Kevin Morgans Wildlife Photography
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simply hares

scottish highlands

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simply hares


monday january 27th - friday 31st january 2020 (places available)

monday february 3rd - friday FEBRUARY 7th 2020 (1 places available)

For other tours see our Workshops & Tours page

This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph mountain hares in their white winter coats at the best location within Scotland under Kevin's tutelage he will guide you to the best spots where you'll be able to capture a wide range of amazing images. This tour differs from the one day workshops as it is designed to maximise your time with the mountain hares. Focusing on one species over a dedicated period of time will improve your chances of capturing unique award winning shots. Over the years Kevin has built up an intimate knowledge of the hares, he will strive to use this knowledge to create you a stunning and varied portfolio of work you can be proud of.

Kevin is not the type of photographer that will just put on a hare to get a standard shot, if you look over his hare portfolio it is stacked with different and unique shots of the hares. His aim will be to do the same for you put you in the same positions constantly taking into consideration the direction of light and backgrounds. Don’t worry if you are not an experiened photograph and the words backlit, panning, shutter speed are alien to you photographers of all levels are welcome. Whether you are new to the world of wildlife photography or an experienced pro looking to expand your portfolio Kevin will be on hand to offer as much or little tutition as you need.

The hares are distributed over a wide range in an upland environment and you can expect to see betwen 10-25 animals over the course of the day, and photograph five or more different individuals, although this does vary from day to day depending on the weather conditions. There are also times when it is advantageous to remain with an individual hare for long periods, waiting for some specific behaviour to unfold or to capture the perfect shot. 

The approach to the site is on foot and it is possible to locate hares on the lower ground after a 20 minute walk. Depending on conditions and fitness levels the aim will be to move uphill looking for hares before reaching the higher plateau where hares are most numerous. This involves a walk of around 1 mile and an elevation gain of around 250-300m. The ground is moderately steep in places, uneven and can be slippery in snowy or icy conditions. Snow cover is very variable during the winter and they may be none at all or there could be more than 0.5m.

Walking in snow in this kind of terrain is tiring and requires a good level of fitness and stamina especially considering that you will be carrying heavy photographic equipment, although the pace will be slow and breaks can be taken!

Mountain hares are mostly white in winter and are perfectly camouflaged in the snowy terrain making them difficult to spot but they have favoured areas where they rest up during the day. Once a hare has been spotted a slow and careful approach will be made to hopefully get within photographic range. Although some hares flee at the first sign of a human many others rely on their camouflage and stay partially hidden allowing for a much closer approach.

The approach can take some time and it’s important that the hare remains relaxed and comfortable. Hares will often sit in the same position for hours if undisturbed and so it may be a waiting game hoping the hare will become more active, start to groom or stretch. If pushed, then most hares will eventually flee running off away from the camera so we want to avoid this by being patient and waiting for things to happen naturally.

Kevin will be on hand to offer advice on how to best approach the hares, as well as helping with camera settings, exposure etc.

Note that you may well be sitting, kneeling or even lying on wet cold ground for long periods of time so you should wear adequate clothing and be prepared for this.

We will be away from our vehicle all day and the session will begin at 1030 and usually end at around 1700 (weather dependent). There are no facilities on site.

To reserve your spot or for more information please email Kevin at kevinmorgans@outlook.com

Highlights

Wildlife
Our primary target will be the mountain hares, but along the way we may encounter red deer, grouse, golden eagles and buzzards to name a few.

Fieldcraft
Track and photograph one of the UK’s hardiest creatures in the stunning Scottish Highlands and learn how to put into practise these important skills.

Photographic Experience
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Whether you are new to the world of wildlife photography or an experienced pro looking to expand your portfolio

Accommodation
Four nights accommodation is provided throughout the tour including breakfast and a hearty evening meal each night! Extra nights can be arranged at your own cost. Family run Guest House & Restaurant in small village in Scottish Highlands. All rooms en-suite, tea & coffee making facilities,in all rooms.

Transportation
All Travel from the moment you arrive to you leaving will be provided in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Monday

    Meeting Day - We will meet at the accommodation at 6pm depending on peoples arrival times, If you require picking up from the airport/train station Kevin will meet you there if you are making your own travel plans you will be greeted at the accomodation.

  • Day 2 - tuesday

    We will start the day with a lovely hot Scottish breakfast, there’s no better way to fuel a day in the mountains. Following breakfast we will make the roughly 30 minute journey to start our adventure. Once we have parked up and are all ready for the off, we will start our walk this can take anything from 30 mins to an hour depending on the group and weather conditions. There is no rush whatsoever we can make the walk as fast or as slow as everyone needs. Once we have found the hares we will maximise the opportunties we have spending the whole day on the mountain until the light has gone.

Home for dinner and i’m sure you will be all scrolling through the images from the day.,

  • Day 3 - wednesday

Today will follow a similar itinerary as the previous day, starting with a hot breakfast and a day in the mountains. Then our second day with the amazing mountain hares, who knows what lies ahead every day on the mountain is never the same. By focusing on one species over a dedicated period of time will improve your chances of getting unique award winning shots. By now you should be starting too fall in love with this hardy little creatures.

