This will be an opportunity to photograph up to seven species of seabird in a spectacular location off the coast of southeast Ireland. The site includes one of the most photogenic gannet colonies in the world, along with good numbers of puffin, razorbill, shag, guillemot and chough. Unlike most of the seabird colonies around the coast of the UK, we are able to photograph here early in the morning and late in the evening, making use of the best light of the day.
I have been visiting this location annually for the past twenty years, so I know all the best places to be and when to be there for whatever weather conditions we face. I will also pass on tips and techniques that I have learnt over the years for making the best of each situation.
The days will be long at this time of the year so I have made special arrangements with the boatman for early and late boat trips. We have three 4½ hour sessions from 6am until 10.30am and three 6 hour sessions from 4.30pm until 10.30pm. This makes the whole trip seem much longer than it is in reality, so expect to feel tired at the end of it! Between sessions we return to the hotel to review images, eat and get some sleep. There is a walk of just over a mile (each way) to reach the furthest seabird colony. The path is uneven but easy to follow and there is only one short section that is fairly steep.
You will need a minimum of a 300mm telephoto lens (400mm on a full frame camera) in order to make the most of this workshop. If you don't own such a lens you could consider hiring one.
This is one of my most popular workshops and many people return with me several times. If we're lucky with the weather you can expect to return with thousands of images, so make sure you bring plenty of memory cards!
Tuition, six return boat trips to the island, four night’s accommodation in single en-suite rooms, light breakfast and supper
Travel to Ireland, Midday meal and drinks