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Moray Coast mastering seascapes workshop Scotland March 2019




 23rd to 26th March 2019 –  4 days  £995.00 (deposit £150.00) places available  – Book now

The Moray Coast is just one of many inspiring locations in the Lightstalker’s Scottish portfolio. This dramatic coastline was recently listed in the prestigious “world’s top 12 coastlines” by a National Geographic panel. Book your place online.

Gardenstown Beach Moray Coast

Highlights include

The Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie, shot in dusk and dawn light, the Daisy rock and beaches around Hopeman and Findhorn, Covesea bay, the quite fishing villages of Pennan ( used as the setting for the 1982 film Local hero) Crovie and Gardenstown. Portsoy’s 17th century harbour and the village of Cullen where you’ll be based.

Crovie houses

Trip Summary From The Cullen Bay Hotel perched above the local beach with stunning views over the Moray Firth, you’ll explore and photograph one of the UKs most beautiful coastlines. From Findhorn in the west out to Gardenstown in the east its packed with scenic seascapes and hidden treasures.

Findhorn sunset

The days are still short enough to allow dawn sessions, so we’ll be making good use of our convenient location to photograph the Bow Fiddle rock at both the dawn and dusk hours. Hopeman beach further west also has hidden gems, and at low tide we’ll explore the eastern beach, and photograph the daisy Rock at sunset.

Portsoy Boat

This workshop will also feature image editing sessions and a participant image critique and review in the hotel’s lounge. During the day you’ll explore and photograph some of the historic locations, including Duffus castle, Portsoy’s 17th century harbour and the small photogenic villages of Pennan, Crovie and Gardenstown.

Cullen Beach Sunrise

A workshop packed full of natural seascapes and historic and cultural interest. Book a place online now.

Whats included 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfasts, Transport to all locations, Dusk and dawn sessions, Practical help and guidance, Detailed itinerary, Post trip image review, Lightstalker Adventures Beanie.

Suitable for – beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.

Fitness level – in order to get the best out of each location, some walking will be involved. Walks on gradients and uneven terrain will be encountered so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. The walks along beaches involve sand and some slippy sections of rocks at times. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurable for this type of trip. Please contact me if you would like to discuss anything.

Weather at this time of year in the west Highlands can be unpredictable and all locations and sessions are subject to the conditions being favourable. Once booked, you will be contacted prior to the workshop and briefed on what you need to bring.

Daily schedule

Having been to this location several times I’ve learnt that its best to take each day as it comes, assessing the forecast each day and planning around that as we go.
Having said that, usually we’ll start the day with an early morning session on location before returning for a well earned Scottish Breakfast. Shortly after if conditions are favourable we’ll then head out for a practical session, picking one of the featured locations thats suits the weather and light. Lunches are packed lunches ( sandwiches bought locally) or we may stop for a bowl of famous Cullen Skink ( fish soup ). I’ll also have hot drinks in the van to keep us going through the day.

Once we’ve finished our final day session we’ll head back to the hotel and enjoy a meal and a drink. Then if you wish you can spend an hour or so preparing some images or just relax or grab an early night.

On the Sunday we’ll make time for an image review, this will be a short critique of each participants images ( around 4 or 5 ) and I’ll run through a RAW workflow on one of my own images.

Practical topics covered on location include, what equipment you need, using manual exposure and histograms, lens / focal length choice and use of filters ( ND’s and ND Graduated filters ), simplifying compositions, light theory, using and judging long exposures.

Meeting point Commences at 10:30hrs – 23rd March in Inverness, you’ll be picked up in Inverness at your central accommodation or at the main railway station. You’ll be contacted prior to the trip start and briefed on pick up and any necessary items to bring. The trip ends back in Inverness around 16:30 on the 26th March in Inverness. You’ll be dropped off at your accommodation or the Inverness Train station. It’s a quiet time of year and you should have no problem finding a central B&B or hotel, I recommend for that purpose.

Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports

Essential equipment
Camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Lens cloths and tissues, A laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software, Good quality and waterproof camera bag ( or rain cover ).

Non essential but recommended: Lenses down to 16mm wide angle lens or equivalent and telephoto up to 200mm ) Polariser filter for wide angle lens, Neutral density graduated Filters ( soft / hard or both ) and straight Neutral density filters would be useful (Big and Little stoppers). I use Lee ND filters but if your not sure just come with what you have and I can go over your options.

Skill level Ideally suited to intermediate to advanced although beginners are welcome if they are comfortable with their cameras. If you require any further info please contact Glen directly

I hope you can join me on the marvellous Moray Coast. GC