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Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holidays for 2017

Following on from our successful photography holiday in September 2016, we are pleased to offer a pair of wildlife photography holidays to Slovenia to photograph the European Brown Bears, the first in May 2017 is focussed on the adult Slovenian Bear &, hopefully, their cubs, the second in September 2017 is to capture images of the Slovenian Bears & their yearling cubs, how will be more bold than those encountered during the May trip.

One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

We have included below a selection of the images that we captured during the photography workshop conducted during September 2016 – unlike the trip to photograph the Bears of Finland, both the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday, & the Slovenian Bears Photography Holiday do not require you to spend overnight in the hides, you exit the hides when the light has gone, return to the hotel, have a warming evening meal & sleep in the comfort of your bedroom

JOIN NATURESLENS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE SLOVENIAN BEARS & CUBS FOR YOURSELF

Slovenia is an increasingly important location for the European Brown Bear & their survival as a top-level predator within Europe & it is easy to see why. The lush forests provide the ideal habitat free from being hunted for the European Brown Bear to thrive & survive, our 5 day photography workshop in the midst the territory of these impressive animals provides an abundance of opportunities.

We have two opportunities for you to photograph the amazing Slovenian Bears, both costing £1599 exc travel to Slovenia itself – all transportation within Slovenia, breakfast, lunch & dinner, accommodation & guidance/tuition from Sean Weekly is included, the date for the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday is May 20 – 25, 2017, whilst that for the Slovenian Bears, who will hopefully be bringing their older & bolder cubs to the hides, is set for September 2 – 7, 2017.

To hold a place on either trip, we only require a 25% deposit from you, £400, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Please be aware, you will require lenses that let in the maximum amount of light – largest aperture or smallest f-stop – & a camera with which you are comfortable capturing images at a high ISO – the action is not fast-paced, so rapid FPS is not a deciding factor for equipment suitable for this trip.

One Of The Female European Brown Bears Watches Over One Of Her Cubs In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Lounges Amongst The Rocks Opposite The Tower Hide In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Female Adult European Brown Bears Stares Directly Into The Tower Hide - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One of the adult European brown bears resting in the Slovenian Forests - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday  One Of The European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests Peers Between Two Trees - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Large Adult European Brown Bear Females Sits Watching Her Cubs - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Young Adult European Brown Bear As Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The European Brown Bear Cubs Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday An Adult European Brown Bear In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Resting Adult European Brown Bear Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography HolidayOne of the female adult European brown bears emerges from the trees that form the large tracts of forest in the location of the Slovenian Bear Hides - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Images typical of our Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

We are happy to show a selection of images typical of the type of image that may be captured at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday.

A European Brown Bear - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear emerges from the forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

All these images were captured by Dan Trim over a period of three nights, the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday spends seven nights at this location, meaning the guests should have many photographic opportunities.

Lakeside, a European Brown Bear pauses for thought - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The various locations available, lend themselves to atmospheric morning shots when the mist & light conditions coincide.

An early morning misty image - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Backlit photographic opportunities - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Of course, the stars of the photography holiday are the brown bears, who can be found ambling through the cotton grass at the time of year our visit is scheduled for.

A European Brown Bear walks alongside one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Amongst the cotton grass, a European Brown Bear wanders to one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND FOR YOURSELF

Finland is one of the most important locations for the European Brown Bears in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add brown bear images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, our seven night stay in Finland in the midst the territory of these apex predators provides an abundance of opportunities.

With the early-bird pricing, our Brown Bears of Finland photography holiday costs £1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included & is held during the dates of June 25, 2017 – July 3, 2017.

Early bird pricing for the Brown Bears of Finland

Join NaturesLens guide, Sean Weekly on a week-long wildlife adventure, in June 2017, you will be heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears of Finland which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.

A European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

This is a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment. Group numbers are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

EARLY BIRD PRICING FOR 4 PLACES FOR THE BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND

We have a tiered pricing for the places on the trip, however, any places booked prior to October 31st, 2016 will have the early bird price applied to them – the places are limited & you will not find another trip priced at a similar level to this for the same duration of nights.

European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens on a week-long wildlife adventure, heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears of Finland which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.

This is a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment. Group numbers are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
One of the European Brown Bears photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders predatorily across an expanse of unspoilt woodland which lies along the Finland/Russia border. This is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity.
Remaining hidden in comfortable hides with beds & bathroom facilities; disguised within the landscape, you will have the opportunity to photograph the bears within both forest & meadow hides throughout the day, using the changing light conditions to maximise the quality of your images. 17 of the 22 hides you will have at your disposal have been built specifically with the photographer in mind, meaning that their structure & interior is perfectly suited to provide an enjoyable & comfortable photography experience, whilst giving you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs.
Being at the animals’ eye level lets you immerse yourself in the action, observing the bears’ behaviour using both close up & wide angle lenses, capturing perfect close-up images with the bears remaining none the wiser. You may also encounter other native species, such as the great grey owl, or the elusive red squirrel.
A single European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday
We have chosen to hold the trip at this time of year so that your photography will benefit from long hours of light, allowing daylight to light your images for as long as possible. This is also the season during which the bears are most active, making it the optimum time to capture the bears at their best, obtaining the most diverse range of photographs. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving editorial quality images. Sean Weekly, our NaturesLens guide will assist you in making the most of the lighting & the environment when needed to ensure that you are able to make the most of the photography opportunities.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of Finland, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
£1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included.
Any places booked prior to October 31st, 2017 will have the early bird price applied to them – beyond that the price will rise to £1199 per person.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Workshop Availability

Spaces Available

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

For our boat trips, non-slip waterproof boots or wellington boots are recommended. As with most boats water can slosh through the scuppers if the boat rolls so sandals or light pumps can get wet and spoil your enjoyment.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  •  Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
  • Waterproof cap or hat.
  •  Gloves.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Warm fleece for early morning starts and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Travel sickness pills.
Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Monopod or tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  •  Camera and lens waterproof cover.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

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 5 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.

BOOKING FORM

Overnight on way out at Helsinki Airport is recommended for either a lounge or an overnight in Forenom Hostel Vantaa Airport.
European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday