Winter photography workshops versus summer on the islands!

Some people initially question why I run my photography workshops and why I shoot most of my work in the winter months. I am writing this in the summer after a trip so I thought I'd write about it! I am writing this in the summer after a trip to the Hebrides that...

Slow art photography workshop in Garve, Highlands

I ran two short workshops in conjunction with Ffordes Photographic last week. All based around the idea of slowing down in the landscape - both in the physical taking of the photograph and also in the sense of slowing down and really embracing the environment whilst...

Open Water Lifeguard and First Aid qualifications

I have just completed 4 days intensive training towards gaining my First Aid certification along with becoming a fully qualified Open Water Lifeguard. Health and safety during my workshops and retreats are high on my priority list. I spent 4 days training out in Loch...

The joy of just being

Being versus doing I woke up in my van today on the Isle of Harris and dozed till 7am - the longest lie in I have had in weeks. I've been on a kind of overdrive of the mind and body lately, suffering with tiredness with migraines trying to creep back into my life as a...

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop 2019

Last year's Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop was a great success - with 5 participants staying close to Scarista beach and within minutes from stunning scenes on Luskentyre, Seilebost, Northton and Hushinish. I spend about a third of my year on the Isle...

Sunday Times recommendation for my retreats!

Read the article Harris-photography-by-Gillian-Furmage As I sit wrapped up in a bench outside the Balmacara hotel sipping my hot water in my travel mug and eating a pot of porridge ( my usual travel / van food that keeps me going),  I am looking at an article called “...

The Isle of Harris landscape photography

After a glorious week on the Isle of Harris, my intention had been to leave after my last wedding. However, I had failed to appreciate it was the school holidays and there had just been a large wedding on the island, leading to full ferries on Saturday. It was no...

Walking on the Isle of Harris – Beinn Losgaintir & Beinn Dhubh

Walking on Beinn Losgaintir & Beinn Dubh My journeys to the Outer Hebrides are usually full with commercial shoots, weddings and landscape tuition. It is a rare visit to the islands where I have a few days off. Even rarer that those days off are filled with wall...

Hebridean Adventures – wildlife cruises on the Isle of Lewis

I was on the Outer Hebrides this April for a while and took a trip out with Hebridean Adventures . Sailing out of Stornoway round the coast, seeing lots of " commuters from the Shiants " - from Fulmars to Puffins and Guillemots, a brief sighting of a porpoise and a...

Jill Clarke’s solo show at Porthilly Gallery, Cornwall

I was delighted to be asked to photograph the launch of Jill Clarke's sculpture garden in Cornwall last weekend. Opened by the ever so lovely Jo Whiley, the garden features Jill’s simply gorgeous corten sculptures within a beautifully designed garden by Tom Simpson....

Outer Hebrides photography retreat images

The first of the Hebridean photography retreats were a great success in March 2019. I am currently working away at creating new dates and locations including Loch Ness, Orkney and more Outer Hebrides for the coming year. Each one is handpicked and created lovingly to...

Walking on the Isle of Harris – Ceapabhal

Yesterday afternoon I decided to walk up Ceapabhal on the Isle of Harris. I’ve been meaning to do this on a sunny day for a while, so I set off after photographing a beach wedding earlier that day. I experienced views down to turquoise seas and over Harris. Just me,...

Night skies over Harris, Outer Hebrides

My first night this week on the Isle of Harris was an interesting one! I knew the forecast for clear, starry skies and my love of night sky photography meant I was excited! I had all my kit ready and left at 11pm to shoot some night skies as planned.  It is difficult...

Ayurveda for chronic pain in Kerala, India

On my forth Ayurvedic trip to India and Sri Lanka, I found a caring paradise at Coir village on the backwaters of Kerala. A place I became content to just sit for hours watching the eagles fly overhead, the herons land and fishermen in canoes occasionally glide past....

Mindful photography retreat with Paul Sanders | Outer Hebrides

Just back from a wonderful week leading the Outer Hebrides landscape photography retreat together with Paul Sanders. What an incredible week it was! The weather was very kind to us in that we were treated to all seasons every few hours - from hail storms to huge...

