Loch Assynt & Inverpolly Landscape Photography Workshop
8th February to the 14th February 2020
5 Days & 6 Nights
DEAN ALLAN is a Nisi UK Filters Ambassador
Do you fancy the chance of capturing some of the most spectacular scenery the British Isles has to offer?
I am offering the opportunity to join me on a journey which will take you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles.
Quintessential Highland country such as this, with breathtaking emptiness, a wild, fragile beauty and single-track roads, is a rarity on the modern, crowded, highly urbanised island of Britain. You could get lost up here for weeks – and that still wouldn’t be enough time.
Whether in blazing sunshine or murky greyness, the character of the land is totally unique and constantly changing – for that window of time in which you can glimpse it, you'll capture an exclusive snapshot of this ancient area in your mind. Park the car and gaze. This northernmost slab of the Highlands is the stuff of coastal-drive dreams.
Iconic mountains such as Stac Pollaidh and Suilven will provide a stunning backdrop to our pictures. This area is particularly rich for opportunities, with its mountains, lochs, beaches and seascapes.
Assynt is situated amongst some of the wildest and most remote scenery in the United Kingdom. The area is dominated by spectacular mountain scenery where isolated sandstone mountains rise up from an undulating landscape that is itself formed of Lewisian Gneiss, one of the oldest rock types found on our planet.
We will visit some of the most scenic areas there, including Loch Assynt with its own castle that occupies a promontory on the north shore. Ardvreck castle has been the home of the MacLeod and MacKenzie families and has seen many battles.
We will also visit the west coast of Assynt and some of its beautiful beaches with sparkling blue waters. This is when photographic dreams become reality.
Expect to experience fast moving weather systems, which at times can be challenging and a real test of your technical abilities. The light will change throughout the day and you will learn to get the best out of it - this will help you not only be more productive, it can also foster creativity and make it easier to be more flexible when unexpected conditions happen in the future.
During the evenings, we will enjoy looking back over your images shot on location in the digital darkroom. Here, we will look at the techniques used in Lightroom and Photoshop to process your images ready for display. I will be there to help and support you through the post production process and I will be happy to show you processing techniques such as exposure blending, using layers and masks. These evening sessions will be a balance between the days shoot and the post processing. I always encourage a positive group discussion so that you will all leave the week having gathered a wealth of knowledge and new skills.
These workshops are very relaxed which I hope will leave you feeling fulfilled and rewarded.
Inverpolly and Assynt; these are areas of Scotland that have no equal anywhere else on this planet. Mountains, glens, lochs and stunning locations are all waiting to be discovered. Combined with my in-depth experience of the area and superb low angled winter light, it can only be a recipe for photographic indulgence. Low-light winter days add drama, beauty and tranquillity to this rugged and weathered landscape.
If remoteness, tranquillity, total isolation and awe inspiring scenery is what you are seeking, then this place comes on top of any other in my list of places in Scotland. The Inverpolly National Nature Reserve is a vast area of heather and grass moorland dotted with lochs and rocky peaks in the north-west of Scotland.
I am only running with a small number of places on this particular occasion which will allow everyone space to photograph and provide me much more time with each participant..
8th February to the 14th February 2020. As the last day is Valentines Day, we may want to hit the road early to get back home!!??
£795 Payable in Full by the 8th November 2019
5 days / 6 nights
Seafield House, Lochinver. This is a self catering Workshop.
Ideally located for easy access to all the locations we intend to go in this region. Lochinver is the hub of the area.
Enjoy stunning views from this beautiful, spacious, detached 5 bedroomed cottage. Oil Central Heating, Electricity, Bed Linen, Towels & WiFi included.
Step to entrance.
Living room: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse-style with open fire, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and wooden floor.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With single bed. (Dean’s)
Bathroom: With freestanding bath and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With kingsize bed, sloping ceiling and restricted headroom.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds, sloping ceiling and restricted headroom.
Complimentary travel in my 4 x 4 to such locations as:
Complimentary transport in my 5 seater Landrover with ample room in the boot for all the photographic equipment.
Transport to the hotel, Insurance, Main Meals, Drinks & other Expenses