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 by Tony Mulvenna
Workshop: Lofoten January 2023

Yesterday I returned from my second Lofoten trip with Bernard, having previously visited in November 2021. My main reason to go a second time was the hope to see Lofoten in the snow.

It’s hard to cover everything good about the workshop in a succinct review but I will try. Having spent a day travelling I was looking forward to the 1st day proper of the trip but the weather wasn’t cooperating with rain falling incessantly. To be honest this wasn’t a bad thing and gave the group an opportunity to get acquainted, plan our week ahead and get over the previous days travel.

The following day was much better and yes, snow had arrived, I was like a kid at Christmas. This was to be the first of many snow falls during the following 5 days. Over this 5 days we visited many familiar locations, but also many I didn’t visit on my first trip. Even though I had been before, the snow made the landscape a very different photographic wonder.

Bernard is “always on”, meaning he is constantly working to find a photo opportunity for his groups, using an array of tools and more importantly experience to put us in the right place at the right time, and time & time again he succeeded. He is known and respected by his fellow guides on Lofoten for his abilities and as we made our way through the week, he is constantly being “pinged” on his phone, approached in person or phoned for that little gem of info that may result in a wonderful photo.

He is like the Duracell bunny, bursting with energy, enthusiasm and passion for ensuring his group participants have a successful but also very enjoyable experience, and he does this in spades. Our van journeys between locations are filled with lots of music, song and stories, all helping to make the non photographic time enjoyable.

Bernard takes his job serious and this is exhibited in his professionalism, his focus on safety, and that thing that is hard to teach, the passion for wanting his group participants to capture wonderful photos and create lasting memories.

It’s not a surprise that Bernard’s trips are in high demand, always sold out and filled with repeat clients, myself included.

I haven’t even mentioned the photos we captured yet - fantastic Scapes, amazing reflections, stunning light, and beautiful sky filled dancing auroras. You definitely need luck on your side with the weather and the light, but when you get it, knowing where to be and when to be there is equally if not more important. That isn’t luck, that’s what Bernard excels at.

I had the pleasure of sharing a chalet with Bernard and trust me when I say he doesn’t really ever switch off between shooting sessions. Weather to be checked, various webcams to review, forecasts to be analysed - he works hard for his clients and I know I for one appreciate all of his efforts.

I’m returning home with a variety of great shots, certainly more than I ever hoped for and I’m looking forward to reviewing, selecting and editing them.

Thanks Bernard for a fabulous week and I’ve already started my countdown to the next one in 2024!!

 by Anne Gibney
Workshop: Lofoten Island January 19th-26th 2023

Just returned 2 days ago from the Lofoten Island landscape photography workshop with Bernard. it was an amazing experience all around with a great group of likeminded people. Bernard goes out of his way to ensure that everyone feels relaxed and has an enjoyable experience, while also ensuring that everyone gets amazing shots on the day. We were on standby for messages at night for the Aurora Borealis as Bernard is constantly checking weather apps to see where the best conditions, despite the fact we captured them on our first night of photography. Despite challenging weather, we were out taking photos everyday, chasing light, mood and tides, interspersed with great coffee, cake and waffles! Our last day was as busy as the first with Bernard taking us on a Aurora 'hunt' where we got to take photos on the way to the airport! Bernard has a keen eye for composition and capturing mood in photographs and is only too happy to pass on his knowledge. If you want to get the best out of your photographic equipment, book a trip. You will learn loads, meet great people and have the best craic ever. I have thousands of stunning and unbelievable photos saved from this trip, however more importantly, I have amazing memories and new friends which I will always treasure. I'm already. booked in for a trip in 2024 and can't wait, so. might have to go on another one in 2023 😊

 by John O'Neill
Workshop: Isle of Skye - 24 November 2022

Just returned from an amazing photography workshop to the Isle of Skye. It was my first time travelling since the pandemic and I came back with some wonderful memories, some new friends and a renewed appreciation for Bernard and how he goes about his craft. He is totally focused on making sure you have the best experience possible regardless of the weather conditions, your photography experience or equipment levels. His knowledge of compositions and his ability to read the weather to find the best light are just uncanny, You will learn loads and have the best of craic at the same time. I could not recommend Bernard highly enough, In fact have already booked another trip for 2023. Can't wait!

