13 Day Bali, Java & Borneo - Islands of the Imagination Photography Tour

When: TBA

Where: Bali, Java and Borneo

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Join experienced adventurous professional travel photographer Mark Rayner and Dave ‘Dayak’ Metcalf on a photographic adventure of a lifetime. This combination tour takes you on a journey to three vastly different islands – Bali, Java and Borneo, each of them beautiful and mystical in their own way.

This combination tour takes you on a journey to two vastly different islands – Bali and Borneo, each of them beautiful and mystical in their own way.

Bali has volcanoes, ancient ceremonies, and stunning landscapes allowing you, the photographer to capture green lush rice fields and experience the friendly local Balinese people. 

Java is a land of amazing volcanoes and temples.

Java is truly extraordinary! In 1861 the famous English naturalist Alfred Wallace marvelled at the island’s natural fertility: “ taking it as a whole, and surveying it from every point of view, Java is probably the very finest and most interesting tropical island in the world.

Borneo is big and bold and bursting with wildlife.  You will get to meet the beautiful orangutans, capture the magnificent Hornbill bird sweeping across the sky and experience indigenous tribal cultures, as we stop at small riverside villages and meet the Dayak people. 

David Metcalf’s long association with the Dayaks have allowed for a unique visit to a special village. 
The Dayaks love to meet foreigners and willingly engage with you, the photographer, allowing for some excellent portrait photography and a genuine exchange of cross-culture dialogue.

Mark Rayner and David Metcalf have been leading photography tours to these islands for the past four years and this time, they are combining the highlights into a fantastic package of wonderful photo opportunities with action-packed adventures every day. 

We have fun, and we put you in the right places for getting great shots with the right light.   Our tuition is professional, practical, and you will learn more about your personal level of photography with the expert guidance of these two award-winning photographers. 

Teaching and patience will be delivered. 

The art of story telling through your vision and what you capture is what you will receive.
Java is a land of Majestic Volcanos, dramatic landscapes, and ancient cultures. This photography tour has it all. We will cover so many aspects of photography including traditional village life, historical temples and remnants of ancient kingdoms, street photography, fishing villages, tea plantations, stunning green rice fields, Volcanos that tower over the landscape, waterfalls, rivers and traditional cultures.
These will be busy days and a feast for the senses, and camera lenses as we chase the light on the landscapes of beautiful Java island.

Combine that with delicious food and stay in beautiful colonial Hotels and this will be a photography tour that you will never forget.
The journey begins in Bali where we meet on in Ubud, the cultural centre of the island.
We will warm up our cameras with a full day exploring the traditional villages and rice fields of Bali, for our first day, and then the next day drive West across Bali to Java, where we will cross on a local ferry to Banyuwangi district of East Java.
For the next three days, we will explore this area of Volcanos, photograph in the morning at the largest fishing village in Java, capture the sunrise over the rice fields, witness the colourful Gandrung dance with a special performance just for our group, and meet the indigenous Osing people who have lived in this area for thousands of years and mix animism with Islam.

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We will also photograph traditional village life in this area and then drive further west to the spectacular Mount Bromo area, and photograph one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. Not only the landscapes, but we will go into the villages and concentrate on portrait photography in the homes of the indigenous Tengger people.Then onto Malang a historical town with dutch colonial architecture and lots of history. We will also visit the Tea farm and photograph the tea pickers as they go about their work.We stay at the beautiful Tugu Hotel, like a Museum in its own way, with many beautiful pieces of historical art from around Asia.Then onto Surabaya where we will fly one hour to
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How does 2 nights, 3 days sound cruising on a comfortable boat up rivers in Central Borneo photographing the beautiful Orangutans, visiting traditional Dayak villages, witnessing a traditional dance and music performance and eating delicious, healthy indigenous food, and photographing beautiful sunsets from the boat?

Well, this is what we will be experiencing.This is a very unique photography adventure and we will put you into many situations to express your creativity and photograph many different subjects.We then fly back from Palangkaraya in Central Borneo to Bali in the morning.
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Photographic Prerequisites:

This amazing photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast. A digital SLR or mirrorless camera is recommended, however, any camera that has manual functions would also be suitable. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom for wildlife and wide angled lens for landscape purposes. A sturdy but light travel tripod is essential.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

• Landscape
• Wildlife
• Sunrise/sunsets
• Portrait
• Ancient temple ruins etc
• HDR techniques
• Composition
• Lighting (natural/flash/reflectors etc)
• Exposure and metering techniques
• Filters

Please join us on a unique and extraordinary photography adventure.  You will have many opportunities to receive one-on-one tuition and move your photography skills along. Personal attention is our commitment to you.   Mark and Dave are both expert tutors and have over 80 years combined photography experience.


Single Occupancy
USD $5,900.00
Double Occupancy
USD $5,300.00

Tour Cost includes:

• 12 nights accommodation ( mostly 4 stars) • All transport • All Food • Domestic flights from Surabaya to Palangkaraya and from Palang to Bali. • Two nights on the boat cruising up the rivers in Borneo • Park Fees • Temple entrance fees


• Flights to/from before and after the workshop Bali • Tips • Alcohol

This amazing tour will fill up quickly, so please contact Mark to secure your place.

Balance payable 30 days before workshop.
(please note a 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments)

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and remains your responsibility.

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