THE HIGHLANDS NORTHERN EXPOSURE MAY 2022

February 2, 2021 12:05 pm Published by

Wild Light Scotland , Northern Exposure The Highlands – Destination summary The Highlands of the far north feature some of the finest and most dramatic beaches and mountain scenery in the whole of the United Kingdom. You’ll have 6 days to explore and photograph some of the remotest and wildest corners of the Highlands as we travel over the top of the UK mainland.   From Inverness up towards Ullapool, and the Kyle’s of Durness and Tongue across the top to John O’ Groats in Caithness and back through east Sutherland back to Inverness. Inverpolly and Assynt The Highlands north of Ullapool have been described as Scotland for the connoisseur. One of Scotland’s best loved peaks Stac Pollaidh,  sits proudly above the rocky loch strewn landscapes, hemmed in by other classic peaks.  Wide open Achnahaird beach offers a wealth of beautiful seascape compositions  sitting  almost  at the tip of the Coigach peninsula. You’ll have a full day to explore these truly amazing landscapes, capturing a variety of scenes. Sandwood Bay & Oldshoremore Beach Sandwood Bay is remote and along with its famous sea stack Am Buachaille is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in Scotland. It’s also said to be the finest beach in Sutherland if not Britain. We’ll be hoping for some wild sunsets to complement this wild and evocative part of Scotland. Handa Island Handa Island is home to a colony of seabirds including Puffin, high cliffs, sea stacks and the remains of a 19th century village. You’ll take a short boat trip over to the island to explore its coastline  and cliff top trails on foot, while catching sight of the birdlife and puffins that nest on the Island. The Northern Beaches & Kyles The remote Highland villages of Durness and Talmine provide a quiet setting to relax and explore before we photograph a duo of  stunning beaches; Sango and Rispond. Beautiful Sea Loch, Loch Eriboll’s shores are lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Views from its eastern shore reveal dramatic views back towards the peaks of Cranstackie and Foinaven. The Kyle’s of Durness and Tongue make for striking abstracts at low tide as we  make our way east. Ben Loyal and Ben Hope We’ll have the opportunity to photograph two of the regions favourite peaks in Ben Hope and Queen of the Highlands Ben Loyal over a remote Lochan. Caithness and East Sutherland Scotland’s most northerly point is Dunnet Head  and it’s Lighthouse  offers great views to Orkney and the sea birds nesting in the adjacent cliffs. From our comfortable base near John O’Groats you’ll also  explore the village, Dunnet Distillery ( Rock Rose) in Castletown and the nearby cliff tops that offer great views out over  the Duncansby Sea Stacks. South of the former  Herring boomtown town of Wick are  two castle ruins that sit on the cliff tops and we’ll take our time to explore and photography both these sites. On our final day we’ll make our way south to the old Whaligoe steps that desend to an ancient harbour, take a detour to my ancestral home through the Strath of Kildonan and Glen Loth and relax in the Gardens of Dunrobin Castle* prior to arriving back in the Highland capital. Extra information Booking Guarantee Start time 10:15 pick up Inverness 16th May End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 21st May 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 Lovat Arms Hotel,  Beauly 1 night –  The Old School House Inshegra, Sutherland – 2 nights Luxury Lodges, John O’Groats* – 2 nights. All single occupancy rooms. * subject to Covid self catering restrictions an alternative may be required at Castletown Hotel – superior double. * subject to availability and additional entry charge Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule and possibly self catering one or two nights in Caithness. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect * All Covid safety measures and protocols will be in place as required by law and within the current guidelines. By May restrictions will have hopefully eased but the safety of all participants is my priority. This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Walking – A few walks and hikes up to around 90 mins each way  will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather The Highland’s 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.  Locations and fitness. 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 one 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.

ARRAN PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT, SCOTLAND – COMING SOON

January 19, 2021 11:16 am Published by

Wild Light – Isle of Arran Photography Retreat –  A walk on the wild side Destination summary The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the most southerly of Scotlands Islands, it’s also the seventh biggest.  Just an hours ferry crossing from the mainland takes us to the small coastal town of Brodick where we disembark and start our adventure. Known as Scotland in miniature the north of the island features high peaks, remote Glen’s, wild Atlantic coastline and picturesque villages.  You could be forgiven you were in the remote north west Highlands at times. The Islands highest peak is Goatfell (873m) and the drama of the  mountain range  is the backdrop for several of our locations. To the south of the Island lie lower lands with little of it rising above 350m but still has plenty to offer the photographer. Geography ranges from open pasture, moorland with Celtic standing stones, woodlands, sandy beaches and coves. Our itinerary will see us explore and circumnavigate the whole island, we may even capture sight of a pod of Dolphins that are know to patrol it’s shores. Not your usual Arran photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Arran photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations as much as possible to seek out  wild, remote and unique Island landscapes,  and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses. By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs. This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland and Island locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*. Less is more We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images . In the Wild Highlands and Islands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer. The Learning Your guide Glen has 17 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine . The Accommodation Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals or on occasion venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions. Arran Photography workshop – Extra information Start time  10:30 pick up in Halbeath park and ride, Fife / Edinburgh Gateway station* End time 18:00 drop off in Edinburgh / Halbeath *Other pick up locations may be available Accommodation 3 nightssingle occupancy room at a remote island  location close to some of our featured  locations Essential camera equipment  SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue. Clothing Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Weather I’ve been photographing the Highlands and Islands for over 11 years and one thing I’ve learnt is to be prepared to be working on all condtions. 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.  Fitness and mobility Not all Arran Photography locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces for up to 1hr. This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to an hour, 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. *Wild Light workshops  will be limited to 4 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified. ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability