The Giant's Causeway at sunset, Antrim, Northern Ireland.The Giant's Causeway at sunset, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Landscape Photography Workshops

 

I lead photography workshops primarily in Ireland with occasional trips abroad. These are practical, hands-on and in-the-field workshops where you will firstly be brought to great locations and secondly guided to make the best photographs possible while on site. Because weather and light are constantly changing, I do not like to be tied to specific locations on any given day, rather moving with the light to get the best from what nature presents to us. So each workshop outline is fluid and we work with our own transport and book accommodation to suit, sharing where practical.

 


Causeway Coast, Glens and Fanad Head – Antrim and Donegal.

This is a four day workshop on the northeast coast of Ireland, centred around the Giant's Causeway – with the fourth day at Fanad Head in Donegal. The Causeway Coast is one of Ireland’s photographic gems. The  coastal route from Belfast to Lough Foyle is a unique journey along a landscape of natural wonders and outstanding beauty. Rated as one of the World’s Great Road Journeys, some 120 miles of stunning coastline will transport you past rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches. It’s a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. However, further west in north Donegal, Fanad Head is one of the most spectacular lighthouse locations I have ever photographed. The lighthouse itself sits on the western shore of Fanad Head Peninsula and was voted the world's second most beautiful lighthouse after Lindau Lighthouse in Germany by Metal Floss in 2013.  Full details here.

Causeway Workshop enquiry: email.  New dates to be announced soon, email if you like to be on mailing list.

Fanad Head, DonegalFanad Head, DonegalCopyright John Collins

Dark Hedges, Ballymena.Dark Hedges, Ballymena.


Hidden Gems of West Cork, 2-3 Days.

This is a weekend workshop, meeting on Friday evening in Kinsale, Co. Cork. We will meet briefly before heading out to shoot sunset and dusk in the Kinsale and Old Head area. Saturday will begin with an (optional) dawn shoot and after breakfast we will start making our way west. Depending on weather and lighting conditions, we will consider Timoleague, Clonakilty, Galley Head, Drombeg Stone Circle and a few other gems, finishing up in Baltimore for sunset. We may stay locally or take a late ferry to Sherkin Island. Sunday has many possibilities between Baltimore and Mizen Head, and we will work together to make the best of our time in this corner of deep west Cork.

New dates to be announced soon, email if you like to be on mailing list.

Dusk, Fastnet Rock, CorkDusk, Fastnet Rock, Cork

 


Burren, Cliffs and Isles of West Clare

This is a weekend workshop among the dramatic landscapes of Clare and the Aran Islands. We meet at Shannon on Friday afternoon and make our way into the heart of the Burren for late afternoon and dusk. Depending on conditions, Saturday will see us make our way to the coast and to the areas both north and south of the Cliffs of Moher and out, by ferry, to the Aran Islands where we will stay for the night. We will then make our way around the islands and back ashore on Sunday, again following the best conditions available to us.

New dates to be announced soon, email if you like to be on mailing list.

Daffodils in the Burren, Co. Clare.Daffodils in the Burren, Co. Clare.Kinsale Cork Ireland

 

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Killarney – in the footsteps of Glaciers

Killarney National Park

Landscape Photography Workshop

Killarney National Park is one of Ireland’s photographic jewels. South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country which includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland, which rise to a height of over 1000 metres. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here, the mountains sweep down to the lake shores – their lower slopes covered in woodlands, to form the 10,236 hectare (26,000 acres) Killarney National Park. The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty. The Park has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve since 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

I have been visiting and photographing in the Killarney and Kenmare areas for many years and always look forward to returning – it is a place that really is never the same twice.

This weekend workshop begins on a Friday evening at the Castlerosse Hotel on the Fossa side of the lakes. You can arrive anytime after 6pm and we can either have a casual meal in the bar (serves until 8pm) or a full dinner in the restaurant, if people would prefer. As we get to know each other, we can plan the details of the weekend and what everybody would like to learn or achieve over the next two days.

I like to leave the daily plan as open as possible as we will plan and work with the weather conditions to explore the many subtle and dramatic landscapes along the lakeshores, woodlands and mountains of the area. Stormy skies, and changeable conditions can bring the most dramatic light, so even if the weather looks unsettled, there will still be much to photograph. There will be a reasonable amount of walking to get to the best locations, but this is relatively easy going and never too far from the vehicles. I do

not expect to do long hikes on this workshop, but you should be physically fit for short hikes with your camera backpack and tripod and have a pair of comfortable boots. I will guide you at individual locations as to what you will most likely need for the specific shoot, so that you do not over pack your camera bag.

Expect all weathers and be prepared for it. You will need a good waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as a waterproof cover for your backpack and camera when it is on a tripod (e.g. Optech rainsleeve). This unpredictable weather can produce some of the most outstanding imagery, so an open mind is vital, as it is with all landscape photography.

A word on your personal safety – while not as dangerous as seascape locations, lake shores can still be hazardous, especially as we move from established trails and are on uneven ground and potentially slippery rocks. So just take care, especially in the early mornings or late evenings in low light but don’t fret – I will give you a brief about each location to make you aware of any hazards, as well as an assessment of the conditions.

New dates to be announced soon, email if you like to be on mailing list.