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Sri Lanka: Elephants' Culture

At Festival & Temples, Set Ups with Human Interaction

August 02 - 12, 2022

8 participants (Few Seats Left)


The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognised subspecies of the Asian elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan elephant population is now largely restricted to the dry zone in the north, east and southeast of Sri Lanka. Elephants are present in National Parks but also live outside protected areas. It is estimated that Sri Lanka has the highest density of elephants in Asia.

The elephant conservation strategy of the Department of Wildlife Conservation aims at conserving as many viable populations as possible in as wide a range of suitable habitats as is feasible. This means protecting elephants both within the system of protected areas and as many animals outside these areas that the land can support and landholders will accept

We are going to photograph elephants in three distincts places. First we will attend the largest elephant parade in the world: The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as The Festival of the Tooth. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.
During the festivities, we will have access to temples, to staging area, where we will be able to photograph intimately the culture of the festival.

Then we will photograph rescued elephants at a private reserve. We will have access to elephants bathing in the water, walking in the forest, and being taken care of by a large staff of mahouts and ground keepers. We will have the chance to photograph these elephants in their habitat interacting with humans. It could be a kid playing with elephants, a handler taking care of them, a mahout walking his elephant, a family worshipping them. The scenarios are unlimited. This is a unique opportunity to photograph, witness and learn about the behavior of elephants around humans.

We are going to use natural light and also enhance with artificial light. We will have candid shots, as well as setups with models. You will leave the workshop with well thought out images, newly acquired photography skills, and the experience of bonding with amazing creatures – elephants. Truly, truly life changing experience!

The workshop includes all meals, accommodation, transportation, festival, park and other related fees. The workshop is led by one instructor (Oliver), local helpers, guides, drivers, mahouts, elephant trainers, a substantial staff that will welcome us.

This is a unique opportunity to bond with elephants and humans in Sri Lanka. An experience not to be missed!

See you in Sri Lanka in August



Note: We can assist with planning for extra days (pre-post workshops) to enjoy Sri Lanka, known as “The Paradise Island”.
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Registration (Elephants' Culture): $6,100 (Few Seats Left)
Single supplement: $800

Deposit:
Single: $1,200
Double: $800

Deposit for Sri Lanka (Wildlife, landscape, culture)

As there are still uncertainties about international travel, instead of selecting a deposit, you can be placed on the priority interest list which will guaranty a seat in the workshop, when fully confirmed.
Sri Lanka Priority Interest List Deposit

Cancellation policy

Balance payment due when workshop is confirmed (Payable by check or credit card (supplement of 3% processing fee)

Questions: email Oliver Klink or call (408-910-6701)


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Workshop

Sri Lanka "Elephants’ Culture"
August 02 - 12, 2022

Itinerary

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions and activities we find on the spur of the moment. Our local experts and the contacts made over the years are incredible source of information to locate unique activities. As the group is kept small, we are able to attend special events, without overwhelming the local communities and be welcomed with open arms.

10 days on the ground to photograph and explore the Elephant’s culture

Day 1 (August 02): Arrival day in Colombo Airport (CMB) • Transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Negombo - Pinnawala
• Drive to Pinnawala
• Elephant photoshoot (afternoon)

Day 3-5: Elephant Photoshoots with villagers, kids, models
• Two photoshoots daily with elephants (early morning, late afternoon)
• Photoshoots with natural and/or artificial light
• Learn to choregraph scenarios. Daily themes
• Photograph large group of elephants bathing in the river

Day 6: Pinnawala to Kandy
• Sunrise shoot at the river
• Drive to Kandy
• Photoshoot of elephants at a historical temple

Day 7 - 9: Perahera Festival – Largest Elephants Festival in the World
• Early morning photoshoots at private temples (elephants, mahouts, priests)
• Follow elephants on route to various temples & photograph activities at temples
• Photograph staging area of the parade (special access)
• Photograph daily parades from various viewpoints (ground level, special access)

Day 10: (August 11/August 12) Departure Day – Conclusion of the workshop
• Morning photoshoot at temples
• Drive to Negombo (drop off at airport)
• Suggested flight departs shortly after midnight (August 24)
• Conclusion of workshop

Logistics

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook and recommended reading material.

