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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Discover Iceland in February 2015 – Iceland Photography Tour

Iceland photography tour, Feb 2015 with Chris Marquardt

Iceland Photography 2015

Iceland photography at its best! Let’s find out how flexible you are ;) The Iceland 2015 adventure is getting closer. If you’re quick, you can still pick up one of the two open spots. Or both.

Iceland photography tour, Feb 2015 with Chris Marquardt

Iceland offers a wild and wonderful landscape and for photographers. The Icelandic winter is simply stunning. You will find everything from amazing waterfalls to black lava beaches with big chunks of blue ice. From glacier caves to icy lagoons. From geysers to the breathtaking northern lights – the Aurora Borealis.

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We will travel in our own vehicle and hiking will be kept to a minimum. You will be accompanied by two professional travel photographers (Chris and Tim) who will provide you with on-the-spot tips, tricks and instruction.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to do great Iceland photography. We will make sure you return with amazing pictures. We’re making this an easy experience for you. All you have to do is get to Reykjavik airport (KEF) and we will do the rest. Beginning with personally picking you up at the airport and taking you through the lava fields (that’s where the Icelandic fairies live!) to the hotel.

» more info & registration

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Chris Got Very Wet. And Cold. #icebucketchallenge

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the world in storm. And to those who say “enough already”, I respond: if you don’t want to see it, ignore it.

Here’s what this is about: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. It’s a devastating disease of the nervous system and simply said: it kills in a slow and horrible way. Patients slowly lose control over their muscles. ALL their muscles. One of the more famous people with ALS is Stephen Hawking.

ALS is not fun. ALS is dead serious. And the ice bucket challenge isn’t making light of it. The challenge is a wonderful way to raise awareness, and it’s necessary because most people don’t even know what ALS is. It’s is a rare disease of the nervous system (approx. 30,000 US Americans have it) and as a result of that, the pharmaceutical industry has no incentive of making any serious investments into finding a cure.

Which is why everybody should chip in for ALS and all the other rare neurological diseases. A good place to do so is the ALS Assocication at www.alsa.org.

Back to the ice bucket and how I got involved: Jon Miller took the Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged me.

After I did my part (and obviously donated too), I challenged Sean Galbraith (see his video here), Ingo Quendler (here is his video) and Sebastian “Schlingel” Wölfle (watch him get wet here).

You should seriously look up the translation for the German word “Schadenfreude” :)

Workshops: Fotomonat September wird spannend [German]

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This one’s for the German listeners (or for those who live nearby and want to improve on their German).

September ist Fotomonat mit drei spannenden Workshops:

Es ist noch eine begrenzte Anzahl Plätze frei.

Hier geht es zum offiziellen Newsletter mit weiteren Informationen.

Foto: Thomas Hiermayer