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 talking to my good friend and fellow travel photographer Elia Locardi about co-leading a photo tour in Italy. Elia was a perfect choice when it came to teaming up on this venture as we both share a passion for the country and all the exquisite delights has to offer. In order to do this right, Elia and I needed to get back to Italy together along with his wife Naomi to be able to scout the locations and figure out the logistics of such a tour.
While I had been to Milan, Florence, and Rome before I had not been to several of the areas that Elia and I plan to include on our tour. 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, we are now ready to announce our first Italy Photo Tour in early October of 2013. It was a tough job but somehow Elia, Naomi, and 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 some truly exceptional 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:
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 (kenk514) if you want to follow along as we photograph some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.