Mull of the High Mountains ~ Photography art vacation experience, Isle of Mull, Scotland

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“Mull of the High Mountains”….this Gaelic song is about the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, which has many mountains and an incredible coastline of around 300 miles. It’s a paradise for photographers…a mixture of high mountains, wild coasts, headlands, sheltered sea lochs, bays, remote moorland, narrow winding roads and other, smaller islands nearby – famous Staffa and Iona, and the less well known Treshinish Isles. The photographic opportunities on the islands are endless all year round – with angry seas, moody skies and constantly changing light patterns. A later sunrise and earlier sunset also makes the “golden hour” more accessible. 

What you can expect

This 5 day (4 night) photography tour has a focus on long exposure techniques. Led by fine art photographer Dave Hunt, the tour starts and finishes in Edinburgh as the the beautiful drives up to Mull and back are parts of the experience you wouldn’t want to miss. To make best use of the daylight, we leave Edinburgh in the morning on day 1 to make our way up North.

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Highlights of the tour include:

  • Duart Bay and Castle, by Craignure
  • Salen’s dilapidated ships – probably the most famous shabby boats in Scotland!
  • Loch na Keal – the sheltered and attractive sea loch. With some luck we may see otters, golden eagles or sea eagles.
  • The quite desolate enclosed mountain pass of Glen More
  • The road to Iona – the Ross of Mull
  • (If the weather allows) a wildlife cruise to Staffa
  • Tobermory harbour and colourful village
  • Glengorm Castle, standing stones and Leorin Bay
  • And of course Calgary Bay, which will also be our base during the stay.

The course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. A discount is available for non-photographer accompanying guests.

Your tutor – Dave Hunt

Dave describes himself as “just a guy following his passion, inspired by the places he visits and the people he meets”. Fine art photographer describes his style of working rather than the subject or specific market he works in. His passion is to create images as fine art prints that ask a question, tell a story or at least inspire an emotion or reaction in the viewer. He uses digital, mobile, small and large format film and alternative processes, whatever works, its all about creating an image to share.

Dave’s been accredited with Associate qualifications in Fine Art photography with both the Royal Photographic Society and the British Institute of Professional Photography.

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element regardless of the photographic technique.”  {Annie Leibovitz}

Read more about Dave’s teaching philosophy and see further examples of his work here

Accommodation

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Just a short stroll from the white sands of Calgary Bay, we’ll be staying in feelgood high quality accommodation right on the gateway to Mull’s West coast. We’ve booked two adjoining buildings at Calgary, which were once part of a farm square built by by the Calgary Estate in the early twentieth century. Both of the eco-friendly properties have cosy living spaces with wood burning stoves, handcrafted furniture and artwork, and even a sauna. Calgary also has an art gallery and a woodland art trail leading down to the beach, with stunning views of Calgary Bay.

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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, which includes a travel filter kit.

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 and warm, waterproof clothing.

Prices and further notes

The cost for the package is £1490 per person in twin/double occupancy and £1630 in single occupancy. It includes: 5 days of expert tuition in different locations, 4 nights high quality accommodation, all meals, minibus transport during the course (from and to Edinburgh city centre), ferry tickets, wildlife boat trip (if weather allows), and a member of the Wild at Art team will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after. The schedule 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 secures 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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