Plans are underway for a 13-day photo tour/workshop in January that will go by the name Amazing Burma Photography Workshop. But January 15-27, 2012 is approaching quickly so it would be best not to wait another day.
Organizers are calling this part of the world a "hidden jewel" and a "land of enchantment." For years this country was called Burma but recently the name was officially changed to Myanmar.
Surrounded by China, Laos, India, Thailand and Bangladesh, Burma offers outstanding photo opportunities, with its temples and monasteries as well as its fascinating culture.
Young fisherman with son in Myanmar (always a great motive)
Because many photographers and travelers choose other parts of the world as their destinations, Burma is probably one of the least-visited nations on earth!
But the native residents are known to be welcoming and helpful.
Mountains and hills provide the backdrop for ancient temples and other structures. Organizers and tour leaders focus on getting group photographers to locations when the light is perfect for those amazing images.
According to the tour Website,
"January is the perfect time of the year for the best weather and dramatic sunsets."
Dramatic sunset in Myanmar
The itinerary includes the capital city, full of sights and sounds that will thrill the first-time visitor and bring others back again and again. The Schwedagon Pagoda (golden pagoda) is a key image for photographers as are the age-old fish markets.
Tour participants visit Mandalay, as well as monasteries and temples, and the long UBien Bridge made of teak. Inle lake also provides some outstanding photo opportunities with its traditional fishing boats and floating monastery.
In one of the monasteries you may witness the surreal candlelight ceremonies.
All of this is available for the base price of $6,900 per person. The cost includes all meals and lodging, domestic flights and ground transportation. Entry fees for public sites are also included.
Keep this tip in mind:
"A visa for your passport is required for Burma which can be easily obtained by Zierer Visa Service at zvs.com."
Those who wish to have a single room may do so for a supplement of $600.
International airfare, personal shopping and beverages are generally no included.
If you're considering the Amazing Burma Photography Workshop you'll be pleased to know that each tour group is limited to six participants!
This allows the leaders to provide plenty of individual attention.
Your photography skills and your "eye" are certain to improve during this special trip. You should come with a basic knowledge of your camera and have at least an intermediate skill level.
Three young monks collecting donations
Those with advanced skills are always welcome. Plenty of information about the Burma workshop is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.