Xtreme Off-Road & Photography Workshop

Just returned from a fantastic 3 day extreme off-road - landscape & action photography workshop.. my thanks to JP Forum and in particular Panos Lazanas for all his help in organising the event... 

We set off on friday morning from Athens headed for the Peloponnesian village of Zarouxla, which was to be our base, and within a few hours we were climbing up a rough track through a steep gorge. From the outset the views were magnificent and when we reached the tree line at about 1000m they got even better... when all of a sudden we were greeted by views through the trees of our first destination... Lake Stymfalia..

Lake Tsivlos photographed during our 3 day off-road driving & landscape photography workshop with JP Forum

Stopping for a while to take some pics of the lake we continued on down the valley until we reached a little bridge over the river which was to be our entry point into the river valley.  The specially adapted Jeeps with independently flexible axles and suspension systems.. not to mention the monster tyres.. came into their own at this point as we headed off the road, under the bridge... and into the river...

Into the river on our Landscape and Action photography workshop and extreme off-road driving adventure for JP Forum.

Stopping for some photos along the way we gradually made our way up the river in the Jeeps ploughing our way through the water and over boulders.

Our pathfinder Panos tests out a stretch of river before all commit to the river...

Convoy of Jeeps head up the river seeking our next location for a landscape photography session

The river gradually opened up into a bit of a delta before closing in again down the valley which gave an ideal opportunity for the group to have a team "Jeep" photo...

JP Forum team of Jeeps on our 3 day Photography Workshop / Off-road driving adventure...

The group was so enthused by this stage by all the off-road fun we were having so that when we stopped for a late snack by the river it was a good opportunity to show everyone some long exposure techniques.. tripods out, cameras out and after a quick tutorial everyone was scampering over rocks and boulders trying to find a good spot to try out the techniques... with some pretty good results too...!

long exposure photography tutorial at the river on our 3 day landscape photography workshop and extreme off-road driving adventure with JP Forum.

At this point in the late afternoon, and as so often happens in the mountains, the weather closed in, the skies darkened so we took the decision to head back to the village for a well earned dinner and rest.