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Photograph the Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest

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The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.

NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.

A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.

Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.

The full details of this exciting trip are available here.

Limited places available on our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays for 2018

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Year on year, our Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays produce stunning imagery, with the photogenic Dalmatian Pelicans, a vast lake & the backdrop of the mountain range, it is not hard to see why.

Now only two places remain available for the 1st of our Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays in 2018 – full details of the trip are available here …

In full breeding plummage with their pouch a vibrant orange the dalmatian pelicans make for an entrancing photographic subject photographed on one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays

The second set of dates is now full!

Almost prehistoric in appearance the dalmatian pelicans of Greece are extremely photogenic photographed on one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays

Photograph the White Horses of the Camargue in 2018

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Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (10 of 13)

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (4 of 13)

Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have 7 photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (5 of 13) Read more

Dan reports in following a successful Skomer Island visit

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I’m always filled with anticipation heading over to Skomer Island; the gannets, puffins & other auks flying around the boat as well as the sea rolling. In addition to that, on this occasion, we had very limited visibility into the sea mist creating a great atmosphere.

A variety of weather is something I quite like with photography but I’ll always keep my fingers crossed for at least one afternoon of killer golden light!

Alas, it was foggy for the first two days. However with these conditions we were able to experiment with high key simple portraits on a white background. The resulting photos looked as though we’d trained the puffins to pose in a studio environment.

High-key puffin photographed on a foggy day whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography HolidayHigh-key puffin calling photographed on a foggy day whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography HolidayA slow shutter speed puffin image captured on a foggy day whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

The flat light allowed us to shoot all day & because of the time of year quite a few pufflings were exploring the area around their nesting burrows – a lovely sight. Here’s one just peaking out;

A puffling photographed as it peeked from the burrow whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

The benefit of murky weather becomes apparent when waiting for the Manx Shearwaters – they come in earlier when compared to nights with a clear sky meaning a little longer in bed for us! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of wandering out across the island at night with the sound of just a small proportion of the 300,000 pairs that nest on the island curling around above our heads.

On our third & final day the island was blessed with lovely weather, it was 30 degrees & positively tropical. That day we enjoyed the nice weather waiting & hoping for it to continue into the afternoon & evening; & it did.

As the sun sets on the island & the light softens, the images take on a magical golden light - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday As the sun sets on the island, captured images take on a magical golden light - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday.

We had a wonderful sunset at the Wick with puffin numbers increasing as the light got better & better, everyone took a completely different set of photos when compared to the higher key images captured with the flat light.

As the sun sets on the island, captured images, such as this calling puffin, take on a magical golden light - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday.A silhouetted puffin photographed whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday As the sun set, the opportunity for backlit puffin images becomes available - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday As the sun sets on the island, captured images, such as this grouo of puffins, take on a magical golden light - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday.

Myself & one guest, John, stayed at the Wick well after dark to take some photos in the blue light & into the night. Having not done this before I found it great fun seeing the puffins’ activity at night.

As the sun sets the puffins remain active & distinctive images may be captured - photographed whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday Even when the sun has set the puffins still pose for images - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

They continued to renovate their burrows, squabble & make their strange noises but the place felt a lot more serene!

After the sun has set the puffins remain active & calling for mates - captured whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday After the sun has set the puffins remain active & distinctive images may be captured - photographed whilst on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

All in all, it was simply another great trip to Skomer Island.

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC PUFFINS OF SKOMER ISLAND FOR YOURSELF

Skomer Island is one of the most important locations for the colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add puffin images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, a three night stay on the island provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during the NaturesLens photography holidays are the comical puffins, which can be seen on Skomer in abundant quantities from mid-May through to July.

Our puffins of Skomer Island photography holiday costs £499 for the 3 night stay on the island & is held during the dates of July 15 – 18, 2017.

A selection of images from David Margetson captured on Skomer

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We enjoy showing off what our photography tour & holiday participants achieve with us, so we’re happy to post this selection of images, captured by David Margetson whilst on the 2016 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday; which was lead this year, with a small group, by Dan Trim for us.

A puffin on Skomer Island clutches a bill full of sand eels - photographed by David Margetson on the 2017 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Staying on Skomer Island for 3 nights means you have the opportunity to re-visit images that you may have taken on earlier days & improve on them. Since island weather can be changeable, there is also the chance that you could end up with very different images from each day. Read more

A showcase of some of Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island

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Although he is a veteran of leading photography holidays for NaturesLens with multiple trips to Poland & Fair Isle under his belt, Kevin Morgans has yet to lead a trip for us to photograph the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer. Next summer, this changes, as he will be co-leading one of the regular trips that we run to Skomer Island. A popular trip that we’ve been running these for the last three years!

