NEW BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2014:
WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE (RTI AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY)


 
 
 
Project Type: field school (workshop).
THE PROJECT IS SUITABLE FOR THOSE WITH INTEREST IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE AND HAVE SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS AND THOSE WHO ARE COMFORTABLE WITH LEARNING NEW COMPUTER PROGRAMS.

Site/s: a small medieval Christian Orthodox church and three to five standing stone-crosses dedicated to different Chrisitian saints in Western Bulgaria.
 
Period(s): Late Medieval and Early Modern period (fourteenth to nineteenth century).
 
Project Venue: a hotel in Bankya, a small SPA town in the Sofia Metropolitan Area. The fieldwork during the work days will involve travel to the sites that are app. 60-80 km away from Bankya. The transport will be arranged by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
 
 
How to get there? If participants arrive at either the Sofia airport or bus/train stations, a taxi transfer to the project venue in Bankya may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on number of passengers from 10 to 20 EUR. Otherwise, participants could use Sofia public transport (bus, subway, train) to reach Bankya.

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THE FIELD SCHOOL

Dates: 31 May - 7 June, 2014 
Application Deadline: 10 April, 2014
Minimum length of stay: One week
Minimum age: 18
Number of field school places available: 8
Project language: English

Experience required: Yes. Participants in the workshop are expected to have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography with digital SLR cameras and are comfortable with learning new computer programs on the PC and/or MAC platforms. Experience in documentation photographic projects is an advantage.

Special requirements: The project is not recommended for individuals with special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the outdoor activities. Each participant is expected to bring a personal DSLR camera, a laptop having at least 5 GB free disk space, a mouse and an USB flash drive.

The Workshop: This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document a Medieval church in Western Bulgaria. It is undertaken to support and compliment the efforts of the "FRESCO-HUNTING" PHOTO RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES that has been running for six years in the area. The workshop has been training students and supporting the documentation of medieval churches since 2012.

The instruction will focus on the use of flexible, non-destructive and low-cost documentation techniques to capture 3D data using digital cameras. These techniques will include Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a powerful technique to expose minute surface details by dynamic relighting, and close-range photogrammetry, which uses overlapping images to create true 3D models or architectural features. Discussed as well will be image processing techniques to enhance faded images, the creation of image mosaics, as well as best-practices for technical photography. The practical goal of this 2014 workshop is to document the faintly visible graffiti on the church frescos, produce drawings of them, and finally to incorporate them into the project record. 

The students will learn the basics of good technical photography, and the theory of both RTI and photogrammetry. They will, by the end of the course, be able to set-up, shoot and post-process RTI images. They will also be able to take these images to create 2D drawn records of graffiti and inscriptions. The students should also be able to plan and execute close-range photogrammetry projects, including the creation and manipulation of colour point-clouds and the generation of orthophotos. 

The Workshop (31 May -7 June, 2014) is comprised of:

  • Lectures and Workshops related to Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry and Digital Drawing related to them;

  • Field training on RTI and Photogrammetry at one medieval ecclesiastic edifice and an area with a couple of standing stone-crosses dedicated to different Christian saints;

  • Guided visit of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital (refer to the Workshop  Agenda!).
All participants will receive:
  • Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
  • Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.
Credit hours: New Bulgarian University grants 3 credits to students for participation in the Workshop. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! For details please read the BHFS Regulations for obtaining ToR!
 
Collaborative Universities & Institutions: the Balkan Heritage Foundation; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria and Conservation Of Sculptures, Monuments And Objects (CSMO), Canada;

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THE TEAM & PROGRAM

Instructors and trainers:
  • Ass. Prof. George A. Bevan (PhD) - Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada;
  • Alexander Gabov (PhD candidate) - Owner of Conservation of Sculptures, Monuments and Objects (CSMO), Canada (a Canadian private conservation firm). Professionally accredited sculpture conservator by the Canadian Association of Professional Conservator and Vice President of the same from 2007 to 2010.
Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Field Instructions & Trainings (FIT): 
  • Introduction to Computational Photography: Theory and Practice (L);
  • Technical Photography Fundamentals (L);
  • Introduction to Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry (L, FIT);
  • RTI and Photogrammetry Capture and Processing Practice (W);
  • RTI and Photogrammetry Fieldwork for Epigraphy and reliefs (W);
  • Workshop for Digital Drawing related to RTI and Photogrammetry (W).

