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  • Steve Walton UK Landscape & Travel Photographer

    Professional photographer, author, landscape and travel photography tour and workshop leader.

    Steve is a Fellow of the Master Photographers Association, Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

    Owner and tour leader at Wild Light Phototours and Managing Director of Steve Walton Photography Ltd, he has been nominated three times as UK Landscape & Travel Photographer of the Year at the professional showcase MPA/BIPP joint British Professional Photographic Awards.

    In 2016, Steve Walton is President of the Master Photographers Association.

Wild Light Landscape and Seascape Photography Workshops on Harris, Lewis and Scalpay  with Steve Walton: £1299*

*****Wild Light Outer Hebrides 2014 workshop fully booked, 2015 workshop fully booked, 2016 workshop fully booked, September 2017 workshop fully booked, August and November 2017 workshops places available.*****

Our September 2017 workshop is fully booked. I will be leading two additional Wild Light Photography Workshops on Harris & Lewis in 2017.  Additional dates are 1st-5th August 2017 and 21st-25th November 2017

The Outer Hebrides are a landscape photographer’s paradise.  Unique mountain geology, the finest beaches on earth, mysterious prehistoric sites, a strong cultural identity and the changing light of North Atlantic weather patterns set these islands apart.  I have been leading photography workshops in the Outer Hebrides for several years.  Our Wild Light Photography Workshop groups are deliberately small with a maximum of four like-minded photographers and myself to guide you.  Open to all abilities,  the emphasis is on learning and improving  your existing skills with ample individual tuition and a lot of spontaneous fun and ‘off piste’ exploration thrown in. Accommodation at the lovely Harris Hotel in Tarbert, breakfasts, evening meals and transport to locations during the workshop,  pick-up and drop-off at Stornoway Airport and ferry terminals is included.  All dietary requirements can be accommodated.  Image reviews and post processing tuition in the welcoming hotel bar before and after dinner are always a great social time for the group after a day of photography and many of my guests have gone on to become good friends with each other following the workshops.

Sunrises and sunsets at dramatic white sand Hebridean beaches, deserted crofts and the awe-inspiring standing stones at Callanish and it’s satellite sites are our locations for the workshop.  Sunrise at Callanish will provide you with an unforgettable experience and we often follow that with an equally unforgettable sunset at Luskentyre on the same day.  Eilean Glas lighthouse at sunset is well worth the walk out across the moorland on the peat cutter’s track and the concrete hulk of the WW1 coal barge Cretetree are just two of the features we will visit on the little island of Scalpay.  The workshop also includes a visit to see the most famous of all traditional Harris Tweed weavers at work in his weaving shed, Donald John MacKay MBE.

Join me for five days of photography and fun in the Outer Hebrides in 2017.  August and November dates are booking now,  I look forward to greeting you on the Islands and taking you on an inspirational photography tour to remember.

*****

Wild Light Outer Hebrides 2017 Workshop dates: 14th-18th September, 1st-5th August and 21st-25th November (Full BIPP/MPA members and previous Wild Light Workshop attendees will receive a 10% cost reduction)

  • Four nights single occupancy en-suite accommodation at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert
  • Breakfasts and evening dinners included
  • Transport to all locations on the workshop
  • Small groups (maximum of 4 guests per workshop)
  • Open to all abilities
  • Tuition by Steve Walton FMPA FBIPP FRSA
  • Post processing tuition and image reviews in the evenings after dinner
  • Exploration and fun included!

 *****

Hebridean beaches.  From our 2016 Wild Light Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop.

Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton

Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton

 

Callanish, the Jewel in the Crown!  Supermoon and sunrises from our previous Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides

Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis.

Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton

Changing weather and light on our previous Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides

Wild Light Photography Workshops

Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton

Dramatic locations on our Wild Light Outer Hebrides 2017 itinerary

Wild Light Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop locations

Wild Light Photography Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton

To ensure maximum opportunity for personal tuition, places are limited to four attendees only on Wild Light Photography Workshops.  Please contact me for booking details.

E: steve@stevewaltonphotography.info

T: +44 (0) 116 2994901

 

The two years that have passed since I bought the Fujifilm X100T have seen me elevate this diminutive rangefinder-esque powerhouse from intended personal use only to frequent professional use.  It really is that good,  it has surpassed my expectations both in handling and in output quality and has been the major driver behind my total conversion to the Fuji XT-2 and a tranche of fast prime lenses for all my wedding and portrait work.  I’ve waited for the X100F with a lot of anticipation and I have had the opportunity to spend an hour with it on the streets of Leeds ahead of the shipping date.

The X100T would be a tough act to follow and it’s successor would have to be very good indeed to tempt existing X100 users to upgrade.  Fujifilm considers it’s products rather more diligently than many camera manufacturers,  they listen to their customers and it’s now a  given that Fuji’s upgrade cameras are invariably worthwhile progressions.

