TESTIMONIALS

Elane Zelcer – Aaska 2017 Glacier Bay
I’m a little delayed in sending this, but cannot wait any longer without saying thank you so much!
It has been just over a week since I came back to Melbourne, and in amongst my day-to-day work, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying going through my photos, deleting the rubbish and finding one or two gems that warrant close post-processing attention.
I’m still in that process, having left the whales and eagles until last, although there are some already on my website.
It really was an amazing week – learning from you both in such a glorious part of the world, seeing and capturing whales bubble-net feeding, and that wondrous breach (well, series of breaches & tail slaps) on our last morning up in that little bay, and actually capturing eagles grabbing fish from the water, eating mid-flight.
Every day was a learning experience – and loads of fun as well! Thank you for being so open to sharing your skills and knowledge – I’m continuing to put this into practice.
I’ll keep watching for the Namibia trip but promise that I won’t come unless I know I can walk the distances.
Thank you again – I look forward to keeping in touch.

Robert Levy- 2015 Romania photo tour. Before I go another step, I have to say I love the Romanian people. I have already had a wonderful time. These people are friendly, nice, helpful, and our photo guide, Gavriel Jecan has helped me get great shots and has made wonderful arrangements. Who know Romania could be this wonderful. Wow, I am two days into the trip and loving it. What a great trip.

Oded Shulsinger _ 2015 Romania photo tour. Thanks to Gavriel Jecan our amazing Photo tour guide–who by the way grew up in Romania and left to become one of the best photo tour guides in the world–thank you for alerting me to see and get great photographs.

Kathy Pfeifer Hansen The Mt. Rainier workshop was great. You are an excellent teacher and you shared so much with us. I hope I can remember all the lessons when I am out there shooting. Bill was a huge help when I was working on wide angle shots and some macro work, both of which can be time consuming, but very rewarding. One thing I learned from both of you is that I have much more to learn. I can hardly wait. Thank you both for a fantastic workshop!

Michael Kovac Palouse workshop 8/2014 – It was a pleasure meeting you at the workshop. I very much enjoyed the time and our conversations. How quickly the time passes. It’s already been over a week since we met. Thanks for being there and guiding us to take better pictures, for driving madly across the gorgeous landscapes (I clocked nearly 900 miles starting Spokane) and for braking mostly sensibly….and to prevent a nasty fistfight in the wheat fields (see also below) with diplomatic negotiation and a sensible retreat J. I enjoyed all and every minute of it. Loved the format and liked the lectures and critiques – very productive. I really liked seeing the before and after, and Art going through the process of making a better image out of his RAW captures. Very insightful! In retrospect, I wish I had also presented the before and after for each of the 7 images for the critique rather than just the images I had some trouble with. Cindy spoke highly of your travels/photo tours to faraway places. Please let me know if you are up to anything interesting and are looking for participants. I hope to spend more of my time exploring the world rather than working madly like I have done in the past 30some years and look forward to new adventures. There are so many places I have been to, but so many more that I would like to visit. And what could be better than combining travel with my joy of photography?! Until our paths cross again, stay in touch!
Michael

Sara Chieco, April 2014 Bhutan photo tour_ An amazing photography trip with Gavriel Jecan – a professional photographer who mentored us and taught me a ton! What a wonderful experience and of course big thanks to our faithful local guide Pema Sonam .

Cyntia L. Hovind, – Jan 2014, India Photo tour
“Dear Gavriel and Denis. I wanted to thank you both for an excellent photo tour through the “Golden Triangle” of Rajasthan, Agra, and Varanasi, India. The trip was an amazing experience of color, scenery, ancient architecture, and raw Indian culture – all sensories were fully engaged the entire trip. The photo opportunities were endless – from the street vendor in Old Delhi to the Sadhus of the Varanasi, it was impossible not to come away with images that will continue to transport me back to India in the years to come. Thanks again for the photo instructions that you both provided throughout the trip –the field is always the best classroom. As I reflect on the trip, I definitely found the experience to be transformative and would definitely consider other photo tours to exotic places with you. Thanks again, Cindy Hovind”

Cynthia Witney -Jan 2014, India Photo Tour
Thank you for an enlightening experience in India both from a photographic and personal perspective.
The trip was very well organised, the accommodation excellent and the photo opportunities endless.
The Manvar desert camp was wonderful and was a standout part of the tour.
The other members of the group were very supportive of a “newbie” entering their ranks and were happy to share their knowledge and experience with “f stops” and Lightroom! Thanks everyone.
I very much enjoyed Gavriel’s presentation and the photo critiques but would have liked more of these during the tour.The only downside (which was unavoidable) was the long bus trips on very rough roads and the speed with which we were ushered through the various photographic sites. Perhaps this was due to the Indian guides’ being unused to leading a photographic tour and to my relative inexperience with these tours, but a better targeted tour from a photographic perspective i.e allowing time for setting up for a photograph, in locations where there was known to be photographic opportunities, would have made a difference to my experience.
I understand that this was the first photographic tour of India and I know my comments will be received in the constructive way in which they were meant.
I hope to go on another Iconic Images photography tour in the future.
Cynthia

