An Italian Experience

Italy is one of those places where no matter where you turn your head you’ll likely see something that makes your jaw drop. The kind of place where you feel like you’ll get a good shot if you drop your camera. It’s regional variations are broad, yet beautiful. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s perhaps my favourite (warm) place on earth! Iceland still trumps everything though!

The Rialto Bridge, one of 4 which span the Grand Canal

The purpose of the trip was entirely business, I was there to record a class for KelbyOne about Cinematic Drone Photography. Simultaneously though, Mimo Meidany was shooting a class and so was Scott Kelby, and in between this the pair of them were running a workshop in Venice geared around long exposure photography. The trip was in top gear for everyone involved! The true star was, of course, Roby Pisco! Seriously, that man lightens up every damn room he enters. It’s sickening!

On my arrival to find Team Fettuccini in Venice, that’s me front and centre and clockwise from me is Mimo Meidany, Roby Pisco, Juan Alfonso, and Scott Kelby.

The trip started well and just got better and better. The first day for me involved a little look around Venice and a little dinner, which for your information was pizza with pasta on it! Turns out when you can’t decide between pizza and pasta it doesn’t really matter! My apartment was outside of Venice for the first couple of nights though, I had to travel a long way on the first day to scout locations so the closer I was to the destination the better, and had I been on a city which sits within a lagoon I would’ve cost myself a few hours each day.

So the destination scouting was truly epic! I was due to record in the Dolomites, an area north of Venice close to the Austrain border and contained within South Tyrol, which itself is further contained in the Alps. Stunning isn’t strong enough a word to describe the scenery I experienced here. The whole plot is a Unesco World Heritage Area, and for good reason!

You’ve seen Jurassic Park, right?

The southern edge of the area starts with beautiful rolling hills, which gradually get bigger and bigger. With each turn another vista materialises and each one becomes larger, grander than the last. The whole area has somewhat of an Alpine feel, as if it was in Austria rather than Italy. But then I noticed something I totally wasn’t expecting. They speak German! The street signs are all Italian, the cars have Italian plates, but they’re all speaking German, and even the signage on hotels has a German appearance. It turns out this whole are was actually part of Austria until the First World War, but I didn’t find that out until after I returned home so the experience was very surreal, although it’s fair to say that my German was just as bad as my Italian so it didn’t really make much of a difference!

Iconic Dolomites

The first stop I made on my scouting mission was the Russian looking St Johann Church, a classic Dolomiti church sitting all alone in a meadow with the mountains of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park behind. This has been on my list for a while and I’m so glad to have been there to shoot it! But I need to go back again so I can take my time and shoot it better!

The trip was all leading to one goal and that goal was to record the best class I possibly could about Cinematic Drone Photography. I think the results will speak for themselves, and as soon as the class is released on KelbyOne I’ll let you guys know, but for now I’d like to show you a few more images from my adventure!

BTS of Juan’s camera as I presented down the lens – not the side of the lens I’m used to!
Lago di Santa Croce, one of the backdrops used in filming and an absolutely stunning one at that!
This chap is 100% the most dapper in all of Venice! Followed closely, of course, by Pisco.
A shot from the list, which I’ll take again at some point but for now it’ll do!

I’ll be back soon with more from the trip and details of the class, so for now enjoy yourselves!

Much love


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