June 12-15, 2019
Luigi Barzini, writing in The New York Times, describes Venice as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.” Photographer Randy Jay Braun calls Venice a “city of layers and textures and reflections”.
On this fabulous 4-day/3-night segment of our retreat and adventure rolled into one,
you’ll have an opportunity to get lost in the beauty and magic of this unique place. You’ll be free to see, yet never feel lost with our highly experienced and discreet local guides always on hand.
Venice is divided into six sestieri, or neighborhoods, each with its own personality and its own delightful stories. We’ll visit the best; from Cannaregio, home to the largest population in the city –
to San Polo, the oldest section.
We’ll capture the iconic spots like Saint Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace and prisons… then deep dive for the myriad of hidden gems tucked away in top secret spots that tourists don’t even know exist!
We’ll visit islands on our own private sunset boat tour, wander quiet streets,
reflect upon the colors, textures and waters of this magical city!
In so doing, we’ll experience the true Venetian lifestyle like a local and capture it all through the lens of our cameras and soul’s voice.
THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
June 15-21, 2019
After 4 breathtaking days in Venice, we’ll switch gears and transfer to the Alta Badia region of the Dolomite Mountains for a whole new experience and perspective.
You’ll expand your vision as we explore the majestic Italian Dolomites, camera in hand; traveling with like-minded photographers and instructors. On this adventure, you’ll have plenty of time to pause, breathe the fresh mountain air and let a sense of awe capture your imagination as it fills your being with joy and wonder.
You’ll discover the Dolomites’ hidden valleys where the architecture, cuisine and language reflect the delightful blend of Italian and Austrian and Ladin cultures which make this region utterly unique, as you create images telling YOUR story, expressing the kaleidoscope of emotion this region awakens within.
Daily excursions include walks through charming mountain villages and hikes on trails to a few of the most spectacular vistas on Earth. Swoon! No need to feel rushed either, since you will be among other photographers who understand that a great image, spoken in a soul’s language, takes some time to capture.
Photograph the breathtaking beauty, or simply sit back and soak in the sunsets and sunrises from
Corvara Village, with marvelous views of the Pelmo Massif.
After-hours classes give you an opportunity to share images, receive feedback (one of the most requested activities!), learn an approach to post-processing aimed at carrying your vision all the way through to finished product.
All levels of photographers are welcome.
Have a “non-photographer” spouse or partner who is hankering to experience the Dolomite Alps?
Bring them along! There are so many activities are available in the Alta Badia region to enjoy even if you never take a single photograph.
NOTE: basic operating knowledge of your DSLR camera – or whatever camera you use (including your phone camera) – and of your laptop or tablet is required. As a participant, you must be prepared to hike on trails while carrying your own camera gear, an extra layer of clothing, and water.
That said, it’s not boot camp! You’ll have options to hike or ride chair lifts much of the time,
so don’t worry about being forced to hike like a mountain goat every day!