Robert Woodward February 5, 2014

After months of anticipation and preparing for the photo tour ‘Incredible India’ with three weeks of photo-shoots, I was cordially welcomed to New Delhi ahead of the main photographic tour. Using this early arrival, I explored, predominantly the Government sector, with its beautiful architectural photo opportunities and found these words inscribed on face of the Secretariat Building north side – ‘Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed’.Very British I suspect!! (Yes; by Charles Caleb Colton). Pondering these words, I decided to adopt this theme for my own journey on our photographic tour and relate my observations and photos to how the British Empire may have contributed to the development of India.
Meeting our two tour leaders – professional photographer Gavriel and self-taught, passionate hobby photographer Denis, other travel colleagues, our guide Harendra, our bus driver and our transport spotter; we soon formed a cohesive unit ready for our challenging photo-tour ahead.
Seamless tour organisation and schedules with timings precise, hotels superb, our means of transport varied to include plane, long and short bus rides, cycle-rickshaws, autos (auto-rickshaw), camels, elephants and fleet-footed road walking called for an occasional relaxing glass of wine worthy at the end of each busy photo-shooting day.
India, an incredible union of palaces and poverty, an overall population magnitude of 1.2 billion people, supported by their treasured 300 million cows; difficult to comprehend the numbers and we only saw part of this unique country.
Denis and Gavriel have quite different styles about how they approach and mentor their travel companions; so there were ample opportunities to broaden our learnings from each in the field. Day by day, night by night we continued to build and enhance our knowledge of India’s culture through Harendra and embellish and hone our photographic skills through Denis and Gavriel.
Back home, the joy of recapturing so many vivid memories through 10,000 images continues as I look back over the whole experience of ‘Incredible India’.
The colours, the sounds, the magnitude, the religious aspects, the architecture, the people, wonderful weather and the many laughs we experienced made our journey fulfilling and rewarding.
Well done ‘Iconic Images International’; my expectations were well and truly exceeded.
It was more than just a photographic tour; it was a memorable journey of education, distinction and gratification.

Vietnam Photo Tour 2013 – Paul Gabriel Pazstor

The photo tour to Vietnam with Gavriel Jecan and Mihai Moiceanu it was unexpectedly nice and full of Excitement. Everything started with an overwhelming pallet of color surrounded by a non-melodic sound performed by the car and motorbike horns, especially around the Hanoi fruit and vegetable market. In the old Hanoi you are overwhelmed with subjects to photograph, it doesn’t matter what direction you are looking, you’ll always see a subject to photograph. Next it was an overnight train to the northern highlands, Sapa a settlement populated by Hill tribes ( Black Hamong, Flower Hamong, Red Dzao and more.), in this area the landscape beauty was fascinating with old rice terraces surrounded by forested tall mountains. Gavriel and Mihai took us to some nice locations where we can photograph the locals in their traditional clothing working in the field, rice terraces, I was surprised to see how hard they were working and they were happy doing it. After few days our travel took us to a total different location, the Ha Long Bay. Ha long Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site do to its unique beauty and lime stone formation, this landscapes is unreal. Our boat journey took us through this carst landscape with many frequent stop to climb and photograph from the views that you can only dream about with the great panorama to this sea dragons out of stones or to descent in to some of the many caves of this region. From the sea to the Red River Delta where we did complete our story on the rice, from planting season up north in Sapa to the harvest season in Ninh Binh region. The Photo tour to Vietnam was excellent, great accommodation, food and experimented guides- everything was professional, in a way that made our life easier to photograph.

The Photo tour leaders guidness and instructional suggestion were excellent, hardly I can wait to go on another photo tour with Gavriel Jecan or Mihai Moiceanu.

Olympic peninsula workshop – Eric L.

I just wanted to thank Art and Gavriel for such a great workshop.

This is my first one and I understand from talking with others in the group you guys are the best of the best.

Relative to some of the others, I am newer to photography but never felt that way. I learned so much to take back with me about my equipment, composition, light, looking for interesting and often abstract subject matter and so many other things it would take me all day to write them down. Great job. I most certainly will be back for another workshop.

