Orkney Landscape Photography Workshop

THE ORKNEY ISLANDS

19th - 25th March 2023

A creative landscape photography workshop based in Orkney. Take time to slow down, breathe in the wild seascapes and connect deeply with this quiet, historic land whilst developing your photography and creativity.

Landscape Photography Workshop Orkney

Orkney is a unique and very special landscape. It has long been a source of inspiration for artists with its dramatic coastline, culture, and incredible light. We will visit many of the beautiful and historical places on Orkney. From crashing waves and big cliffs to the Standing Stones of Stennes.

During this Orkney photography workshop we will focus on slowing down and immersing ourselves in the beauty of the landscape. From a fundamental belief that creativity is a personal and individual expression of yourself, the aim is to give participants space and inspiration to explore this.

Gently encouraging everyone to find their own voice through photography. There will be plenty of wonderful wider landscapes but also the chance to look for smaller details and intimate landscapes. An opportunity within a wild and beautiful landscape to consider what you are drawn to photographing and finding your own voice in your photography. 

 
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YOUR TUTORS

Margaret Soraya & Lesley Lintott

Margaret Soraya

Margaret is best known for her love of coastal photography, waves, and seascapes. With an indepth knowledge of light, wind, and wave conditions on Orkney, Margaret will share her love and her knowledge of capturing the essence of Orkney. From big crashing waves to gentle slow shutter speed images of water to capturing fleeting light on Orkney's standing stones. Margaret specialises in encouraging and inspiring others in a genuine way.  

Lesley Lintott

Lesley’s photography is intuitive, mainly working handheld with her smartphone or Canon mirrorless camera. She is drawn to light, line and colour and often creates more abstract images.  Lesley will also be on hand to help with some creative in-camera techniques such as ICM, multiple-exposure, defocusing and shallow depth of field close-up work. You will also have the opportunity to explore how to get the best from your phone camera using creative apps and editing. 

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GROUP SIZE

8 participants:

This workshop has been designed to provide bespoke teaching and individual attention. There will be 8 participants with Margaret Soraya leading and Lesley Lintott assisting.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from seeing the landscape from contrasting photographic angles with two photographers who share a passion for the remote, wild landscape of Orkney. You will have ample opportunity for 1-2-1 support both in the landscape and whilst back indoors. 

OVERVIEW

Duration: 6 nights / 5 days 

Dates: 19th - 25th March 2023 

Included: All tutoring. Lunches. Complimentary transport during the workshop. 

Excluded: Accommodation staying at Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms, Evening meals, alcoholic drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.

GRADING

Fitness level: You do not need to be super fit for this workshop but there will be cliff walks, short uphill sections, and options for longer walks. We find a basic level of fitness is required in order for you to access the landscape. As a rough guide, you should be able to walk carrying your camera gear for 20-30 minutes across uneven ground.

 
There will always be options to stay nearer the vehicles, although this may mean separating from the group for a while. Your safety on location is our top priority so Margaret & Lesley are both qualified outdoor first aiders.

LOCATIONS

Locations will include ( all weather dependent) :

The tidal island of the Brough of Birsay

A day trip to Rackwick Bay on Hoy

Marwick Head RSPB reserve  and fisherman's huts

The Standing Stones of Stenness

The Italian Chapel 

The Scapa Flow Wrecks

Yesnaby Sea Stacks, Cliffs, and Wild Seas

The Ring of Brodgar

Churchill Barriers

Broch of Gurness

Bay of Skaill

 
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DAILY OUTLINE

What the days will look like

Our days during this landscape photography workshop on Orkney will start the day with a delicious breakfast before heading out to the most suitable location for the day based on the weather and wind forecasts. 
 
Making the best use of each day is important and part of that involves ensuring everyone’s comfort. With this in mind tea and coffee are provided on location and we will break for lunch which will usually be taken in a cafe to enable us to stay outdoors all day. Occasionally if the weather is really against us we may return to the hotel and take time for one-to-one tutorials, editing or any assistance you need. 
 
If we have been out all day there will be some time to relax before meeting for dinner back at The Storehouse around 7pm. If we have had a more relaxed day then we often meet a couple of hours before dinner for inspirational talks, demos and slideshows. The small group size on this landscape photography workshop in Orkney ensures plenty of time for everyone to be helped individually.
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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation for this Orkney photographic workshop is your own responsibility. Rooms have been reserved at The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms.  Built in around 1880 as a herring and pork curing store the Storehouse is a grade B Listed Building off Kirkwall's historic stone-paved main street, close to St Magnus Cathedral.

Your rooms are being held and you will need to call to book the room of your choice. I have negotiated a B&B rate for our group. Please call to choose your room grade. 
 
Payment for your own accommodation and meals at the end of your stay can be made direct to the hotel. 
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TRAVEL

How to get to the workshop

ARRIVAL : Please try to arrive in Orkney on or before the 19th March. Check in is 3pm. Welcome dinner is on 19th March. Please email if you need assistance or advice about your travel.

DEPARTURE : Departure is after breakfast on the 24th March. You are free to schedule an early flight that day if you wish.  

Fly to Orkney

The fastest way to get to Orkney is to fly. Flights to and from Orkney are operated by Loganair. The airline manages routes to Kirkwall from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Ferry to Orkney

Northlink Ferries - https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk

Scrabster to Stromness Ferry

• Comfortable ferry with catering and facilities • 1.5hr crossing • Terminal 5 minutes from our accommodation

Pentland Ferries - https://www.pentlandferries.co.uk Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope