Venice, Italy–Developing Your Personal Vision Photography Workshop

Oct 21, 2013

DougNess-8I’m very excited to announce my Venice, Italy-based photography workshop, March 17-22, 2014. I’ve been to Venice many times and it’s one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. While you may be familiar with the quintessential images of canals and gondolas, there is so much more to experience and photograph in this magnificent city.

DougNess-19We will spend a week making photographs and memories to last a lifetime, all the while developing your personal vision in photography. We’ll visit Venice’s well known locales such as San Marco Square, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge. We’ll also go beyond the classic icons  and discover the more intimate side of Venice that I have come to know and love. A significant amount of time will be spent exploring remote squares, side streets and alleyways. We’ll travel to the less frequented islands of Murano, Burano, and San Michele, to experience the world-famous glass-blowing, vibrant-colored houses, and a one-of-a-kind cemetery. We’ll photograph the unique Rialto Market at daybreak, while the fishmongers are setting up shop. We’ll shoot Venice at night, when the streets are empty and you feel like you have the city to yourself. When not photographing, we’ll be dining in magnificent restaurants, drinking great wine, eating gelato and experiencing the fantastic Venetian culture.

March 17-22, 2014
Tuition: $3,600* (includes lodging, breakfast, entrance fees, travel to group photography locations during the workshop)

*This price is indicative of a “Comfort Double” room at Hotel Flora. There are additional room options that would change the price. If you are interested in learning about the additional options please indicate this on the registration form. 

Limited to 8 participants

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What to expect: This workshop is about photographing and experiencing a more intimate side of Venice. We’ll be spending some time with lectures in the classroom as well as ample time for critiquing and discussing images, but most of our time will be devoted to making images. There will also be personal, one-on-one, instruction in the field throughout the week. This week will be about your photographic vision. We’ll work on defining that and honing it so that your photographs represent what you want to express in the best possible way. We’ll discuss working on projects, in series’ of images, and story-telling through your work. My aim is that you come away from this week not only with some wonderful photographs but also an entire new and more enlightened way to think about your photography.

Where we’ll stay: We’ll be staying in the Hotel Flora, a beautiful and charming hotel that has been run by the same family for 50 years (founding father was a photographer!). Just minutes from San Marco square, but tucked away in an intimate alley, its location couldn’t be better.

Why March? Winter/early spring is my favorite time to be in Venice. The light is fantastic! The city is largely void of the masses of tourists that pile into the city from May to September. Carnivale has just ended. Lack of crowds means much better photographic opportunities, less crowded restaurants, shorter to non-existent lines to get into museums, churches, and other attractions. Weather in Venice is moderate in March, especially compared to that in the northern half of the U.S. Expect temperatures of between 40 & 55 F each day. Though not nearly as cold in March as in January, check out this article from the New York Times entitled, “Venice in Winter”.

What it includes:

  • Personal instruction in photography
  • A curated tour of the best places to photograph in Venice
  • Lodging (3/16-3/23)
  • Breakfast daily
  • All boat/taxi rides to and from locations
  • Admittance fees (churches, museums, etc.) during the workshop.

You are responsible for transportation to Venice and to and from the airport, lunches, dinners, and any incidentals.

Register Now

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Questions? Email me at doug@dougnessphotography.com

 

Recent Commissions

Oct 9, 2013

I’d like to use this blog post the thank all of those who have recently commissioned prints of my images. These prints have gone into private collections (homes and offices of family and friends) in New York City, Chicago, Omaha, and Missoula. I guess it’s no coincidence that these orders have come from the cities where most of my friends and family members live.

In fulfilling these commissions, I’ve developed relationships with some excellent printers and specialty mounters/framers in NYC and Chicago. Final presentation of these prints have ranged from traditional matting and framing for the black & white images to the more modern and painterly borderless prints mounted to dibond for the color prints. Sizes have ranged from 20″x24″ to 40″x60″.

It’s extremely gratifying for me to have such amazing support for my artistic endeavors and I’m very honored to have my work be part of these living and working environments.

Below are some of the images.

