The aim on each trip is to lead participants to scenic locations, to exploit the potential of a scene and to provide instruction to improve their photographic techniques in relation to:
Finding subjects to suit the prevailing light
Composition and viewpoint
Focal point/centre of interest
Depth of field/choice of aperture
Filters – polariser and graduated ND
Exposure – compensation, histograms
Capturing mood and atmosphere
Recognising pattern, texture and small details
Making the most of your lenses
Evaluation of images
Courses are suitable for photographers of widely varying abilities and experience, whether working with film or digital. As much instruction as possible will be done out-of-doors, while on location. Indoor sessions will include illustrated lectures, discussions, as well as opportunities to view and evaluate participants’ own work
SKYE, LOCHALSH & KINTAIL
Arranged through PHOTOADVENTURES
Co-led with Lee Frost
Monday 1st - Monday 8th September 2014
This 7-night trip is an opportunity to photograph the renowned Isle of Skye and the equally impressive adjacent areas of the mainland, Kintail and Lochalsh.
It will be based in two locations, with the first 3 nights being spent in the Kintail Lodge Hotel at the head of Loch Duich, ideal for exploring Kintail, Lochalsh and the southern part of Skye, including Elgol. The other 4 nights will be in the Viewfield House Hotel in Portree and will allow easy access to the rest of Skye. We will have exclusive occupancy of both hotels, making it very convenient for any indoor sessions we might have.
Kintail offers many great locations including Glen Shiel, dominated by the The Five Sisters of Kintail, and extending inland as far as Loch Cluanie. The road over the high pass of Mam Ratagan gives impressive vistas, before dropping down through Glen More to Glenelg and beyond to remote and wild Loch Hourn. Eilean Donan Castle is less than 10 miles from the hotel and makes a great subject at any time, but particularly so at dusk, when it is floodlit. Loch Long which extends inland from Dornie is well worth visiting while the charming village of Plockton on Loch Carron provides a fine location for early morning shooting, One day will be spent visiting the southern part of Skye - Elgol and the Sleat Peninsula around Ord, Tarscavaig and Isleornsay. Elgol is a great coastal location with views across L. Scavaig to the Cuillin mountains.
From our Portree base, we will explore the rest of Skye. The area around Sligachan has much to offer as it gives excellent views of the Cuillins from a variety of viewpoints. Glen Brittle is impressive with the Cuillins forming its eastern flank and the numerous cascades of the fairy pools. The western areas of Skye offer good locations for evening and sunset work around Loch Harport and Loch Bracadale, but the prime location is Neist Point and Lighthouse. Talisker Bay, close to the famous distillery, deserves a visit for its beach of black volcanic boulders and sand.
North of Portree is the Trotternish Peninsula which has one of the real icons of Skye, the Old Man of Storr, a towering rock pinnacle surrounded by other rock formations and backed by high cliffs. While this can be successfully photographed from near the road using moorland, loch or waterfall as foreground, the most impressive images are to be had by climbing up the hillside, a relatively easy one hour walk. We plan to do this at dawn on one of the mornings. Further north, towards Staffin, there is the Kilt Rock, Lealt Gorge, Loch Mealt and finally the spectacular, sculptured landscape of the Quiraing.
Mountains, glens, moorland, cliffs, lochs, rivers, waterfalls, cliffs, headlands, rocky and sandy shores will provide lots of variety and with luck, heather should still be in flower to add a touch of colour.
Cost: £1395 - includes single, en-suite accommodation, all meals, packed lunches, transport during the trip, tuition. Maximum number of photographers is 12.