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ANDREAS H. BITESNICH

TRAVEL & PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE

GROUP 8-16

31 OCT - 8 NOV 2020

EXPLORE INDIA

India is one of the most lively and breathtaking places on earth. Get swept off your feet by stunning landscapes, unique scenery and the diversity of life. Being an exceptionally colorful civilization, India is an intoxicating place to experiment with color, light and motion. Experience the authentic India and capture unforgettable moments with your camera. You’ll have unique photo opportunities at the Taj Mahal, Jodhpur, ‘The Blue City’ and magical ceremonies along the banks of Ganges.

Join Better Moments and Andreas H. Bitesnich to experience the authentic India and capture incredible images.

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

EXPAND WITH PASSION

ON LOCATION 

  • Instruction and training in the best photography techniques, including personal hints and advice.
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, background and middle ground.
  • How to work in different lighting conditions.
  • How to approach local people in a natural way.
  • Portrait photography techniques: depth of field, composition, selecting the best possible available light.
  • Night/early morning street photography.
  • The secrets behind travel and street photography.
  • Private hands-on lessons that will help you take your photography skills to the next level.

IN CLASSROOM 

  • Expert review and constructive critique/feedback of the images taken during the day.
  • Visual storytelling: Learn from Andreas H. Bitesnich – the author of multiple photography books
  • Workflow in Photoshop and/ or Lightroom.

EXPERT ANDREAS H. BITESNICH

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Since 1989, Andreas H. Bitesnich has devoted himself exclusively to photography and has been represented in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions worldwide in renowned galleries and museums such as the Museum for Decorative Arts and Crafts in Hamburg or the Kunsthaus Wien. Moreover, his works have been published in numerous illustrated books.

Bitesnich captures moments of indescribable beauty. In his successful artistic work, he uses his unmistakeable textures to create his famous nude photographs, numerous national and international advertising campaigns as well as portraits of famous contemporary figures such as Anthony Quinn, Jane Goodall, Bob Geldorf or Reinhold Messner. 


With his travel reports, the fine art photographer depicts movingly beautiful landscape settings and once again proves how versatile his photographic oeuvre is. Through this photographic journey through India, Andreas H. Bitesnich created fascinating images, revealing many facets of this intricate, densely populated country. His photographs show Indian culture, faith, heritage, landmarks, cities, and wildlife, as well as its everyday life and ancient monuments.

ITINERARY

We recommend to arrive one day early to get over your jetlag and adjusted to the local climate.

If you wish, Better Moments can help you to book a hotel room.

If you arrive one day early, you can use the day to explore New Delhi with your camera. Although the city itself may not be India’s most beautiful, its narrow alleyways, bustling markets, colors, and people are a street photographer’s delight.

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.

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 three kilometres of massive ramparts built around the edges. At 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.

Today 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 photos of the day, as well as giving a presentation on photo composition.

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 to the fort and take photos on our way. 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.

We will travel through the beautiful landscape and visit the abandoned sandstone fort Fatehpur. 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 prioritize in this context.

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.

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 the shore as well as photograph the many pyres blazing in the night.

At dawn we will travel along the river in our own boats, where many locals bathe 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 a farewell dinner.

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight and assistance with the boarding formalities.

TRAVEL FACTS

Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop. 

31 Oct – 8 Nov 2020

9 Days

Number of guests: 8-16

Local transport: Private bus included

Exertion level: Easy

Accommodation: Hotels are included

Meals: All meals are included

Transport to/from workshop
destination: Not included

Visa and taxes: Not included

Alcoholic beverages: Not included

Travel insurance: Not included

PRICE 

Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop. 

€ 4,495 in shared double room

€ 5,690 in single room

All prices are per person. 

Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.

Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.                              

GETTING THERE

Indira Gandhi International Airport, situated  16km to the southwest of Delhi, is the main gateway for the city’s domestic and international civilian air traffic.


VISA

Visitors to India must obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival, or an e-Visa online. An application for e-Visa must be made at least four calendar days in advance of the date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. The visa is valid for 60 calendar days from the date of arrival.


WEATHER

November is characterized by alot of sunshine as well as little rain and low humidity. The weather is pleasant and there is warm, brilliant sunshine during the day. Average temperature in November 28 °C, with a high of 30 °C (day) and a low of 26 °C (night).


CURRENCY

Indian rupee (INR)


LANGUAGE

India has no national language. Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official language of the government. English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language”; it is important in education, especially as a medium of higher education.


HEALTH

Check with your doctor which vaccinations or medications are recommended for this destination. Remember to plan well ahead with vaccinations. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course, as some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.


QUICK GUIDE

India can be a challenging destination, especially for first-time visitors, due to poverty being omnipresent and bureaucracy quite irritating. A ‘go with the flow’ attitude is advisable if you want to enjoy the Indian ride. With India boasting dramatic terrain, beautiful wildlife, a wide array of flavorful dishes, and even more sacred rituals and festivities, be assured you won’t get bored.

Basis of rates: 
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Payments:
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.

Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit).  Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.

Travel insurance:
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.

Itinerary Changes:
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

Health requirements:
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.

Special requests:
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.

Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.

Responsibility:
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. 

Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.

Other:
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.

The list is for inspiration, since you know better than anyone
what equipment you prefer.
 
  • Bring you own laptop computer.
  • Storage medium.
  • Camera bodie(s).
  • Lenses, If you are working with a 24x36mm camera system, lenses from 12mm to approx. 55mm are a good choice as well as a ‘long lens’ such as a 180mm. If you are working with a medium format camera, lenses from 28mm to approx. 80mm, and a ‘long lens’ such as a 300 mm, are advisable.
  • Bag for all camera gear.
  • Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories.
  • Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses.
  • Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses.
  • Charger for batteries.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Standard power converter.
  • Raw processing software.
  • Memory cards and card wallets.
  • Memory card reader.
  • USB key to exchange images.
  • Tripod.
  • Lens extenders.
  • Camera straps for ease of changing from one camera to another.
  • Graduated filter set.
  • Filter holder.
  • High quality polarizing filter.
  • Lens belt.

PASSIONATE TESTIMONIAL

“We have been on a trip of about ten days through India, the North part of India, and it’s been a fantastic experience. We have seen everything and everything. You start up in the North, and we drove, we had a flight, and we have seen so many things. To be honest, very impressive things. The Taj Mahal is something you need to put on your bucket list, but we have also seen very sad and dirty things. 

Everybody has something to offer to the group, so we learn from eachother, we share things, we have workshops in the evenings where we talk about what went well, what went wrong… and we see a lot of different styles, a lot of different techniques. And that is the good thing about this trip, it is really all about photography…. Photography of the brilliant, incredible India!”.

Peter Dorr, The Netherlands. He has participated in the Ethiopia, the Silk Road, and the India workshops with Better Moments.