October 8 – 14, 2010
The sound bite:
Great fun, enjoyable cast of characters, outstanding locations, and excellent photographic learning taylored to the individual’s needs. This workshop exceeded my expectations by providing a full experience including exploration of the beautiful countryside and exposure (pardon the pun) to the fascinating Etruscan culture as well as excellent photography learning.
For those who like to read more prose:
The Camera Etrusca photographic workshop experience, run by professional photographer Patrick Nicholas, is a top notch learning customized to your needs and skill level, taking place in the most unusual settings, all the while gaining an understanding of the fascinating Etruscan history.
The photographic learning is without a doubt excellent. As a professional, Patrick knows his trade. More importantly, he is a superb teacher, adapting methods to your ability. The groups are small therefore the learning is taylored to your needs. I was thrilled with the techniques and skills that I learned that vastly improved my proficiency.
In terms of the locations – While you expect fascinating vistas when you travel anywhere in Italy, the delightful surprise about your Camera Etrusca experience is that you will see magical places that are not on any tour map or guided tour of the area.
The locations that you will shoot are the result of years of exploration by Patrick for his creative work. You will take in beautiful glades in Dantesque forests, moss covered grottos on the sides of cliffs, honey-combed Etruscan burial caves, and of course the sweeping vistas of hilltop towns, fishing villages at dusk, ocean waves at sunset and so much more. All extremely picturesque!
The day starts at 9 am in a café on the square and ends back at the square at 7 pm – a full day of hiking, walking, exploring, and photographing the beautiful countryside of Umbria, Tuscany and Lake Balsena and the many historic towns. A full day, but by no means exhausting as the pace is set to your needs and interests entirely.
Patrick is also very well versed in the Etruscan history of the area, and regales you with fascinating commentary on the topic, providng an appreciation of the amazing archaelogical sites that you see.
All in all, I found that my experience with Camera Etrusca surpassed expectations of improving my photography skills. It was a well-rounded experience that also allowed me to see magical places as well as to learn something about Etruscan history.
I will add - The fact that Patrick lives and works in the area, his gallery and home being in the lovely Orvieto, made for a very relaxed, homey feeling as locals, colleagues, and friends provided this Camera Etrusca student with a very warm Italian welcome.
And one more thing – it was just plain fun, all day long!