MONSUN / September 7th-8th 2019

Photography workshop Monsun / September 7th-8th 2019

“There are three sorts of people: those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.” – Plato

FotoOkvir has been sailing “the seas” for three full years. We visited numerous marines, went to the lodges of questionable morals, gathered experiences and carefully wrote everything down into our ship’s log. It is time to show you what it really looks like. Our sailors are the most beautiful in the world and they do not bring misfortune while aboard. Monsun will give you an opportunity to feel the grain of salt between your fingers and to become the third sort, those who are at sea, at least for a moment. Cameras will become ship logs and we invite you to make your mark in them.

 

See you!

45º 04′ 41” N 14º 09′ 04” E

 

Programme

Day 1, Saturday

– 9:30-10 AM, gathering at Villa Una Labin

– 10 AM, the first location – the beach or Skitača village (depending on the weather)

– 3 PM, break and preparing for shooting on board

– 5:30-8:30 PM, shooting on board Monsun in the Rabac marine

– 9 PM, social activities and dinner

 

Day 2, Sunday

– 10 AM- 1 PM, shooting in Old town Labin

 

Price: 1,290.00 HRK per person

The price includes:

– introductory lecture, shooting with five female models at the locations, including assistance and advice

The price doesn’t include:

– travel expenses from and to the locations of shooting

– night stays

– meals

 

Locations and descriptions of shooting at the workshop:

The plan is to shoot on an isolated beach. We suggest you wear sneakers in order to make it easier to reach the location, and also, we recommend you do not bring “too much” equipment. Models will be dressed in swimwear and dresses. If the weather does not accommodate the visit to the beach, the shooting will be organized in the Skitača village (today, there is only one resident in the village). In that case, the models will be wearing pirate clothing.

On board the Monsun, the girls will be wearing FotoOkvir’s sailor uniforms. The shootings will take place across the entire ship. Depending on the time, we will put up additional lighting.

Old town Labin offers various opportunities so on Sunday, we will use the day to do fashion and portrait photography.

 

Note:

FotoOkvir crew will stay at Villa Una Labin. We recommend you join us so we ask that you let us know as soon as possible given the limited number of beds.

 

Photo by Maximilian Weisbecker on Unsplash

FASHION FRAMES / 6-7 APRIL 2019

Photography workshop Fashion Frames / 6-7 April 2019

There was something peculiar in the sands of Dubai. At first, you don’t think about how the wind on a calm desert day could blow those tiny particles into your body. And then, you suddenly wake up and realize that the virus has reached deep into your body. You became addicted, and out of all the doses of the red temptations, remains only photography. And not just one photo, but many of them. The adrenaline wants back, and we have to go into “fashion“ once more.

We were once in Kušvari and Kotli – rewound a film or two and time flew by. Istria is once again our destination, but this time it’s “Fashion style.”

We flipped through Vogue, stole the idea and a new star will shine, Fashion Frames.

Jokes aside, we decided to show you how a cover magazine is created. Everything hidden in the front, behind or on the sides. We list the names: Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfield,  George Hoyningen-Huene, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, Elizabeth “Lee” Miller, David Bailey, Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Yasuhiro Wakabayashi…
Role models need to be followed, but also you need to add something of your own. Let’s spin the roulette and throw the ball. Hopefully, it will stop at our number.
We will spend the first day on two locations, and if the weather forsakes us, we have an ace up our sleeve.

We will do fashion on Sunday, as well. A little older, more official. Women in uniform. The smell of naphthalene from WWII and the five of them. We will choose the “war winner.”

Programme

Day 1, Saturday

Day 2, Sunday

  • 10 AM – 1 PM shooting

Workshop cost: 990.00 HRK per person

The price includes:

  • Introductory explanations, shooting with five female models on the locations with assistance and advice

The price does not include:

  • Travel costs to and from the shooting locations
  • Overnight stay
  • Meals

Additional fees (optional)

  • If you wish, we can fully edit one photo of your choosing and print it out in a 20*30cm format at the price of 150 HRK

“Dubai” / February 6th-11th 2019

Photography workshop “Dubai“ / February 6th – 11th 2019

… “There is a time, there is a time when it’s our turn…” Boris Dvornik says in his Cyclops.

