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South West Ireland - Dingle Peninsula

07th - 13th Oct, 2018 - FULLY BOOKED

£2399.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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In its deep south west, Ireland fractures into four long peninsulas, each with a distinctive north and south coast. The most northerly of these is Dingle, whose western cape and outlying islands is not only the most westerly land in Ireland, and the British Isles, it also claims that distinction for the whole of Europe (with the exception of Iceland). 

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  • Tour Code IRE11
  • Included
    • Accommodation on single occupancy basis
    • Dinner and breakfasts
    • Transport during the tour
    • Transfers from the recommended flight
  • Excluded
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Flights
    • Insurance
  • Duration 7 Night Tours
  • Exertion Strenuous
  • Leading Lights
South West Ireland - Dingle Peninsula

In its deep south west, Ireland fractures into four long peninsulas, each with a distinctive north and south coast. The most northerly of these is Dingle, whose western cape and outlying islands is not only the most westerly land in Ireland, and the British Isles, it also claims that distinction for the whole of Europe (with the exception of Iceland). 

The landscape is mountainous, although with mainly soft and sweeping summits rather than rugged and tortured tops. An amazing network of roads gives access to almost everywhere on the coast, and the Conor Pass which divides its highest hills has spectacular views. However, the jewel in Dingle’s crown is its far west. Smerwick harbour is a magnificent sheltered bay with a wonderful sandy beach with spectacular headlands framing the North Atlantic. Clogher and Slea Heads overlook the Blasket Islands and their rugged ridges give ample opportunities for foreground detail. It is no exaggeration to say that these are some of the finest coastal prospects in Europe.

Further east Dingle has exceptional sand spits (deposition bars) on the north coast (Magharees) and South coast (Inch beach). The result of longshore drift, these features are a striking contrast to the hills and mountains of the region and can be amazing for photography with the right conditions. Other beaches such as Fermoyle are equally beguiling.

Like most of Ireland, Dingle was hard hit by the notorious 1840s potato famine. There was a huge exodus from here to the United States and Canada, many sailing from Tralee. In the prosperity of modern Ireland it is hard to imagine the appalling suffering and death of so many, less than two centuries ago. A few famine houses remain, and walls built to provide work and a small income from land-owners at the time can still be seen. No doubt this history contributes something to the haunting atmosphere of the place, which was the setting for the 1970 epic romance movie, Ryan’s daughter. Dingle also has a small role in the recent Star Wars movie.

Far from depopulated and forgotten, Dingle has boomed in recent years as people from all over the world have returned to discover their roots. Villages thrive around the peninsula and super fast broadband has become the norm. Yet for all that, the landscape remains aloof and largely untouched, a realm of mountains, glorious beaches and jagged, awe-inspiring cliffs.

Dingle town is the main settlement of the area. As well as being a destination in its own right with lively bars and restaurants it has some of the best sign-writing graffiti in Ireland and so is a genuinely fun place for street photography.

This Leading Lights workshop will be co-led by Joe Cornish and Matt Anderson. Joe visited Dingle for the first time in the early 1990s; this is the first time he has led a workshop here. Joe’s experience at location scouting, and knowing when to be where to make the most of the conditions is the stuff of legend. Matt, who is based in Wisconsin, is one of the world’s premier post-production artists as well as a brilliant landscape photographer with a huge following. With his own Irish heritage to explore, Matt is delighted to be travelling to Ireland and teaming up again with Joe.  As a Leading lights tour, places are limited to 8 participants to allow each person adequate time with each tutor during the tour.

During the tour, Joe and Matt will be joined by a member of the Phase One team. They will setup a preparation webinar structure to introduce you to to the Phase One hardware as well as the software, in stages prior to the wotkshop. This enables you to get 'hands on' experience using Phase One hardware and Capture One training. 

This time of year will bring slightly shorter days, early autumn colour and unpredictable weather. That unpredictability should actually work in our favour in a landscape whose moods can change with amazing speed. Whether it is fieldwork expertise, or post-production artistry that you aim to improve, this workshop will give you the chance to learn from the very best.

Dingle Peninsular

Staying at the Dingle Peninsular hotel from 7th - 13th October 2018.

Single occupancy

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