Ron started leading photo tours in 1967. In those years he has led hundreds of tours to many destinations worldwide. Ron has retired from Clark University after teaching photography there for thirty years. He has published three books of his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Hymn to the Earth, Chiostro (Cloister),and his new color book Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Ron is happy to share his vision and insights to all who travel with him. Although he now only photographs with a digital camera, his philosophy of teaching hasn't changed since the early large format film days. He firmly believes that the photograph comes from within, not from without. Meaning you can't buy creativity, however, you have to learn to recognize that creative spirit within. Ron teaches exercises that will help that creative spirit come to the surface. These may consist of: 1) Entry ways to seeing, 2) photographing in the NOW, 3) practical aspects of printing, exhibiting and getting your work out there. During the photo tour he will teach and use a digital projector several evenings. Most people who travel with Ron have a basic understanding of how the camera works, and others who know everything about the camera. He doesn't focus on technical knowledge, rather places the emphasis on a more zen approach. Ron believes it isn't necessary to know all the latest digital technique, but it is necessary to know yourself.
Please feel free to view Ron's website and e-mail regarding any questions.
Why do you LOVE nature photography? by Ron Rosenstock
Let me use some of the same words, Nature photography is LOVE! Since the very beginning of our species starting to walk upright, we have been recreating nature in various art forms, from cave paintings to digital photography. Technology has changed, but what is most important, hasn’t. The worlds greatest artists have received their inspiration from nature. We are as much a part of nature as nature is a part of us. For those of us that take the time to smell the flowers, it’s so much more. Poets but their feelings into words, painters paint and we photograph. Each image we make is showing us on a deeper level, who we really are. “Listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world. That is how it makes love to you” Tagore.
Icebergs remind of Buddhist sand mandalas. Fleeting moments of incredible inspiration. As our planet warms, there are more and more tremendous icebergs floating by the coast of Greenland, and on to warmer waters only to become part of the ocean once again.
It was great to travel with Ron, whose work I've long admired, and who knows the area, its people, and is so flexible with the itinerary. Aside from being inspired by his photographs, discussions, and the beautiful and interesting places he led us to, it was a wonderful to meet his local friends and even to be welcomed by some to their homes.S Skoloff
In my humble opinion this was a well run trip that delivered just what it promised. The pacing worked perfectly for me. I liked stopping at lots of different locales. We seldom stayed anywhere that was too short or too long for me. Can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip for me. I give the trip and Ron Rosenstock a 10 out of 10.E. Clark
The tour leader, Ron Rosenstock, set the tone immediately with his calm, confident, caring cordial and altogether welcoming engagement with each participant. I loved the freedom to explore what I wanted to photograph insead of being told how to shoot. That said, when I asked for some feedback it was candid and helpful and made a lot of difference to how I approached what I shot thereafter..... and the thereafter shots were a great deal better!!!
I doubt there are truly adequate words for expressing how wonderful the experience was with you, Cathy and the entire group. Way, way, way beyond all expectations. You have undoubtedly heard all kinds of deserving accolades but hopefully you’ll never tire of them. As a tour guide you are like an angel sent to educate and care for us and keep spirits alert and happy and as a photographer - well - genuine and incredibly inspiring. Love, love, love the fact that you are so attune to human nature and the findings of the food and bathrooms! It’s genius, really.
In short, thanks so much for your encouragement and kindness and I look forward to the next tour with you.
WOW! Our trip this summer with you to Greenland and Iceland was a trip to remember for a lifetime. Greenland was an adventure, we loved it! The Icebergs, boating, staying in an Inuit village. and the scenery were fantastic. In Iceland, at each place we stayed and ate we were so well taken care of, thanks to all the planning done beforehand. We love traveling with you Ron, you calmly adjust to situations and you bring us to fantastic places. ‘Till next time...Mary & Rick Thayer
Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful Italy trip.
You did a great job of showing us all the beautiful areas that we would not have seen on our own. I keep trying to decide what of the three places (Florence, Tuscany, or Venice)I enjoyed the most but can not decide. The early morning shots were the best thing too.C. Sackett
This trip exceeded expectations by far! This was the result of your continuing concerns and interest in presenting to us so many aspects and views of Ireland.J. Bromley
It is a photographers paradise-so much to shoot and in the most incredible light. But what makes Ron's trip special is RON. Ron takes care of his people. Even the most timid, first time traveler is included, drawn out, mentored and educated. I truly look forward to exploring elsewhere under such positive circumstances.
