Winter workshop at Lough Shannagh and Doan
Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Winter workshop at Lough Shannagh and Doan

  • Slievenaman Rd Northern Ireland, BT34 5XL United Kingdom (map)
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Discover the heart of the Kingdom of Mourne with me and Stephen Wallace of Hibernia Landscapes - NOW SOLD OUT!

Doan is the often overlooked gem tucked right into the heart of the Kingdom of Mourne. It's not the biggest; it's not the steepest; it's not the most imposing. But its diminutive stature belies a photogenic beauty unique in the Mournes. From the summit, you have a compete 360 degree panorama looking up at the taller peaks around. If there is anywhere that makes you feel like you are in the Mournes not just on them, then this summit does. Then there's the views down into the valleys - with the Silent Valley Reservoir stretching away to the south and Lough Shannagh to the west. And, of course, let's not forget all those rugged tors just waiting to provide all sorts of interesting foreground detail. As far as fully immersive Mournes experiences go, this one is hard to beat. 

Doan.jpg

At this time of the year, the Sun sets far to the south-west, giving great light over the epic valleys to the south of Doan. And we might even be lucky enough to have a wee drop of snow up top too!


Itinerary
 

SATURDAY 12 JANUARY 2019

10.30am - Meet and Greet at Ott Car Park

This is the start and ending point for the day. Stephen and I will formally introduce ourselves and share with you the plan for the day. 

10.45am - 2.30pm

We'll start our journey following the Ott track leading towards the Mourne Wall stopping on the way up to photograph down into the Fofanny Valley.  Based on conditions we will then decide the best places to stop and in what order (explaining the rationale for that choice).  Our options include Ott mountain, Carn, the shore of Lough Shannagh and the slopes of Slieveloughshannagh.


During this period Stephen and I will guide you in creating strong compositions and the settings to use to capture a sharp and well-exposed image.

2.30pm - 3pm

We will hike to Doan mountain which has 360 degree views of the High Mournes, Ben Crom reservoir, Silent Valley and Lough Shannagh.

3pm - 4.30pm

Doan will be our sunset location for the day and has a number of compsotiional options and everyone will have plenty of space to find their own shots. We will react to the light (or lack of light!) to help you come away with shots you are pleased with.

4.30pm - End of the Workshop

We begin the journey home, arriving back at Ott car park at approximately 5.15/5.30pm.

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Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for both beginner photographers right up to those who are more advanced but simply want to be guided to some new and largely unexplored locations to expand their portfolio.

We will cover topics such as:

  • Planning a shoot in detail;

  • Composition;

  • The Exposure Triangle (shutter speed, aperture and ISO);

  • Long exposure photography; and

  • Post-processing tips.

Fitness & Equipment

A good level of fitness is required for this workshop as we will be walking on uneven ground for approx 6 miles, with reasonable ascents in places.

Suitable walking boots and waterproof clothing should be used.  As a rule of thumb, prepare to over-dress rather than under-dress as  temperatures can quickly plummet on higher ground. You'll need a base layer (t-shirt, long or short sleeved), a mid-insulating layer (warm fleece) and an outer layer (hard or soft shell jacket) for protection from the elements. A waterproof layer is essential. Please also bring a head torch. Whilst it will still be twilight as we begin walking down, closer to the finish it will become dark.

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How much does it cost and what do I get for that?

The workshop has a cost of £95 which includes:

  • 2-Guide Tuition: Guided hikes and photography tuition from both myself and Stephen Wallace during the whole course;

  • Group size is capped round 6 people, to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition.

  • A brand new and totally exclusive Mournes workshop eBook, written by myself, Stephen Wallace and Ryan Simpson. It includes: a collection of our best Mournes photos; a guide to composition and light in the Mournes; background to the history and geology of the place; a photographer's guide to the various summits and valleys of the mountains. This eBook is only available to participants of the workshops.

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Post production

Post production is an important part of the photographic workflow. After the workshop, Stephen or I will offer to take one of your images and do our own post production on it to show you how we would approach this part of the process. You will be sent a video of us doing the editing so you can learn a few Lightroom and Photoshop skills too. 


Book your place - NOW SOLD OUT

This workshop is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for it, please register below:
 

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Winter workshop at Lough Shannagh and Doan - new date!
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

Winter workshop at Lough Shannagh and Doan - new date!

  • Slievenaman Rd Northern Ireland, BT34 5XL United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover the heart of the Kingdom of Mourne with me and Stephen Wallace of Hibernia Landscapes - NOW SOLD OUT!