Logistics
- Plan on arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 02 (anytime) – Airport (CMB)
- Departure on August 12 (recommend the midnight flight) from Colombo
- All ground transportation and accommodation provided
- All meals included
- All entry fees included

Recommended equipment
Clothing: (temperature ranges from 70 – 90F)
- Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Shorts and t-shirts to photograph elephants in the water
- Sandals, walking shoes
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gear/windbreaker

Camera Equipment:
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- If available... two camera bodies
- Recommended lenses
• Elephant parade: 16 - 200mm. Fast lens recommended (F2.8)
• Telephoto lens for elephant in the wild: 200-400mm
• Portraits: 24 – 200mm

Accessories (Optional):
- Tripod for evening/night photography/elephant photoshoot
- Flash (off-camera) + diffusers
- ND Filters (3, 6, 10, 15 stops)

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)

Equipment Rental and Purchase (if you need to rent lenses we recommend the following places):
- borrowlenses.com

Workshop Structure
- The itinerary is built with flexibility so we can leverage the atmospheric conditions
- Early morning rise to catch the sunrise. Late evening for sunset
- Night shoot during the elephant parade
- We will drive to photoshoot locations and then walk (parade)
- During the day, we will explore venues at the festival, photograph elephants bathing in a river, and brainstorm on creative idea for set up photoshoots
- When we return to the lodge in the evening, you will have a chance to relax and get ready for dinner
- At the end of the workshop, you will have experienced the “elephant’s culture in Sri Lanka and understand their importance among the villagers

Participants' Responsibility
- Book transportation to Colombo, Sri Lanka – Airport (CMB)
- Have a valid passport to travel to Sri Lanka (expiration at least 6 months)
- Apply for Visa (Sri Lanka)
- Bring your certificate of full COVID vaccination

Not included:
- Personal expenses, meals, alcoholic beverages
- Extra night(s) in Colombo (for early arrival or late departure)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

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Difficulties (Medium)


- We are going to walk about 2 miles (certain days) on easy surface to follow elephants during the parade
- We are eating freshly cooked local cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup (not spicy)
- We are photographing around elephants, which requires careful attention
- Temperature: Average mid 80F
- Possibility of rain showers
- Sunrise at 6:15 AM, Sunset at 5:30PM

Is it for me?


YES, if …
- You want to mingle with and photograph hundreds of elephants.
- You need a gateway, find inspiration for your photography, and come back home with images that wow you
- You want to expand your photography comfort zone, create images with natural light and also enhanced with artificial light
- All levels welcome. You need to be familiar with operating your camera as the instruction focuses on creativity

Rules for attending IncredibleTravelPhotos LLC workshops during the Covid 19 pandemic and Legal Disclaimer

As we live in a pandemic world, we want everybody to have a safe, productive and creative experience during the workshop. We are following the recommended guidelines set by the CDC and Santa Clara County Health Department. By signing this document, you understand and will adhere to the rules to protect yourself and others.

1. You need to bring your own mask. Bandannas are not a mask.
2. Wearing a mask is required upon arrival at the workshop. Mask will cover mouth and nose at all time.
3. You will have your temperature checked upon arrival and prior to every session.
4. You will track your temperature, starting 10 days before the workshop, and share your chart the day before the start of the workshop. Chart will be printed and workshop temperature check will be added to your chart. If temperate analysis shows an unusual trend, the person will be asked to leave the workshop. No refund will be provided.
5. You will sanitize your hands upon arrival. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
6. Social distancing will strictly be enforced during the workshop (6 feet apart).
7. If we have meals together (In the off-the-beaten path workshops, people cooking their own food), we will social distance in an outdoor setting.
8. Not adhering to the above rules is a reason for immediate dismissal from the workshop. No refund will be provided.
9. We want everybody to feel comfortable. Thank you for the understanding!

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Instructors



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.”
Oliver Klink is a fine art photographer based in Los Gatos, CA. His book Cultures in Transition won nine awards for best photography book of 2019. He was selected as B&W photographer of the year (2018) by Dodho magazine, the Best” Emerging artist in 2016 by BWGallerist. Cultures in Transition body of work was selected as Top 50 Critical Mass Award (2016 & 2018). 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 and Color Awards in the past 5 years. “Processing images with a personal style is a passion. You can relive what you saw at the point of capture with your artistic mind”, says Oliver.
Oliver’s images have been exhibited om four continents. He is a master print maker using various technology.

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!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Oliver Klink (408-910-6701) or email oliver@incredibletravelphotos.com

Extensions


- Private post processing sessions. email oliver@incredibletravelphotos.com for info


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