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Bhutan Photo Tour 2018 Dates

May 24th, 2017

Dates are out for my Bhutan Photo Tour for 2018.  I’m still building the web page with all the details and the full itinerary, but all the planning is done the itinerary is written and the hotels are reserved.

15 days in Bhutan.

This tour will follow my tried and tested plan of 15 days in Bhutan, a small group travelling in cars (not a bus) with only two participants, a local driver and a guide per car.

2 Cultural Festivals.

I base the itinerary of the tour around the local cultural festivals, which are a major highlight of the tours.  This year the timing is finally right for me to include two festivals I have been wanting to attend for years, but I’ll tell you more about that later.

Dates for my next Bhutan Photo Tour are…  4 – 19 November 2018.

Full details and itinerary will be out soon, if you would like to be kept up to date you can email me tours@adammonk.com or you can just keep an eye on the blog.

Photo tour of Bhutan

Iceland Photo Tour 2017 Another Chance

April 24th, 2017

Another image from the Southern Highlands of Iceland with a tiny person in the landscape.  This one is very tiny, but wearing a bright red jacket, once you notice it the sheer scale of the landscape snaps into perspective.  This image translates better into a substantial sized print where the person is a little more visible, but thats a little hard to show on the internet.

Iceland Highlands photo tour

Iceland Highlands Adventure update.

My Iceland Photo tour 2017 was officially fully booked, and that’s what I was writing in this blog post.  As of last night though, I have 3 places that have become available due to cancellations.  So if you were considering coming with me to Iceland this year you were almost too late, but now you have another chance.  You can read all about the Iceland Highlands Adventure for this year right HERE>>

Greenland Sailing Photo Tour.

I still have a 4 places left for my Greenland  Sailing Photo Adventure Tour.  8 days of awesome iceberg scenery sailing around Scoresby Sound on our 100 year old classic Schooner.  Fully refurbished with all the modern conveniences of course.

Iceland Highlands with 100 Mp

April 8th, 2017

Last Year in August I spent 10 days travelling around the Southern Highlands of Iceland with my Phase One 100 Megapixel camera, the (relatively) newly released Phase One XF and the IQ3-100 back.  Along with a range of Phase One, Schneider Kreuznach and Mamiya lenses it’s a very heavy camera bag!  So is it worth carrying all that gear?  Are the results really that good?  Well, yes.

Iceland with a Phase One 100Mp

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Scoresby Sound Icebergs

March 19th, 2017

Scoresby sound in South East Greenland is the largest Fjord complex on Earth, it is also the least populated and has one of the most isolated communities on Earth….  Interesting stats, but the best bits are that it is completely unique and amazingly beautiful.  Seeing Scoresby Sound by boat during the brief far Northern hemisphere summer is definitely one of the highlights of my career so far.  To sail around surrounded by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high in fjords that are hundreds of metres deep (I spent some time time watching the depth sounder on the boat completely awed), while massive ice sculptures that dwarfed the boat floated serenely past is truly something to behold.

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Highlands of Iceland

February 8th, 2017

Just before taking off to Greenland last year I spent a couple of weeks driving around the wild Southern Highlands of Iceland exploring for this years Iceland photo tour.  I had rented a 4wd camper van, which turned out to be clapped out Landrover Defender with a timber platform screwed together in the back as a bed…  I paid more to rent this car for the two weeks than I would have paid to buy it  back here in Australia!  Still, it got me to some amazing places where you really do need 4wd, and provided shelter for the many times it rained.  If you look  carefully, you can see the car in the bottom left corner in the image below.  From this distance you can’t tell just how tired and worn out it is.  If you look even more carefully you can see the tiny shapes of two climbers on the mountain in the top right hand corner.Iceland Photo Tour

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East Greenland Icebergs

February 4th, 2017

Last year I went to Greenland’s Scoresby Sound for the first time… and it’s taken me this long to write about it.  I think I am about 18 months behind in my processing right now, which has got to be some kind of record.  I used to complain about being stuck in the gallery all the time without any time to actually get out shooting, now I have the opposite problem, I shoot so much I don’t seem to have the time to process at all!  For example, I am writing this from a hotel (a rare night in a hotel to dry out the swag) while touring around Tasmania…  More on this later.

Greenland Photo Tour

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Greenland Photo tour last minute deal

July 28th, 2016

I have just had two spots open up for my 2016 Greenland photographic sailing adventure due to last minute cancellations.  This is really last minute, as the tour actually begins from Reykjavik (Iceland) next week on 2nd of August!

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To help you decide I am offering a huge discount on these two places, instead of US$6900 per place, you can have the tour for US$4500 per place.  You can read all about the Greenland Sailing Photo Tour right here>>

If you are interested please do send me an email immediately on am@adammonk.com

Himalayan Cloud Landscape in Bhutan

May 2nd, 2016

Something a little different here, shot from a high pass in the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan during a brief pause to change a flat tyre and admire the view… I think in the opposite order though, the tyre went flat after we stopped to admire the view.  Still, it gave us more time to watch the changing light and the clouds floating past below, bumping into the trees and high ridges.

Himalayan Cloud, Bhutan Photo TourI used a 200mm tele to really isolate this small scene from the mountainous background.  The light was streaming down the valley and the cloud was strongly side lit giving it this magical luminous quality.  The mountains behind the cloud are just visible as the slanting diagonal lines in the background.

Bhutan Photo Tour 2016 almost full.

I’ve got just 4 places left on this years 15 day Bhutan Photo Tour, leaving October 3rd from Bangkok, we have managed to coincide with three cultural festival this year, something I have never managed before.

The above image was shot with the Nikon D810 and the Nikon 70-200 f4 lens, it’s had a little cropped off the top and bottom, but very little post processing.

Bhutan Rice fields Early Morning

March 15th, 2016

Contrasting with the previous entry of the Himalayan landscape without any visible sign of humans, I also love the Bhutanese traditional rice terracing found all over the mountainous countryside, like this image from the far East of Bhutan in the region of Mongar.

Bhutan Photo tour with Adam Monk

Bhutan is a land of small holding subsistence farming, and the vast majority of the land is still under thick native forest, in fact the forest cover is increasing yearly and it’s basically forbidden to clear new land for farming.  The Bhutanese landscape is very mountainous, the valleys are steep and with only a few exceptions, narrow, so every bit of flat space is utilised carefully for cropping.  When the land is not flat, they make it flat with terracing.  Very clever use of space and it makes for beautiful scenery.

Bhutan Himalayan Sunset

March 3rd, 2016

On my last Photo Tour to Bhutan I found myself gazing more and more at the magical Himalayan Landscape.

 

Bhutan Photo Tour with the Himalayas at sunsetLast year I made two trips to Bhutan, one in the Himalayan Spring in April, and again in Autumn in November.  Both times of year are beautiful and in quite different ways.  In Spring the rice is just being planted and the fields are beginning to go green, the trees are starting to sprout new fresh leaves and the land is waking up from the big freeze of winter.  Autumn of course is the opposite, the rice is being harvested, vegetables are being stored, the chillies are all on the roof being dried for winter use and the land is slowing down ready to go into hibernation.  Both very different views and it was a new perspective for me to see both ends of the seasons in one year, to revisit places who on the last visit were planting when they were now harvesting.

The other thing I noticed last year was that I found myself shooting more landscapes of Bhutan.  On previous photo tours of Bhutan (2016 will be my 7th trip there) I was almost totally captivated with the people and the culture, it’s so very different to where I am from that it was hard not to be.  These last two trips it felt like I was re-seeing the amazing Bhutanese landscape, both the natural world and the place that the Bhutanese people have made within it for what really is thousands of years.

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