Romania: Landscape and Culture, September 20 – October 1


Tuition: $5250, single supplement $450
Deposit: $300
Dates: September 20 – October 1, 2023
Type of Excursion: Workshop
Skill Level: All Levels
Duration: 10 days
Group Size Min: 4 Max: 8

  • Landscape and architectural photography
  • Romanian culture
  • Camera Operation
  • Exposure, Working with light
  • Workflow
  • Filters, Time Lapse, & Long Exposure

  • Instruction, image review & feedback
  • One-hour pre-workshop Zoom meet-n-greet & prep
  • Accommodation, double occupancy (single supplement $450)
  • Transportation from gateway city (Cluj-Napoca)
  • Most meals

  • Drinks, alcoholic beverages and personal snacks
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Fees for activities not included in the itinerary
  • Travel + medical insurance (recommended)


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Bordered on the east by the Black Sea, the Danube River on the south, and the Carpathian Mountains to the north, Romania is  known for its forested region of Transylvania and is a source for many tales and legends of witches, giants, ghosts, heroes, and monsters. The medieval castles and villages, dark forests, Roman ruins, and pristine landscapes continue to inspire the imagination. There is deep cultural history and tradition here, influenced by periods of foreign occupancy by Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian empires. But Romanians are proud of their resilience and independence. Subject to Soviet and Communist control until the early 1990s, Romania has shifted to Capitalism and Democratic principles and was accepted into the European Union in 2007. Historically rural, Romania is changing to more widespread industrialization and urbanization. This is a very good time to visit. Wildlife is abundant here as well. Bears, wolves, lynx, and a wide variety of birds call the forests, valleys, and mountains home.

A main concentration of this workshop will be exploring the culture and landscapes of this intriguing country, as well as your photographic vision through the practice of using all your internal and external senses. We will visit medieval villages and castles, including the famous Bran Castle long associated with the Dracula legend. We’ll photograph one of the last fully-functional narrow-gauge steam trains in Europe, and spend time with and photograph local shepherds, craftsmen and families, in addition to the mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers of story and legend.

Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operations, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density), composition, and more. To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 2 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails. We will be doing a lot of photographing, but there will be time during the day for personal time to relax, explore, journal, etc. I prefer workshop time to be spent photographing rather than image processing, though I am open to image processing questions.

Transportation is provided in a comfortable van or mini-bus.

This workshop is limited to 8 people. There are two professional photography leaders on this workshop: Mike Shipman and Tim Vollmer.

About one month before the workshop, I will invite you to attend an optional pre-workshop Zoom meet and greet, itinerary overview, gear discussion, and Q&A.

A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration. Please see the FAQ link at the left for details about deposits, refunds, and other general workshop information.