A Touch of Wildness ~ Long exposure photography vacation in Edinburgh and nearby coasts

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Explore the atmospheric medieval wynds and alleyways of the Edinburgh’s Old Town, in the footsteps of world-famous masters of photography. Venture on to the city’s extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat for a touch of wildness in the heart of the city. Then trips over the River Forth and to the idyllic fishing villages of the East Neuk and East Lothian add different, but equally inspiring images to your collection of impressions. On the final day we use the digital lab at Stills, the centre for photography, to to develop and edit photographs taken over the past few days. The course focuses on long exposure techniques using filters. 

This photography package combines the contrasting experiences of an ancient, but vibrant city with picturesque fishing villages, some wild rocky coastline, and post-processing at the digital lab at Stills centre for photography in Edinburgh. The course is suitable for all levels of photographic ability and experience.

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What you can expect

Day 1 – arrival day (early evening start)

The vacation starts in Edinburgh and you arrive at the 4-star Ten Hill Place Hotel in your own time. Getting into the city from the airport is quick and easy and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need. We gather in the evening for the welcome reception and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2

Introduction to the course by your tutor Keith Brame in Stills studio. Stills is a photographic gallery and centre for photography and education in Scotland. Presentation & discussion on some of the historical trends in photography that influence us, especially in the landscape genre.

We are always walking in the footsteps of others, in photography, painting and other disciplines, but we don’t always realise it.

Keith always likes to take time to invite people into the rich culture and history of photography and to help with this, Stills has an excellent library of photography books to have a browse through. The rest of the day we spend exploring the atmospheric medieval wynds and alleyways of the city’s Old Town and perhaps venturing on to the city’s extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, for a touch of wildness in the heart of the city.

Day 3

Travel across the River Forth, perhaps diverting to South Queensferry to photograph the iconic Forth (Rail) Bridge to explore the picturesque coastal villages of the East Neuk of Fife. This offers a lovely combination of unique and homely fishing villages and some wild rocky coastline, ideal for mastering long-exposure filter photography. It is not unusual to see dolphins too!

Day 4

Travel East of Edinburgh to explore East Lothian with its striking geological features North Berwick Law (a Law is a small steep hill, usually volcanic in origin), Traprain Law and Bass Rock, a striking rocky basalt island in the Forth estuary. This day is about exploring Seacliff bay, which is a large beach, rocky outcrops, cliffs, a secret secluded harbour, surf, and fantastic views to Tantallon Castle, a romantic “dream in masonry and living rock”.

I could spend all day here, and often do.

Day 5

Post-processing and image editing in Stills digital lab. We use the Stills digital image-editing suite to develop and edit photographs taken over the past few days. Keith will help to develop clear and logical steps in the process of editing photographs – the work-flow, so you can gain confidence in the fundamental ideas of post-processing, using Adobe Photoshop.

The course and Wild at Art itinerary finish around 5pm on day 5 (Monday). We have reserved an allocation of rooms at Ten Hill Place Hotel for those who need an additional night of accommodation. We can book a room for you on request (not included in the price stated below).

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Your tutor – Keith Brame

Keith is an award winning photographer whose work features in national and international publications. He works with the John Muir Trust to celebrate the wild landscapes in the Trust’s care through photography. His professional expertise and his experience as a mountain guide and outdoor enthusiast make him the perfect guy to lead our photography experiences. Besides the techniques for successful landscape photography he likes to introduce his students to the history and rich culture of photography, and share the stories of the fantastic and inspiring photographers who have helped us to clearly see our beautiful landscapes and seascapes. Keith has a BA in Photography and a teaching qualification in Further Education. He teaches in Stills Gallery in Edinburgh – the Centre for Scottish Photography – and at an FE college. Read more about Keith’s teaching philosophy and see further examples of his work here

Accommodation – Ten Hill Place Hotel

Accommodation is with our long standing partner Ten Hill Place hotel in Edinburgh. Ten Hill Place is a friendly 4-star hotel, which is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the famous Royal Mile – but still very quiet in its Georgian square. The hotel was established by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to provide financial support for its global medical reach.

The profits go directly to support education and assessment for medical students and surgical trainees throughout the world. It also supports research to advance standards of care for the future.  So as well as getting a comfy, luxurious room and great service you are supporting a medical charity with a global reach.

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What to bring

A digital SLR or similar and a tripod with remote or cable release are desirable. Ideally the camera should allow control of the focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, take light reading, allow to change senses and add filters to the lens (you don’t have to know how to do all of these things yet). We will provide a detailed list of suggested equipment to tour participants.

The tour involves some walking, some of it could be on rough paths. You should be able to walk up to an hour at a time and bring comfortable shoes.

Prices and further notes

The cost for the package is £1340 per person in twin/double occupancy and £1590 in single occupancy. It includes: 4 full days of expert tuition in different locations, 4 nights 4-star hotel accommodation, 4 full Scottish breakfasts, welcome drink and welcome dinner on arrival night, refreshments and 4 light lunches, transport during the course, digital lab hire, and a member of the Wild at Art team will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after. The itinerary is based on careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication, but should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes. We can organise additional accommodation nights before and after the Wild at Art holiday at an additional cost (depending on availability).

A non-refundable deposit of £300 ecures your space. To book and for further information and please contact Ute Amann-Seidel or Ellen Colingsworth at [email protected] Flights and travel to/from Edinburgh are not included. Personal travel insurance is required.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and inspiring you!

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