Luminous Bali Photo Tour

Luminous Bali – Off the Beaten Path

w/ National Geographic contributor

David Lazar

plus Special Guest Balinese Photographer

Dukun Jawa

Sep 30 – Oct 11, 2018

(Sold Out, Waitlist Only)

Price: $5750 ($479 per day)

Hotels / Villa: 4 & 5 star, best in remote locations

Highlights: 4 Nights Private, Stunning 5-star Villa – Rice Terraces of Pupuan – Balinese Dancers, Private Photo Shoot – Spectacular Mt. Bromo Volcano, Java – Buffalo Race Action Shoot – Bali Aga Portraits – Mother Temple of Besakih – The Wonderful People of Bali!

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Are you ready for the best Bali photo tour ever created? No hype. Packed with rare image making opportunities, this is precisely what multi-major award winning photographer & National Geographic contributor David Lazar has personally designed for you. With the help of one of Bali’s finest lensman & great personalities in Dukun Jawa, along with our local guidemaster, you are assured of an unparalleled Bali photo tour experience.

Beyond Bali’s well worn tour bus routes, Luminous Bali is a 2-island, 12-day photographic journey into the true heart of the Island of the Gods. Bali is of course famous for its incredibly lush rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, ethereal green rice terraces and soaring volcanoes. But the island is far more than a paradise for landscape photographers only. The culture is incredibly rich, colorful, and ceremonial, and people photography and portraits will also feature prominently.

In addition, this unique Bali photo tour offers two very special events to which you will have exclusive access and freedom to photograph – wet & wild buffalo bull races near Negara, and dozens of Balinese Legong, Ramayana, Fire and Kecak dancers, both on stage in a private performance and in natural settings.

There will also be an adventure to the neighboring island of Java, where you’ll have the chance to photograph the otherworldly volcano-scape of Mt. Bromo, as well as native horsemen.

Luminous Journeys’ “prime directive” is to always put our guests’ image making first and foremost, thereby ensuring that you get the utmost out of your Bali photo tour experience. Any travel photographer, novice to pro, stands to gain a tremendous amount from working with an outstanding professional and all around great guy like David Lazar.

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David Lazar’s Luminous Bali Photo Tour

Sep 30 – Oct 11, 2018

Day 1 – Sanur – Orientation & Slideshow – Private Legong Model Shoot – Kecak & Fire Dance Performance – Beachfront Welcome Dinner – Overnight Sanur, Bali

A brief “what to expect” on your Bali photo tour and “get acquainted” session with eye-popping slideshow from David. Then it’s off to your first privately arranged photo shoot. Two lovely lady Legong dancers in full costume will be at your service both on stage and off in a rice paddy setting. Also present will be 3 costumed lady Ramayana Dancers and 20 male Kecak dancers! The big show & shoot follows, then back to the beach for your special welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Sanur – Sunrise Fishermen – Java – Mt. Bromo Volcano Landscapes- Overnight Java, Mt. Bromo

Hard to beat the picturesque action of a fishermen’s net catching the rising sun… Then breakfast @ the hotel followed by a short flight to Java, drive and trek to incredible Mt. Bromo. No worries, the trekking is easy! Afternoon/sunset landscapes of the volcanoes.

Day 3 – Mt. Bromo Sunrise – Local Village Shoot – Surabaya – Bali

I love the smell of Bromo in the morning! A Landscaper’s dream shoot to delight your senses, followed by a hearty breakfast and visit to local mountain village before heading to Surabaya and the return hop to Bali.

Day 4 – Traditional Morning Market Free Shoot – Gamelan Workshop – Tengannan Rice Terraces – Bali Aga Portrait Session – Mahagiri

This morning photograph Bali’s best (unknown to most all tourists) traditional morning market. Continue to a nearby Gamelan (Balinese percussion instrument) Workshop for some wonderful environmental portrait opportunities. This afternoon trek & shoot around the gorgeous but little visited Tengannan rice terraces, then visit a Bali Aga village (the Bali Aga are the island’s original tribe) for late afternoon portrait session, utilizing the village’s wonderful backdrops. Here David will show you exactly how he makes such consistently beautiful travel portraits.

Day 5 – Mahagiri Sunrise – Agung Volcano & Rice Terraces – Besakih Mother Temple – Free Time / Image Review – Tukad Unda Water Shoot w/ Local Kids – Overnight Munduk

Another exhilarating sunrise photographing one of the greatest rice terrace / volcano-scapes, not just on Bali, but anywhere on earth. Amazingly, it’s still little known even by Bali photographers, let alone foreign. Bring your graduated filters!