Well, there is a time when a frame must be widened. Our crew is bigger, there are “miles” behind us and we are ready to sail forward.
The next stop is Dubai. This time, everything is a bit different. We will fly into the exotic, hang out for six days, and the photography which we will focus on will be “colorful”, from fashion, landscape and tourism all the way to street photography.
If we also mention that it will be an unforgettable experience, the preface to a story we will write together is finished.

Let’s turn to page one of a new book and immerse ourselves in pleasure…

 

Programme

DAY 1/DAY 2 / ZAGREB – DUBAI – HATTA VILLAGE
Meeting at the airport in Zagreb two hours before the departure. A joint flight TK1056 (Turkish Airlines) at 8 PM. After about 2 hours, landing in Istanbul, local time 12:10 AM. A connecting flight TK762 (Turkish Airlines) takes off at 1:25 AM. The flight is about 4 and a half hours, landing in Dubai is at 6:25 AM local time.
Meeting with a colleague photographer who is also our local guide.
Renting of SUVs and continuing the trip towards Hatta Village. We travel for about 100km, which is about a two-hour ride. We will take a break during the trip.
Upon arriving to Hatta Village, an organized photoshoot. While the models and the scene are getting ready, landscape and tourist photography. Fashion photography will be both individual and group.
Photographing of the sunset which is at 6:06 PM on February 7th.
Accommodation in Holiday Arabian Resort in shared apartments as agreed.
Free time for dinner and socializing.
Overnight stay.

DAY 3 / HATTA VILLAGE – DESERT – DUBAI
We recommend getting up early to photograph the sunrise which is at 6:59 AM on February 8th.
Breakfast and departure for a location in the desert. All-day photography (fashion, landscape and tourist photography). We will try to accommodate all your special requests regarding photography on these locations.
After the sunset in the desert (6:06PM), departure for Dubai.
Accommodation in Gateway Hotel (according to a previously agreed arrangement.)
Free time for dinner and socializing.
Sharing of experiences, perhaps photography in Dubai, according to wishes.
Overnight stay.

DAY 4 / DUBAI

After breakfast, photography in Dubai. A stop at a famous Jumeirah Beach with an even more famous sail-shaped hotel – Burj Al Arab – a wonder of modern architecture and one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Departure for the marine.
Photography according to the schedule agreed on the night before (fashion, street, landscape and tourist photography.)
A possibility of organizing special tours or fieldtrips (pays extra), such as visiting the 125th floor of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, a visit to Dubai Museum, seeing the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah where there are luxurious hotels such as the fascinating theme-hotel Atlantis, a ride on a traditional barge to famous Souks (spices and gold.)
Free time for socializing.
Overnight stay.

DAY 5 / DUBAI
After breakfast, a photography program in Dubai.
Lunch break and rest.
In the afternoon, continuing the photographing according to schedule, or possible free time for personal activities and programmes (shopping, individual sightseeing.)
In the evening, transport to the airport where we have to be at 11 PM local time.

DAY 6 / ZAGREB
The flight TK761 (Turkish Airlines) at 2:45 AM for Istanbul. Landing in Istanbul at 6:45 AM local time, after an approx. 5-hour flight. Continuing towards Zagreb on flight TK1053 (Turkish Airlines) at 8:05 AM local time and landing in Zagreb at 8:15 AM, after about 2 hours.

The price of the programme is 6.700,00 HRK.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation with 3x overnight stays/breakfast according to an agreed arrangement (if you want a single-bed bedroom, it is 1.930,00 HRK extra)
  • Possible changing of the hotel (in the same, or a higher category)
  • All transport included in the programme
  • Local guide (the colleague is a photographer, too)
  • Organization and realization of the photo workshop (one or two female models, depending on the number of photographers)

The price doesn’t include:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip for the guide
  • Possible tours or fieldtrips mentioned in the programme as an option
  • Travel insurance
  • Return-flight ticket

When applying for the workshop, a deposit of 2.000,00 HRK needs to be paid, and in case of cancelling, cannot be refunded (due to organizing and reservation costs.)