When Fuji recently announced that they would be running a number of X100F pre-release “Touch and Try”  days around the UK, I checked the diary and decided to apply to attend one of these sessions at Dale Photographic in Leeds.

The session lasted from 9.30am until 12 noon and took the format of a photo walk around Leeds City Centre for a couple of hours of street photography, led by Fuji X Ambassador, Matt Hart.   We were each given an X100F and a memory card.  The camera was to be handed back at the end of the session, but Fujifilm kindly allowed us to keep the 16gb cards.  I decided to take my WCL-X100 wide angle converter lens with me.  I use it more often than not on my X100T and I was keen to see how it would fare with the increased resolution of the X100F.

It’s worth noting that the latest X100 series converter lenses have a magnetic contact that ‘tells’ the camera that a converter is attached.  Otherwise, for those who already have first generation converter lenses, you have to rummage around in the X100F menu to input the converter information manually, as you do with X100, X100S & X100T cameras.

 

Passer-by.  County Arcade, Leeds.

Fuji X100F

Fujifilm X100F with WCL-X100

 

Adobe CC does not currently support X100F RAF files so I was restricted to recording  fine jpegs during the walk. The upside is that the X-Trans iii sensor and X-Processor Prog in-camera processing  can be instantly appreciated when zooming into a Fuji X100F jpeg.  All of the images here were recorded as fine quality jpegs using the Fuji Acros with green filter camera profile. The file quality is excellent and the increase in resolution to the 24mp sensor is clear to see when compared to the 16mp of the earlier X100 cameras.

 

Little Street Devil, Leeds.

Fuji X100T

Fuji X100F

 

Having now spent a couple of months with the XT-2, the user interface of the X100F is virtually identical and intuitive.  Anyone currently using the XPro-2 or XT-2 will likely not have to resort to the user manual to get started. It really is a case of simply picking the X100F up with a charged battery and card installed and you are out of the blocks.  The TCL and WCL conversion lenses work just as well as they do on all other X100 series cameras.  As I was restricted to jpeg recording, it was not possible to fully correct the slight barrel distortion produced by the WCL-X100 as seen in the image below.

 Mobile Man, Leeds.

Fujifilm X100F

Fuji X100F, Acros +G

 

The autofocus point is controlled by a similar joystick to the XT-2.  It works well enough, but if I’m completely honest I feel the old method of using the D-pad to select single point af is more precise and less ‘jumpy’.  That is not a legacy of using the X100T and dslr’s such as the Nikon D750 because my (now sold) Nikon D4 also had a joystick and I never really like it that much either.  This is purely personal and is certainly not a deal-breaker, despite being an evolution that camera designers seem to believe we photographers want and need.  It’s there, it works and it’s ok.  The great leap forward is with the revised autofocus, it is head and shoulders above the earlier iterations in speed, accuracy, number and spread of af points.

 

Street Vendor, Leeds.

Fuji X100F

Fujifilm X1ooF, Acros +G with WCL-X100

Setting iso is done by pulling up the outer ring on the shutter speed dial, old school style. Of course it’s a throwback method, but I suspect it has more to do with not cluttering the top plate with too many dials and providing a more recognisable manual iso control than one which is buried in a menu, even if it is very near the surface in a Q menu.  I like the mechanical iso setting.  It was a good enough several decades ago and hasn’t lost any functionality during that time.  It works and you can see exactly where you are at a glance.  It’s something you’ll use without thinking too much.  The beauty of the X100 series lies in the simplicity of the design and with the X100F, everything you need for basic settings to create and control images is on the outside of the camera.

 

Immobile Man, Leeds.

Fujifilm X100F

Fuji X100F, Acros +G

 

The other obvious change to the control layout of the X1ooF is the front command dial which can be used to control iso and is a real bonus when the shutter speed and aperture are ‘locked’.  It’s a welcome additional method of exposure control, such a simple and effective control that works perfectly.

 

Passing Pret,  Leeds.

Fuji X100F

Fujifilm X100F, Acros + G with WCL-X100

Fuji have included a digital zoom in the X100F.  This gives equivalent angles of view to 50mm and 70mm (in 35mm terms), but allows only for jpeg recording.  I can see the usefulness of this but for myself, I am happier with the WCL and TCL conversion lenses as these provide for full RAW capture.  I need RAW files for my commissioned work workflow, but I can fully understand how the digital zoom function would keep many photographers perfectly happy without need for converters.  At least the option is there should I ever choose to use it and I’m happy to have that option.

 

Happy lad, Leeds.

