General

Travel and Transport

Equipment

About Shetland

About Images in Nature

About Workshops

About Tours


General


Q. What photographic experience is required

Our holidays and workshops will suit anyone with little or no photographic experience right up to the semi pro. Please contact us if you have any questions about the suitability of our workshops or holidays.



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Q. What is included

As well as guidance and tuition, each Workshop includes accommodation, all transport within Shetland, food and drink (excluding alcohol).

Three star accommodation is at the Orca Country Inn, in Hoswick, where the course is based. Our aim is to provide good, wholesome food for hungry outdoor types.

 We start the day with a large breakfast, with a varied menu to cater for all tastes. A picnic lunch is provided, and a full evening meal.



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Q. What is not included

Travel to and from Shetland; Alcoholic drinks; Photographic supplies such as CD/DVDs, inks, printer paper; Insurance – we have our own comprehensive business insurance, but you will be required to take out adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of your stay.



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Q. Clothing

 

Shetland’s weather is very changeable, so a range of clothing is essential.

Any warm midsummer day could change very rapidly, so bring along a sweater, a body warmer and a good quality, waterproof jacket or coat. Footwear should ideally be walking boots, or at least a stout pair of walking shoes. Finally, a waterproof hat is always a good idea, preferably one that will not be blown away by a gust of wind.



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Q. Group Size

 

Our maximum group size is six members, which helps everyone receive valuable ‘one to one’ guidance and tuition. Minimising the size of the group also lowers our environmental impact on location and wildlife. Members are welcome to bring non participant partners, but we will

only provide food and accommodation. They will not be able to join any of the expeditions.



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Q. Type of guest

 

Our guests come from all walks of life and age groups. The one element that brings everyone together is their passion for photography and the natural world.



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Q. Fitness Level

 

Our Holidays and Courses are not intended to be endurance holidays, and we keep the level of walking down to a minimum. We however do need to travel to some remote places, where a degree of walking is inevitable. Each specific holiday or Workshop page will have the length of walks included.



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Travel and Transport


Q. Flights

 

Please contact us for any advice about your journey to or from the isles.

By air – Flights arrive daily from mainland Scotland at Shetland’s main  airport, at Sumburgh, just 12 miles from Hoswick.

Contact  British Airways on 0870 850 9850 or www.ba.com



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Q. By Sea

 

By sea – NorthLink operate a daily service between Aberdeen and  Lerwick, travelling via Orkney on certain days of the week. The modern ferries ‘Hjaltland’ and ‘Hrossey’ provide a high standard  of comfort and safety on this 12 hour journey (14 hours  if travelling  via Orkney). Passengers have a choice of dining areas, bars,  comfortable lounges, two or four berth en suite

cabins and a cinema. Contact NorthLink on 0845 6000 449, or www.northlinkferries.co.uk



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Q. Transport on Shetland

 

All transport is included on Shetland in our luxury 4x4 mpv.  All inter island ferries  are also included. Air or ferry transport to Shetland is not included,  but we will be pleased to help plan your journey to Shetland .


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Equipment


Q. What type of equipment will i require

 

The minimum requirement will be an SLR camera with the following:

lenses: wide angle, 15mm/28mm telephoto, between 300mm and 500mm;

A good quality tripod, preferably by Manfrotto or Gitzo;

A cable release.

Other equipment we recommend is a flash gun; extension tubes;

1.4 or 2x tele-converters.

We will be pleased to help advise you on the purchase of any equipment you do not already have.



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About Shetland


Q. Where is Shetland

Situated more than 200 miles from Aberdeen to the south, and Bergen to the east, Shetland is at the crossroads of the North Sea and the North Atlantic. The archipelago includes more than 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited, stretching 100 miles from Fair Isle in the south to Muckle Flugga in the north.



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Q. What about the weather

Shetland’s weather is paradise for a photographer. Its ever changing moods create an endless variety of colour and light. They’re not far wrong when they say you can expect all four seasons in a single day, or “if you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it will change in five minutes”.

Situated at 60° north, not far south of the Arctic Circle, you would expect it to be wild and windy. But lying in the path of where the Gulf Stream turns into the North Atlantic Drift, the climate is far milder than you might expect.

In the summer the days lengthen until the Simmer Dim, around midsummer, when the sun is above the horizon 19 hours of the day and you can read a book outside at midnight. And even in the depths of winter, it is common to have fine, sunny days.

Because of its location, weather systems clash over Shetland and it can often be completely different from one end of the islands to the other. While the east is shrouded in mist, the west can be bathing in sunshine, ensuring there is rarely a day when photographic opportunities do not abound.



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Q. Wildlife

Shetland’s breeding and migrant bird populations are world famous, and not without good reason. More than one million seabirds breed here every summer, with many of the 21 species unknown in such numbers elsewhere in the UK. The spectacular Arctic and Great Skua are protected due to their significance, as are the Red Necked Phalarope who allow onlookers within a few feet. Other important species are the comical Puffin, the acrobatic Arctic Tern, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill and Shag.

But that is just the half of it. There are huge numbers of other species which come to breed on these strategically placed isles, including all manner of waders, moorland birds and delights such as the Red Throated Diver and Great Northern Diver.

The shoreline offers the special treat of spotting Grey or Harbour Seals, and the occasional glimpse of an Otter sneaking through the seaweed in search of supper. Further out at sea the sight of Orcas or White Sided Dolphins is becoming more common, while Porpoises are frequent visitors to inland waters.

The treeless landscape has been shaped by Shetland’s climate, which at first glance appears to be largely peat and heather moorland. But from spring to autumn the islands are swept by a wave of colour as the yellows, blues and pinks of tiny flowers carpet the land.



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