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Owls from one of our Welsh Nature Photography Workshops

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The Little Owl poses on a rusted milk churn in the farm yard photographed during the Natureslens Spring 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

It’s almost time for the Autumn Birds of Prey Workshopmore details of this particular nature photography workshop are available here – but here are some images from Ian, captured during our Spring Birds of Prey Workshop, which is held at the same venue in Mid-Wales.

The Little Owl poses on a mossy stump in the woodland photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017

The Long Eared Owl poses in woodland photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017

Ian is a veteran of our wildlife photography holidays & this was his first time attending a captive bird photography workshop with us. He loved the slower pace which allowed him to take his time in composing some stunning shots.

The Long Eared Owl poses on a mossy stump in the woodland photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Little Owl poses on a rusted milk churn in the farm yard photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Barn Owl poses on a dilapidated barn door photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Barn Owl poses on a rusted milk churn photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017

Our birds are so full of character & Ian did a fantastic job of capturing their personalities. As you can see, he also perfected the peeking owl shot!

The Little Owl poses amongst some vintage storm lanterns photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Barn Owl peers out from a stone barn window photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Barn Owl peeks out whilst posed on a dilapidated barn door photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017 The Tawny Owl perfectly hidden within a hole in one of the old trees photographed during a Nature Photography Workshop conducted by Natureslens during Spring 2017

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE YOUR OWN IMAGES ON ONE OF OUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS?

We have second Bird of Prey Workshop scheduled for Autumn 2017, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of our Welsh Birds of Prey for yourself; the photography workshop costs £220, the dates for the Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop are October 21 – October 22, 2017. The format of the nature photography workshop weekend will be a special late afternoon / early evening session with an owl on Saturday, followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday. Shorter days move in during autumn, giving you the chance to use the soft light in our unique late afternoon / early evening session to achieve creative imagery.

April’s Bird of Prey Workshop

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One of the Barn Owls typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshops

April 2017 saw David & I running the first of our Welsh Bird of Prey Workshops of 2017. This photography workshop is a particular favourite of mine because it is so relaxed & intimate due to the group size & everyone comes away with some fabulous images & new friendships made.

We brought some new props along to the workshop to mix things up a bit. These included a milk churn, a couple of storm lanterns & a variety of different wheels – perfect for getting a little creative as well as honing one’s composition skills.

One of the Barn Owls typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop Read more

Our Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop dates for 2017

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A Photogenic Barn Owl Posed On Wooden Farm Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

We are happy to announce – & to be accepting bookings for – our Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop dates for 2017, as in previous years, these are to be held in a small village near Welshpool, these workshops are ideally suited to both amateur & semi-professional photographers looking to expand their portfolio. Photography leaders from NaturesLens will provide guidance & advice when needed to assist you in making the most of every photography opportunity.

You can be assured that we are already on the look out for some new props to bring up for posing the birds upon.

You can view the individual event pages here – Spring 2017 Birds of Prey Photography WorkshopAutumn 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop.

Spring 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – 22nd & 23rd April 2017.

The fresh spring air & green foliage make the setting hugely attractive for photographers, & if we’re lucky, there may even be a bluebell or two. Both Pui Hang & David will be on hand to assist you in honing in your composition & motion photography skills so that you obtain editorial-quality images to cherish for years to come. Over the Saturday afternoon & full day on Sunday you will have abundant opportunity to use the varied lighting conditions & different locations at your disposal.

The Wonderful Little Owl Inspects The Outside World From A Broken Barn Door Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

We will have extensive access to our falconer’s land over the course of the workshop, providing you with optimum choice of positions from which you can photograph the elusive owls & raptors as they are held & released within the perfect controlled setting for you to capture impressive images. Our falconer has an experienced eye for photography, so he knows what nature photographers will be looking for & will assist accordingly when needed.

The format of this workshop consists of a special late afternoon/early evening session with an owl on the Saturday, giving you an amazing opportunity to get up close to this magnificent bird & take close-up images; followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday.

The Little Owl That We Have Available To Photograph Poses Perched On A Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop The Long Eared Owl Poses Beautifully On A Weathered Fence Post Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Autumn 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – 21st & 22nd October 2017.

