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The Seals of Lincolnshire play in the surf

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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The Seals of Lincolnshire caught in a sand storm

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.
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Backlighting the Seals of Lincolnshire

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 Continue reading

Two weeks of Grey Seal Photography in Lincolnshire

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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Norfolk Seal Photography Workshops & Holidays

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Are you may have seen elsewhere, we have launched the follow-up to the 2017 week-long seal photography holiday – that, it has to be said, produced some beautiful imagery – with a week-long seal photography holiday in Norfolk, our first event, for Norfolk Seal Photography is to be conducted in November 2018, specifically November 25November 30 2018 & costs £999.

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

An image of one of the new-born seal-pups lyiing in the dunes adjacent to a Norfolk Beach - typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Sean recently spent several days in the area that the Norfolk Seal photography events will be conducted within, & we thought that you might be interested to see some of the types of imagery that he captured during his brief recce trip for us.

An image of one of the Norfolk seals silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A stunning image of a seal captured silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A mono image of a well fed seal pup on the sand typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events

Join Sean in 2018 to Photograph Norfolk’s Seals

In November 2018, Sean will be leading a week-long holiday focussed 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.

Annette’s images from our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

A wide angle image of a pod of pelicans at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

As soon as I had set eyes on some photographs of Dalmatian Pelicans on the internet I knew that I was going to visit them, I was so profoundly enchanted by them. It didn’t take me long to find the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday & I booked it right away!

The detail of a pelican beak at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
Six months later I found myself standing on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, adjacent to the Bulgarian border, & I discovered that these majestic birds are even more charming than I had first imagined.
Each morning & evening for four fully-packed days we went out for lengthy sessions of Dalmatian Pelican photography & I never got tired of doing so.
Flying in the morning light, a pair of Dalmatian Pelicans at sunrise image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
We started off with a gorgeous sunrise on the first morning out on the lake with our avian models following in the wake of the boat. Our fabulous boatman & Dalmatian Pelican expert kept them entertained & happy so that we could catch wonderful moments.
A pelican lands on Lake Kerkini in the wake of the boat image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
These early morning boat trips were a treat by themselves; the colourful sunrises with these gorgeous birds in front is something you will never forget as well as the sight of the lake that lies calmly like a perfect mirror for the flying Pelicans.
Gliding serenely on the waters, a rear view of one of Kerkini's Dalmatian Pelicans image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
Attempting to swallow a fish, one of the pelicans at a shoreline feed image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
What a beautiful experience … after a 3 hours boat trip in the mornings & a nice break in our comfortable hotel for lunch & warming up we went out a second time to photograph the Pelicans from ashore in the afternoon.
A wide-angle image of a pod of pelicans at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
I was amazed at the sheer abundance of dalmatian pelican photography opportunities; flying, landing, portraits, close-ups, details, panning, long exposures, reflections, wide-angle shots, single birds, pairs, groups vying for fish & many more.
Slow shutter speed, motion blurred, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans stretches it's wings image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
The cloudy days provided for capturing calm pictures with perfect reflections & vibrant colours, the sunny days golden light. & if you ran out of ideas all you had to do was ask Sean, our excellent guide; so easy going, knowledgeable, always helpful & encouraging.
One of the pelicans glides over the still waters of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday Causing a wake from landing on the lake, one of the pelicans perfectly reflected in the waters of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
The workshop was perfectly organised, the hotel comfortable, providing piles of delicious Greek food & thanks to a friendly group of NaturesLens guests, we also had a lot of fun & laughter … what more would you want?
You are welcome to view more images of these beautiful birds on my homepage.
A solo Dalmatian Pelican watches as the sun breaks the horizon of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
To photograph the charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans yourself, join Sean Weekly, one of the most active members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Kerkini, Greece during January 2018 for a trip lasting 4 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the Dalmatian Pelican; the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.
All the details of the Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.

Some time spent with the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

During December 2017, I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain; this was preparation for a trip that we were researching to add to our portfolio.  Once again, I visited Spain in the hope of capturing some images of the elusive Iberian lynx. This wasn’t the first time that we have attempted to launch a photography trip focussed on these subjects. My initial attempt was back in January 2016, but unfortunately, it was unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, not least the lack of sightings.

I arrived in Sierra Morena hoping to be lucky as the reports I had been receiving was that lynx had been spotted in the areas on a regular basis. I arrived too late to go into the lynx hide so spent the afternoon chatting with my host about the species I hoped to photograph to see if we could turn this into a potential photography tour for the guests of NaturesLens – over the next few hours, the plan for the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain was formed.

Our host has been working on his lynx project for some years & the area is now home to a more Iberian lynx than Doñana National Park with excellent, regular sightings.

The following morning, I rose early to visit the Imperial Spanish Eagle hide. As soon as the sun rose, to my surprise, a Golden Eagle appeared on the large rock to my right. I watched this magnificent raptor feed for a short while, to allow it to settle before I started taking images.

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Lincolnshire Seal Photography by Gladys

A well fattened seal pup who almost looks like he is laughing image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

November 2017 saw Gladys joining one of the NaturesLens Seal Photography tours, the intent, to spend a week intensively capturing images of the Seals of Lincolnshire coastline in all lighting & weather conditions, under the guidance of Sean, who led the trips for us & offered mentoring & advice.

A pair of bull seals fight on the sands image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

The group experienced all types of behaviour throughout the week of seal photography, but apparently the most daunting & loud was when this pair of bull seals decided to face-off & fight each other.

At the end of the rainbow, one of the seals caught in a storm image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

As Gladys describes it ‘An Awesome Moment‘, which is fitting for what happens when you have the opportunity to capture an image of your target subject with a rainbow in the background!

One of the seal pups exposed for mono image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

The group were very lucky with the ideal weather conditions throughout the week which resulted in lovely colors. However, in the case of this image, Gladys couldn’t resist processing it to monochrome.

A very recently born seal pup on the beach image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

On the first morning, the group found this lovely pup in beautiful morning light, Gladys states that she was amazed to see that a part of the umbilical cord was still attached, which appears to be a very common thing even when the pups where already a few days old.

A well fattened seal pup who almost looks like he is laughing image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

Without a doubt this was the group’s favourite seal pup! They nicknamed him ‘Chubba’, & every day they looked out for him as he demonstrated funny behaviour which caused the whole group much amusement!

A young seal pup looks inquisitively at the photographer image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

In addition to the photography on the beaches & at the surfs edge, sometimes the seal pups made their way up to the dunes, which as Gladys says, gave a nice change of setting, for seal photography in the green grass areas.

A bull and a female seal caught amongst the shifting sands whipped up in the aftermath of a storm image captured on a NaturesLens Seal Photography Workshop

One afternoon, the group experienced some extreme weather conditions, everyone commented that it was very difficult to photograph under these circumstances; but they persevered & managed to get some extraordinary images. This female seal was reaching out to her pup to make sure it was still laying next to her as it was impossible to see in the sand storm.

Join Sean in 2018 for a week of Seal Photography

In November 2018, Sean will be leading a 5-night-long wildlife photography holiday focussed on Seal photography, but this time in Norfolk for NaturesLens, specifically between the dates of November 25 – 30 2018.

The cost is £999 per participant which includes 5 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.

The Seals of Helgoland

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. Continue reading