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Erez Marom Photography

‘RING OF FIRE’ - INDONESIA PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: €8790 pp (or $US equivalent, price valid until May 31st, 2022) / Deposit: €3990 pp

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1st - 12th May 2023

Deep within the Ring of Fire lies a country like no other. Boasting thousands of islands, vast territory, hundreds of volcanoes, booming wildlife and a beautiful culture, Indonesia might be the most incredibly diverse country on Earth. It's almost like it was custom made for the travelling photographer. On this 12-day photographic journey, we will taste several of the cherries on top of this photographic cake, and travel to the very best, most interesting and most photogenic locations it has to offer. We will visit the 3 most beautiful volcanoes in 2 different islands. We will also have our go at Indonesia's abundant and divese wildlife, shooting the majestic (and funny!) orangutans, proboscis monkeys and the mighty Komodo Dragon.

Join professional, award-winning nature photographer Erez Marom on a trip of a lifetime to explore and enjoy one of the most unbelievable places on Earth. For those of you who want more, there is also an 10-day annex to the wilder, less-visited parts of the archipelago.

Main Features

  • 12 days in 5 of Indonesia's most stunning and diverse locations.
  • 3 beautiful volcanoes: Bromo, Kawah Ijen and Kelimutu.
  • Amazing wildlife: orangutans and proboscis monkeys in Tanjung Puting National Park, Komodo Dragons in Komodo National Park
  • Small group size (max 8) guarantees unparalleled personal attention
  • Private transfers in luxurious vehicles, fully included 5 domestic flights to ensure quick arrivals to our locations and maximum devotion to shooting
  • 3-day private sail to Komodo National Park aboard the magnificent Maipa Deapati 
  • Professional photo guidance by an experienced, award-winning landscape photographer and by a local professional photo guide
  • Seamless transition to the next part of the indonesia trip: The Wild Isles Annex

 

Day 1 Meeting in Jakarta, Journey to Borneo

We will assemble at noon, at a meeting point in Jakarta Airport. We will have a meet-and-greet and immediately take a flight to Iskandar Airport, a small airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo Island), and from there drive to our first destination: Tanjung Puting National Park. We will setlle in a beautiful eco-lodge and discuss the days ahead over a wonderful Malay dinner.

Days 2-4 Tanjung Puting National Park

The next 3 days will be devoted to shooting wildlife. We will devote most of our attention to one of the most beautiful and interesting primates on Earth: the orangutan. After breakfasts at the lodge, we will take a boat ride to orangutan spotting sites and spend the day shooting these magnificaet creatures. Orangutans are natural born comedians, and they seem to also be natural models.

 

 

Tanjung Puting is also home to other beautiful and interesting species, such as the proboscis monkey. The males of the species boast a huge proboscis, and the females love it!

 

Days 5-7 Journey to Java Island, Bromo and Kawah Ijen Volcanoes

After breakfast on day 5, we will leave Kalimantan and fly to Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, and take long drive to our hotel next to Bromo Volcano. We will eat and go to sleep early, since the day after we have to rise at 3 a.m. to catch sunrise in Bromo. 

Mount Bromo is an active volcano, part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. At 2,329 meters (7,641 feet) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but it is by far the most famous. Our vantage point will include, other than Bromo, Mount Batok (closest to the viewer) and Mount Semeru (also an active volcano, at the back of the image). The complex is incredibly beautiful and it's often foggy, which elevates the photographic appeal. Bromo can be shot from the viewpoint of Mount Penanjakan, but can also be shot by drone. Drone aerials are especially good when the volcano is erupting, 

 

After finishing our sunrise shoot, we will hop on our vehicles once again and drive for several hours, all the way to the very east of Java Island. We will have an early dinner and a rest, since that night a new challenge awaits: climbing Kawah Ijen volcano.

Part of a larger group of composite volcanoes located in the far east of the island of Java, it is one of the main attractions of the island and draws much tourism. Ijen is extremely photogenic and tells several stories worth exploring. It's also the site of intensive sulfur mining, wherein miners extract elemental sulfur solidified from gases bursting out of an active vent in the crater. The miners then carry the sulfur by hand in baskets that can weigh up to 90kg (about 200lb), up to the crater rim and 3km / 1.9mi down the mountain up to a weighing station, where they get paid for the load.

Ijen is well known for the colors of the ignited sulfuric gasses in the mined vent, and also for the turquoise color of its crater lake - the largest highly acidic crater lake in the world.

While not very difficult, hiking Ijen is quite physical. To get to the crater in time and maximize your photography, we need to start the journey at about midnight. This gives us time to drive to the entrance, locate porters, drink a hot cup of coffee and be ready for the opening of the gate at 1am. the hike up take between 1.5 and 2 hours, depends on your level of fitness, and once we are on top, we'll do our best to get down to the crater as soon as possible. That's because the sulfulric gas vents will be our first photo subject in Ijen. 

Miners can carry up to 90kg of sulfur on their backs from the bottom of the crater to the payment station
sulfuric gasses burn in purple fire, what a sight!

 

After shooting the purple fire, we will hike back to the top of the crater and take some shots of the crater lake and the surrounding volcanoes. I highly recommend using a drone for this shoot.