Doan is the often overlooked gem tucked right into the heart of the Kingdom of Mourne. It's not the biggest; it's not the steepest; it's not the most imposing. But its diminutive stature belies a photogenic beauty unique in the Mournes. From the summit, you have a compete 360 degree panorama looking up at the taller peaks around. If there is anywhere that makes you feel like you are in the Mournes not just on them, then this summit does. Then there's the views down into the valleys - with the Silent Valley Reservoir stretching away to the south and Lough Shannagh to the west. And, of course, let's not forget all those rugged tors just waiting to provide all sorts of interesting foreground detail. As far as fully immersive Mournes experiences go, this one is hard to beat. 

Doan.jpg

At this time of the year, the Sun sets far to the south-west, giving great light over the epic valleys to the south of Doan. And we might even be lucky enough to have a wee drop of snow up top too!


Itinerary
 

SUNDAY 13 JANUARY 2019

10.30am - Meet and Greet at Ott Car Park

This is the start and ending point for the day. Stephen and I will formally introduce ourselves and share with you the plan for the day. 

10.45am - 2.30pm

We'll start our journey following the Ott track leading towards the Mourne Wall stopping on the way up to photograph down into the Fofanny Valley.  Based on conditions we will then decide the best places to stop and in what order (explaining the rationale for that choice).  Our options include Ott mountain, Carn, the shore of Lough Shannagh and the slopes of Slieveloughshannagh.


During this period Stephen and I will guide you in creating strong compositions and the settings to use to capture a sharp and well-exposed image.

2.30pm - 3pm

We will hike to Doan mountain which has 360 degree views of the High Mournes, Ben Crom reservoir, Silent Valley and Lough Shannagh.

3pm - 4.30pm

Doan will be our sunset location for the day and has a number of compsotiional options and everyone will have plenty of space to find their own shots. We will react to the light (or lack of light!) to help you come away with shots you are pleased with.

4.30pm - End of the Workshop

We begin the journey home, arriving back at Ott car park at approximately 5.15/5.30pm.

Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for both beginner photographers right up to those who are more advanced but simply want to be guided to some new and largely unexplored locations to expand their portfolio.

We will cover topics such as:

  • Planning a shoot in detail;

  • Composition;

  • The Exposure Triangle (shutter speed, aperture and ISO);

  • Long exposure photography; and

  • Post-processing tips.

Fitness & Equipment

A good level of fitness is required for this workshop as we will be walking on uneven ground for approx 6 miles, with reasonable ascents in places.

Suitable walking boots and waterproof clothing should be used.  As a rule of thumb, prepare to over-dress rather than under-dress as  temperatures can quickly plummet on higher ground. You'll need a base layer (t-shirt, long or short sleeved), a mid-insulating layer (warm fleece) and an outer layer (hard or soft shell jacket) for protection from the elements. A waterproof layer is essential. Please also bring a head torch. Whilst it will still be twilight as we begin walking down, closer to the finish it will become dark.

Doan mist (large) WM.jpg

How much does it cost and what do I get for that?

The workshop has a cost of £95 which includes:

  • 2-Guide Tuition: Guided hikes and photography tuition from both myself and Stephen Wallace during the whole course;

  • Group size is capped round 6 people, to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition.

  • A brand new and totally exclusive Mournes workshop eBook, written by myself, Stephen Wallace and Ryan Simpson. It includes: a collection of our best Mournes photos; a guide to composition and light in the Mournes; background to the history and geology of the place; a photographer's guide to the various summits and valleys of the mountains. This eBook is only available to participants of the workshops.

Mournes-workshop-eBook-preview.gif

Post production

Post production is an important part of the photographic workflow. After the workshop, Stephen or I will offer to take one of your images and do our own post production on it to show you how we would approach this part of the process. You will be sent a video of us doing the editing so you can learn a few Lightroom and Photoshop skills too. 


NOW SOLD OUT!

Please register interest for future workshops below:
 

If you are interested in further Mourne workshops - you can sign up for the mailing list here:

Please read our terms and conditions before booking as booking a workshop confers acceptance.

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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

Slievenaglogh Workshop

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Date: 28 July 2018

Location: Slievenaglogh

Group Size: 6

Difficulty: Moderate

Price: £95

Included: All on-location tuition

Not Included: Any travel required to and from the start point at Cecil Newman car park located directly off the Bryansford Road. We'll be returning to the same spot at the end of the workshop.

Itinerary

4.45 pm - Meet and Greet at Cecil Newman Car Park

 

This is the start and ending point for the day. Ryan and I will formally introduce ourselves and share with you the plan for the evening.

Depart

We'll begin the journey, diverging from Trassey track and slowing making the scenic walk up towards the summit of Slievenaglogh. We'll be stopping at a few different points of interest along the way.

