Tuscany: Renaissance Villages & The Landscapes of Val d’Orcia

Join Kevin McNeal and Max Foster as we explore the world class landscapes of Tuscany! We will photograph the rolling hills of Val d'Orcia, Renaissance Hill Towns & much more!
from/per person 3,350
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KEVIN MCNEAL & MAX FOSTER

  • Price: $3,350

  • Included: Lodging, Meals, Transportation & More!

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Maximum Guests: 10

  • Spots Remaining: 8 of 10

  • Dates: May 3rd to May 8th, 2020

  • Location: Val d'Orcia, Pienza, Siena & Much More!

ABOUT THE TOUR

Food, culture, history and incredible landscapes make Tuscany one of the most interesting and compelling areas in the world. Join us for 5 days of photography that you will never forget! This tour is all about "la dolce vita," as we explore the many unique and beautiful aspects of Italian life and culture, while photographing world class landscapes and villages.  

You've seen the rolling hills of Tuscany on postcards, in magazines and in movies, but let us show you how to create your own incredible photos of this magical place. 

Our home base is a former monastery, famed for its appearance in the movie "The English Patient." Set amongst the beautiful countryside, it is the perfect place for us to introduce you to the charms of Tuscany. 

We will participate in an authentic Italian cooking class, eat incredible dinners prepared by locals and savor the award winning wines from the region. 

Each day of our tour will be filled with unforgettable experiences. Read on to learn more! 

 

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Instructor

Kevin McNeal

Kevin McNeal is a Washington State photographer focusing on grand colorful landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print, images behold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture the images in ways unseen before. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. Traveling all over North America with his wife by his side, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places to bring the message to the public that this Earth is worth saving.

Kevin's award-winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States.  Kevin was recently selected to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational.  Additionally, Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C..

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Instructor

Max Foster

Max Foster is a Minnesota based landscape photographer with a passion for outdoor adventure. Traveling extensively throughout the US and abroad, Max focuses on capturing unique images that convey the beauty and grandeur of our planet. He believes photography is a journey that encompasses planning, patience, adventure and most importantly, fun! As someone who enjoys continually learning, Max utilizes the latest tools in the field and in post-processing to create his images. His work has been featured in several publications, such as Outdoor Photographer, Digital SLR Photography, Practical Photography and Really Right Stuff’s “Light & Shadow.”

Max enjoys working with photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to professional. While chasing the light is a focus of our workshops, Max will show you how to create compelling images in any light and weather conditions. With over a decade of leadership experience as CFO of a manufacturing company, Max has enthusiasm to teach, lead and work with groups. His goal is to help clients capture images they will be proud of and to create lasting memories along the way.

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To hold your spot on the tour, a $750.00 deposit is required. Please click the button to complete the payment. 

Read on for more information!

DAILY ITINERARY

Our tour will begin in the Renaissance capitol of the world, Florence. We will pick you up at noon and drive directly to our home base for the tour, a former monastery near Pienza. 

Each day we will drive to our shooting locations in a passenger bus for maximum comfort and efficiency. 

We will be up before dawn every day (coffee supplied!), getting into prime shooting position long before sunrise. After shooting twilight and the first sun rays of the day, we will head back to the monastery for breakfast and a short rest. 

In the afternoons we will tour several villages, learning from local guides and photographing quaint scenes. 

In evenings, we start shooting as the sun casts the last light on the rolling hills. After a long day, we will feast at the monastery or at a local restaurant. 

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TRANSPORTATION

Our rendezvous point at the beginning of the tour is the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station at 12 noon on May 3rd, 2020. We suggest that you arrive in Florence at least one day prior to this to ensure there are no delays. 

Once we pick you up, all transportation during the tour is managed by us. We have a passenger van and support vehicle for the entirety of the tour.

At the end of the tour, we will drop everyone off at the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station at 12 noon on May 8th, 2020.

Shooting Destinations

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    Castles

    Weather worn castles and farmhouses.