We advise you buy your plane ticket as soon as possible (the price is not fixed, and the number of seats on the flight is limited.) There are other possible flights, but the recommended one is the best in price and utilization of the workshop.

The recommended plane ticket is currently 2.308,00 HRK with fees.

Advice for your trip:

Croatian citizens do not need a visa to travel to UAE. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned return to Zagreb (so, minimally until 12th of August 2019.)

Safety at the location is very good, and Dubai is considered to be one of the safest destinations in the world.

We recommend you stick to the law and local customs.

Consumption of alcohol is allowed only in special places designed for this purpose. Not abiding to this, or getting drunk, is punishable by prison time.

It is forbidden to take any medication into the country with you. If needed, you have to ask for a special permit: http://www.mvep.hr/hr/konzularne-informacije/informacije-o-putovanjima/opce-informacije/ujedinjeni-arapski-emirati,143.html

Photographing of local citizens is prohibited (particularly women and children, especially in traditional clothing.) We will try to enable you to take photos of this in association with our colleague/guide.

We would advise that you bring your tripod, it can come in handy with prolonged exposures, among other things, such as enough memory cards, chargers, filters or flashes.

The power grid matches ours in strength and voltage, but the plugs are 3-poled, so be sure to bring an adapter for it.

And in the end, we recommend you get travel and health insurance.

„Never say never“ / 10th to 11th of November 2018

Photo workshop „Never say never“ / 10th to 11th of November 2018

Another year is passing by. We are sailing and miles remain behind us. The bow is shearing the sea, and we are looking forward to each new day, each new discovery.

Autumn is in front of our lenses again. We will meet in Zelengaj once again, a place which seems to be made for photography.

Barbara Broccoli, the producer of James Bond movies, recently said that a woman will never play the famous agent. „It’s a male character,“ they say. And we, in FotoOkvir, accepted the challenge since, after all, M was also a male character at first. So, Sir Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig, there is a new face coming. Double 0 – w is a new acquisition who can do anything. Be the first director of photography on set.

 

But that’s not all…

The second part of the workshop will surprise you even more. The idea is for you to make a „replica“ of works of famous masters. Da Vinci, Modigliani, Munch, Picasso, Manet, Degas will serve as a template for your imagination. It will be interesting to see how the same painting is interpreted by different photographers.

 

But that’s not all either…

 

Our guest is Prizma ltd. (is there a photographer alive who hasn’t heard of them?). It will be an opportunity for you to try Sigma’s lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras, and hear the news from Photokina 2018 first-hand.

See you, right?

Programme

Day 1, Saturday

  • Arrival at the location – until 9:00
  • 9:00-10:00 – arranging the schedules and scenes
  • 10:00-13:00 – 00W
  • 13:00-14:00 – a break with a “Peasant platter”
  • 14:00-17:00 – “Replicas of famous master’s works”
  • 18:00 – a joint dinner, exchange of experience

 

Day 2, Sunday

  • 10:00-13:00 – continuing the work on “Replicas…”
  • 13:00-14:00 – a joint lunch, wrap-up

 

Price: 1,400.00 HRK per person

The price includes:

  • Photographing of three models at a location in nature
  • A joint analysis and conclusions – wrap-up, advice, suggestions
  • A quick lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Lunch on Sunday

The price does not include:

  • Travel costs to and from the location
  • The overnight stay and breakfast
  • Any extra expenses, coffee and drinks

 

Note:

  • For your overnight stay, we recommend the Hotel Kralj in Donji Kraljevac
  • The offer for a group reservation for a double-bedded room is 276,00 HRK per person
  • Extra charge for single-bedded room is 95,00 HRK per person

Four of Everything

Photography Workshop The City of Four Models 19th of September 2018

Four rivers, a connection between „the Panonian sea“ and the mountains which leads towards a bigger sea, the Mediterranean one, 14 bridges…
With all the parks, castles and much more, we add:

FOUR MODELS!

