A photography tour is almost like a holiday; making photos is your freedom, but you will have to be at the right spot at the golden moment. You will get to explore new destinations with a proven record of some extraordinance. Between the golden moments for pictures in nature, you will have time to take some culture related photos. You will make new local friends; those with similar interests or those who you photograph.
You will have enough time to work on your skills, as you aren't waisting time to arrange transport, accommodation or all your other needs. You will always have at least 2 days at the spots as weather conditions need to be on your side as well.
This is time for you and your expression.
Madakaripura waterfalls & sunset photography Mt. Bromo
Your driver picks you up in Surabaya. In about 3 to 4 hours you will be driven to the Madakaripura Waterfalls. These are situated on your way to Mt. Bromo. This more than wonderfull waterfall lies hidden at the end of a deep valley in the Tengger range. The valley is encircled by 7 waterfalls and a series of cascades to further enhance its beauty. Its beauty lies also hidden in local stories and saga. Human interest might be one of your topics to capture on picture.
Once in CemaraLawang, you will check in into your hotel. You can relax with a view over the active volcano Bromo or explore the area if you feel up to it. Later on, prepare for a short walk to Mt. Mentigen to capture the sunset atmosphere.
Cemara Lawang - Lava View Hotel
Mt. Pananjakan I & King Kong hill - sunrise photography - Mt. Bromo - the grean savannah - village trekking
Rise and shine as you will be departing at 1 o’clock in the morning! Drink a cup of coffee or tea before leaving to Mt. Pananjakan I, a world famous viewpoint. With 2702 m it is one of the highest view points in the area. Perfect to see and experience the Milkyway once more. It's breathtaking when the sun is rising as also Mt. Semeru in the background as an active volcano plays with the light. The usual fog in the caldera is slowly making way for the day. Take your time.
If you would like to walk down to the Sea of Sand in stead of by Jeep, a porter will be waiting for you. The Sea of Sand will be crossed before walking up to Mt. Bromo. At the crater rim you have a beautiful view over the area in which this active volcano resides; the black Sea of Sand bordered by the steep ancient caldera rim and the contrasting savannah. Once back at the car, your driver will bring you to the savannah. Once set and done, you go back to your hotel. Time for breakfast. You have spare time as we only depart again in late afternoon to hike through villages and capture local activities on film.
Camara Lawang - Lava View Hotel
Night photography Mt. Pananjakan II - Tengger people
Early morning you depart to Mt. Pananjakan II, again it will be one o'clock. This viewpoint has a different view over the caldera than Mt. Pananjakan I, that you visited on your second day. After sunrise you willcan go back to the hotel to have breakfast.
After breakfast you will go for a walk to watch local activities in the nearby village. You will have time to photograph Tengger people working on the land, maybe a ceremony that is taking place such as a wedding or a funeral, visit people and drink a cup of tea with them before you start photographing their way of life, the local market with all its activities, etc. After you expressed yourself through your pictures, you go back to your hotel to check out. Then it is time to depart to Bondowoso.
Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel
Free time for your own photography ideas - the car is yours
Today you will have a break which you can use to feel a 100% on holiday. To reload yourself and your batteries for the early morning the next day, when you will hunt photos at the Ijen crater lake. But, you can also decide to visit some spots in the neighborhood.
Bondowoso: Ijen View Hotel
Ijen blue fire - coffee plantation
At 23.00 you will depart to Pananjakan, from where your hike to the Ijen crater lake starts. Your guide will be waiting for you. He brings you a gas mask and a big smile. It is about 3,5 km to the top, after which you will have to go down into the crater where you can see the blue fire. It is also near the lake that the sulphur miners are harvesting the sulphur. An unbelievable human activity that is heavy and strenuous in an outer space environment. When it is dark enough you can have another Milkyway experience... Finally the sun will rise over the turquoise lake which looks stunning in its contrasting environment. When set and done, return to your car. Behind the parking area, sulphur miners get together at the weighing station to get their freight measured before loading it on the truck, which brings the sulphur to the purifying factory. Take a break at a local warung; drink a cup of coffee and get a local snack such as fried bananas.
You will return to the Ijen Plateau - which you crossed early morning to get to the crater lake - to visit the area around the villages Blawan and Sempol and visit for example the strawberry garden and the coffee plantation. The strawberries are processed on the plateau as well as the macadamia nuts. Waterfalls and the coffee factory are other points of interest.
When you are still feeling strong, there is time to visit the savannah at Kawah Wurung before heading back to your hotel. Depending on the road conditions you will either go by motorbike or car.
You will spend the night in a basic home stay at the plantation.
Ijen Plateau - Home Stay
Ijen crater lake once more - sulphur factory
Of you are again, to the Ijen crater lake. Discuss with your driver whether you would like to depart early morning, or just around sunrise. There must be many spots unvisited that you are curious to stop by.
En route to Ketapang harbor, you still have time to visit the sulphur factory in Licin village where sulphur is purified and packed. It is a fascinating production line.... On your way to the ferry you will pass a waterfall, coffee plantations and clove plantations. If you wish to stop, feel free and ask your driver.
Then you will be brought to Ketapang to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk your driver is waiting to bring you to the area around Sanur/Kuta or Ubud.
1. the best season for photography at these two volcanoes is during dry season, especially in the months July and August. Although dry season, in 2016 the dry season wasn't as dry as it should be. Rain was still falling.... unpredictable when, how long and how many days in a row.
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
2. bring you cleaning kit all the time when you visit Mt. Bromo as it is a dusty spot.
3. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.