❖ Thursday 30 April – Tuesday 5 May 2020
❖ 6 days / 5 nights

Discover stunning landscape in Picos de Europa National Park.

Lush valleys, crystalline rivers and awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains, are the spectacular settings to this exclusive event.

During this outdoor experience, Harry Fricker will expertly guide you to breathtaking locations.

Amongst the astounding vastness of the mountains, you will be treated to Spring’s sublime light and colours.

Immerse yourself in nature and let the landscape inspire your passion for photography.

Whilst exploring off the beaten track, you will be able to witness vanishing traditions of rural life.

Diorama Days’ Photography Retreats are designed to nurture your creative self.

Bespoke mentoring, with a uniquely constructive spirit, will empower you to transform your photography.

Harry is committed to working alongside you, to attain the goals you wish to achieve.

This Landscape Photography Retreat is limited to four participants, thus ensuring one to one learning.

Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue and exchange ideas, within a circle of like-minded people.

You just have to arrange transport to and from Santander Airport, Diorama Days takes care of everything else.

❖ About the Region

✜ Established in 1918, Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe) is Spain’s first National Park.

✜ These imposing mountains were the first sight of land for ships returning from the Voyages of Discovery. Navigators in the 1400’s gave the region its present name.

✜ Picos de Europa highest mountains reach 2.600m/8200ft.

✜ This Natural Paradise is a Designated Biosphere Reserve. The untouched landscape is home to bears, wolves, eagles and wild salmon.

✜ The region also has a rich cultural history, dating back to hunter-gatherers. Ancient Celtic heritage is present to this day.  Locals are renowned for their warmth, hospitality and keen sense of identity.

❖ Tangible Results

  • This Landscape Photography Retreat is designed to inspire your creativity and enhance your technical skills.
  • The Retreat is a pattern break; a golden opportunity to take your photography to the next level
  • This exclusive event is geared towards generating practical outcomes
  • The intensive structure will enable you to produce consistent high quality results
  • The takeaway for my attendees is ultimately gaining insight and mastering their individual style of photography

❖ Itineray at a Glance

※ Upon arrival at Santander Airport, Harry will drive you to Santillana de Mar. One of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. We sojourn at the Posada Araceli, a delightful and well equipped inn, in the historic centre.  The following morning, we make our way to the Picos de Europa National Park.

※ Diorama Days has partnered with the Picos de Europa Hotel. A splendid three start hotel, offering first class hospitality, comfortable settings and amenities at your disposal; including TV and Free Wi-Fi in your room. We will sojourn here for the duration of the Retreat.

※ The Picos de Europa Hotel is in the charming town of Arenas de Cabrales, gateway to the heart of the National Park.

※ From this picturesque town we will set out to explore and photograph the surrounding landscape. We’ll drive to stunning locations with panoramic views. The Retreat includes complimentary transport by SUV.

※ A visit to the Ethnographic Museum will provide valuable insights into local culture. The aim is to deepen our understandig of the landscape, as a way of informing photographic practice. Tickets are complimentary.

※ Enjoy a complimentary tour of an Award Winning Heritage Village, succesfully bridging tradition & modernity.

※ Complimentary tour of acclaimed producers of Artisan Cider and Cave Aged Cabrales Blue Cheese PDO.

※ The tour is followed by complimentary dinner, savouring exquisite local cuisine.

※ For a taste of the authentic Spain, we will visit the region’s largest Sunday Market, a beehive of activity, renowned for fresh local produce. The market offers ample opportunity for street photography.

※ On the last evening, we shall round off the Retreat with a complimentary farewell dinner.

※ The reteat includes free time allowing you to explore at leisure.

❖  This exclusive group of up to four participants will benefit from the following:

  • Landscape Photography to include Sunrise, Day, Dusk & Night
  • Art & Fieldcraft of Landscape Photography
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Bespoke Mentoring
  • One-To-One Tutorials
  • Ongoing Photography Reviews

❖  Topics are adjusted to suit individual learning requirements, and may include:

  • Effective use of Manual Camera Settings
  • Understanding Exposure; ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed
  • Focusing, know-how
  • Filters, best practice
  • Framing & Composition
  • Post Production; Photoshop, Lightroom & Luminar
  • iPhone Photography
  • Photography for Social Media
  • Project Research & Development
  • Photo Narratives

❖  The Booking Fee includes the following:

  • Introductory Webinar
  • Photography Tuition
  • Location Guidance
  • Learning Resources
  • Transport During the Retreat in an SUV
  • Santander Airport Transfers
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 5 Nights Accommodation & Breakfast
  • Ethnographic Museum Tickets
  • Heritage Village, Cheeese & Cider Producers Tours & Dinner
  • Region’s Largest Sunday Market Tour
  • Mineral Water during outings
  • Farewell Dinner
  • One Month Online Support

❖ Travelling to the Retreat

  • Santander Aiport has regular international flights
  • Ryanair offers direct flights from London Stanstead to Santander
  • Harry will meet you at Santander Airport
  • Participants wishing to use their own vehicle may do so
  • Routes and directions will be provided
  • Directions to / from Santander Airport
❖  Dates
  • Thursday 30 April – Tuesday 5 May 2020

❖  Duration

  • 6 days / 5 nights

❖  Key Locations

  • Various across the National Park

❖ Retreat Booking Fee

📷 1 Participant £2700 – Single Occupancy Double Ensuite, including breakfast

📷 📷 2 Participants £5075 – Sharing a Double Ensuite, including breakfast – a saving of £325
✜  Ideally suited for two people actively taking part in the retreat. Discount Code hpe

To secure your place on this Photography Retreat we require a 40% deposit

The remainder to be paid in full by the 26 March 2020.

❖ Tutor

  • Harry Fricker MA (Image & Communication Goldsmiths)

❖  Recommended Equipment

  • Camera, Lens, Tripod , Laptop & Accessories

❖ Equipment Rental – Available from Diorama Days

Camera / Lenses

  • Canon 6D full frame DSLR body + cap, strap, battery & charger – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM, ø 77mm prime lens + caps/hood – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Zeiss ZE 35mm f/1.4, ø 72mm, EF prime lens + caps/hood – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, ø 72mm, zoom + caps/hood – £10/day – £100 deposit


  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X PRO Black + strap – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Manfrotto Monopod 681B Black + strap £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Billingham Hadley Small Camera Bag Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Weston Master IV light meter + invercone & cases – £15/day – £100 deposit
  • Hoya Circular PL Polarising Filter 72mm & 77mm + case – £10/day – £30 deposit
  • GOBE ND1000 Filter 77mm + case – £10/day – £30 deposit
  • Polaroid PLRTC18 Intervalometer 3 pin connector Canon DSLR – £5/day – £10 deposit
  • Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet Small + Stylus/USB cable – £5 /day – £20 deposit

❖  Clothing

  • We advise to dress for the weather
  • Layered clothing and a waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes / boots are essential

❖  Fitness Level

  • Some light to moderate walking on open moorland, nothing strenuous

❖ The Booking Fee does not include

  • Airfare/Travel to reach/depart Santander Airport (Transportation during the Retreat is included)
  • Insurance – Travel / Equipment / Health – Participants are advised to arrange suitable cover
  • Personal Expenses; Mini Bar, Room Service, Phone Calls, Laundry, Gratuities, etc
  • Meals & Beverages (apart from those indicated)

📌 All enquiries welcome


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Skype:  Diorama Days UK

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