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Originally published on 28.07.2022
Last week we had the unique opportunity to participate in the next edition of the Balloon Photography Workshop, which took place at the Fajkier Wellness & Spa Hotel, located in the exceptionally picturesque Polish Jurassic Highland. The meeting took place on July 21-23, 2022 near the Janów-Olsztyn municipality, during the championship of the Balloon Cup of Poland - the workshop participants had an unusual opportunity to photograph preparations for the flight, as well as beautiful landscapes, filled to the brim with colorful aircrafts suspended in the sky. The event also included a photography workshop for the attendees, led by ambassadors of several photography brands.
The event was hosted once again by the Jurassic Photo Team - a group of video and photography enthusiasts from Poland, which is also the founder of the Jurassic Photo Festival. It was attended by photographers of varying degrees of expertise - you could meet both professionals actively working in the industry, and enthusiasts who's just beginning their adventure with photography. As at many other events, we couldn't be missing either - we were among the exhibitors at the invitation of Next77, so that we could present Quadralite lighting equipment, Irix and Tokina lenses, as well as HOYA and Cokin filters to the participants, and give them a chance to try them out in the following days.
The participants were welcomed at 4:30 pm - the official start of the event took place in the castle hall of the Fajkier Hotel, where the idea of the whole workshop and the plan of activities for the coming days were briefly discussed. After a quick introduction made by the hosts, it was time to get acquainted with all the gear available at exibition stalls - our team presented some new lighting equipment from Quadralite, as well as provided attendees with the opportunity to rent out Irix and Tokina lenses.
Next on the event's schedule was a lecture on sports photography, led by Tomasz Markowski. It was followed by a workshop on photo retouching and editing - participants were given a comprehensive knowledge of composition, color and steps they can take in image processing programs to make their photos from the trip even more stunning. As the meetings ended, the participants had a bit of free time at their disposal - but most of them chose to get a full night rest in order to participate fully in the second day of the workshop.
The first day of the actual workshops began with sunrise - the attendees left the hotel as early as dawn and boarded the bus that headed for the area of Olsztyn-Janów municipality, near Czestochowa, to experience the preparations for the competition and the launch of the first balloons with their own eyes. The photography workshop during this morning trip was led by Piotr Wróblewski, who gave the photographers tips on creating a photo report from the first day of the competition. While working outdoors, the flight of the balloons was also captured against the scenic backdrop of the Polish Jura.
Having returned from the outdoor baloon shoot, it was time for the workshops hosted at the Fajkier Hotel - three meetings were scheduled for Friday afternoon, two of them arranged by Quadralite. The first one was hosted by the brand's ambassador Maja Kupidura, who discussed the motion freeze in dance photography with the participants in the company of an exceptional model - a ballerina named Maliki, who patiently posed on set while performing various ballet figures. In addition to shooting her in dancing, the attendees also had an opportunity to take some portrait photos. One of the lights used during the workshop was a Quadralite Atlas 600 TTL, which worked perfectly in many dynamic situations - both in the room where the meeting was held and outside.
Another workshop, during which participants were introduced to the secrets of taking sports portraits for magazines, was led by the Quadralite Brand Manager, Adam Laube. This time, the event-goers had the chance to take pictures of professional athletes from the aniMMAls.pl group, who proudly posed for photos taken during this meeting. In addition to the standard, static portraits, the workshops also included dynamic photography in motion, which was frozen in time with the help of studio flashes from the UP! X and Move X.
After the workshop, the participants once again traveled by bus to the competition site to watch and photograph the evening launch and the night show. This was the most intense day of the entire trip, but the participants still had one early morning left in the company of the Balloon Championship competitors and their aircrafts.
The last day of the workshop also began as early as the previous one - the attendees once again set off at the pale dawn to the site of the next launch, where they had another opportunity to photograph the colorful balloons hovering over the picturesque landscape of the Jura. After returning from the location of the event, there was one last lecture on travel photography, held by Pawel Uchorczak at the hotel. At the very end, the pictures made during the workshop were printed, and photographers were presented with a certificate of participation in the event.
This year's Balloon Photo Workshop was not the first one organized by the Jurassic Photo Team, and we also hope that it will not be the last - those two intensive days will certainly be long remembered by both us and the participants. We hope to meet again next year in the same place to experience the majesty of the Polish Balloon Championships again.
Meanwhile - see you at the upcoming events!