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Palenque Experience 2018 Photo Workshop

David Coleman Photography & Workshops

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM (CST)

Palenque Experience 2018 Photo Workshop

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Palenque Experience 2018

Chiapas, Mexico

5-Day Photography Workshop

By David Coleman Photography


Coax out your inner Indiana Jones and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime photography adventure to Palenque, Mexico! Journey with International Travel Photographer David Coleman to an “off-the-beaten-path” area in the South of Mexico, offering untouched natural beauty and archaeological gems.


Your Palenque adventure begins with an exploration of the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque. Wind down the day with an evening photography workshop session on the streets of Palenque City, where you’ll experience the people and slow-grown lifestyle. David will teach you how to capture great photographs set against a backdrop of colorful architecture and stone-paved streets.


Start your second day’s adventure with an hour-long Usumacinta River trip between the shores of Mexico and Guatemala. Cruise past sunning crocodiles and into the heart of the jungle, where you’ll find the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan and Bonampak, also known as the Angkor Wat of the Americas. As you pass through the stone walls of Bonampak, gaze upon the hidden Temple of Murals, which harbor still-vivid frescoes and hieroglyphics dating back to 790 AD. While there, don’t be surprised if you’re serenaded by a chorus of local Howler monkeys.


On a final adventure, travel to the teal Cascadas de Agua Azul, an array of surreal waterfalls that are easily accessible by vehicle. Not far away is the 115-foot Cascadas de Misol-Ha, where a trek into a hidden cave behind the falls reveals a colony of harmless bats.


David, born and raised in Mexico, is an expert guide who provides a safe and fulfilling photography workshop experience, planning the best sites and times of day for shooting, local fare, and comfortable accommodations in advance. The trip also includes one introductory class and two editing and peer review sessions at the hotel.


Note on limited spaces: Workshops are limited to 6 participants. Small groups allow you to develop closer relationships with fellow travel photographers and also allow David to provide one-on-one photography guidance in the field.


"Palenque was an amazing experience. Safe, beautiful, photogenic, and historic. The Mayan ruins of Palenque were magnificent. Every bit as grand and breathtaking as Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I felt like an adventurer, photographing crocodiles and cruising down the Usumacinta river - Mexico to my left and and Guatemala to my right - then discovering the jungle ruins of Yaxchilan down river."

- Hans t.C., Belmont, CA


Workshop date: February 16-20, 2018


Pricing: $1,950


All of the following are included with the workshop fee:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Local transportation within Palenque, Mexico
  • 4-Night hotel accommodations (private room)
  • Continental breakfasts and 1 farewell dinner included
  • Daily classroom with editing and peer review session
  • Daily 1:1 coaching in the field

Items Not Included:

  • Air Fares, Airport Transfers, and Airport Taxes
  • Beverages and Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses, meals not included in the itinerary, tips and gratuities to tour guides
  • Any other incidentals not listed under "Items Included"

Activity level: High. Activities may include long hikes and walking on many narrow steps.


Requirements: Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera. A Camera and a laptop with Lightroom installed. Please contact us prior to registering to discuss if this workshop is right for you. 


Deposit Fee: $400 deposit (Non-Refundable / Non-Transferable)


Workshop balance: The balance of $1,550 is due and payable by December 1st, 2017 8am. If canceled after December 1st, 2017 8am full cost will be retained. Please contact us with payment options.


Workshop is limited to 6 participants. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or hotel accommodations. We highly recommend the purchase of trip insurance. Tips to local guides and driver are not included in the workshop.


For images and video of Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Agua Azul, and Misol-Ha:


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David Coleman Photography
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Palenque, Chiapas

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM (CST)

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David Coleman Photography & Workshops

David Coleman, born and raised in Mexico City, is a master photographer and visual storyteller. He is a provider of amazing street and landscape photography experiences to Mexico including Oaxaca (Day of the Dead), San Miguel de Allende (Day of the Crazy), Palenque, and Mexico City. Everything has been arranged by David for your convenience and safety. David gives daily coaching in the field, classroom instruction, and image review sessions where you will learn advanced visual storytelling techniques to tell a better story with your images. No matter what level of photographer you may be, you will come back a better photographer.

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