Your talk on photography and the spirituality of photography was a great revelation for me as I have always felt this way about it myself. Your talk was the affirmation I had been searching for. It was great beyond words to be participating with a group of Artists who were as passionate as I about photography and image making.M. McLaughlin
Many thanks for a wonderful trip. The photography has been most productive, but more importantly your insight into creativity will prove most helpful in the future. I hope to be making an other trip with you next year.
Thanks again.F. Mertes
My recent experience in Morocco was enriched by the kindness and friendliness of its' people. Never did I feel any concern about being an American in a Muslim country. I was struck by how profound, personal, respectful, and diverse their religious connections are and felt privileged
that I could meet and be in an Islamic community that is far different from what is portrayed in the news media. Along the way I met and spoke to many Israeli tourists who see Morocco as a "must visit" place to go.S.W. Pitlik
Ron was great, as usual - very open, fair, positive, and inspiring. Local guide was wonderful - extremely knowledgable about Iceland and just about everything. Never stopped working. Iceland had a great balance, the pace was active but not overwhelming. The sights visited were all worthwhile, and I enjoyed the flexibility of stopping for interesting shoots.N. Taveras - Iceland
Ron really was dedicated, and worked diligently to accomplish showing us the Ireland that he loves. Ron also has a wonderful personality for a tour leader: open, and humerous!J Bromley
The Town of Chefchaouen was the highlight of the trip, a delightful place. Hope you keep it on your itinerary.
It is obvious that Ron loves what he is doing. From start to finish he is helpful, knowledgeable, gets to know everyone and gives extra assistance where needed.K. Clarkin
Ron's attention to detail had a direct impact on the participants' experience. He was always available to answer technical questions when asked.L Poirier
What is a trip to Italy like with Ron? Lets see... Unbelievable food and fabulous accommodations.... Golden sunsets in rolling hills covered with ancient vineyards and olive trees... Wonderful and unusual people who make every experience special... Visits to special places I'd never find on my own... The time to explore tiny little towns with my camera... and the camaraderie of a group of people who are just as excited as I to be there and explore. And then there's Ron, who's list of friends all over the world are delighted to see us and extend their hospitality like we were family. Ron, who makes sure everyone is getting what they want from their trip while he enjoys each journey as if it were his own first moment of discovery. I can't wait to return.M Russo
Our trip to Iceland reinforced my theory, at least to me, as I enjoyed my colleagues and was impressed with your friendly and knowledgeable leadership and Stefan's efficiency and cheerfulness. Camaraderie is based on the participants but that flame is encouraged and kept alive by a leader such as you. In short, I had a good time being with you. I hope that I will have the opportunity to join you once again somewhere on this planet.C. Frey
We enjoyed all the history and stories of the areas we were visiting. ron is very knowledgeable, it was GREAT!!B & M Stewart
Ron, thank you especially for helping me see the beauty of clouds, of reflections of reeds in water, of silvery halos illuminating foxgloves in the forest, and of sunshine-patterned abbey windows on wet gravestones. Thanks to you, I leave with a new appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the world.J. Mitchell
Ron is very patient! This being important to us who are amateurs and not professionals. Marcos is the very best! He highlighted the trip. The Peruvian Prince! The tour was everything I had hoped for and exceeded my expectations in most cases.R. Gregory
Ron was a perfect trip leader. He dealt with all personalities of the group in a tactful manner. He made decisions based on what was best for all. Hes got a special talent.J. & B. Cummings
Wonderful! I thank you, Ron, for one of the most memorable experiences I have ever encountered! What a delight. And loved that all the participants were gentle and loving and kind!J. Dunne
Ron is passionate, professional, easily shared his experiences and photography of Iceland- even more of his photo's would be welcomed. Stefan is charming, super knowledgeable Icelandic native, with wonderful connections, wonderful tales, sagas, insights into the Icelandic culture. All we needed was great spots - amply provided, weather could have been more cooperative, but you can't have everything.
Comfortable transportation, accommodations, and super scenery. Plenty of time and space to photograph.