Alaska and Hawaii workshop – Bob L.
I have attended two workshops with Gavriel Jecan and Jay Goodrich.  They are the best teachers I have ever had.  They are personable, knowledgeable and a great deal of fun.  They help so much both in the conception of good photos, as well as how to improve them with Lightroom and/or PhotoShop.  They are flexible with regard to workshops and always are interested in what the participants wish in a good workshop, and they deliver the goods.  I am way more than satisfied with the experience of attending a workshop with them, and have already started to set up future workshops with them.  I would not hesitate for a nanosecond to recommend them.  My photos at the end of each workshop were already better than they were at the beginning of the workshop, and I do not know a better recommendation, except to say that not only do you learn a lot, but you have  a lot of fun too.
Cliffie Scott-Williams- Vietnam Photo Tour 2012
I traveled to Vietnam with Gavriel over May and June 2012, and to me it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had – both because of the location we were at, as well as the people I was with.
To try to put this into perspective, it may help to understand my level and photographic ability.  I find that technically I am very competent – I know how my camera works, and I am able to apply different techniques to images.  What I find I am unable to do is “see” great images or framing opportunities, and I battle with composition.  This means that as a mentor, I was looking for him to help me with these weaknesses and not with what f-stop or shutter speed to use.  He was brilliant at this – at every place we shot, he would always be showing us what he saw and shot, and explaining why he had made the choices he had.  This was always presented to us with his characteristic humility – saying something like “This is what I shot – it’s probably not the best …” – and in most cases it was superb.  I find that now I often think “What would Gav see here?”.
During the trip, he would have regular presentations of the groups’ work.  Here he would critique our work and invited all of us to join in.  It was remarkable how much critiquing other peoples work helped me to see the shortcomings of my own work.  He would also present his own shots, and this was something that interested me the most – to compare what he was able to achieve to what I was able to do.
He also provided us with quite a bit of technical insights – some of which I already knew and used, and others that were new to me.  Although I was aware of panning, he helped me develop this quite considerably.  With all the motorcycles and bicycles in Hanoi panning became a great technique.
He is extremely knowledgeable about South East Asia – having been to most of the countries there several times.  Our trip to Vietnam was his 7th trip there, and I think the way he planned the itinerary was  based on his past experience, because it all worked out very well.  We spent enough time in each location to appreciate it and photograph the best of it, but still had enough diversity to keep it all interesting and fit it into two weeks.  He used a local travel guide in all locations to help with translations, and with local knowledge – and again, this team was fabulous.
I think you will find that Gav is very energetic and always looks after his group.  There were times when just he and I went out because there was something I wanted to shoot at 4am and no one else did – he was more than happy to get up and go with me.
It may sound like I’m on the “Gavriel” marketing team, but as I stated at the start this was honestly one of the best experiences I have had.  Vietnam is truly a fantastic country, and Gav was an inspirational leader.  If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend touring with him.
Sorin Tanase – Vietnam photo expedition 2013
“I had the chance to participate in a photo tour with Gavriel Jecan in Vietnam, May 2013. It was an excellent photo tour and I want to thank you, Gavriel for your patience and your expertise.

I met wonderful people with simple lifestyle, willing to invite you in their lives. It was a pleasure to travel with him, on the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and on word to Sapa. Sapa is a beautiful place located in northern Vietnam up in the foothills of Himalaya range. We spent two days in this region before we return to Hanoi on the way to  Ha Long Bay, this is a UNESCO world heritage site with unusual lime stone formations. Our last stop for this trip it was Tom Coc, with limestone canyons, caves  and rivers.

Overall It was a successful photo tour with a wonderful group. Vietnam is a wonderful country with many Photographic opportunities, it is a place where I learned a lot in terms of photography, culture and beyond. Hope to see you soon on another photo expedition.

Thanks Gavriel.”

Irena P. 2013 Vietnam and Cambodia photo tour.

Gavriel, thank you so much for the trip, I have learned heaps and I feel that my photography is jumping ahead. I have never taken photos of people before and now I feel more confident to do it.

Before I was just photographing what I saw and liked, now I am getting selective about my shots, I am thinking about the subject, the background, the composition, shapes, colours, etc. a lot more. So it was really good trip for me and thank you for your guidance, your patience and your expertise.
And on top of it I have gained a friend :).

Helen Newnham March 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm , Myanmar Photo Tour

A very big thank you for an amazing trip to Myanmar – what an extraordinary country.
Thanks must also go to Gavriel and Win for their expert knowledge of Myanmar.

As with all Denis’ trips (this was my third) the preparation and attention to detail is always the best such that everything that can be done to maximize the experience, is done.