NaturesLens invites you on a 1.5 day photography workshop, based near to Welshpool, capturing impressive images of birds of prey using the varied backdrops which the locality has to offer; including disused quarries, barn & farm areas & expanses of woodland. Our guides will offer advice to ensure that you obtain magnificent photographs of these bird species both posed & in-flight.

The Peregrine Screams Out From It's Vantage Point In The Quarry Area That Is Available For Our Use Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Autumn brings rich textures & colours to rural areas, as the leaves turn to red, gold & brown, & begin to form a soft blanket which covers the ground. This provides a stunning backdrop for nature photography, & the soft light & warm colours will allow you to capture breathtaking images of bird species.

A Portrait Of A Barn Owl Which Is Perched On A Wooden Farm Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

The Peregrine Falcon That We Make Use Of, Poses In Stone Quarry Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-wales

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We’ve got a single place that has become available for our Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-Wales, the place costs £200 & includes an evening session followed by a full-day.

Short Eared Owl on Rocks

We have two photography sessions, one, for several hours on the evening of Saturday 8th October, followed by a full day on Sunday 9th October. This is with a falconer that we have worked with for the last 4 year; this year, we are hoping for some autumnal colours & settings for the owls & other birds of prey, we will focus mainly on British species, but the fantastic Great Grey Owl will, of course, be making at least one appearance as well.

Kestrel on a perch taken during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

If you would like to join us, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk

Events

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

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An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

The NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter photography holiday encompasses Utah, the Tetons & Yellowstone National Park & combines crisp winter landscapes & epic scenery with rare wildlife & the promise of day after day capturing images of the wonderful North American Winter Wildlife & landscapes, what could be more perfect?

One of the famous bison of Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Explore the wetlands of Farmington Bay along the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Farmington Bay has become a must shoot location for wildlife & bird photographers. Utah’s winters are cold, forcing many raptors & owls to hunt in the daytime. This affords wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of birds like short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, & many others that hunt the refuge.

A bald eagle soars over the bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Besides Farmington Bay our guests will also have the opportunity to photograph at two other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah. We can travel a short distance to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, & red fox roam the island. We may also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as Tundra Swans, & many duck & geese species.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday One of the barn owls that are to be found at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday A bald eagle trio - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Leaving Salt Lake City, we spend a day travelling 300 miles to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We will make the most of opportunities along the way for both wildlife & the wide-ranging vistas. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will prepare for the next two days of exciting photography. The next day, under the careful stewardship of our guide, we will visit the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which hosts an abundance of wildlife that compliments its unparalleled scenery. Covered with a blanket of snow, winter in the Tetons offer a completely different perspective on the area. Wildlife is much easier to locate during the winter months & tend to be less mobile, allowing for some great photographic opportunities.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The following day will be spent at the National Elk Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk. During the summer, this Jackson herd grazes in higher elevations 30% in Grand Teton National Park, 30% in Gros Ventre, 25% in Yellowstone National Park, & 15% in the Teton Wilderness. The animals typically migrate down from the high country when cold weather sets in from late October through December in search of food. Thousands of elk migrate every year, the refuge is home to 5,000 elk, but their numbers regularly reach 6,000 to 7,000 or even more.

Upon leaving Jackson Hole, we travel another 300 miles. Our destination is the northern-most end of the Yellowstone National Park, to Gardiner.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Gardiner is the base for the photography holiday for the next 6 nights. With 5 full-days of photography available to us, the intention is that clients will be able to add a plethora of winter themed photos to their portfolio.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first & oldest national park in the world, covering nearly 3,500 sq. miles of northwestern Wyoming as well as parts of Idaho & Montana. An important, self-sufficient ecosystem & home to a huge variety of free-ranging wild animals – including bison, elk, wolves, moose, & bears. Tall, rugged mountains including the Gallatin, Absorka, Washburn & Beartooth Ranges rim the park’s volcanic plateau. Much of the 5 days is spent in the wider Yellowstone area, however, we have factored in one day heading into the Yellowstone Interior, for photography of the frozen rivers & waterfalls & of course, the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Winter is an amazing visual experience in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is cloaked in white snow, turning the camouflage of summer sagebrush into a flat field of snow where every animal movement can be seen.

