A glorious tour of this remote and stunning area of North West Scotland. Wester Ross is a synonym for remote, lonely, beautiful and wild. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty situated between Loch Carron in the south, Loch Broom and Ullapool in the north and Achnasheen in the east. Wester Ross is unspoilt and there are areas where visitors are seldom seen such as the Letterewe Estate north of Loch Maree. Well known and beautiful lochs are loch Torridon, with Liathach in the heart of the huge Torridon mountain range, loch Maree with the Slioch and Beinn Eighe mountain ranges and dozens of other remote lochs in just as many beautiful glens. Wester Ross is also one of the few parts of Scotland which still has (remains of) the old Caledonian forest.
The workshop will be based near to Ullapool so that we can explore this photographically rich area easily. Loch Maree is 20 kilometres long, lies in the heart of Wester Ross, and is definitely one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. Loch Maree is the fourth largest fresh water loch in Scotland. Loch Maree contains five large wooded islands and over 25 smaller ones, many of which have their own lakelets. Just outside Kinlochewe on the main road is the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve. It has a visitor centre and two very well maintained trails, a woodland trail and a mountain trail. Both walks pass through the remains of the great Caledonian pine forest. The Scots Pines are of an outstanding beauty. They are very compact Bonsai-like trees and a walk through this forest is an unforgettable experience. The highest mountain of the Beinn Eighe range is 1009 meters. The views from the top of the mountain trail over Loch Maree and Wester Ross are absolutely stunning and unforgettable. Dotted around Loch Ewe are several interesting villages such as Poolewe, Cove, Inverasdale, Aultbea and Mellon Charles, all situated on the shore of loch Ewe which is the only north facing loch of Wester Ross. We will drive from Kinlochewe towards Torridon and you enter a different world compared to the area around Loch Maree. You are now south of the impressive Beinn Eighe mountain range. At the end of this beautiful glen is Upper Loch Torridon and the village of Torridon. The minor road continous west to Inveralligin and Diabaig. There are six stunning miles between Torridon and Shieldaig and it’s hard to stay focussed on the road with so much beautiful scenery around you. There are a few places though where you can park and take in the beautiful mountain scenery. The village of Shieldaig can be found off the main road in a beautifully sheltered bay called Loch Shieldaig with views to Shieldaig island and its beautiful Scots Pines. Just outside Shieldaig is a single track road heading west to Applecross and a few other small villages, the Applecross Peninsula is one of the most remote places in Scotland. If you follow the main road (A896) from Shieldaig you end up at the head of Loch Kishorn where you have two choices, go right over the Bealach na Ba, the beautiful pass, to Applecross or continue on the same road to Lochcarron.
As well as being guided, with a fantastic ratio of up to 4 clients to one workshop leader, you can also rest assured that you will be able to spend lots of time working on a one to one basis to not only capture some fantastic images, but more importantly to further your skills. Whether you are a beginner who needs to learn some of the more technical aspects of exposure, depth of field and filters, or a more advanced photographer who wants to really hone their compositional skills, your needs will be catered for. Places are limited to four clients to ensure plenty of tuition during your visit. There is the possibility of return transport from Preston, Lancashire (limited to three clients). The workshop fee includes single occupancy quality accommodation including cooked breakfast, full tuition during the day and post processing sessions in the evening. Technical skills including the use of filters for dramatic effect will be explored. This will cover neutral density filters to slow the shutter speed creating atmospheric water movement, graduated neutral density filters to balance the exposure between the land and sky, and extreme 'big stopper' filters to create wonderful movement in the clouds and water. Technical aspects will be explored including achieving accurate exposure using the manual setting of the camera along with making creative decisions regarding aperture and depth of field.
There really is no better way to develop your craft than by 'getting out there and doing it'. I will provide you with a friendly, fun and informative workshop experience that will, I am sure, leave you with some memorable images to add to your portfolio. Partners who do not wish to participate in the photography tuition are welcome at a reduced rate and there is the possibility of shared cost return transport from Preston. Complete the online Booking Form to reserve your place. Price £695