  • Tuscan Hills

    Farmhouses

    400+ year old farmhouses are seen in all corners of Tuscany. 

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    Night Photography

    When the stars are out, we can create incredible night time shots.

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    Cypress Lined Drives

    Tuscany has endless cypress trees, with many lining drives and back roads. 

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    Fresh Blooms

    Spring in Tuscany is full of color! New wild flowers abound. 

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    Atmospheric Valleys

    This is the perfect time of year to catch fog filled valleys.

Photography Gear to Bring

DSLR

DSLR or other Interchangeable Lens Camera (Mirrorless) 

TRIPOD

A tall sturdy tripod for low-light photography.

LENSES

As many as you feel comfortable carrying.  We will have potential for wide, mid and telephoto lenses.

FILTERS

Polarizing and neutral density filters recommended!

LAPTOP

Bring a laptop if you'd like to backup photos and take notes during processing sessions.

DRONE

You are welcome to bring a drone!

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Skill Level

This workshop is designed to be rewarding for all skill levels. Whether you are just learning the basics of your DSLR, or want to refine your advanced techniques we are comfortable working with all levels. 

Fitness Level

We will be actively walking on this tour. After arriving at locations we will walk around fields, dirt roads, hill towns and on cobblestones. Participants should be in active walking condition, able to be on their feet for several hours each day. 

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Clothing

Temperatures in May are mild in Tuscany. Expect lows in the 50's and highs in the 60-70's. 

Comfortable Shoes
We will be walking several hours each day on uneven terrain. Comfortable shoes are a must-have item. Please make sure you have worn-in the shoes prior to the trip to prevent blisters while on tour.

Rain Gear
Rain can be a factor at any time, so a light set of rain gear is recommended.

Layers
We will be starting out in the morning when temps can be chilly. We recommend layers so you can be prepared for temperature changes. A good fleece, light down puffy coat and light gloves are all great options.

Dinner Dress
We will be eating as a group in restaurants and at the monastery. We recommend clothing suitable for dinners, yet casual.

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How much is the trip?

The total cost is $3,350, and includes lodging, meals and transportation. 

Is my deposit refundable?

An initial deposit of $750 will reserve your spot for the trip in May 2020. The remaining balance will be collected by the end of January 2020.

If you cancel your reservation before January 31, 2020, we will refund 95% of your initial deposit.  

On or after February 1st, 2020, any cancellation will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.  After March 15, 2020, we cannot offer a refund unless we fill your spot on the tour.

What is included?

  • Lodging during the tour
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the tour
  • Transportation during the tour
  • All photographic instruction, including in-field compositional instruction and post-processing
  • A small group setting where you'll always have access to the professional leader.
  • All park fees and required permits
  • Group and/or one-on-one image critique sessions.
  • Classroom discussion and critique sessions

What is not included?

  • Photography Gear
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Extra meals outside of group breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Flights or transportation to our starting location 

Join Now

To hold your spot on the tour, a $750.00 deposit is required. Please click the button to complete the payment. 

“Cody is a fantastic photographer who is very knowledgeable, easy-going, enthusiastic and lots of fun to be with. I enjoyed my time with him a lot. He knew where to be positioned to get the best shots given the light and he gave me some wonderful advice about creating some interesting compositions.”

Bob Sacramento

“Thanks again for the session. Your work is excellent and your teaching style is awesome as well - usually talented people aren't so humble and laid back - I really learned a lot.”

Richard Taylor

“A workshop of this duration isn’t easy to coordinate, let alone make everyone happy all the time. But, I think they did just that even having a range of skill levels in the group. Each of us came back with new skills, many stories and personal experiences and made new friends in the process. The locations and timing were perfect even accounting for the real-time juggling of the schedule, weather, moonrise, to make parameters the best for optimum shooting conditions. This workshop went non-stop and I feel a very good value and excellent experience.”

Kevin Mitchell

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Please email worldclassphototours@gmail.com if you have any questions. We are happy to help!