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 A pair of seals greet one and other in the first rays of the day photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens A seal looks alert in the setting sun photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens
Seals can be notoriously tricky to back-light since their shape could be mistaken for a rock with a highlight on it, especially if the seal isn’t active enough to allow light to wrap around their body. Fortunately, there were lots of evenings where the light was lovely.

Unfortunately, quite frequently the seals wouldn’t play ball! Such are the joys of wildlife photography!

Patience & perseverance eventually won out & Sean was able to show our guests the best settings to achieve fabulous back-lit images. The image below is my personal favourite.
Amongst the dunes & outlined in the last rays of the day, one of the seals of the Lincolnshire beaches photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens
There were also lots of opportunities to capture silhouettes of the Seals of Lincolnshire at dawn & dusk. Having access to the private beach which was a stone’s throw away from the lovely cottage that the group were staying at, meant our guests didn’t have to walk very far to the dunes.
One of the large & pregnant female seals silhouetted against the sunset photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens One of the seal moves at speed across the shallow waters at sunrise photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens One of the seal pups at sunrise photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens
The welfare of the seals was always foremost in Sean’s mind so, by week 2, when it became evident that getting to the beach was becoming increasingly difficult, due to the sheer number of pups being born, he opted to keep the group in & amongst the dunes.

This proved to be great not only for the wildlife but also for our guests, allowing them to achieve images similar to that below.
One of the seal pups at sunrise in the dunes photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens One of the seals of the Lincolnshire beaches warms itself in the first rays of the day photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens One of the very young seal pups sniffs the air at sunrise photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens Outlined in the last rays of the day, one of the seals of the Lincolnshire beaches photographed on the Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday run by NaturesLens

JOIN SEAN IN 2018 TO PHOTOGRAPH NORFOLK’S SEALS

In November 2018, instead of returning to the Seals of Lincolnshire, Sean will be leading a week-long holiday focused on Norfolk Seal photography for NaturesLens, specifically between the dates of November 25 – 30 2018.

The cost is £999 per participant which includes five nights accommodation in a gorgeous cottage on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis; your meals will be warming, homely & plentiful to get you warmed through & filled up after a long day on the beach. Numbers are limited to ensure that the trip is sustainable, ethical & enjoyable for every photographer.