
    508-836-0143
  • For domestic tours before or after the program – Francesca Bercetche, Buenos Aires – Argentina
    francesca.bercetche@gmail.com
    Toll Free Number from US 1-888-414-6417
    Office number: +54 11 4704-7160

These agents are familiar with our program and can coordinate flights that correspond to our pick up times in Mendoza.  Tell them you are with the Il Chiostro-Upside Down art workshops.

 

The second largest country in South America, Argentina filled with natural and cultural wonders such as the tango, beef, gauchos and the land of Evita Peron!

For this Upside Down program we’ll be splitting our time between the capital, Buenos Aires, and Valle de Uca in the Mendoza wine area.  First Buenos Aires:

Casa Rosada, Argentina’s “White House”

“BA” is unique among world capitals – a tug of war between European grand architecture and Latin American passion.  Due to the array of cultural diversity (Italian, German, indigenous, other South American), a particularly diverse arts, crafts, and music scene exists.  There is a colorful art scene, haunting tango music and tango dancers performing on many street corners.  The food, particularly known for its grilled beef, is exceptional with restaurants just getting underway at 9pm and nightlife going full steam until the early morning.

Pick up any good guide book, especially our friend Mike Luongo’s Frommers Argentina Guide, to see the where to see the best tango, watch a futball game with locals or have an incredible steak dinner outside of the tourist centers.  Too many to list here, consult the internet for the best sites and events that are continuously happening in BA.

Next stop, Mendoza:

Quite a bit to the west of Buenos Aires (practically in Chile), this is one of the most beautiful cities in Argentina.  In the foothills of the Andes, this is the cradle of Argentina’s flourishing wine industry. It is also renowned for its food culture and the warmth of the people.

More specifically, Valle de Uco:

Situated along the Tunuyán River, this is the unspoiled viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina.  With desert to the south, small hills to the north and dry riverbed country on its eastern border, this is quite a varied and picturesque valley. Its secret lies in its tranquil, back-to-nature feel.  The Uco Valley is a dramatic landscape, with big skies, charming small wineries and enticing restaurants.  Autumn is particularly beautiful as the vines and trees turn 50 shades of amber, russet and gold.