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Shetland – Scotland – 2017

Shetland Photo Adventure
June 25 – 30, 2017

The Shetland Islands in June offers almost 24-hours of daylight, possible whale and dolphin sightings, a strong sense of Viking heritage, spectacular weather, breathtaking landscapes and more than a million breeding seabirds. What more can one ask for?

The Shetland’s – the northern extremity of the British Isles, is a unique experience whether you travel as a regular tourist or with your luggage stuffed with camera gear. The combination of breathtaking landscapes and the abundant wildlife make this archipelago a photographer’s paradise. The archipelago is located on the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea 110 miles (170 km) north of mainland Scotland. This precarious position is a recipe for dramatic scenery and spectacular weather.

Although this wildlife workshop focuses mainly on seabirds, the Shetland’s surreal landscape is constantly present and practically begging you to shoot it. The workshop will coincide with the height of summer where daylight lasts for almost 24 hours, a million seabirds in large colonies are breeding and feeding their chicks and if we are lucky one might also spot orcas, whales or dolphins.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than Scotland and the Shetland Islands.

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