A ten-day photography tour of the stunning landscapes of the Altai including stays with eagle hunters
Join me for a breathtaking photography tour into Mongolia’s Altai landscapes as well as stays with various eagle hunters and the eagle hunter festival (TBC).
This photo tour is the perfect opportunity for those who are happy to compromise on some luxuries in order to immerse themselves. We take you away from the ‘highlights’ as this means you’ll be photographing in more personal situations and have the time and space to create your own unique imagery – not with a crowd of other photographers getting the same image.
We let you decide how little or how much instruction you require throughout the photography trip. But, we provide the opportunity to have 1:1 interaction whether that be with portraiture, landscape photography, lighting, composition or post-production.
The itinerary of our photography tour through Mongolia’s westernmost province of Bayan Ulgii has been planned to provide you with an array of photographic opportunities. The Kazakhs are Mongolia’s largest ethnic group with over 100,000 residing in western Mongolia. A percentage of Kazakhs are eagle hunters – typically hunting with female golden eagles (known as berkuts) as they are stronger and more aggressive.
This photo adventure provides a great opportunity to photograph and document first-hand the daily life of Kazakh eagle hunters as you spend time living alongside the hunters and their families. On this itinerary, you will be hosted by some of the region’s most experienced and respected hunters and you will learn skills and history from them as well as explore and photograph the stark yet beautiful landscapes of Mongolia’s Altai. All of your hosts are Kazakh families that the Mongolian tour operator has personally built up relationships with over the past 13 years. No agents or tour operators are used – we work directly with all the families as this leads to a more personal insight for you as our guest.
Photography techniques covered during the workshop
Out in the field
- Exposure and understanding of how to get the best out of the light
- Composition techniques to create balanced images
- Lens choice and focal length. Typically people head for the wide-angle in a landscape but up in the mountains telephoto lenses are also heavily used.
- Panoramic photography. How to best compose the beautiful panoramas that we’ll see during the photography tour
- Using Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw to process our images
- Using luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop
- Colour correction
- Stitching panoramic images