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A better price for Slovenian Bear Photography

One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

If in 2017, you would like to capture some images of the European Brown Bear, specifically to undertake some Slovenian Bear photography, we have been able to reduce the prices of our Slovenian Bear Photography Holidays, the trip in May tumbles from £1599 to £1399, whilst the September date sees an even larger reduction to £1249.

A trio of images of the fabulous European Brown Bears & their cubs - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

The first Slovenian bear photography trip in May is to be led by Sean Weekly; this photography holiday runs for the dates of May 20th – May 25th 2017, the second trip, over the dates of September 2nd – September 7th 2018 is lead by Kevin Morgans, 2017 will be the second year of our visits to the Slovenian forests & will see an upgraded set of hides which have also increased in number.

There are travel days either side of the trip, but as a minimum you can expect to experience 4 days, in which you will spend the early morings & late afternoons in the Slovenian bear photography hides, hopefully taking advantage of various European Brown Bear photography opportunities – you will also have the opportunities for usig the bird hide in the guest house’s gardens, to seek out the rare Ural Owl, to vist some local landscape photography spots or to head deep underground into some amazing underground caves that were used in prehistoric times by the forefathers of the bears of the area.

Lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation & transportation within Slovenia is included. Accommodation is in a comfortable family run guest house, owned by the proprietor of the bear hides, who has a wealth of knowledge & enthusiasm to share with our clients – we don’t have single supplements & we don’t have shared rooms for this trip, it’s on a non-shared room basis (like almost all of our trips).

Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays in 2018

If you fancy photographing the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini in 2018 – we have spaces left in limited numbers on both our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tours – you can view all the details of the first trip to photograph the Greek Pelicans here or the second trip to photograph the fabulous birds of Kerkini is detailed here.A trio of images of the fabulous Dalmatian Pelican - photographed on the 2017 photography holiday in Greece

The first trip has a number of places left, which runs for the dates of January 11, 2018 – January 15, 2018, the second trip, over the dates of January 15, 2018 – January 20, 2018 looks like it might be approaching full capacity, 2018 will be the fourth year of annual visits to the Greek lakes & will follow the format that has evolved over the last few years.

There are travel days either side of the trip, but as a minimum you can expect to experience 3 days filled with Dalmatian Pelican photography opportunities – at least 3 boat trips onto Lake Kerkini included – plus 3 shoreline feeds at sunset – & an extra shoreline feed on the morning that the group leaves for the airport. Our itinerary is not fixed to the above however, if there are opportunities for a feed on the way to the hotel from the airport, on the first afternoon, you will undertake a shoreline feed to capture some initial images.

You will have opportunities to capture a wide selection of images; portraits & closeup shots of perched Dalmatian Pelicans, pelicans calling, flying, fighting for fish; plus wider bird in the landscape images to show impressive backdrop to the lake with the snow covered mountains in the distance.

The timing of the workshop is deliberate to photograph the birds whilst they are in their breeding plumage & looking their most impressive.

Lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation & transportation within Greece included. Accommodation is in a comfortable hotel on the shores of Lake Kerkini – we dont have single supplements & we don’t have shared rooms.

£200 off the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle photography tour

As a New Year special offer, we got a special on the NaturesLens Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday, we’ve taken £200 of the price – for a limited number of places the price is reduced to £999 from £1199 – the holiday package to photography the Shetland Puffins still includes a flight from Sumburgh to Fair Isle, several days on Fair Isle on a full-board basis, & a return ferry – dates for the trip are July 8th – 13th 2017.

Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle Special Offer

The trip will be lead by Kevin Morgans & he will be on hand to offer photography guidance & to spot opportunities to ensure that you get the best from the the photography tour that you can.

You don’t have to pay the full amount today, a deposit of £200 holds your place on the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle, with the balance due in early April 2017.

View the full details of the Shetland Puffins photography trip here.

More Osprey Photography from Blue Cypress Lake

As mentioned previously, there are a number of blog posts coming showing the bird life of Florida from the trip in early 2016, & this is the 2nd of several posts in which I will publish images of some of the wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph during the week-long trip to photograph ospreys in Florida.

