Photography Adventure – Westport, Co. Mayo | 17th – 19th January 2020

A weekend adventuring in the Wilds of Mayo with Landscape Photographer Pip Sheridan Sides.
We will stay in the Westport Woods Hotel where we can enjoy the full luxurious accommodation, spa and yummy food.
We will eat, drink and sleep photography spending our days photographing the wilds of Mayo and our evenings reflecting on our images and technique.
Pick up in our 7 seater wagon in Galway city centre

Price of €290 per person is inclusive of the weekends half board accommodation in the hotel, with full access to their health club and spa, transport to and from Galway and the various locations on our photoshoot, admission to Kylemore Abbey and Estate.

With photography tuition and advice throughout the weekend.

There will be lots of photoshoots where you get a chance to have one on one tuition on how to take better images with your smartphone, rangefinder or SLR camera.

Pip will offer advice on the fundamentals of photography, light and composition. Pip has over 22 years experience as a landscape photographer, and will be on hand throughout the weekend to advise and assess your photography. Even if just using a smartphone a little bit of time and thought to choosing, “that one sight from an inifinity of other sights” -Bresson, can go a long way to taking a well composed and executed image rather than a mere snapshot.

“The most important part of the camera sits 2 inches behind it”– Ansel Adams. Adams was one of the greatest landscape photographers of all time, with this point in mind we make it our mission to show you the client how to compose strong images with a smartphone, a film camera or digital SLR or rangefinder.


Friday the 17th: 16.00
Collection at Eyre Sq, Galway, beside bus station
Arrive at the Westport Woods Hotel

20.00 Evening meal in the Westport Woods Hotel
We can meet and greet the group and enjoy a nice evening meal together followed by a presentation of landscape images from the area with a Q and A session.

Here I show you how to get strong images with a smartphone as well as a talk on the advantages of rangefinder and SLR cameras.

Saturday 18th: 08.00 Breakfast

We want to make the most of the natural light which is minimal in January hence the early start to get out there.

09.30: Drive to Kylemore Abbey via the Fjord at Leenane.
We will be at liberty to stop on route wherever we fancy. This is the advantage of a small group of 7 in a mini bus, if we want to stop and take pics on route this can be easily done.

Kylemore Abbey is a beautiful Castle, set in a beautiful location. A photographers joy both within the grounds of the Estate a nd inside the Castle itself.

13.00: Lunch.
We can eat the fabulous local produce prepared to yummy satisfaction in the Abbey Restaurant.

14.00 Return drive to Westport via a coffee break at the Delphi Resort and a photoshoot in Doo Lough, an incredible lough surrounded by mountains.

17.00 Arrive back at the Hotel. Return to our rooms to rest and refresh for dinner.

19.00 Dinner followed by a chance for us to share our images with each other.

21.00 Session. (Optional) Music session in the famous Matt Malloys Pub

Sunday 19th 08.30: Breakfast.

This time we head North via the boglands of the Ballycroy National Park to the iconic Sea Stack of Dun Briste. Dun Briste is one of the most iconic landmarks of Mayo. This photoshoot will focus on different approaches to capturing the coastline.

13.00 Lunch
Than drive back to Westport taking in the rugged landscape on route. This day is less cluttered to allow time for the random. Time allowed to pull over the van and stop to take images for no better reason than the simple fact that we want to.

17.00 Return to the Westport Woods Hotel for coffee and a final discussion of our images of the weekend with some further advice on image taking before we depart

18.00 Leave the Westport Woods Hotel for our return trip to Galway

20.00 Arrive Galway City centre.

Cost €290 per person.

What is included:

Weekend’s half board accommodation in the renowned luxury of the Westport Woods Hotel.

Transport from Galway throughout the weekend and entrance to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens.

Full weekends photography tuition with your guide and photographer Pip.

What is not included: Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

This group is limited to 6 to ensure we have enough time to give everyone in the group one on one photographic advice and for the real advantage of being more nimble and free in a smaller group.

For further info or to make bookings contact Pip on 0894089681.

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