Explore this beautiful part of Ireland with one of Ireland's premier landscape photographers.
|Accommodation||Single rooms in comfortable hotels.|
|Total Cost||€3,895 $4,350|
|Start Date||September 4th 2016|
|End Date||September 13th 2016|
Ireland offers some of the finest landscape photography in the world. From green rolling hills and manicured farmland, to the wilds of the Atlantic coast, it's a dream destination for many photographers.
Join us for an unforgettable ten-day photography workshop through Ireland's south-west, where you'll photograph some of the Emerald Isle's most dramatic and beautiful scenery.
You'll be introduced to locations famous and unknown alike. Along the way, there'll be plenty of opportunities to improve your photography, with ad-hoc lectures and demonstrations in the field, and plenty of one-to-one attention. Not to mention an introduction to the local culture and plenty of good craic!
This workshop is about improving your photography as well as getting out and about in stunning locations. I'll be out shooting with you every day, helping you get photographs and introducing you to new ways of seeing.
Whether you're a total beginner with your first camera, or someone who's already expert and is looking for a fresh perspective, this workshop is for you. Over the ten days, there's plenty of opportunity for one-to-one attention for those who need extra help.
Peter’s photography speaks for itself; but above and beyond that, I much appreciated his unstinting, affable and understated way of helping people really enhance their photographic experience and results.
I had a fantastic time. Sitting here less than a week later back at work it feels like some sort of vague dream already.
This is the basic itinerary, and may change depending on the weather conditions. If the weather is particularly poor, we will spend time relaxing and critiquing images as well as holding a few classroom-type sessions on shooting technique and post-processing.
Fáilte romhat! We begin by meeting at Shannon airport. If you arrived the day before, I’ll collect you from your hotels. From there we’ll drive to our first port of call, the town of Dingle. This is a Gaeltacht area – one of the last few places where Irish is spoken on a daily basis. We will be spending three nights in this area.
After lunch, we’ll photograph some of the dramatic coastline close to the hotel before a well-deserved relaxing dinner.
Today we’ll start with a dawn shoot from the top of the Conor Pass, the tallest mountain pass in Ireland, and a fantastic photographic location. Wonderful views to the north and south will provide plenty of inspiration. After breakfast, we’ll be heading out on a chartered trip around the Blasket Islands with a short stop on the Great Blasket, weather permitting.
The Great Blasket Island has spawned more Irish literary figures per capita than any other place in the country. To prepare yourself for this part of the trip, you may want to immerse yourself in The Islandman by Thomas O’Crohan. An engaging autobiographical account of what life was like on these islands before they were evacuated in the 1950s, it will give you a clue as to the history and culture of the whole region, not just the Blaskets themselves.
If the weather doesn’t allow a visit, there are plenty of opportunities to photograph the islands from the mainland.
More of the Dingle peninsula with a second chance at the Blaskets trip if the weather didn’t cooperate the day before. Slea Head and Smerwick Harbour are some of the locations we’ll visit otherwise. Dramatic seascapes and isolated fishing piers are the order of the day.
After our dawn shoot, we’ll move our base of operations to Killarney, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. We’ll spend two nights here in our hotel right on the shores of Lough Leane. Ladies’ View, so named because Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting were very taken by it when she visited the area, will be our location for this evening’s shoot.
Today, we’ll have an optional trip into the mountains to photograph Glencar and the Bridia Valley. Those who would prefer a rest can wander the streets of Killarney. A charismatic town which is always buzzing with activity, there’ll be an opportunity for some shopping and people photography.
We’ll make our way to Portmagee this morning, where we’ll be chartering a boat to take us to the spectacular Skellig islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, weather permitting.
Skellig Michael is definitely the crown jewel of Ireland’s landscape and heritage. A jagged spire of rock thrusting out of the Atlantic Ocean, it is home to thousands of seabirds and, hundreds of years ago, to a small monastery inhabited by hardy souls who chose to live on what was then the very edge of the known world.
If the weather doesn’t co-operate, we’ll be exploring Valentia Island and its surrounding area, driving to the summit of Geokaun mountain for some amazing 360 degree panoramas.
The Skellig Ring on the mainland will be our goal today, or a second chance at the Skellig trip if the weather didn’t cooperate the day before. Some of the more dramatic coastal views of the trip will be found today.
We’ll end up in Kenmare for the night, our base for the next two evenings.
Today, we leave the Iveragh peninsula and the Ring of Kerry and visit the last of the peninsulas of the trip – the Beara. We’ll travel up the winding Healy Pass, a spectacular drive on a road which was built as a relief project during the Great Famine. Once on the other side, we’ll head westwards to photograph Dursey Island, which is connected to the mainland by a cable car.
After lunch, we’ll wind our way along the spectacular Beara coast back to Kenmare for dinner.
We’ll head south from Kenmare and cross over the Caha Pass, opening up some of the finest mountain views in the country. We’ll have lunch in historic Bantry before heading inland to my home turf – Gougane Barra. Along the way we’ll photograph Kealkil stone circle, one of the most beautifully situated megalithic structures in the country.
Gougane Barra is a glaciated valley with a beautiful church on an island in the lake, and one of the lesser-known gems of the Irish landscape.
Overnight: Gougane Barra
We’ll roll out of bed this morning for our dawn shoot which will be about a hundred yards from the front door of the hotel. A great way to finish the trip, as after breakfast we’ll be heading back up to Shannon for the afternoon flights home. We plan to arrive in Shannon around noon, so when booking your flight please make sure it doesn’t leave earlier than 2.30 or 3pm.
Slán agus beannacht libh!