Wild swimming on the Isle of Skye

I spent an impromptu day with Matt who runs a low key business on the Isle of Skye created from his obvious passion for swimming on the Isle of Skye last week. Matt is a gentle soul with a real love of what he does and a genuine desire to share and show others some...

Journalling for creativity, business and personal developement

Journalling for creativity "I use it as a tool to clarify my thinking and goals. The paper is like a photography darkroom for the mind “ Tim Ferriss Journalling is trendy phrase at the moment and I hadn't realised till recently. The reason I hadn't realised is that it...

Fully alive in the midst of a storm on the Hebrides

My favourite image from behind the scenes on the Hebridean Islands last week during the landscape photography retreat with Paul Sanders. It says everything about me and all that I love. I am in my element outdoors and in this moment I felt fully alive, whipped by the...

The edge of the world | Photography retreat on the Outer Hebrides

There are only a few memorable times in life that we really truly let go and feel completely immersed in the moment. Our photography group who were attending the Outer Hebrides photography retreat with myself and Paul Sanders arrived at Mangersta to be confronted by...

Mindfulness, Gratefulness & Pauses

Photography is an “eyes wide open” walking meditation. Described perfectly by Matthew Johnstone  in his little book " Capturing Mindfulness" I had a day to just stop a while after leading a small photography group on the Isle of Harris last week. I stayed in a simple...

Isle of Harris retreat day 4

A stormy day broke on our last day of the Isle of Harris workshop. High winds and a bitter feel to the air. We popped out to Seilebost in the morning and although it is often tricky to shoot in these conditions, there were some beautiful soft colours to capture.

Isle of Harris retreat, Day 3

In typical Hebridean style, it was all change in the weather on day three and we woke to beautiful blue skies and even a hint of warmth in the air. Travelling over to Hushinish, we arrived to start the afternoon with a picnic that brought the outdoors in. With...

Isle of Harris retreat

Our first couple of days on the Isle of Harris retreat, based at Oran Na Mara was filled with amazing skies, beautiful beaches and wonderful people. From Scarista beach in a sand storm, with stormy skies and rainbows , the atmospheric Rodel church to Highland cows and...

Image critique from the Isle of Harris retreat

Our day at Bagh Steingidh produced a wide range of images from everyone on the Isle of Harris photography retreat. Richard Bingham was experimental in his method on this occasion, choosing to capture a super long exposure of the beach to see what happened! Using the...

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Slow art photography workshop in Garve, Highlands

I ran two short workshops in conjunction with Ffordes Photographic last week. All based around the idea of slowing down in the landscape - both in the physical taking of the photograph and also in the sense of slowing down and really embracing the environment whilst...

Open Water Lifeguard and First Aid qualifications

I have just completed 4 days intensive training towards gaining my First Aid certification along with becoming a fully qualified Open Water Lifeguard. Health and safety during my workshops and retreats are high on my priority list. I spent 4 days training out in Loch...

The joy of just being

Being versus doing I woke up in my van today on the Isle of Harris and dozed till 7am - the longest lie in I have had in weeks. I've been on a kind of overdrive of the mind and body lately, suffering with tiredness with migraines trying to creep back into my life as a...

The Isle of Harris landscape photography

After a glorious week on the Isle of Harris, my intention had been to leave after my last wedding. However, I had failed to appreciate it was the school holidays and there had just been a large wedding on the island, leading to full ferries on Saturday. It was no...

Jill Clarke’s solo show at Porthilly Gallery, Cornwall

I was delighted to be asked to photograph the launch of Jill Clarke's sculpture garden in Cornwall last weekend. Opened by the ever so lovely Jo Whiley, the garden features Jill’s simply gorgeous corten sculptures within a beautifully designed garden by Tom Simpson....

Outer Hebrides photography retreat images

The first of the Hebridean photography retreats were a great success in March 2019. I am currently working away at creating new dates and locations including Loch Ness, Orkney and more Outer Hebrides for the coming year. Each one is handpicked and created lovingly to...