The Yellowstone plateau is cold, ringed by mountains that contain cold air driving down temperatures well below zero every night & some days. Animals struggle to survive & this safari is much more of a predator shoot. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters, & eagles all prey on the wintering elk, bison, & bighorn.

We expect every type of weather during these days spent in Yellowstone, snow storms, wind, clouds, & even blue sky days. You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see. But it is this type of weather that creates amazing images & illustrates these animals fight for survival during the winter.

The cost for the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter trip, which is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis is £5499 for the 12 days. This includes hotel accommodation, travel from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole, Gardiner & back to Salt Lake City, with all travel in between.

We also include at least one snow-coach day to the Yellowstone Interior. Not included are drinks or alcohol, items of a personal nature, international flights, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on the final night of the tour.

A pair of river otters, encountered by one of the rivers within Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

We hope that you will join us in these wintery landscapes, where we will be ensconced in the chilly grip of Mother Nature, lenses trained on some of the most impressive & stunning of North American wildlife.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

27-Jan-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – overnight Salt Lake City
28-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
29-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
30-Jan-18 – Travel to Jackson Hole – overnight Jackson Hole
31-Jan-18 – Grand Tetons & Wildlife Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
01-Feb-18 – National Elk Refuge Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
02-Feb-18 – Travel to Gardiner – overnight Gardiner
03-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
04-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
05-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
06-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
07-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
08-Feb-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – optional overnight Salt Lake City or fly back to UK on late flight
09-Feb-18 – Travel to UK

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Availability

4 spaces available

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

Recommended Equipment

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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A Close Up Of The Wonderful Long Eared Owl Who Is Always Popular On Our Photography Workshops Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to experience the wonders of Welsh rural landscapes, capturing beautiful images of birds of prey against stunning backdrops on a variety of natural perches. This workshop is designed to give you a wide range of photography opportunities to hone your composition & birds in flight skills.

NaturesLens leaders will provide guidance & advice when needed to assist you in obtaining outstanding images to add to your portfolio. Booking early is essential as spaces are limited.

The Peregrine Falcon That We Make Use Of, Poses In Stone Quarry Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

NaturesLens invites you on a 1.5 day birds of prey photography workshop, based in Welshpool, capturing impressive images of birds of prey using the varied backdrops which the locality has to offer; including disused quarries, barn & farm areas & expanses of woodland. Our guides will offer advice to ensure that you obtain magnificent photographs of these bird species both posed & in-flight.

Autumn brings rich textures & colours to rural areas, as the leaves turn to red, gold & brown, & begin to form a soft blanket which covers the ground. This provides a stunning backdrop for nature photography, & the soft light & warm colours will allow you to capture breathtaking images of bird species. NaturesLens leaders will assist you in honing in your composition & motion photography skills so that you obtain editorial-quality images to cherish for years to come.

Our falconer, who is also a farmer, will allow you extensive access to his land over the course of the birds of prey photography workshop, providing you with optimum choice of positions from which you can photograph the charismatic owls & raptors as they are held & released within the perfect controlled setting for you to capture impressive images. He himself has an experienced eye for photography, so he knows what nature photographers will be looking for & will assist accordingly when needed.

A Photogenic Barn Owl Posed On Wooden Farm Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

The format of this workshop consists of a special late afternoon / early evening session with an owl on the Saturday, followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday.  Shorter days move in during autumn, giving you the chance to use the soft light in our unique late afternoon / early evening session to achieve creative imagery.

Join us & delve into the expansive rural heartland of Wales, capturing majestic birds of prey on camera in picturesque natural habitat. Places on our autumn workshop are limited to ensure we can provide the best experience for every photographer, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop Availability

Spaces available

Recommended Equipment

This list is a guide on what to take on the workshop. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof coat.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Warm jacket or fleece for once the sun has set.
  • Sensible shoes or boots.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hat.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Telephoto lens - in the range 70mm – 300mm. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it, we may get some use of it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.

Additional Notes

The workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient workshop places are not sold the workshop may not be run, this tour has a minimum participant level of 6 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.