Southwest Ireland Monochrom Workshop | May 13-21, 2023
$7,495 ($1,995 Deposit)
Southwest Ireland Monochrom Workshop
Join Leica Store Miami and fine art photographer Richard Sexton for an all-inclusive Monochrom workshop in scenic southwest Ireland. We'll journey to Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and more. Richard Sexton, a lifelong Leica photographer and a master of monochromatic printing, will be your instructor. Leica specialist Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami will be the trip organizer and will give assistance and advice and help you get the most out of your Leica.
Craggy coastlines, lush forests, quaint villages, prehistoric ruins, castles, rolling hillsides, lively pubs, all steeped in a rich, complex history, make Ireland the perfect location for a destination workshop, particularly for black and white photography.
For all Ireland’s beauty, the weather can be challenging. Sunny days can suddenly be filled with windy drizzle. A cloudy, foggy day in Ireland is a normal day. But for those working in black and white, if you brave the mist you can come away with some truly dramatic, atmospheric imagery. This is the beauty of black and white photography: It is more subjective, more interpretive. And it requires a certain vision, an ability to interpret a reality rendered only through shades of gray. Light and shadow is the language of the image.
Black and white photography is not easy, nor is it merely color photography absent the color. It is a separate, challenging medium and Ireland is the perfect proving ground.
Why this trip is different
As a digital camera devoted solely to black and white capture, the Leica Monochrom produces files with an analog character and subject rendering that cannot be replicated by any color digital camera. It is a specialized photographic instrument that requires a unique approach when it comes to:
- Capture: Learn a unique way of seeing the world in black and white employing pre-visualization and a commitment to black and white imaging before the fact, rather than after.
- Color Filters: Learn how to use color filters to transpose color values to shades of grey which can improve your images at the time of capture.
- Post Production: Using Adobe Lightroom to optimize the grayscale raw file.
Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 21, 2023
$7,495 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for an additional $900). A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot.
Limited to 9 attendees
Included in the cost of the trip:
- Ground transportation on a luxury coach with an expert local driver/guide
- Double occupancy lodging with private facilities in 4-star hotels (Single room available for an additional $900)
- All meals (excluding alcoholic beverages)
- Ferry and boat tickets as well as all attraction entrance fees
- Gratuity for local guide/driver
- Photographic and Lightroom instruction, as well as critique, by fine art photographer Richard Sexton
- In the field photography instruction
- Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (*limited availability)
Not included in the cost of the trip:
- Travel to or from Ireland
- Airport transfers
- Additional hotel nights before or after the workshop
- Alcoholic drinks and snacks
Getting There:This workshop will begin and end in the city of Limerick, Ireland. We will meet at Noon on Saturday, May 13th at the Savoy Hotel. Limerick can be reached by a short 25 minute taxi ride from Shannon International Airport. If you prefer to fly into Dublin, Limerick is about 2.5 hours by train and about 2 hours by private car/shuttle.
Richard Sexton is a widely published and exhibited photographer, who is also a lifelong Leica photographer, beginning with a used M4 in the 1970s and continuing to the present day with the M10 Monochrom. His most recent project, Enigmatic Stream: Photographs of the Industrial Landscape of the Lower Mississippi River was shot with the Monochrom. He is also a master digital printer utilizing a post-production workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop to optimize files for printing. He uses Imageprint RIP for archival monochromatic and color printing on 100% rag papers. For more information about Richard's work and career see the links below:
A bio can be found on Richard's web site here:
A portfolio of work from Ireland, shot entirely with the Leica Monochrom can be seen here:
Enigmatic Stream, a current project shot entirely with the Leica Monochrom can be seen here:
A portfolio of work shot on b/w film with a Leica M4 can be seen here:
To sign up for our Ireland workshop, checkout here on our website, email us (email@example.com) or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit, as well as the single room supplement should you choose it, is required to hold your spot. The balance will be due by March 1, 2023.
We look forward to seeing you in Ireland!