Fuji X100F

Fujifilm X100F, Acros +G

If you’re reading this, you probably know what the Fuji X100 series cameras are all about and will not have learnt anything you didn’t already know about the X100F. I’ve often said that the X100T is the best digital camera I have ever used, and I’ve used many digital cameras since my first one back in 1999.  There are some cameras that I will never part with and they all happen to be film cameras: my Hasselblad 503CW, Fuji GSW690iii, Fuji GX617 and my Leica MP are all cameras that have been with me throughout my career as a professional photographer.  Through thick and thin and ups and downs, they are my fellow travellers in life and my career was built with them.

I have never been able to say that about any digital camera, for those are my work tools and I’ve never felt that same bond with any dslr.  They are mainly transient and sometimes forgettable, but the Fuji X100 series strikes a chord that no dslr has managed to play to my ear so far.  It’s a brilliant camera for the documentary and travel photographer, it’s small, responsive, configurable and produces output of extremely fine quality.  When you pick the X100F up, you simply want to use it.   After an hour of use on the streets of Leeds, the X100F is the best digital camera I will own next.

Don’t waste your time mulling it over.  You are a photographer, go and buy a Fuji X100F.

With thanks to Dale Photographic for their hospitality, Fujifilm UK for the opportunity and to Matt Hart for his company.  It was a fun morning!

 

  • February 15, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    Sue Coates - A very informative and an extremely well-written review. Look forward to reading your future reviews.ReplyCancel

Join our small group of like-minded photographers on our Wild Light Photography Workshop, based in Northumberland in May 2018

Our three day Wild Light Photography Workshop in Northumberland takes place from 11th-13th May 2018.  This workshop will visit iconic locations at Bamburgh, Holy Island, Dunstanburgh, the Cheviot Hills, Alnwick, Craster, Belford and many more in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  May is a perfect time for the workshop, the daylight hours are longer, the weather is often settled and the unique and the diverse flora and fauna in this region will be at it’s best and most active.  For coastal photography, the beaches of the Northumberland coast are some of the finest in the UK.  The foreground interest of Northumberland’s beaches ranges from rounded boulders near Dunstanburgh, dune systems near Bamburgh and rocky oucrops of The Great Whin Sill ensure our carefully selected locations are all particularly good for long exposure coastal photography.

The towns and villages in this area are quietly remote and very photogenic.  Moving inland, we have options to visit locations based around Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviot Hills.  Northumberland is a landscape photographer’s paradise and no visit would be complete without an excursion to Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, with it’s iconic boat sheds, lobster pots and dramatic castle.  Seabird and marine wildlife are prolific and as this workshop is timed to coincide with the peak of the breeding season when the seabirds are at their most active and feeding their young, you may wish to extend your visit before or after the workshop to include a boat trip from Seahouses out to the Farne Islands.  You will see many breeding species including puffin, kittiwake, guillemot, razorbill, shag and gannet, seals etc., all at close quarters.

Northumberland has so much to offer with endless photographic opportunities.  I’m excited to return to Northumberland and looking forward to leading this workshop in May 2018.  The cost includes two nights accommodation, made to order breakfasts on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th and evening dinners on 11th and 12th May.  Transport to locations on the workshop and photography tuition by myself are included and the full coat is £395.  For returning guests who have previously attended my Wild Light Photography Workshops, the cost is discounted to £350.

Please contact me for full details of the itinerary and booking information for our Wild Light Photography Workshop in Northumberland 2018.

 

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*Three remaining places available for Wild Light Northumberland Photography Workshop, May 2018!

The workshop includes:

  • En-suite luxury accommodation on Friday 11th May and Saturday 12th May 2018
  • Breakfasts (made to order) on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018
  • Evening dinners (a la carte menu) on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May 2018
  • Transport to locations during the workshop
  • Improving your photography and learning within a small group, with fun guaranteed!

The workshop does not include:

  • Travel to and from the workshop
  • Lunches
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Photography equipment, editing hardware of software
  • Photography and post processing of images tuition and image reviews by professional landscape and travel photographer, Steve Walton FMPA FBIPP FRSA*

*Steve is a 3 times winner of BIPP/MPA UK Landscape & Travel Photographer of the Year, President of the Master Photographers Association 2016 and a Director of  the Master Photographers Association, Fellow of Master Photographers Association,  Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Bamburgh Castle, image by Steve Walton, made during our May 2015 Wild Light Photography Workshop in Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle at sunrise, May 2015

Camera: Fuji GX617

Lens: Fujinon SWD 90mm

Film: Fuji Velvia 50 iso

 

At the time of posting this, there is only one place left on my Wild Light Outer Hebrides landscape and seascape photography workshop on 14th-18th September, based at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert.   Due to the popularity of my Outer Hebrides landscape and seascape  photography workshops, I am holding two additional workshops in 2017. These will take place on 1st-5th August and 21st-25th November.  These additional dates give a choice of two seasons and vastly different light and weather conditions to work with.

