Ecuador & The Andes

Montreal Jazz Festival

Blue Ridge Mountains Sunset

Biltmore Estate - Asheville

Venice, Italy

Bucks County, PA in Autumn

Carolina Lane - Asheville

Sayen Gardens Photo Tour

Dupont State Forest Waterfall

Brooklyn Bridge at Night

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Exploring the Depth of Photography

What’s in the bag (and in the luggage)?

Posted: March 10, 2014, 7:45 am

Should I shoot RAW files? Or, are JPEGs okay?

Posted: March 2, 2014, 1:52 pm

7 Steps to Photographing Pig Races

Posted: September 9, 2013, 12:39 pm

It’s not a numbers game!

Posted: August 5, 2013, 11:35 pm

Shooting Fireworks with Ease: 15 Essential Steps

Posted: July 1, 2013, 4:22 pm

Travel Photography – Part 4 of 4: THINGS

Posted: May 23, 2013, 12:29 pm

Travel Photography – Part 3 of 4: PLACES

Posted: April 30, 2013, 5:09 pm

Ever seen 75,000 tulips in one place?

Posted: April 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

 Multi-day Adventures

  • Ecuador – Inti Raymi Festival

    This special 6-day tour provides the perfect opportunity to photograph an authentic and colorful cultural event — the Inti Raymi festival that takes place over the summer solstice period. Time will also be allotted to visit local communities, roam the streets and markets of Otovalo and, hopefully, relax a little at the splendid Sacha Ji retreat (our “hotel”).
    DATES: June 18 – 23, 2014

    Montreal Jazz Festival

    Are you a music lover? How about “French” culture? This special five-day tour concentrates on “live music” photography, but also allows time to explore the wonderful city of Montreal.
    DATES: June 30 – July 4, 2014

    Smoky & Blue Ridge Mountains In Autumn

    This five-night tour takes in unique wildlife, historic architecture, valley streams, waterfalls, vast mountain vistas, an Appalachian sunset (or two), a hot air balloon festival and a music / art festival. Oh, and we’ll bathe our cameras in lots of autumn colors along the way!
    DATES: October 14 – 19, 2014

    Sanibel & Captiva Islands, FL – Sunrise to Sunset

    This three-day tour takes in the best of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, including both a sunrise and a sunset, with the highlight being a visit to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge for some bird photography. This tour is limited to only eight participants! DATES: December 26 – 28, 2014

  • Italy – Venice

    Experience and photograph the splendor, color and people of one of the world’s most unique cities. This eight-day tour is the creative journey of a lifetime!
    DATES: March 2015 Dates TBD

    More Multi-day Photo Tours Coming in 2014 & 2015!

    Can’t make it on one of our exciting 2013 itineraries? Here’s what we’re looking at for 2014 (and beyond)…

Asheville / WNC Tours

  • Asheville – Carolina Lane / Chicken Alley

    This three-hour tour explores the edgier side of Downtown Asheville. Funky architecture. Colorful graffiti. Quirky doors and windows. All within a very small geographic area that is easy to navigate.
    DATE: March 1, 2014

    Asheville – Biltmore Tulip Gardens

    If you love photographing flowers, then this special four-hour tour is not to be missed! Every April, the gardens at the Biltmore Estate are ablaze with color as 75,000 tulips make their annual appearance.
    DATE: April 12, 2014

    List of Asheville & WNC photo tours…

    Are you interested in a Vagabond Vistas photo tour in Asheville or Western North Carolina (WNC)? Here is a list of our most popular events in the area.

    2014 WNC Leaf Season Overview

    We have an exciting autumn season planned in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains! Stay tuned for details of more events!

Workshops, Seminars & Speaking Gigs

  • Photographic Composition Workshop

    There is more to creating great imagery than owning expensive gear and knowing all of the controls. This three-day UNC-A OLLI workshop includes a special “Elements of Design” module that helps form a foundation for all artistic composition, plus over 20 practical compositional techniques to help turn your “good” photos into “great” ones.
    DATES: Mar. 28 – 30, 2014

    List of Vagabond Vistas Workshops & Seminars

    So, you want to learn a thing or two about photography, but you’re having trouble finding a good match between your specific interests and what’s on offer in and around Asheville. Why not contact us to conduct a workshop or seminar for your camera club or organization?

Northeast USA Tours

  • Philadelphia – Old City / Society Hill

    This tour tour begins in one of the most historic sections of the City of Brotherly Love, meandering its way through the nooks and crannies of Old City and Society Hill.  The general theme of this Photo Tour is urban life, architectural detail and history. Visits to landmarks such as Elfreth’s Alley and Independence Hall will be interwoven with good old-fashioned walking the streets.

    Philadelphia – Eastern State Penitentiary

    This is one of the most unique photo tours in the Vagabond Vistas repertoire. The penitentiary, now a popular Philadelphia museum, once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.

    Philadelphia – Center City

    This six-hour tour begins at City Hall, making its way down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the steps of the Museum of Art, then finishing on a bridge overlooking the Schuylkill for a twilight / night skyline shoot.

    New York City – Downtown / Brooklyn Bridge

    This is a full-day tour taking in the sites of Downtown Manhattan in all its high-rise glory, culminating with a spectacular twilight / night shoot of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn.

  • New York City – Flatiron / Union Square / Greenwich Village

    This full-day tour takes in some of Manhattan’s most popular neighborhoods, making its way through the Flatiron section, down to Greenwhich Village, including Union Square, Washington Square Park and the East Village. DATE: TBD

    New York City – Central Park / Midtown

    This tour provides a taste of all the Big Apple has to offer, from the green landscape of Central Park, to the hustle and bustle street life in Midtown, to the concrete jungle and architecture. There is truly something in this for everyone!

    Delaware Valley Market Towns

    New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ are two of the most picturesque market towns in the Delaware Valley, and they are conveniently located across the river from each other. This popular tour takes in both towns.

    Rural Bucks County, PA

    The rural splendor of Bucks County, Pennsylvania draws visitors from across the country. Tucked away off of a side-road sits one of the most picturesque places that you will find in the Delaware Valley — Cuttalossa Farm.

  • Ken Lockwood Gorge (New Jersey)

    The Ken Lockwood Gorge — a short stretch of the South Branch of the Raritan River — is one of the best-kept secrets in New Jersey, if not the entire Northeast USA. Although well-known with local trout fly-fishermen (and women), its natural beauty and its tranquility remain under the radar of most New Jersey residents. DATE: Autumn 2014 date TBD

    List of Northeast USA photo tours…

    Are you interested in a Vagabond Vistas photo tour in the Northeast USA (NYC / Philly / Delaware Valley)? Here is a list of our most popular events in the area.

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