Mourne - Autumn Colour and Seascapes workshop

sunday 27th October 2019


Get A low-down view of the Mournes

Photographing the Mourne Mountains doesn't always mean donning the hiking boots and trekking high up onto the summits.

Around the foothills of the Mournes are stunning forests and pristine beaches which allow you to capture a different side to these hills.  Join me to learn two different styles of photography (rivers of Autumn and seascapes).

For me, there's no better place to photograph the riot of Autumn colour than Tollymore Forest in Newcastle.  This weekend around Hallowe'en is often the perfect time to capture the colour at its peak.  Just bring your wellies!

Around this time, the sun also begins to set in the perfect location to capture both side light and colour over the iconic profile of the Mourne mountains from beautiful, quiet and ever-changing beaches.


Sunday 27th October 2019

10am - Meet and Greet at Tollymore Forest

The main car park at Tollymore Forest will be our start point for the day.  I will formally introduce myself and share with you the detailed plan for the day. 

10.15am - 1.30pm

We'll walk down into the forest and will focus on three main locations which offer different compositions and always have lots of Autumn colour.

During this period, I will guide you in creating strong compositions and the settings to use to capture a sharp and well-exposed image, including using long exposures.

1.30pm - 3pm

We will get some lunch and head over towards our sunset location between 4 and 10 miles away.

3pm - 5pm

We will photograph sunset from one of three beaches (Murlough, Tyrella or Minerstown) depending on conditions.  I've planned this workshop at a time when the tide will be receding and almost out - offering us plenty of compositional options.

5.15pm - End of the Workshop

After sunset, the workshop will end and I will answer any remaining questions you may have.

Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for both beginner photographers right up to those who are more advanced but simply want to be guided to some new locations to expand their portfolio.

We will cover topics such as:

  • Planning a shoot in detail;

  • Composition;

  • The Exposure Triangle (shutter speed, aperture and ISO);

  • Long exposure photography; and

  • Post-processing tips.

Fitness & Equipment

A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop as we will be walking on uneven ground for approx 3 miles, with some short but reasonable ascents in places.

I'd recommend wearing wellies for both the forest photography (allows you to get up close in the water) and also for the beach.

A tripod should be part of your kit to get the best out of this workshop.

You will need a car to drive between Tollymore forest and the beach.

What to Expect...

How much does it cost and what do I get for that?

The workshop has a cost of £95 which includes:

  • Tuition: Guided hikes and photography tuition from myself during the whole course;

  • Post-Production Tutorial: Post production is an important part of the photographic workflow. After the workshop, I will offer to take one of your images and do my own post production on it to show you how I would approach this part of the process. You will be sent a video of me doing the editing so you can learn a few Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop skills too.

  • Maximum group size is 5 people, to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition.


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Your guide

Stephen Wallace

Stephen is recognised for his landscape photography taken right across the island of Ireland and has experience of delivering workshops in Antrim, Down,  Rathlin Island and Donegal.  Stephen has almost 20 years of experience of hiking the Mourne Mountains and recently won the public vote for the 2017 UK Mountain Photographer of the Year with an image of the Mournes.