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Witness the incredible Gannet colony
of Greater Saltee Island.

Seabird Spectacular, Saltee Ireland workshop

PLEASE NOTE this trip is cancelled due to Coronavirus and social distancing.

In conjunction with Natures Images, join us on Great Saltee Island for one of the greatest wildlife spectacles to be found around the coastlines of Ireland. Saltee hosts a fantastic Gannet colony along with multiple Auk species, Kittiwakes and Choughs, all very accessible and with specially arranged early morning and late evening crossings scheduled, we will be able to work in the very best light.

DETAILS

Group size
This photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 8.

Fitness level
Saltee is a wet landing into shallow water and requires a reasonable amount of walking. This includes both steep and rocky ground to reach the Gannet colony.

Passport
You will need your passport for the ferry connection to Ireland and also some Euros too, although you won’t need a lot as all your meals are included in the trip price.

Accomodation
Whilst in Ireland we use comfortable twin room B&B. Single suppliments may be available on a limited basis, please enquire for availability.

Important notes
All facilities at the accommodation in Ireland are provided for, but please keep in mind the length of stay on Saltee Island, the wet landing, and possibility of very changeable weather. It’s almost always windy too.

Group size
This photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 8.

Fitness level
Saltee is a wet landing into shallow water and requires a reasonable amount of walking. This includes both steep and rocky ground to reach the Gannet colony.

Passport
You will need your passport for the ferry connection to Ireland and also some Euros too, although you won’t need a lot as all your meals are included in the trip price.

Accomodation
Whilst in Ireland we use comfortable twin room B&B. Single suppliments may be available on a limited basis, please enquire for availability.

Important notes
All facilities at the accommodation in Ireland are provided for, but please keep in mind the length of stay on Saltee Island, the wet landing, and possibility of very changeable weather. It’s almost always windy too.

GUIDES

Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside being a judge for both that and other international photography competitions.

Ellie Rothnie is a professional, and regularly published, wildlife photographer and Natures Images guide. She has been awarded in competitions such as the British Wildlife Photography Awards and Natures Best. She has a beautiful, clean, and simple style to her work which has resulted in a portfolio of eye catching imagery.

 

TESTIMONIALS

N Kingston

As a fan of Richard Peters’ work I was delighted when my wife booked a 6 hour one-to-one workshop for my birthday. I have enjoyed taking wildlife photographs for a long time, gradually improving but realised I was taking the same old photographs. It was time for a new approach, good advice and a fresh pair of eyes. Upon arrival to our workshop, Richard bought me a coffee and we sat down to a short portfolio review. Richard looked at how I had composed, cropped and processed my images using Lightroom and suggested options and alternatives. It was a fantastic eye opener to have professional opinion and critique and Richard shared his technical skills and passion for photography, along with some methods of using light creatively. This Lightroom overview helped me learn some great shortcuts, which have since made a big improvement to my workflow. A run through of important camera settings, lots of questions from me and lots of great answers from Richard and we set off with our cameras to put the theory into practice. We soon spotted a very co-operative heron in some great light, I snapped away listening to Richards tips and it was great to see my shot then the next shot with Richards suggestions incorporated (you could really see the difference). The afternoon ended with an amazing sunset and, taking Richards advice, I waited until the sun had dropped low enough to experiment with backlighting. The 6 hours flew by and it was a fantastic day, with advice and encouragement from Richard throughout, and some great shots on the camera. Richard’s knowledge, and ability to pass it on in easy to understand ways, made this a valuable experience for me to push my photograph forward and help turn the same old photos into something new. Thank you!

K Bangs

As a relative newcomer to the world of photography, I booked a one-to-one with Richard with only 4 months experience of using a DSLR camera.

My aim was to improve my overall understanding of the different settings, including manual, with an overall objective to improve my wildlife photography (off the auto setting!) prior to my impending holiday to Africa. One of the specific issues I had been finding tricky was focusing on moving subjects, Richard soon put me on the right track and resolved this.

Richard also provided me with lots of well explained advice around different camera settings and image composition, which we put into practice throughout the day. I opted for the image review at the start of the session, I found this particularly useful as it helped highlight any areas that needed development during the session and also increased my confidence through the constructive feedback. Overall the workshop was really beneficial in terms of improving my knowledge and understanding, but it was also a really enjoyable day.

I would highly recommend a one-to-one to anyone wishing to develop their skills.

T Gehlot

Having seen Richard’s incredible work I was naturally a little intimidated when I initially booked my one-to-one with him. However he immediately made me feel at ease with his humour and friendly nature and our workshop had a great flow and was well thought out.

What I loved the most is that it was informative yet open and relaxed. Richard is a humble and passionate photographer who was very willing to share his tips and tricks and as a result of only a few hours together, I now have a much better understanding of where I am as a photographer and the areas I need to concentrate on to improve my photographic skills.

I wasn't sure going in how much benefit I would get from my workshop but it exceeded my expectations, everything was explained with great clarity and it inspired me to be more creative and confident.

Richard's knowledge and demeanour left me eager to push my photography further and once I’ve hit my next set of challenges, I’ll look forward to booking in again to learn more! Richard, thank you for such a wonderful experience.

ITINERARY

Day 1: We take the 4 hour ferry from Fishguard, Wales, to Rosslare, Ireland. From there we will make our way to Kilmore Quay where we will check into our B&B accommodation and enjoy an evening in a local restaurant.

Days 2-5: We leave early for Great Saltee Island by pre-arranged boat with a local fisherman, taking our food and refreshments for the day with us. We will potentially not be returning until the evening light has gone, so be prepared for a full day out with changeable weather. Packed refreshments will be available for you to order the night before. Please note that the landing on the island is a wet landing: we will transfer from our fishing boat to a smaller Zodiac and then exit this into the shallow waters. For this either bare foot, Wellingtons or waterproof sandals (best option) are the options available for you and they can be left on the shore to switch to your more conventional light walking boots. Great Saltee is one of the premier locations for photographing seabirds and we will get the chance to photograph Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and an excellent Gannet colony.

Day 6: We will look to get the moring ferry back across to Fishgaurd, where you will be able to begin your journey home.

PRICE & DATES

Seabird Spectacular, £1525 SOLD OUT

5th - 10th May 2020

A deposit of of £225 is required at the time of booking.

Book your space now via the Natures Images booking form

What’s included

  • Ferry to Ireland
  • Local transfers
  • Accomodation
  • Meals
  • Boat trips and entry fees

What’s not included

  • Travel to Fishguard
  • Sundry items
  • Alcohol

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