Date: 20th - 27th May 2017
Tuscany has been a favourite destination with Light & Land clients for over a decade now. It is a region with fabulous photographic opportunities – the sculptural cypresses, the picturesque, gently decaying buildings scattered - as if by an artist’s hand - across the softly rolling landscape and the beautiful Renaissance architecture of jewel-like cities such as Pienza and Siena.
It feels almost as if five hundred years ago a group of Italians sat down and decided that they would make this corner of their land perfect for photographers. We were the first tour company to start taking clients to photograph sights such as the famous Belvedere, now more than twenty tours ago. We pride ourselves that in some small measure we have been responsible for making some of these views iconic images known across the world.
Phil & Clive jointly led their first Tuscany tour in 2007 and it was hailed by the participants as a great success.
Highlights such as the timeless church at Sant’Antimo and the incomparable Campo in Siena are ‘must do’s’. Within forty kilometres of our base are countless beautiful and ancient small towns and villages for us to explore: the utopian “New Town” of Pienza, built on Papal edict and crammed with fabulous buildings, the perfect marble church of San Biagio at Montepulciano and the quiet, unspoilt San Quirico – each have their own beauty, each offer great photographic opportunities.
Phil and Clive will also look forward to taking clients to a number of new locations, which will excite those looking to photograph more of Tuscany’s hidden secrets.
We will travel around the beautiful Tuscan landscape in a spacious people carrier and you will be able to photograph to your hearts content under the leaders’ expert guidance. Participants are invited to bring along their work for a friendly and insightful appraisal. There will be facilities to conduct critique sessions and Phil and Clive will show some of their own images as well as giving talks on a number of photographic topics.
Long term Light & Land devotee, Clive Minnitt is one of our most experienced leaders. Photography became his passion following a two and a half year back-packing adventure around the world during the late 1980’s. His love of the outdoors coupled...
This was a fantastic tour to a beautiful location with a lovely group of people and two first class leaders. As well as being fantastic individuals Phil and Clive are extremely gifted tour leaders and tutors. Their performance is consistently at the highest level, attentive without being intrusive, and consistently aware of the different levels of skill amongst the group members. As well as the location photography I found the daily critique sessions of group members' work to be of interest and value, especially as it was carried out in such a friendly and constructive atmosphere.
A thoroughly enjoyable tour - loved the photography, the hotel, the food, our lovely group - not forgetting the guys wonderful sense of humour. I didn't want to leave! Phil and Clive always gave 110% to the group - always on hand to assist in whatever way they could, be it advice on composition or technical information. They put their clients first. The hotel was centrally located so travelling times were kept to a minimum. With the long days the afternoon breaks were very welcome. I like the detailed itinerary received after the trip - helps to jog the memory making it easy to place where each photo was taken.
I have just returned from a magical holiday to Tuscany, somewhere I have always wanted to see. I wanted to make sure I went with the right photography company to make sure I made the most of my experience. I haven't been away with Light and Land for many years and I am so glad I went with them. Phil Malpas and Clive Minnitt were warm and welcoming and couldn't do enough for all of the group. I have learnt so much from both of them this week. I cannot recommend Light and Land highly enough, especially if Phil and Clive are the leaders, you will have a blast. You know that scene in Gladiator when he's walking back to his home through the wheat fields, and he lets the grain heads brush through his hands? Yeah, I want to do that, well I have now done that. When Phil mentioned to me in the minibus where we were going I had tears in my eyes and the hair of the back of my neck stood up. A location to tick of my bucket list. I am so very happy.
Phil and Clive were, as always, completely dedicated to providing the best experience possible for every member of the group. Nothing is too much for them. Wonderful locations, great people and lots and lots and lots of FUN.
I cannot praise Phil and Clive highly enough. Very professional with great people skills mixed with humour and knowledge. A lot of thought had obviously been put into the itinerary with the hotel well placed so there was not too much travelling to locations unlike other companies I have travelled with.
f I could rate my 'overall satisfaction' with the tour as 'ecstatic,' I would do so. Clive and Phil are superb tour leaders. They were always available to help us make better images, whether it was with technical tips or compositional suggestions. High organized but without making anyone feel regimented. The opportunity for critiques of our individual work was wonderful. And they are simply wonderful people to spend time with. Five stars!!
Both individually and as a team I found Clive and Phil to be remarkable men. They truly put the group's photography before their own. It was like having a private tutor, if you wanted one. They responded to each person's desires and interests on an individual basis. They are patient, kind, and gifted teachers and the communication between them was a joy to be around. They also like to have fun and we laughed a lot.
As leaders go Clive and Phil made this trip one of the best weeks of my life. Their attention to detail is superb and each one offers so much to the well being of the group. Evenings are fun with everyone feeling a part of the group. Phil's technical expertise marries well with Clive's eye for a picture and the two make a formidable team. Well done to Light and Land for another wonderful week of photography and fun
Thank you isn’t a strong enough word for the week in Tuscany. It was way above what I was expecting. I think it was just about the best trip I’ve been on. Good group, great food , and you two as leaders made it just perfect. I’ve had a quick look through my shots are there are some I`m quite chuffed with, You certainly laid on some great photo opportunities for us. It will be fine to pass on my email address. Thanks again for a BRILLIANT week.
Thank you both very much for an excellent, memorable and fun week in Tuscany. It may sound over ambitious but I had hoped it would kick start my new journey in photography – and it surely did. You were both so patient and encouraging and I can see by comparing my images from day 2 to day 7 just how much I had learned. So much so that I feel ready to go back and start all over again! And I don’t remember an evening when I have laughed as much as we did last Friday.