Italian Dolomites & Venice with Dave Hutchison and Shane McDermott

VisionQuest PhotoJourney

This is not your traditional photo tour simply meant to get you to the best locations in the best light. That is a given! We’ve set the bar super high and expect you to come away from this experience feeling completely transformed both as a photographer and as a human being. Regardless if you are a beginner, intermediate or seasoned professional this experience will forever transform the way you approach your photography and open up creative dimensions you’ve never even thought about.

Yes, it is true Shane and I will ensure you have the best light and locations but we also want you to have an experience of a lifetime. The workshop will centre around “Breaking the Four Barriers for Creativity” which in turn will enable you to make the best images possible. When I was in Italy last year and especially when I was in Venice for the last three days, I did not want to leave. I could have stayed another week photographing and exploring that very unique city. Photographing a new location is an excellent way to immerse “yourself”… and capture the essence or what you saw and felt in the moment.

The Italian mountain side hut system is a truly unique experience all by itself. When I first experience the “huts” I had no idea that most of these huts were like mini motels on the sides of mountains. They are equipped with a cafe, restaurant, washrooms, beds with linens (most locations), and very friendly staff (and most speak some English).

Florence and the Hilltowns of Tuscany with Ron Rosenstock

Photo Tour Highlights
• Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with its rich tapestry of history depicted in its architecture, sculptures, and paintings
• A stay in the Tuscan countryside, with its grapevines and cypress trees
• Tuscany’s medieval towns and villages: Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Volpaia, Radda in Chianti, and others, equally well-preserved
• Departure limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience
• Optional extension to the Canals of Venice

Naples and Amalfi Coast Italy with Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Tour Highlights
• Limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience
• Explore and photograph on foot in the historic city center of Naples, with its rich tapestry of history depicted in its architecture, ruins of Herculeum, and sunset photography of Mt. Vesuvius.
• Accommodations with beautiful views from Sorrento and Amalfi.
• Photograph the islands on a day trip to Ischia and Procida.
• Photograph in various hill towns along the Amalfi Coast such as Positano, Atrani, and Raito. Sunset photography at the Greek ruins of Paestrum.
• Optional Sicily Extension with views of Mt. Etna, off the beaten path hill towns of the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa, and Ortigia the finest least spoiled old town of Siracusa, with its resonances of light, stone, and sea.

From Jersey to Italy

Story and photography by David DesRochers

Budoia, Italy © David DesRochers

Budoia, Italy © David DesRochers

It was September of 2006 when I walked into a Tri-County Camera Club meeting in Nutley, New Jersey to judge my first photo competition. As a member of my own camera club, I had spent the previous six years listening attentively to other judges score and critique our own competition entries, some even offering suggestions on how to improve them. Not all judges are created equal and I didn’t always agree with what they had to say but I developed a thick skin and used many of their suggestions to help improve my own work.   And now it was my turn in the hot seat. Continue reading