Icescapes and Northern Lights of Iceland
Feb
12
to Feb 20

Icescapes and Northern Lights of Iceland

Ron has visited Iceland every year for many years and every time it is a different experience.  There isn't a landscape on earth that has the variety that Iceland provides and there is no better time than under the Northern Lights. 

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, seek out the Northern Lights, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. We can’t predict the weather, however, this is one of the most opportune times of year to capture the Northern Lights and hike inside an ice cave. Experience Iceland without crowds of people and with the beauty of low light and hours of dusk. 

On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms and diverse landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Southern Coast, Iceland has some of the most picturesque landscape. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

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Ireland St. Patrick's Day Tour
Mar
11
to Mar 21

Ireland St. Patrick's Day Tour

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland with Ron Rosenstock. Ron is an honorary citizen of Westport. You will be invited, with Ron by the town council of Westport, County Mayo, to a pre-parade party. Everyone in the parade is dressed to be photographed, and you’ll have ample opportunity to do so while enjoying the festivities. After the parade there are music sessions in the many pubs of this National Tidy Town award winner.

Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

Your home away from home, is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with it’s many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities available. You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, which is large enough for both the group and our equipment.

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In the Light of Ireland
May
26
to Jun 5

In the Light of Ireland

Ireland is always breathtaking, but the beginning of summer is one of the best times to capture images that blend dreamscapes with mist, ruins and the dramatic terrain.  Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the beautiful coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Your home away from home, is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with it’s many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities available. You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, which is large enough for both the group and our equipment.

So come along!

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The Spectacle of East Greenland
Aug
12
to Aug 21

The Spectacle of East Greenland

East Greenland has to be the most remote region of the world that Strabo Photo Tour Collection has travelled to. It’s isolated yet a very special place, with a different language, and culture. Ron Rosenstock attended a scouting tour to this region in September of 2014 and is excited to return and share it with you. We have combined East Greenland with the Southern Coast of Iceland, including the round trip flight for the group to Greenland.

East Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made their home. You’ll travel by boat each day, photographing the amazing glaciers, icebergs, remote land, and seascapes. East Greenlandic culture is deeply rooted in myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure. You will then return to Iceland, where you will travel to the southeast coast, with its remote landscape of the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, taking advantage of impromptu photographic stops en-route.

On this exclusive expedition, view towering icebergs in Greenland and volcanic pillars of Iceland, hike to stunning waterfalls, and bask in ancient geyser springs. Photographing Icelandic horse farms, volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers influencing the look and feel of the country. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this adventure of our planets most fascinating and unique environments.

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Scotland: The Highlands, the Isle of Skye & the Outer Hebrides
Oct
3
to Oct 14

Scotland: The Highlands, the Isle of Skye & the Outer Hebrides

I am thrilled to take you to the wild landscape of the Highlands in Scotland, and the Western Isles. This itinerary begins in the Highlands with small villages, wild landscapes and an incredible history from neolithic to the modern day.  We will travel to the Isle of Skye and then on to the Outer Hebrides by ferry.  Based at Breascleate on the west coast of Lewis, we will be close to Callanish which has become an icon of the archaeology of Scotland, inspiring many artists, poets, and photographers. The pale and sometimes ghostly stones have an extraordinary affinity with their landscape. Both to the north and south we will encounter many beautiful and exciting photo opportunities.

Harris and Lewis are not separate islands, despite usually being talked of as if they are. Harris is the southern third of the largest and most northerly of the Western Isles, most of which forms Lewis.  There are numerous sandy beaches and little coves, extensive moorland interspersed with lochs, and many historical sites throughout this sparsely populated area.

On Skye we will photograph the spectacular Quiraing range, a basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the Trotternish Peninsula. A trip across the peninsula will take us to the tiny village of Uig, and beyond to the Fairy Glen, a magical forest of Hazel trees situated amidst strange and wondrous hills and valleys. We will also spend a day in the Cuillins - Skye's most dramatic mountains. At the meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland is the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle where we will stop to photograph.

This and so much more is limited to 10 participants, so please click here for more information and registration. 

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Greece: Santorini with Ron Rosenstock
Oct
15
to Oct 23

Greece: Santorini with Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock invites you to join him on an adventure of Santorini. If you have ever dreamed of a leisurely trip to the most picturesque Greek Isle, with enough time to photograph, and merely enjoy with no time pressures, then this is the trip for you. Spring is one of the best times to visit, as the weather is lovely and it is prior to the summer influx of inhabitants which doubles the population to approximately eleven thousand.

Days will be filled with unique photographic opportunities, in that there are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Your leader will seek out obscure settings to visit and photograph, places you would not find on your own.

