China: Siberian Tigers and Foliage
September 23-27, 2016
8 participants only
*** SOLD OUT ***
During this workshop you'll have a chance to photograph Siberian Tigers and the foliage in the Heilongjiang Province, Northern China.
The Siberian tiger is the largest felid in the world and is known as the King of the Forest. In the 1980s, it was listed as one of the first-class national protected animals of China. We'll photograph the tigers at the Siberian Tiger Park, which host over 500 purebred Siberian tigers and is the largest natural park of its kind in the world. We'll observe their behavior roaming in vehicles in a similar fashion as wildlife is photographed in Africa. At this time of the year, we’ll have a foliage fairy tale landscape and full access to the park.
The foliage is exquisite at this time of the year with birch trees turning yellow, grand landscape mixed with green, yellow and red trees, water reflection, and more. We'll also have the chance to photograph ancient villages. The villages are chosen for their preserved ancient culture. We'll photograph rural agricultural customs, families going thru their daily routines, the synergy between the elderly and the young generation. Even though China is going thru rapid changes and building mega cities, there are still pockets of undiscovered beauty seldom visited by Westerners.
This workshop is all inclusive: Lodging, all ground transportation, meals, special fee to photograph the tigers, entrance fees, english speaking guide, all meals, and photo instruction.
Our goals are multiple folds, with the following cropping to the top: We want to make your experience memorable by taking you to places most Westerners don't know about. We want to share more than just photography so you can discover new ways of thinking and improving your personal photographic vision. We want you to come back with renewed appreciation for older traditions and wildlife.
China is changing like the rest of the world, except that changes in China are rapid and much more pronounced. Chinese philosophers have been praising the places we visit for centuries and for good reasons. Come and experience it with your own eyes and soul.
See you in September in China.
Double Occupancy: $2,900
Single Supplement: $500
Oliver Klink has been photographing in China for the past 12 years. He has visited many minority cultures and National Parks in Hunan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Fujian and more provinces. His image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “China is changing rapidly, as the traditions in remote villages are vanishing. We travel with unique privileges from local guides and field experts, and where Westerners have seldom been seen”.
Jeffrey Tang, field expert, has been my guide in China for the past 7 years. His strength is to connect with the local people and make us feel “welcome with them”. His attentive demeanor and attention to details enable us to travel safely and give us privileged access that will make your images “stand out”.
One local expert. The person is a well-regarded artist (photographer, painter, calligrapher), which will enhance our vision with local inspiration.
Local staff members (driver, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!
- Photographing Siberian Tigers with special access
- Photographing ancient villages with special access (model shoot)
- Photographing foliage on private land
- 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)
- 4 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, meals, ground transportation
- Special permits, private photoshoots, all entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Mudanjiang (MDG)
- Transport from Mudanjiang (MDG) airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Mudanjiang
- Tips to local staff
Double Occupancy: $2,900
Single Supplement: $500
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$600 (Single Occupancy)
Full payment due by July 15, 2016 (payable by check)
Terms and Conditions
- The workshop takes place during the fall, when weather can be moody.
- Up to 1 mile walking on trails and wood platform to gain various accesses to the tigers, private land and the ancient villages.
- We are staying in local hotels, eating freshly cooked local Chinese cuisine with lots of vegetables, soup, local meat (not spicy).
- We are traveling on ultra-modern highways to the local unpaved roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.
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