PS my favourite image from this set, is right at the bottom, I was saving, what I thought was the best until last!

A Female Osprey Perched On The Edge Of Her Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey perched on the edge of her nest waiting for the return of her mate

A Female Osprey Patiently Awaits The Return Of Her Mate Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the female ospreys patiently awaits the return of her mate &, hopefully, freshly caught food for their young

Following A Successful Fishing Expedition, One Of The Male Ospreys Removes The Head From It's Catch Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the male ospreys, having successfully fished, removes the head of the fish, prior to returning to the nest

An Osprey Looks Backwards Back Towards The Lake Itself Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the Ospreys, gently lit in the beautiful light that we experienced virtually every morning, looks backwards, back towards Blue Cypress Lake itself

A Female Osprey Sitting On Her Nest, Later In The Week, We Saw Her Newly Hatched Young Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey sitting on her nest, later in the week, we saw her newly hatched young peeking above the edge of the nest

An Osprey Perched On The Ramshackle Collection Of Twigs, Branches And Lichen That Make Up The Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of Blue Cypress Lake’s ospreys perched on the ramshackle collection of twigs, branches and lichen that make up the nest

An Osprey Returns To The Nest Following An Expedition Out To The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey returns to the nest following an expedition out to the lake

An Osprey About To Land On It's Nest With The Remains Of A Fish Caught From The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A Floridian osprey about to land on it’s nest with the remains of a fish caught from Blue Cypress Lake

Heading Out Before Dawn Each Day, Ensured That We Experienced Beautiful Sunrises Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Heading out before dawn each day, ensured that we experienced beautiful sunrises as the sun rose opposite all the cypress trees that grow into & from the lake

As The Sun Rose, The Ospreys Came To Life And Began To Leave The Nests Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

As the sun rose, the ospreys came to life and began to leave the nests, as long as we had made it to position correctly, silhouette shots were there for the taking

An Osprey Rides The Thermals Above Blue Cypress Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey rides the warming thermals above Blue Cypress Lake

An Osprey Patiently Watches The Fish In The Lake Below Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey patiently watches the fish in the shallows of Blue Cypress Lake below

JOIN NATURESLENS ON THE OSPREY PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY FOR YOURSELF

We have an opportunity in 2019 for you to undertake osprey photography for yourself, the photography holiday costs £3749 exc travel to Florida itself – all transportation within Florida, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the date for the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake is April 13 – 21, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require an £800 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

An Osprey Prepares For Flight Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey prepares for flight – opportunities for images like this present themselves many times during each session on the lake, the density of ospreys means all types of behaviour are easily photographed

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holidays for 2017

Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

Following on from our successful photography holiday in September 2016, we are pleased to offer a pair of wildlife photography holidays to Slovenia to photograph the European Brown Bears, the first in May 2017 is focussed on the adult Slovenian Bear &, hopefully, their cubs, the second in September 2017 is to capture images of the Slovenian Bears & their yearling cubs, how will be more bold than those encountered during the May trip.

One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

We have included below a selection of the images that we captured during the photography workshop conducted during September 2016 – unlike the trip to photograph the Bears of Finland, both the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday, & the Slovenian Bears Photography Holiday do not require you to spend overnight in the hides, you exit the hides when the light has gone, return to the hotel, have a warming evening meal & sleep in the comfort of your bedroom

JOIN NATURESLENS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE SLOVENIAN BEARS & CUBS FOR YOURSELF

Slovenia is an increasingly important location for the European Brown Bear & their survival as a top-level predator within Europe & it is easy to see why. The lush forests provide the ideal habitat free from being hunted for the European Brown Bear to thrive & survive, our 5 day photography workshop in the midst the territory of these impressive animals provides an abundance of opportunities.

