Ethiopia Blew My Mind – Again

Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com
Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com

Ethiopia was an absolute thrill to photograph this year. It’s a poor country and yet everyone there seems so full of joy, the smiles are contagious. The annual Timkat festival in Lalibela turned out to be one of the most energetic events I’ve ever attended. And I managed to get right into the middle.

» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

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» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

tfttf701 – Flightmare

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This episode of Tips from the Top Floor is coming to you from the Autobahn, or rather from the New York thruway while Chris is on his way up to Rochester, New York. Chris talks about Adobe’s latest Lightroom update and how that didn’t quite work out as expected and made quite a few people pretty angry. Come to various locations of Chris’ latest Coast2Coast tour through the United States, including San Diego and New York. Also find out about what his plans are for Rochester and for Rhinebeck in upstate New York. Chris’ flightmare adventure includes a crew that came in late, a sick passenger, a drunk passenger and an airshow.

IMPORTANT: The registration deadline for Ethiopia 2016 is approaching quickly. If you want to join, you’ll have to sign up by October 31 2015!!!

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Jan 2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
Mar 2016: Lake Baikal, Siberia
Jun 2016: Lofoten, Norway
Sep 2016: Donegal
May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
Nov 2017: Bhutan
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tfttf696 – I Steal Shower Caps

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Chris and Monika call in from beautiful Donegal in Ireland where Chris together with Trevor and Ashley did a photo tour with people from all over the world in one of the most amazing landscapes that can be found in Europe. Wild coasts, beautiful beaches, high cliffs, sea arches and the most mesmerizing light. Join in as they discuss some of the details.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Jan 2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
Mar 2016: Lake Baikal, Siberia
Jun 2016: Lofoten, Norway
Sep 2016: Donegal
May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
Nov 2017: Bhutan
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Galapagos anyone?

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Photo: Vasilis Tsikkinis

Okay, so this is a completely unexpected development for me, but one that I’m very happy about. Some opportunities seem to come from nowhere. Or maybe I helped a bit by doing some networking.

I’ve been networking a lot over the years, which in the end enabled me to take photographers to all three Mt. Everest Base Camps (thanks Jon!), to Hokaido, Japan (thanks Martin!) and to Iceland twice (thanks Tim!). Next up is the Darjeeling First Flush tour in May (still a couple of seats available here) and I can’t wait for September to explore Donegal, the stunningly beautiful north-western tip of Ireland.

And there are more in the planning. I still haven’t seen Iceland in summer, so there is now a possibility that I’ll be able to offer a summer 2016 Iceland tour through the highlands, including flights over the streams to take stunning aerial photography.

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But then, just a few days ago I was offered something that floored me: the Galapagos islands. On board of an exclusive beautiful yacht. Approx. 10 days. Which is about the extent of information that I have for now. Four spots are already booked, which warrants one photo instructor. Six or more filled spots would allow for a second instructor and that second instructor would be me. And I’m very excited about this prospect.

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Photo: Sura Ark

I don’t know a lot of details so far, other than that the tour starts in Quito (which in itself is said to be stunning) and that the sea wildlife must be spectacular. We’re also probably talking about a small group of less than 10 people. I’ve heard stories of clear water, big swarms of clown fish (hi Nemo!) and snorkelling with penguins and whales.

I don’t even know the price yet. I guess I’ll brace myself for impact.. Still, if you’re interested, I have started a list and if you shoot me a quick mail (chris@chrismarquardt.com) I’ll put you on that list and let you know as soon as I have more information about the tour.

Update: this tour will not be part of the official list at discoverthetopfloor.com, I’m happy to send you all information, including price and a detailed itinerary as soon as I have received that information.

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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