The weekend of 5th and 6th September was one of fun and photography at Castle Tioram and Strontian. I ran the first SSKEG photography weekend which proved to be both popular and successful.

Take nine very capable sea kayakers armed with a variety of cameras, add in the scenic location of Castle Tioram and Loch Moidart and top it with a weekend blessed with great light for photography and the result was just short of 2000 photographs. Still water and great backdrops, moving water for action, bouncy water for fun… Oh, and did I mention that there was a great deal of fun and laughter as well?

My aim was for everyone to produce great results from their cameras whilst sea kayaking and to get the best out of their own photography. I covered composition, lighting, action shots, technical use of the camera as well as making time to review the output. Saturday saw us out on the water all day, making the best use of the fantastic light, scenery and conditions. From the shelter of Castle Tioram to a bit of bounce on the skerries, we composed, shot, discussed, learned and had a lot of fun. The Sunday saw us based at the Ariundle Centre in Strontian, reviewing and "deconstructing" a selection of our work from the day before.

It's great to have an output from a weekend such as this and the photographs below are the "tutor's selection" which I think represents the day, the range of subjects we covered and of course the output from the photographers. Each of the photographs is credited to the photographer who took them.

I hope you enjoy....!!

 

Please click on the images below to open these at higher resolution.

Each photographer is credited on the higher resolution photographs.




Castle Tioram, situated on Eilean Tioram on Loch Moidart, dates back to the 13th to 14th Century. Originally the stronghold of the medieval Lordship of the Isles and later of the MacDonalds of Clanranald, today it was our venue for the first part of the photography course. Seen here from from Doirlinn, the view of the Castle and surrounding islands sums up the beauty of this iconic location.

Photograph above courtesy of Michele Reason

Launching on a rising tide, we had the woodlands and hills of Doirlinn behind us, whilst ahead lay Castle Tioram. Here was our opportunity to think about perspective and composition and how we might change perspective and composition.

Photographs above courtesy of Mark Lampard

With a wonderful light and a great location, we allowed time to explore and to consider how we might photograph to best effect.

Photograph above courtesy of Paul Fidler

Landing on Eilean Tioram there was opportunity to experiment with the light and the location. Whilst some paddled further round the island, others landed and thought about composition.

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Burgess

The detail of Castle Tioram against a blue sky backdrop.

Photograph above courtesy of Mike Buckley

Two studies in colour - a sea kayak on the beach and Rob, one of the photographers, lining up the shot.

Photographs above courtesy of Paul Fidler
Gunmetal seas painted on rock.
Natural Colours
Wood, stone and water

An opportunity to examine and experiment with natural colours and forms.

Photographs above courtesy of Rosie Fitzgerald

Still life on the beach.

Photographs above courtesy of Mike Buckley

A nicely composed shot of Mark "Xploring" the coast of Eilean Tioram.

Photograph above courtesy of Roddy McDowell

There is quite a debate about the collective term for sea kayakers. Pod, school, gaggle and rabble were all suggested in one forum. These nicely composed shots of kayaks suggests an orderly school rather than an untidy gaggle or rabble.....

Photographs above courtesy of Rosie Fitzgerald, Rob Burgess and Paul Fidler

Castle Tioram provided our venue for the morning, with time to try out some of the techniques that we were later to put into practice later that afternoon. From the castle, looking towards the afternoon venue; the skerries of Eilean an t-Sabhail, near the mouth of Loch Moidart. There were other sights too as Michelle demonstrates in capturing a great shot of the local seals, hauled out on a nearby rock.

Photographs above courtesy of Michele Reason

Heading up Loch Moidart towards the skerries.

The skerries provided iconic views towards the Inner Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum.

Photograph above courtesy of Michele Reason

Out at the skerries, we found some great spots to play and to practice. Roddy demonstrating close quarters manouvering with the hills of Rum in the background.

Photograph above courtesy of Paul Fidler

An action shot... Water both moving and frozen in a moment of time.

Photograph above courtesy of Dave Watson

Our classroom for the day. A great location and great company. Focus, composition and engagement.

Photograph above courtesy of Dave Watson

Grouping up in the lee of the skerry at the back of the "classroom" with a fantastic backdrop of our playground behind us and a study in framing and composition.

Photographs above courtesy of Paul Fidler

Backdrops, perspectives and details.

Photographs above courtesy of Angus Mackie and Mike Buckley

Roddy in full flow

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Burgess

An action shot from Rob.

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Burgess

Paul capturing the moment.

Photograph above courtesy of Paul Fidler

Another action shot from Rob, capturing the movement of the water which itself is mimicking the movement of the kayakers.

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Burgess

Enough said.......

Photographs above courtesy of Roddy McDowell and Michele Reason

Heading back to Castle Tioram and a low level shot of kayakers against the sea.

A great composition featuring Rosie and the far distant Castle Tioram.

Photograph above courtesy of Rob Burgess

What it's all about....Sea, sky and enjoying the location.

Photograph above courtesy of Michele Reason

The end of the weekend and the conclusion of the course. See you next year?