The Inner Hebridean island of Eigg lies to the south of the Isle of Skye and is only ten miles from the mainland, making it easily accessible. It is managed by the islanders themselves in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Highland Council in order to ensure a viable future while sustaining its unique environmental and cultural heritage. In recent years it has become one of Scotland’s most desirable locations for photography.
The workshop is suitable for photographers of widely varying abilities and experience. Indoor sessions will include illustrated lectures, discussions, as well as opportunities to view and evaluate participants’ own work. It will be beneficial to bring your own laptop but this is not essential.
The fantastic coastline and beaches at Laig and Camus Sgiotaig (the Singing Sands) will be visited on several occasions. With the Isle of Rum as a backdrop, fascinating rocks and shore details for foregrounds, variety provided by high and low tides as well as different times of day, there are endless photographic opportunities at these two locations alone. A walk to the summit of the pitchstone ridge of An Sgurr (1291ft) gives commanding views of the island and beyond to Rum, Canna, Muck, Skye and the mainland. Eigg is rich in wildlife including golden eagle, corncrake and otter. The landscape is typically Hebridean – isolated crofts, some ruinous and with abandoned agricultural machinery, dot the landscape in picturesque settings. Those at Cleadale nestle under the towering cliffs of Beinn Bhuidhe, while the abandoned 17th century township of Grulin lies at the foot of An Sgurr.
Aspects of technique will include: finding subjects to suit the prevailing light, composition and viewpoint, perspective, focal point, depth of field/choice of aperture, filters, (polariser, ND and ND grad, exposure (compensation, histograms), mood and atmosphere, pattern, texture, small details, evaluation of images.
Getting there would be by car/train to Mallaig followed by a 70 minute ferry crossing. Special arrangements have been made to have our own transport on the island, greatly reducing the amount of walking – the only strenuous aspect will be the 1 hour uphill walk to reach the Sgurr ridge. Accommodation will be in the comfortable Glebe Barn, which we will have exclusive use of. All meals are included. Sharing will be necessary (single rooms unlikely). Maximum number of places is 12.
Cost: £995. Covers accommodation (5 nights), meals, packed lunches, tuition, but excludes insurance, bar bills, transport to/from Mallaig.
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GLASGOW: THE CLASSIC THEN & NOW PHOTOGRAPHS
James McCarroll and Duncan I. McEwan
Fort Publishing (2012) ISBN: 978-1-905769-38-4
The ‘then’ pictures are by Francis Frith, George Washington Wilson, Thomas Annan and James Craig Annan. Being commissioned to replicate the same views more that 100 years later was challenging but rewarding and very humbling to think I was standing in the footprint of such photographic greats. The book provides a comparison of the city in Victorian and Edwardian eras with how it appears in the 21st century.