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Autumn on Shetland ‐ Nature, Light & Land

Photo-tour overview:

  • Small group of just six photographers
  • Expertise of two tour leaders
  • Combination of nature & landscape photography
  • Rotation of two-to-one to track wild otters
  • Visits to world renowned gannet colony
  • Meals, transport and fees included

To nature and landscape photographers the Shetland Islands needs little in the way of introduction; a remote archipelago alive with unspoilt and equally untamed natural beauty with a tantalising array of evocative wildlife, dramatic skies and wild landscapes. Shetland is one of those talked and dreamt about places that is a must for nature and landscape photographers…

This exciting new autumn workshop showcases the enchanting northern isles in the magical and ever changing autumn light. Led by Richard Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason the workshop targets a unique combination of the islands wild and untamed sea and landscapes and an opportunity to focus on the wildlife of the season, as well as the spectacular and world renowned gannet colonies the itinerary will feature the opportunities to track and photograph Shetland’s wild otters.

With two leaders offering different daily assignments and a rotation of up to two photographers each day, much of the workshop will essentially be on quite a bespoke basis. From the bringing together of elements such as shooting locations, landscape and light and especially how to make best use of these to create dramatic images in all-weather; to the importance of field craft, local knowledge and an understanding and appreciation of shy and sensitive wildlife such as the wild otter.

This knowledge and expertise ensures this unique workshop offers a dynamic range of opportunities, techniques and approaches to capturing Shetland’s natural environment.


Autumn is renowned as a season to offer some fabulous and often dramatic conditions for landscape photography; from clear and warm Indian-summer sunshine to sunbursts through moody stormy skies and even autumn gales powering waves against wild and windswept cliffs. In Shetland we can often expect suggestions of all four seasons in one day. ‘With this in mind the itinerary remains fairly flexible so as we can ensure we maximise our chances for the best light in the best locations for landscape opportunities’.

This may involve an early start or a late finish and very possibly both if the weather is suitable.

We will shoot a variety of locations such as; wild and dramatic sea-scapes, beautiful sand beaches, inland fresh water lochens and of course will spend time at world renowned Gannet colonies.

When tracking otters we will rotate the group in two’s and will work in accordance of tide times in order to maximise our chances of photo opportunities with these charismatic creatures.

What do I need to bring?

Warm clothes (layers), hat, gloves waterproof coat and trousers (avoid bright colours), sturdy walking boots/footwear. If you have your own DSLR camera equipment if possible could you bring for landscape, camera body, wide angle/zoom lens, tripod, memory, filters, ND graduated filters, ND filter, filter holder, cable release. For wildlife a camera body, longer the lenses the better, a minimum lens of 200mm with teleconverters (1.4, 1.7 or 2x converters). For people shooting Nikon, lenses can be rented for the day or entire camera gear can be rented for the week, contact Shetland Nature for details.

View a review of the 2013 Nature, Light & Land Holiday

Booking – Holiday Dates

Principal Tour Guides
Fitness Level Required
Moderate to Challenging
Walks of up to three or four miles (maximum in a day) and at times over uneven terrain
Price: £1,430

Contact us for waiting list or 2017 dates
Holiday commences in the evening of the first day and finishes late afternoon on the final day.

Contact Us to Book

Contact us for more information or to enquire about alternative dates for your own exclusive/tailor-made holiday.

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  • All boat trips are subject to weather availability
  • On booking please advise of any special requirements medical or dietry
  • Throughout the holiday some of the activities will potentially involve walks of up to three or four miles (maximum in a day) and at times over uneven terrain. There will require a reasonable level of fitness. We can also provide holidays at a more leisurly pace; please contact us for details

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