Ollie has been visiting and photographing the spectacular Isle of Skye for a number of years, and on the last three visits has managed to photograph the Northern Lights, with his last shot at Mealt Falls featuring in the tabloids (see “News”) in October 2016. In addition he has taken nightscape images featuring the Aurora over Old Man Storr and Loch Leathan.
This workshop will also offer the chance to photograph Eilean Donan Castle by either sunset or night.
This is a unique workshop offering both structured nightscape and landscape tuition and planning studies; there may also be the opportunity to photograph the Aurora on this photographic workshop.
The dates for this workshop have been carefully planned to coincide with dark sky dates, therefore, with this in mind, and with years of skillfully plotting nightscapes shoots and photographing the Aurora across the UK, even as far south as Dorset, Ollie has the expertise to guide the group to the right location to capture the magic, should conditions be favourable.
This workshop focuses on both traditional landscape methods and night sky and landscape astrophotography techniques.
Moreover, even if the Northern Lights don’t make an appearance during the workshop, early March is a perfect time for capturing the golden hour, or starlight, against the beautiful landscape backdrops Skye has to offer under amazing natural light; although there is a nightscape element, the tour will still include plenty of traditional landscape photography.
Whilst you would need months on Skye to even start to do it justice photographically, you can rely on Ollie as a tutor to do the planning, watch the weather, and as a result, help you get the best out of your photographic journey within the Hebridean island landscape.
The Fairy Pools is around a 1.5 mile walk along a track following a riverbed in Glenbrittle, furthermore, Neist Point and Trotternish Ridge also require a little scrambling, as a result, fitness level is rated as a ‘medium’ to accommodate a possible visit.
Walking over uneven and boggy ground by both night and day, slippy rocks, and high cliffs.
The group is capped at four participants, which is especially relevant as it ensures valuable tuition time for each group member. This workshop requires participants to be at amateur level or above, using a priority mode or manual; for beginners, please contact Ollie for other suitable group courses in Scotland, or indeed, elsewhere.
The accommodation is in a northerly, tranquil, almost remote position, situated near a designated dark sky park, in addition the location is a short drive from Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Neist Point, the Fairy Glen, the Quiraing and Trotternish. Finally the accommodation is self- catering with private rooms solo occupancy rooms unless sharing is requested.
The 2018 workshop group photographed otters, and watched dolphins from the veranda, the Aurora was visible one night from the house along with the Milky Way arcing high overhead in the pitch dark sky.