Dave and Nyoman will be hosting a fun filled three-day photography workshop leading up to Nyepi, the day of silence. Participants can join for one, two or all three days, just take your pick.
The workshop is designed to challenge you as a photographer, teach you new skills and techniques under the watchful guidance of Nyoman and Dave, capture some amazing images and give you a great insight into Balinese culture at a very special time of the year.
Nyepi (the day of silence) is the most Important day on the Balinese calendar and a wonderful and unique opportunity to photograph the spectacular colour and spirit of the days before Nyepi.This is a workshop not to be missed!!
Nyepi day is preceded by ceremonies such as Melasti a purification ceremony. You will get to witness Balinese Hindus carrying temple offerings and other sacred symbols to beaches or springs where the purification rituals are held. This is a time of celebration and the Island is alive with dance and music.
One day prior to Nyepi is Pengrupukan when monster replicas or Ogah Ogah’s are paraded through the streets on the shoulders of village youths who have spent weeks preparing the colorful displays. This is a feast for those with a photographer’s eye.
However this is not all you will see! You will be taken to some very special non touristy places to photograph many aspects of Bali including stunning views over rice fields and Volcano’s, Sunrise over Mount Agung and ancient temples in the most historic areas of Bali, Kusumba a fascinating fishing village and a opportunity to photograph the salt makers of the area and colorful fishing boats.
Also rural Balinese life as we will wander into traditional villages in search of portrait photography and an experience of the way the Balinese live and have done for thousands of years.
The cost per person for the full day is $ 200 USD which includes lunch, transport and the services of Dave and Nyoman. If you bring a full paying photographer with you, you get a 30% discount.
If you join all three days we also offer special rates.
Please enquire with Taksu Photo Gallery.
For those coming with a photographer but not interested in the photography aspect but interested in seeing the parades and experiencing this incredible event the charge is $ 120.
To confirm your place, please pay in full here.
If paying by credit card, please add 3 %
Day-to-Day Itinerary for Nyepi Photo Tour March 14, 15,16 2018
Day One March 14
Pick up at your hotel (in the Ubud area) around 6 am then we head to Kusamba to visit the salt farmers and some great people photography.
We will then photograph the special ceremony of Melasti on the beach for the rest of the morning. This generally happens only around Nyepi and is a very photogenic sight, as thousands of worshippers pay their respects to the spirits of the ocean and is accompanied by dancing and colorful processions on the beach literally in the waves at times.
The memory cards will fill up in no time so make sure you bring plenty!
Late morning we head back to Ubud stopping for lunch in the rice fields on the way, and an opportunity to review the photos from the morning.
Day Two March 15
An early start around 5 am as we head to the rice fields for some spectacular landscape photography with Mount Agung the highest Volcano in Bali one of the subjects as the sun hits this huge mountain the colors change throughout the morning. We will also arrange a special traditional Balinese dance and a great opportunity to photograph the dancers in traditional clothing with the Volcano’s as a backdrop.
We will then head to ancient village of Pejeng to photograph the huge OgohOgoh’s as they are getting lined up to be carried through the streets.
We will meet the makers of these weird creatures and they will explain the creativity and history behind what they are doing.
Then we head to Nyomans for a delicious home cooked meal in a very typical Balinese home, to finish off a wonderful day around 1 pm
Day Three March 16
A later start around 12 noon, and we will head out of Ubud in the direction of Karangesem regency and the real original Balinese culture.
After lunch on the beach we will stop at a water palace for some architectural photography and then to photograph more Ogah Ogah’s in the later afternoon, followed by one of the highlights, fire fighting as rival clans fight each other with fire sticks as they have done for thousands of years in this particular village.
You will be able to get some dramatic images and we will give you tips on how to make the most of your camera in these circumstances.
We will head back to Ubud around 8 pm in plenty of time for the silent day, which begins at 6 am the following morning.
A great opportunity to rest in your hotel all dayand edit the many thousands of photos from the past three days!
If you have any questions please call Taksu Photo Gallery on 0361 972500
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David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change.
David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.
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