The Madagascar Landscape Astrophotography Trip is given in association with WorldPix. WorldPix is a charity organization that promotes and uses photography as a way to help communities in need. Profits from the workshops will be donated to a local charity through WorldPix. WorldPix is coordinating all logistical operations including accommodations and travel. A big thank you to Ryan Plakonouris for doing all the hard work!
Sept. 19 -- 30, 2019 - 12 days and 11 nights
5 participants - Cost $5600 per participant.
Participants include family members. Single participants may be asked to share accommodations or pay a single supplement.
I will be taking a very small group of people to do night photography in Madagascar in Sept 2019.
The trip will be focused on night photography. There will be some sightseeing, but the goal is to do photography.
There will be some minor changes in the attached itinerary. For example, we will not be having formal afternoon lectures and dinner may get moved up each night. Best shooting times will be about 8 pm to 12:00 - 12:30 am each night.
Just to let you know, this is going to be a shooting and scouting trip to set up future workshops. That is actually more exciting for me because it will be less structured. We will go scouting on most days to find compositions and then shooting them at night will be a first.
We will shoot most nights, hopefully every night unless we are traveling or there is bad weather. My goal is to get great photos to promote the workshop for next year and show people what to expect. The area is untapped for night photography. It should be a great night location and few people have gone there for this purpose. It will be like opening up a new destination for night photography.
The inhabitants are not used to having people roaming around at night. This will be unusual for them, and there may be curious people hanging around. Because there is no prior history for this kind of activity in Madagascar we will be accompanied by a police person for safety reasons.
There will be no afternoon lectures as scheduled on the itinerary. This is purely a scouting and shooting trip. That might appeal to you. I will assist in shooting in the field for whoever needs it, but I will be shooting as well.
The price is about $5600 per person for the first 2 people.The price will drop somewhat if more people sign up. I would like to have a group of about 4-6 people including myself. The group will be small. I would like to have somewhat experienced outdoor photographers for this initial scouting trip, and not someone completely new to photography.
The price does not include airfare to Antananarivo, Madagascar. I am investigating that now. I did a preliminary check and it looked like the best choice to get there was through Paris or Cape Town, South Africa, and both are good places to do a stop over. Right now the prices from Cape Town, South Africa, or Paris, France to Antananarivo, Madagascar are in the range of $600-700 USD. Add in the airfare cost from your location to Cape Town or Paris to get an idea of your air ravel costs. I have seen current airfare costs in the range of $400 -700 from various locations in the USA to Cape Town or Paris.
I have included links below to many of the locations we will see during the visit. Please contact me using the "Contact Me" button above if you are interested. It would be a super adventure! Wayne
Price includes accommodations in Madagascar and in-country transportation. Airfare to Madagascar is not included.
This is an incredible change to photograph the glorious Southern Hemisphere Milky Way, a very different experience compared to what we can capture in the Northern Hemisphere. The Milky Way Core will be high overhead rather than close to the horizon, and we will be able to capture both arms of the Milky Way. A sample of the Southern Hemisphere Milky Way is shown above. This is a great chance to capture and learn Milky Way panoramas as well.
The trip will include landscape astrophotography, some sightseeing, and exposure to the local culture. At night we will be photographing the incredible baobab trees, exotic rock formations, the seashore, and possibly native habitats and dwellings. The trip will be 12 days and 11 nights.
To reserve a spot contact me by using the Contact Me button above, or email me at email@example.com.