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Pubs of Ireland

Sep 25, 2013

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First off, there’s the physical character of the pubs: old everything, nothing phony or fancy, but genuine and real. Then, there’s the people: people of all ages getting along, talking with each other in their wonderful brogues, singing, dancing, not watching TV (unless it’s soccer or snooker). There is still very much the “public house” feel of yesteryear, where neighbors would congregate to wind down, discuss the days events with friends, sip on a Guinness, before TV and the internet kept us all in our homes. And the music, the “trad sessions” that one can still find every night in the west of Ireland in places like Doolin, Ennis, Clifden, and Westport. Locals coming to play music with each other, sitting in the corner of the pub, unpaid, for the sheer enjoyment of sharing their music with others. It’s a lovely part of the world. Indeed, it feels like stepping back in time.

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Ireland

Sep 11, 2013

I recently wrote about the golf trip I took to Scotland Doug_Ness_130429_DSC1072earlier this year.Directly after that week, I met up with Heather on the west coast of Ireland. We spent just over a week there, driving those wonderful 2-lane roads, frequently lined with centuries-old stone walls. We went for walks high along the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, in wide-open meadows, and in deep green forests, bursting with life. We also spent a fair amount of time in the pubs there, listening to live traditional Irish music every night, but that will be the subject of another blog post. For now, some daytime pictures from our week in that quiet, lovely part of the world.

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Glacier Workshop

Aug 28, 2013

Last week, I assisted Tim Cooper in RMSP‘s Glacier National Park Doug_Ness_130822_DSC2489photography workshop, for the second consecutive year. We had a fantastic week with our fun and enthusiastic group of 16 participants.

A few months ago, I mentioned to my friend, Keila Szpaller, who is a reporter for the Missoulian newspaper, that she should do a story on RMSP’s 25-year anniversary. Well, she not only did that but joined us for part of our workshop (along with photographer, Tom Bauer) and wrote a story on that as well. She did an amazing job of capturing the essence of what it’s like to be on one of these workshops. It really made me proud. Here’s a link to the story: Lens on Montana: Glacier Workshop.

Below are some images I was able to capture during our week up there:

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Workshop Update

Aug 14, 2013

As many of you know, I’m at part-time Teaching Assistant at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. I thought it would be worthwhile to provide an update of what I’m doing there now.

This past May, I assisted Tony Rizzuto in Intermediate Photography. This week, I’m assisting Kathy Eyster in Basic Photography, here in Missoula. Next week, I’ll be returning to Glacier National Park with Tim Cooper for our location workshop there. And in October, I’ll be with Lynn Hoffman-Brouse in Yosemite National Park. One of the reasons I enjoy these workshops is for the opportunity to work with such amazing instructors!

In addition to these week-long workshops, Marcy James, of RMSP, has asked me to do some individual teaching. In April, I gave a lecture at the school’s “Tuesday Night Lecture” series on “Getting Your Work Seen”. This coming October, I’ll be teaching a class for fine art photography students who are enrolled in the Advanced Intensive program.

Lastly, for those of you interested in participating in international photography workshops, I’ll have an important announcement  in the coming weeks about a workshop that I’ll be leading in the spring of 2014 in Venice, Italy.

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Glacier National Park

The Maine Coast

The Maine Coast

Life in Missoula

Life in Missoula

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Golf in Scotland

Jul 31, 2013

Earlier this year, my good friend, Steve Kupfer, invited me on a golf trip to Scotland. Though I hadn’t played the game in nearly six years, I quickly accepted. So, this past April, the two of us, along with Steve’s life-long friends, Mike and Matt, played seven rounds of golf over a period of five days in the “home of golf”. It was unbelievably fun.

R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews

R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews

The trip began in Aberdeen and ended in Glasgow. Along the way we played the Open Championship “rota” courses of Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry, and The Old Course at St. Andrews, along with some other wonderfully quirky links courses. For a week, our lives consisted entirely of driving, eating, sleeping, and playing golf. Additionally, we were able to carve out a wee bit of time to sample some of the local whisky.

