Cinque Terre and beyond…
Not only did I pick the right place to begin my travel this year but I also chose the right people to travel with. Like John “Hannibal” Smith from the “A” team used to say: “I love it when a plan comes together!”
Italy, oh Italy… I can’t seem to get her out of my mind. No matter where I’ve been in this exceptional country, I keep discovering newfound reasons to fall in love all over again. On my April/May trip to Italy I was to discover several new places that had long been on my wish list. As a travel photographer, I’m always looking for, incredible historic sites, stunning natural vistas and exceptional architecture. Italy has that covered and more, way more. The food, the people, the wine, and the sheer variety of visual delights is something that I would urge everyone to experience at least once in their life. The above photograph of Manarola at blue hour is just one small example of what is to be seen, experienced, and photographed in Italy.
“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.”
~ Mary Shelley
This was no vacation but as far as work trips go, this one was one of the most enjoyable ones I have ever taken. While it is always great to experience beautiful places, it is ever so more enjoyable to share those experiences with wonderful friends and travel companions.
Announcing my Italy Photo Tours!
I was a man on a mission with this trip to Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and Venice. Over the last year, I had been thinking about leading a photo tour in Italy and this was going to make it all possible. The best move I made was to team up with my friends at Walks of Itlay to work with me on developing an itinerary and to make sure that we had the best local guides in the business.
While I had been to Milan, Florence, and Rome before I had not been to several of the areas that were on the scouting list. It was thrilling for me to finally be heading to the Tuscan countryside, the five towns of Cinque Terre, and Venice. After over six months of planning and two weeks of exploring, photographing, and sampling local wine and food, I was now ready to announce my first Italy Photo Tour in early October of 2013. It was a tough job but somehow I managed to get through it. I’m not sure what was more difficult; suffering through the delicious food and wine, photographing some of the most beautiful locations on the planet, or spending tons of quality time with local people. Like I said… tough job.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”
~ Giuseppe Verdi
We are still ironing out all the details but this much is for sure… It will be in Italy!
Oh, you want more specifics? So demanding! ;)
Since you asked, we will be starting theOctober 2013 Italy photo tour in Rome and then head out to our featured stops in Tuscany, Florence, and Cinque Terre. This is going to be awesome! We are planning not just a photo-centric tour but one that will involve gastronomic delights and food tours, wine tastings, history tours and of course epic photo opportunities and instruction.
If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list or be advised of the details once we finalize everything please head on over to our workshop page for all the details and contact information:
Ken’s awesome Italy Photo Tour
Stay tuned for more details coming very soon!
Ice, Ice Baby!
On a side note, I’m off to Iceland tomorrow for my first of two sold out photo workshops I’ll be hosting along with my good buddy (humanitarian and landscape photographer) Colby Brown. I can’t wait to be back there and begin exploring and sharing the beautiful locations in this spectacular country. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to follow along as we photograph some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.
Victor Ferreira says
This tour is a dream for me…with two great photographers, well…Awesome! Maybe one day!
Kris Koeller says
Very cool shot!
Bimasakti Adtya says
very beautiful image:) fine art
Janice Reinold says
When I saw your photograph, I literally said “WHOA” out loud. Incredible shot!
Stefano De Rosa says
Cinque Terre is really a paradise for Photographer!! I visited them in May, here you can see two shots of Manarola end Vernazza:
I advice you also to visit Porto Venere, very close to Cinque Terre, that offers great photo opportunities. I am based in Turin, some 2 hours by car from there. If you give me the deatils of your tour and ff for you is OK I can try find one day to join you for a photo session at 5 Terre or in the surroundings.
Beautiful shot and amazing location. I love Cinque Terre!
Global Nomads says
We skipped Cinque Terre in Italy. Too touristy for our taste, but it was great to see your photo from there.
Siddhartha Joshi says
Wow! This is magical…
Ed Graham says
This is a beautiful photograph. Nice work as always.
Greg Mills says
Ken – really outstanding composition. The Cinque Terre is so often done from the same location shooting down on the village. Love the long exposure and low viewpoint. Really nice work getting a unique shot in this location.
Ken Kaminesky says
Victor, Hope to see you one day on one of our Italy tours!
Kris & Bimasakti, thanks so much!
Janice… Tuscany and Italy in general are totally WHOA worthy :)
Stefano, thanks for the kind offer. I’ll keep it in mind.
Buryan, I agree Cinque Terre is awesome!!
Global, Really? You skipped Cinque Terre?? You really missed out.
Hi Sid! Thanks man, the whole area is like this. You’d love it!
Hi Ed, just checked out your site as well and really liked it. Keep up the great work!
Greg, To be fair this is not such a unique vantage point but perhaps time of day coupled with my awesome new Carl Zeiss 15mm lens had something to do with it too :)
Mark S. Johnson says
Absolutely gorgeous work, Ken! Thanks for sharing it.
Nice , like the contrast between the cool sky and warm lights.
Been there, done that. Cinque Terre really is a fascinating place, however, I always feel like such a place does not necessarily make it easier to shoot good stuff. The place is too nice, so you really need an idea to have your image stand out. Good job I would say =)
Great photo Ken!
I was in same area, most of these are from Vernazza (the next town over from Manarola I believe)
Davide about Cinque Terre says
I was there last year and it was one of the most memorable experiences of the last moths travelling! I also took some good shots, but the first author more than the photographer is the landscape itself!
TOBI Ayuba says
I really love d view it’s so full of fantasy and it the feeling telling me how more I can enjoy from life. Bigg upps ken.
Yel B says
I never knew such place exists. Your blog has provided many information on places and it’s a great deal for travelers. You even have breathtaking photos. I also have my photos at http://footravelgraphy.wordpress.com . Truly this place is a photographer’s paradise especially at night. I’d say three thumbs up for you!!
Ken Kaminesky says
Renan, it was certainly quite nice and warm when I was there but I’m sure that it can get cold in the winter.
Frank, we stayed in Vernazza and I would certainly stay there again.
Thanks to all of you for the very kind comments!
davide marcesini says
Hello Ken! beautiful trip to…my home! I’m a pro photographer based between Cinque Terre and marble quarries of Carrara. I’ll be happy to meet you when Elia and you will be in Italy. I’m working with National Park of Cinque Terre and I could let you see some “secret” location, “sciacchetrà” cellars ( do you know this incredible local wine?) and so on….for free. It’m my pleasure!
Let me know!
Ken Kaminesky says
Davide, Thanks so much for the offer. I’ll certainly keep it in mind and will be in touch with you if I decide to stay longer in CT after the workshop in October. Cheers!
maryam afshari says
Wanderlust Women says
Stunning. Makes me realize why I need to make Cinque Terre tops on Italy to-do list :)
Yudi Apidiantara says
David Posey says
Amazing shot. Gorgeous work!
David Posey says
Stunning. Absolutely gorgeous.
Truly AMAZING, I wish I could make it :D Perhaps one of these days in the near future, Bon Voyage :D
I can’t wait to hike the shores of Cinque Terre soon … this post just gets me more excited! :)
John Einar Sandvand says
Beatiful photo from Manarola!
I was in Cinque Terre a couple of weeks back – and really loved it. Both Manarola, Vernazza and Riomaggiore gave amazing opportunities for a photographer!
Here is my photo blog article from Cinque Terre: