Good Morning Everybody,
We arrived in Sarteano late Sunday afternoon and were finally at the Castle by about 5:00 p.m. A lot of the class had arrived but more continued to show up though out the evening. Today is actually an "off" day for the class so everyone has headed to Italian parts unknown to soak up some of the culture and beauty of the countryside.
In fact LaDawn and I took a five mile walk early in the morning just in time to catch the still lingering fog laying in the valley. It looked so cool backlit against the bright morning sun.
For us and many of the class, it was over to Montepulciano, above for a long, lazy afternoon exploring this historic city soaking up everything is had to offer. The good news is that the sun finally decided to come out so the weather was perfect for some great images of the countryside.
Once we got to the city, in the not-to-far-off-distance we spotted this magnificently beautiful church. I was guessing it was Coptic in origin but was mistaken once I did a little research. It turns out that this is San Biagio church completed after a hundred years of construction in 1580. It turns out that the design that this church was built from, we're the same designs that Michelangelo used to build St. Peter's Basilica. LaDawn and I both marvel at how they built these immense and complicated structures without the use of the construction resources builders have today - its just amazing!!!
While at Montepulciano, Clay and I had a chance to sit down and put together our plan for the week. I'm really looking forward to teaching with Clay. Both of our photographic styles are somewhat different and I think we are both looking forward to not just instructing the class but also learning from each other.
After the day in quaint Montepulciano, we headed back to the castle. Most everyone had arrived. After dinner at one of the local favorite restaurants in Chiusi we reconvened under the harvest moon in the castle courtyard. Yes, this is an amazing place for a photography class.
Tomorrow it's up bright and early for all of us. Class kicks off after an 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and we work the entire day wrapping with my evening presentation after dinner tomorrow night. That's it for me today. Have a great rest of the day and I'll see you soon.