FotoOkvir again offers a combination of something beautiful. Karlovac and women. The beginning of autumn, a palette of colours, the water still warm enough to swim in and unforgettable shots of models and bridges.

See you on Saturday, 29th of September 2018

Programme

Saturday

– Arrival at the meeting place until 10 AM

– Shooting on various locations from 10 AM to 6 PM

– Short coffee breaks

 

Price per person: 700kn

 

Included in the price:

– Shooting of 4 female models, including expert support and guidance

 

Not included in the price:

– Travel expenses to and from the location of the workshop

Nude in motion

Photo workshop Move through dance and nude in motion, 24th March 2018.

Woman’s body has been an inexhaustible inspiration to artists. Newton, Testino, Piggozi, Hamilton…

Now it is your time to be included into the pleiad of names. Maybe it sounds too pretentious, but in fact it is not. Every one of us watches, presents art in it’s own way. So what if photography is not your primary job. That doesn’t diminish your thinking and creating.

Today, we offer you a possibility of complete expression of aesthetic values, a possibility to separate by a line nakedness from artistic nudity, quality from pap.

We are putting a scene in front of you:  Move through dance and nude in motion.

 

Programme:

Saturday
– The beginning of workshop at 10 a.m.
– Photographing models at scene by 5 p.m.
– Shorter coffe breakes are planned to be included

The price of workshop: 750 kn per person

The price includes:
– Photographing two female models and professional guidance.

The price doesn’t include:
– Transport to the location of workshop at Zagreb and the return.

The wind has shown its strenght

The weather didn’t cuddle us

Whatever side you turn, there’s just wasteland, stone and soil. The wind is swishing and striking  unmercifully. Only four of them have survived, kept their raw beauty and showed us how the world „The Day after“ looks like. In exchange for a sip of drink which they lack, they accepted to share some experiences, guided us through the rising dust which was filling our eyes and lungs.

They took us to their shelter which, in their words, was once magnificent building full of people. Those people who have made this Earth the way it is today. There was a pool, and the water once in it is now just a sad dream.  Sad traces of life which was once here, are now ruins. Concrete is now covered with bushes and weeds and the place has become hidden.

They hope to restart everything,  hope to be numerous again. Women will make this place the oasis where you come and never want to leave!

They took us to the remainings of the road and disappeared like they have never been there. We were left alone thinking if we have even seen them. In complete silence we were looking at the photos to make sure that Anamarija, Dora, Ines and Irena really exist.

 

Brave New World

Photo workshop Krk’s Dystopia 10.2.2018.

The first workshop which is not dependent on weather reports.

After our idyllic staying in Ogulin, 2018 is here. Future happened to us. Not the one we were deliberating. No one believed in novels and science fiction movies. They were merely leisure and now we live them.

The atmosphere is dark, depressing, everything is upside down, dysfunctional, and primary urges are being satisfied with violence. From the remains of our clothes our Ines got out the maximum.

This time two actions, two scenarios, and both without  happy end. Both are somehow realistic, Croatian…

We are searching for water, oil… Those who survive, go on.  They become participants of the second story. A bit „tamer“ than morning desolate country.  Post-apocalyptic ruins of once magnificent structure will give us some kind of protection.

Do you have the courage?

*FotoOkvir thanks to colleague Ivan for ceded photo

Programme

Saturday
– Arrival to the location of photographing by 9 o’clock, division in groups and scenes
– From 9.00 to 12.00 o’clock photographing at the first location
– From 12.00 to 13.30 o’clock crossing to the second location
– From 13.30 to 16.30 o’clock photographing at the second location
– 17.00 the end of the workshop

The price of the workshop: 740kn per person

The price includes:
– Photographing female models at locations and by scenes

The price doesn’t include:
– Your own transport to the location of the workshop at the island of Krk and the return.

P.S.

Considering that the workshop is taking place in a post apocalyptic era, we advise you to bring a sandwich, H2O (we hope to bite our tongues) or some kind of a normal drink.If there’s by any chance a radioactive rain, it won’t be bad to have something to put on your head…