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A young seal watches the photographer from the shoreline photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday

During the first week of the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Lincolnshire photography holidays, Sean took the group out onto the sandbanks at low tide where they were able to capture images of the seals in the surf. They were lucky enough to get some lovely shots of these iconic mammals swimming around, frolicking in the surf & curiously popping their heads up through the waves.
A Lincolnshire seal peers at the photographer from the safety of the surf of a beach photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday A very young seal watches the photographer from the safety of the surf of a beach photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday
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Whilst a sand storm rages around him, one of the seals heads for the surf photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens

During our Seals of Lincolnshire photography holidays, the first group of guests experienced what can only be described as the most extreme weather conditions. From rainstorms to hailstones & sandstorms to rainbows. The conditions were harsh, but the opportunities presented by the ever-changing weather were completely epic as evidenced by the images in this blog post.
A pair of the seals rest on the sand whilst a sand storm rages around them photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens Read more

One of the seal moves at speed across the shallow waters at sunrise photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens

Over the course of the two weeks of our Seals of Lincolnshire photography holidays, our guests were blessed with some excellent light. This gave Sean the opportunity to show them how to produce some creative imagery using the light for side-lit, front-lit & back-lit portraits.
A mother seal and her pup share an intimate moment in the last rays of the day photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens Read more

One of the seals heads towards the surf of a Lincolnshire beach photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens

Do seal images work in black & white? Judging from the photos taken by Sean while guiding our Seals of Lincolnshire photography holidays, I’d say an emphatic yes!
A Lincolnshire seal plays in the surf of the beach photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens A moment of intimacy between a mother and her new born seal pup on the beaches of Lincolnshire photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens
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Close up with a sleeping seal pup photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday

During November I spent two weeks guiding the NaturesLens Grey Seal photography holidays. The Grey Seal is one of Britain’s most charming mammals & my personal favourite subject to photograph so to spend this amount of time with them was an enormous privilege!

With just under half of their global population inhabiting the UK, their curious nature & cuddly appearance makes these animals fascinating to watch let alone photograph.

This pair of Grey Seal photography trips started off at a beautiful fully-equipped cottage with the private beach being a stone’s throw away from the seals. Once the group & I had settled in, we kitted up in our waterproofs & boots & headed to the beach for our first session with the Seals. It was low tide, so we were able to venture straight out to the sandbanks where some of the seal colony stayed.

Detail of a seal pup photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday

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An adult seal lies in the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

When I first told my husband that I was travelling to Helgoland, he immediately started to tell me about the island’s fascinating military history & it’s having been used as a naval base during the two world wars. After WWII, the island was used as a bombing range – & most notably, a Royal Navy attack in 1947 created one of the most significant single non-nuclear detonations in history. Following British occupation, the island was finally returned to Germany in 1952. The history of the island is fascinating & well worth researching, but for my short time there it was all about the seals, the Seals of Helgoland.

One of the large bull seals lies on the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The journey to Helgoland isn’t straightforward. From Heathrow we had the flight to Hamburg, then a car journey to Cuxhaven, & finally a boat to Helgoland. With stop-overs & connections, the travel time is quite lengthy, but as always, once you’re with the wildlife all that pales into insignificance. Read more

One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

Early December 2017 saw me joining David & Jayne on a recce trip to capture images of Helgoland’s Seals (Heligoland). One look at the weather profile suggested it could be challenging but the likely number of seals & their pups on the beach made the trip look worthwhile & it was!One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of the older seals image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

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Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

You are invited to join Jayne Bond & Ian Roberts, on a photography adventure to the harsh coastline of a German Island in the North Sea, home to a formidable population of seals. both Jayne & Ian will guide you throughout, assisting you in capturing stunning images of these impressive animals, whilst respecting their fragile natural habitat.

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers on a 6 night long adventure to the harsh coastline of Düne & Helgoland, a pair of small islands in the North Sea, photographing the impressive seal population within this bleak weather beaten landscape.

At all times, Jayne & Ian will guide you during the photography activities & will be mindful of the seals, preventing any disturbance of the animals by keeping at a safe distance from both adults & pups, whilst using longer lenses to capture the best possible images.

One of the bull seals playing on the edge of the surf image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of the juvenile seals found amongst the dunes image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The cost is £1499 per participant which includes return transport between Hamburg Airport & Cuxhaven, an overnight stay in Cuxhaven on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, ferry costs to reach Helgoland from Cuxhaven, luggage costs on the ferry, 4 nights accommodation on Helgoland itself on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, 4 crossings to Düne from Helgoland & an overnight stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel at Hamburg Airport on the final night of the trip.

Seals Of Helgoland Photography Holiday Availability

Places available

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts in a coastal environment – it can get quite cold walking around the island & the weather can change very quickly for the worse. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  • 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.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Travel sickness pills.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 400mm – 500mm – we insist on this to minimise disturbance to the seals.
  • Lenses with f2.8 – f4 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.

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.

Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.