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  • Jeff Henry
  • Jeff Henry
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For years I had dreamed about traveling to Bhutan--it seemed so exotic, natural, and untouched by technology that has permeated every day life in the West.  After exhaustive research, in late 2010, I signed up for the October 2011 tour with Robin.  I then set about planning other trips in the interim, knowing I just had to arrive in Bangkok on a certain day and fly to Paro with the group.  During the tour, I woke up each day not knowing exactly what we would be doing that day (I had last read the itinerary about 8 months before the trip); this helped keep my expectations in check, kept me flexible, and really helped me relax and just enjoy every single aspect of the trip.

This trip lived up to each and every expectation, desire and wish I had for it.  The opportunities for photography were just incredible.  Not only did we visit places not frequented by many other tourists, but Robin's extensive knowledge of each location meant he could easily help us find and capture the unique and intriguing images.  From visiting temples to walking the streets of the towns, and from wide vista landscapes to participating in private festivals, this tour had it all.

My goal, beyond relaxing and traveling in a distinctive country, was to capture truly unique images and push my photography to a new level.  These were accomplished in spades and I couldn't be happier.  It should be noted that the tour isn't just for photographers--anybody who wants to explore this wonderful country would be well served by taking part.

I've provided my Top 5 photos, and it was hard to just choose five.  If you'd like to see more, please take a look at my website ( which has several galleries of Bhutan images, as well as many blog posts on preparing for the trip.  The primary gear I used on the trip is listed below, but if you want a full list of what I took, take a look at  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


Camera Bag

Primary Gear Used:

  • Leica M9 (about 75% of total shots), using 15mm, 25mm, 35mm and 75mm lenses 
  • Canon 5D Mark II with 70-300mm f/4-5.6L (remaining 25% of shots)
  • Really Right Stuff TVC-24L tripod and BH-40 ball head (RRS L-Plates on both cameras)
  • Hot shoe bubble levels
  • Reflector
  • Eleven 16gb SD cards for M9
  • Four 16gb CF cards for 5Dii
  • 1 TB external hard drive, plus 320gb of USB flash drives for backup
  • 13 inch MacBook Air and iPad
  • I took another lens for the Canon, but didn't use it.  Nor did I use the flash or filters (would have used a polarizer, but too difficult using a rangefinder).

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