Beyond Vienna, the Real Austria: A Photographic Dream Tour

May 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This is an update to a blog originally posted in March of last year. AustriaAustria Join Austrian-born anthropologist and award-winning photographer, Evelyn Nodwell, whose travel photographs have been praised by National Geographic photographer, Sam Abell; and Ted Nodwell, whose earlier career as a commercial photographer took him on assignments from the Arctic to Japan.  They will guide you through an authentic, postcard-beautiful part of Austria not often seen by tourists. 

You will have the opportunity to photograph lush landscapes, colorful people and events, and intriguing close-ups. Learn from our experience, and share the adventure with like-minded photography and travel enthusiasts.  We will talk about photography strategies, provide coaching, plan one-on-one sessions to review your photos, and share/discuss photos with the whole group.  

Tour dates: September 16 - 25, 2015

The tour package is being handled by Finisterra Travel. http://www.finisterra.ca/portfolio/austria-a-photographic-dream/

Our itinerary includes: a farm-stay in the spectacular Dachstein mountains, where we join their colorful procession of decorated cows herded down the mountain from their alpine pastures to their winter farm home; walking in one of the world’s prettiest vineyard districts and stopping for an elaborate ploughman’s lunch of local foods and wine; visiting a beautiful castle that doubles as a winery and also produces Austria’s famous pumpkin oil; and much more. Fall is the perfect time. Weather is mild, harvests are bountiful and tourists are few. A photographer’s dream!

Our Austrian experience starts in Graz, whose medieval city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy a full day at the annual Styrian festival throughout the old-town, which is alive with the sights and sounds of traditional dress, dance, music and local food. We enjoy views over the city (and a beer) at the top of the Schlossberg, the historical mountain park in the middle of the city, as well as many other city sights. We spend another day visiting one of Europe’s largest outdoor museums with a wealth of historical insights and photographic opportunities.

Some evening time will be devoted to an introduction to the area, a presentation about photo techniques we will work on, a one-on-one session for each participant with Evelyn/Ted to get some constructive feedback on your photos, a screening and discussion of participants’ images. Photographers should bring whatever camera you prefer to use. Your best tools are your eyes, your willingness to experiment with what you have, and your engagement in your surroundings.

Do you have a spouse who would love to see this side of Austria but has less interest in photography?  This tour will be a delight for photographers and non-photographer partners alike.


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