An aerial look into the crater lake. Note the yellow sulfur deposits
Five volcanoes in the Ijen complex: The Bottom of the frame is filled with Ijen crater. To its left, the lush, green Gunung Ranti. then farther away, from left to right: Pendil, Raung and Suket. The shadow from the bottom-left to the mid-right is cast by Gunung Merapi, just behind me.

 

After finishing the Ijen shoot, we'll head down for a short rest at the hotel, and drive all the way to Bali. We will then settle in an airport hotel and have a hearty meal, follow by some well-deserved rest. 

Days 8-9 Flores Island

We will hop on a plane and fly to the 3rd island on the trip: Flores. After landing in Ende airport, we will drive to the small town of Moni, at the foot of our next photo subject: Kelimutu Volcano.

Kelimutu boasts no less than 3 crater lakes, and the amazing thing is that they are all in different colors. The colors change over the year depepnding on the mineral ejections of the volcano, and always present wonderful photographic opportunities, from the ground and especially from the air.

 

We will shoot Kelimutu at sunset and then at sunrise the next day. The rest of the day will be spent in a traditional village in the area, or just resting and doing image critique. Kelimutu shots kindly provided by TheWorldTravelGuy.

Days 10-12 Komodo National Park

We will depart early in the morning to fly to the other side of the Island: Komodo Airport, which despite its name is still on Flores. From there, we will board a boat which will take us on a 3-day sail to Komodo National Park and its surrounding islands.

Our vessel of choice would be the KLM Maipa Deapati, a Phinisi Buginese Schooner with a maximum capacity of 16 guests (while we are only 9 max). The boat offers all the comforts we need for this sail: all rooms are equipped with A/C, private bathrooms and everything else to guarantee a wonderful experience.

Our main interest in Komodo will, naturally, be the Komodo Dragon - the largest lizard on Earth, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (10 ft), and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 lb). As a result of their size, Komodo dragons are apex predators, and dominate the ecosystems in which they live. Komodo dragons hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals. They are most active in the day, although the species exhibits some nocturnal activity. Komodo dragons are solitary, coming together only to breed and eat. They are capable of running rapidly in brief sprints up to 20 km/h (12 mph), diving up to 4.5 m (15 ft), and climbing trees proficiently when young through use of their strong claws.

 

Other than dragons, we'll spend some time and effort shooting the iconic landscapes of the archipelago and its beautiful seascapes.

 

 

Day 12 Back to Bali, Departure/Continuation

After concluding our sail in Labuan Bajo, we will drive back to Komodo Airport, where we will take a short flight to Bali. At this stage, participants who continue to the Wild Isles Annex will take another flight to Manado, and we will say goodbye to the rest who can take their flights home from Bali.

Total Price: €8790 per person (shared accommodations) for participants registering by May 31st, 2022;
€8890 for participants registering between June 1st and November 30th, 2022;
€8990 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a €250 discount* each!

Single room supplement: €750 (single room might not be available on the Komodo sail).

Deposit: €3990

Maximum Number of Participants: 8 photographers (non-photographers are welcome at a reduced price, contact me for details)

Physical Difficulty: Intermediate. We will be hiking in some of the locations, but the hikes are fairly easy if you're moderately fit. Weather conditions in most locations are relatively hot and humid, but we will be shooting in the cooler morning and afternoon. To reach Kawah Ijen crater you will need to climb about 1.5-2 hours (but porters are available to carry your gear). During our shooting in Kawah Ijen you will be required to wear protective goggles and a gas mask, which might be slightly uncomfortable. Rain is possible but usually doesn't last long.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

Workshop Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in deluxe rooms where possible. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the workshop.
  • Travels in private, comfortable vehicles offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear.
  • 5 domestic flights to reach our destinations quickly and comfortably.
  • Porters in Kawah Ijen
  • 3-day boat sail to Komodo National Park.
  • Professional photography guidance by a professional nature photographer, accompanied by a local expert
  • Critique sessions and post-processing assistance when and where possible.
  • Entrance fees, road tolls and taxes on all services listed above.

Workshop Price Does Not Include

  • Airfare to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) and from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-meal-time snacks or soft drinks.
  • Single room supplement (€750).
  • Gratuities to the local staff

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A stable tripod. 
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 16-35mm on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24mm on a crop sensor camera.
  • A mid-range zoom lens such as a 24-70mm.
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-300 or 100-400 (the longer the better - a 150-600 will be great!) for wildlife shooting. A stabilized lens is recommended.
  • Highly recommended: a camera drone (contact me for help).


Clothing

  • Clothing for the different climate zones we will encounter: light, breatheable shirts, convertible pants, light warm jacket
  • Comfortable hiking socks. I recommend bringing at least 3-4 pairs.
  • A wide hat and a beany
  • Good hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Light rain gear.


Other

  • Gas mask and goggles for Kawah Ijen (contact me for help)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlight
  • Rain cover for your photo bag
  • Pills against sea sickness if you're prone to it

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of €3990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 75% refund (not including deposit) will be given up to 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.

Disclaimer

Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. In case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return. 

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

Erez Marom

Erez Marom

Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.

In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.

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