The tour will begin at the beautiful Puri Gangga Resort, 20 minutes from Ubud in the hills of Bali. Our group will gather at 5 pm for introductions and a detailed description of what is front of us over the next few days.
The first day of photography begins in spectacular fashion with a sunrise shoot from the rice fields at the base of Mount Agung the highest and most active volcano on the Island.
Then on to the ancient World Heritage Listed Guning Kawi (a beautiful temple) to catch the soft sun rays as they brighten up the rich green terraced rice fields of unique to this area. This is one of the most photogenic places in Bali and early in the morning we will have this place all to ourselves so you can wander freely taking in the beautiful, peaceful energy of this place.
As well as photogenic idyllic Bali rice fields, there is a huge temple built into the rock face, and an ancient historic temple surrounded by huge Banyan trees and Mark will teach some techniques on photographing the swift flowing holy waters of the Pakerisan river that flows through this valley.
We then head back to Puri Gangga Resort for some rest and downloading of the many photos you will have from this morning’s session before we re-group and head off to the rice fields of the surrounding countryside to catch the late afternoon light.
We begin at 7.30 am after breakfast when we meet in the lobby of the Puri Gangga and we head off for the short drive to one of the holiest temples in Bali, Tirta Empal and the famous holy water where many Hindu devotees come to bathe. The tripods will be in over-drive as we learn how to capture water and people movement all in the one motion. Then we will capture the monkeys at the famous Monkey Forest in Ubud, in the middle of the morning and the beautiful ancient forest makes a spectacular backdrop.
Lunch in Ubud followed by a visit to Dave’s Taksu Photo Gallery and back to the Hotel around 2 pm rest up download the Images and have dinner in the Hotel at 6 pm followed by review sessions with Andrei.
We will head to the beach in the morning to the local fish market and a chance to photograph the salt farmers .A lot of portrait photography this day as we do a model shoot later in the morning in the rice fields, followed by traditional rural scenes of Bali and lunch in the home of a Balinese family.
We will experience a very special Balinese dance performance by the talented children from the local village. Back to the Hotel after a very fulfilling day of people and landscape photography.
Dinner in Ubud that evening.
An early morning 5 am departure as we head to another spectacular area of Bali , Kintamani where we will photograph three Volcanoes at sunrise, visit the historical and spiritual Batur temple and head down to lake Batur for some unforgettable scenes of the fisherman as they venture out for their morning catch. We will have lunch on the lake and sample the delicious seafood of the area.
Back to the Hotel for a little rest before witnessing one of the many highlights of this workshop, the Kecak or fire dance. Challenge yourself with low light photography, and see if you can catch the soft firelight reflecting off the dancers face.
We check out of the hotel and head into the most ancient, traditional part of the island and the kingdom of Karangasem. Enroute we will stop in Sideman, a very quiet area of beautiful green rice fields, lunch at the magnificent Bali Asli restaurant, photograph an ancient water temple in the afternoon and then to our Hotel on the beach to relax, review the photos and dinner on the beach.
The final day and a visit to the ocean and a very colourful fishing village on the Northern part of the Island. This must be the friendliest place in Bali as the local people love to have their photos taken. In the afternoon we will review the photos and have our farewell dinner in a beautiful water palace nearby the Hotel.
A great way to finish a wonderful few days together.