From start to finish, Luminous Bali was impeccably researched, planned and executed with a rich, full and unique itinerary that left no photographic stone unturned.— Lee Ann Birkenstock, USA
Are you ready for the best Bali photo tour ever created? Ready to photograph HIDDEN Bali on a photo tour jam packed with rare image making opportunities? This is precisely what multi-major award winning photographer & National Geographic contributor David Lazar has personally designed for you. With the help of one of Bali’s finest lensmen & great personalities in Dukun Jawa, along with guidemaster Pande, you are assured of an unparalleled Bali photo tour experience. No hype.
Beyond Bali’s well-worn tourist routes, Luminous Bali is a 2-island, 12-day journey off-the-beaten-path and into the true heart of the Island of the Gods. Bali may be most famous for its lush rainforests, beaches, ethereal green rice terraces & soaring volcanoes, but the island also incredibly rich from a cultural perspective, and people photography will feature prominently as well.
In addition, this unique Bali photo tour offers two very special events to which you will have exclusive or preferred access and freedom to photograph – exciting and colorful buffalo bull races near Negara, and Balinese Dancers and dance performances – Ramayana, Fire, Kecak and Legong. Access is both to private performances, and for portrait sessions in natural settings, forest and rice paddy. There will also be an adventure to the neighboring island of Java, where you’ll have the chance to photograph the otherworldly volcano-scape of Mt. Bromo, as well as native Tengger horsemen & horses with breathtaking backdrops.
Luminous Journeys’ “prime directive” is to always put our guests’ image making first and foremost, thereby ensuring the utmost out of your Bali photo tour experience. Any photographer, novice to advanced, stands to gain a quite a lot from working with an outstanding professional and all around great guy like David Lazar.
Dates – September 30 – October 11, 2018 (12 Days)
Lead Photographer – David Lazar (See David’s Gallery)
Tour Price – $5795 USD
Single Supplement – $950
Minimum Deposit – $1500
Locations Java & Mt. Bromo, Sanur, Tanganan, Mahagiri, Besakhi Mother Temple, Tukad Unda, Munduk/Lake Tamblingan, Pupuan, Negara, Payangan (Villa is 20 km north of Ubud)
Hotels – 4/5 star, best available in remote locations
Tour Type – Small group photo tour workshops, 4 person minimum, 10 person maximum. If only 4 participants, a $485 supplement may apply.
Skill Level – Suitable for ALL skill levels, novice to advanced
Physical Difficulty – Light to Moderate, with minimal mountain walking
Transportation – 1 internal flight to Java + Return, late model air conditioned vans w/ plenty of space
Spectacular Mountain Rice Terraces
Traditional Buffalo Race Action Shoot
Java & the Surreal Mt. Bromo Volcano
Lake Tamblingan Temple Ceremony
The Tengger Horsemen of Java
The Beautiful People of Bali!
Luminous Bali Photo Tour Adventure
A “get acquainted” slideshow with David is followed by your first privately arranged photo shoot in a nearby village. Three lovely Ramayana dancers in full costume will be at your service both on stage and in a rice paddy setting. Also present will be 20 male Kecak & Fire dancers! The big show & shoot follows, then back to the beach for your special welcome dinner.
Rise before dawn to catch the picturesque action of a fishermen’s net catching the rising sun… Breakfast @ the hotel followed by a short flight to Java, drive and trek to incredible Mt. Bromo. No worries, the trekking is easy. Afternoon/sunset volcano-scapes suitable for framing ? Your hotel for the night rests beautifully on the rim of a volcano!
Day 3 – Java – Bali – Of Volcanoes & Horses
I love the smell of Bromo in the morning! Short drive to a new high angle location for a Landscaper’s dream shoot to delight your senses as well as your sensors. Enjoy a hearty breakfast back at the hotel, then it’s time to meet Java’s master horsemen, the Tenger. You’ll get the chance to photograph the Tenger with their horses with some incredible mountain backdrops before the return trip to Bali.
Day 4 – East Bali – Markets, Rice Terraces & Original People
This morning photograph Bali’s best traditional morning market. Continue to a nearby Gamelan workshop for some wonderful environmental portrait opportunities. This afternoon trek & shoot around the gorgeous but little visited Tengannan rice terraces, then visit a Bali Aga village (the Bali Aga are the island’s original tribe) for late afternoon portrait session, utilizing the village’s wonderful temple and other backgrounds.