After your breakfast with a view, Bali’s “Mother Temple”, Besakih, beckons. Just 10 minutes away you’ll enjoy an hour or more free shoot around this iconic location on the slopes of Mt. Agung.

Enjoy free time at the hotel until late check-out and lunch. We’ll arrive at the Tukud Unda spillway about 3 pm, where kids after school make great subjects as they frolic in the two-tiered “waterfall”.

Day 6 – Sunrise Lake Tamblingan Temple – Afternoon/Sunset Rice Terraces of Pupuan – Overnight Pupuan (West Bali)

Lake Tamblingan and its temple is a classic Balinese scene we will likely have to ourselves until the best light is gone. Nearby villagers row small boats through the mists and are happy to be photographed. Some will be in traditional, ceremonial garb..

Breakfast again with a view, and free time to soak in our breathtaking mountain hotel location in Munduk. Past mid-afternoon we’ll arrive in Pupuan, a rice terrace area that for photography we believe surpasses that of the famous World Heritage site of Jatiluwih. Not in size, but in terms of photography. Again – off the beaten path. There are only two hotels!

Day 7 – Pupuan Rice Terrace Landscapes / Rice Farmers Shoot – Free Time – Overnight Negara (West Bali)

Since rice farmers are not often evident except at planting & harvest, we will have arranged for some to join us this morning in order to add interest and color (other than green!) to your compositions. Many rice fields are easily accessible in this area, so you are free to roam as you will.

Day 8 – Negara – Buffalo Bull Race Action Shoot – 5 Star Private Villa (north of Ubud, Central Bali)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture some incredible cultural action images. This year it’s a publicly attended race, but we will have special access to the best shooting positions. After the buffalo shoot we are off to the most beautiful Balinese villa you can imagine, complete with spa and world class chef. Be sure and schedule your complimentary 1 hour massage!

Day 9 – 5 Star Private Villa – Tirta Empul – Dukun Jawa Natural Studio – Ubud Monkey Forest

Start at the Tirta Empul royal baths to photograph Balinese in spiritual cleansing and other ceremonies around the grounds. You’ll be joined by fun loving Balinese photographer Dukun Jawa. Following Tirta Empul Dukun will lead the way to his traditional village “studio” for environmental portraits. Then walk to the nearby river where children play, and the temple + jungle + water makes for a great overall setting in which to photograph.

A shoot in the amazing monkey forest in Ubud is our one descent into a major tourist zone, but it’s worth it!

Day 10 – 5 Star Private Villa – Sunrise Balinese Martial Artists Shoot – Professional Balinese Model Shoot @ the Villa

Day 11 – 5 Star Private Villa – Local Kids Balinese Dance Performance Shoot – Farewell Pool Party & Seafood BBQ w/ Live Gamelan Music – Overnight Villa

Day 12 – Private Bali Villa – Departure Day – Late Checkout Approved – Airport Send-off

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David Lazar’s Luminous Bali

Sep 30 – Oct 11, 2018

12 Days
Single Supplement – $950
Minimum Deposit – $1500

*Minimum # of 4 participants is required to operate this photo tour. If only 4, a supplement of $485 per person will apply. Early Bird discount is on a per room basis.

Tour Leader – David Lazar
Guide Master – Pande Pande
Bookings – Team Luminous
Photo Tour Director – Benn Stevens

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Praise for David Lazar & Luminous Journeys Photo Tours

“I have to commend Luminous Journeys and David Lazar for putting together what I consider to have been the best photo tour we’ve been on…and we’ve been on quite a few around the world. From start to finish, Luminous Bali was impeccably researched, planned and executed with a rich, full and unique itinerary that left no photographic stone unturned. David was a joy to travel with; often cracking us up along the way and, a fantastic mentor from whom I feel I learned a great deal. I really appreciated how genuine and generous he was sharing his knowledge and creative talent. I think my mom has unofficially adopted him! I should also mention just how much we adore Pande. What a gem.

For future trips, the first place I’ll check for photo tours will be Luminous! Looking forward now to Vietnam in June with David.” – Lee Ann Birkenstock, USA

“David Lazar is a wonderful, charming and eloquent travel companion. With his fine humor and graciousness he offers all participants breathing room for personal development. He does this in such a way that the group dynamic develops spontaneously and helps create new friendships in an atmosphere of mutual inspiration and support.

