Wild Light Photo Tours with Steve Walton: The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland April 2016. 6 nights £1425
Our 2016 Wild Light Photography Tour runs from Sunday 17th April 2016 to Saturday 23rd April 2016 and we will be visiting The Dingle Peninsula and The Ring of Kerry to photograph the most dramatic and iconic landscapes in Ireland. Rapid-changing light and weather patterns, sunrises, sunsets, stormy rugged seascapes and mountainscapes, ancient archaeological and sacred sites, unique geology, flora and fauna and the proud cultural identities and legendary hospitality and humour of the communities who live and work here are our inspiration for this tour. Join me on this five-day tour of discovery and photography along the West Coast of Ireland, both on and off the beaten track on The Dingle Peninsula & The Ring of Kerry.
Tour Dates: Sunday 17th April to Saturday 23rd April 2016.
Included: Pick up and drop off in Ireland at Dublin Airport, accommodation (6 nights), daily breakfast and 2-course dinner, transport during the tour to all locations. Guiding and photography tuition by myself. A working professional photographer with the highest credentials ensure individual attention and great craic guaranteed!
*Not Included: Your return flights, lunches, snacks, alcoholic beverages, equipment and insurances.
Ladies View, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry.
Mystical and beautiful Skellig Michael from St Finian’s Bay, just one of many breathtaking locations we will visit on our Wild Atlantic Ireland tour of Dingle & Kerry. Long exposure techniques using neutral density filters add an ethereal quality to seascapes that we can also exploit to blur movement and ‘remove’ people from a scene. Beaches often have interesting features such as boulders, rocks, jetties, etc. ‘Leading lines’ created by water draining through sand are a very useful means of conveying depth and 3-dimensionality to an image. These are just a couple of aids we can utilise to enhance compositions.
Inch Strand in Co. Kerry is one of our planned locations. This long, curved beach is especially useful for us to create images with mood in stormy and unsettled weather conditions. We will be photographing during the ‘blue hours’ which occur prior to sunrise and after the sun has set.
The sun sinks behind a band of heavy cumulus cloud to throw golden rays onto Ballinskellig Head in Kerry. As is often the case when a stormy and unsettled day draws to an end, the cloud suddenly breaks and the setting sun reappears with purpose, albeit briefly. You will create some of your most atmospheric landscape and seascape images during these conditions.
Another sunset, another moody sky, this time from Abbey Island. You’ll learn how to find and use those compositional aids, such as reflected light in wet sand in the foreground and you’ll also develop your skills to allow you to think ahead, anticipate and react to changing light. As I waited for the sun to drop below the cloud, I was hoping the rays would not be subdued by atmospheric and topographic conditions. A small aperture of f11 helped to encourage a few ‘star points’ as the sun rapidly descended below distant headlands and then was gone in a few seconds. Ireland has so much to offer for a photography tour and you will return with great images and great memories!
Great Blasket Island from Slea Head. Several minutes exposure at twilight via a 10-stop irnd filter with post processing restricted to leveling the horizon and curve adjustment. We make the most of our time at many wonderful locations on our Tour, whatever the weather and light!
Caherdaniel with a flooding tide. The curving sweep of the shorebreak, beach and dunes lead toward a patch of diffused sunlight on the headland, conveniently adding depth. We will visit Caherdaniel at low tide for sand patterns and rocks
Inch Beach again on another stormy evening. Too windy for very long exposures, this was relatively fast at 1/4 sec on the D810 with 28mm f1.8G lens and the tripod deliberately kept low with only one of four leg sections extended to minimse the risk of shake due to being buffeted by the strong wind. The low viewpoint works best, anyway! The 28mm f1.8G seems to be occupying the role of my most-used lens on the D810, I really like this lens.
An Searrach, or ‘The Foal’ is a dramatic sea stack on the Dingle Peninsula. 16 stops of neutral density and a four minute exposure calm the moderately rough sea to give an ethereal mood to the image. I feel the image works best with the crop from full frame. D810 with 85mm f1.4G lens.