Cliffhanger: Photograph Reinhold Messner’s Paradise

Reinhold Messner is a larger-than-life icon – a mountaineer, adventurer, explorer and author from South Tyrol in the north of Italy.

He was the first climber to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and conquer all fourteen “eight-thousanders ” in the Himalayas.

Reinhold started his illustrious career in the small town of Villnöß, where he climbed the […]

There’s never too much Tuscan Sun!

You’ve seen the movie . . . Tuscany is really that beautiful and romantic.
“Under the Tuscan Sun” and countless books about Americans moving to Tuscany to restore a pile of rocks to rustic beauty, give you an idea of the addictive attractiveness of this part of Italy.

Dario Castagno, a Tuscan tour guide, however decided that he’d had enough of […]

Must-see (and photograph) gem in the heart of Tuscany

Pienza — we have a long-standing love affair with this lovely medieval hill town in the province of Siena in Tuscany.
Pienza, often called the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism,” is situated between Montepulciano and Montalcino. It offers a fantastic view over the beautiful Val d’Orcia and is smaller and more intimate than its 2 more well-known neighbors.

The […]

Become a “shooting star” overnight! Photographing the Blue Hour

You really feel like a rock star when you learn the “Blue Hour” technique of photography. It is not very difficult. These few considerations will get you on your way.

The optimum time to get the great balance of artificial and ambient light is between 30 and 45 minutes before sunrise and after sunset.
A tripod is essential.
Look […]

Photographing an amazing phenomenon: Thor’s Well

One hundred and sixty miles down the Oregon Coast from Astoria and just south of Cape Perpetua you’ll find a mysterious large hole in the sea-rocks called Thor’s Well. This hole is about 14 feet across and is exposed to the surging ocean swells through a passage deep down inside the well. So when the tide rises, water […]

Waterfall Magic at Plitvice, Croatia

Magrit and I recently spent two days at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia researching for an upcoming photo tour in May of 2016. This was our second visit to this amazing land of waterfalls and lakes.

The park features 16 lakes cascading from 2,087 to 1,650 feet elevation over a distance of five miles.

What makes this national […]

Santorini, a Photographer’s Dream

Last Chance to Reserve Your Spot on a Thrilling Photography Travel Tour

Breathtaking views, vibrant landscapes, stimulating culture, and photographic instruction… These are all features that make our European photography travel tours incredible experiences.

Each year, Magrit and I host several small groups of people in some of the most iconic destinations in and around the Mediterranean: Greece, Italy, and sometimes France. In 2016 we will add Croatia, […]

March 23rd, 2015|Blog, Cinque Terre, Dolomites, Italy, Tuscany|0 Comments

Go Beyond the Rule of Thirds: Top Composition Techniques

There’s so much more than following the Rule of Thirds when it comes to top-notch travel photography. Composing an image that will create a story, or capture a moment and make it come to life is definitely an art form. It’s also what makes photography so engaging as a practice.

Here are some of the top […]

February 25th, 2015|Blog, Photography Tips|0 Comments

Limited Space Remaining on our 2015 Photography Travel Tours!

The 2015 photography travel tour season is quickly approaching! Now is the time to book your tour to photograph enchanting landscapes and colorful vignettes and enjoy the vibrant cultures and delicious foods of these amazing destinations.

Here is a quick rundown of the locations to look forward to visiting in this season…

From April 26 through May […]

February 11th, 2015|Blog, Cinque Terre, Dolomites, Italy, Photography Travel Tours, Santorini, Tuscany|0 Comments