"Compose, frame and be humble. This moment will never happen again."

CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

EXPLORE

India is one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Get swept of your feet by stunning landscapes, unique sceneries and the diversity of life. Experience the authentic India and capture unforgettable moments with your camera. Amazing photo opportunities at the Taj Mahal, Jodpur, ‘The Blue City’ or along the banks of Ganges.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Taj Mahal bathed in the gentle, rose-coloured morning light
  • Explore the historical city Jodhpur, also known as “The Blue City”
  • Take photograph of the numerous magical ceremonies taking place on the banks of Ganges
  • Visit Mehrangarh, which is the largest fort in all of Rajasthan
  • Jaswant Thada, a Royal marble cenotaph
  • Photograph and travel through the scenic semi-desert around Jaipur
  • Shoot amazing photos around the massive fort-palace complex Amber Fort
  • Extensive workshops lead by Better Moments expert Christian Nørgaard

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will learn how to approach the unique photo challenges you may encounter during our India workshop.

ON LOCATION

  • Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advises
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture
  • How to handle equipment with care on location
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level
  • How to approach local people in natural way
  • The secret behind the travel and reportage photography

IN CLASSROOM

  • Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room
  • How to create a concept for a exhibition and how to approach magazines for freelance jobs
  • Portfolio Review
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.

 


ITINERARY

Departure Denmark

Day 1:  “THE BLUE CITY“ JODHPUR

We will meet in Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where we will depart together by plane for the ”Blue City”, Jodhpur. After arriving we will spend the rest of the day around the historical part of the city and during the warm twilight we will shoot photos across the city from one of the old houses in the centre of Jodhpur. After dinner we will meet for the first workshop – street photography. The workshop will focus on how to approach portrait motives in a natural and non-intrusive manner.

Day 2: THE LARGEST FORT IN ALL OF RAJASTHAN

We set out early to visit Mandore, which was the ancient capital of Marwar before Jodhpur was built. The lower part of the city consists of small temples, garden areas and a small river. The upper part holds the ruins of the old fort, which offers a magnificent view and unique photo opportunities. After lunch we will visit the Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the city and is the largest fort in all Rajasthan. It occupies the entire top of a 150 m hill with commanding views all around, with some three kilometres of massive ramparts built around the edges.  In the night – if we have the spirit and time – we will visit Jaswant Thada, a Royal cenotaph built in marble in a picturesque location next to a little lake.

Day 3: STUNNING LANDSCAPES

On this day we will drive through the beautiful and dramatic semi-desert around Jaipur. En route we will make occasional stops at local villages and from key scenic locations we will photograph the barren but stunning landscape. After dinner Christian Nørgaard is going to offer detailed and constructive criticism on the day’s photos, as well as give a presentation on photo composition.

Day 4: JAIPUR AND AMBER FORT

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century. We will spend most of the day around the impressive and photogenic Amber Fort. This massive fort-palace complex is built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style and dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands upon thousands of mirror tiles covering the walls and ceiling. From the town, we travel by elephant to Amber Fort – a nice way to explore and take photos on our way up to the fort. On our way back during the afternoon or evening, we will pay Jal Mahal, the Water Palace, a visit. Jal Mahal is situated beautifully in the centre of the lake Man Sagar. We will take photos of the palace, the reflections in the lake, as well as capture the impressive rose-coloured light.

Day 5: FROM MOGHULBY FATHEPUR SIKHRI TO AGRA

We will travel through the beautiful landscape and visit the abandoned sandstone fort Moghulby Fathepur. En route we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and in the evening we will arrive in Agra. To launch the evening’s workshop, we will go through the photos taken during the day. The workshop is based on the challenges of travel photography, how to shoot while travelling and what to prioritise in this context.

Day 6: TAJ MAHAL – THE CROWN PALACE

As dawn breaks, we will arrive at the Taj Mahal, which is an immense mausoleum of white marble. For our shots, we will focus on the gentle morning light, where the Taj Mahal is at its most beautiful and picturesque. Taj Mahal, which means the Crown Palace, is one the best preserved and architecturally beautiful tombs in the world and for this reason, it is important that we arrive early before it gets too crowded.
We will go by rickshaw to Agra Fort, which is another unique masterpiece. The fort was built between 1565 and 1571 and has a beautiful view of the Taj Mahal. At the fort, there are plenty of opportunities for portrait photography featuring soldiers and other locals. At the end of the day we depart on the old night train for the most holy of the world’s cities: Varanasi.

Day 7: VARANASI – THE HOLY CITY ON THE BANKS OF GANGES

We will arrive early in the morning and after breakfast at our hotel we will spend the rest of the day along the shores of Ganges, where many photo opportunities await. Here we will experience funeral pyres, bathing Hindus, oxen at the water’s edge and holy men in lotus position – a true mecca for photographers.
As twilight rolls in, we will travel by private boats along the bank and from the water we can experience the many amazing ceremonies that are taking place along ashore, as well as photograph the many pyres blazing in the night.

Day 8: MORNING BATH IN THE GANGES

At dawn we will travel along the river in our own boats, where many locals bath in the river. This is in every way a unique experience with many great photo opportunities. After a late breakfast the group will break up, in order to allow time for private projects.
Evening flight to Delhi followed by group dinner and hotel accommodation for the night.

Day 9: Delhi

After breakfast the group will break up, in order to allow time for private projects.

Transport for flight home.

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INDIA

FROM GANGES TO HEAVEN

November 5-13, 2017

9 days

Explore India’s diverse environments, experience the Taj Mahal and travel on Ganges in private boat

CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments.  For years he has photographed and travelled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other of National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events. This workshop in India is a unique opportunity for any photographer to combine adventure, travel and report photography and work with one of the best in the field.

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OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: Plane, train and boat
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape, portrait, travel and evening photography
Weather in October: Min 18°C , Max 31°C.

PRICE
€4,495 per person in shared double room.
€4,895 per person in single room.

Groups
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.

Includes:
Hotel accommodation
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Ground and air transport in India internally
Coaching, teaching, workshops, and seminars with Christian Nørgaard

Excludes:
Transport to/from Delhi
Visa and taxes to India
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

Indira Gandhi International Airport, located west of the city, is the arrival point for many visitors into Delhi. 


VISA

You can get a tourist visa (6 months), a business visa (6 months, one year or more, multiple entries) or a student visa (up to 5 years). An Indian visa is valid from the day it is issued, not the date of entry. For example, a 6-month visa issued on January 1 will expire on June 30, regardless of your date of entry. 


WEATHER

India experience three season each year:  Summer, Rainy Season (or “Monsoon”) and Winter, though in the tropical South calling the 25°C (77°F) weather “Winter” might be an exaggeration. From November until January are the winter months and April and May are the hot months, as everyone eagerly awaits the monsoon.
 


LANGUAGE

The official language of India is Hindi and English.


CURRENCY

The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.


QUICK GUIDE

  • Bodh Gaya — the place where the Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment
  • Ellora/Ajanta — spectacular rock-cut cave monasteries and temples, holy place for the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus
  • Goa — an east-west mix, beaches and syncretic culture.
  • Golden Temple — Sikh holy site located in Amritsar
  • Hampi — the awe-inspiring ruins of the empire of Vijayanagara
  • Khajuraho — famed for its erotic sculptures
  • Konark — Sun Temple, unique example of Kalingan Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Lake Palace — the Lake Palace famed for the Octopussy film in the James Bond series, located in Udaipur
  • Meenakshi Temple — a spectacular Hindu temple in Madurai
  • Emergency phone number: 100 and 112 for medical