Home for dinner and another night of scrolling through the images from the day.

  • Day 4 - thursday

Day 3 with the hares by now you will all be hare experts, throughout the tour Kevin will be on hand to provide an insight and answer any questions you have about the hares. Kevin is not the type of photographer that will just put on a hare to get a standard shot, if you look over his hare portfolio it is stacked with different and unique shots of the hares. His aim will be to do the same for you put you in the same positions constantly taking into consideration the direction of light and backgrounds.

  • Day 5 - friday

    After our last hearty breakfast we will sadly head into the mountains for our last full day with the hares. This will be our last chance to capture any images missing in your mountain hare portfolio. After an action packed day on the hill we will slowly make our way down the track, saying our goodbyes to the hares on the way past and end the tour.

18:00 - End of Tour

WHY JOIN ONE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS?

All Photographers Are Welcome
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Whether you are new to the world of wildlife photography or an experienced pro looking to expand your portfolio. Kevin is a full time wildlife photographer with years of experience photographing mountain hares and providing photographic tuition. Each tour is a maximum of three participants allowing each of you the maximum personal tuition and atttention during the tour.

Creative Photography
Kevin is not the type of photographer that will just put on a hare to get a standard shot, if you look over his hare portfolio it is stacked with different and unique shots of the hares. His aim will be to do the same for you put you in the same positions constantly taking into consideration the direction of light and backgrounds.

Daily Workshops and Image Reviews
At the end of each day Kevin will be on hand for nightly image reviews to discuss post processing and photographic techniques. The goal of the tour is to create you a stunning and varied portfolio of work you can be proud of.

How Do I Book?

We keep the groups small (a maximum of 3 participants) this allows us more freedom on the hill and will cause less stress to the animals
To reserve your spot in this tour please email Kevin at kevinmorgans@outlook.com

Dates and Costs

£1099 per person (max 3 persons per tour)

A £399 deposit will be required at time of booking with the remainder due 8 weeks before the start of the tour.

27th January to 31st January 2020 - With Kevin Morgans (Places Available)

3rd February to 7th February 2020 - With Kevin Morgans ( 2 Places Available)

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Full guidance throughout your four days

  • Field-craft training

  • Full technical camera tuition

  • Expert knowledge of mountain hares and the surrounding area

  • A friendly, relaxed approach

  • Four nights accommodation, including breakfast & an evening meal.

  • All Travel from the moment you arrive to you leaving will be provided in a comfortable 4x4

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Personal insurance

TESTIMONIALS
To read about what previous clients have said see here: Testimonials

SHOWCASE
To view Kevin’s full mountain hare portfolio see here: Ghosts Of The Mountains

Guide

Kevin Morgans is a multi-award winning wildlife photographer with a passion for UK wildlife. Widely published and with a formidable social media following. Kevin was this year a category runner up in Nature photographer of the year and was proud to see his mountain hare image grace the cover of the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards collection in 2018. He's also had multiple awarded images in International photography competitions such as the Nature Image Awards and Environmental Photographer Of The Year.

“My husband and I spent a fantastic 2 days in the Cairngorms with Kev photographing the mountain hare. His knowledge of both the environment and the hares was second to none, and his expert fieldcraft enabled us to capture some lovely images. Kev is a very selfless photographer, making sure we always had the best photographing opportunities. If I was to go again, I would book Kev every time, he is great fun, good company and extremely knowledgeable, huge thank you Kev!
— JO PENSON - REVIEW - WINTER MOUNTAIN HARE WORKSHOP
“Approaching a new subject is always difficult but I knew to put my faith in Kev was the only way forward when it came to Mountain Hares. Kev’s passion, knowledge and field craft skills meant that we have the most inspiring day. It really was exactly what I had hoped for. Kev’s patience, approachability and enthusiasm made it such an easy and awesome day to top off a fantastic weekend in the Cairngorms.”
— Scott - MOUNTAIN HARE WORKSHOP
“I spent two days with Kevin photographing the Mountain Hares and what a fantastic time it was. Everything was so well organized with lots of great advice prior to the trip.

The track to get to the hares is pretty tough going, especially when you’re carrying heavy camera gear, but Kev was so supportive. We chatted, rested, set little targets before resting some more and with constant words of encouragement I made it to the top – and, boy, was it worth it.

Kevin is so knowledgeable about the local area and knew exactly where to go to get the best shots and his knowledge of the hares, and their behaviour pattern is exceptional. It was a joy to chat with him as he shared his knowledge and experiences, whilst we crawled around on the ground photographing the hares!!

I think it’s fair to say that Kevin is pretty laid back sort of guy, so easy to get along with, and he has a real passion for wildlife. It was an absolutely fantastic two days. The terrain and the weather were both a challenge but it was so rewarding to share some of Kev’s passion for these amazing creatures.
— — JAYNE BOND - REVIEW – MOUNTAIN HARE WORKSHOP

 

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