This was no ordinary tour but rather a very unique look at Myanmar. One that in many respects was a ‘behind the scenes’ tour that the average tourist simply does not see. Photographically it was very rich with many opportunities set up especially for us.

The group was small which maximized the experience and gave one-on-one access to Denis, Gavriel and Win. We had privileged access to monasteries and on a number of occasions young monks who were gracious and compliant with our many requests. We also had access to women and children in small villages; bullock carts that went up and down, backwards and forwards in the setting sun; fisherman who patiently cast their nets over and over again so we could get our images in the magical light of the setting sun.

The images are stunning.

The highlight for me was Inle Lake. We visited villages built on stilts over the water; lotus weavers; silk weavers; the Padaung woman with their long ringed necks and the fisherman with their conical nets demonstrating their fishing prowess.

Myanmar is changing and changing quickly. There is no better way to see and photograph it than on a tour such as this.

Thank you to all of you for your generosity and patience with my many questions and to my fellow travellers thank you for your company and good humour.

Kind regards Helen Newnham

Dave H    Myanmar Photo Tour

Dear Gavriel, Just a short not to say thanks for a beautiful photography workshop. I must say that it was the richest experience yet and I look forward to joining you and Denis again soon. Now that I’m back home the real work will begin, namely sorting and cataloging nearly 5,000 images. But I look forward to this and will post a link to my web site when it’s up and running again.

Warmest regards, …Dave

Peter Randell March 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm, Myanmar Photo Tour

“Mystical Myanmar” was all you promised and more – faultless organisation with the mechanics of getting us around in a frenetic environment, excellent accomodation and a thoughtful tasty array of meals to demonstrate the variety of foods available in this surprising country.
Towering over these mundane but essential aspects of travel was the photography. Unique scenes hit daily, from market scenes the likes of which I have not seen before, to cloth-making crafts including lotus plant sap weaving.
There were fishing images from river and lake that showed skills which may not be around in the next generation.
We were most fortunate to be taken by knowledgeable people to sites they knew were special and to which they had garnered special and frequently exclusive access.
My special thanks to Gavriel for his worldly photographic eye which he shared so generously, and to the remarkable Win with his language and cultural skills as well as his photographic expertise.
Finally, you again selected a great group of fellow photographers from which I have made good friendships which I hope will continue into new adventures.
Thank you.
Peter Randell.

Dave H    Myanmar Photo Tour

Dear Gavriel, Just a short not to say thanks for a beautiful photography workshop. I must say that it was the richest experience yet and I look forward to joining you and Denis again soon. Now that I’m back home the real work will begin, namely sorting and cataloging nearly 5,000 images. But I look forward to this and will post a link to my web site when it’s up and running again.

Warmest regards, …Dave

Peter Randell March 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm, Myanmar Photo Tour

“Mystical Myanmar” was all you promised and more – faultless organisation with the mechanics of getting us around in a frenetic environment, excellent accomodation and a thoughtful tasty array of meals to demonstrate the variety of foods available in this surprising country.
Towering over these mundane but essential aspects of travel was the photography. Unique scenes hit daily, from market scenes the likes of which I have not seen before, to cloth-making crafts including lotus plant sap weaving.
There were fishing images from river and lake that showed skills which may not be around in the next generation.
We were most fortunate to be taken by knowledgeable people to sites they knew were special and to which they had garnered special and frequently exclusive access.
My special thanks to Gavriel for his worldly photographic eye which he shared so generously, and to the remarkable Win with his language and cultural skills as well as his photographic expertise.
Finally, you again selected a great group of fellow photographers from which I have made good friendships which I hope will continue into new adventures.
Thank you.
Peter Randell.

Denise and Roger Bollag March 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm , Myanmar Photo Tour

What an experience we had travelling with you and the small group to Myanmar.
The organisation, hotels and the guides Win and Gavriel were outstanding.
We are “amateur” photographs, compared to the rest of the group, but we had the opportunity to see things which no “normal” travel agency or tour can offer.
Thank you again and best regards,
Denise & Roger

 

Una Mooney March 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm , Myanmar photo tour

Our recent trip to Myanmar was both memorable and unique.
The uniqueness of our experience was brought home to me when upon returning from our first morning’s shoot I shared a hotel lift with another group of tourists. One lady remarked that they had been to seven pagodas that morning.

I silently compared our morning’s experience where we had traversed a century in time photographing the city of Yangon waking up to another new day.
Each day offered a new but equally remarkable experience.

Your desire and ability to push the envelope a little bit further every time, your meticulous attention to detail in planning, your experienced contacts on the ground as well as the photographic expertise your team provides made for an altogether special experience.

Thank you Denis and your team.

Thanks also to my travelling companions, you all contributed to making it a wonderful holiday.
Una