From the Edmonds Beacon ( Dec 30, 2010):
Tuscan farmhouse at sunrise
Award-winning travel photographer, Jim Nilsen, is conducting a nine-day photography tour and instructional workshop in Tuscany, Italy, this coming May.
The tour is designed for photographers of any skill level who wish to improve their photographic skills while experiencing one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
This is Nilsen’s first experience leading a guided instructional tour and he is excited and well qualified for this new dimension to his long and successful professional career.
Nilsen’s photographs are well known in the Pacific Northwest after two decades of exhibiting at art fairs and gift galleries throughout the region. His stunning images of landscapes and architectural details are distinguished by their intense saturated colors and keen compositions.
For years Nilsen’s customers have expressed their desire to travel and photograph with him and he believes his upcoming Tuscany tour and workshop will surpass everyone’s expectations.
Nilsen has traveled and photographed extensively in Italy and is especially fond of the Tuscany region while his wife, Magrit, also a fine photographer and successful graphic designer, was raised in SE Austria with Italy as her “backyard.” They both have an intimate knowledge of Tuscany and decades of photographic and design experience that they wish to share with a small select group of tour participants.
The tour will begin on May 4, 2011 in Pisa, Italy. From Pisa, the group will drive by van to one of the most amazing valleys in all of Italy, the Val d’ Orcia. The group will spend seven nights in the heart of this region in the medieval hill town of Pienza, a town chosen because of its proximity to several iconic Tuscan scenes.
Within a short drive one can photograph cypress lined roads, enchanting farmhouses and chapels, medieval hill towns, and lush landscapes. The tour is strictly limited to seven participants to ensure quality instruction and individual attention.
Thanks to their expertise and experience in the region, each day Jim and Magrit will guide the group to their favorite photogenic locations at just the right time of day to obtain the absolute best lighting conditions. Close to Pienza, the group will explore the medieval hill towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monticchiello, San Querico d’ Orcia, and Castiglione d’ Orcia.
The tour will also visit some of the neighboring towns and villages including San Gimignano, San Galgano, Monteriggioni, Pitigliano, Civita di Bagnaorgio, Volterra, Asciano, Siena, and Orvieto as well as the Chianti region.
“My main objective is for the group to have fun learning and traveling,” Nilsen said. “This should not be difficult considering where we will be hanging out for nine days! For me, this is the ultimate form of travel… we immerse ourselves in a delicious culture and live amongst a generous and joyful people, all while capturing our experience in stunning photographs as we explore this beautiful and historical region.Now that is fun!”
Evenings will give the group the opportunity to sample the exquisite regional cuisine offered by Pienza’s many fine restaurants. The region also produces some of the best red wines in the world including the famous Brunello di Montalcino and its rival, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Photographic instruction will be tailored to each individual’s level and desires. With more than thirty years experience and a degree in commercial photography, Nilsen continues to learn and experiment, most recently transitioning into digital capture, workflow, post processing, and output.
The tour will end in Pisa on May 13.
More can be learned about this photographic tour and workshop by visiting www.PhotographyTravelTours.com and Jim Nilsen’s award-winning photographs can be viewed at www.JimNilsen.com.