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Announcing Two Copper Coast Photography Workshops for 2017

Ominous cloud over Caher Cove.

Copper Coast Geopark, Waterford, Ireland

led by Athena Carey and John Dunne

Due to the popularity of these workshops this year we are delighted to offer two more dates in 2017. Come join us to shoot this beautiful seaside location.

Dates
March 10th – 12th, 2017
October 20th – 22nd, 2017

Price
€450

The Copper Coast is a diverse geological area in southern Ireland that is named for the historic metal mining industry of the area. It is peppered with ruins of times past, glorious cliffs falling into the Celtic Sea and beautiful sea stacks.

On these two day photography workshop, we will take you around the area to shoot a bit of it all. In each location we will be there to help you find the best angles from which to shoot and if you desire, to aid you in your photographic decisions, from composition to lens choices, shutter speeds to filters. The level of help you receive is entirely up to you.

All levels of photographer are catered for, with two workshops of no more than 10 participants.

Here’s what some of our participants have to say.

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Copyright Peter Hingle 2016, captured during an LLS Photographic Workshop in the Copper Coast

“My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of attending a Copper Coast Ireland Workshop with Athena and John. I had taken an online course taught by Athena so it was a great pleasure to meet her in person. John and Athena have great teaching skills and take a true interest in helping to raise your photography knowledge or letting you roam freely if that is your choice. Both are engaging and fun to be around. Meals were always entertaining. The photography locations were well researched and when I came home to Montana I was enthused with new energy and ideas.

Thanks again Athena and John!”

Peter Hingle Montana, USAWebsite

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Copyright Owen O’Donohoe 2016, captured during an LLS Photographic Workshop in the Copper Coast

“A big thanks to Athena and John from Light Land and Sea for a great weekend of long exposure photography at the Copper Coast Waterford.  Over the weekend we visited some fantastic coves along the copper coast which were excellent for long exposure photography.  The weather was in our favour, the people were friendly and extremely pleasant.  The workshop was certainly insightful and resulted in some excellent imagery.

 I hope to meet you on the North Coast workshop someday!”

Owen O’DonohoeWaterford, IrelandWebsite

A Waterford Seascape | The Land that Time Forgot – Waterford, Ireland

In the early morning light a gentle sea mist roles in obscuring Burke's Island from view, on Kilfarressy Cove on the Copper Coast of Waterford in Ireland

Burke’s Island, no more than a large sea rock, it carries such a presence in Kilfarressy Cove; it’s the first thing you see when you pull up the car in the carpark. While I have visited this cove numerous times, and have already published images this image is actually from my very first trip, back in October 2014. And how lucky I was, not only arriving during a perfectly calm dawn of beautiful muted colours, but to also witness a low lying gentle mist rolling across the sea, partly obscuring the Island. Anytime I see this island now I am reminded of this moment, and my first thought of “The Land that Time Forgot”. Those white flecks perched on the top of the island are actually birds, and if you were to zoom in to the image you can make them out clearly, and I confess that every time I do I half expect to see some dinosaurs! 🙂

I think this is a good example of where I needed time and space to figure out how to prepare this image for print. I loved the frame from the moment I captured it, and no doubt a lot of that is wrapped up to the full experience of being there. I took it 2.5 years ago though, so why did it take me so long to process and publish? The question I asked myself every time I reviewed it was, How?; how do I process this image to draw out the emotions I felt when shooting it, to portray to the viewer the idea that this is indeed The Land that Time Forgot

For a start it’s a low contrast image, unsurprisingly. But beyond the low contrast scene, I shot it with a Mamiya Sekor 80mm Medium Format lens, and while this lens is beautifully sharp it tends towards a low contrast rendition, particularly with long exposure times; the resulting file was much lower contrast then the actual scene. When I eventually felt ready to sit down and process this frame my first decision was how much contrast to reintroduce. I knew I wanted to draw out the island, and also highlight that gorgeous glowing mist, but I did not want to create too much contrast in either the sky nor the foreground sea; however I did want to create a little body in the clouds. And that is precisely where I started, adding a little contrast and clarity to the island and mist, and some additional contrast to the clouds.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

April 2016 Workshop || Copper Coast, Ireland

We still have a couple of spaces left for the Light Land and Sea April Seascapes Workshop in the gorgeous Copper Coast, in Southern Ireland.  Dates – April 22-24th; Cost – €350

Click here to register.


We can have it all!  This area is perfect for both colour or black and white work and long or short exposures.  We will focus on making the most of what each location offers based on what you would like to achieve.

The Copper Coast is a diverse geological area in southern Ireland, peppered with ruins of times past, glorious cliffs falling into the Celtic Sea and beautiful sea stacks.  All weekend long John and I will be beside you to aid you in your photographic decisions, from composition to lens choices, shutter speeds to filters.  The level of help you receive is entirely up to you.  We will lead you to the best locations at the best times and in between we will sit down together to review images, learn new techniques and have one-on-one post processing sessions.

All levels of photographer are catered for, with two workshops of no more than 7 participants this year.
Hurry – only a few places are left for the April Workshop.

Can’t make it in April?  Join us for the same adventure at the same price this September 16-18th.

For further details and to register, please visit www.lightlandandsea.com

A Waterford Seascape | Sunset over Sheep Island – Waterford Ireland

“Give light and people will find the way” ~ Ella Baker

I am, without doubt, in love with the stunning Copper Coast. It is like a candy store for me, full of rugged coastline, rough-edge cliffs, sea-stacks, and little islands standing close to shore. Oh and sea-stacks… did I mention the sea-stacks? 🙂

This image is from one of the many easily accessible coves dotted around the coastline, called Caher Cove. Captured this time last year during a beautifully calm sunset, it shows Sheep Island in the background. I cannot wait to get back to the Copper Coast, and will be co-leading a Workshop with Athena in April. Why not join us and book your place.

Copper Coast Sunset

We’re starting to get excited about our next workshop in the Copper Coast!  Join us for some gorgeous seaside sunsets April 22 – 24, 2016. 🙂

Find out more and register

Ominous cloud over Caher Cove.

Can’t make it in April?  We’ll be back in the Copper Coast September 16 – 18, 2016.

 

From Instagram – Copper Coast Sunrise

Announcing our 2016 Ireland Photography Workshops

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Rain threatens as storm clouds gather over what remains of the once mighty Dunluc Castle on the Causeway Coast in Northen Ireland

Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

February 26 – 28th *€50 Discount*
October 14 – 16th
€350

The Causeway Coast covers a large area of Northern Ireland, rich with culture, history and beauty, with iconic locations like the World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Mussenden Temple, as well as quaint harbours, sea stacks and cliffs falling into the North Atlantic Ocean. Find out more here

April 22 – 24th
September 16 – 18th
€350

The Copper Coast Geopark is a diverse geological area in southern Ireland that is named for the historic metal mining industry of the area.  It is peppered with ruins of times past like the Tankardstown Copper Mine, sea stacks and glorious cliffs falling into the Celtic Sea and beautiful sea stacks. Find out more here

On these two day photography workshops, we will take you to some of the most stunning sites: well known icons as well as captivating, less known gems. In each location we will be there to help you find the best angles from which to shoot and if you desire, to aid you in your photographic decisions, from composition to lens choices, shutter speeds to filters.  The level of help you receive is entirely up to you.

All levels of photographer are catered for, with two workshops of no more than 7 participants.