PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT IN THE
SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2020
FIND YOUR CONNECTION WITH THE LANDSCAPE AND BE INSPIRED TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN STYLE IN THIS PHOTOGRAPHIC RETREAT TO ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC AND WILD CORNERS OF SCOTLAND.
Duration: 6 nights / 5 days
Accommodation: Lews Castle single room. Doubles available.
Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, transport on the island.
Excluded: Drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.
Fitness level: Moderaate
Deposit: £250. Balance is due at the end of July 2020.
FIND YOUR OWN PATH
Locations will include some of the following:
The stunning and wild Mangersta stacks.
Callanish Stones, Neolithic standing stones, older than Stonehenge and fully accessible.
Reef & Valtos beaches and the chessmen at Uig beach.
The butt of Lewis with its frequent heavy swells, big skies and huge cliffs.
Sea stacks and surf at Dalmor beach.
The stretches of golden sands and turquoise seas on the Isle of Harris beaches.
THE OUTER HEBRIDES
When it comes to heart-achingly beautiful and dramatic scenery along with changeable and stunning light, the Isle of Lewis delivers.
An ever-changing mix of terrains; rugged cliffs, sea stacks, stretches of deserted beaches, crumbled remains of empty croft houses, hills, lunar-like rocky plateaus and desolate moorlands. All this as well as Neolithic standing stones Iron Age brochs and traditional 17th century Blackhouses.
Lewis offers amazing opportunities to explore all the elements of life on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean – history, heritage, wilderness and breathtaking landscapes. You begin to understand how the relentless seas have shaped this island environment, and the lifestyles of those who live here.
The autumn and spring are the best time to photograph the Outer Hebrides. The sense of desolation on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean which is subject to constantly changing weather, brooding skies and giant rolling waves is at its best outside the summer months. The days are shorter which allow us to photograph during sunset or sunrise and the quality of light is at its best. There might even be a chance to see the northern lights if skies are clear enough.
Harris is approx an hour and a half drive away so there is ample time to visit this island which is connected by land to Lewis.
Lews Castle is an A-listed castle which dates back to the 1840s. Lying unused for 20 years, a £19.5 million restoration project recently returned it to its Gothic Revival glory.
Lews Castle will be our base, teaching area as well as accommodation for up to 12 participants for 6 nights/ 5 days.
The bedrooms and apartments are all finished to the highest standard, staying true to the grandeur of the building with traditional touches such as Harris Tweed, but will also expertly blend contemporary luxuries into the mix with the latest technology and design.
On site is a museum, cafe and restaurant, all amidst an expanse of castle grounds with walks and forest and endless quiet spaces. Within 10 mins walking distance from the heart of Stornoway, yet secluded enough to feel completely tranquil. We choose Lews Castle for its sheer sense of space and peacefulness which allows everyone to have a little of their own time and quiet outwith the teaching and shooting times.
On this very special Outer Hebrides retreat, I have teamed up with Paul Sanders. We both work in an intuitive manner and believe that photography is about how you respond to the landscape. We are equally passionate about helping, encouraging and assisting others to develop and grow in understanding and depth in their own landscape photography.
We have both overcome significant challenges through landscape photography and have learnt to live in a way that we stay healthy, happy and fulfilled through our landscape work. We have come together to create a unique space for a few days in a beautiful isolated island which will allow us to help you in your own photographic journey.
Paul Sanders is passionate about landscape photography and believes strongly in the connection between mindfulness and his landscape work. That being present within the landscape and the connection you have with nature is the most important part of landscape photography.
“I love being outside surrounded by the beauty of the world we live in. It never ceases to amaze me, as I watch the storm clouds blow in over the coast, listen to the waves crashing against the rocky shores or watch sunlight stream through trees on a foggy morning, how blessed and lucky we are to have such beauty on our doorsteps”
Paul was appointed as Picture Editor of The Times in 2004, He left The Times in 2012 to pursue his passion for fine art landscape work. He enjoys sharing his work with others, speaking to camera clubs and societies regularly. Paul also enjoys very much working alongside others in a workshop environment sharing, helping and encouraging others to find their own way in photography.
I specialise in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places. I spend considerable time on the Islands of Harris and Lewis and exploring other equally remote areas. I actively seek out isolated places to work. I adore the beauty in remote landscapes and being based in the Highlands of Scotland, it is relatively easy for me to get wild and beautiful places.
I have been photographing landscapes for 23 years since relocating to the Highlands of Scotland. My work has been printed in Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Camera Craft, Build it Magazine, Outdoor Photography Magazine and regularly in travel features within Scottish broadsheets.
In the past 8 years I have been commissioned to travel to photograph in countries such as the Italy, America, Iceland, the Azores, Swaziland and Croatia. However, my main interest always comes back to the beautiful wild landscapes of the North of Scotland and the Scottish Isles.
We will collect you from Stornoway airport. Flights depart from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness and connections can be made from various airports including London & Manchester.
Alternatively we can collect you from Stornoway ferry terminal to meet the ferry from Ullapool. It is possible to purchase walk on fares for as little as £12 and to leave your car at the ferry terminal in Ullapool.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you need journey planning advice. You can choose to travel to the island in a number of ways and might want to stop through other islands along the way. The Isle of Skye, Uist and Barra are all possible to tag along each side. Margaret has in depth knowledge of ferries, accommodation and routes and can provide help.
All levels of photographers are welcome. With two tutors, there is plenty time to give personalised attention to all levels.
Non-photographic partners also welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. Please ask for more information.
Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
All transport during the retreat
Single (or double if requested ) accommodation in Lews Castle apartments. You will have access to a shared kitchen and living area between each 2 bedrooms.
Arrival Date: 12th September 2020
Workshop Dates: 13th – 17th September 2020
Departure date: 18th September 2020
Fitness level is moderate and we will match the pace of locations according to the group. No one needs to worry about keeping up! Most locations are within a very easy, short walk.
Bring warm, waterproof clothing, cameras and tripods. Tripod, filters, remote shutters, memory cards and a laptop if you can. There will be a full kit list sent out to participants to help you in your packing.
Travel to and from the island
Breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal provided at Lews Castle.
- Detailed communication beforehand so that we understand how we can help you on the tour. We will allow for personalised attention.
- Perfect if you are wanting to combine a trip with your partner with a photography tour. Non photographic partners welcome.
- Photographic locations from dramatic cliffs, desolate landscapes, roaring wild seas and historic sites on Lewis to beautiful rolling hills and stretches of white sandy beaches on the Isle of Harris.
- Alongside our standard photographic training, Margaret is also experienced in time-lapse photography and can demo time-lapse to those interested. Paul is a master of the long exposure so will be teaching long exposure techniques.
- Individual attention and a focus on helping you develop.