Day 5 – East Bali – Grandeur & Motherhood
Another exhilarating sunrise photographing one of the great rice terrace scenes anywhere on earth. After your breakfast with a glorious view, Bali’s “Mother Temple”, Besakih, on the slopes of Mt. Agung, beckons. The afternoon shoot with local kids at the Tukad Unda “waterfalls” is always great fun. A very scenic drive up to Munduk wraps another rewarding day of photography and fun.
Day 6 – Central North Bali – Tamblingan Dawn, Pupuan Afternoon
Lake Tamblingan’s Gubug temple is a classic Balinese scene we will likely have all to ourselves until the best light is gone. Nearby villagers row small boats through the mists and are happy to be photographed. Some will engage in a traditional Melasti purification ceremony. Afternoon shoot in the off-the-beaten-path rice terrace area of Pupuan, where we’ll spend the night.
Day 7 – West Bali – Pupuan Dawn to the Buffalo Coast
Since rice farmers are not often evident except at planting & harvest, we will have arranged for some to join us this morning in order to add interest and color (other than gorgeous rice green!) to your compositions. Many rice fields are easily accessible in this area, so you are free to roam as you will as well. Breakfast and free time until the drive to Negara on the west coast for late afternoon seascapes.
Day 8 – West Bali – Buffalo Morning, 5-Star Evening
This is a rare opportunity to capture some incredible culture in action images. This year we will attend a publicly held race and be afforded VIP access to the best shooting positions. After the buffalo shoot, breakfast and free time, we are off to the most beautiful Balinese villa you can imagine, complete with spa and world class chef. Be sure and schedule your complimentary 1 hour massage!
Day 9 – Central Bali – Of Kings, Gods and Chiaroscuro
Indra, the King of Gods, is said to have pierced the earth at Tirta Empul to create the spring that feeds the ancient purification baths. Photograph Balinese here and in other ceremonies around the grounds. Fun loving Balinese shooter Dukun Jawa will join. Later shoot at Dukun’s traditional “studio”, then at his forest house w/ two Legong dancers in chiaroscuro light & jungle river setting.
Day 10 – Central Bali – Arts Fusion & the Digital Darkroom
Early morning at the villa there will be a Balinese style martial arts performance & photography, followed by a breakfast fit for paradise. Then for all those interested, there will be a comprehensive Photoshop/Lightroom session with David. A professional Balinese model will arrive in the afternoon for various shoots around the villa and villa grounds, including rice paddies.
Day 11 – Rice Women, Monkey Forest & Farewell Pool Party
Sunrise at the spectacular Ceking rice terraces as the first rays of the sun break over them. Beautiful & photogenic Ceking grandmas will provide a human element, & engage in portrait sessions afterward. Then explore an off-the-beaten path monkey forest, where macaque families w/ young babies play. Late afternoon at the villa brings your farewell pool party w/ Balinese seafood BBQ prepared by our world class chef. Local child dancers will perform, and gamelan music will play…
Day 12 – Free Time, Relaxed Departure
Since you absolutely will not to want to leave, the villa owner has graciously offered us a very relaxed departure schedule in which to slowly tear yourself away. So if your flight is an evening one, no worries, you may depart the villa as late as 5 pm. In the meantime relax by the pool, enjoy the spa facilities, or get some image processing done. Your new good friend Pande will take you to the airport and bid you a fond farewell. You will miss this place!
*We have great confidence that Luminous Bali is easily the best photo tour workshop ever run on the island, and will be a very pleasant surprise even for you hard core travel photographers out there who think it might be too tame or touristy. It is ABSOLUTELY NOT. If David were not excited about this tour, and if we had not gotten such great feedback from some very fine photographer participants, we wouldn’t be doing it!
**Please note the above itinerary is a brief sample only, with daily shooting schedules subject to change. A fully detailed itinerary and 40-page information kit concerning traveling for photography in Bali & Java will be sent to all registered participants approximately 100 days prior to tour start date.
***All photographs are by Luminous Journeys photographers or participants. Photo Credit: Day 3 – Rahmad Hidayat. Day 9 – Lee Ann Birkenstock. Day 10 – Richard Beilby
Photographer fees and top English speaking guide
In-country flights, airport & ground transport
All meals from dinner Day 1 through breakfast Day 12
Ample bottle water & refresh towels throughout
All entrance, zone and camera fees
Local model/location donations
Extra drinks @ lunches & dinners (1 soda or fruit juice is included)
Trip cancellation or medical insurance
Gratuities – porters, local guide/driver
Indonesia visa fee
End of trip gratuities for photographer tour leader
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