Cromwell Quay, Shore St, Dunbar EH42 1SU, North Berwick
ENJOY 5 AND A HALF HOURS OF UNIQUE BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY ON AN ISLAND CONSIDERED BY SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH AS ONE OF THE "TWELVE WILDLIFE WONDERS OF THE WORLD"!
The Bass Rock is home to over 150,000 gannets at the peak of the breeding season as well as a whole host of other seabirds and marine wildlife. The gannet is Britain's largest seabird with a wing span of just under two meters. When hunting for fish they slam into the sea like a living missile, descending at speeds of over 90 mph and diving to depths of 30 feet below sea level. The impact as it hits the water is so violent it can stun the fish, swallowing their prey whole before returning to the surface. The gannets are designed for high speed impact with more safety features than a modern vehicle. It has a skull like a crash helmet and its throat pouches swell like a drivers air-bag as it crashes into the sea. The colony consumes 200 tons of fish every day and the birds can travel up to 540 kilometres or 330 miles in search of food.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE ONE DAY AFTER THE FARNE ISLANDS WORKSHOP, AND YOU CAN BOOK A PLACE IN BOTH IF YOU´RE QUICK. RAFA AND ALEX FROM LONDON PHOTOGRAPHIC TRAVEL AS ORGANIZERS, SO THIS MEANS THAT THIS WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN FOR 9 PEOPLE!!! BOOK YOUR PLACE ASAP!
Photofox and London Photographic can charter a private boat with the Scottish Seabird Center if 9 photographers book this workshop before the end of January. If we don´t fill up the 9 spaces, then we will start booking in January and we will travel in a boat with other non-photographers and it´s very likely that some people will be left out, as anyone else can occupy the seat in the boat.
CONDITION: AT LEAST 6 PEOPLE, INCLUDING RAFA AND ALEX LABERGE, MUST BOOK A PLACE FOR THIS TRIP TO HAPPEN. DEADLINE: JANUARY
Price includes landing fees (130 pounds, impossible to get them any better) and tuition (95)
So, what´s so exciting about the bass rock? The same as our trip to the Farne Islands, it´s a paradise if you´re into wildlife photography. This is why Sir David Attenborough considered it as one of the “Twelve Wildlife Wonders of the World”. Are you going to miss the chance to master your bird photography skills in such an amazing site?
DETAILS OF TRIP
- We will land on the Bass Rock and we will go round the Bass Rock with our ship
- Participants will get a tutorial on bird photography and expert autofocus techniques, used by action and wildlife photographers. Rafa will teach the right camera settings to take sharp photos of the gannets, seagulls, etc.
- We will get 4 hours of EXCLUSIVE wildlife photography and chances for one-to-one photographic tuition.
- "Chumming": the boat captain will bring an enormous bucket full of fish, will stop the boat and will throw the fish pieces to attract the gannets. You will see the water flooding with gannets, and the sky will become a flurry of birds and feathers.
- The captain of the boat will be an ornithological guide, so you will be able to ask him questions about the island and birds. You will NEVER forget this experience.
- A digital camera and at least a[masked] lens. A zoom lens will be your best friend.
- Extenders (x1.4 and x2) will be very useful.
- A wide-angle lens. The birds are so close at times that the only way to get them in your picture is by using a wide angle. Seriously!
- You can bring a telephoto prime, it will also make wonders. Make sure it´s at least 300. - Bring polarizers and a tripod that can hold your camera and lens. UV filters might be useful.
- If you want to use flash, then bring a better beamer with batteries.
Sunday 28th of May
This workshop will happen on Monday the 29th of May, one day after the end of the Farne Islands workshop. If enough people are interested (at least 6, Rafa and Alex included in this number) then the trip will happen.
-We will rent a car from Berwick Upon Tweed to North Berwick and travel on Sunday the 28th of May after the end of the Farne Islands workshop. The road from Berwick to North Berwick is very easy and journey is around 1 hour in duration. We will all depart from Berwick Upon Tweed and we will rent a car in East Coast Rental https://eastcoastrental.co.uk/
-We can also travel by car if someone brings a car with them. Some of us have already expressed their intention to bring a car, so problem solved :)
- We will sleep in North Berwick. Please check the recommendations on the best accommodation in North Berwick https://seabird.org/visit/essential-info/local-accommodation/10/19/137
Monday 29th of May
7.30am: The boat will depart at 7.30am from Dunbar Harbour. Safety briefing.
7.45am to 8.45am: Chumming. Enjoy photographing the gannets and other seabirds as they dive into the water!
8.45 to 9.45am: Arrival to the Bass Rock. We will position ourselves near the lighthouse and Rafa will provide one-to-one tuition.
10am-1pm: Photograph the gannets.
1.30pm: We return to Dunbar harbour, knowing that we have become better photographers.
4pm: We return to Berwick Upon Tweed and we jump into the train to return back to Kings Cross St Pancras Railway Station.
8pm: Arrival to Kings Cross St Pancras
Can I go to this trip only and forget about the Farne Islands workshop? Yes absolutely, you can go only to the Farne Island trip, to this one (The Bass Rock Workshop) or come to both.
What does the price include? The 225 pounds includes the price of the boat and landing fees (130 pounds) and tuition 95 pounds. Photofox and London Photographic do not keep the money of the boat and landing fees as this goes to the Scottish Seabird Centre and they will be the ones in charge of processing a refund should this happen. Food, accommodation and price of car rental/petrol not included.
What if I bring my own car and I don´t want to rent a car in Berwick? Then no problem at all, go with your car. We would be happy if you would be willing to share some of your seats with the other photographers, but we can discuss this. And this is your car after all. Petrol costs would be divided between the people jumping into each car. Rafa has spoken already with some people about this, but will begin discussions below and on Photofox Facebook Page.
The Scottish people have a weird accent and I don´t understand them when I try to book a room in a hotel...: Well, you´re not alone. Rafa was born in Spain and he probably struggles more than you.
What if the sea conditions are terrible and we have to cancel the workshop? After all, we can only know if the sea is good enough the day before. No problem at all, the Scottish Seabird Centre will refund the cost of the boat trip, and Photofox and London Photographic will refund the cost of the workshop. It shouldn´t be a problem though, as we can still travel even if it´s rainy (the problem is the sea, not the weather).
Will we miss the day if the trip is cancelled and is there a high chance of it being cancelled? We won´t miss the day, as we can still go to the Farne Islands to continue taking photographs on Monday the 29th. And we won´t lose money hiring a car, as we will be notified of the sea conditions one day before this workshop.
What train ticket should I buy? Buy a ticket with an OPEN day of return, just in case. If you travel by car... then you don´t have to worry about this.
We won´t be many people travelling, can we meet or discuss the travel arrangements to see if we all fit in a car? Please do so. . Let´s begin the discussion in the comments here below.
Don´t miss this chance, Photofoxes!!
Refunds offered if:
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.