The Best of Italy in Two Weeks

I recently had the pleasure of taking part as a guest pro in M&M Photography Tours’ Best of Italy photo tour. In the past two weeks this has led me, together with M&M’s founder Mike Gulbraa and some wonderful guests, to some of my favorite locations around my home country. We visited Venice, Burano, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the Cinque Terre, …

Lavender fields, Valensole Plateau, France

In The Lavender Fields Of Southern France

Provence, France. Even though I live relatively close to that part of the world and I’ve seen parts of it on numerous occasions, I never went there when the lavender is blooming and with the specific intent of photographing it. It’s one of those experiences that you know you can easily make, so you keep postponing it, thinking there will …

Photographing Western Crete: Rethymno

“The rain has stopped, the clouds have broken; the vault of blue spreads out like a fan, the blue decomposing into that ultimate violet light which makes everything Greek seem holy, natural and familiar. in Greece one has the desire to bathe in the sky. You want to rid yourself of your clothes, take a running leap and vault into …

Scotland With the Fujifilm GFX 50S

I recently returned from my third trip to Scotland, leading a group of enthusiastic photographers, and I have to say that the more I visit that beautiful country, the more I want to return. For this tour I had decided to revisit some of the locations I had touched during my previous foray, hoping to get better weather and better …

The Little Shop of Glass Wonders in Venice

Every time I lead a photo tour in Venice, I always try to offer my students some new and unique experiences. These typically involve visits to workshops and factories where ancient and obscure crafts are still practiced by artists and craftsmen using the tools and techniques of yore. In the past, we visited a workshop where an artist makes beautiful …

Ithaca, a Mediterranean Getaway

by Massimiliano Cremascoli Ithaki or Ithaca, as it’s known for most of us in Italy, is Odysseus’ mythical homeland, a Greek island rooted in history which, so far, has not succumbed to the worst of mass tourism. There’s a special kind of presence in this land, in this light; it seems that the ancient world is still there, at your …

Photographing the Wild Horses of Cappadocia

by Nuri Çorbacıoğlu Cappadocia, a region in the center of Turkey, has a stunning spiritual beauty that is due to its unique nature and history: tufa hills, deep ravines, fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, underground cities, hot-air balloons dotting the sky in the early morning hours. You won’t find the atmosphere of Cappadocia in any other place in the world. Many …

Trainee monks at Punakha school

Bhutan East to West

by Peter Sheppard Bhutan is a country secluded in the Himalayas north of India. The small population is deeply traditional, and it keeps its distinct identity based on Buddhism and a popular constitutional monarchy. The society is notable for its sense of values, such as the concept of gross national happiness. And most people live in rural self-sufficiency with a …

Photographing Fireworks in Japan

by Magdalene Teo Yong I have been wanting to visit Japan for a long time but never got around to doing it until about 2 years ago, starting with a brief visit to Tokyo. It was love at first sight for me in Japan, although it was burning a hole through my pocket with every visit. A lot of the …