International Digital Photography Workshop Series

Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast
A Digital Photography Field Workshop
with Stephen Johnson and Anthony Hobbs

July 22-August 2, 2006 (note new final dates)
re-negotiated down to
Seats limited to 12 students


Day 1- Saturday 22 July – Welcome to Ireland
Group arrives at Shannon Airport. Transfer to hotel under own arrangements.

Meet with Staff of Photography workshop and Guide.

Dinner, bed and full Irish breakfast at the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon,Co. Clare

Day 2 – Sunday 23 July – Shannon – Kerry via the Dingle Peninsula
Meet with guide and driver of coach at your hotel.

Depart for Killarney travelling perhaps via the scenic Dingle Peninsula which is a paradise for photographers.

The Dingle Peninsula

Some of the finest coastal scenery to be seen in Ireland can be found in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry
Peninsulas. This peninsula is famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches. It is also a ‘Gaeltacht' (Irish speaking) area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbour.

The road around the Peninsula is truly spectacular. It passes through a chain of Mountains, called Slieve Mish. From Inch, a long beach bordered by dunes and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter,” admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. From Dingle, drive around the coast to Slea Head. Here the blue of the marine landscape surrounds the Blaskets Islands, deserted since 1953. In the distance are the two rocky Skellig islands, where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found. The Dingle Peninsula will charm you with its villages painted in bright colours and will bewitch you with the dramatic beauty of its landscapes.

Check into your Killarney Hotel.

Overnight, dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Quality Hotel, Killarney,Co.Kerry

Day 3 – Monday 24 July - The Beara Peninsula
Travel today to the Beara Peninsula for excellent photo opportunities.

Overnight dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Quality Hotel, Killarney.

Day 4 – Tuesday 25 July – Kerry – Clare
Depart for County Clare via the Shannon Car Ferry. Stop at the Cliff of Moher. Travel through the Burren region. Continue to hotel

Overnight dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Belbridge House Hotel,
Spanish Point,Co. Clare/

Day 5- Wednesday 26 July – The Burren
Today is dedicated to one of the most unique landscapes in the whole of Europe – the Burren

Overnight ,dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Belbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare.

Day 6- Thursday 27 July – To Galway
Travel around Galway Bay to Galway City. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this charming bohemian city lying between Galway Bay and Lough Corrib.

Overnight,dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Oranmore, Galway (Waitlisted)

Day 7- Friday 28 July – The Aran Islands
Depart for Rossaveal on the Connemara coast. Ferry transfer from Rossaveal to Inishmore. Group under own arrangements on Inishmore. Ferry transfer to Rossaveal. Transfer to Clifden.

Overnight,dinner and full Irish breakfast at Foyles Hotel, Clifden.

Day 8 – Saturday 29 July – Connemara
This day is dedicated entirely to Connemara.

Overnight,dinner and full Irish breakfast at Foyles Hotel, Clifden.

Day 9- Sunday 30 July – Clifden – Westport – Castlebar
Today travel through some of the most panoramic scenery in western Europe. Photograph Ireland’s only fjord ,Killary Harbour and the enchanting Delphi Valley.

Overnight, dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Breaffy House Hotel,
Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Day 10 – Monday 31 July – County Mayo
Tour of County Mayo taking in the stunning seascapes of Achill Island. Later travel to photograph the Ceide Fields. Return to Castlebar.

Overnight,dinner and full Irish breakfast at the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.

Day 11- Tuesday 1 August – Castlebar – Clonmacnoise – Shannon Travel from Castlebar to Clonmacnoise for a visit. Continue in the afternoon to Shannon region. Check into your hotel.

Evening return transfer to Bunratty for Traditional Irish Night including dinner and entertainment – supplement per person €36.00 ( waitlisted ) or the Bunratty Medieval banquet – Supplement per person €48.00.

Overnight and full Irish breakfast at the Shannon Court Hotel, Shannon, Co. Clare.

Day 12 – Wednesday August 2 – Farewell to Ireland
Depart for Shannon Airport and your return flight home .

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To Register
$500 deposit holds your space for 30 days. Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a final spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration.

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This workshop is financially dependent on adequate class registration. Where minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be canceled, and a full refund given. You will be notified at least one month in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. Student initiated cancellations received prior to two months before the workshop will receive a full refund, a 50% refund will be given for notice received one month immediately prior to the workshop (a full refund less a $100 overhead fee will be given if another student is able to fill the spot from a waiting list).

You should purchase refundable airline tickets as we cannot guarantee adequate enrollment to conduct the workshop.

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