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Epic Photo Tours Newsletter

April 2013

 
India February 2013 Report 
 
Ten enthusiastic photographers traveled through Rajasthan capturing great images. Many wonderful highlights, but the group really enjoyed walking the blue city of Jodhpur in the early morning. We were able to photograph the people as they started their day in the markets, Hindu temples and narrow lanes. We did lots of street photography in the pink city of Jaipur and riding the elephant up to the fort was lots of fun. We spent the last 4 days in Varanasi and taking numerous boat rides on the Ganges gave us a vantage point to capture some unique images. The trip was amazing for some, an eye opener for others, and the group is now eagerly waiting for our itinerary for our Southern India 2014 trip which will take place in early March.
 
India Album by Ken and Steve:
 
 
 
 
New in 2013: In cooperation with
International Photography Center

 
Finland: May 28 - June 2, 2013
 
Tallinn: June 8 - June 10, 2013
 
Photo Instructor: David Wells
 
 
Myanmar:

"Quite unlike any land you know about" -Rudyard Kipling

"Burma is among the world's most beguiling destinations..." -National Geographic, January/February 2011.

This photographic journey takes you to one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. It is the Asia of old, where tribal life still exists, where ancient temples are numerous and not over run by mass tourism, and the landscape is spectacular. This trip is for the photographer who likes to immerse themselves in a culture very different than what they have experienced before. Those interested in archeology, indigenous culture, and spending 12 days with fellow photographers will love this trip. Four major destinations will be explored and photographed.

Experiences

  • Soar in a hot air balloon over Bagan and take aerial photos of the 1000 year old pagodas.
  • Photograph the most impressive stupa in SE Asia, the Shwedagon Pagoda located in Yangon.
  • On Inle Lake view the floating gardens, stilt villages, long boats and unique leg rowers.
  • Visit the Shan State and capture images of the long neck tribal women as they do crafts and weaving. Ride an oxcart and visit ethnic minority villages.

 

Dates

January 20, 2013- January 31, 2013

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India

India is home to over one sixth of the worlds population, has over two thousand ethnic groups, has every major religion represented and is a mosaic of shapes, smells, colors, fabrics, architecture and human experience. Photographic opportunities are endless and varied. The human condition is very much in evidence and on this photography tour we will be in the thick of it capturing images. David Wells will be guiding our small group and providing both individual and group photography instruction. David will be working with you on lighting, composition, depth of field and provide photo review. He is a seasoned Indian traveler and will be bringing us to the right places at the right time of day to photograph the people, temples, villages and markets. David has been to India over 30 times on assignments as well as two Fullbrights. Our itinerary will keep us thoroughly engaged and moving and provide a wide range of experiences. This trip is for photography enthusiast of all levels and even spouses who are not photographers are invited.

Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is the holiest city in India, and the ultimate pilgrimage spot for all Hindus. It is the oldest inhabited city in the world. Mark Twain wrote; "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." We will be photographing the pilgrims in the morning, the cremation ghats,the numerous ageless temples and capture images of the finest silks, gold and silver brocades. The group will wander the streets and alleys at a slow pace capturing images of traditional paintings and crafts.

We will travel through Rajastan, on the edge of the desert in a 15 seat mini bus and photograph the major points of interest. Jodhpur, referred to as the blue city is an urban sea of indigo washed cube shape homes and will be explored. The old city which surrounds the Mahrangarh Fort makes for an interesting contrast between beauty, squalor, and where man and animal peacefully coexist in public places. Jaipur, known as the emerald or pink city is a consolidation of the royal past. These rugged looking, pink turban wearing men and women in shawls have an air of royal tradition and attitude. The forts and monuments, enrich the photographic experience. Jaipur cuisine is distinct and considered healthy and nutritional and at the end of the day a great meal is always a special treat. Udaipur, which is not on the traditional tourist route is one of David Well's favorite photographic locations in India. What makes it special is the fascinating City Palace, the largest royal complex in Rajastan. An evening boat ride to shoot the temples also adds to the wonder of Udaipur.

The jewel of India, the Taj Mahal located in Agra will be photographed at both sunrise and sunset. This perfect marble structure surprises most in its sheer size and imposing architecture. You will be awed by this most extravagant monument built in the name of love by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife. Photographing this structure at different times of the day from different angles will surely enhance your skill level.


Dates

February 26, 2013- March 11, 2013 Trip Full: Wait List

New Dates:


December 3, 2013 - December 17, 2013
Places available

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Peru:

Peru has become the highlight for most people traveling in South America. The ancient capital of the Inca Empire and its surroundings has a combination of history, mysticism and authenticity that is rarely equaled by any other country in the continent.

Exploring Machu Pichu is on all adventure travelers list of places to go. As the light changes from sunrise to sundown so does the view of this lost city which is considered one of the most impressive structures ever built.

The Sacred Valley is the hub of the Inca empire and ruins and small villages such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero have been inhabited for over 700 years. The indigenous culture lives on and the people residing there still dress, farm and weave like their ancestors did. In colonial Cusco, Quecha speaking descendents of the Incas conduct commerce. Wearing incredibly colorful garb they can be photographed as they walk the cobblestone streets past the plazas and massive smooth stone buildings.

Experiences

  • Photograph the Inca ruins at Machu Pichu and explore the site of this lost city. Travel to the site by the Vistadome train.Visit Lake Titicaca and photograh the floating island of Uros.
  • By private motor lauch visit the remote island of Amantani and see the best weaving in the Andes.
  • Shoot the ruins in the Saced Valley and tour Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, towns that have been inhabited since the 13th century. Visit Pisac and photograph this unique indigenous market.
  • Capture Cusco through your lens and tour the cathedrals, colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and this enchanting high Andean city.

