Lake Baikal, 2021

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around Feb 25 - Mar 5 (TBA)
$500 Deposit
$4495 balance (estimated)

Explore the wondrous winter landscape of Lake Baikal, Russia

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Lake Baikal, in the mountainous region of Siberia, is one of the natural wonders of the world. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', the lake is home to an astounding variety of life found nowhere else and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the winter, it is one of the most exciting ice places on Earth. Come explore this fantasy land, a definite bucket list location, with your professional photographer instructors and guides, Mike Shipman and Tim Vollmer. We will spend much of the workshop on the ice, crossing the lake and visiting various islands and ice features. Our drivers are local ice experts who know the lake intimately.

Lake Baikal owns several "world records". It is the largest freshwater lake, by volume, containing about 20% of the earth's unfrozen fresh water, and more water than all of the Great Lakes, combined. It is the deepest (5,387 ft) and oldest lake (25 million years). The lake is 395 miles long and 49 miles wide and has several islands worthy of exploration.

When we're not on the ice (our accommodations are all on land, if you were worried), we'll travel through the Siberian Taiga forest, visit several villages, and have the opportunity to experience a Russian sauna on the lakeshore, with maybe a dip in the cool waters of Lake Baikal! All accommodations, meals, and transportation on site are included.

We will focus on landscape photography and the fantastic ice shapes, patterns, and colors during this workshop, with opportunities for photographing people and maybe the Aurora Borealis. For more detailed itinerary information and to register, please visit Tim Vollmer's website. When you register, please let me know. Thank you!

Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operation, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density, graduated neutral density, etc.), image processing, and more. Each participant will receive a copy of my book The Ecology of Photography: Senses & Perception.

We will be "working the landscape" from our base on Olkhon Island, and on the western edge of the lake, with the first and last night in Irkutsk. We will stay in local accommodations and experience local cuisine from the various cultures inhabiting the shore of the lake.

To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground, and be able to tolerate potentially extreme temperatures. Long hours of photographing will be the norm, though there will be time during the day to relax and engage in personal exploration.

A release form, gear list and other information will be emailed to you upon registration.
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Instruction, in-the-field and online image review and feedback
Accommodations (double occupancy)
On-site transportation
Full board (all meals)< br />
Not Included:
Transportation to and from gateway city of Irkutsk, Russia
Personal items and optional activities
Trip insurance (required, including emergency evacuation)
Fees for activities not covered in itinerary

A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.
Registration Policy .

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