It was always fascinating to watch how David interacted with the local people from a photography standpoint. He was very natural and relaxed in his approach, even gentle, and would smile and use a few words in their native language. You could see them relax and very quickly develop a sense of trust with him. This paid off time and time again throughout the tour, both during focused photo sessions and free shoot situations. David loves to teach and pass on his knowledge and experience to participants. He taught me a lot about how to approach a shoot. Like how to see light with more discernment, and then find the best possible compositions to take advantage of that light. This was followed up on later with image review and editing, which he was always more than happy to do.

In short, David is a first rate photographer with an ideal personality for travel work and leading photo tour workshops. This along with the perfect organization from Luminous Journeys made for a truly unforgettable and rewarding experience.” – Renate Szinyei – Switzerland

Luminous Bali was a most interesting, well run and rewarding trip.  The research that had gone into it and the attention to detail was impressive. I liked the fast pace and full days.  We were left in no doubt that this was a photography trip and had a fabulous line up of opportunities to take good shots. Both David Lazar and Rarindra Prakarsa were extremely generous with their knowledge…

All accommodation was good and the last few days in that superb villa proved to be the icing on the cake. A chance to unpack and relax a little, but with no lessening of the photographic feast!  Still the action kept rolling on….

As the primary leader, David was well organised and thoughtful and kept the entire trip ticking over perfectly.  He was an absolute pleasure to travel with and I am most interested in travelling with him and your company in the future.”  – Beth James, Australia

“David Lazar and Rarindra Prakarsa are amazing photographers and truly great guys. I learned a lot from them. I liked everything about this Bali photo tour – the photo sessions, people, food, culture, even the weather was perfect. I had really high expectations going in, and Luminous Journeys came through beautifully.

And what say about Pande? Maybe just that he was the best local guide I had in all my trips in Asia, which is saying quite a lot! Anyway, I’m really in love with Bali and the Balinese people. Thank you Luminous Journeys for everything, and I hope to do another photo trip with you in the future… – Paul D’, Switzerland

“I remember when I signed up for my first photo tour with Luminous Journeys in Myanmar.  Benn [LJ’s photo tour director, Bennett Stevens] told me that this trip will take my portfolio to the next level. Not only was he right about that; but images from that trip have also won me several awards in the last two years.

The photo tour in Bali was Utopia – the place, the people, the team and arrangements. The Luminous Journeys team did an excellent job with tour design and logistics… David Lazar & local Balinese guide, Pande, were extraordinary. I have already signed up on my next trip with LJ and David in Vietnam.” – Sesh Seraday, USA

“Luminous Bali took us well away from the touristy south of the island, up into the mountains and the traditional heart of Bali, where life is lived much as it has been for centuries. Subjects were everywhere, from green and graceful rice fields to colourful ceremonies, volcanoes and a rampaging buffalo race.

The Balinese were pleasant and welcoming and not camera shy at all. There were lots of portraits, lots of sunrise silhouettes, lots of people at work and many stops at the ubiquitous “warung-warung” (cafes) for refreshment. Then sleep and dine at the best hotels. Expect long, active days. Expect good pictures. Bali, away from the metropolis, really is beautiful. The villa was a stroke of genius, and top marks to David, Rarindra & Pande. Thanks for a memorable experience, Luminous Journeys!” – Dick Beilby, Australia

“My photo tour with Luminous Journeys and David Lazar was an amazing experience. Everything was organized perfectly so we could concentrate on photography. Besides being a great photographer David is also a really nice person and always willing to help. It’s really inspiring to see him work. I came back with the best photos I’ve ever taken” – Jani Uljas, Finland

“My Bali photo adventure with David Lazar and our wonderful local guide, Pande, was a truly remarkable journey. David was extremely helpful with his knowledge and always made sure everyone was satisfied with every shoot – people and portraits, dancers, landscapes, Tengger horses and even monkeys! Our group consisted of such friendly and interesting personalities that there was never a dull moment. It was a most rewarding experience, and I have the pictures to prove it!”
Sabrina Binkert, Switzerland

“I had never been on a photo tour and was very reluctant to come along, believe it or not! I can tell you I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a great experience with David Lazar and the team. We went to some amazing places thanks to LJ’s great planning. Excellent opportunities to photograph and awesome locations, with effective leadership made this trip a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t do it any other way…” – Swamy Kumar, India