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HARRIS AND LEWIS

September 5, 2019 - September 11, 2019

£1850
  • TRIP AT A GLANCE

    • Dates: 5 – 11 September 2019
    • Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
    • Location: Harris / Lewis
    • Start/Finishes: Inverness
    • Comfort: Classic
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Price: £1850

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend six days developing your photography skills with Colin Prior
  • Private en-suite accommodation at the comfortable Harris Hotel
  • Dusk and dawn photography in some of the most iconic locations in the Hebrides
  • Tutorials and critique sessions with individual feedback on each participants work
  • Workshop restricted to nine clients plus Colin and assistant

GRADING: EASY

Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. The days are fairly leisurely and we spend about 5-6 hours outdoors. The terrain is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy underfoot in places. Daily walks are mainly beaches, however, the beach at Traigh Mheilein requires a 45-minute walk up a cliff path which descends to the beach.

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Based at the Isle of Harris Hotel, all clients will have a private room with en-suite facilities. A full breakfast and dinner from the a la carte menu are included in the price as well as a packed lunch which is provided each day. Clients are responsible for their own meals aboard the Calmac ferry.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP:

  • Six nights accommodation in the comfortable Harris Hotel in Tarbert.
  • Each client will have private accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
  • All transport (including ferries) during the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.

TRIP DETAILS

Stretching away for endless leagues, Harris is home to the tireless spirit of the Atlantic. The light, endlessly changing, can plunge a landscape into deep shadow and as quickly transform it into one of luminance in colours that range from turquoise, opal, cobalt blue to amethystine. When I once remarked on this to a local, he replied ‘Aye son, it’s where God washed out his paintbrush.’

Our base at Harris Hotel in Tarbet is ideally situated for easy access to the white sandy beaches and headlands of Harris and Lewis. Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities to shoot at dusk and dawn with sunset offering the greatest opportunities. Tutorials, individual feedback and a group critique are all included in the itinerary.

TRIP ITINERARY

Below is a typical itinerary, which inevitably will change to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions each day. An up to date forecast will be studied and the most suitable location chosen for that day. 

Day 1 – Pickup and Tarbet

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrival hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0800 on Thursday morning. Inverness is a small station, so it will be easy to identify Colin. On the final day of the workshop, we will return to Inverness Railway Station at 1800.

After the group has met, we will drive to Ullapool and board the ferry to Stornoway which departs at 1030 and arrives at 1300. We will continue our journey to the Harris Hotel in Tarbet where we will check in and head out to our first location.

 Day 2 – Luskentyre and Traigh Rosamol

An early morning rise to capture the sunrise at Traigh Rosamol where vistas across white shell sands and dunes are backed by the mountains of Harris. We will return for breakfast, after which we will head back out to explore more of Harris’s extensive beaches.

Day 3 – Huishnish and Traigh Mheilein

The journey west past Amhuinnsuidhe Castle takes us to the road end at Huishnish. From here we will follow a cliff path up and over to the remote beach of Traigh Mheilein which, to my mind, is the most beautiful and secluded beach in Harris. To the east, Loch Cravadale is set against a mountainous backdrop where golden and white-tailed eagles can often be seen.

Day 4 – The Golden Road and Traigh Scarasta

An early morning rise to Traigh Nisabost where marram dunes give elevated views over the coral sand beaches to a backdrop of Taransay. After breakfast we will head back out and follow the Golden Road, south-east, through Manish to Rodel. The indented coastline features several sheltered harbours and wild headlands. Our return takes us to Traigh Scarasta, which is often visited by huge waves rolling in from the Atlantic and breaking on the white sands. Even on an overcast day, the muted palette of pastel colours is appealing.

Day 5 – Callanish Stones and Mangestra

Dating back to around 3000bc, the Callanish Stones are part of a megalithic complex associated with celestial observations and lunar cycles. There are thirteen primary stones which form a circle with an additional monolith at the centre. We will continue west, to Mangestra – cut from Lewisian gneiss, the cliffs and sea stacks have created one of the wildest stretches of coastline in Lewis.

Day 6 –  Traigh Nisabost, Traigh Scarasta

An early morning rise to the beach at Nisabost, followed by breakfast, and then a final chance to photograph the beaches at Scarasta. At 1500 we will wrap up with a group critique session back at the Harris Hotel.

Day 7 – Stornoway – Ullapool – Inverness

After checking out, we will head to Stornoway where we will have a couple of hours before boarding the ferry to Ullapool where we will arrive at 1630 and reach Inverness around 1800 where the workshop will conclude.

