Every place is a composition of elements such as local culture, architecture, geography, weather, scent and sound that when combined, create "a sense of place." Many characteristics of a place are not always visible, they are the Earth's forces, ancient peoples, plants and animals that have come and gone over thousands and even millions of years. Their essence is imbedded in stone, petrified and preserved. Some would say this is the spirit of a place.

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Geo-Photo Tour
Umbria, Italy
Sept. 30-Oct. 7 2010

On this photo tour you'll have an opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture and photograph a way of life that has maintained a strong relationship with nature for hundreds of years. To capture this "sense of place" and catch the best light, we'll explore and photograph nearby landscapes, villages, vineyards and ancient ruins in the mornings and late afternoons. This tour is limited to 12 people so I can give everyone individual photography instruction while in the field. Our guides from Italian Excursion have many years of experience and specialize in this region of Italy.

While on location I'll also be using my DSLR camera to film a high definition Wilderness Theater piece on the region. So in addition to learning how to capture beautiful still images, I'll also be giving tips on how to best use the video features that are now available on most digital cameras.


Tour is limited to 12 people. Call 760-525-6045 or Italian Excursion 760 448 5920 to make reservations.
Beginner to advanced photographers are welcome.

Some of the photography techniques you'll learn on this tour include:

  • How to use depth of field and focal length to create dramatic images
  • Working with natural light and changing conditions
  • Visualizing and composition
  • Knowing your camera's capabilities and limitations
  • Understanding exposure and contrast
  • Using filters

The tour includes:

  • Photography workshop and field instruction
  • Cooking class
  • Lodging for the week, full breakfasts, daily
  • Ground transportation, including airport pickup
  • All entry fees (museums, etc.)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners, 2 lunches
  • 24 hour service
  • 2 hours of trip planning consultation

The tour cost is $2650 per person, double occupancy.
If a group of 6 or more sign together, there is a discount of 10%

Tour cost does not include airfare; several meals; shopping; departure day transport.

Call 760-525-6045 or email for more information.

L O D G I N G  

We will be lodging at a restored manor house in a charming medieval hamlet of Civitella. The owner of La Tana dell'Istrice (The Porcupine's Lair), Sergio Mottura, also owns vineyards that produce organic wines which are stored in cellars carved out of tufo stone beneath the hotel. The estate has been in the Mottura family since 1933 and they have been actively involved in the conservation of the area.

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