    THE AGENDA:

    Dates
    Activities
    Notes
    31 May, 2014

    Arrival and check-in by 4.30 pm.

    6.00-8.00 pm - Sofia Downtown Walking Tour.

    8.30-10.00 pm - Traditional Bulgarian welcome dinner.

    A pick-up can be arranged from  the Sofia airport, train or bus stations upon request.

    1 June, 2014

    8.30-10.00 am - Breakfast

    10.00 am-1.00 pm - Presentation of the Balkan Heritage Field School and colaborative universities & institutions, the project and the participants. Ice-breaking. LECTURES.

    1.00-3.30 pm - Lunch and Siesta Break.

    3.30-7.00 pm - LECTURES and WORKSHOPS.



    2 June, 2014

    8.00-8.30 am - Breakfast

    8.30 am-12.15 pm -LECTURES and WORKSHOPS.

    12.30-2.00 pm - Lunch and Siesta Break.

    2.00-7.45 pm - Field training in the area with the standing stone-crosses dedicated to different Christian saints.

    8.00-9.00 pm - Dinner


     

     

    3-5 June, 2014

    7.30-8.00 am - Breakfast

    8.00 am - 2.00 pm - Field training at the medieval church (app.5-6 hours per day). Lunch at the site.

    3.00 - 7.00 pm - Processing of data (app.3-4 hours per day).

    8.00-9.00 pm - Dinner


     6 June, 2014

    7.30-8.00 am - Breakfast

    8.00 am - 12.00 pm - Workshop for Digital Drawing related to RTI and Photogrammetry.

    12.30-2.00 pm - Lunch and Siesta Break.

    2.00-6.00 pm - Presentation and interpretation of the project results.

    8.30-10.30 pm - Dinner & Farewell Party


     7 June, 2014

    Departure day.Check-out by 12.30 pm.

    A drop-off can be arranged to the Sofia airport, train or bus stations upon request.


    The hotel in Bankya

     

     


    National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria

     

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    ACCOMMODATION AND FREE TIME 

    Accommodation and Food: in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV) in a hotel located in the downtown of Bankya, wich also provides free Wi-Fi. Laundry service is available. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the hotel restaurant. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 33 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 170 EUR (for one-week period).

    Free time: Bankya and esp. Sofia offer a lot of opportunities for good entertainment, SPA, sports, sightseeing and shopping. For more information look at: http://cityinfoguide.net - the Sofia monthly guide for culture and entertainment! SPA treatments, hiking and horse-riding are the possible leisure activities in Bankya! Guided visit of Sofia is organized for all field school participants and covered by the admission fee.

    Extra trips and excursions: The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take trips to some worth seeing historical sites and towns nearby. The BHFS encourages participants in the current project to visit after the field school either Athens, Greece (800 km/500 mi) or Istanbul, Turkey (570 km/350 mi). The BHFS can assist the participants who plan to organize their own trips with trip advices and recommendations, accommodation and tickets reservations, by providing historical information about the sites to be visited, arranging travel insurance and other tips. With our help these excursions could be cheap, easy, safe and pleasant.Look-up at the suggested travel ideas before/after the field school!

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    THE ADMISSION FEE

    The Admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
     
    ADMISSION FEE: 849 EUR (app.1100 USD. Check current exchange rates!). There is no Early Bird Discount for this Worshop!

    Admission fee transfer options (for further information contact Admissions Office at bhfs.admissions@gmail.com):

    Bank transfer
    On-line transfers  

    DISCOUNTS OFF THE ADMISSION FEE:

    * 5% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:

    1. Participation in more than 1 BHFS project or project session in 2014 (5% discount is valid for all projects/sessions to be attended).
    2. Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.

    * 7% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:

    1. Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014 (the discount is valid for each participant for all projects/sessions to be attended). 

    * 10% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:

    1. Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014 (the discount is valid for each participant for all projects/ sessions to be attended).
    2. Participation in any BHFS project/s in the past.
    * 15% discount off the regular admission fee is available for BHFS alumni, who participate in more than one BHFS project or project session in 2014 (15% discount is valid only for the second, third etc. project/session to be attended).

    For more information about scholarships, low-cost flights, hotels, etc. please feel free to contact us or look at our recommended links at:  http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh.links.html

     

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