Italy - Dolomites & Venice July 2020
July 5-14, 2020
10 days, 9 nights (all lodgings included*)
limited to 8 participants (1 spot reserved, 7 available)
* workshop in partnership with Shane McDermott / VisionQuest Photography
Workshop base: First two nights in Venice, 6 nights in Italian Dolomite Huts (mountain side motels), final night in Venice
Price $3,995 USD (approx. $5,300 CDN) - no tax applicable
(based on double occupancy)
Early deposit of $500 US (or $650 CDN) required to reserve spot
Balance due 120 days prior to trip departure date
(Scroll down for the introduction and daily Itinerary)
Note: If you are registering from Canada, please call with credit card or e transfer funds to firstname.lastname@example.org. The other option is for me to send a PayPayl invoice for Canadian transactions so tax is not calculated.
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.
"This is about opening the EYES of your SOUL to a radically different way of seeing and being"
Vision quest photography is a radically transformative experience! It is meant offer breakthrough insights, experiences and profound practices you can take away and integrate into your photography as it evolves overtime.
VisionQuest is unique mindfulness based teaching meant to remove the barriers that obstruct your creative genius and open the eyes of your Soul to new ways of seeing. It gets you to the heart of magical image making!
"In the full presence of this moment, there is no loss, no lack, no limits to the boundless nature of your unique creative expression."
Being revised March 22, 2019
Italy - Dolomites and Venice Introduction
I am feeling privileged to offer such a unqiue photography workshop to a place I absolutely love. 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 can be an excellent way to immerse "into yourself"... like a self discovery.
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 equipment with a cafe, restaurant, washrooms, beds with linens (most locations), and very friendly staff (and most speak some english). Check out a few images above that show the huts in the Dolomites!
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.
July 5 - Day 1 - Arrive in Venice - Hotel Cavaletto
July 6 - Day 2 - Venice - Hotel Cavaletto
July 7 - Day 3 - Transfer to Auronzo Hut
July 8 - Day 4 - Walk to Locatelli Hut for 2 nights to photograph The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also called the Drei Zinnen
July 9 - Day 5 - Stay at Locatelli hut (same as above)
July 10 - Day 6 - Transfer to Cinque Torri hut for 2 nights (Spa visit during the day in Cortina)
July 11 - Day 7 - Stay at Cinque Torri hut (same as above)
July 12 - Day 8 - Lagazuoi hut for 1 night
July 13 - Day 9 - Transfer to Venice - Hotel Cavaletto (same as first two nights)
July 14 - Day 10 - Finish in Venice - fly out (as stay longer if you wish)
What is included, What is NOT included will be published by mid April 2019
Over the years I have enjoyed sharing my photography passion with others. Sharing my passion for both landscape and wildlife photography through a variety of workshops and photo tours is a privilege that I continue cherish year after year.
In the last year I have partnered with long time friend and fellow photographer Shane McDermott to offer something very unique in the photography field.The foundation of our teaching is based on "What is in here" as well as "What is out there". The "What is out there" part is often taught (sometimes very well) in photography. This the part that encompasses the best locations, best light, camera settings, gear selection, etc. But what about the emotions, our thoughts, how we think of ourselves, etc. intertwine with our photography - and how we photograph and see.
Our workshops become unique as we bring to light to the "What is in here" component. If you are still reading this, you have made the first step about gaining awareness about what is happening within ourselves while we are photographing and uncovering what we call "Breaking the Barriers to Creativity".
In summary, we can help you turn Barriers into Opportunities which is the essence of our workshops.
Dave is a highly qualified and experienced photographer. His knowledge of the Vancouver Island area allowed him to plan an experience that was second to none. Throughout he was always teaching and helping. The result was a experience from which I learned much about photography and the Vancouver Island coastal area.
Stu, Kelowna, BC
Dave provided an excellent workshop. He is passionate about his profession and photography and as a result, found him to be very engaging and interesting. Dave was clearly interested and willing to determine where your ability levels were at and encouraged you to take the next steps out of your comfort zones to learn and try new techniques. I also found Dave was very generous with his time one on one in the field. I look forward to future workshops with Dave.
Don C, Kelowna, BC