Early Evening

We'll have reached our primary destination for the day which offers spectacular views towards Slieve Bearnagh and down into the Ben Crom valley. We'll be sharing stories of my experiences in the Mournes and then preparing you for sunset.

10pm - End of the Workshop

We begin the journey down, arriving back at Cecil Newman at approximately 11pm.

What Should I bring?

The Mournes generally have their own micro-climate making conditions sometimes unpredictable.

Clothing

As a rule of thumb, prepare to over-dress rather than under-dress as even during a summer's day temperatures can quickly plummet on higher ground. You'll need a base layer (t-shirt, long or short sleeved), a mid-insulating layer (warm fleece) and an outer layer (hard or soft shell jacket) for protection from the elements. A waterproof layer is essential. Please also bring a head torch. Whilst it will still be bright as we begin walking down, closer to the finish it may become dark.

Footwear

The paths we'll be leading you up are well defined, however the terrain is often rocky and uneven. With this in mind, bring appropriate footwear i.e. walking or hiking boots. 

Camera Equipment

The less equipment and the lighter the backpack, the better. Typically I carry two lenses for my Fuji system: a 10-24  (for wide angle photography) and a 70-200 f4 (for zooming in). Whilst I do carry filters, these are not strictly necessary - I would recommend at minimum bringing a polarising filter. We'll explain the benefits of shooting with and without filters when we're on location with you.

Fitness

Fitness level would be good for this workshop. We will be ascending up one of the summits of the Mournes, carrying camera gear. Although we will mostly be walking on paths, still the going can be uneven under foot. We will stop off on the way up for photo ops and rests, but still a decent level of fitness would be required. 

Booking

The workshop is limited to 6 participants, on a first come first served basis. Payment of the workshop fee secures your place (subject to continued availability of places).

When you've placed your booking, please take a few moments to complete this very short questionnaire. It will help us get to know you a bit better so we can tailor the workshop as well as possible to you!

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The endless twilight
Jun
30
to Jul 1

The endless twilight

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With the glorious summer weather and clear skies we are enjoying in Northern Ireland at the moment, there is no better time to enjoy the never ending twilight skies of mid summer! As the sun sets as lazily as you can imagine and we head to the wee small hours of the night, the glow of twilight hangs on to the northern horizon and into the midst of the night, before glowing again as dawn approaches.

This makes for the most wonderful of photographing conditions and allows you to capture the landscapes in a unique way.
 

What you will learn

How to use your camera effectively in low light

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  • Manual mode
  • The exposure triangle
  • Nailing focus in low light
  • How to use your camera's histogram ensure you get well exposed photos.
  • Nailing good composition in low light
  • How to set up your camera to get clean, crisp photos, even in low light

Twilight projects

  • Photographing the twilight band
  • Noctilucent clouds (these magical night glowing clouds are amazing to see - we'll get to photograph them if they make an appearance).
  • Moon rise and Moon photography
  • Astro timelapse photography
  • The Milky Way - how to find it, and how to photograph it in astro twilight
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Numbers will be capped at around 5 people, allowing for lots of time for 1-2-1 attention and advice. 

Itinerary 

  • Sunset at Dunseverick (9.30 to 10.30)
  • Tutorial on post processing low light images (while we wait for it to get darker)
  • Moonrise at Portbraden (11.15 to 12.00)
  • Deep twilight photography at the Causeway (12.15 to 1.30)

What to bring

Camera gear

Essential

  • DSLR/Mirrorless camera capable of manual mode that can have a cable release attached to it
  • A tripod
  • A cable release (you can pick one of these up from Calumet in Belfast for around £10)

Highly recommended

  • A wide angle lens (at least 24 mm on a full frame, preferably 16mm - at least 18mm on crop sensor, preferably at least 12 mm)
  • Zoom lens (ideally a 200 mm zoom)

Other gear

  • Head torch - we will be navigating uneven surfaces in the semidarkness, so this is essential.
  • Sturdy footwear, preferably with ankle support.
  • Appropriate clothing - it shouldn't get too cold, but you don't want to get chilly in the wee small hours!

Support materials

  • A free copy of my popular astro photography eBook, 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark'
  • A follow up post processing session. I will take one of your RAW files and will video myself processing it using Lightroom and Photoshop to show you how I achieve the look I get in my twilight photos. 

Further details

Further details of where we'll meet etc will be provided once you've signed up.