Santorini, Greece is known as the home of one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Discover the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater, which is situated today in the middle of a thirty-two square mile basin of water. The accommodations are superbly located with fantastic views of the caldera and the colorful buildings of Fira, yet far enough away from the cruise ship action. Around the basin, hanging on cliffs of 150 to 300 meters in height, one can admire some of the most beautiful traditional villages of the Cyclades. The lively colors of the white Cycladic houses and blue painted windows contrast stunningly against the black volcanic rocks rising from sea. This scenery inspires artists and visitors alike. A few of the villages are named Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia, all of which entail many steps on each of the daily outings. The island name comes from ‘Santa Irini’ and it is officially called Thera.

Join Ron Rosenstock in Santorini—exploring the iconic photographic locations of this picturesque island. Photograph the rich architectural colors, distinct blue domes, whitewashed buildings, brightly colored flowers, and warm friendly faces, against the blue Mediterranean sky.

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Autumn Beauty in Japan
Nov
6
to Nov 17

Autumn Beauty in Japan

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit Japan. The trees will be bursting with color on this photographic journey. On his first trip to Japan, Ron takes you from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Miyajima Island & Mount Koya, ending in the ancient capital and heart of old Japan, Kyoto. We will visit Hiroshima, hear monks at prayer and stay at a traditional Japanese Ryokan inn.  Japan has it all from natural landscapes, ancient temples and traditional culture to wonderful modern street photography.

This will be a trip of discovery, excitement and incredible, memorable images.  There is nowhere in the world like Japan and this trip takes you to the best locations imaginable.

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The Mystery of Morocco
Nov
25
to Dec 7

The Mystery of Morocco

This photo tour itinerary encompasses Essaouira, Marrakech, Fes, blue washed town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, and also spends two evenings in the Sahara, giving participants more opportunity to capture the pink and purple heud sunsets over the dunes. In Marrakech we will visit the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square, perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world. Traveling back in time, we'll see snake charmers, musicians, magicians, acrobats, and dancers. Fes is an ancient city, with its spectacular medina - where time seems to have stood still and photographs beckon around every corner. You will see veiled women and laughing children, donkeys pulling carts, and vendors carrying huge mounds of bread on trays above their heads.

Combining the history and natural beauty of this rich and fascinating country with first-person encounters, we will visit native villages, ancient medinas, and craftsmen’s workshops, sharing experiences and sipping mint tea: symbolic of the warm, sincere Moroccan generosity. Hotels are comfortable, as is the private, air-conditioned coach for land transportation. An expert local Moroccan guide will add his unique touch to this extraordinary trip, sharing his insights into and his love of this exotic land. This is an amazing journey. Ron Rosenstock is leading only one photo tour to Morocco in 2013, therefore we recommend signing up early.

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Death Valley and the Valley of Fire
Feb
24
to Mar 2

Death Valley and the Valley of Fire

Dedicated in 1935, Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest State Park. It is located only fifty miles northeast of Las Vegas. We’ll spend our first full day here, enjoying the unique rock and sandstone formations of this region, before heading on to Death Valley National Park.

Established in 1933, Death Valley is the largest National Park in the lower forty eight states with 3.3 million acres. It is a land of extremes, with elevations ranging from a high of over 11,000 feet at Telescope Peak to a low of 282 feet below sea level at Badwater Basin. Our days will be filled with sunrise photography over the sand dunes and afternoons in the canyons.

This is an incredible landscape to experience and photograph.  Escape the cold and join us!

More information to be announced. 

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The Lofoten Islands of Norway
Sep
14
to Sep 22

The Lofoten Islands of Norway

Lofoten is an archipelago of Nordland, Norway. Known for dramatic mountains, peaks, open sea, sheltered bays, and beaches of untouched lands. There are sea eagles soaring through the sky, northern lights, and midnight sun. The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists for decades.

Join this seven night Arctic adventure in the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands are located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle. This archipelago consists of seven principal islands and the area of land covers about 475 square miles, with a total of only 24,000 inhabitants. The natural beauty of this incredible landscape presents us with the possibility of exploring colorful fjords, jagged mountain peaks, unique beaches and the world renowned Arctic light. Your basecamp for the first three days will be in Reine on the island of Moskenesøya. It has been referred to as one of the most scenic villages on earth. One look outside your bedroom window, and you will understand why - incredible granite mountains rising straight out of the fjords, traditional fishermen cabins and the location just oozes of great Norwegian history.

The program will then move on to encompass two evenings in both Mortsund and Svolvaer, both beautiful fishing villages of the archipelago. Currently Lofoten gets few visitors during the Fall. Mid & late September is easily one of the best periods to visit. Fall colors are popping and the vegetation puts on a show. Access to the mountains is easier and the angle for getting good light during the golden hours are excellent. On top of that the temperatures are comfortable, so chasing the light for many hours is not going to be as cold of an experience. The magical aurora borealis is really active around the Fall equinox.

More information to be announced.