Walking on the Isle of Harris – Ceapabhal

Yesterday afternoon I decided to walk up Ceapabhal on the Isle of Harris. I’ve been meaning to do this on a sunny day for a while, so I set off after photographing a beach wedding earlier that day. I experienced views down to turquoise seas and over Harris. Just me,...

Night skies over Harris, Outer Hebrides

My first night this week on the Isle of Harris was an interesting one! I knew the forecast for clear, starry skies and my love of night sky photography meant I was excited! I had all my kit ready and left at 11pm to shoot some night skies as planned.  It is difficult...

Wild swimming on the Isle of Skye

I spent an impromptu day with Matt who runs a low key business on the Isle of Skye created from his obvious passion for swimming on the Isle of Skye last week. Matt is a gentle soul with a real love of what he does and a genuine desire to share and show others some...

Fully alive in the midst of a storm on the Hebrides

My favourite image from behind the scenes on the Hebridean Islands last week during the landscape photography retreat with Paul Sanders. It says everything about me and all that I love. I am in my element outdoors and in this moment I felt fully alive, whipped by the...

Mindfulness, Gratefulness & Pauses

Photography is an “eyes wide open” walking meditation. Described perfectly by Matthew Johnstone  in his little book " Capturing Mindfulness" I had a day to just stop a while after leading a small photography group on the Isle of Harris last week. I stayed in a simple...

Isle of Harris retreat day 4

A stormy day broke on our last day of the Isle of Harris workshop. High winds and a bitter feel to the air. We popped out to Seilebost in the morning and although it is often tricky to shoot in these conditions, there were some beautiful soft colours to capture.

Isle of Harris retreat, Day 3

In typical Hebridean style, it was all change in the weather on day three and we woke to beautiful blue skies and even a hint of warmth in the air. Travelling over to Hushinish, we arrived to start the afternoon with a picnic that brought the outdoors in. With...

Isle of Harris retreat

Our first couple of days on the Isle of Harris retreat, based at Oran Na Mara was filled with amazing skies, beautiful beaches and wonderful people. From Scarista beach in a sand storm, with stormy skies and rainbows , the atmospheric Rodel church to Highland cows and...

1-2-1 workshop on the Isle of Skye

I had been chatting with Vikki for many months before we finally met up in January. She had been looking to arrange a surprise for Leisa, her partner who loves photography. So, first up I helped her with some options for buying a camera for Leisa and advised her to...

Mindfulness, photography &

The self help bookshelf in stores grows each year, complete with the promise of an answer. Anxiety, depression is fast rising, alongside chronic illness. The truth is that most people live in some sort of state of emotional discomfort, ranging from mild worries to...

A few days on Tiree

I find it really hard to put into words the way I feel about Tiree. But, if I had visited this little island when I was 20 I might never have left. There is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the island and I just adore its lack of structure. The parking...

Isle of Skye Landscape photography – Fuji X-T3

I managed to hang onto my trial of the Fuji X-T3 for a second trip to the Isle of Skye! I was doing another 1-2-1 training day with a couple of ladies so brought the camera along for my time off and some quick shots to demo composition and exposure. so these images...

Recommended camera bags

My hunt for a great camera backpack has been ongoing for many years. I've tended to stick with an Osprey hiking bag for when walking longer distances as the fit is just perfect for me. The down side is that they aren't made for photographers. So, whilst they are...

Fuji X-T3

I've been meaning to lighten the load for years now and have been waiting a while to see things develop. Given that I have 8 Nikon bodies and 8 lenses, it's a huge step to think about switching over. For me the camera has to be second nature - it is a tool for the job...

Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist

I am always delighted to hear that any of my images make it through in competitions. Particularly when it is the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition though. This year, two images made it through to the shortlist in the category of "At the Waters Edge" The...

Why I do what I do

I have been thinking a lot lately about the why - why I spend hours preparing to speak to audiences in camera clubs and conventions, why I spend the time writing and thinking carefully about my instagram captions, why write this blog and why I want to run photography...