By the end of the week I couldn’t wait to get back to Scotland to play golf again, had made two new friends, and couldn’t stop thanking Steve for inviting me on this amazing trip. For anyone who enjoys the game, there’s truly nothing like a pilgrimage to the “home of golf”.

The following photographs were all taken with my iPhone. I lack the skills to both play golf and use a DSLR simultaneously.

 

Day 1: Cruden Bay Golf Club

Day 1: Cruden Bay Golf Club

The caddies in Scotland added so much to the experience.

The caddies in Scotland added so much to the experience.

Steve and his caddie at Cruden Bay

Steve and his caddie at Cruden Bay

Classic Carnoustie

Classic Carnoustie

Steve, 18th hole, Carnoustie

Steve, 18th hole, Carnoustie

Me, after our round at Carnoustie

Me, after our round at Carnoustie

Steve. The wind, she was a'blowin'.

Steve. The wind, she was a’blowin’.

Day 3: Kingsbarns Golf Links

Day 3: Kingsbarns Golf Links

Matt and Mike kept us laughing the entire week.

Matt and Mike kept us laughing the entire week.

Mike. Oh, those bunkers!

Mike. Oh, those bunkers!

Kingsbarns. What a beauty!

Kingsbarns. What a beauty!

Mike and Steve enjoying some beverages in between rounds.

Mike and Steve enjoying some beverages in between rounds.

Coming home! The Old Course, St. Andrews

Coming home! The Old Course, St. Andrews

The iconic Bridge shot. St. Andrews

The iconic Bridge shot. St. Andrews

Muirfield, 18th hole and clubhouse. Already setting up for the Open Championship.

Muirfield, 18th hole and clubhouse. Already setting up for the Open Championship.

Oh, just a wee dram...

Oh, just a wee dram…

Turnberry. Final day of golf.

Turnberry. Final day of golf.

Turnberry. Rain gear off.

Turnberry. Rain gear off.

Steve, Matt, and Mike after our final hole of golf.

Steve, Matt, and Mike after our final hole of golf.

The end of a beautiful week

The end of a beautiful week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1650 Gallery & New York Center for Photographic Art

Jul 17, 2013

This past month, both the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles and the New York Center for Photographic Art held contests with the same theme: Urban Landscapes. That being one of my favorite genres of photography, I submitted images to both, which resulted in recognition from each of them.

1650 Gallery chose “Empire” as one of the 60 images to be included in their upcoming exhibition. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, 7/20, 7:30-10:30, 1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles.

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Empire

The New York Center for Photographic Art gave an Honorable Mention to one of the images from my “Layers of Berlin” series. That image happens to be the same one that was recently awarded a “Juror Award of Merit” in the International Fine Art Photography Competition: Grand Prix de la Decouverte in Paris.

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I’m truly honored to be a part of both of these exhibitions by two honorable galleries dedicated to displaying and promoting fine art photography.

Venice at Night

Jul 3, 2013

I was recently reminded of this series when some good friends of mineDoug_Ness_110116_DSC5352 commissioned me to have some prints made from it for their newly remodeled home in New York City.

“Venice at Night” was a project that I’d given myself ahead of time when I travelled there a couple of years ago. I envisioned empty steets and alleyways, shot in black and white, with an eerie, mysterious feel to them. I thought of “The Third Man”, a favorite movie of mine with amazing black and white cinematography depicting post-war Vienna. I’d also read an article in the New York Times entitled “Venice in Winter” and purposely went in January in an attempt to stear clear of tourists, heat, and humidity. I think what I like most about the resulting images is the feeling of emptiness and the sense of danger in some of them; of stories left untold.

 

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The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles

Jun 19, 2013

I’m very excited to announce that one of the images from my “Layers of Berlin” series will be exhibited at The Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles beginning on June 27th and running through August 8th. It will be part of the “Perfect Exposures Top 100 Exhibit”, an International Juried Competition.

You may recall my “Layers of Berlin” series from the post I made to this blog on May 8th. To see more of these images, you can scroll down to that post or click on the link on the right-hand column of this page, under Portfolios. Here is the image that was selected for the show:

 The Perfect Exposure Gallery, 3519 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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