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Burma Photography Workshop Join professional photographer Eric Wessman on a special journey from january 17-31, 2022.

If you have ever dreamed of an exotic and exciting trip filled with amazing photo-ops, this workshop is for you! Burma (Myanmar) is a very special place. A land of golden temples, beautiful sights, and wonderful people.

We are excited to offer you a unique travel experience exploring this historic and lesser-known land that is beginning to reenter the world stage. We have chosen a time of year where the climate is delightful for travel. We will be visiting sacred religious and pilgrimage sites, boating on Lake Inle, and poking around in myriad markets, which are always rich with photographic possibilities. We will see capitals of some of the former kingdoms, including the amazing Bagan with over 2300 temples scattered about this plain on the edge of the Ayerwady River. Wherever we go we have the opportunity to meet the gracious and gentle people who call this land home (and who always seem to welcome having their photo taken).

We take care of all the details. Once you arrive in Yangon, you don’t need to think about where to go, how to get there or where to stay during the fifteen days and fourteen nights we are in Myanmar. Just show up and be ready to have fun and make great images.

You will get professional photography instruction from experienced pro Eric Wessman, who has helped photographers improve their images for years. Our group will be small so you will have plenty of time with him giving you advice on composition, angle and lens selection to help you get the best pictures possible not only while you are in Burma but long afterward. We will work with you as much as you want at every location.

Eric has been traveling in Southeast Asia for many years, including multiple trips to Burma. He knows the most interesting places to see and the best times to be there to capture a great photo.

Eric’s wife Myo Myo will be accompanying us and taking caring of logistical tasks. She is a Burmese native, speaks the language, and worked as a tour guide in Burma for several years. We will have our own dedicated vehicle and Burmese-speaking driver as well.

We will start in Yangon where we will get to know each other, have some photography instruction, and have a peaceful exploration of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist temple and the pride of Burma.

The full itinerary is below and you can see it is packed with tremendous locations with plenty of beautiful towns and countryside to photograph. While we want to see it all, we don’t want to wear anyone out. As photographers, we love the morning light so we will be out shooting at sunrise most days. We will take two to three hours breaks from shooting at mid-day, when the light isn’t as nice to catch a nap or refresh or drive to our next destination. Each day Eric will be available during these mid-day breaks for image review or to work with you on your photography. You will have time to explore on your own or stick with the group.

Price: $6,000

Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars.

What is included:

  • Fifteen days, lodging for fourteen nights (Double occupancy)
  • Local transportation in Myanmar (Burma)
  • Pro Photographer, Guide, Driver and Vehicle
  • Photo Walks
  • All Meals!
  • Small group size
  • All hotels are at least 3 star with AC and swimming pools where possible
  • Professional photography instruction
  • Boat ride on Lake Inle
  • Boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Hot air balloon ride in Bagan…Up, up, and away for a unique perspective!

What isn’t included:

• Travel to Myanmar (Burma)

• Alcoholic drinks

• Gratuities

• Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks

Who should Attend

Anyone with an interest in Burma, beautiful landscapes and historic towns, or Buddhist culture – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Most of our shooting locations will be in towns where some walking will be required. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking and we try to stay close to our vehicles, although you may want to wander through the towns.

Maximum group size: 8

Our Itinerary

Day

1 Arrival, welcome dinner. Get to know your fellow adventurers. Overnight in Yangon.

2 Yangon. We will have a peaceful visit to the beautiful and inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda in the morning, followed by the National Museum for an introduction to this lovely country. We will go to Karaweik Palace for dinner and a cultural show. Overnight in Yangon.

3 Drive to Bago. Visit Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha and a Monastery. Continue drive to Kyaiktiyo. Visit the amazing Golden Rock at sunset. Dinner and overnight on summit of Kyaiktiyo.

4 Sunrise at Golden Rock. A long drive to Lake Inle. Don’t worry—we can talk shop. Overnight in Lake Inle.

5 Boat trip to explore Lake Inle, floating village, market, temple, fishing, Samkar village. Overnight in Lake Inle.

6 Early start. Drive to fascinating Kakku pagoda complex. Drive to Pindaya. Relax in our beautiful resort. Overnight in Pindaya.

7 Photograph market in morning, then visit Pindaya Caves, home to 8,000 Buddha images. After lunch, drive to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

8 Explore Mandaly: Sandamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay Palace and Fort, Sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

9 See the huge, unfinished temple at Mingun. Visit the former capitals of Amarapura and Inwa. Overnight in Mandalay.

10 Travel down the Ayerwady River by boat to ancient and stunning Bagan. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda at dusk. Overnight in Bagan.

11 Sunrise temple photo. Visit temples. Sunset temple photo. Overnight in Bagan.

12 Hot air balloon ride over Bagan. Visit more temples. Overnight in Bagan.

13 Visit Mount Popa. Drive to Pyay. Visit Shwesandaw Pagoda and Sehtatgyi Pagoda. Overnight in Pyay.

14 Drive to Yangon. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Yangon.

15 Fly home.

Weather

Temperatures usually have highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s and lows in the mid 60’s. You should have lightweight pants and short sleeve shirts, with perhaps a long sleeve shirt for sun protection, a hat or cap and some casual clothes for night. Closed toe hiking shoes are helpful for some walking. Teva-type sandals are great for easy on and off as we visit temples where we must remove our shoes. We won’t be going to any places requiring formal attire.

Appropriate Attire

This is a conservative culture, so shorts are not appropriate for men or women, although this is starting to change. Pants that have zip off legs are helpful, so if it is hot in our hotel/ private areas you can remove the legs. Women may wear a dress or skirt that covers the knees. When we visit a temple, legs and shoulders must be covered as a sign of respect.

Dining

Breakfast is included, usually at the hotel. If we are out on a sunrise shoot we might not get back to the hotel while they are still serving, and on those days we’ll grab something on the road. We will be on the move but taking breaks to enjoy the scenery and dining.

Travel Visa

A passport that will still be valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of the visit is required for anyone wishing to visit Myanmar. A visa is required for most nationalities. Go to https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx for more information.

Travel Health

This is the tropics, so some attention needs to be paid to vaccinations and other health concerns. Please visit to the Centers for Disease Control to see their recommendations for this area.

Hotels

Double occupancy hotel accommodations are included. If you want to be assured of single occupancy, there are a limited number available with a $750 additional fee.

Photo Equipment

You’ll want to have a moderate wide to moderate telephoto zoom. Depending on your personal preference, you might prefer an additional wide and/or telephoto lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. I’m a tripod shooter, but we will be in lots of markets, temples and areas where a tripod may not be appropriate, but you will want to have a tripod for landscape, sunrise/sunset and night shoots. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos or another way to backup your cards. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you solve any problems.

Payment

The full fee is required 120 days prior to the workshop.

Deposits and Cancellations

A $1,500 deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in our workshop. Full payment must be received 120 days prior to the workshop.

Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:

120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop or deposit refund.

119 to 60 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

59 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but one of us would have to be on our deathbed before we’d cancel. But if one of us is on our deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, we will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. We require you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but it would take a major catastrophe before we did cancel.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form, a detailed listing of our hotels with contact information, details about some of the locations we will be visiting and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.

Questions?

Email Eric at eric@ericwessman.com or call 914-738-0326.

Eric Wessman

Eric has traveled extensively, including 44 states and approximately 50 countries. Africa and Asia are his primary areas of interest. Over the years he has made 6 extended expeditions to Africa totaling almost 18 months on the continent. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School. His work is represented by three stock photography agencies.

Eric is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom. He is a member of ASMP, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester PPA. Visit www.ericwessman.com to learn more.

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