GETTING THERE

This trip starts and finishes in Inverness. For train timetables, costs and reservations follow these links:

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS

Colin will meet you underneath the main display board in the arrivals hall at Inverness Railway Station at 0800 on Thursday.

At the end of the workshop on Wednesday, we will return you to Inverness Railway Station at 1800.

TRIP PRICING

The trip price is £1850 per person.

Group size 10 clients

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Transport to and from the workshop start/end points
  • Travel insurance and personal equipment
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcohol and soft drinks, laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

The ability to respond to Scotland’s changeable weather with appropriate clothing will enhance your enjoyment. The key is to bring comfortable clothing, which will maintain your body temperature under a variety of weather conditions.

If you are at all susceptible to the cold, a down jacket or windproof fleece is the most effective way to keep warm and can quickly change your mental outlook.

  • Lightweight boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat for sun protection or warmth
  • Casual clothes for evening wear
  • Personal wash kit
  • Head torch
  • Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Cameras – Camera equipment is very much a personal choice and is dependent on individual preference, budget, and experience. Whether you shoot with a 35mm DSLR or a mirror-less system is unimportant. What is important, however, is that you are familiar with your camera’s layout and menu structure and the difference between shooting modes. An understanding of the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO is essential.

Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacks distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally weather-proofed.

Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry comfortably but sufficiently robust to be used in winds. A tripod engenders a more contemplative approach to the photography and allows the use of slower shutters speeds. A wide range of models are available from Manfrotto and Gitzo and for more advanced photographers, carbon fibre tripods offer a lighter weight solution but essentially do the same job as those made from aluminum.

Lenses – like cameras, these come down to personal choice and will be determined by the type of subject matter normally pursued. Many photographers choose two zoom lenses; a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, which will account for 90-95% of the images taken with only two lenses. Another popular combination is 24-105mm and 100-400mm. Some photographers prefer to work with prime lenses which offer improved performance at their respective focal lengths however, it usually means carrying more weight. If exploring the intimate landscape interests you, then a 90/100mm Macro lens can be ideal.

Filters – The most commonly used filters in digital photography are graduated neutral density filters. These differ from neutral density filters in that they allow you to control luminosity locally. They come in a variety of densities and gradations but in my experience, the most useful is a 0.6 soft and 0.6 hard. Several brands of ‘grads’ are available but by far the best is manufactured by Lee Filters. They also offer a professional filter holder which allows the gradation to be moved within the holder, relative to the scene. A polarising filter is useful for removing reflections from water and increasing contrast. Many photographers favour Lee’s ‘Big Stopper’ which transforms water and clouds into amorphous forms by increasing the exposure by 10 stops.

Backup and storage – Ensure that you have adequate memory cards and a means of backing up your work, either on a laptop, iPad or supplementary hard drive. Bringing your own laptop will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate critique sessions.

Remote release – essential to eradicate camera shake when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Spare batteries – cold will adversely affect battery life so make sure you have extras.

Lens cloth – useful for removing rain or sea spray.

HOW TO BOOK

We accept bookings online, by phone and post. Booking online is straight forward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant Trip Dossier and our Booking Terms and Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for a trip, please contact us.

To book online, simply click the relevant link from the trip page on our website. You will then be asked to complete the online booking form and proceed to payment. All payments made are directly through Worldpay in a totally secure environment.

For online bookings we accept payment by Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Solo debit cards or Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit cards. Please note that there is no charge for payment by debit card but a 2% surcharge for payment by credit card. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 56 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required.

Should you prefer, you can call us with your reservation and card payment. This will enable us to confirm your place although, in all cases, we require a completed booking form (either online or by post) with details of all persons travelling. If booking by post, we accept all of the above payment methods plus cheque or bank transfer. If booking online we will confirm your booking immediately, including a copy of the Trip Dossier and an invoice for payment of the balance. If booking by any other method, we will confirm your booking within seven days of receipt.

INSURANCE

It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation and curtailment and baggage cover. We work with and recommend Campbell Irvine Insurance whose policies are specially designed for adventure holidays and are underwritten by AXA Insurance.

Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.

Details

Start:
September 5, 2019
End:
September 11, 2019
Cost:
£1850

Venue

Harris Hotel
Tarbert
Isle of Harris , Outer Hebrides HS3 3DL United Kingdom
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Phone:
+44 (0)1859 502154
Website:
http://www.harrishotel.com/

Tickets

10 available
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