That said, Kevin is no stranger to puffin photography, or Skomer itself. He has lead our Puffins of Fair Isle Photography – you can read his report here – & he has visited & stayed on Skomer a number of times himself. The focus of these holidays is obviously the comical clowns of the sea & as such, we thought that our blog readers might like to see some of the recent additions to Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Portfolio, since he was kind enough to send us a good selection of images for us to publish here in this blog post.

A serene portrait of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A serene portrait of one of the Puffins of Skomer in the evening light.

The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye of one of the Puffins of Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, returns to the island having gathered many sand eels from out at sea - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of the Atlantic Puffins returns to dry land having gathered many sand eels from out at sea.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer preens itself amongst the sea campions that litter the island - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A Puffin preens itself amongst the sea campion that litter the island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A beautiful image captured as one of Skomer’s Puffins was illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light.

Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, with a bill full of nesting material - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A capture of an Puffin, with a bill full of nesting material, returning to its burrow on Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, gathering nesting material to line the burrow with - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of Skomer’s Puffins, seen here gathering nesting material to line the burrow with.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, calling in the rain - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Calling in the rain, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, appears to be bemoaning the weather that Wales is often blessed with.

Kevin is co-leading the July Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday in 2017. Additionally  he will be heading back to photograph the puffins of Shetland, more specifically Fair Isle’s colony.

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC PUFFINS OF SKOMER ISLAND FOR YOURSELF

Skomer is one of the most important locations for the colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add puffin images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, a three night stay on the island provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during the NaturesLens photography holidays are the comical puffins, which can be seen on Skomer in abundant quantities from mid-May through to July.

Our puffins of skomer photography holiday costs £499 for the 3 night stay on the island & is held during the dates of July 15 – 18, 2017.

Some of Skomer’s Puffins from Steen

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Every year, we delight in seeing the images from our photography holidays to Skomer, each & every year produces a different crop of imagery, & a different interpretation of Skomer’s Puffins by the guests that visit & spend 3 nights on the island – Steen has kindly sent in a selection of images from his visit to the island as part of the group that attended our June photography holiday.

A puffin class, it's eye illuminated with a catchlight from the soft evening light - photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer's Puffins Photography Holiday Read more

Events

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

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Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (5 of 13)

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have 7 photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

You will photograph the iconic white horses, alone & in groups, as they posture, trot & gallop through the marshes, surf & lakes, their grace & elegance reflected back through the surface of the water.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (3 of 13)

With several drives per shoot, you will have ample opportunity to capture images from a range of perspectives, including horses running towards the lens & across your field of view.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (11 of 13)

2 separate sessions with a single stallion (one white & one black) on the beach take place in the afternoons, allowing for dramatic action shots as the beautiful animal gallops through the surf and along the shoreline.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (8 of 13)

Intertwined at full height, we also have one session with sparring stallions, showcasing their feisty, fiery temperament.

Our trip also encompasses a unique opportunity to add something rather special & unusual to your portfolio. An afternoon session of portrait photography of both the white stallion & a black stallion, against a clean, moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic close-up shots.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (2 of 13)

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (1 of 13)

Accommodation is a 3-star hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. In trip transportation is also included in the cost. International flights, lunch, dinner, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 14 September

Travel to Montpellier & transfer to our accommodation.

Day 2 – Saturday 15 September

In the morning, we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh. We will also take shots of the ‘Gardians’ (Camargue Cowboys) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd as well as some close-up portraits of these perfectly ‘weathered’ ranchers.

In the afternoon, a special portrait session of both the white stallion & the black stallion, against a moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic feisty close-up shots.

Day 3 – Sunday 16 September

At dawn, we photograph the sparring stallions – this is a unique opportunity to see the white horses entwined at full height, in feisty temperament with their manes flying.

Late afternoon, we head to the beach for the ultimate spectacle of the horses running along the golden sand & in the surf with sea spray flying, as the sun sets.

Day 4 – Monday 17 September

At dawn, we head back to the beach to photograph the black stallion running along the white sand & in & out of the sea – the black horse against the white of the beach & sea makes for a dramatic combination.

In the afternoon, we have another session with the white horses running through the marsh but in a different location & with a different composition. We will also capture the ‘Gardians’ at work herding the wild horses.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

For the last morning, we head to the beach for the shoot with the beautiful single white Stallion. We photograph him dashing & diving in & around the sea and surf, as well as rearing on the top of the sand dunes, making for a wide range of dramatic action shots.

Afternoon departure to the airport.

White Horses of the Camargue Availability

Spaces available

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.

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.

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.