Light & Land
Venice photography tour
26th - 30th Jan, 2019 - AVAILABLE
Tutored by Clive Minnitt and Phil Malpas and
£1499.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP
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It is difficult to imagine that a collection of men, originating as legend has it from Illyria, chose to initiate the building of the settlement that would become Venice upon the most feeble of island foundations: marsh, mud and silt! The true early origins of this highly improbable city are hard to corroborate as fable and fact are woven through its early history. The Venice we see today is a city that could so easily be a product of one’s imagination and this magical place conveys to today’s visitor much of what might have been seen and experienced over the last millennium and a half.Read More
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- Accommodation - single occupancy
- Airport transfers from recommended flights
- Tuition from Clive Minnitt and Phil Malpas
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Water bus pass
Duration 4 Night Tours
Tour Code VEN30
It is difficult to imagine that a collection of men, originating as legend has it from Illyria, chose to initiate the building of the settlement that would become Venice upon the most feeble of island foundations: marsh, mud and silt! The true early origins of this highly improbable city are hard to corroborate as fable and fact are woven through its early history. The Venice we see today is a city that could so easily be a product of one’s imagination and this magical place conveys to today’s visitor much of what might have been seen and experienced over the last millennium and a half.
Venice was once Europe’s supreme trading republic with the most powerful navy in the Adriatic. The republic’s great wealth led to the construction of some of Europe’s finest architecture, from the Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods. Nowhere else can one see such a remarkable medley of architectural styles, and this, along with the city’s 410 bridges, will present a never-ending series of opportunities to the photographic eye.
Visiting Venice for the first time many people feel that they have already travelled here in their imaginations. Literature, painting and, latterly, the cinema have all contributed to embedding the city’s mythical nature into our minds.
For early risers amongst our party, a fine dawn across the Piazza San Marco will both abide in the memory and become a fabulous image. Nothing could be more poetic than to stand on the Rialto Bridge looking westwards in the winter months as the soft evening sun reflects and radiates in slippery golden ribbons across the black lacquer of the gondola prow.
Away from the splendours of this captivating city, nowhere could be more contrasting than the delightful island of Burano. On a sunny day the houses, with their toy town appearance, colourfully reminiscent of liquorice allsorts, spill their wiggling reflections into the canals providing the photographer with tantalising imagery.
Venice is surely made for photography!
This is an intensive workshop making images of the wonderful Venetian architecture, canals and gondolas led by photographers Phil Malpas and Clive Minnitt.
Staying at Hotel Ala for 4 nights.
Thank you so much for such an enjoyable trip. The experience of being in Venice with two people who knew it so well and their way through the maze of back streets, plus the ability to be in the right place at the right time, together with the patient guidance to each of us having recognised our level of ability (or lack of it Moira Brimacombe - February, 2018
You are complete stars, loved the Venice trip so much, it was fantastic to be back and catch up with you both. It was an exceptionally good group and good fun. I am not waiting for years until the next catch up, so Oxo it will be. Really disappointed I can’t make Cornwall, so the next trip may well be Venice ’19! When processed I will email you an image from the trip! Thank you both for all your help, technical advice and guidance, it really was brilliant. Thanks, Kate Kate Somervell - February, 2018
Thanks for a great trip. I was looking forward to it so much and it more than lived up to my expectations. You and Phil and your unique sense of humour help the group bond and have a good time whilst learning from you both and each other. Thank you once again, until the next time. Ellie Cooper - February, 2018
Dear Clive and Phil, Molte molte Gracie! Fantastico, favoloso, gioioso, superbo! What an entirely brilliant few days, I can’t believe that in such a short time I have learnt so much, walked so much and eaten so much! I loved everything about our Venetian adventure (even if the old joints did complain a bit) it just ended too soon......I was ready to head off for San Marco at 6 this morning. Not only is your enthusiasm for everything infectious (I will now see grey dull days in a totally different light!) but you are both so patient and generous with your time and knowledge. I had so many ‘light bulb’ moments on this trip I could have competed with last night’s Blue Moon. Who knew shaking a camera could be so much fun. From the purple corner, huge thanks. Until the next time, Saluti and Best Wishes Helen Morgan - February, 2018
Thanks for the group photo, we look so happy! Back at work today, and the feet are surprisingly fine. Looking forward to seeing your images from this trip. I plan on downloading mine this weekend, and then probably leaving them for a few weeks before I do anything with them. Thank you both for a great trip. I shall definitely be returning, both to Venice as it was a magical place, and on a trip with you. Maybe Cornwall or Scotland next year! All the best. Jennifer Mordue - February, 2018
Thank you Clive and Phil for a stupendous Venice trip. What a great time we had and such an atmospheric place. And thank you for my delicious birthday cake! And for Dave’s too! Missing all the walking - had to take Pete’s dog for a brisk walk at lunch to compensate! See you soon I hope. Anna Booth - February, 2018
Thanks so much for a great trip - v much enjoyed both personally and photographically. Now plunged back into non-functioning computers and the like but will look forward to downloading and editing all the pix when I get it all sorted!! Thanks, and all best Lis Long - February, 2018
Clive and Phil were both sensitive to the needs of each individual and tailored their responses accordingly. Their enthusiasm and humour was infectious. It was such a bonus to be in Venice (where everybody gets lost!) with two people who knew it like the back of their hands and could guide us through the maze of tiny streets to where we wanted to be. They always managed to have us in the right place at the right time. The restaurants they chose were just right as regards quality, location, atmosphere and price range and I am glad to have the names and locations (from Phil's detailed itinerary) to guide me if I make another visit there. The hotel couldn't be better as regards location, facilities....and food (the breakfast was really excellent!) The only things I would have liked different would have been more feedback on photos taken...perhaps one or two sessions when we gathered together round a screen and presented some of our captures. That could have been a good learning experience....although I appreciate it would have been difficult to fit in without cutting short an evening meal or omitting an outing. Another small suggestion I may offer is that it would have been nice to have slightly longer over breakfast which sometimes felt a little bit rushed. These are not criticisms just personal reflections Moira Brimacombe - February, 2018
This is my second tour with Phil and Clive. They are so well prepared and flexible. Their enthusiasm is infectious and their gentle tutoring and critique is immensely helpful. I have been so taken with the way they run their tours that I have immediately signed up for Tuscany next year with them Ian Scott - February, 2018
When my friends and colleagues asked me about my trip, I beamed and said "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!". In such a short space of time, I learned so much about photography, composition, my camera and learning to take my time and slow down. The time you spent with me refining my composition and getting the settings rights on my camera was much appreciated. Thank you so much, Clive, for lending me your tripod whilst mine was out of action - that was so kind of you and ensured I didn't miss out on the photo opportunities. Both of you give so much to the course and it shows in so many ways. Nothing is too much trouble and you are always on hand to help. You make a great team. Now I understand why so many people return on your trips - I will be coming again!! January, 2015
I cannot recommend Phil and Clive highly enough. I had a fantastic time with them in Cuba in 2012 and this trip was no different. Their enthusiasm is highly infectious, everything is carefully planned, allowing us access to locations you would miss as an ordinary tourist, and they provide as much or as little guidance as requested. They work really well as a double act and I can honestly say I haven't laughed so much in ages, or come back as enthusiastic about photography as I have from these trips. We had pretty awful weather in Venice but that did not matter at all, as Phil and Clive were quick to adapt the itinerary and with their help we gelled as a group and took on the challenge. Can't wait to go on my next PhilandClive trip! May, 2014