SCOTLAND: Coigach and Assynt
SCOTLAND: Coigach and Assynt
- Explore mountain overlooks at both dawn and dusk
- Capture the scale and drama of one of the UK’s wildest landscapes
- Learn about timelapse photography and how it can bring a landscape to life
- Learn the basics plus advanced techniques using sliders
- Enjoy Highland accommodation close to our key shooting areas and top quality food
- Evening/bad weather presentations to inform and inspire
In the north west corner of the Scottish Highlands lies a landscape of jagged-topped mountains, rugged moorland, lochs, rivers and wild seas. Coigach & Assynt is also a place of big, brooding skies where often, a single image is unable to convey the drama of this, the UK’s wildest landscape.
Timelapse photography is an innovative way of recoding movement in a landscape, be it the passage of clouds, the movement of shadows or the trails of stars on a clear spring night. Timelapse allows a landscape to be more fully interpreted, rather than simply recorded. During this masterclass we will seek out key viewpoints across this dramatic landscape, which offer unrivalled opportunities. You will learn the technical and creative techniques involved in timelapse photography, as well as producing material to build your own timelapse film. Alongside, there will of course be opportunity to capture the splendour of Coigach & Assynt using a conventional stills approach, the two disciplines fitting neatly together.
During these workshops we focus on a particular photographic technique or speciality and using the best exponents around, explain how to secure images that stand out from the crowd.
Dates: 12-17 May 2018
Single Supplement: £0
Group Size: 8
Guide: Mark Hamblin
Principal Subjects: Mountain vistas, rivers, lochs and seascapes.
Cost Includes: Accommodation in single (or double) ensuite rooms; Full breakfast, evening meal plus snacks during the day; Transport during tour; Tuition and presentations; Transfers to/from Inverness train station or airport
Cost Excludes: Travel to/from the workshop; Travel/cancellation insurance; Alcoholic drinks; Personal expenses
Mark has 20 years experience as a freelance nature photographer and has been leading photo tours at home and abroad since 1997. His principal photographic focus is on Scotland’s wildlife and wild places, spending his time on longer terms projects close to home in the Cairngorms National Park. Mark is a founding director of the Wild Media Foundation and is currently working on SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
Our accommodation is a family-owned guest house with a high level of comfort. All rooms are en-suite.
If travelling by car, you should drive straight to our accommodation in Ullapool where there is ample parking. We can offer free transfers to/from Inverness station and Inverness airport – see above for timings.
Breakfast will be taken within our accommodation and evening meals at a relaxed, atmospheric eating place in Ullapool. We will carry snacks during the day such as cereal bars, fruit and chocolate bars. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want.
Some sites are accessible via a short walk but others require a higher level of fitness. To get the most from this tour, you should be able to walk up to 10km (6 miles) over uneven ground and be capable of ascending / descending approx. 700m (2300ft). There will be at least two “mountain view” walks during this tour, one of which is on a well-maintained (steep) path but the other over rough moorland in places. Please speak to us if you’re concerned about the level of physical activity.
Weather can be changeable at this time of year and although often settled, you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wintry squalls. Temperatures are likely to range from 0c to 15c with the possibility of strong winds at higher elevations. Conditions underfoot are often very wet!
This Maserclass is primarily aimed at providing our guests with great photographic opportunities and learning how to interpret the landscape using timelapse photography. To this end, most of our time will be spent in the field securing images and Mark will provide help where it is needed. He will also take time to demonstrate post-processing and the creation of timelapse movies, although this will be done if/when time permits.
Northshots is a strong supporter of nature-based tourism contributing to rural economies to demonstrate the value of wild animals and wild places. We believe also that “taking” from the natural world obliges us to “give back” so we adapt our business practices to that end. We also contribute 2% of the revenue from this tour to Scottish charity the John Muir Trust, which works to protect wild places and is a partner in the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape initiative.