Best Photos of 2023

At year’s end, we’d like to share some of our favorite images (and memories) from our 2023 Photography Travel Tours season.

We’re very much looking forward to a “rinse & repeat” in 2024 when we’ll be traveling and photographing again. We can’t wait to meet new clients, make new friends, and reconnect with all of you “repeat offenders.” You are much appreciated! :-)

We decided to choose three or four images for each country in the order of the photo tours we offered in the spring and early summer of this year.

The Netherlands | Tulips, Canals & Windmills

Our 8-day tour in The Netherlands took us from medieval Haarlem with its photogenic surroundings of tulip fields, windmills, and charming small towns in North Holland, Leiden and the Keukenhof Flower Exhibit, Delft, the windmills of Kinderdijk, modern Rotterdam, and, finally, Amsterdam.

The hyacinths and tulips were in full bloom and the famous Keukenhof Flower Exhibit near Leiden was stunningly beautiful. We’ll be back in 2025.

The best photos of 2023 include yellow tulip rows leading to row of tree and clouds

The Beemster region north of Amsterdam — we always find stunning images here.

windmill in marshy area at sunset

Also in the Beemster region, the De Havik windmill is a timeless composition.

One of the Best Photos of 2023 is this row of skinny, colorful, modern houses on pond with traditional dutch windmill in background

Near Volendam in North Holland

One of the best photos of 2023 is this old tugboat resting on calm water by dock with old buildings

The vintage tugboat Furie at rest in the harbor of Maasluis, the Netherlands.

Venice | The Magic of the Serenissima

Venice and the tiny island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon are such wonderful and rewarding locations for photographers. We stopped counting but next year might be our 20th annual visit to both.

Our Best Photos of 2023 include reflections of Venetian gondolas in the many canals in Venice

Just west of San Marco Square is an area where many gondolas are stored overnight. We call it the “gondola barn.” The light for this shot is best early in the morning.

the best photos of 2023 include very colorful Italian houses

We always get a great crop of new images in Burano.

Our best Photos of 2023 include colorful distressed house facades on the island of burn in the Venetian Lagoon

Something delightful surprise waits around every corner in Burano (including the shadow of the photographer).

one of Best Photos of 2023 is this image of a classic Venetian door

Along one of the many canals in the Sestiere of Dosoduro in Venice

The Cinque Terre | Timeless Italy

The five picturesque fishing villages along the Ligurian Coast have long been among our favorite photo destinations.

colorful fishing village perched on cliffs above sea

Manarola, one of the five Cinque Terre villages is IMHO one of Italy’s top photographic compositions.

One of he bite photos of 2023 is this colorful fishing village above sea at sunset

Stormy conditions at sunset in Riomaggiore kept away the hordes of tourists and provided dramatic light.

colorful Italian fishing village on sea at night

Getting low on the sea rocks for the evening blue hour in Vernazza

Tuscany | La Bella Toscana

Our flagship Tuscany tour received so much interest that this year, we offered two tours in this picturesque part of Italy. Tuscany is close to our hearts and cameras. This is where it all started and here we can truly follow a slow travel approach and stay in one place (Pienza, our favorite Tuscan hill town) for the whole week of the tour.

tuscan farmhouse on hill in valley with fog at sunrise

The famous farmhouse “Il Belvedere” is a perfect example of how including the unique surroundings can create more impact in a photographic composition. We never tire of visiting and photographing this beautiful location.

rolling canola covered fields and two trees

We were rewarded with amazing light and perfect crop conditions for this image in the gorgeous Val d’Orcia.

lone tree on green hill with white clouds and blue sky

Sometimes, simple is best.

Chapel in the mist in Tuscany

Atmospheric mist over the tiny chapel of Vitaleta near Pienza

Alpine Italy-Slovenia Tour

The Dolomite Massif in Italy is impressive and beautiful, as is the local alpine culture. This photo tour is a combination of some of our favorite places (aren’t they all :-)) — The Dolomites, Slovenia and Lake Bled, and Monte Lussari at the three-country corner of Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.

towering rock towers in mist

On the final push to the Tre Cime saddle in Italy’s Dolomites.

small chapel with mountains in background at night

St. Jakob chapel in the Val d’ Funes in the Dolomites at the evening blue hour.

small chapel on ridge with mountains at night

High up in the mountains, the setting for the little Chapel of St. Primoz in Slovenia is epic.

illuminated church on island in lake with mountains in background at night

The evening blue along the shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia — one of our favorite compositions in this area

If some of these images inspire you to join us and create your masterpieces, we invite you to check out our photo tour lineup for 2024 by clicking here. » There are still a few spots available.

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