Category Archives: Val d’Orcia

Val d’Orcia, Tuscany – June 18 – June 23 2016

Early morning mist and cypress trees in the Val d’Orcia create breathtaking images that have keep bringing me back over the years. This region is has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site which will help ensure that this area will stay natural and not be overdeveloped.

Morning Mist Val d'Orcia

Morning Mist Val d’Orcia

This June I will be staying with the group in a small village that has ancient mineral springs used by the Romans and the Etruscans before them. There are a couple of spot left and I hope you can join me.

Tuscan Photographic Workshop Tour
June 18 – June 23 2016
$950.00/ Limited to 8 Students

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Shake off the Winter Blues!! Plan a Tuscan photo workshop May 4-8 2015

For me January is a cold month in Michigan but it is also one of the only times in the year where I have time to work on Images for the Art Fairs and plan the location workshops which helps keep away the winter blues. This is the image I have as a screen saver that helps keeps my spirits high. It is not one that I took myself yet, it is an image from an apartment that I will be staying in with clients while teaching the Tuscan workshop May 4-8 2015 It might just be the thing to shake off those mid winter blues.

Apartment we will be staying at for the Tuscan workshop

Apartment we will be staying at for the Tuscan workshop

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Traveling takes you to extraordinary places bringing home memories that last a lifetime

When traveling I find what is ordinary for Europeans in their ancient villages, is extraordinary. Often in Europe I have rounded a corner and entered into a wonderful piazza and hear an opera singer or talented cellist playing their instruments. When I enter a piazza where these talented entertainers are performing for a small audience I capture the memory with my cameras and buy their CD’s so I can listen to them while working on images. The performers and beautiful places are more vivid in my memories as the years pass. Having a visually beautiful piazza or fountain combined with the music leaves a lasting memory. The memory of  this young woman singing opera in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence is one the comes back to me often.

Young woman singing opera in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

Young woman singing opera in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

To edit this image my basic processing was done in Lightroom and then exported file to Topaz B&W Effects 2 and created a black and white image with a look of a hand black and white.

Topaz B&W Effects 2

Topaz B&W Effects 2


Castle of Angels and Bridge of Angels Spring 2015 Italian Photo Workshop

The Castel Sant’Angelo is the fortress near St. Peters where Popes took refuge when Rome was under siege.  Now, as in ancient times, you cross over the impressive Bridge of Angels which spans the Tiber River to enter to the Castel Sant’Angelo.  When I am out photographing early in the mornings with my groups, when most of Rome is still sleeping, it is easy to envision being in ancient Rome.  It is always a treat capturing images in these ancient places before the tourists and locals appear on the streets and remind us that is not 350 AD.

The hotel accommodations I have made for the 2015 group traveling with me to Rome is near the Vatican and a brief stole from the Bridge of Angels.

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

I captured this image of the Castel Sant’Angelo at an aperture of F11 and shutter speed of 3 seconds. The color image was processed in Lightroom and Topaz Clarity. The B&W images I processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Anyone visiting Rome and interested in getting to know the city intimately I would recommend taking a personalized tour with Steve and Grazia Andre http://enchantingrome.com/ . Their knowledge and love of the city has always amazed me and delighted my clients.

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Congratulations to Vincent Cordi for winning a Trafalgar trip to Northern California valued at $6,000 dollars!!

Vernazza and Monterosso at Night captured by Vince Cordi

Vernazza and Monterosso at Night captured by Vince Cordi

Congratulations to Vincent Cordi for winning a Trafalgar trip to Northern California valued at $6,000 dollars!! For me the best part of teaching location workshops is the shared learning and travel experience where I have made lasting friendships. Having clients come home with award winning images is a bonus.


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