Metcalf Rayner 14 Days Myanmar Workshop

  • 14 Day

    Myanmar Photo Workshop

Jan 22 - Feb 4, 2017

The start date is fixed as the activities and events we will participate in are already set and confirmed.

US$ 5000 (double)

Supplement of US$ 600 for single. To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 6 to 10 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 4 participants to confirm the tour is a "go".

Full Package

Excellent 3-4 star lodgings, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

Photo tour led by David Metcalf and Mark Rayner

Dave Metcalf, Mark Rayner and their group had such an amazing experience in Myanmar this year they are going back for 14 days more in January/February 2017 with a few more treats in store. You will explore the photographic highlights of Myanmar (Burma) as this country goes through enormous transition and before it truly opens up to tourism.

The photos featured here are from this year's workshop, which I think capture some of the magic and charm of this enchanting country. This will be Dave’s fourth time to Myanmar in the past two years; I think he likes it! So come and share his passion and love of the people from this wonderful place.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the end of summer season so the days will be relatively mild and the nights increasingly cold, even close to freezing, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not hiking or mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

Tour Program

We will start this wonderful day adventure in the old capital Yangon and spend a few hours taking in the stunning Shwedagon Paya, and some street photography of this fascinating city. Then on to the ancient valley of Bagan, which was featured in the film Samsara, where we will spend the next three days exploring this valley of 3000 Buddhist temples.

Always looking for perfect light, we will be up before dawn to catch the sunrise over the temples - one morning from the valley floor and the other from a hot-air balloon. However, as is always the case with our photo adventures, we will avoid the crowded tourist areas, heading to nearby villages to meet the local farmers and see something of the way the people have lived for centuries.

Then to Mount Popa, where we will stay the night and to visit some villages that our tour company support with their health program. We will photograph one of Asia’s most amazing sights and also spend time visiting traditional village life and feel the history of this ancient kingdom.

The old city of Mandalay is next; a mixture of photography including architecture, people, religions, culture and beautiful sunsets on the ancient Irrawaddy River as we explore Myanmar’s cultural capital. We discover some very special places in Mandalay and will take more street photography in this historic and fascinating city.

Then another highlight: Inle Lake, to spend early mornings on the lake and traditional villages as we explore this area looking for unforgettable Images and capturing the people and light against this extraordinary backdrop. Expect to photograph floating gardens, tons of birdlife, water bound temples and friendly, hospitable Burmese from different tribes in this region.

Photos from David's and Mark's tour in Myanmar


We provide flights between tour  destinations, transfers, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring some lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Nikon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact David Metcalf by email to davidmetcalf3@mac.com or Mark Rayner by email to markrayner@tailoredphotography.com.au.


  • Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Yangon.
  • Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.


  • 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
  • Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
  • 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
  • 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.

Registration Form

Just to be clear, filling in and sending this form does not commit you to anything or any payment until the booking is confirmed, which will be done with the photographer directly after you both have spoken and agreed everything.

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David Metcalf

Originally from New Zealand, David's passion for photography started when, 19 years old, he bought his first Kodak camera. David is an insightful tutor who inspires you to put the manual down, engage with the subject, access your creativity and capture the essence of a photo. He is the author of three cultural photography books and is a spokesperson for the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan. David’s tours connect you with travel and culture, opportunities that take you to a higher level of seeing and feeling.

Read more about David and his photo tours

Mark Rayner

Mark hails from Brisbane in Australia, but his photo tours span the world. Fully accredited as a professional photographer in Australia (AIPP), Mark is an established wedding, portrait and commercial photographer, for which he has been awarded several commendations including "2012 Shoot the Architect" competition sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects. He is also expert in post processing, re-touching and workflow.

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