Sri Lanka: "Paradise Island"
Wildlife, Culture, Landscape
December 2 - 13, 2019
With eight designated World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka offers a wealth of culture, temples, bazaars, caves, tea plantations. We will guide you to these sites at the right time of the day to create magical images. You will meet people we have befriended over the years, who will share their pride of their culture and heritage.
Intermixed with the culture, we will spend time in their National Parks to photograph wildlife. One of their National Parks, Yala, is well known for having the highest concentration of leopards in the world, boasting a total of 35 cats. This number may seem small, but remember these cats are an endangered species. Out of the 215 species of birds that call Yala home, six are endemic to Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood-pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped Babbler. The herd of elephants in the park numbers anywhere from 300-350 individuals. There are 44 species of mammals, several of them both endemic & endangered: Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Elephant, and wild water buffalo. Furthermore, there are 46 species of reptiles, five of them endemic to Sri Lanka. These incredibly unique species can be seen nowhere else. We will travel in 4x4 with just three people per jeep, so you have access to both side of the vehicle to photograph.
The highland and coastal landscapes are spectacular to photograph. At the right time of the day, you can have beam of lights over terraced tea plantation, sunset shining on the famous fishermen on stilts, soft light on the local workers at the fish market. The creative options are endless.
We will also visit an exclusive racetrack, where your skills at photographing galloping racing horses will be put to the test. And you will also spend quality time with the Asian elephants at a rescue center. This experience will mesmerize you. For people that want to go even a step further with the elephants, we are planning an extension to creatively photograph elephants with humans. You will gain exclusive access, but we have very limited seats. So don’t delay your registration for the extension!
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity, so that you go home with images to be proud of and stories that will resonate with our peers. Remember, you will be on “Paradise Island”. We are looking forward to hosting you in Sri Lanka.
Oliver, Harsh, Arti.
Elephants Private Photoshoots (December 13 – 16, 2019)
Pictures copyright © 2019 Harsh Aggarwal & Oliver Klink
Oliver Klink has been photographing in Asia for the past 15 years. He has visited many minority cultures and wildlife in Mongolia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka and more. He received the coveted 2018 Best B&W photographer of the year by Dodho Magazine and has published an award-winning book, Cultures in Transition. “Sri Lanka is a really unique place. It offers multitude of photo opportunities, cultural enrichment and wildlife sighting. Truly truly one of kind places.”
Harsh and Arti Aggarwal are based in Agra (Taj Mahal), India. Harsh is a professional photographer and Arti a coveted travel logistician and tour guide. In 2012, they got married. Harsh has many interesting tales to narrate about this wedding shaped by the tourism industry, and of course, it includes hilarious stories about shopping experiences with his mother in law. A duo team, Oliver has traveled with for the past few years.”Sri Lanka is such an incredible place, that we could retire here!” .”
Local staff members (Guide, drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!
- Photographing the beauty and diversity of the "Paradise Island"
- Wildlife, culture, landscape
- Photograph the "hidden gems"
- Photographing daily “life” at local families
- Model shoots
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)
- 12 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special photoshoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Colombo
- Tips to local staff
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)
Full payment due by August 1, 2019 (payable by check)
Deposit: $500 ($800 for single)
Terms and Conditions
- Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky.
- We are eating freshly cooked local cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup (not spicy).
- We are traveling on highways and local unpaved bumpy roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.
Where: Sri Lanka
When: December 2-13, 2019
Who: Oliver Klink, Harsh Aggarwal, Arti Aggarwal, Local guides
Airport: Colombo (CMB)
Weather: 50 – 90F. Moody Sky
Cost: (+ single supplement)
Workshop details for Sri Lanka "Paradise Island"