Workshops

The Faroe Islands Small Group Workshop
3rd - 10th November 2022
Available

Sunrise, Faroe islands
Winter dawn at Sorvagsvatn, Faroe islands
THE FAROE ISLANDS SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP

3rd - 10th November 2022

£2195 per person
Deposit - £400

Gasadalur and Mulafossur waterfal (colour), Faroe Islands
Note - You will receive a full refund on any workshops that are cancelled, for example, as a result of government advice on Coronavirus

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Mark McColl Photography

When you visit the Faroe Islands, you have a feeling of really escaping to somewhere like no other. When I visited this island group in 2019, I was blown away by the photographic potential. It was unlike anywhere I had been before. Yes, there were elements that reminded me of Iceland, Norway and Scotland; but there was something about the islands that was quite unique. Perhaps it was the mountains rising straight from the sea with their unusual conical tops; or the grass roofed houses that are commonplace, or the photogenic churches. What was familiar was the changeable weather: living in Scotland I am used to rapidly changing conditions which make for great light. And it is the combination of a unique landscape and changeable weather that makes the Faroe Islands so appealing. Add potentially snow topped mountains and the possibilities are limitless.

Situated in the Atlantic at 62 degrees north, the Faroe Islands lie approximately midway between the north of Scotland and Iceland. The archipelago comprises 18 islands and is around 70 miles long and 47 miles wide. The islands are fairly mountainous, with the highest almost 3000 feet above sea level. The population of the Faroes is almost 49 000, with a significant proportion living in the main town of Torshavn. The Faroes are a self-governing nation of the kingdom of Denmark. The national language is Faroese, which is rooted in old Norse, although English is widely spoken. The main industries in the Faroes are fishing, tourism and wool production.

Whilst there are 18 islands, the major ones are linked via tunnels and bridges, and nowhere on the main island network is much more than an hours drive away. Photographically, the mountains of the Faroes are spectacular – jagged peaks rise straight from the sea, and the changeable weather can produce stunning light in which to photograph them. The islands are dotted by grass-roofed houses and churches that are particularly photogenic against dramatic light, and there are also a number of stunning waterfalls. On this workshop we will shoot mountains, lakes, waterfalls, islands and villages using the available low winter light. From our base in Torshavn we will be well placed to visit many areas of interest, particularly on the islands of Vagar, Streymoy and Esturoy.

Included

• 7 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel in Torshavn... Hotel Foroyar
• Breakfasts at the hotel
• All transportation during the workshop
• Airport transfer to / from Vagar airport
• All tunnel passes
• Tuition from Mark McColl

Excluded

• Meals / drinks not specified
• Insurance (each participant must have adequate travel / medical insurance)
• Travel to and from the Faroe islands
• Fees for guided walks / access to areas that incur a charge


Group size

3 (min)- 5 plus workshop leader

Fitness level required

Moderate / Good - Most of the locations on this workshop are easily accessible, although a couple of areas require a reasonable amount of walking / hiking. For example a relatively flat walk of around 1 hour each way is needed to reach Lake Sorvagsvatn; an uphill walk of around 45 mins is needed to gain some elevation at Funningur (though participants have the option of shooting at ground level here). None of the walking is of a technical nature and should be within reach of anyone with a good level of fitness. Some of the terrain is rugged, so slips / trips are a potential hazard. Given that we are visiting in late winter, foot grips (Yaktrax or microspikes) are advisable.


Why come on this workshop?

The aim of this workshop is not only to ensure that you are at fantastic locations at just the right time, but also to cater for your individual photographic needs. I will give you hands-on assistance in the field as well as passing on tips and techniques that I use to get the best images possible. Some of the techniques covered include
  • composition
  • reading light and using it effectively to create depth within your images
  • lens choice
  • use of filters
  • exposure
  • creating panoramic images


Itinerary

On our first day we will arrive at Vagar airport and make the drive across to our hotel to deposit our luggage and settle in. Depending on flight times we may have time to shoot on day 1, otherwise we will have dinner and discuss plans for the following day, as well as getting to know each other.

Day 2-6

There is no fixed itinerary on this workshop. We will constantly assess the prevailing weather conditions and select locations based around what will work photographically. If sunrise looks promising we will be out before dawn to capture the first light of day, and shoot right through until sunset. The weather at this time of year is likely to be quite changeable, often leading to dramatic light that will hopefully give us fantastic photographic opportunities. Bear in mind that the weather in this region is unpredictable, and there may be times when photography just isn't possible. In such circumstances we can spend some time around laptops discussing image processing techniques.

Day 7

On our final day we will have breakfast at the hotel. Depending on flight times home there may be an opportunity for some photography on our final day.

What to bring…

• Camera body
• Lenses (eg. 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-300mm)
• Tripod
• batteries / memory cards / laptop / cleaning equipment
• Filters
• Laptop
• Warm clothing (layering advised – base, fleece, outer layer, warm trousers and thermals, gloves, hat)
• Waterproof walking boots / plus traction (microspikes or Yaktrax)