Thunder Dragon Through The Lens: Bhutan Photography Workshop with Lowepro Storyteller Scott A. Woodward











WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

 

There is no other place on earth like enigmatic Bhutan.  Cradled deep in the creases of the soaring Himalayas, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” is a spectacular mixture of stunning, rugged countryside, centuries-old architecture, vibrant and colorful culture, and welcoming locals.  Enveloped by the Indian plains to the south and the mountainous Tibetan regions of China to the north, Bhutan is home to vast breathtaking natural topography, disparate climatic regions, and a proud people with a colourful culture.  Bhutan’s natural light is soft and golden, and the prayer-flag-strewn, snowcapped-mountain vistas are beyond breathtaking.  Friendly locals in traditional Bhutanese dress fill bustling city markets, while smiling monks in flowing maroon robes inhabit the ancient monasteries that dot the rugged countryside.

 

Join award-winning photographer Scott A. Woodward on a photographic workshop to this beautiful and mystical nation.  Alongside a small group of fellow photography enthusiasts, this educational adventure is a unique opportunity to learn from Scott his storytelling techniques, his image-making tips and gain personalized insight on how to improve your own photography skills in one of the most exotic and remote destinations on the planet.  Our daily itinerary will include morning creative briefings, hands-on coaching while shooting in a wide variety of locations, and evening editing and group critiquing sessions.

 

ABOUT SCOTT A. WOODWARD

 

 

It was Scott’s father who taught him about photography when he was a young boy: how to operate a manual camera, skillfully interpret light and imaginatively compose an image.  But more importantly, his dad instilled in him a sense of curiosity and adventure.  It is these traits that truly make Scott a photographer.  Scott calls his photographic style “Choose Your Own Adventure Photography” after the books he used to read as a young boy.  Literally and creatively, he can go one direction and discover a remarkable photographic opportunity; or he can go another way and find something entirely different.  It is this serendipity that is the beauty of picture making for him.

 

Scott’s photography appears often in esteemed publications around the world. His work from Bhutan has been featured in National Geographic MagazineThe New York TimesGEO Magazine and Travel + Leisure, to name only a few. He photographed an international Nikon advertising campaign in the Himalayan Kingdom; in addition, he was honoured by the prestigious Luerzer’s Archive as one of the “200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide” for his commercial work shot in Bhutan.  Scott is a Nikon Professional Photographer, a SanDisk Extreme Team Member, and a Lowepro Storyteller.

 

Visit Scott’s website to browse more of his photography from Bhutan, across Asia and around the world.

 

 

 

ABOUT LOWEPRO

 

 

For the last 50 years, Lowepro has been an essential part of countless adventures and the trusted leader in gear protection.  Lowepro specialized backpacks, cases and camera bags have been an essential part of countless adventures through every climate and condition.  To celebrates the 50th anniversary, Lowepro would like to accompany every participant on this remarkable adventure.  Each participant will be equipped with a Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II (SRP S$235) and Joby GripTight ONE GP Stand (SRP S$55). Adventure awaits!

 

Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II

Day 1

     ARRIVAL IN PARO, BHUTAN

Elevation 2,320 m     Weather in Thimphu

Upon arrival into Paro Airport you will be transferred to Thimphu, the kingdom’s capital. Enjoy your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine before visiting National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the Third King. Then, proceed to visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong, which houses the throne of the king. During the weekend, continue to the Centenary Farmers' Market where locals come to sell their agriculture products.

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Day 2

     Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Punakha

We'll begin the day with a morning visit to the Changangkha Monastery. Built in 12th century, this is the oldest temple in Thimphu. It sits on a ridge overlooking scenic views of Thimphu, and houses the Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as its central statue. Afterwards, we'll take a 3-hour drive to Punakha, and spend the afternoon at Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. If time permits, we'll set up to take shots of the Dzong as the evening light sets in. Dinner is followed by a slideshow of the images our participants have taken.
 

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Day 3

     Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Punakha

We'll start the day off with breakfast and a visit to the local market before starting our road trip back to Paro. One the way we'll stop by the Dochula Pass, a mountain passage which sports 108 chortens built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of those who died in battle. A sumptuous local lunch will be served at Thimphu, and afterwards we will practice our street photography skills in downtown Thimphu. Later on we'll continue our road trip to Paro, with a stopover at the Tamchong Lhakhang, an ancient monastery on a hill overlooking a river. We'll arrive just in time to shoot a performance of traditional Bhutanese dances at our hotel.

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Day 4

     Punakha to Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Attend Druk Wangyel Festival at Dochula

 

The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival will take place every year on December 13 at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang’s Festival ground. The venue is related to important national landmarks while the date commemorates the commencement of the military expedition of 2003. The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival’s venue features two of very impressive modern Bhutanese monuments. Including the works on the powerful mural paintings, the temple took almost four years to build. The temple was built under the personal supervision of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wanghuck, a year after she built the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Druk Wangyel Lhakhang was consecrated in June 2008. Following Bhutanese tradition, the Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is named after its location. The Dochula pass is one of the most spectacular passes in Bhutan and is about 45 minutes’ drive (22km) from the capital city, Thimphu. The performance ground of Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival straddles the famous pass at the heart of the Royal Botanical Park, 3,116 meters above sea level. The pass marks the watershed between the districts of Thimphu on the western side and Punakha on the eastern side. It presents a panoramic view of these districts and some others beyond them.

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Day 5

     Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women. Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro. Paro Dzong also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag. A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

 

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Day 6

     Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

We've saved the best for last: a morning trek to the Taktsang Monastery, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpochhe flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress  and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpochhe performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations and the place became holy. Thus gaining the name tiger's nest. After a day of hiking we'll take it easy and explore main streets of Paro Town for some street photography and souvenir shopping. To cap off our Bhutanese adventure, we'll have our photographers' party at a traditional drayang nightclub.

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Day 7

     Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Today we will bid a fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would’ve made some friends, taken many photos and have lasting memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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  • 10 - 16 December 2017
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  • SGD 3980 (For bookings made before 15 September 2017)
  • SGD 4480 (For bookings made after 15 September 2017)
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