Southwest Ireland Monochrom Workshop | Tue, Sep. 24 - Thu, Oct. 3, 2019

$6,895 ($1,995 Deposit)

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  • Southwest Ireland Monochrom Workshop

    Killary Fjord, Connemara National Park

    Join Leica Store Miami and fine art photographer Richard Sexton for an all-inclusive 10 day workshop in scenic southwest Ireland. We'll journey to Cork, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and more. Richard is a lifelong Leica photographer and a master of monochromatic printing. Leica specialist Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami will be on hand to 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 are mixed 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.

    *All photographs ©Richard Sexton 2015-2017. They were taken by Richard Sexton in Ireland of subjects and locales on the workshop itinerary.

    Blarney Castle

    While other cameras (and color cameras) are certainly allowed on this trip, the focus is on the Leica Monochrom and learning how to get the most out of it. Current owners as well as those wanting to learn more about black and white photography are encouraged to attend. 

    Take a look at this photo gallery from our 2018 Southwest Ireland Monochrom Workshop!

  • 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 previsualization 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.

  • Dates:

    Tuesday, September 24 - Thursday, October 3, 2019


    $6,895 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for an additional $900). A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot.


    Limited to 10 attendees

    Bookstore in Galway

    Included in the cost of the trip:

      • Airport transfers to and from Shannon Airport (SNN) by private coach
      • Ground transportation on a luxury coach with an experienced Irish driver/guide
      • Double occupancy lodging with private facilities (Single room available for an additional $900)
      • All meals (excluding alcoholic beverages)
      • Ferry and boat tickets as well as all attraction entrance fees
      • Photographic and Lightroom instruction by fine art photographer Richard Sexton
      • Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (limited availability)
      • A 30"x40" Giclee custom print from Dale Laboratories

    Not included in the cost of the trip:

      • Travel to or from Ireland
      • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
      • Tips & Gratuities

    About Richard:

    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 M Monochrom. His most recent project, Enigmatic Stream: Photographs of the Industrial Landscape of the Lower Mississippi River was shot with the M 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:

    Galway Pub

    Signing Up:

    To sign up for our Ireland workshop, checkout here on our website, email us ( or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot, so if you prefer to sign-up through our website we will only charge you $1995 instead of $6895. The balance will be due by June 26, 2019.

    We look forward to seeing you in Ireland!

  • Itinerary (*locations subject to change)

    Day 1 - Arrival, Adare and Killarney
    Arrive at Shannon Airport and meet with your experienced Irish driver/guide who will transfer you to a nearby hotel for a welcome breakfast (arrivals prior to 9.00am). Feeling suitably refreshed, start your journey to the popular town of Killarney stopping at one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, Adare. 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 just enjoy the scenery from your hotel right on the lakeshore of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake, with magnificent mountain and woodland views. We'll meet for a welcome dinner in the hotel lobby at 6pm. 

    View from the Lake Hotel, Killarney

    Day 2 - Cork and Blarney Castle & Gardens

    After breakfast visit Cork where you will have time to explore Ireland’s second city. Visit some of the famous sites such as the Cork City Gaol, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, The English Market to name but a few. Then travel to Blarney Castle where the famous Blarney Stone will be found. Explore the famous gardens and surrounding landscape. Overnight Lake Hotel, Killarney


    Cork City Gaol

    Day 3 - Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Peninsula

    Following breakfast your coach will take you around the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps 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. Visit the Blasket Center which celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Sadly An Blascaod Mór was abandoned in 1953 as a result of the decline of its once vibrant population. Return to Killarney where the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

    Pub in Dingle

    Beehive Ruin, Dingle Peninsula

    Day 4 - Ring of Kerry

    Killarney National Park

    Today you will discover the wonderful scenery as you drive around 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 you will stop for photos at the most dramatic scenes and at the Skellig Experience that tells the story of the monks that lived on the Skellig Islands. Skellig Michael was recently used as a location in the final scene of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. 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.


    Day 5 - Torc Waterfall, Muckross House & Gardens and Lightroom Session

    Torc Waterfall, Ring of Kerry

    Today visit Torc Waterfall which offers many opportunities for photographs and then stroll through Killarney Park to Muckross House & Gardens. Within the park there will be many scenes you may wish to photograph and the day is free for you to enjoy. Make your way back to the hotel for an Adobe Lightroom Session.

    Day 6 - 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 (not included) travel through the karst like landscape of the Burren, where there will be several stops for photo shoots. Finally, we'll arrive and check-in at the 4-star Park House Hotel in central Galway. 


    Park House Hotel

    Pub Scene in Galway

    Day 7 - Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord and Cong
    Today you will explore another of Ireland's famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly changing cloud formations give hills, lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Visit Kylemore Abbey which is home to the Benedictine Nuns where you can visit their walled garden and Gothic church whilst enjoying the tranquility of the estate; Killary Fjord, the only fjord in Ireland; Cong, one of Ireland’s most famous villages where the classic film The Quiet Man (John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara) was filmed and is where one of the top hotels in the world is located – Ashford Castle (visit to their grounds included, but not the hotel). Return to Galway where the remainder of the day & night is free for you to explore the many shops and bars.

    Killary Fjord

    Day 8 - Inis Mor (Aran Islands) and Galway 

    After breakfast take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time. The forts, churches and monasteries will leave you in bewildered awe at how people lived on this rock infested island. 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 and dining.

    Inis Mor

    Day 9 - Clonmacnoise, Killaloe, Lough Derg Cruise and Bunratty Castle in Limerick.
    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. See round towers, church ruins and Celtic crosses with elaborate carvings, all in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Shannon. Then drive through the picturesque countryside to Killaloe, which was once the capital city during Brian Boru’s reign as Ireland’s High King. Take a one hour cruise on Lough Derg and take in the magnificent scenery and wildlife and enjoy a commentary of its heritage, legend and folklore. After checking in to the Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Castle Estate in nearby Limerick, enjoy a farewell medieval banquet at Bunratty or Knappogue Castle.

    Cemetery, Limerick

    Gravestone Inscriptions, Limerick

    Day 10 - Departure
    This morning take the short transfer to Shannon Airport for your return flight.


    Blarney Castle & Gardens

  • Payment

    A $1995 deposit is due at the time of registration. Balance will be due on June 26, 2019.

    Killarney National Park

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    Enrollment is limited to 12 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.

    Travel Insurance

    Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase 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.


    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, 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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