Traigh Stir, Isle of Uist, Scotland

Scottish Hebridean Photographic Trail 2014

 

Develop Your Vision

Hebridean Isles of Uist and Lewis. Two incredible workshops in one

A truly unique Scottish Hebridean experience

 


 

Introduction

Cliffs-of-Dalmor-5797Considered the Scottish ‘jewels of the crown’, we will spend eleven days visiting the Isles of Uist and Lewis, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Breathtaking mountains and glens, stunning lochs, sea stacks, rock pools, cliffs, white sand bays, the list is endless. The low-light days of March are perfect conditions for dramatic landscape photography adding limitless drama and beauty to the picturescape.

Wild, rugged, weathered, geologically abused yet tranquil; this ten night photographic adventure really is a once in a lifetime experience.


 

The Location: Hebridean Isles

Isle of Uist

Griminish-bay-Isle-of-Uist-ScotlandHere we concentrate on part of the Hebridean chain that includes the isles of Berneray, north Uist, Benbecula and south Uist.

All these islands are connected by causeways. Boggy moors and craggy hills rule the east side of these islands. In fact, it’s hard to tell whether the moorland is sprinkled with lochs or the sea is dotted with islands and, on a sunny day, the landscape truly sparkles. In contrast, the west side of the isles is dominated by sandy coastlines and machair (the fertile coastal grassland bordering the sand dunes).

North and south Uist both have nature reserves and are full of ancient monuments, many dating back thousands of years. Picturesque traditional black houses are also found dotted amongst the landscape of these islands.

This part of the Hebrides has a beauty and charm of its own and can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. The mood and atmosphere the weather systems create are out of this world. The sand dunes never look the same as the wind alters their patterns constantly and the photogenic landscape can change in an instant.

Isle of Lewis

Sea-stacks-of-Camas-na-h-Airde-Isle-of-Lewis-ScotlandThe Isle of Lewis is at the North West corner of the Hebrides, or Western Isles. The name of  MacLeod is seen regularly in the phone books and on the name boards of shops and the ending of “bost” on the place names, giving witness to the Viking past of the Isles.

Alongside the great sites of historic interest like the Callanish Standing Stones and the Carloway broch, we will also visit some of our favourite places on the Isle of Lewis – those hidden treasures that you only know about if you live in a place or visit frequently. We will take the time to explore these hidden parts, giving you a unique insight of what is photographically so special about the Isle of Lewis.

Spending most of our time on the north/west part of the island, time permitted, we will also drive north/east to Traigh Ghearadha beach to capture the rock pools and sea stacks during sunrise.


 

Equipment needed

equipment-neededDuring this workshop you will have the chance to work on many different photographic styles and genres such as wide angle vistas, intimate landscape, abstract details, as well as long exposure seascapes.

Equipment requirements

  • DSLR camera and lenses. Focal length of wide angle to 200mm will be more than adequate.
  • Tripod – a sturdy tripod is strongly recommended.
  • Filters – to get the very best out of your images and the locations we suggest that you bring a good Neutral Density filter with you. Neutral Density Graduated filters are also recommended for balancing exposure difference between land and sky. Full instruction can be given during the workshop to help you with the correct use of filters.
  • Shutter release cable – for long exposures
  • Warm and weatherproof clothing and sturdy boots is a must as the weather in March can be very unpredictable. ☀ ☁ ❄

We also encourage you to bring some digital files of your previous work as there will be opportunities to discuss your portfolio and supply you with beneficial feedback.


 

Group Size

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Limited to eight people per tutor, this workshop is designed with tuition and inspiration in mind, allowing plenty of time for individual attention by the tutor.

Experience Level

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Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. The workshop provides many opportunities to learn about composition, focusing and exposure techniques, as well as how to get the very best out of your equipment. For the more experienced participants, there will be guidance on visualisation and inspiration.

We guarantee you will leave this workshop with new skills and techniques, great memories and many stunning images.

Transportation ✈

Collection and return from Glasgow Airport or Railway Station. We can also pick you up en-route to the Isles if preferred. Please contact us with your requirements to make arrangements.

Our transport will be a 9 seat comfortable minibus.

Pricing £ $ €

The cost for this workshop is £1,950 (All inclusive, see sidebar for details). A deposit of £300 is required, the outstanding balance will be requested two months before the workshop date.


 

Your Tutors

Dimitri-VasileiouDimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.

Some of his work has been reproduced in the Daily Record newspaper and he has also had work published in a number of photography magazines and books.

In 2011 Dimitri founded Landscape Photography Magazine. He is the editor and currently writing articles every month for the publication.

Mike-BellMike Bell is a semi pro and highly enthusiastic landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland. He is also a full time contributor and author of many articles for Landscape Photography Magazine. Mike’s photographs have been reproduced and published by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

These days Mike Bell spends a large amount of his time travelling and photographing stunning locations around the world. Mike has a great knowledge and experience on teaching novice photographers and he will be a valuable asset to this adventure.


 

Accommodation

Isle of Lewis – Doune Braes Hotel

Doune-Braes-HotelThe Doune Braes Hotel offers a personal welcome from your host, Eileen MacDonald, and her staff.

The Hotel offers comfortable accommodation, fine food and spectacular surroundings. It is situated in the township of Carloway on the west side of the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles in a tranquil location. Lovely beaches and world class archaeology are nearby, and the location is excellent to use as a base for exploring Lewis and Harris.

Isle of Uist – Langass Lodge

Langass-LodgeRenowned for its friendly warm style and fantastic team in its Restaurant. The Chef’s at Langass are constantly upping their game competing with the finest eateries in the highlands and benefitting from an unparalleled array of fresh seafood, local Organic meat and Game.

The Lodge sits in its own vast grounds with paths leading to the Sea Loch, a Stone circle and the Forest and moorland beyond. Cosy interiors greet the guests featuring beautiful Highland Anta textiles combined with crisp white bed linen and wooden floors. Niall and Amanda and John and Ann have been at Langass for more years than it is polite to mention, but still relish welcoming guests old and new and introducing them to the Island they love.

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