dolomites and como lake photography workshop
13 July - 21 July 2019
$3150 Deposit $1000 Single supplement $600
Dolomites & Lake Como Photo Adventure .Vacations – Inspire, create and learn. We’ve combined two of Italy’s most majestic destinations into one amazing photo adventure. The natural beauty of both Dolomites & Lago di Como (Lake Como) are sure to take your breath away throughout every day of this adventure. What makes the Dolomite mountains so unique is how it’s fabulous vertical reefs glow in the changing light and present a startling and dramatic contrast to the pastoral beauty beneath. The region’s early morning and late afternoon light paint stunning sun-drenched vistas that are magical and captivating, a photographer’s dream. Comprising over 90,000 acres of mountainous terrain, the Italian Dolomites offer a unique corner of the Alps with distinctive geology and a fascinating blend of cultures. The geological origin dates back some 230 million years when the rock was deposited in the form of marine sediments and coral in a low open sea (that’s why you can find fossilized shells and marine remains along the mountain's paths). This material formed the mountain's base. Much later, around 65 million years ago, the rocks were lifted high up by various tectonic events, creating the Alps. The Dolomites are notable for their composition of pale colored dolomite -- a limestone like rock formed beneath deep, ancient seas -- atop darker volcanic bedding. Our workshop is set in a valley known as Selva de Val Gardena, in the western Dolomite mountains surrounded by these limestone formations. After four days in the Dolomites we move on to the most famous of the Italian lakes, Lake Como. It has absolutely stunning views of the surrounding majestic Alps with their deep valleys running through them. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are stunningly picturesque. The opportunity for amazing photographs are everywhere, from villas, to villages, ruins, picturesque narrow alleyways and streets along the lakeside. We’ll spend the last 2 nights in the romanic village of Varenna. This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but also to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only return home with images to be proud of, but you also use your new found skills to improve and expand your general photographic technique. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
Landscape photography. Professional photographer | guide. Photo walks & discussions. Small group size (4-7 guests). Fine hotel accommodations, breakfasts, 2 dinners.
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Day 1 Saturday Arrive at Hotel Lavaredo at Lake Misurina, welcome and orientation meeting at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm, independent shooting around the lake afterwards if desired. 
Day 2 Sunday Sunrise shooting beginning at 5am, then breakfast at 8am, 9am first meeting to adjust camera settings and assess weather for the incoming day. Easy day to allow for jet-lag recovery. Nearby (walking distance) ski-lift ride to Rifugio Col de Varda for lunch and shooting of the spectacular grand vista of Croda del Banco and other spectacular mountain peaks. Shooting around Lake Misurina and nearby Lake de Atorno. Dinner after sunset.
Day 3 Monday Rise early for a short drive to Rifugio Auronzo to shoot sunrise, then back to Hotel Lavaredo. Breakfast at 8am. Off to Rifugio Lorenzi at Cristallo which requires a shuttle of 2 chair lifts to reach. Most of the afternoon is spent shooting this area. Possible trip to Passo Giau for sunset. Dinner after sunset.
Day 4 Tuesday Rise early for a 2-mile, moderately strenuous hike to Rifugio Locatelli to shoot the Crown Jewel of the Dolomites; The Tre Cime!; we'll have a hot lunch at the Rifugio. Hike back, pause at Rifugio Lavaredo to shoot late afternoon light and sunset, back to the hotel for dinner and prepare for night shooting or image processing and critique.
Day 5  Wendsday Ortisei - Varenna (Lago di Como)
We depart early for our drive to Varenna on Lake Como (Lago di Como). If time allows we may stop by the city of Bolzano along the way. Varenna is a charming storybook village that will steal your heart. We’ll spend late afternoon exploring and preparing for a sunset shoot.
Day 6  ThursdayVarenna - Bellagio - Villa d'Est
On Thursday we are up early to travel by ferry to Bellagio, Villa d'Est and more. Our day will be filled with photo oppotunity throughout these beautiful villages that dot the shoreline. Midday you will probably be tempted to take a dip in the lake.
Day 7  Friday Varenna - Milan. 
On day seven, we wake up early for our last photo walk. During breakfast we'll have our final group discussion, review our past week photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. You can take a train from Varenna to Milan, or we'll be happy to take you to the airport.

Group size
4 - 8 Guests
Experience | difficulty
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. Moderate schedule. Travel by walking and mini bus. Considerable elevation changes and lots of walking (hiking optional) (non-photographers also welcome).
Weather | Sun
July - Temps 49/71 F 9/21 C Sunrise 5:32 | Sunset 21:01
Landscape photography. Professional photographer | guide. Photo walks & discussions. Small group size (4-7 guests). Fine hotel accommodations, breakfasts, 2 dinners.
Lunches, snacks and drinks outside of normal meals, beverages and alcohol. Tips for tour guides, drivers, bellhops etc. International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage. Arrival and departure flights.
Small, locally owned guesthouses and hotels.
Travel information
We recommend arrival 1 day before the beginning of workshop, meeting point Milano Malpensa or Verona airport .
$3150 Deposit $1000 Single supplement $600
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