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Don't be afraid of the dark
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Don't be afraid of the dark

  • Causeway Coast Northern Ireland, BT57 United Kingdom (map)
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Astro Photography Workshop

Date: Saturday 16 March 2017

Time: 18.00 to Midnight

Location: Causeway Coast

Price: £75 (£45 deposit secures a booking - see T&Cs)

Group size: only five places available

What you will learn

How to use your camera effectively in low light

  • Manual mode

  • Exposure triangle

  • Shutter speed vrs focal length (600 rule)

  • Focusing in the dark

  • How to use your camera’s histogram to ensure you get well exposed photographs

Astro projects

  • Milky Way - how to locate it and photograph it creatively

  • Star trails - how to find the Pole Star and how to plan for compositions

  • Aurora - there are no guarantees that the aurora will make an appearance, but I will teach you some of the basics of aurora forecasting using the live data to help you make your own aurora predictions in the future

  • Astronomical panoramas

Support resources

What to bring

Camera gear

Essential

  • DSLR/Mirrorless camera capable of being set to manual mode

  • A tripod - the sturdier the better

Highly recommended

  • A wide angle lens...

    • If you have a full frame camera, at least 24 mm, preferably as wide as 16 mm
    • If you have a crop sensor DSLR or Mirrorless camera, at least 18 mm, preferably as wide as 12 mm
  • ...with as wide an aperture as possible - at least f/3.5, ideally f/2.8 or wider

  • Camera shutter release cable (if your camera doesn’t have a timer release)

Other gear

  • Appropriate clothing

    • Warm clothes (layers, warm coat, hat, scarf, thermals, gloves) - we will be standing out in the cold for hours, so be prepared!

    • Sturdy footwear, preferably water resistant. Hiking shoes or boots are ideal.

  • Headtorch - one with a white and red light is best. We need to preserve our night vision! But you need to be able to navigate on uneven surfaces in the dark, so a torch is essential.

Terms and conditions

Check out the full Terms and Conditions here.

Payment conditions

  • Placing a booking means you are accepting the terms and conditions outlined here.

  • To register, I require a non-refundable £45 deposit. The balance is payable 14 days in advance of the workshop. Failure to pay may result in your place on the workshop being forfeited.
  • See the full terms and conditions for the cancellation policy.

Weather Conditions

If there's one thing you can rely on for about the Northern Irish weather - it's going to be unreliable! Ideally, we would like clear skies for the astro workshop. What will we do if the weather is not playing ball at all? Check out the full terms and conditions for more details.

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Don't be afraid of the dark
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Don't be afraid of the dark

  • Causeway Coast Northern Ireland, BT57 United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Astro Photography Workshop

Date: Saturday 25th March 2017

Time: 18.00 to Midnight

Location: Causeway Coast

Price: £75 (£45 deposit secures a booking - see T&Cs)

Group size: only five places available

What you will learn

How to use your camera effectively in low light

  • Manual mode

  • Exposure triangle

  • Shutter speed vrs focal length (600 rule)

  • Focusing in the dark

  • How to use your camera’s histogram to ensure you get well exposed photographs

Astro projects

  • Milky Way - how to locate it and photograph it creatively

  • Star trails - how to find the Pole Star and how to plan for compositions

  • Aurora - there are no guarantees that the aurora will make an appearance, but I will teach you some of the basics of aurora forecasting using the live data to help you make your own aurora predictions in the future

  • Astronomical panoramas

Support resources

Group size

The group for the workshop will be capped at 5. Which means that there will be plenty of time during our time together for one-to-one instruction and assistance.

What to bring

Camera gear

Essential

  • DSLR/Mirrorless camera capable of being set to manual mode

  • A tripod - the sturdier the better

Highly recommended

  • A wide angle lens...

    • If you have a full frame camera, at least 24 mm, preferably as wide as 16 mm
    • If you have a crop sensor DSLR or Mirrorless camera, at least 18 mm, preferably as wide as 12 mm
  • ...with as wide an aperture as possible - at least f/3.5, ideally f/2.8 or wider

  • Camera shutter release cable (if your camera doesn’t have a timer release)

Other gear

  • Appropriate clothing

    • Warm clothes (layers, warm coat, hat, scarf, thermals, gloves) - we will be standing out in the cold for hours, so be prepared!

    • Sturdy footwear, preferably water resistant. Hiking shoes or boots are ideal.

  • Headtorch - one with a white and red light is best. We need to preserve our night vision! But you need to be able to navigate on uneven surfaces in the dark, so a torch is essential.

Terms and conditions

Check out the full Terms and Conditions here.

Payment conditions

  • Placing a booking means you are accepting the terms and conditions outlined here.

  • To register, I require a non-refundable £45 deposit. The balance is payable 14 days in advance of the workshop. Failure to pay may result in your place on the workshop being forfeited.
  • See the full terms and conditions for the cancellation policy.

Weather Conditions

If there's one thing you can rely on for about the Northern Irish weather - it's going to be unreliable! Ideally, we would like clear skies for the astro workshop. What will we do if the weather is not playing ball at all? Check out the full terms and conditions for more details.

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