Lake Baikal & Russian Photography Workshop
DATES: 17th FEBRUARY to 1st MARCH 2019
SNOW LANDSCAPES, BISON PHOTOGRAPHY
In a remote part of the Russia lies the stunning beautiful Lake Baikal - the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Ice on Baikal is a real miracle of nature. The pattern of cracks, bubbles and chips is never repeated. It has a different color - from white to piercing blue, from blue to cosmic black. When you stand on the ice, and under you: a kilometer - another transparent water - you seem to have frozen on the abyss. And you're afraid to move so as not to wake up.
Icicles in caves and caves and splashes of 10 meters in height - this is a separate story. They need to be searched, studied, photographed. It's a different world.
Join us on this remarkable adventure.
Top 3 reasons to choose this adventure
1. Accommodation, Transport, Safety
We do not save on your accommodation. All group members are accommodated in comfortable double rooms with shower in each room.
We don't save on transport. On the lake you will travel in comfortable SUVs Mitsubishi Delica.
Your safety is paramount. Our drivers are real professionals who perfectly know the Baikal ice. They know how to avoid the danger of cracks and where to find the most beautiful ice!
2. Professional approach
We will help you to make the best photos. Our guide Anton Agarkov - one of the best Russian landscape photographers. He was frequently on the lake and knows the best places to shoot. It's not only will help you with choosing the best locations and equipment for shooting, but also show interesting methods of processing a landscape photo.
3. Unique Experience
This trip is unique in a sense that no other tour companies provide you with such an interesting trips in Russia. We keen to explore with you hidden gems and give you a deeper understanding of Russian culture and people.
Day 1 (February 17)
8:30am We meet at Irkutsk airport, get on the minibus and go to our hotel for early check-in. After that you’ll have free time to rest after long flight.
At 11am we depart for a bief city tour over Irkutsk which will take two hours and lead us to the most interesting historical sights of the city and end on the promenade of Angara river.
After lunch in restaurant next to our hotel we’ll take minibus and depart to museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. This museum holds most interesting old houses of Irkutsk which are neatly fitted into landscape and thus look quite nice on pictures.
After visiting Taltsy we’ll go a bit further to see the beginning of the only river that originates from Baikal - Angara river. The speed of water here is so high it doesn’t freeze even in the coldest days. And if we’ll be lucky we’ll see fog rising from the open water into winter air and distant mountains lit by the sitting sun!
After that we’ll return to Irkutsk to have supper and back to hotel.
Day 2 (February 18)
We have our breakfast at 8:00 and at 8:30 get on the minibus and drive in the direction of Lake Baikal. The road will take about 5 hours. Lunch in cafe along the way.
Around 14:00 we drive to the shore of Lake Baikal. Here we first step onto ice of Baikal and go to the island Olkhon - the biggest island on Lake Baikal.
Check-in to hotel in Khuzhir. Our hotel is ten minute walk from the shores of Lake Baikal, double occupancy, each room has an individual shower. In this hotel we will live all the time, so make yourself comfortable.
After check in we go to get acquainted with Baikal. Today we'll see the main attraction of the great Baikal - Shaman rock - and will meet the sunset with the view on that rock. Our photo guide will show you the most interesting perspectives on this powerful place.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 (February 19)
Up at 6:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the southern tip of the island Ogoy - sharp rock, which rises above the ice like the dragon ridge. The sunrise at Ogoi.
Return to hotel, Breakfast and rest. Analysis of dawn photos and review of processing techniques of a landscape, filmed in direct sunlight.
14:00 - lunch.
15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the rock Trident.
Sunset shooting at the Trident.
Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 (February 20)
Up at 5:30. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the island Ezhelhey or Elenka. This island is very different from all other Islands in the Small sea of lake Baikal. It seems that the powerful underground forces squeezed out from the bottom of Lake Baikal, a piece of rock slabs so the correct form, on the one hand, the island looks like a perfect pyramid. Sunset shooting. Return to the hotel. Breakfast. Rest.
14:00 - lunch. 15:30 - departure from the hotel on sunset shooting to kape Khoboi - the most northern part of Olkhon island. Here pressure of expanding ice forms huge chunks of ice local people call toros. We will shoot this toros with might walls of Khoboi on background. After sunset we return to hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 5 (February 21)
Up at 6:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the Cape Tsagan-Khushun. From the lookout on the headland overlook the impressive panorama of the Small sea and Islands, and at its foot is a quaint stone arch.
Return to hotel, Breakfast. Rest.