Dates

June 24, 2013 to July 5, 2013 - Trip Full

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Cambodia and Laos

Cambodia and Laos: July 26-August 4, 2013

The Pearls of Southeast Asia
 

Photographer John Rizzo just spend 15 great days wandering around Cambodia and is eager to lead a group there in July. He said Phnom Penh is a city of markets, the ruins at Angkor Wat visually stunning and the countryside inhabited by friendly people. John enjoys black and white photography and will be leading this hands on instructional workshop. The hassle factor doesn't exist and you can shoot away without distraction. This trip will take place after the tourist season is over and when the countryside is green and we will have the Temples to ourselves.
 
Ethiopia:

Located in the far southwest of Ethiopia is the Omo Delta, one of the last great tribal regions left in the world. Living in this remote but accessible area are a vast number of tribal groups all within driving distance of one another. Living in voluntary isolation, their culture, dress and language has remained intact. Some 45 different languages are spoken, and tribes range from the many thousand strong Borena to the smaller Karo Tribe. With the recently constructed road stretching from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch this area is now open for exploration and tourism. To anthropologists, the Omo Valley is a living museum; to photographers the Omo Valley is a visually breathtaking experience.

Experiences

  • Photograph the lip plate wearing Mursi Tribe and visit them in the Mago National Park.
  • Shoot the Hamar bull jumping ceremony. A truly unique cultural event.
  • Visit the Karo Tribe who paint their bodies with chalk. Photograph this friendly tribe.
  • Spend a night at a local Dorze village and sleep in a cone shaped elephant looking bamboo hut. City tour of Addis Ababa. Capture images of street scenes and markets.



Dates

September 17 - September 28, 2013


New Trip

September 30, 2013 - October 12, 2013 - 3 spots remain
Bodi-Surma Tribes!

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Guatemala:

Those who travel say that Guatemala is the jewel of Central America. If you are into Mayan, mountains, markets, coffee and ruins you are bound to be captivated by this trip.This photography excursion isn't strenuous and is geared to the photographer who enjoys shooting people as they conduct their daily lifes. We will be experiencing different topographical regions and be moving around by boat, minibus and plane. Guatemala is visually stunning and the photographer will have a real opportunity to capture this picturesque and easily travelled country.

 

Experiences

  • Visit Antigua, the former colonial capital of Guatemala. The Spanish colonial style permeates its houses, churches, squares, parks and ruins.
  • Photograph the colorful and vibrant market of Chichicastenango as the indigenous members of the local mountain villages come down to conduct commerce.
  • Explore the many villages on the banks of Lake Atitlan. Shoot the textile weavers as they work in the village of San Juan La Laguna. Learn about ancient Mayan ritual and spiritualism.
  • Climb, photograph, and experience the Mayan temple site of Tikal. An incredible opportunity to photograph the Mayan ruins as they rise above the jungle canopy.
  • Attend the annual Sumpango Kite Festival and shoot this famous Guatemalan event
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Dates

November 9, 2013- November 19, 2013

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India

India is home to over one sixth of the worlds population, has over two thousand ethnic groups, has every major religion represented and is a mosaic of shapes, smells, colors, fabrics, architecture and human experience. Photographic opportunities are endless and varied. The human condition is very much in evidence and on this photography tour we will be in the thick of it capturing images. David Wells will be guiding our small group and providing both individual and group photography instruction. David will be working with you on lighting, composition, depth of field and provide photo review. He is a seasoned Indian traveler and will be bringing us to the right places at the right time of day to photograph the people, temples, villages and markets. David has been to India over 30 times on assignments as well as two Fullbrights. Our itinerary will keep us thoroughly engaged and moving and provide a wide range of experiences. This trip is for photography enthusiast of all levels and even spouses who are not photographers are invited.

Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is the holiest city in India, and the ultimate pilgrimage spot for all Hindus. It is the oldest inhabited city in the world. Mark Twain wrote; "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." We will be photographing the pilgrims in the morning, the cremation ghats,the numerous ageless temples and capture images of the finest silks, gold and silver brocades. The group will wander the streets and alleys at a slow pace capturing images of traditional paintings and crafts.

We will travel through Rajastan, on the edge of the desert in a 15 seat mini bus and photograph the major points of interest. Jodhpur, referred to as the blue city is an urban sea of indigo washed cube shape homes and will be explored. The old city which surrounds the Mahrangarh Fort makes for an interesting contrast between beauty, squalor, and where man and animal peacefully coexist in public places. Jaipur, known as the emerald or pink city is a consolidation of the royal past. These rugged looking, pink turban wearing men and women in shawls have an air of royal tradition and attitude. The forts and monuments, enrich the photographic experience. Jaipur cuisine is distinct and considered healthy and nutritional and at the end of the day a great meal is always a special treat. Udaipur, which is not on the traditional tourist route is one of David Well's favorite photographic locations in India. What makes it special is the fascinating City Palace, the largest royal complex in Rajastan. An evening boat ride to shoot the temples also adds to the wonder of Udaipur.

The jewel of India, the Taj Mahal located in Agra will be photographed at both sunrise and sunset. This perfect marble structure surprises most in its sheer size and imposing architecture. You will be awed by this most extravagant monument built in the name of love by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife. Photographing this structure at different times of the day from different angles will surely enhance your skill level.


Dates

December 3, 2013 - December 17, 2013
Places available

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Details & Information:

Epic Photo Tours are designed for people who love photography, travel and discovering unique cultures.

Offering a limited amount of carefully designed trips each year our excursions offer both the amateur and professional photographer an opportunity to enhance their skill level. Traveling to visually rich and culturally intact locations around the globe our small groups form a cohesive team.