Highlights from Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India, the Photos and a lot more.

Short summery and some highlights - Information and a selection of images from our recent Journey to
Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India,
Feb. / March 2014.

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” –
Moslih Eddin Saadi


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Weaving Carpets at the Narhet village, Rajasthan India

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Women cleaning in the corridors at the Amber Fort
Jaipur, Rajasthan India

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First of all I like to thank all the participants who joined me on this amazing Journey and we certainly discovered at times the undiscovered…thank you all.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” –Lao Tzu


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Sunrise at Nuwara Eliaya, Sri Lanka

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicincta)Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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t has been a week since I returned from a 5 week Journey to Sri Lanka and India, but the Internet sucked, including here since then… getting me even more behind schedule. Ahhh well...

Hopefully while I am typing the connection is not going to let me down again by the time I am ready to upload this post, I just have to cross my fingers…

There was little time or no connection to post anything during my travels but then getting the images in field is much more important and enjoyable, hence the reason for this long overdue post.

I am still in a major editing mode even so Aperture 3 has made my life a lot easier these days, but it is the fine tuning in the end that is time consuming and the decision making is never ending for those images.

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Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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I keep the writing fairly brief today, heaps of things to do, the editing from the last trip and catching up with emails. I am also planning new international Workshops and Photo Tours to India in 2014 and working on some excellent destinations for 2015 namely Tibet and Bhutan. I am updating the Calendar on my GD Photo Tours/Workshops shortly with all those amazing new destinations, so please stay tuned.

Please Note: If you like to participate in the amazing and confirmed Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, India scheduled for Nov. 30th - Dec. 12th, 2014 please advise me ASAP since there is only very limited accommodation available and we have to receive your bookings and confirmations way in advance.
The same applies also for the confirmed Photo Tour to the
- Hemis Festival in Ladakh - July 01 - July 12, 2014.

While I am trying to get this all done I have to make a trip to Cebu next week for a Digital Photo Exhibition, Seminars and Workshop at the new Power Mac Center Training facilities. There just not enough hours in the day… grrrrr
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Excerpts from the Cebu announcement below:


(Kicking off the event is the Digital Photo Exhibit featuring published and award-winning images of internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded Australian photographer Gunther Deichmann. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10am to 7pm on April 7 to 10, 2014 at the Power Mac Center Cebu Training Center located at Unit G-2 Ground Floor, Creative IT Center II Bldg., Mindanao Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

Following the exhibit is the Photography Training scheduled on April 11 and 12 also at the Power Mac Center Cebu Training Center. The training workshop, conducted by certified Apple Pro Trainer Deichmann, aims to provide participants with hands-on instructions on digital photography fundamentals as well as troubleshooting ideas for managing photos on Apple devices.)
For more details please contact the PMC at:
Power Mac Center Cebu Office, call 0908-8856277 or email
aatc@powermaccenter.com

Also more info at PHOTOiNEWS

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller


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Grey langur monkey, Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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But now back to our recent Journey to Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India, everything went just great and all the Participants managed to get some amazing images.

In Sri Lanka we had some great wildlife shooting opportunities including the sighting of some 5 elusive Sri Lankan Leopards in one day alone, plus a vast number of amazing birds, Elephants, Mongoose etc. etc.
But we visited also some great cultural sites and had a breathtaking sunrise high in the mountain. I might add, getting up at 2:30AM was not so inspiring but in the end worth every bit of it.

A few weeks later we traveled from Sri Lanka to India into the fascinating Thar Desert which is teaming with wildlife, amazing Culture, a rich history, friendly people and vibrant colors all around us. And the truly amazing experience for everyone in the group when we confronted thousand of migratory Demoiselle
cranes in the Thar Desert.

In due time I post a few more short articles, relating specifically to certain areas and talk about first hand experiences.

During the entire Journey I only used the Lumix GH3 and the new GX7 with a variety of lenses including the amazing 100 to 300mm lens for most of the wildlife images. (35mm equivalent to 200 – 600mm) More info on the Camera performance later, but I can state already they performed exceptional well in all situations.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
- James Michener



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Holi Festival in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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Novice Monk at a remote Buddhist Monastery, Sri Lanka

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On a more personal note I certainly did enjoy the company of all participants, we had some very early mornings, late evenings but somehow managed to have a little fun in between.

Also a nice
Déjà vu since I had not done much wildlife photography for a long time, I actually started my Photography in Kakadu National Park, Australia, and Sri Lanka was a nice welcome back to the old days.


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Sri Lankan Elephants, Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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Towards the end of April when I have caught my breath again I post some of the shorter articles, so please do drop by and check out my Blog for the updates.

I hope YOU enjoy all those images I posted today a small selection from this truly amazing Journey.

GD

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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Sigiriya - Kassapa Lions Rock Habarana, Sri Lanka

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In the streets of Virindavan, India
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Holi Festival in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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Rat Temple - Karni Mata, Rajasthan, India

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Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

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Thar Desert, India

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At the banks of the Yamuna river, Virindavan India
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Village in the Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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Streets of Jaipur Rajasthan, India

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Interesting light patters and view towards the Jain Temple, as seen
through a small window from a staircase in Jaisalmer, Thar Desert, India


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Carrying a heavy load in the village pottery,
Thar Desert Rajasthan, India


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Keeping the fire going, village pottery, Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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Migratory Demoiselle cranes, Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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In the streets of Jaisalmer Thar Desert, India

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Sunrise at the Taj Mahal and fog rising from the Yamuna river, Agra India

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Sunrise over the Yamuna river, Agra India

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