I would like to invite you on this 8 day/7 night residential workshop on the Scottish island of Mull running from Saturday to Saturday in late spring 2023 to maximise on the amazing wildlife there at that time of year. There are just three available places.
The workshop will include:
- A three hour boat trip to photograph white tailed eagles in flight and hunting. Dolphins, porpoise, otters, gannets plus other sea birds may also be seen. I’ll share with you camera settings and lens choice you’ll need in order to get sharp, well composed photos. If you wanted to have a second go at photographing WTEs, you can book a second trip on this boat (for an additional fee).
- There’s an option to charter the boat (for an additional fee) to photograph more white tailed eagles and aquatic mammals. The tour operator works with us directly to get the best photographs. Max six people so two additional photographers not from our group may join us.
- A visit to the Treshnish Isles of Staffa and Lunga to photograph Fingal’s Cave and the wildlife on these islands. Our trip onto Lunga has the option (for a small fee) to continue into the evening (long after most people have left the island) with the warm sunlight illuminating the puffins as they look after their young in the burrows. Min six people and weather dependent.
- Some of the wildlife you may encounter include white tailed eagles, golden eagles, buzzards, short eared owls, hen harriers, cuckoo, curlew, puffins and other sea birds, otters, red deer, moths and much more.
- Whilst this is predominantly a wildlife workshop, though there will be opportunities to photograph some of the rugged landscapes on Mull.
- You’ll also get the opportunity to use your macro equipment to photograph moths (with the use of my moth trap), flowers including orchids and bluebells), insects, lichen, etc.
- Accommodation is for seven nights in a lovely cottage in the centre of the island including breakfast and lunches. Evening meals and alcoholic drinks aren’t included. Please ensure that any special dietary needs or allergies are indicated at the time of booking. There’s no single supplement and everyone will have their own bedroom. All meals are on a ‘prepare/cook them yourself’ basis though we may eat out as and when the situation arises. Please ensure that any special dietary needs or allergies are indicated at the time of booking. If required, we can make cooking evening meals easier with the use of a slow cooker. There are no waiters on the trip so we all have to muck-in keeping the accommodation tidy, and preparing/cooking meals.
- Transportation whilst on the workshop is in a very comfortable 4×4 Ford Ranger with ample space for all your photographic gear.
- Time to photograph the wildlife seen on the workshop.
- Photo critique sessions as time allows in the evening or in spells of really bad weather.
- Your guarantee that if we have to cancel due to Covid-19 or the UK government prevents the trip from taking place, you can rebook a later date or cancel as required.
- Should time allow, I’ll also be giving advice on field craft skills, the use of LrC, PS, improving your workflow, use of filters, using your camera whilst photographing wildlife, macro and landscapes along with the chance to review your photographs taken each day.
- If you want to learn a new technique such as focus bracketing/stacking or using tilt & shift lenses, this workshop can be tailored to suit your needs.
- The itinerary will depend upon the weather though each day’s location is usually chosen during the previous evening. Most locations are easily accessible, require only a short walk and are best suited to the abilities of the group. The trip on to the Treshnish Isle of Lunga can be somewhat difficult especially for those who aren’t fit or a little unsure with their footing when walking over shoreline rocks. It is also a little hilly – the walk from the drop-off point to Harp Rock is about 1/2 mile.
- This workshop is generally based on outdoor photography rather than indoor learning. The amount of classroom teaching is inversely proportional to the amount of good weather and the wildlife seen. However, if the weather is against us, the daily activities will be replaced with something equally suitable.
- There aren’t any ‘tripod holes’ on my workshops and the wildlife won’t be waiting for us. I believe we have to work hard to get the very best photographs and it’s far better to earn the right to be a wildlife photographer rather than to just take photographs of wild animals. There are no guarantees that the wildlife will turn up, though on Mull, it usually does.
What’s not included:
- Return travel to and from the cottage.
- Evening meals and alcoholic drinks.
- Photographic equipment and suitable travel insurance. This is primarily a photographic workshop though advice on how to use PS or LrC can be given if time allows or all attendees desire the information.
The cost of this exciting workshop is just £1195 with a non-refundable deposit of £250. All prices are per person. The final balance is due just two months before the workshop.
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