2023 Workshop in Tuscany with

Thaddeus B. Kubis

October, $3250 single/$2750pp double

About Tuscany

Photo of Villa Nobile Cortona in Tuscany

Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.

You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.

Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant’Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.

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Tuscany in the Frame

Useful information

  • Breakfasts and dinners.
  • Wine, water & coffee with evening meals.
  • All accommodations.
  • Minibus transport from start to finish.
  • Pickup/Return from Rome’s airport.
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Minibar and Extras in between meals

Morning:
Awaken to the beauty of an Italian dawn and the Tuscan hills, take time to center
yourself, pre-visualize your daily goals and objectives, ready yourself for a
wonderfully simple but delicious continental breakfast.

After you have enjoyed your coffee and breakfast, take time to learn the 3 Italian
words of the day. These needed words provided by our host will allow you to get in
tune with the feeling of Italy and the areas we are visiting.

View the day’s project/assignment notices and join me for an overview of the
planned adventure. Once we are all ready, we board the van and prepare to
imagine, visualize, and create some of the most exciting, interesting, and beautiful
photographic images of your life. Daily tips, lessons and other instruction will occur
as well.

Once we arrive at the selected city or site we will work independently or in small
groups to fulfill your daily self-defined project or work on one of the many class-based projects. I will be working alongside, overseeing, instructing, and answering
your questions. Upon arrival I will start the program with an overview of the site,
what we hope to achieve and get the class motivated to create more than beautiful
images.

Lunch:
You are on your own for lunch, enjoy many of the selected cities/locations/sites
cafés and be ready after you enjoyed the local fare to continue to create memorable
images and fulfill the very reason you attend this class.

Late Afternoon:
Prior to heading back, we will wrap up each day’s journey with a brief overview of
the images created, notebook review, any feelings, comments, thoughts, that you
wish to express and then re-board the van and head back to our “Tuscan home”.

Review:
At the end of each day, I will ask each of you to select a series of two to five images
and I will project those images on a screen, and you can present your reasons for
capturing them. No negative just supportive comments, suggestions designed to
make your next day of imaging even better, allowing you to reach higher goals of
imaging and explain by application, examples of the key rules of photography. A
daily “Cheat Sheet” will be provided to all, the “Cheat Sheet” will be topic and daily
trip centric.

Dinner:
After your day of photography ends, you can begin to enjoy the wonders of
Tuscany, dinner, wine, and the friendship of your newly found fellow photographers.
Share your feelings, thoughts, emotions; share your work, your desires, and your
goals as you enjoy a communal locally prepared dinner. Watch the sunset, sip some
wine and ready yourself for the next day, a new adventure, a new day of imaging, a
new day to re-create yourself.

More than a coffee table book:
Within a few weeks of your arrival home, you will receive a photo book that will
contain memories of your Tuscan adventure. This book will include selected images
from each day and the class working in the field. Tips, comments, observations will
add a sense of personality to this book as well.