HIGHLIGHTS

Take the opportunity to accompany Sudhir Shivaram – India’s most well known wildlife photographer on an unforgettable photo tour to Masai Mara to photograph one of the 7 wonders of the world – The Great Migration. If you want to experience some truly unique wildlife and nature, then this is the perfect photo tour for you.

Why do this photography learning tour with SSP?
– Accommodation in upscale resorts with top-of-the-line facilities.
– Flying directly to Masai Mara from Nairobi saves on-road time so you can spend more time in the parks.
– Expert drivers and guides/naturalists trained to position the vehicles to help photographers achieve the right angles.
– On-field guidance from Sudhir during the safaris to help you get the best images.
– On-field review of images and feedback to nurture in-depth learning.
– Planned during the ideal season to maximise photography opportunities.

Who should attend this tour?
– Quite simply, this tour is for anyone who wants to be an awesome wildlife photographer.
– You can be a rank beginner or have some experience wielding the camera, either way, SSP’s photography learning tour is bound to enhance your skill and knowledge.
– This is the ideal tour if you are looking to capture some great action shots of the migration and any hunt sequences.

What can you expect from this tour?
– Practical on-field learning from Sudhir.
– Understand the various challenges of wildlife photography and learn how to arrive at the correct camera setting for any given situation.
– Pre-visualising your images in the field and how to arrive at the camera setting for that.
– Discussions back in the camp as well to ensure all doubts are cleared for your next safari.
– At the end of this tour, gain enough practice and confidence to put your camera to optimal use – with respect to basic and certain advanced camera settings.
– Move away from taking images to making images.
– Develop an eye for what makes for an award-winning image.

Beyond Learning
Nothing gets in the way of our photography learning/teaching. Until it’s time for lunch, that is. And dinner. And breakfast. During which time, nothing comes between us and the food. As for the fun part, when we do what we love, fun happens. Just as polite hellos turn to boisterous fist bumps; quiet handshakes turn to backslapping bear hugs; acquaintances become friends for life.

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

The trip is ex-Nairobi.

Ideal
Flight Timings

Please book any flight which arrives at JKIA Nairobi before 10:30am on day 1 of the workshop. For return flight, book any flight which departs Nairobi after 8:00pm on last day of workshop.

Last Mile

Our own chartered flight from Nairobi - Masai Mara - Nairobi

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

2 camera bodies. 1 full frame and the other crop sensor is recommended. For wide angle shots, you will need a 16-35mm and 70-200mm range lens. Then you an have the 100-400 or the 200-500/150-600 zoom lens and finally you can get the 500/600/800mm biggies. You will need every single lens in Masai Mara as the opportunities are huge.

Duration/Stay

5 nights/6 days @Mara Intrepids

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: By 2pm (day 1 of workshop). Check-out: 10.00 am (last day of workshop)

Safari

All-day safaris in open vehicles

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 25°C and Min temp: 12°C. Do get warm clothes for early morning and late evening.

Key Species

The key species we will photograph are Lion, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Hippo, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephants and hopefully the elusive Leopard. The river crossing will be the main attraction to shoot.

Things to Carry

The recommended Camera gear, Binoculars, Hat, Sunglasses, Essential medicines.

The Great Migration is an event not to be missed. Be part of this Wildlife Photography Worksop designed for photographers to capture all the action in an exclusive way. Every single aspect planned to make the best out of the trip.

Important aspects of the entire workshop

Travel by private charter flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara and back to Nairobi.

– No wasting precious time spending the whole day on the road to the Mara.
– On your arrival to Nairobi, you will be transferred to Wilson airport where your private charter flight will be waiting and you will fly directly to the Mara.
– You will be allowed to carry the camera bag by flight, and all other luggage will be got to the camp by road.

Accommodation:
Mara Intrepids

Overlooking the Talek River, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness.

The luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of a exciting day of game drives.

The All-Important Safari Vehicle

Perhaps nothing is as important to the wildlife photographer as his vehicle. Here is a sample photo of the type of vehicle we will be using on this safari:

– Fully open-sided vehicles which will give you fantastic angles and make for a comfortable shooting environment. This assumes significance when you are spending long hours in a vehicle.
– The top opens up and you can stand and shoot.
– Although these are large enough to comfortably accommodate 9 people, on this safari there will be only 3 or 4 people per vehicle based on batch size of 12-14. More space for you. More room for your equipment as well.
– WiFi hotspot in all vehicles.

Meals
– Snacks (juice, fruit and sandwiches) on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport
– Vegetarian and Non- Vegetarian meals
– Indian food will be served, courtesy a trained chef – vegetarian and non-vegetarian selection.
– Hot lunch delivered to you in the field, in case you are doing full-day safari.
– Lunch on last day, since you are departing in the afternoon.

Price
INR Rs 2,80,450 per person (Double Occupancy) with Sudhir Shivaram as your tour leader and mentor.

