This Autumn Alex Nail and I will be co-leading a workshop in the spectacular Northwest Highlands. During the trip we will be spending equal time in Assynt and in Torridon, exploring the limitless photographic opportunities that these enigmatic mountains offer. We’ll be based at comfortable bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation throughout the trip. Once the days adventure is over we’ll be returning for a hot meal and post processing instruction
We’ve aimed to time the trip to coincide with the peak of Autumn when the grasses are at their most colourful and the birch trees turn to gold. One of the highlights of the trip will be the short hike up Stac Pollaidh to awe inspiring views over the surrounding area, but we will also be taking you to a range of lower level locations.
Monday – Meet at Inverness Airport or train station around noon, drive to Ullapool to quickly check into accommodation before heading to a low level location for a sunset shoot.
Tuesday – Sunrise at the coast. Visit low level locations in Coigach, before walking up Stac Pollaidh at sunset.
Wednesday – Sunrise from a little known hilltop looking into the hills of Assynt. Head further north to photograph the peaks of Assynt and North Sutherland. If the weather is wild we may head on to the incredible northern coastline.
Thursday – we will walk through easy birch woodland past a waterfall and on to a majestic view of Suilven. After sunset we will drive down to our hotel in Torridon.
Friday – Sunrise from a loch-side location in Torridon. In the afternoon we will walk around the native Scot’s pine forest in search of compositional challenges. At sunset energetic members can join Alex for sunset up a nearby hill whilst others will be able to join Myself at the waters edge looking up at the towering peak of Slioch.
Saturday - Sunrise from a loch-side location in Torridon. If the weather is good we will walk though birch and alder trees to a series of spectacular waterfalls with overhanging Scots Pine.
Sunday – low level sunrise shoot and transport back to the airport/train station for flights after 11am. Workshop concludes.
As always Itinerary subject to changes due to weather etc.
We will both be available for as much hands on help as you require. With just 4 clients per leader this gives plenty of opportunity for 1-to-1 time. However should you wish to approach you photography more independently we won’t be keeping you under lock and key! Some of the evenings and during down time Alex and I will teach you how to process your images using Lightroom, Photoshop and Capture 1.
FITNESS AND EXPERIENCE
For the most part you require only a very basic level of walking fitness to join this trip. There will be some walking involved, perhaps up to 10km on a day, but only along easy ground with minimal ascent. The hardest part of the trip will be the ascent of Stac Pollaidh a small hill which offers commanding views of Assynt and Coigach. The fittest members of the group will be able to come to the summit, but the contour path is a much easier goal and still offers incredible views of the mountains. Tony will be staying back with any group members who prefer an easier time!
Clothing and equipment
It can get cold in the autumn so make sure you have suitable clothing and full waterproofs. If the weather is particularly harsh we will be taking you to spots closer to the cars! As far as camera equipment goes and SLR or compact interchangeable lens camera should be fine. We suggest a wide-angle lens, a standard zoom, a telephoto lens, a polariser and a sturdy tripod. You may also wish to bring Neutral Density filters.
Price and booking
This workshop is priced at £1150 (dual occupancy) or £1395 (single occupancy) with a £500 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £650 (or £895) is due 2 months before the workshop starts.
accommodation based on sharing unless paying single occupancy supplement, transposrtation,breakfasts and tuition
travel to and from Inverness, meals not mentioned and insurance.