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Portland, OR, United States, 2014/12/10 - National Geographic contributor David Lazar will lead a new photo tour exclusive in Bali & Java, May 1-14, 2015. Mr. Lazar's acclaimed Myanmar photo tours continue on schedule, kicking off in late February and early December of next year.
David Lazar's Luminous Bali photo tour, which includes 3 neighboring islands, focuses on the hidden areas of the island, well off the normal tourist routes and into the heart of the people and culture who inhabit the dramatic tropical landscape. Indonesia's famed photo artist Rarindra Prakarsa will be working side by side with David, bringing his unique vision and unveiling his photographic 'secrets' to all participants.
Mr. Lazar, a Smithsonian award winner for travel photography, also leads Myanmar's Golden Hour: The Lost City Edition, which runs from February 26 to March 11, 2015. Burma's most popular photographer, A.P. Soe, himself a National Geographic contributor and Hasselblad Masters winner, joins David on this tour.
To add a valuable workshop aspect to both Bali and Myanmar, David Lazar, Rarindra Prakarsa and A.P. Soe offer expert instruction in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as ongoing image review and in-the-field tips and advice. The overall goal is to produce professional quality images on a consistent basis, while memorable adventures in some of the most photogenic places on earth.
When asked what sets Luminous Journeys photo tours apart, GM Bennett Stevens said,"Great leaders, logistics & accommodation at great prices. From the outset we wanted to conduct next level photo tours that didn't require taking out a second mortgage! This we have done with fine success, coming in at an average of $250 per day less than the competition, without cutting corners.
"In terms of 'next level', continued Stevens,"what our photographers bring to every photo tour is more than great talent and knowledge - it's an ability to share both with a natural generosity of spirit that elevates the entire photo tour experience into something uniquely rewarding."
Whether it's Myanmar or Bali, Luminous Journeys' photo tours always go the extra mile by taking their guests off the beaten path, both within tourist zones and beyond.
In Myanmar, beyond exploring Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay, Golden Hour journeys to the remote lost city of Mrauk U, once the seat of a great fallen dynasty that spent centuries swallowed up by the jungle. More than 800 ancient and unusual temples dot the surreal Mrauk U, which is only accessible by river.
In Bali, it's all about hidden, little visited, yet spectacular locations. The itinerary is like nothing the island paradise has ever seen, packed with exciting photo opportunities and great accommodations, including 4 days at an award winning private villa. Photo ops include private Balinese dance performances, the seaweed farmers of Lembongan, incredible, little known rice terrace landscapes, Bali Aga portraits, the otherworldly scenes and sulfur miners of Java's Ijen Volcano, and even an underwater photo shoot off Menjangan island.
Reviews of Luminous Journeys photo tours tend to be glowing. "One of the great photo tours of the world", says Philip Coggan. Photo tour aficionado Benny Hanigal proclaims,"I've been on numerous photo tours all over the world, and Luminous Journeys has been the best, by far!"
The Luminous Journeys photo tour schedule for the rest of 2015 features "Festival of Festivals: Golden Triangle Edition", October 17 - 31; and "Iconic Myanmar & The Lost City", December 6 - 19.