Orkney Isles wild landscapes

Each time I go to the Orkney Isles I love it just that one little bit more. I've only ever visited in winter and part of the reason that I love the island it's wild, quiet and amazingly raw landscapes. One day I will see it in the summer, but for now I love the winter...

Caithness sunrise

I woke yesterday morning in my van at the side of the road somewhere between Latheron and Dunbeath in Caithness. I had been photographing a wedding the day before in Wick and after a late finish I ended up pulling in for the night rather than drive tired. It had been...

Ayurveda in India – Shinshiva

**This blog post was originally written 4 years ago. Just as an update I now visit India or Sri Lanka each year now and each year return healthy and visibly renewed through Ayurveda. I might just be living walking proof that it works! *** I am at Shinshiva in Kerala...

Speaking engagement at SWPP in London

I am delighted to be asked to present a talk at the SWPP convention in London this January. I will be telling my story and through this helping you find your own path in life and in your work. Many people struggle to identify what it is that they love and I will be...

Eswatini – Swaziland Photography tour

Eswatini (Swaziland) has a slow and gentle pace, plus an wealth of amazing sights; a photographer’s paradise. I first visited last year whilst documenting a trip for Traveleyes and just loved the feeling of being totally immersed in nature. Sounds, smells, sights take...

The Machrie Hotel, Isle of Islay

A brand new luxury hotel on the Isle of Islay, the Machrie sits within walking distance from a long stretch of sandy beach backed by dunes. The main focus of the hotel is its fabulous golf course which is situated along the dunes of The Strand. Not being a golfer......

The Isle of Islay

I have just returned from a couple of days on the Isle of Islay. I have been wanting to explore this island more with a thought to running a retreat out to the Southern Hebrides. I have to say that I managed to fall in love with Islay this weekend!  The wall to wall...

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts have recently changed my life. A sweeping statement I know but very close to being true! I drive a lot ... and I also like to use every minute of my time wisely so it always seemed a waste to spend it just driving. Learning and expanding thoughts; why could...

Painting

I started out as a painter. From lying drawing quietly hour upon hour as a small child to setting up an easel in my tiny bedroom as a teenager. I went on to art school and my paintings were vast and expressive. At least 6 foot in size and the act of creating them was...

Carving out time for yourself

How do you carve out quiet times?  2019 for me means more upcoming solo trips that I have planned. More and more each year I realise that it's ok to travel alone and enjoy it. It's ok to feel happy and enriched by being alone. Others often look at me with either shock...

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop

I recently ran a couple of short landscape photography workshops on the Isle of Harris as part of the Harris Mountain Festival programme. A couple of hours of great fun teaching i phoneography on quite possibly the most beautiful setting imagineable! Followed the next...

The Isle of Lewis – an undiscovered paradise

One glorious week spent on the Isle of Lewis. I have experienced gales, huge swells and rainstorms, rainbows followed by a bitter northerly wind and then followed by sunshine, warmth and calm seas. The island is so incredible in its changeable moods and wonderful...

Wild swimming on the Outer Hebrides

It was hail-stoning and the wind was whipping around me in the dark of the morning today. Some days it is hard to drag myself out of the house and into the freezing cold sea but the more you do it, the more the draw of the incredible feeling of outdoor swimming keeps...

Valtos, Isle of Lewis

As we sailed into Stornoway yesterday, the sun shone over the Hebrides in that wintry sort of way that produces the kind of light that is so special. The forecast is for some stormy weather this week but for me, that means possibilities and changeable conditions. The...

Home

I just returned to the Isle of Lewis once more, driving off the ferry and seeing places which have become so familiar now makes me feel warm and as though I am home again. Which is odd because I love my real home in Loch Ness where I am settled and happy - yet the...

New Lee “Little stopper” Filter

I have been using Lee Filters for many years now and it was time to get a new little stopper as this is the one I use most often. It was such a nice experience opening the neatly packaged brand new filter I thought I'd share a little blog post about it! Combined with...