Sat 28 Sept, 2019

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our representative will greet you, assist with immigration clearance and transfer you to Wilson airport where you will board the chartered flight to Mara for a prompt check-in at the Interpids. After a lovely lunch, you will depart for an afternoon game drive to see the game of Savannah. Dinner and overnight at Mara Interpids.

Sun 29 Sept to Wed 02 Oct, 2019

A total of 5 nights at the Mara Interpids and aiming for full day safaris. The focus of these full days will be to capture river crossings and other action sequences. The variety and density of wildlife in the Mara never disappoints, and especially not in peak season. Sudhir will interact with the group during the workshop so that you can benefit to the fullest from his expert tutelage.

Thu 03 Oct, 2019

We do the morning game drive and return to the camp for a late lunch. We relax for sometime and later will be driven to the airstrip for our flight back to Wilson airport and then a drop to to JKIA, Nairobi airport, from where you will catch your international flight home. The charter flight will be timed in accordance with the international flight departure timelines. Once again, this is door-to-door service, with no wasted time at all.

Before the Workshop

We will ask you for:
– some basic information about your equipment
– your photos/portfolio
– your expectations from the workshop

Based on this, Sudhir will chart out best practices for your set of equipment. He will review the images and judge the areas that need working on.

Communicating your expectations beforehand will ensure that Sudhir addresses them during individual interactions with you.

During the Workshop

– Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and give deeper insights on their behavioural aspects.
– He will introduce the advanced custom function settings of your camera. A firm understanding of these settings will be your first step toward shooting like a pro.
– In the park, he will continually guide you based on the field conditions and subjects.
– Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings as Sudhir interacts with you with focused inputs to reinforce the day’s learning.
– You will have assignments to complete, giving you ample scope to assimilate and apply all that you have learnt.

*For a detailed list of the topics covered, please scroll down.

After the Workshop

Your pursuit of photography knowledge doesn’t end with the workshop. The SSP Community is your gateway to continued learning and interaction, apart from being the ideal platform to showcase your best images. In addition to image review and critique by Sudhir and his team, you also gain the perfect peer group interaction to grow as a photographer. Theme-based assignments, healthy discussions, candid feedback, equipment reviews and resale are the other great perks of being part of this community.

*The below topics will be covered and the participants will learn how to apply these concepts in wildlife photography.

– Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus)
– Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops and the light meter)
– Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering)
– Depth of field (shallow, deep, hyper focal distance)
– Motion (freezing, blurring and panning)
– Picture styles / picture control (colour, black and white, sepia etc…)
– Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, Manual exposure and other program modes
– In-depth coverage of Spot Metering, Evaluative / Matrix Metering, Partial Metering and Centre-Weighted Average
– Understanding exposure – the 18% concept
– White balance (pre-set and custom)
– Different kind of outdoor lighting and how to study / make use of it.
– Composition (framing)
– Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
– Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
– Pre-visualization
– Completing the story

USD $3950 (plus 5% GST) on Double Occupancy

For INR calculation we have considered 1USD = INR 71 (conversion rate as of 15th Jan, 2019). The final pricing will be calculated based on the exchange rates at the time of final payment to vendors.

INCLUSIONS

– Arrival – meet and greet at JKIA
– Transfer to Wilson airport
– Drop-off and goodbye at JKIA

Accommodation

– Twin beds/Double beds
– Hot water for bathing
– Hot tea and coffee in the morning
– WiFi in camp
– Charging facilities in the tents
– All park fees

 

Meals

– Snacks (juice, fruit and sandwiches) on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
– Vegetarian and Non- Vegetarian meals
– Indian food will be served courtesy a trained chef – vegetarian and non-vegetarian selection.
– Lunch on last day, since you are departing in the afternoon.

 

Activities

– Silver-level guides
– Flexibility of doing game drives as per requirement of group
– Full-day game drives to be done, if required

 

Vehicles

– 4 open vehicles
– 3 or 4 persons per vehicle depending on group size
– Vehicles with WiFi hotspots
– Beanbags

Flights
– Charter Aircraft – Wilson Airport to Mara and back.
– On this flight, you will be allowed to carry the camera bag (max. 15 kg); all other luggage will be got to the camp by road.

 

EXCLUSIONS

– International air tickets and visa fees
– International travel & medical insurance and vaccinations
– Porterage, tipping and gratuities to staff and guides
– Hot air balloon safari will be charged extra on actual
– Extra meals, visits and activities not mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS” section
– Shopping and other items of a personal nature
– Laundry
– Alcohol (House drinks, Gin, Vodka, Beer, soft drinks)
– Anything else not mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”

Accommodation:
Mara Intrepids

Overlooking the Talek River, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness..

The luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of a exciting day of game drives.

Payment Terms:
30% of cost to book your seat.
75% of total tour cost by 20th June 2019
100% of total tour cost by 10th August 2019

 

Cancellation Fee (Applicable on total tour cost):
15% deducted if cancelled before 30 May 2019
50% deducted if cancelled between 31 May and 20 June 2019
75% deducted if cancelled between 21 June and 15 Aug 2019
100% deducted if cancelled after 15 Aug 2019

 

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

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