 by Mary O Grady
Workshop: Senja Photo Tour

I have just returned from Senja Photo Tour with Bernard and I can honestly say the memories will remain with me forever. Our accomodation in the mountains and with a river running at the bottom of the garden was superb. It was the ideal location for the Winter wonderland of Senja and perfect for viewing the dancing Aurora in the night sky. Our transport throughout was very comfortable .The workshops are limited to small numbers which ensures everyone gets the individual attention they need with settings etc Bernard goes out of his way to make sure everyone gets the perfect shot regardless of their level of photography skills. This was my fourth workshop with Bernard and the craic as always was mighty and I was lucky once again to meet wonderful people Gillian, Colette and Mark who made the trip so enjoyable. As we were in Tromso for a few days before we met up with Bernard he arranged a fantastic workshop for us with Adrien Mauduit of Night Light Films Astrophotographer and Aurora expert whose work speaks for itself and the Aurora we witnessed that night was unforgettable..The highlight for me personally were the nights watching the Aurora dance mesmerisingly across the sky and joy and excitement of all participants and the whooping and hollering of "red to the naked eye" will remain in my brain for evermore. I have spent 10 years chasing the Aurora in Iceland and Norway and never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be lucky enough to experience anything like the days and nights we enjoyed on this tour. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 by Orla Fleming
Workshop: Isle of Skye

Just back from the most fantastic workshop in Skye with Bernard and I couldn't recommend booking with him highly enough. Everyone I know who has been on a workshop with Bernard has booked another one with him as soon as they could, which really says more than I could in a review. He goes above and beyond to make sure you get the best out of every location, will help you with whatever area you want to improve on, will motivate you to get the best out of every situation and makes the workshops so much fun to be on. You will not regret booking with him and I will bet it will end up only being the first of many tours with him that you will do! Thank you Bernard!

 by Martin Whyte
Workshop: Connemara

Thank you Bernard for your help and tuition on last Saturdays Workshop. Can you please send me the link for the filter package you spoke about. Can you also send me the tutorial on Lightroom/Photoshop. Many Thanks Martin

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 by Tony Mulvenna
Workshop: Lofoten Islands

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I have just returned from my first overseas trip with Bernard, a visit to the Norwegian Lofoten Islands.

Having wanted to see and photograph the Northern Lights for many years, I had booked with Bernard for his Lofoten workshop and hoped to fulfil another bucket list item. The forecast for the week of the trip was pretty grim with rain, wind and generally very unsettled weather - not a great outlook for seeing the lights.

The weather turned out to be as forecast with warnings for wind, rain and flooding. Not to be deterred, Bernard thrived in these conditions, and his ability and willingness to do his best for a good outcome for his clients was evident from the start.

Helpful, patient, passionate about his craft, funny, a teacher, a driver, and many more attributes, are all evident in abundance with Bernard.

Despite various levels of ability in our small group, Bernard took the time to make sure everyone was challenged to improve, got the most from our outings and did so while making sure we all managed to have our own space but also that we got the shots we were after.

Sunrise shoots followed by breakfast and a discussion for the day ahead was the format for most days. Given the weather we experienced, flexibility of plans was an important factor and frequently we adjusted we maximise our chances of getting worthwhile shots.

Bernard is easy going but also very professional in his style. Safety was always a key factor in all the locations we visited, and regular reminders of key safety points took place.

We managed to experience great light for sunrise, snowy mountains, beautiful reflections, thundering waterfalls, pristine beaches, blue hour outings, moody skies and on two occasions, the beautiful lights of the Aurora.

On the second opportunity we had to see the Aurora, Bernard had us chasing around the small roads of Lofoten, navigating running rivers, boggy fields and rocky beaches, leaving us feeling like true Aurora chasers, and with a great outcome.

The group was small and this meant Bernard could spend time with each of us, helping build our knowledge of landscape and Aurora shooting, a stark contrast to some of the other guided groups we came across where participant numbers were in the high teens and clearly challenged to get their shots in conditions that were fast changing. This reinforced the fact that Bernard is focused on his clients and their experience versus going for high € return.

Our group gelled from the start and we had more laughs in those few days than you could imagine, again aided and encouraged by Bernard. Thanks to my fellow photographers - Catherine, Colette, and Derville for the great week and the opportunity to learn, laugh and most importantly make new friends.

Given all I have written, it’s probably no surprise that I would recommend a BG Landscape Tours trip and hopefully it won’t be long before I’m on my next one.

Thanks again Bernard for a fabulous week.

 by Orla Fleming
Workshop: Tollymore

I'd been meaning to book a workshop with Bernard for years and finally did a workshop in Tollynore with him last week. It was a brilliant day! Bernard is an excellent tutor and has so much to offer people no matter what stage you're at in photography. He's also got a great personality and makes the day so much fun as well. Couldn't recommend his workshops highly enough, thank you Bernard!

 by Bríd O’Neill
Workshop: Sloveo

Just back from Slovenia trip with Bernard and what an amazing trip. Slovenia lived up to its name…. Beautiful scenery - a photographer’s paradise. Can’t recommend Bernard highly enough. His knowledge of the area & weather patterns alone make the trip. He brought us to all the usual hotspots and to some unknown areas where we had the place to ourselves, making it even more special. Have tonnes of photos to edit! And to top it off, the craic was mighty. Even came home with some new tunes for the playlist !

 by Blair Adamson
Workshop: Connemara

Great workshop around Connemara with Bernard. Some absolue gem locations and we had some pretty good conditions too which was a bonus. Bernard is a good laugh and I had a blast on the day out.

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