MORAY COAST SCOTLAND MARCH 2018

Destination summary

Moray Coast Seascapes photography workshop

The Moray Coast Seascapes workshop is the latest inspiring location to be added to the Lightstalker’s Scottish portfolio. It was recently listed in the prestigious “world’s top 12 coastlines” by a National Geographic panel. The southern coastline of the Moray Firth extends from Inverness all the way east to Peterhead. You’ll be exploring and photographing a large piece of it between Findhorn in the west and Gardenstown in the east.

One of the Moray Coast highlights includes the natural sea arch of the Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie. This sea stack is an ancient Cullen quartzite rock formed millions of years ago and sits just off shore by a sheltered cove. You’ll be staying just outside Cullen, perched above the clifftops and sandy beach which makes access easy to this dramatic seascape at both dusk and dawn, enabling us to create some amazing images.

The Moray Coast town of Hopeman has a contrasting beach scene to the rocky seascapes of Cullen. It’s sandy dunes, sculpted rock formations (Daisy Rock), luminous green seaweed adorned rocks and quirky beach huts provide plenty options for strong compositions.

Further west along the Moray Coast the minimalist scenes at Findhorn, the old 17th century harbour of Portsoy and the simple but attractive fishing villages of Pennan ( Local Hero was filmed here in 1982), Crovie and Gardenstown perched right by the sea are all worth exploring and photographing during the day sessions.

With image reviews and editing sessions this workshop promises to be educational, inspiring and productive. Book you place online.

Extra information

Start time  10:30 Inverness pick up on the 24th
End time  16:30  Inverness drop off on the 27th
Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports.

Accommodation Single occupancy* rooms at the Cullen Bay Hotel, Cullen. ( Five single occupancy rooms available, one twin share available)

Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with range of lenses ideally from wide to telephoto lenses.
Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.

Skill level beginners to advanced

What to expect

This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be challenging but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact.

We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program.

Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. Winter days can be mild and wet or cold and wintery, so pleas bring good gloves, a balaclava might be handy too.

Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 1/2 and hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location.

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

4 day Moray Coast Photo Workshop
24th to 27rd March 2017
Places available: Yes
Trip fee: £995.00
Booking deposit: £150

Includes

  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with full Scottish breakfast
  • Pick up and drop off in Inverness
  • Dusk and dawn photo sessions
  • Image editing guidance, image critique and reviews
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Lightstalker Adventures Beanie

Not Included

  • Transport to / from Inverness
  • Lunch or evening meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Bow Fiddle Rock dusk and dawn sessions
  • Hopeman beach and the Daisy Rock
  • Cullen Rock Beach
  • Findhorn beach
  • Findlater castle
  • Portsoy harbour
  • Pennan ( Local Hero), Crovie and
  • Gardenstown fishing villages
  • Duffus Castle
  • Creative seascape compositions
  • Long exposure sessions and ND Graduated filters explained
  • Small groups (max 6 )
"Great trip again Glen. Superb locations and good company and supervision. Will certainly consider doing another trip with you.Thanks for a wonderful experience" S Ramanathan - London