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Classic portrait images from our Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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A classic portrait of a long eared owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Sean has sent in a selection of images that he captured whilst co-leading the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop during October 2017 – we are splitting them amongst a trio of blog posts – this is the first, focussed on what you’d probably describe as classic portrait images.

We always have a good selection of birds to work with; Steve our falconer ensures that the birds are in perfect condition for us & communicates with us the week before to ensure that the timetable for the sessions take in the best opportunities that we can offer.

One of the barn owls makes a guaranteed appearance on our workshops – we are lucky in that the land which we use has a large number of farm buildings on it that we can make use of – here Sean has framed the barn owl in a ramshackle algae-covered barn door.

A beautiful portrait of n inquisitive barn owl, peeking at the photographers from a ramshackle barn door, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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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.

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Puffin Photography Holiday in June on Skomer – one place available again

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Normally, this does not happen, but we have had a place become re-available for our puffin photography holiday in June during which we spend three nights living on Skomer Island.

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

This trip is to be held over the dates of June 17 @ 8:00 am – June 20 @ 10:00 am, & is to be lead by myself, David Miles, & Sean Weekly; the trip encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population & many other mammals.

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Val’s images of Atlantic Puffins from Skomer

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Val was amongst the small group that visited Skomer Island with Daniel in mid-July, although they had challenging weather on a couple of the days, one evening yielded super golden light, & the group certainly made the most of the opportunity to capture subtly lit images of the Atlantic Puffins, after all, that is what they went for.

A group of Atlantic Puffin illuminated by the soft evening light - photographed during a NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

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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 Holiday

High-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

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Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire with Sean Weekly

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We are excited to announce a new offering to the NaturesLens portfolio, a short landscape photography workshop to run immediately after our June Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday. This is a new workshop in West Wales, to photograph the Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire & it is to be lead by Sean Weekly.

The splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches in evening light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

If one of the nights is clear, Sean has kindly offered to run a night-scapes workshop for a few hours as well. Obviously this is weather dependent but hopefully it is co-operative.

One of Pembrokeshire's beaches captured in soft evening summer light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

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Skomer Puffin Photography by Sean Weekly

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As announced elsewhere, Sean Weekly is joining the team at NaturesLens & his first leading duties with us are in October 2016, with the rutting red deer workshops, but next summer, he will be  co-leading the regular Skomer puffin photography trips that we run to Skomer Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales.

An atlantic puffin calls in the golden light - typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday

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 Sean’s Skomer puffin photography portfolio. He visited twice in the summer of 2016 & has sent us a good selection of images for us to publish here in this blog post.
One of Skomer's famous puffins walks amongst the sea campion - typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday

One of Skomer's famous puffins seeks out it's burrow amongst the sea campion with a bill full of sand-eels- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday One of Skomer's atlantic puffins walks amongst the sea campion with a bill full of sand-eels- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday An atlantic puffin stretches it's wings prior to venturing out to sea to fetch sand-eels- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday One of Skomer's puffins comes in to land on The Wick- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday One of Skomer's famous puffins comes in to land on The Wick- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday An atlantic puffin lands amongst the sea campion with a bill full of sand-eels- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday An atlantic puffin comes in to land on Skomer Island- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday An atlantic puffin at The Wick on Skomer Island - typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday

WOULD YOU LIKE VISIT PEMBROKESHIRE FOR SOME SKOMER PUFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY?

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