CHINA 2011First Look

BLOG: China Workshop / Shanghai – Images by Art Wolfe

Welcome to another international travel workshop, this time friend and fellow photographer Jay Goodrich is accompanying me to China. For the next 14 days we will be traveling through some of the most industrialized parts of China as well as the most rural. We will get to experience multiple cultures and multiple disciplines of photography. Never wanting to waste any time while traveling abroad, Jay and I decided to head out into Shanghai yesterday to look for unique and interesting compositions throughout the city. Here is what we found. The key here is that by trying to push your creativity beyond the standard vision of just recording what you see, you can walk away highlighting a different perspective of the world for your viewer.

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Workshop participant:Becky Jones

In February Becky Jones traveled with Art to Japan. Her thoughts:

It didn’t take me long to realize I was the least experienced of the group and to somewhat, panicked! But my worries were to become non-existent as Art helped me in the field and everyone else on the trip, including Gavriel, pitched in to help me learn more about Lightroom-3 and processing my photos. In the end I learned more on this trip then I have in all the other educational classes I have taken. There is something about riding along on a bus for two hours beside a new friend that is taking the time to show you, on your laptop, how to process your photos for that nights critique. I didn’t even feel bad during the critique as Art pointed out my good points and only what he thought I might do with the photos to improve them. I went home extremely happy as I knew I was now set up to do a much better job of photographing and processing my pictures. I am also signed up for the China trip and can’t wait to try out my new photographic abilities with Art and a new group of what will soon become friends. I had a total blast!!

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Workshop participant:Alan Sund


Alan Sund traveled to Japan with Art Wolfe in February. Here are his thoughts on the experience as well as a few photos.

A wonderful experience! I’ve been a fan of Travels to the Edge for years – and this was great to finally go along with Art to see where and how so many wonderful images were taken, to experience it on a truly personal basis, to learn from the absolute best about how to improve my own wildlife, cultural, and landscape photography, and to practice each day from before dawn until after dusk. And add on top of that, each evening, Art’s excellent lectures and feedback on participants’ images. BTW… the behind the scenes planning was flawless (Art has a great crew). Best part of the trip??? I got to wear Art’s famous wool cap!!! The only way to top this would be to go on multiple tours with Art and Gavriel. Thanks guys!

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Japan WorkshopPart 4

BLOG: Whooper Swans of Japan – Images by Art Wolfe

Hokkaido- And then there are the Whooper Swans. These large birds look so beautiful as they fly or float together. We have had great weather. The warm air from the water provides a cloud of mist that adds to the mystery.

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Japan WorkshopPart 3

BLOG: Japanese Cranes of Hokkaido – Images by Art Wolfe

Lake Kussharo, Lake Akan – Home to these beautiful cranes. Grace, beauty, dancing, humor. These birds are just amazing.

As we continued to photograph, we started getting some visitors that were curious about what was going on. First an eagle, then a buzzard, then a fox and some crows.

Finally a portrait of this really great group. We are having lots of fun!

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Japan WorkshopPart 2

BLOG: Fuji 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

Here are some glimpses at what we are doing and seeing in Japan. Snow has been falling and contributing to the beauty of the landscape.
We concluded our visit to Yudanaka and the snow monkeys and began our trek to Kawaguchiko.
We arrived near Mt. Fuji with poor visibility, but awoke the next day with clear skies. This allowed beautiful blue skies by day and time-lapse shots showing star trails near evening.
Keep following.

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Japan Tour Begins

BLOG: Participants getting time with the Japanese Macaques – Images by Art Wolfe

Want to see how one of my Photo Tours begins?  Have a look.  Don’t you want to come along?

Here we are in Yudanaka, Japan photographing the Macaques in their native hot spring pools.  I love coming to this place and look forward to the rich images we will find as we explore Japan.

Stay tuned!

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India Photo Tour – Rajasthan

Blog: Rajasthan, India – Images by Art Wolfe

Rajasthan > Jodhpur > Manvar > Kichan > Thar Desert

On the last several days of our trip, we visited the region of Rajasthan and a small village near Manvar. Here is a glimpse of village life. Beautiful children and colorful homes show us the rich lives these people lead in the Thar desert.
I love the details they adorn their homes with and the roofs made from local materials.

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India Photo Tour – Batch 3

BLOG: On Location in India, January 2011 – Images by Art Wolfe

India’s diversity surprises you with great images.  We found women beautifully dressed in bright colors, yet carrying dung on their heads for cooking and heating their homes.  Ancient erotic art adorns temples.  How interesting from a culture that doesn’t allow on-screen kissing in their very large and popular movie industry. Ceremonies along the Ganges, celebrate light and life with the poorest of the poor.  City life and country life are expressive via the lives of the people and animals.  Even a savvy street dog is found suckling from a sacred cow.

Damoiselle cranes could easily fit into the pages of my book titled Migrations. It is a never ending theme of fascination, beauty and the power of nature that arroused me once again.  These beautiful graceful creatures in large numbers are an experience that I love to revisit and watch those that are witnessing this phenomenon for the first time.

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MORE FROM INDIABatch2

BLOG: Varanasi January 2011 II – Images by Art Wolfe

After a day of seriously photographing local color, which is hugely significant in Varanasi and India as a whole, we attended an aarti ceremony during which light is offered to deities.

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