The Moray Coast Seascapes Photo Workshop
The Moray Coast is just one of many inspiring locations in the Lightstalker’s Scottish portfolio. This dramatic coastline 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. During the 4 days you’ll be exploring and photographing a large part of it between Findhorn in the west and Pennan in the east.
One of the main highlights is the Bow Fiddle Rock, a natural sea arch just offshore from the village of Portknockie. This huge sea stack (formally a sea cave) is made up of ancient Cullen quartzite rock formed millions of years ago and sits just off shore by a sheltered cove. You’ll be photographing this dramatic seascape at dusk and dawn from various vantage points.
During your workshop you’ll be staying at the Cullen Bay Hotel, conveniently perched above a long arc of sandy beach. A good central base which makes for easy access to this dramatic seascape at both dusk and dawn, enabling us to create some amazing images.
During the workshop you’ll take a walk along a small part of the Moray Coast Trail. Photographing the colourful stoney beach at Clashach Cove, ending up on Hopeman beach to the west. It has a contrasting scene to the rocky seascapes of Cullen. Hopeman’s sandy dunes, sculpted rock formations and luminous green seaweed adorned rocks plus its quirky beach huts provide plenty options for strong compositions.
Other highlights include 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 they are all incredibly atmospheric and photogenic.
With image reviews and editing sessions this workshop is as educational as it is inspiring. Book your place online.
Start time 10:30 Inverness pick up on the 27th
End time 17:00 Inverness drop off on the 30th
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.
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 ND 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.
27th to 30th March 2020
Places available: limited places
Trip fee: £1095.00
Booking deposit: £200
- 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
- Transport to / from Inverness
- Lunch or evening meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- Bow Fiddle Rock dusk and dawn sessions
- Hopeman beach and Covesea.
- Cullen Rock Beach
- Findhorn beach
- 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 )