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Gokarna Seascapes
(Karnataka)

One of the most unique workshops of its kind, this one focusses on exploring the coastal life of Northern Karnataka from a travel and nature photographer's perspective.

Thanks to it's calm waters, unique rock structures, sea stacks, myriad backwaters and vantage points - Gokarna and outskirts  - do serve as a ideal playground to hone one's seascape and astro landscape photography skills.

About Gokarna

Quaint gem from Karnataka coastline, Gokarna is a place ripe with rich cultural heritage and pristine coastal features.

Sought by pilgrims and travellers alike, the place has something to offer to all, alongside it's ever pleasing climate.

Tour Summary

Dates

Dates TBA

(4 Days, 3 Nights)

Participants Max Group Size

 

 8

Shoot Locations

Gokarna, Kumta

Tour Cost per person

Rs 25,000/- (Ex Gokarna)

Refer below for TnCs

Key Shoot Themes

        Seascapes, Nightscapes           and Travel photography

Tour Leaders

Puneet Verma, Himadri Bhuyan

Itinerary Highlights
  • Day 1  Meet and Greet at Kudle beach hotel. Quick morning shoot and breakfast. Rest and catch ups. Late afternoon boat ride and then hike to One Tree Hill to shoot golden hour. Evening shoot at Om beach

  • Day 2  Sunrise shoot at Belekan beach. Later afternoon boat ride to Half moon and Paradise beach areas. Hike around,  explore and shoot the evening and twilight.

  • Day 3  Early morning exploring and shooting Gokarna countryside including salt plains and paddy fields.  Afternoon excursion to Kumta area (Mirjan Fort, Kagal fort) and evening shoot at Kumta coastline.

  • Day 4  Explore and shoot morning scenes from the temple town. Have local breakfast and get back to check out from Hotel and tour closure.

INCLUSIONS:

  • On location photography mentoring including planning, creative vision and shooting

  • On location learning of beginner to advanced Tips/Techniques about landscape image making

  • Image reviews and feedback/inputs during shoots and post shoot catch up sessions 

  • Complete post processing workflow sessions, during non-shoot hours

  • A combined online post processing session for participants on images made during trip, after the tour

  • Experiencing sample gears/kits by Nisi & Vanguard India, for shooting long exposures (on a shared basis)

  • Educational presentations/content

  • Travel in comfortable vehicle 

  • Stays at comfortable Budget properties, on twin sharing basis.

  • 2 meals on all tour days (breakfast and dinner)

  • And, last but not the least - a great time shooting, learning and making new friends.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel Costs to and from Gokarna, to your respective bases 

  • Expenses of personal nature including tips to locals, shopping etc.

  • Any cost arising out of emergencies (medical/otherwise) for any participant

  • Any entry/camera/other fees, wherever applicable

Photography (and related) Gear Expected from Participants:

  • 1 Camera body

  • 1 Mid range zoom lens (24-70-105 range)

  • 1 Wide angle lens (16 mm or wider, desirable)

  • 1 Sturdy Tripod

  • 1 Camera Bag

  • Camera accessories like memory cards, spare batteries, chargers, microfiber cloths, small towels etc.

  • Long Exposure Filter Kits (absolutely optional, we can help provide surely)

  • Night gear like headlamps (especially with red light feature), flashlights (desirable)

  • Though you can get your comfortable hiking shoes, we alternatively suggest a pair of sturdy clogs/crocs (practical foot wears on water logged/wet locations) and a few cotton socks (wet socks work great on slippery terrains !)

  • Rest, of course, is your usual travel checklist !

  • Do try and pack lighter than usual, in case you want to get some local souvenirs back home.

Expectations Setting for Participants:

  • Tour is Ex-Gokarna i.e., it starts, ends and covers for expenses in Gokarna .

  • Travel in comfortable autorickshaw vehicles  (as distances are short) or hired boats (as needed)

  • Female participants are most welcome. Single occupancy will be provided as needed.

  • Non photography participants are most welcome too, but at the same cost as photography participants.

  • Also, they should be willing to accept the pace of the tour as photography trips tend to be slower than usual leisure trips.

  • The core theme for this excursion would be shooting and learning nature landscapes and astro-landscapes but we’ll try our best to enable participants to shoot other aspects of Travel photography as well like but not limited to people portraits and food images etc.

  • Bandwidth contingent, we’ll try to arrange quick street walks of 30 minutes or so for all the participants, to enable them shoot things and scenes non-landscapes as well

  • Astro/Night time landscape shoots shall be conducted as per weather dynamics at locations

  • Rising really early in mornings for pre-dawn/sunrise shoots. 

  • Shoots extending into or at times, done during evening twilights and/or night hours for astro-landscape photography (Will be a bit weather contingent, expectedly)

  • A slight bit of hiking will be involved to reach shoot vantage points/locations but nothing that stretches beyond moderate and doable :)

  • Respect for the place and people, at all times

  • Consideration and camaraderie with fellow participants during shoots and tour in general

  • We'll try our best to enable participants do soak in the local culture be it in terms of people interactions or trying out local cuisine or even a general sensitization about the places that we'll visit

  • A Whatsapp group shall be formed before the tour start, to facilitate communications and logistics

Terms & Conditions:

  • 50% of the tour cost to be paid in advance for booking confirmation. Remaining 50% to be paid 10 Days before the tour.

  • Cancellation fee : 25% of the tour cost uptill 15 days prior, 100% of advance after that.

  • In case due to any unforeseen circumstance, a participant wishes to leave in between the trip, no refund shall be provided.

  • In case of mid tour cancellation due to any unforeseen event/natural calamity or any situation beyond our control, no pro-rated refund shall be provided.

  • There will be no refund for No Shows

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