Magnificent Glow | Photographing in Tuscany

This week’s guest post is by Frits Habermann, a Seattle-based fine-art nature photographer who captured this image while photographing in Tuscany on one of our Photo Tours. Every year, we keep returning to the same amazing location which we now call “The Cathedral of Frits” for the awe inspiring effect it had on Frits with its otherworldly beauty, […]

Create Magic! Photographing Lavender in Provence at Low Light


THE DATA: Canon 5d3 | Canon 24-70 | f2.8 II at 70mm | f16 | 30 seconds | ISO 400

THE STORY: Photographing lavender in Provence is one of the highlights of a trip to France. The Valensole Plateau in Provence, a region in the south of France, offers photographers some of the most expansive and lush lavender fields in the […]

Italy’s Best Kept Secret – The Dolomites

THE DATA: Canon 6D | Canon 24-70 | f4 @ f8 | 1/640 sec | ISO 100

THE STORY: Many people I encounter, even Europeans, have no idea where the Dolomites are. Dolomites . . . is that some kind of rock or something?

The Dolomites are a mountainous region in northern Italy known as Alto Adige in Italian and Süd Tirol in German. […]

Photo Tour in Tuscany | La Bella Toscana

This week’s guest post is by Nancy Crowell who took these 2 photos during our photo tour in Tuscany. She loves looking at the “smaller” picture.
Macro Poppy (above): Nikon D600 | ISO 100 | 105mm @ 105 |1/1000 @ f3.0
Landscape (below): Nikon D600 | ISO 100 | 70-300mm @ 92 mm | 1/160 @ f 8.0

THE STORY: Nancy was a participant on […]

Photographing Italy | Tuscan “Bookends”

This week, we’re pleased to present a guest post by Gerald Vincent, a gifted Canadian fine-art photographer and participant on a couple of our photography travel tours.
Gerald created this image during one of our Tuscany photo tours. Our base for photographing Italy is the charming medieval hill town of Pienza where he was able to capture village life and, by converting the image […]

Photographing beautiful Moravia

Moravia in the Czech Republic deserves more than 1 weekly shot. Above you can see images of the colorful town of Telč and the beautiful rolling hills in the south of this photogenic and versatile country.
THE DATA (the town): Canon 5d3 | Canon 24-70 | f2.8 II @ 24mm | f 22 1/13th | ISO 100
7 vertical frame panorama

THE DATA (both yellow fields): Canon […]

Photographing Slovenia – A Hidden Gem

High in the mountains in central Slovenia perches a sweet little church that stretches its steeple into the cool evening air.


THE DATA: Canon 5d2 | Canon 100-400 @ 150mm | 13 seconds | f/10 | ISO 200

THE STORY: We loved photographing Slovenia but it took us quite a bit of sleuthing and driving up bumpy logging roads only to have to turn […]

Blue Hour in Magical Prague

Today’s Weekly Shot is an image taken by Jim earlier this year in one of our favorite European cities — magical Prague.

THE DATA: Canon 5D3 | Canon 100-400 @150mm | 20 seconds | f16 |  ISO 400 

THE STORY: There’s just something about magical Prague. It’s like the background for a fairytale with its medieval, baroque and art nouveau architecture, […]

Christmas in Venice + The Weekly Shot!

The Weekly Shot will be one special photograph from one of our Photography Travel Tours, taken by Jim, Magrit or one of our many talented tour participants. There will be technical information about how the shot was created as well as a short story about how it found its way into our visual awareness.

A little […]

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 […]