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HEBRIDES - IN SEARCH OF WINDSONG AND HARMONY

 - 18th - 23rd March 2019 

‘The sun getting towards the horizon burst through the rain cloud, angry, and for wind’, so wrote none other than the great Joseph William Mallord Turner in 1831, describing part of his visit to the Hebrides – where he had gone in pursuit of the ever changing skies as inspiration for his work, and here he found them in constant evolution. Unchallenged by land since departing the Americas, the skies are a huge, unfolding canvas, always moving, always shifting and away to the horizon presaging the weather to come.

In 1832, after Turner returned to London from his Hebridean odyssey he unveiled his painting ‘Staffa, Fingals Cave’ and just weeks later Mendelssohn, also inspired by these islands premiered his Hebrides Overture.

It is not surprising that artists and composers have been inspired by the Hebrides, (poets too, Keats wrote verse based on his time here). These islands far out to sea off the west coast of Scotland seem crafted to beguile and uplift. It is not just the constantly changing skies, the luminescence of the light or their position out in the raging Atlantic that strikes the soul. It is the beaches of pure white sand, layered with water of iridescent turquoise and green – seemingly transported from the Caribbean. It is the interwoven fabric of hillside tapestry, the heathers and moorland plants, the ancient rocks, lichens and mosses combining in harmony. It is the numberless tiny lochans bespeckling the landscape, decorated with reeds and ripples. It is the sign of man and his long association with land and sea – unimposing, but there nonetheless – the tumble down crofters cottages, abandoned fishing boats, peeling paint, rusting metal, the detritus of the fishermen.

All this combines to inspire, uplift, and drive the artist in us to make our work. It provides food for our cameras. Projects for our portfolios. Here, time slows to nothing and allows our minds to tune in to the rhythm of the soil and the sea – and slowly the images reveal themselves to us as we interpret our emotions and sensations visually.

On this tour we have chosen to locate ourselves centrally on the Island of Harris and Lewis, (despite the name, it is a single island, joined by a slender isthmus), at the comfortable and welcoming Harris Hotel on the outskirts of Tarbet. This is the islands second capital, a small ferry port and harbour and ideal for getting to all of our locations easily.

The tour includes single occupancy rooms as standard and full board – you will get a packed lunch each day (although the generous Scottish breakfast may mean you might not want to eat all of it). Each day will be planned based on the weather and light as to locations, but as always with our tours, please don’t expect this to be a sunrise and sunset landscape photography trip. We may include working at this time, but this is not primarily what our photography is about. Nor will we be rushing about collecting honeypot locations – rather we will be taking our time and allowing you to immerse yourself in the places we stop to really work them, open your eyes and see them.

We will be visiting several of the wonderful beaches around the islands, Seilebost, Horgabost. Luskentyre, Scarista and others (some of them maybe more than once). There will be rock stacks and cliffs, old boats and we will journey along the ‘Gold Road’. No doubt we will visit the Callanish Stone Circle and, as always, we will have a session of positive image critique. If at any time the Atlantic decides it doesn’t want us to be out with our cameras and throws some really foul weather at us, then we will hold a processing session where will show you some of the ways we use Lightroom and Photoshop to work on our creative images. There will also be time for cafes – to savour some home baking on the island, and for a glass or two of the very fine Harris Gin which we have discovered and become rather partial to before the evening meal.

As always on our tours the group size will be small, limited strictly to ten and we will be on hand constantly to help you with techniques, composition and creative ideas. Always our aim is to help you find your own creative voice rather than simply copy the style of others.

We can assure you, that as you fly away from the Hebrides, like all visitors before you, you will not have failed to have been touched by them. Your soul will never be the same again. We can also almost certainly assure you that you will make yourself a silent promise to return. Soon

 

SORRY - fully booked

18th-23rd March 2019

INCLUDES:

5 nights full board single room accommodation at

The Harris Hotel

Transfers from Stornaway airport (for those on recommended flights).

All transport during workshop.

Max, 10 clients.

Tuition from Valda and Doug

EXCLUDES

Flights, insurance,

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature 5.7C

20% deposit required to book

 

£2,095.00

(€2,325.00   $2,685.00)

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1. A non-refundable deposit of the amount stated in each tour or workshop description is required at the time of booking.

2. The balance of the tour/workshop price is due a month prior to the departure date. Should this final payment fail to reach us by the date specified, we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and retain the deposit. If a booking is made a month or less prior to the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.

3. Any cancellation by the client must be made in writing, emails are acceptable. The date on which the letter or email is received by us will determine the cancellation charges applicable. These charges are expressed as a percentage of the total workshop price, and are as follows: 56 – 42 days before departure 50%; 41 – 28 days before departure 75%; 27 days or less before departure 100%. PLEASE NOTE; See clause 14 below regarding travel insurance.

If a client wishes to cancel a booking and transfer the deposit/payment to another tour we are happy to accommodate this request as long as the empty place can be re-sold. An admin charge of £100 will be made.