August is often warm, settled and sunny.  The Islands are idyllic in summer with wild flowers, white sand beaches and blue sea.  Daylight hours are long and the  twilight of night time is a great opportunity for those moody long exposures.

Winter conditions bring another dimension to landscape photography and there is a good chance that the Harris Hills will be snow-capped in late November.   Stormy winter skies are frequent and will give attendees the opportunity to create dramatic images, particularly around the times of sunrise and sunset.

The cost is £1299 per person.  Groups are limited to four guests only to maximise individual tuition. The cost includes single occupancy accommodation for four nights at the Harris Hotel, breakfasts, evening dinners, transport to all locations on the workshop and personal tuition by myself.  All abilities are welcome and tuition is commensurate with your current level.  The objective of the workshop is for guests to join a small group of like-minded photographers to learn, gain knowledge and improve upon their existing skills.

To attend the workshop, a deposit of £300 is payable on booking and this is deductible from the balance.  The balance is payable10 weeks in advance of the workshop starting date.  Payments can be made by cash, cheque, PayPal and Bank Transfer  Please contact me via the contact form for full details and booking information.

New landscape and seascape photography workshop dates in the Outer Hebrides! 

Photography workshops in the Outer Hebrides

                      Inspirational Photography Tours and Workshops in the Outer Hebrides with Steve Walton.

 

I have organised and led photography workshops in the Outer Hebrides for the past few years, operating as  Wild Light Phototours and Workshops. My Hebridean workshops take place in September or October each year and they continue to be popular.  My 2016 workshop was fully booked again and we had a great, fun time as always.  The emphasis is on being part of a small group and improving your photography skills with a good measure of fun.  As in previous years, our October 2016 workshop was blessed with settled, fine and sunny weather and good light.  One of the main features of the tour are those gloriously beautiful Hebridean beaches.  Both Lewis and Harris, especially, boast some of the finest beaches on earth.  The huge expanse of Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris is simply wonderful, I have photographed here many times and I will never tire of it.  Each visit reveals new and constantly changing light, new sand patterns, new mood and new drama.  Luskentyre is a magical place!

The story of Hebridean Beaches doesn’t end with Luskentyre, however.  Moving on down to the West of Harris, the beaches at Seilebost, Horgabost, Scarista and Borve all have their own character and the opportunities are there to endlessly create images.  Anyone who has been on the Isle of Harris on a dull, wet and windy day will have been stopped in their tracks by the effect of the warm ‘glow’ from that sand!  The world suddenly becomes brighter and more colourful, even on the dullest of days.  Even the ambient temperature seems to climb!  It doesn’t, of course, it’s a subtle effect of  the colour temperature being influenced by the sands of those beaches.  If you haven’t seen it and experienced the effect, then it’s difficult to visualise but once seen, it’s never forgotten.

The amazingly scenic drive out to Huisinish also terminates at a beautiful Hebridean crescent of pale pink sand.  The extreme far left of the beach is good for sunsets and the extreme far right good for sunrises.  Huisinish is a peaceful place in the evenings when visitors have gone and a perfect location for those long exposures.  It’s a little more exposed to prevailing winds and the sea correspondingly more lumpy than the more sheltered parts of Luskentyre and Seilebost, ideal for those 10-16 stop neutral density filters!

All of the images below were made during the workshop on my Hasselblad 503cw camera and Fuji Velvia 50 transparency film.  Prints are available for purchase, please contact me for details, size options and costs.

Huisinish beach, late afternoon. Fuji Velvia 50, Formatt-Hitech 10-stop irnd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Huisnish, late afternoon

Huisinish Beach

Huisinsh Beach afterglow, almost darkness.  Fuji Velvia 50, Formatt-Hitech 10 stop irnd.

Hebridean Beaches

Huisinish Afterglow

Taransay.  Fuji Velvia 50, Lee .6 hard graduated nd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Taransay

Golden Spindrift at Seilebost, Fuji Velvia 50

Hebridean Beaches

Evening spindrift

Seilebost, Fuji Velvia 50 with .9 soft graduated nd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Seilebost beach

Walking on Water, Seilebost.  Fuji Velvia 50 with Lee .9 soft graduated nd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Seilebost at low tide

Taransay from Luskentyre Beach.  Fuji Velvia 50.

Hebridean Beaches

Taransay from Luskentyre Beach

Seilebost, soft and cool evening light.  Fuji Velvia 50.

Hebridean Beaches

Seilebost beach, early evening.

Uig Beach Sand Patterns, Isle of Lewis.  Fuji Velvia 50 with Lee .6  soft graduated nd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis

Uig Beach, nightfall.  Fuji Velvia 50 with Formatt-Hitech 10 stop irnd filter.

Hebridean Beaches

Uig Beach, nightfall

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