Lunch at 14:00. 15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the caves on the Peninsula Mare's Head where we can shoot picturesque views from the high viewpoint and beautiful ice caves. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 6 (February 22)
Up at 5:30. Today we are going for the sunrise shooting to one of the desolated villages of Olkhon - Uzury which is situated on the shore of Great Baikal. Here we will shoot not only the sunset but also view over Baikal lake from viewpoint. After shooting we return to our hotel for breakfast and rest.
Lunch at 14:00. 15:00 - departure to the shooting. On the way we will stop at Kurumkan wall - an ancient stone structure that insulates the part of kurumkanskiy Cape. The sunset we will meet in the Gulf Noor. Here from the bottom of lake Baikal, rise tens methane bubbles, which freezes into ice and remain in this fanciful patterns. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 7 (February 23)
Wake up at 9:00. Today is a special day. You have already seen all the major sights of the small sea, and we want to show you something special. On our jeep we will go to pad Tashkeney, on the shore of a Great Baikal. Of the hundreds of tourists coming to Lake Baikal, only few get here. But here you can find some of the most impressive ridges - huge ice blocks taller than a man! Here we will arrange lunch and wait for the sunset. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 8 (February 24)
This morning we’ll depart from hotel for morning shooting in the caves of Khoboi point. Here you’ll find great opportunities for sunrise shots whith sun lighting directly into the cave! But also Khoboi is well known for great ice fields and huge ice cracks and chunks of ice!
After shooting we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, pack our gear end depart for Irkutsk with a brief stop for lunch in cafe along the way.
We’ll return to Irkutsk in the evening check-in in hotel and then go for farewell supper in restaurant close to our hotel.
Day 9 (February 25)
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to airport. Flight to Moscow.
Day 10 (February 26)
After breakfast we’ll have a full day city tour over Moscow. This includes all the architectural highlights of this city as Moscow Kremlin, Red square, Moscow metro and other interesting places.
We’ll have lunch during this tour.
For sunset we’ll go to the restaurant in Moscow city towers to marvel the panorama of night Moscow.
Return to hotel.
Day 11 (February 27)
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Kaluga - city that is considered the cradle of soviet cosmonautics. After brief city tour we’ll got to settle in hotel Kvan that is also a skiing resort. Here you can rent all kind of skiing equipment and take your time skiing or tubing. If you’re not a fan of this you can ascend to the viewpoint of hotel and take nice pictures of winter landscapes of central Russia.
Lunch and supper in hotel.
Day 12 (February 28)
Early breakfast and departure for Kozelsk and then to little town of Ulyanovo where we’ll be by 11 am. Here starts our adventure to the untouched forests of Kalujsky zaseki natural reserve. This place is unique as it became home for the project of revival of wild bisons. This is not a zoo - all this animals are completely wild! But we can get to them as close as 10 meters to get great pictures!
In Ulyanovo we have lunch and after it switch our minibusses to UAZ 4x4 and go deep into the forests where bisons live. We’ll have at least 4 hours to shoot bisons which is normally enough to get some great pictures! Then we go back to Ulyanovo, have another lunch and depart to Moscow where we’ll be by 10pm for dinner in restaurant. That’s the end of our journey!
Day 13 (March 1)
The Lake Baikal & Russian Photography Workshop INCLUDES:
- 13 days/12 nights
- The best hotels available
- All meals
- Private, heated vans to take you comfortably to all the photographic locations
- Transfers to/from airport
- Private one-on-one tuition with two professional guides
- Group critique sessions that allow for maximum learning
- Photographic Notes
- National park fees and permits
Please make sure you:
Book your own flights to arrive Irkutsk Airport, depart Moscow airport.
A private van collects you from the airport to your hotel.
EXPERIENCE / DIFFICULTY
- Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
- Busy schedule.
- Easy walking
- Travel by van.
- 3 hotels across 12 nights.
WEATHER / SUN
- FEBRUARY - Temperature -20 to -10c Sunrise 755am | Sunset 1804pm
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Full payment required upon booking to guarantee your place.
Terms & Conditions - CLICK HERE.
Tom Putt is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer based in Melbourne, Australia.
With over 150 International and National Landscape Photography Awards, Tom's passion is driven by his desire to showcase the beauty of the landscape. Regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific landscape photographers, Tom spends many months of the year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open edition prints and book projects.
This Photography Workshop has been designed by one of the Top-Rated photographers in Russia - Anton Agarkov. Ten years of traveling and expeditions into the wildest corners of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan; South-East Asia, Latin America. Anton is a member of Russian Geographic Society, working with Nikon, Tamron, Fujifilm. Winner of national photography competitions Global Arctic Awards, Nikon at the Heart of the Image Award, "Wild Russia" and "Best of Russia".
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