Dates Details Day 1: Thursday, 19th September 2019
Antananarivo – Antsirabe Distance: 180 km – 03 hours and a half - Overnight in Hotel Plumeria B – L – D
Arrival at the airport of Antananarivo (eg: Ethiopian Airlines) 06.00 pm: Dinner on the way 07:00 pm: Arrival in Antsirabe At your arrival in Antsirabe, you will go directly in Andraikiba, the first area for night photography. 8.00 pm – 12 midnight: Night photography Location: Andraikiba lake and Abandoned Houses 00h30am – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 2: Friday, 20th September 2019
Antsirabe – Miandrivazo Distance: 532 km by car – about 10 hours Overnight in Kimony Resort B – L – D
8.00 am – 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 6.30 pm: Driving + lunch + Scout the location 6.30 pm – 07.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night photography Location: River of Tsiribihina + Villages Mid night – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 3: Saturday, 21st September 2019
Morondava – Kirindy – Morondava Distance: 60 km by car – 02 hours – bumpy road Overnight in Kimony Resort B – L –
8.00 am- 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 11.00 am: Driving 11.00 0m – 01.00 pm: Visit of Kirindy Forest Lodge 01.00 pm – 02.00 pm: Lunch 3.00 pm- 04.00 pm: Photography workshop or early scouting 04.30 pm – 6.30 pm: Sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs + scouting location 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: night shoot Location: Avenue of Baobabs / Beach midnight – 07.00 am: Sleeping
Day 4: Sunday, 22nd September 2019
– Morondava – Miandrivazo Distance: 264 km by car – about 05 hours Overnight in Hotel Princesse Tsiribihina B – L – D
8.00 am – 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 2.00 pm: Driving + lunch 3.00 pm - 04.00 pm: Photography workshop 04.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Scouting the location 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: River of Tsiribihina + Villages 00.30 – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 5: Monday, 23rd September 2019
Miandrivazo- Antsirabe Distance: 246 km by car – about 04hours and a half Overnight in Hotel Plumeria B – L – D
8.00 am - 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 1.30 pm: Driving (lunch on the way) + scouting the location 05.30 – 6.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: Houses - Abandoned Houses/Villages midnight – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 6: Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Antsirabe – Fianarantsoa Distance: 240 km by car – about 04 hours. Overnight in Hotel Ambalakely B – L – D
8.00 am – 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 01.00 pm: Driving + lunch on the way 2.00 pm – 03.00 pm: Photography workshop 04.00 pm – 5.00 pm: scouting the location 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: Rock + Houses + trees + Village Mid-night – 07.00 am: Sleeping
Day 7: Wednesday, 25th September 2019
Fianarantsoa – Ranohira Distance: 285 km by car – 05 hours and a half Overnight in Jardin du Roy B – L – D
8.00 am – 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 04.00 pm: Driving + lunch on the way 01 hour: Visit of Anja Park – see ring-tailed Lemurs 05.00 pm – 6.30 pm: Sunset at the windows of Isalo + scouting the location 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: Rock Windows + or others midnight – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 8: Thursday, 26th September 2019
Hiking: about 02 - 04 hours Overnight in Jardin du Roy B – L – D
7.00 am – 8.00 am: Breakfast 8.30 am – 11.00 am: Visit of Isalo National Park 12.00 – 01.00 pm: Lunch 02.00 pm – 04.00 pm: Photographing workshop 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm: Looking for the place 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: Rock Windows + or others midnight – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Day 9: Friday, 27th September 2019
Ranohira – Ifaty Distance: 280 km by car – 05 hours Overnight in Hotel La Mira de Madiorano B – L – D
7.00 am – 8.00 am: Breakfast 8.30 am – 01:30 pm: Driving + lunch on the way 02.00 pm – 3.00 pm: Photography workshop 03.00 pm – 04.00pm: Scouting location 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Dinner 8.00 pm – midnight: Night shoot Location: Beach + Baobab + Palm trees midnight – 07.30 am: Sleeping
Ifaty – Toliara – Antananarivo Flight duration: 01h 30min Distance: 05 km by car – 15 min Overnight in Hotel Relais des Plateaux B – L – D
8.00 am – 9.00 am: Breakfast 9.00 am – 10.00 am: Driving at the airport 10.00 am – at noon: Check-in 12.55 pm – 02.35 pm: flight duration 03.00 pm – 05.00pm: City tour 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm: Dinner 9.00 pm: Sleeping
Day 12: Monday, 30th September 2019
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After a pleasant stay in Madagascar with full of new memories and pictures, you will go back to the country of your destination. If time allows, before your departure, Then, you will be transferred to the airport according to the flight schedule. With our gratitude, we will say “Thank you” and hopefully we shall meet again soon in Madagascar.