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Deer Photography weekend workshops in Bradgate Park

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A Red Deer Stag Amongst The Mist This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

If you are considering attending a Deer Photography Workshop during the deer rutting season of autumn 2017, then you should know that we’ll be taking the format, that has worked for us in the past, north for 2017, & they will still be led by Sean Weekly, but for 2017, we fancied a change of scenery & after some recommendations & Sean having looked into matters further, we have decided to relocate the bulk of our workshops for 2017 to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

A Red Deer Stag Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

The format is similar to that of 2016; that is an all-day session on the Saturday, starting at 6.15am, after which you return to the hotel accommodation that we have booked, & included as part of the price; last year after the afternoon session, Sean conducted some image review sessions of the deer images captured earlier that day or provided a quick lesson in Lightroom processing in the evenings. The following morning, an early start sees you locating the deer & aiming for those classic deer images that Sean is well known for. After several hours of capturing images of the red deer, a break for breakfast that again we include in the price. The Sunday session continues until mid-to-late afternoon.

A Young Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography WorkshopA Deer Hind Pops Up From The Parkland Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

We have a deer photography workshop running on each of the 4 weekends through October, that is 7/8 October 2017, 14/15 October 2017, 21/22 October 2017 & finally on 28/29 October 2017. For each workshop, we have space for only 4 participants, this is to ensure that you get the maximum time possible from Sean, & that he can give you a suitable level of tuition & guidance.

A Red Deer Stag Within Woodland Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Accommodation for the various weekends is either at The Castle Hotel in Kirby Muxloe for 3 of the weekends or The Charnwood Arms in Coalville for the remaining weekend.

An Extremely Regal Looking Red Deer Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Join NaturesLens on a deer photography weekend workshop during October 2017

We have 4 opportunities in 2017 for you to photograph the fabulous red deer during their rutting season, the photography weekend workshop costs £325 – each weekend workshop includes tuition & guidance on the Saturday,  dinner & accommodation on the Saturday evening, tuition & guidance from Sean on the Sunday, plus breakfast during a suitable break in the Sunday morning photography session.

To hold a place on the workshop, we only require an £100 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Showcasing Sean’s creative Red Deer & Stag imagery

Creative red deer & stag imagery can be achieved not only during the magical “golden hour” but also, if the weather is kind, in the short time after the golden light period. In fact, this is probably the best time to do something really innovative with light & composition as evidenced here by Sean’s stunning, award winning images.

Sean's award winning image of a deer at dawn, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

We have always maintained that strong images can be achieved at the end of the day as well as at the start of the day which is why holidays such as our Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini offer late afternoon to sunset sessions (weather & light permitting) & we also offer afternoon to late evening Birds of Prey workshops. Sean’s beautiful images lend further credence to this belief.

A stag bellows in mist illuminated by golden light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly  A stag bellows in mist illuminated by the golden light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly  Proving that not all images of the deer have to be frame-filling, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

The NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has been designed to take advantage of sunset & sunrise with the first session commencing late afternoon through to sunset.  This is the perfect opportunity to try some evening photography & learn from Sean himself, before the more traditional early morning session.

An example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

The morning sessions have early starts, but the possibilities are endless if the light is good: a misty morning will lend atmosphere, rays of sunlight coming through the woods give rise to the feel of an enchanted forest, & Sean will be on hand to provide advice on composition, technique & even advice on deer & stag behaviour to enable you to achieve the best possible images.

Proving that not all images of the deer have to be frame-filling, a lone stag in the forest, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

A stag bellows in mist illuminated by the cold morning light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly.jpg

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND OUR RED DEER & STAG PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP?

If you would like to photograph red deer & stag on a workshop lead by Sean, who captured the images shown above, then you can book the 2016 Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop for £299 – the workshop includes one night’s accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.

The trip is scheduled to run over the weekend of October 8 – 9, 2016.

Announcing our Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

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Bookings are already open for the 2017 Red Deer Photography Workshops to be led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens, 4 weekend workshops including accommodation available

As noted on another blog post, Sean Weekly has joined our leading team, & we will be announcing a series of workshops & photography holidays that he will be leading over the next year. Hopefully this will be a long & fruitful relationship, as we have been talking about events for several future years with him; but right now, we’d like to announce the details of the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop that he will be leading for us in October 2016.
As the sun rises, a lone stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop   As the sun rises, a deer is silhouetted bellowing into the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
When discussing the workshop with Sean, he reinforced the fact that strong images can be captured at the end of the day, as well as the start; this lead us to develop the idea of an overnight workshop that will, hopefully, add a selection of fantastic rutting red deer & stag images to all our workshop participants photography portfolios.

Sean has been awarded a number of times in the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his stunning red deer imagery & this is your chance to learn from Sean himself on an evening session, then a following morning session – light allowing, you will be capturing images similar to the following:

As the sun rises, a walks through the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at our hotel in Surbiton mid-afternoon on the 8th October, Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will then head to one of several deer photography locations in the area. From this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session. The next morning is an early start as you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

The Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions, an evening session, followed by an early morning session. The workshop will end on the Sunday when the light becomes too harsh to capture subdued imagery.

The dates for the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop are 8th – 9th October 2016 – & the cost is £299 for the two days, including the overnight accommodation.

You can view all the workshop details here – to finish, here are a couple more images from Sean

As the sun rises, a stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
A stag bellows whilst being silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

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