4. The receipt of a deposit does not imply acceptance of a booking. The PayPal automatically generated receipt does NOT imply acceptance of a booking. We will confirm our acceptance of your booking by email, and it is at the time we send out this confirmation that a contract comes into existence between us. Please DO NOT book any hotels or make any other travel bookings until you have had this email confirmation from us (NOT PayPal). If we are unable to confirm the booking, even though you have had an email from PayPal confirming your payment, we will not be liable for any other costs you have incurred. We will refund in full your PayPal payment. This is because rarely multiple bookings are placed through the website outsell a workshop before the bookings can be closed. At our discretion an administration charge of £100 may be made for alterations or amendments to a booking. The transfer of a booking from one workshop to another is at our discretion, if made more than 57 days prior to departure, it may also incur a fee of £20. The intention to transfer should be notified in writing, emails are acceptable. At 56 days or less before departure cancellation fees will also apply (see clause 3 above).

5. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any tour or workshop. Should an alteration or cancellation become necessary, you will then have the choice of accepting the change, taking an alternative tour or workshop (and where this is of a lower price we will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the contract and accepting a refund of all monies paid to us. For the avoidance of doubt, as we are not party to any flight, accommodation or train bookings or car hire you make yourself and have received no payment for the same, we will not refund the costs of these in the event of holiday cancellation. You are referred to clause 14 below and clause 4 above.

6. Under booking is the situation in which the minimum number of bookings required to run a workshop is not met, and if we have to cancel a workshop for this reason, we will not do so less than 10 days prior to departure. Force majeure is unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, such as war or the threat of war, riots, terrorist activity, civil strife, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood or adverse weather conditions.

7. In the event of the specified tutor being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, another tour leader may be provided. If this is not possible, then the tour or workshop will be cancelled and the provisions of clause 5 will come into effect.

8. We reserve the right to change any of the prices, service or other particulars of a tour or workshop at any time before we enter into contract with you. If there is any change, we will notify you before we enter into such contract.

9. If you have special dietary or other requests, you should inform us of these prior to departure. We cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.

10. The type of tours and workshops we offer require flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason the outline itinerary and tour/workshop description must be taken as an indication of what may take place on the tour or workshop, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of the company.

11. We do not accept liability for any loss or additional expense caused by delay or interruption to travel services through weather conditions, civil disturbance, industrial action, strikes, wars, floods or sickness. Such losses or additional expenses are the responsibility of the passenger. We will not accept liability for loss or damage to any of your personal belongings, including but not limited to camera and computer equipment, peripherals, mobile phones, baggage, clothing, documents, monies, credit cards, travel documents and so on. See clause 14 below.

12. We accept responsibility for acts and /or omissions of our employees (whilst acting in the course of their employment). The Company does not accept responsibility or liability for death, bodily injury or illness caused to the client or any other person included on the booking, unless arising from the negligent act and/or omission of the Company’s employees (whilst acting in the course of their employment). Any claims shall be subject to English law in respect of any question of liability or quantum, and all proceedings shall be within the exclusive domain of the English courts.

13. The client must communicate any perceived failure in the performance of this contract on the spot to the workshop leader thus giving the workshop leader the opportunity to achieve a satisfactory solution. Should this not be possible, you should make your complaint known to us in writing within 28 days of the completion of the tour or workshop.

14. It is a term of the contract between us that you will obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you set out on the tour or workshop (whether abroad or in this country). The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the tour or workshop (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs (for overseas tours), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings and flight cancellations and delays.

15. All clients must be in possession of a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates, including medical certificates required for the whole of the journey and the client accepts responsibility for obtaining the same. All information and advice given by us on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc is given in good faith.

16. Bookings for anyone under 18 years of age must be made by their parent or legal guardian. No one under 16 years of age may join a workshop with us, except by special arrangement with and being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who needs to pay the full workshop fee themselves also.

17. It is the customers responsibility to arrive at locations at the arranged time and with appropriate equipment, footwear and clothing. The customer needs to be healthy enough to participate in the workshop. If the customers vehicle breaks down, his transport arrangements fail for any reason or if the customer fails to arrive at a destination for any reason whatsoever the workshop must proceed without them for the benefit of the other paying customers.

18. The weather is out of our control. In poor weather every effort will be made to find a suitable location to continue the workshop or to take a break until it passes. If very poor weather is forecast in advance we reserve the right to contact the group and reschedule or cancel the workshop. If this happens you will have the chance to accept the rescheduled date or accept a credit towards a future workshop of your choice to the value of the cancelled workshop.

19. If we offer our own equipment to you on loan on a workshop it is not covered by our insurance. By accepting the loan of the equipment, if it is damaged (however minor the damage) or stolen, you promise to pay immediately its full new replacement value direct to us so we can replace the item or items from a supplier of our choice who has the item or items in stock to ensure we can continue to pursue our business. If the item is no longer manufactured this clause applies to the latest new item from the manufacturer even if the value of this item is considerably higher.

20. You are responsible for your own car parking fees, fines, and all other fees and expenses not directly and clearly specified as being included in the cost of the workshop.You are also wholly responsible for the safety of your vehicle, property, personal safety and camera equipment.

21. If you book any workshop or tour listed on this website but booked through or run by any other photographer, individual, broker or company is subject to their terms and conditions and your contract is wholly with them. Any issues arising from such a booking must be taken up with them directly. We are bound by their terms and conditions and have no influence over them.

22. We reserve the right to refuse any booking without giving a reason.

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24. By making a booking, you are agreeing to accept all the above conditions. Any person making a booking does so on behalf of all the individuals included in it, so that all are bound by the booking conditions.

25. Although our locations are always selected with safety in mind, we urge clients to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice  page for reassurance.

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