Join Mark Lakeman and David Clapp on a fabulous tour of the dramatic coast of Western Ireland, discovering the rugged magnificence of this lesser known photography destination.
I am making a return to the fabulous coast of Ireland in 2020 to shoot some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on offer to the nearby UK photographer. Ireland is often overlooked as a photography destination in favour of Scotland, but with such varied geography and spectacular light, Ireland should be top of your 2020 destination list.
We begin the trip after a short flight into Shannon Airport. This puts us in a great location with the coast no more than an hour away. The trip begins right on the coast with our stay at Doolin. From here we can explore The Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Dunguire Castle and the dramatic expanse of The Burren, with limestone pavement extending right up to the water's edge.
The trip then moves to the south-west where we will be based in Killarney. From here we can explore both coastal and country scenes - The Ring Kerry, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, The Gap of Dunloe, Ballycarberry Castle, The Skelligs and more.
The tour will be run by myself and my good friend Mark Lakeman. He is a skilled photographer and guide, with extensive off-road driving skills. Mark is also fully first aid trained.
We will be on location every day but not too far from a shelter should the weather change. The changeable light can work to our advantage, so expect to be shooting at all times and making the very best of the dawn and evening light.
Whether expert or beginner, there is something for everyone on this exciting tour. Expect technical and compositional advice as well as evenings of helpful conversation and post-processing assistance guaranteed.
You will need to look into flights from your nearest airport to Shannon, Ireland. Surprisingly many local smaller airports fly here. Exact times of arrival and meet up will be announced as flight times become available.
Shannon Airport Arrivals Lounge. If you do arrive early on a different international flight than the recommended flight, then I will give you the exact location of where to meet nearer the time. Contact me for further information.
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along footpaths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with eight days of photography.
They are most welcome. If they want to join you in the hotel and spend their time relaxing and entertaining themselves, they are welcome to join you at no extra cost.
Yes, we will be making the most of the times of good light, but we will be active at any time of day, as moorland conditions like cloudbursts and rainbows can be utterly spectacular, but the weather is usually very stable this time of year. Dawn is around 7:45 am, meaning a 6:30 am wake-up, so if you are too exhausted and would prefer to sleep in, that is perfectly fine. There’s no pressure!
This is Ireland, so expect everything! Ensure you bring good quality footwear. Walking boots are not essential as walking shoes should suffice, but do bring a pair of wellingtons with thick socks - these are essential for shooting at the coast. It’s great to get your feet in the sea for some truly amazing images. Ensure a hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe as early mornings can see significant drops in temperature.
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the coastal photographer. A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities. The most used will be the 24-70 as wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered.
Although not essential, it’s a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues after the workshop ends. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£1995 / Deposit of £250.00