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Shoot like a professional at Holi in India!
We are always looking for new and exciting ways to help you to improve your travel photography and experience the joys of photographing in some of the most exotic and breathtaking parts of the world.
Sometimes events are too crazy or involved to be comprehensively covered on one of our standard travel photography tours, or to do them justice in a relatively short amount of time with twelve people on a tour. To offer a whole new and more intense experience for certain festivals and events, we are happy to launch the first of our new series of tours assignment: Holi.
Our new assignment: tours will seek to emulate the way that a professional photographer would approach a subject. With a maximum of six people on the tour, we will be able to be more responsive and find it easier to get into the best positions; whether it calls for moving quickly, or getting into place early and waiting. We will also be able to engage more fully with a festival or event, and to ensure that we get as close to the action as possible.
This exciting series of tours will offer an incredible way to come back with more fantastic pictures, as well as a a unique insight into the work of a professional photographer.
The first of our new line of assignment: tours will see us return to the incredible Indian festival of Holi. Noted for the throwing of coloured powders, Holi is a religious festival that celebrates the arrival of spring.
We will head to the adjacent cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, that celebrate Holi with more enthusiasm and abandon than any other city in India. There are a number of events that we will endeavour to cover, including processions, religious bonfires, temple offerings and rituals where women beat men with sticks or torn clothing! We will also spend plenty of time walking the atmospheric streets 'playing Holi': interacting with the locals and throwing paint, and shooting portraits of locals covered in coloured powders.
We successfully visited Holi a couple of years ago, and the difficulties of moving around with a full tour of twelve people, and the need to cover the festival in a more intense way, was what gave rise to the creation of this new style of tour. We have gained vital experience of Holi though, both photographically, and with a number of contacts that will help us to get even more out of our visit this time around!
This trip is primarily about experiencing and photographing the stunning festival of Holi, but we will also be taking the opportunity to enjoy three tiger safaris in the beautiful Ranthambore National Park, as well as a quick visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal for both sunrise and sunset photography shoots.
assignment: Holi departs from New Delhi on for 9 days, and costs from £2895 per person based on a single room basis. A discount is available if two people book together and wish to share a room. You can see the full itinerary here, or if you want to apply for one of the six places, you can find the booking form here.
Impressions of Japan
Japan is at its most colourful during the autumn Red Leaf Season, and our inaugural trip to this amzing country is timed to coincide with this most vibrant time of year. Impressions of Japan will be led by photographer Jamie Marshall, who has vast experience in the country, and will able to give you a unique insight in photographing this spectacular country.
This exciting itinerary packs in many of the highlights of this fascinating country, as well as a few hidden gems. We will visit the ancient city of Kyoto, historic Hiroshima as well as vibrant Tokyo. Photographically we will include many ancient temples, a forest monastery, reflected views of Mount Fuji, the famous floating gate at Itsukushima and the Orange gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. We also spend some time in the incredible city of Tokyo.
Tokyo is an incredible city of contrasts. One minute you can be walking through the chasms of the packed buildings, or traversing the iconic Shibuya Crossing amidst bustling crowds that make it one of the most vibrant and frenetic cities that you will ever visit; the next you can be enjoying the silence in one of the quiet and traditional parks where you can find some respite from all of the chaos. One of my most favourite parks is the Hama Rikyu Detached Garden, a former hunting ground for a fuedal Lord dating from Japan's Edo period, where modern skyscrapers tower over a traditional teashop, in the middle of a small lake that is often ringed by cormorants.
There are a number of historic shrines in Tokyo too, and for all of the modernity, many citizens of this great city will regularly make offerings and prayers. Our trip will take in two of the most famous: the Meji Jingu and the Senso-Ji shrines.
Impressions of Japan departs from Kyoto on the 15 November 2019 for 13 days, and costs from £3950 per person based on twinshare. A single supplement option is also available. You can see the full itinerary here, or you can find the booking form here.
Impressions of Morocco
For a relatively short trip, we cover some incredible places on our forthcoming trip to Morocco. This includes the stunningly evocative ruined Kasbah of Ait Benhaddhou. If this place seems familiar, it is probably as it has beenused as a back-drop in countless films: from Gladiator, to Jewel of the Nile and even Game of Thrones.
We spend a night at Ait Benhaddhou which allows us to photograph at both sunset and sunrise, as well as missing the day-trippers who tend to visit in the middle of the day, when the light is terrible! Another bonus of spending the night is that we get to take over the rooftop of a good friend, in order to shoot star trails!
Weather permitting, this is one of the best places in the country for star trails - not least because the North Star lies directly above the kasbah, so any star trails will appear to form a complete circle. It is also one of the most popular and atmospheric evenings on the trip: enjoying a quiet drink under a vast sky, watching out for shooting stars as the cameras click away!
Impressions of Morocco departs from Marrakech on the 19 September 2019 for 10 days, and costs from £1495 per person based on twinshare. To see more of the amazing places that we visit on this exciting photography tour, you can see the full itinerary here, or if you want to snap up one of the final four places on this trip, you can find the booking form here.
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Newsletter 23 - sent on the 14 March 2019