Itinerary (*locations subject to change)
Day 1 - Saturday, May 13: Arrival, Adare and Killarney
We'll meet at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick at Noon and start our journey to the popular town of Killarney. If you arrive early, the hotel will be happy to store your bags should you want to explore the city. On the way to Killarney we'll stop at Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Walk along the main street which is lined with thatched roofed cottages or visit the old priory and monastery before departing for Killarney. After checking in to the 4-star Lake Hotel, you may want to explore the town or take photos along the lakeshore of Lough Lein (right behind the hotel), Killarney’s lower lake, with magnificent mountain and woodland views. We'll meet in the lobby at 5:00pm for a presentation by Richard and then head over to the hotel's Castlelough restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Lake Hotel
Day 2 - Sunday, May 14: Ring of Kerry
Today you will discover the wonderful scenery of the famous Ring of Kerry. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. You will be amazed at the breathtaking views and interesting photo opportunities here, including the iconic Skellig Rocks. Continue around and visit Valentia Island, Derrynane House, Portmagee and much more. Travel through the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville – one of Charlie Chaplin’s favourite places – and pass through the colourful village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney.
Overnight: Lake Hotel
Day 3 - Monday, May 15: Torc Waterfall, Muckross House & Gardens & Adobe Lightroom Session
Today we'll visit Torc Waterfall which offers many opportunities for photographs and then we'll stroll through Killarney Park to Muckross House & Gardens. Within the park there will be many scenes to photograph and the day is free for you to enjoy. Make your way back to the hotel for an Adobe Lightroom Session.
Overnight: Lake Hotel
Day 4 - Tuesday, May 16: Dingle Peninsula
Following breakfast we'll gather our bags and head to the Dingle Peninsula. Although not as well-known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, the Dingle Peninsula is less busy but every bit as beautiful. The town of Dingle is a small fishing port where you will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to have lunch. Then to the west of the town the scenery is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands.
Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel
Day 5 - Wednesday, May 17: Dingle Peninsula
On this day, we'll take a morning boat trip to Great Blasket Island and photograph the coastline and some of the abandoned structures there. It was home to a small fishing community of Irish speakers until the island was abandoned in 1954, when living there became unsustainable.
You'll have some free time in the afternoon to explore and photograph the quaint town of Dingle, take a tour of the Dingle Distillery, and more.
Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel
Day 6 - Thursday, May 18: Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway
Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel and board your coach to travel to County Clare crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry. Once in Clare, enjoy the scenery as you travel to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to 214 meters (702 ft.) at the visitor centre where the views are magnificent. Following the visit and lunch, travel through the karst like landscape of the Burren where there will be several photo stops. Finally, we'll arrive and check-in at our hotel in central Galway and meet for dinner that evening. If you're up for it after dinner, head out to experience Galway's lively music and pub scene.
Overnight: Harbour Hotel
The Banshees of Inisherin, was mainly filmed on Inis Mor. The islanders still speak their native language but will have no problem in communicating in English. Return to Galway where the remainder of the day is free for independent sightseeing, shopping, etc.
Overnight: Harbour Hotel
Day 8 - Saturday, May 20: Clonmacnoise, Killaloe, Limerick.
After breakfast, we'll load up our bags and make our way to Limerick. We'll drive to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This early Christian monastic site was founded by St. Ciaran in 545 AD, when Christianity flourished throughout Ireland. We'll photograph round towers, church ruins and Celtic crosses with elaborate carvings, all in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Shannon. After checking in to our hotel, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner in Limerick.
Overnight: Savoy Hotel
Day 9 - Departure
After breakfast, we'll say our goodbyes. Feel free to depart at anytime on May 21st.
A $1995 deposit, along with the single room supplement should you choose it, is due at the time of registration. Balance will be due on March 1, 2023.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Enrollment is limited to 9 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:
If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:
At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund
Course Cancellation and Other Terms
Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.
Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time.
Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival.
If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.
In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.
Medical Insurance (required)
Emergency medical insurance through a provider like Allianz or similar is required to participate in any of Leica Store Miami's international workshop.
Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)
Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
Single Room Policy
If you sign-up for double occupancy room sharing and there are no other attendees to pair you with, you will be responsible for paying the single room supplement.
If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit or workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.
There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
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