The people are amazing. The Tiger's Nest, although very taxing, was excellent. I think you've found the best Bhutanese tour guide!D Lavoie
Loved the boundless enthusiasm for all things Irish! His good humor and knowledge of the people, history, folklore, cuisine, and landscape of Mayo made the trip great. Loved going to pub sessions, too! He was very patient with all of us and I enjoyed the way he would point out his favorite spots to photograph.G. Alexander
Ron was great, not only was he open and knowledgeable as an instructor, but a wonderful person. Couldnt have asked for better.N. Taveras - Morocco
Ron, the inspiring teacher, and our Iceland knowledgeable guide, collaborated to make this a trip of a lifetime. Iceland is a photographer's and a geologist's dream, the Earth undressed and at work. Constant photographic opportunities for unusual landscapes.K. Beausoleil
Ron, you provided ample opportunities to capture the essence of the landscape. However, I cherish most your times of sharing on creating your images, and the suggestions and comments you gave me regarding my own photographs. I am often recalling something you said or an image comes to mind as I contemplate some scene. I expect to see long-term results from my time with you.D. Lusk
Ron was great!!! He was knowledgeable and helpful and lots of fun. I would definitely travel with him again. The Czech Republic was lovely, particularly outside Prague.R. Bruegmann
I really appreciated Ron's knowledge of the area and his passion for photography. It is great to have a leder who understands the importance of lighting and who is willng to get up early to capture the early morning lighting. Without Ron's guidance there were many great shots that i would not have captured. Thanks for a great trip Ron, and I hope to meet up with you again in the future.P. Rice
Joyce and I both felt that it was a trip-of-a-lifetime. The group was small enough so that we became friendly with everyone, and it was not too unwieldy in getting around. The places we stayed were as nice as you could ever hope for. The photographs that we were able to take make me look as though I am a pro. The quaint little villages that we visited in Tuscany have left a lasting impression on us, and the special vineyards and little churches just made the whole trip so special. The places we ate, and the food, both were first-rate. The extra effort that you made was greatly appreciated.L. Dobens
Ron was very good and I would definitely go on another trip with him. I'd also like to thank Jacque for her patience with all of my questions. I had a really amazing time and wish it could have lasted longer! I hope to do another Strabo tour in the future.A. Gershin
I enjoyed the trip very much, I had a good time and have some great photos.B. Stripling
This was an amazing experience, the best photographs I've ever made, nice group of people, Ron insured we really had the time at each location, totally, totally wonderful. It was a hard trip compared to most, but very rewarding. There's a higher physical requirement than other trips but totally do-able by the average healthy person.M. Russo - Scotland
I think Laura was an excellent asset to this tour. Her knowledge of the art and history of Venice is quite impressive. It was well worth it!!!
Ron is excellent. I've been with him 3 times before and he is just outstanding. He has always been good about answering any questions participants may have.
Of course, from a photographic point of view the trip to Death Valley experience is unique & extraordinary.T. Babich
Thank you for a fabulous trip! It was a blast and I actually learned some things too. I have made some progress on my Photoshop Elements skills, and am now able to selectively dodge and burn. Whoo-hoo! My next goal is to figure out how to work with layers.D. Broxterman
A truly enjoyable, enlightening photographic experience. Your guides are absolutely FANTASTIC - knowledgeable, helpful, thoughtful, kind - absolute gems.J. Gordon
This was a trip of a lifetime - we thoroughly enjoyed the guides and the country - Bhutan has wonderful people - and the landscape was fantastic!M.Fernandez
This was such a wonderful trip. Ron was a brilliant, kind, sensitive, and talented photographer. He shared his information freely, and had a great sense of hummor.S. Musumeci
Trip score 20 out of 10!!!
I guess the score tells it all. What an unbelievable asset your guides are.B. Hayes
Many thanks and kudos to you for your photo tips and sharing your "secret" places: to Jacque for organizing and putting the trip together so professionally: to Ursula and Laura for being such wonderful guides. Their expertise made everything so much more interesting and enlightening. I really feel like I came away with more than beautiful photographs, but with some new friends as well.R. Tinsley
Prague Your guide was terrific in getting a personal insight in to Eastern Europe under the communists.A. & D. Munizza
Thanks for everything in your adopted home of Ireland. I love the country, the people and the shooting opportunities. Got some great images. Look forward to another trip with you.J. Diamond
Ron was delightful as a tour guide, he's always careful to make sure everyone's comfortable. Of course, I so enjoy seeing a new country with him. Iceland is so beautiful a country that you can't do it justice. No one realized how a mazing a country Iceland is!!M. Russo - Iceland
Ron is my idea of the quintessential photo tour guide. He was happy to share his professional experience, knowledge and tricks of the trade with us. His love of Ireland, its people, history, architecture, and landscape came to life for us through Rons sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always interesting stories.S. Cocanour