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.
Golden Spindrift at Seilebost, Fuji Velvia 50