Date: 02nd - 07th October 2017
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides…...
(The Canadian Boat Song)
A diverse archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland, the Hebrides are divided into two main groups: the Inner and Outer Hebrides. On this tour we shall be exploring the rugged beauty and the hidden treasures of the Outer Hebrides - a group of islands dotted out in the Atlantic Ocean over an area of 200 kilometres.
Our hotel is ideally situated in Tarbert, close to many of the locations we will be visiting. The Outer Hebrides boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet - Luskentyre, Scarista and Sielibost to name but three. Words cannot possibly do justice to the sight of the pale turquoise waves gently lapping at the pure white sand - a vision more commonly associated with the Bahamas than the North Atlantic.
The ancient hills are dotted with lonely crofters cottages, silent graveyards and highland cattle and sheep. We will spend as much time as we can out in the field capturing the beauty of all that the Hebrides has to offer. Our aim is not to rush around ‘collecting’ honeypot locations but, rather, to immerse ourselves in the landscape and spend time at each place, really searching out our own unique compositions and learning new creative techniques, in this way looking to express mood and emotion in the images we make.
All the locations will be selected each day depending on what the the light and weather is doing, to make the very best use of our time. Options include The Golden Road, which twists and turns through the miniature fjords of the east coast of Harris; the famous and well-photographed standing stones at Callanish and a ferry ride to North Usit which offers more stunning beaches, machair wildflowers, and rapidly shifting weather patterns.
The days and locations will also afford opportunities to work on details. Many of the beaches cry out for careful observation of abstract details and the making of macro images will expand our compositional skills.
The diversity of the location offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with some ICM or multiple exposures. Such techniques are controllable to a certain degree and experimentation will give you the chance to delight in some of the happy accidents that can occur by moving the camera and combining exposures. Although the tour will aim to teach you the fundamentals of multiple exposure/ICM photography, the most important objective is to help you to pursue your own creative direction and way of seeing.
This is perfect opportunity to cast off some of the rules of traditional landscape photography for a while! Valda shoots with a Canon 5D MkIII and will explain the way the camera uses blend modes to diminish detail and create abstraction. Most cameras these days offer some sort of multiple exposure option and all cameras are capable of ICM with addition of an ND filter, so any camera is suitable. Doug will be on hand for tuition and advice in the more traditional aspects of landscape photography, as well as creative camera techniques.
Poets, musicians, artists, novelists and photographers flock to the Hebrides to immerse themselves in a place where time appears to have stood still and to be inspired by the soul-stirring scenery. Doug and Valda hope you can join them and discover the appeal of this very special location and delight in the beauty of the Hebrides in the mellow October light.
Doug has been a semi-professional photographer for several years, going full time almost two years ago to pursue his dream of a creative life. He has been teaching photography to individuals and groups for six years and has also taught...