Type of Photography: REPORTAGE “Primitivo Wine Harvest”
Puglia Private Tour has planned this special photography workshop with Tonino Mosconi, pro- fessional photographer. The location we choose for this workshop is the Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio. Our workshop is for everyone, who loves photography and wants to deepen his or her knowledge with the help of Tonino Mosconi, who will share his experience with you while you travel together in the land of Puglia’s Primitivo wine.
We chose “Harvest” as the theme of our workshop, because the vine harvest is of great importance in Puglia (as is the olive harvest). Wine production looks back on a long tradition, the know-how has been passed on from fathers to sons for many generations. Moreover, the sunlight in Septem- ber is perfect for the immortalization of some very suggestive moments that you will be able to experience during your stay on the Salento peninsula.
Duration of the Workshop: 1 week www.morfimareviaggi.it/new
Day 1: August, 30th, 2015: Day of Arrival
Arrival of the participants and transfer from the airport of Bari or Brindisi to the Masseria Le Fabriche, a wine resort on Salento’s Ionian coast. Introduction and information about the program of the workshop including some information about the idea and the philosophy of the photographer. Free time for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay at the Masseria.
Day 2: August 31st, 2015
In the morning after breakfast at 9.30h: We drive through the land, where Puglia’s Primitivo wine is grown and explore the land and look for photo opportunities. A driver will drive us around. We will take advantage of the opportunities to take photos, whenever such an opportunity should present itself. Thus we will be able to take photos of the beautiful landscape and of some activities (typical for the harvest period). A qualified tour guide will accompany our group and give us an overview of the regions history, culture and traditions. This information can be very useful and give us ideas about what kind of photos we would like to take. In the late afternoon/early eve- ning:
• Visit and photo session at the „Bottaia“, one of the most well-known cantinas of the region.
• Sunset in the vineyard. Workshop session with the aim to take detailed photos of a vine.
Return to the masseria for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay at the Masseria.
Day 3: September 1st, 2015
Early in the morning:
• Photos of the harvest lit by the first rays of sun (Consortio Manduria)
• Photos of transportation, harvest activities, wine production activities
Breakfast break and then visit of the wine museum Museo della Civiltà del Primitivo:
Guided tour and photo session (Consorzio Produttori Vini di Manduria)
• Light Lunch organized by the wine society (Consorzio)
After this light lunch, we will return to the masseria and relax a bit.
Late afternoon :
• Exercises to develop a perfect “Photographer’s Eye”
Exercises with the aim of sharpening your senses in order to take the “perfect picture”
At sunset you will have the possibility of taking some stunning photos of trulli (beautiful stone houses with conical roofs) in the Salentine countryside using the Light Painting Technique.
Return to the Masseria in time for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay at the Masseria.
Day 4: September 2nd, 2015
In the morning:
• Leisure time: We suggest to relax at the seaside on the nearby beach and swim in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea.
In the afternoon :
• Visit of a family of harvest workers and the possibility to accompany them and take pictures of their daily work in the vineyard. You
will have the possibility to take pictures of the traditional “Capasuni” (the ancient Terracotta vases) that have always been used in this region. Photo aperitif: We are going to have a drink at an Enoteca afterwards. We will be back at the masseria in time for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price.
We are taking a closer look at the results of our work. Tonino Mosconi will explain some essential Photoshop techniques that can be used to achieve certain effects with the aim to optimize the photos.
Free time for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay at the Masseria.
Day 5: September 3rd, 2015
In the morning at 9.00h:
Second photo session with the aim to take some interesting reportage photos of harvesting activities in a small, private vineyard. We will be able to document the harvest of „Alberello“- grapes (traditionally used for the production of Primitivo wine). In the early afternoon we will return to the masseria and have some time to relax.
Late afternoon (18.30h):
Visit and tasting of typical products of the Salento region in a small, local Cantina (wine cellar).
In the evening:
Procession in honour of Saint Gregorio, the Patron Saint of Manduria.
Return to the Masseria. Free time for Dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay in the Masseria.
Day 6: September 4th, 2015
In the morning (after breakfast at 9.00h):
Visit of the excavation sites and the archaeological park of Manduria (Parco Archeologico di Manduria) accompanied by the archaeologist Angela Greco. Free time for lunch. Lunch is not included in the price. Return to the Masseria.
In the afternoon:
Presentation of a selection of the photos that were taken during the workshop. Discussion of the results. Analysis and editing using Photoshop.
Free time for dinner. Dinner is not included in the price. Overnight stay in the Masseria.
Day 7: September 5th, 2015: Departure day
After breakfast, departure preparations check-out. A private transfer will take the participants to the airport in Bari or in Brindisi.