Darjeeling First Flush – Tea-Themed Photo Tour/Workshop

While getting ready for the Iceland tour (starting in 3 days), I’m also in the process of arranging details with our Indian tour operator for the May 2015 Darjeeling First Flush photo tour.

Important: we have TWO seats left for the tour. You can find more information about the tour here.

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This is the only photo tour focusing on photography and the tea culture around Darjeeling.

You will see some of the most famous tea plantations in the world, as the tour will take us to the wonderful Sikkim area in North Bengal, home of the Bengal Tiger. We will get to Darjeeling right around the end of the first flush harvest and the beginning of the second flush harvest. You will find out how tea is being picked, processed, learn to taste some of the finest teas and meet and photograph the people behind the tea.

You will encounter a rich and colorful culture, and visit gems like the Sangacholing Monastery, which was built in 1697.

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While we are in the North Bengal area, the Kingdom of Nepal is only a small hop away. At the end of the India leg of the tour, you have the choice to continue on with us to Kathmandu, Nepal for a six-day adventure. We will spend time to explore Chitwan National Park, photographing in the jungle with elephants and other wildlife and of course we will see Kathmandu and its rich culture and religion.

This is an experience not to be missed, including an amazing photographic variety of people, landscapes, culture, cities and wildlife, guided by a reliable local tour operator and two professional photographers who will make sure you return with stunning photography.

Oh, and no major hiking and no camping. Promise :)

» more information on the Darjeeling First Flush tour

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tfttf667 – Visual Storytelling

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Finally the detailed version of how to tell visual stories. Chris has been experimenting and now added a second layer to his Lightroom workflow, not just boiling down photos to the best of the best, but also sorting them into stories that can include pictures from all quality levels. He then uses Storehouse to put those stories together and present them. Have a look at his Ethiopian Photo Stories where he puts everything into practice.

Warning: you won’t find a single mention of selfie sticks in this episode!

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
all workshops

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tfttf666 – Manual Macro Selfie Stick

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Chris talks about visual storytelling, selfie-sticks (yes, again), finding the right macro lens (or faking it) and finally: how to do manual exposure the right way? Follow along with his walk-through to learn something today.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
all workshops

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tfttf665 – Hit Me With Your Selfie Stick – Smartphone Photography

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Well.. isn’t it all photography? Doesn’t it feel kinda wrong to look down on those who shoot with a smartphone? And honestly, we’re doing it all, aren’t we? Is it any less serious than shooting with a big DSLR? Chris discusses this and more questions.

Also: Hit Me With Your Selfie Stick…

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The smartphone apps discussed in this episode were Snapseed, Skitch, Diptic, Night Cap Pro, Tadaa, Hyperlapse and Photo Card by Bill Atkinson.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
all workshops

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tfttf664 – Becoming A Better Photographer

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Happy New Year! Chris kicks off the new year by answering some listener questions and making sure we don’t lose sight of the most important things in photography. Jose has a question about buying a computer for editing photos and videos, Graham needs a way to exercise his photographic eye and Tommy reports back on the changes that have happened in his photographic life.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
all workshops

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