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Traveling Italy with Photographers – Article by Ray Ownbey

Day 1

It wasn’t hard to spot the group at Florence’s airport. The airport is small and there was only one big Greyhound-sized coach loading people who carried lots of camera equipment.

The group looked like Americans on holiday and as I got closer, their American accents confirmed that. This was the group of amateur and professional photographers who were going with Drake Busath on his Italy workshop. We were headed to a farm called Pieve a Salti about an hour outside Sienna in the heart of Tuscany.

 

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This was our first workshop in Aosta, up near the French border. We stayed in town for a week and photographed castles and some of the most dramatic mountain scenes I’ve ever witnessed. And this is from guy who lives in the Rocky Mountains. Our tram trip over Mt Blanc into France was spectacular. It took us most of the day because we were stopping to photograph the alps through the clouds at every tram stop. Apologies to those who get altitude sick, but I think everyone made some of their best photographs in the Alps up there. Here are just a few of the photographs in the Alps created by our workshop members. I’m so very proud to be a part of this particular group.
– Drake Busath

Waking up in Tuscany does not suck. Where else in the world can you open your door in the morning and photograph these rolling hills with the fog rolling through and changing the scene by the minute. We walked up on the hill one morning to join the horses by the ancient oak tree, and watched the sunrise over this magical Tuscan landscape. A highlight this year for me was arriving at San Antimo just after the service, as the monks were putting things away and the Sanctuary was still full of incense. The light streaming down from the high windows was truly spectacular in this very holy structure. I’ve rarely felt more inspired.
– Drake Busath