Venice, Italy

Dates: May 1–8, 2016

Begins & Ends: Venice, Italy
(airport: VCE)

Leaders: Jeffrey Chapman & Winslow Lockhart

Maximum Participants: 10

Tuition: $3,900

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $700)

Meals: Breakfasts & 4 Dinners Included

Included Cultural Experiences:
     • Gondola Ride
     • Prosecco Tasting
     • Cicchetti Meal
     • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
     • Campanile di San Marco

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by November 1, 2015
     • Balance due by February 1, 2016

This photographic and cultural experience begins and ends in Venice, Italy. Tuition includes hotel (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement), breakfasts, four dinners, and local group transportation (7-day vaporetto pass) for the duration of the adventure. It does not include souvenirs, bar beverages, laundry, insurance (travel, medical, cancellation), transfers between the airport and hotel, nor any personal expenses.

This adventure is suitable for all levels of photographic experience. Participants must be in good health and able to spend each day walking and carrying their own equipment.

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Experience Venice Within The Frame

Experience: Venice Within The Frame

It has been said that unless one is encouraged to slow down, Venice is visited in vain. Experience: Venice Within The Frame will explore Venice, including several other islands of the Venetian Lagoon, at just the right pace to avoid such a travesty.

We will spend our week here exploring the city, going deep into its alleys and unseen parts. Venice is spectacular at any hour, and there will be plenty of opportunities to photograph in the earliest mornings and latest evenings, as well as exploring the surrounding islands, and spending time showing and discussing our photographs over some of the best food and wine imaginable. Travel around Venice and the lagoon will be by vaporetto (waterbus), and we will be staying at a single boutique hotel just off of Piazza San Marco, behind the Bridge of Sighs, for our week in Venice.

In order to fully immerse oneself in Venice during Experience: Venice Within The Frame, the following cultural experiences are included: a gondola ride through the beautifully picturesque canals, a tasting of local Prosecco, a traditional Venetian meal of Cicchetti (similar to Spanish tapas), an inspiring vist to the world-reknown Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and a trip up the Campanile di San Marco, where Galileo demonstrated his telescope to the Doge of Venice in 1609, for stunning views across Venice.

This photographic and cultural experience is about the passionate discovery and photography of people, place, and culture, with emphasis given to going deep not wide, and pursuing that most elusive of photographic necessities — our vision. It is appropriate for photographers of all levels.

Venice (Day One)

We will arrive in Venice in time for a group dinner to finally get to know each other in person, have an orienation for our shared adventure, and discuss the week’s itinerary and events.

Venice (Day Two – Seven)

Dickens, in his Pictures of Italy, saw Venice as “a city of a dream,” both enchanting and bewildering, where you carry away no definite details — just an indefinable allure. On this photographic and cultural experience you will discover a deeper Venice, for you will spend the entire week at this UNESCO World Heritage site, photographing the splendor of Venice, the iconic gondolas, Piazza San Marco at night, and the daily culture that is still Venice when the tourists depart.

The city stretches across 150 canals, 400 bridges, and 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon. It is unbridled in inspiration and beauty; and with something intriguing around every corner and down every calle, there will many opportunities for the curious to photograph something new and interesting.

In addition to the islands that comprise the city of Venice, we will visit several other islands in the lagoon. Colorful Murano is best known for its glass factories, but the architecture is not to be ignored. Lovely churches are adorned from ceiling to floor; their arches serve to frame the beautiful artisanship of these glassworks. Further afield, we will find ourselves in charming Burano, a collection of islands divided by canals but linked by bridges. Often overlooked in favour of Murano, Burano is home to fishermen and lace makers, living in the small, brightly painted houses and is also known for its vibrant artist community. We will wander the streets in both these places and not only find great food but also come home with great photographs.

During times of the day that have harsher light, we will spend our time on image discussions, impressionistic photography techniques, “traditional” landscape and architecture techniques (including the use of tripods and filters), learning to see, discussing how to create portraits of strangers, post-processing in Lightroom (applicable also to other programs), and any other topics that the group or individual participants would like to cover with the leaders.

Venice (Day Eight)

You will want to spend the last morning lingering and enjoying Venice for one last time before it’s time to relax in a water taxi and speed through the canals of Venice like James Bond on the way to the airport.

Although this represents the photographic adventure’s planned itinerary, it is subject to change at the discretion of the adventure leaders.

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