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Italy: Florence & the Hill Towns of Tuscany with an extension to Venice
Oct
1
to Oct 11

Italy: Florence & the Hill Towns of Tuscany with an extension to Venice

This departure is limited to a maximum of twelve participants. It is intended for people of all levels of interest and accomplishment in film, or digital photography. While the emphasis will be on photography, this is also a cultural journey, which we believe will enhance your ability to capture the essence of Tuscany in your images. Your photography expert and leader, Ron Rosenstock, has been leading photo tours to Tuscany and Venice since 1985. Along with the local guides, Ron will take you to photo locations you could not access on your own, including monasteries, churches, and vineyards. In Florence, there will be quiet, pre-dawn photo walks led by Ron. He will take you to premier photographic locations to capture the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Corridor, and the Duomo.

Venice Extension Trip:  If you are participating in the Venice Extension, early morning shoots will take you along the Grand Canal where Ron has found the location from which Claude Monet painted his impressions of the Santa Maria della Salute Church. While we have specific itineraries, we have the flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we find along the way.

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Vinalhaven, Maine: Photo Tour & Infrared Workshop
Sep
11
to Sep 16

Vinalhaven, Maine: Photo Tour & Infrared Workshop

This tour is designed for anyone who has converted a digital camera to infrared. Ron Rosenstock will be showing prints and digital slide shows of before and after his processing of images. He will demonstrate post capture techniques of contrast control, toning, as well as using digital techniques that are similar to what used to be done in the film dark room. Ron’s goal will be to educate participants as to the unlimited possibilities of image making with an infrared camera.

But the beauty of this trip is in the place.  Maine is such a truly special place to photograph. Ron has been vacationing in Vinalhaven for many years. It is very much an extension of his backyard, so you will have a great photographic and educational experience. Although Vinalhaven is not your characteristic Maine destination, it provides the most beautiful foggy mornings, ocean currents, old boat years and miles of unspoiled coastline. As long as the light is good, we try to keep busy photographing, but during mid-day we take a lunch break and travel to our next location. The days are long, so we try to give you some time to catch your breath, download images, and get ready for the next location. Keep in mind that the Maine coast weather forces us to be flexible, so trust Ron’s instincts here!  The itinerary  may not be followed to the letter, but not to worry, you'll never forget the beauty you witness on this trip.

If you are considering converting a camera to infrared, do it before this trip! For my go to source for camera conversion, check out my Useful Links page by clicking here.

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Ireland Exclusive for Camera Club Members
Aug
8
to Aug 18

Ireland Exclusive for Camera Club Members

Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

We will be traveling in a roomy van enough for people, equipment and lots of ideas!  Join us to bring back images that will enrich your work and your presentations. 

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Iceland: Fire & Ice Tour with the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Extension
May
7
to May 17

Iceland: Fire & Ice Tour with the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Extension

The unique interplay of light and shadows in Iceland, together with the intensive colors of the rapidly changing nature, makes every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. Inexorably intertwined with this exotic natural environment are the 280,000 Icelanders who along with their Nordic and Celtic ancestors have called this North Atlantic Island their home for over 1100 years. They live mostly along the coast; over one-third live within a 20-kilometer radius of Reykjavik, the capital city.

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms on the tips of exposed fjords, Iceland is picturesque, including some features of the moon surface. Volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers influence the look and feel of the country. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

New Tour Extension!

Ron is excited to share a new location with you on the pre-trip extension to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Western Iceland provides fantastic photo ops including such stops as Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Snæfellsjökull glacier, Djúpalónssandur pebbled beach, all while staying in the fishing village of Stykkishólmur.

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Discovering the Spirit of Bhutan
Nov
1
to Nov 8

Discovering the Spirit of Bhutan

 Bhutan’s ancient history relies heavily on Buddhism, local mythology, and legend. This country, nestled in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains, has, for centuries, remained a mystery to the rest of the world. Ghosts, angels, yetis, demons, and saints shaped the past. Fortunate are the few travelers to visit the Buddhist kingdom of Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon), or Bhutan as it is known to the outside world. Bhutan is holding on to its cultural traditions despite the homogenization process that has engulfed so many other small countries.

The tour includes opportunities to photograph some of Bhutan’s most visually exciting places, including the famed Tiger’s Nest monastery, dramatic landscapes, villagescapes, and the beautiful Bhutanese people. Our adventure includes the Shangri-La setting of the Paro Valley, the remote Wangdi Valley, the capital city of Thimphu, and the cultural heartland of the country, its thriving spiritual center abounding with numerous centuries old temples, shrines, and monasteries. There will be unique photographic opportunities that other travelers do not have the opportunity to experience, such as a private monastery and nunnery in the Bumthang Region. These provide intimate moments where you witness and photograph members during their candlelit prayers.

We invite you, the inquisitive traveler, to join photographer Ron Rosenstock on this special tour of Bhutan. We will have a cordial welcome in this country with its brilliant colors, compelling architecture, irresistible allure, and warm hospitality.

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