The Essence of Tuscany 7 days/6 nights workshop
Imagine the sight of silvery olive groves, autumn tinged vines stretching far into the distance and softly undulating hills being painted with light. Tuscany conjures up these images and more; the quintessential cypress trees, atmospheric, medieval walled towns with their cobbled streets and ancient castle ruins. Let your mind wander through quiet unspoilt villages or simply sit, and drink in the view of a sweeping landscape. Better still, come and experience it with us this autumn.
For our workshop we have teamed up with Image Seen. Together we can experience the many varied sides of southern Tuscany at one of the finest visual times of year and explore this captivating region, including the stunning valley of the Val D’Orcia, one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes and an area of unrivaled beauty. Characterised by gentle hills and picturesque towns and villages, here we will travel the country lanes and walk the winding streets of the tiny walled village of Monticchiello. We will explore the charming hilltop town of Montalcino, one of the prettiest hilltop towns in the area, as well as taking the Renaissance architecture in Montepulciano. The timeless Romanesque abbey of Sant’Antimo, flanked by vineyards, and the nearby historic Renaissance city of Pienza, one of the areas architectural jewels and the setting for the well known film, ‘The English Patient’, are also on our list. The landscape views at Terrapille, made famous in ‘Gladiator’ are a must for the photographer, as are the elegant cypress lines, but as well as these more widely known scenes, we will also explore some of the more off the beaten track locations, where many a characteristic old barn or enchanting subject can be found.
Our travels will take us on a spectacular drive through the eroding landscape known as the Crete Senesi, with it’s distinctive ‘lunar’ appearance. Here too lies the serene fourteenth century hill top Benedictine monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, overlooking the far reaching countryside below which we will visit.
The Chianti Classico region nestles amid a rolling carpet of lush green hills, sentinel cypress trees and ancient olive groves. This area is literally teaming with vines and at this time of year, with the soft hues of autumn, these regimental lines make for a wonderful photographic subject. Driving leisurely through vineyards and olive groves, we will stop to take in the many beautiful views, the medieval walled village of San Gusme, and the impressive castle of Castello di Brolio, which dominates the southern Chianti Classico countryside.
If an area could have been created specifically for the delight of photographers this would surely be it. Offering a wealth of fabulous photographic opportunities, Tuscany is rich in beauty and charm and cannot fail to captivate. So why not join us and come and explore this timeless and enchanting region. It won’t fail to leave an impression.
DSLR with appropriate lenses. A bridge or compact camera will be adequate if it has manual functions – please contact email@example.com if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.
Filters – a Polarising Filter and Neutral Density Graduated Filter/s would be useful to help you get the best result in-camera.
A laptop to view and process your images if you wish to do so in preparation to have your work critiqued.
How to book
A 15% deposit to Caspin Journeys is required to secure your accommodation. Please make your booking via Caspin Journeys Ltd. Booking conditions can be viewed here.(LINK)
A separate £100 deposit is also required by Image Seen which is payable directly to Sarah Howard – details can be found on the booking form and pre- workshop questionnaire, which can be located here.(LINK)
For more information on the workshop please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any enquiries regarding the accommodation can be addressed to Pino Nobile at Caspin Journeys on email@example.com
Area: 301,000 km/sq
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Day 1 pick up
Group pick up usually at the Perugia airport (timing tba). Those arriving by train can be picked up from Terontola station. (after 15.00)
Days 2-6 logistics
Breakfast is served each morning at 08.00 or 1 hour before departure in the minibus. Picnic lunches are provided en-route. Dinner is served at approx 19.30-20.00 at the villa or in a local trattoria style restaurant. We also usually have a fun pizza evening too!
Day 7 drop off
Group drop off usually at the Perugia airport (timing tba). Those departing by train can be dropped off before 10.00am
What is covered in the workshop ?
Over the course of this workshop we will explore the scenery of this stunning region and its charming villages and towns. Included (weather allowing) will be a number of dawn and dusk shoots to take advantage of the favourable light and to enable us to capture the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. Throughout, we will give you both practical and technical advice, to help you gain confidence and develop your photographic technique, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field. There will also be the opportunity in the evenings after dinner to have your work critiqued as we look back over our images and review your progress.
The main aspects of landscape and travel photography will be covered, including:
Working with light – the vital role that light plays in landscape photography
‘Finding’ the image – pre-visualisation, composition, lens choice
Use of semi auto and manual settings
The relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO
Depth of field and focusing
Understanding metering, exposure and use of the histogram
Use of filters
Understanding white balance and colour temperature
Where we will stay
The beautifully restored 17th century Tuscan farmhouse; Molino di Bordone, located just outside the Etruscan city of Cortona, provides the perfect base for our Tuscan adventure. Situated amongst landscaped gardens, over looked by olive groves, and with a back drop of glorious Tuscan and Umbrian hills, it provides the prefect environment in which to relax and we will be well looked after by our hosts. Tuscany is known for its cuisine and you won’t go hungry with the chance to try local dishes, not only when catered for at Molino di Bordone, but also in our evening outings to local village restaurants and pizzerias.
Transfers to and from Perugia airport or Terontola Cortona train station
Six nights single occupancy accommodation
Six breakfasts; five lunches & six dinners (two taken at a local trattoria) with local wine, water & coffee
Transportation by 12 seater mini van
All photographic tuition and demonstrations
Should your partner also be a photographer and wish to join you on this workshop, they will pay a reduced price of £1150 based on sharing a room. Non photographic partners are also welcome and will pay just £700 for their share of the accommodation which includes all meals as detailed above. As a non photographer no day excursions are included as we need the space in our mini van for our photographers, so you may wish to hire a car to allow you to explore the area whilst you are here.
What isn’t included:
Entrance fees to any museums or churches
Insurance – we advise you to insure your photographic equipment for loss or damage. You are also advised to take out personal insurance
Due to some of the best viewpoints being accessible only by foot, and also due to the nature of the terrain, a reasonable level of fitness is essential for all clients.
Other tour ideas:
Our gourmet cooking classes take place at Molino di Bordone, among the Tuscan and Umbrian hills, only minutes from the beautiful Etruscan walled town of Cortona.
The Palio di Siena horse race is celebrated twice a year in the Campo (Siena’s historical square), on 2nd July and 16th August in honour of the religious feast days of the Visitation and Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Lady and Patron Protector of the City.