We have two opportunities for you to photograph the amazing Slovenian Bears, both costing £1599 exc travel to Slovenia itself – all transportation within Slovenia, breakfast, lunch & dinner, accommodation & guidance/tuition from Sean Weekly is included, the date for the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday is May 20 – 25, 2017, whilst that for the Slovenian Bears, who will hopefully be bringing their older & bolder cubs to the hides, is set for September 2 – 7, 2017.

To hold a place on either trip, we only require a 25% deposit from you, £400, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Please be aware, you will require lenses that let in the maximum amount of light – largest aperture or smallest f-stop – & a camera with which you are comfortable capturing images at a high ISO – the action is not fast-paced, so rapid FPS is not a deciding factor for equipment suitable for this trip.

One Of The Female European Brown Bears Watches Over One Of Her Cubs In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Lounges Amongst The Rocks Opposite The Tower Hide In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Female Adult European Brown Bears Stares Directly Into The Tower Hide - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One of the adult European brown bears resting in the Slovenian Forests - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday  One Of The European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests Peers Between Two Trees - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Large Adult European Brown Bear Females Sits Watching Her Cubs - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Young Adult European Brown Bear As Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The European Brown Bear Cubs Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday An Adult European Brown Bear In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Resting Adult European Brown Bear Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography HolidayOne of the female adult European brown bears emerges from the trees that form the large tracts of forest in the location of the Slovenian Bear Hides - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

A second selection of images typical of Lofoten in Winter

A spectacular winter seascape - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

The NaturesLens Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday is scheduled for the dates of 22nd-29th January 2017 & costs £2499 for all 7 nights on a full board basis with shared accommodation. The tour has a lower limit of 4 participants & an upper limit of 6.

You can view all the trip details here – we are very pleased to publish the images on this page, all were captured by Floris Smeets, one of the two leaders on the trip.

A rocky winters beach - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday  A view of Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography HolidayAnother view of Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography HolidayA view of one of the beaches on Lofoten after fresh snowfall - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday One of Lofoten's sandy beaches photographed during winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

Head to Norway for a Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday

In the northwest of Norway lies one of the most beautiful areas of Europe, the Lofoten islands. During winter this area turns into a paradise for every landscape photographer & in 2017 you can experience this for yourself with NaturesLens!

The Lofoten islands offer a broad variety of photogenic scenes & landscapes, including impressive steep mountains rising straight out of the fjords & picturesque fishing villages made up of typical red houses. From detailed patterns in the sand on the beaches, to the stunning lightshows of northern light in the sky, Lofoten has it all. One minute you are standing,  photographing large waves breaking on the boulders in the surf, & the next, it starts snowing, changing the scenery into a white paradise.

The red houses the are so well known to Lofoten - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

During winter the days are short & the sun does not rise far above the horizon. This results in beautiful coloured & soft sunlight throughout the day, & when the clouds move in front of the sun, the already rugged landscape develops into something quite sinister.

During the long nights, if we are lucky, the group will be entertained by the spectacular northern lights, the aurora borealis. The borealis appears when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. When this phenomenon appears & lights up the surrounding landscapes, the dancing light show will simply mesmerise you.

A view of Skagsanden beach on Lofoten after fresh snowfall - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

This stunning area is the playground for the Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday, an intensive 8-day long tour scheduled for late January 2017. During this trip our tour leaders will help you to improve your photography skills in landscape, night & creative or abstract photography. You will learn how to use techniques such as panning, long exposure, filter usage, basics in multiple exposure blending & image processing. All photo locations are reachable by car & within 50-200 metre walking distance.

The main focus during the tour will be photographing landscapes & northern lights, but our photography leaders will point out the many small details to be found at almost every location, giving you plenty of possibilities to take abstract & creative shots which you might have otherwise missed. During winter, wildlife is scarce on the islands, but when & if we come across any wildlife, we can attempt to photograph it if desired by the participants.

During the nights we keep a close eye on the sky for any signs of the northern lights, & as soon as the show intensifies, we will go outside to experience & photograph this amazing phenomenon.

A display of the northern lights above Lofoten - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

All meals are included, breakfast & lunch are bought in the supermarket & are prepared by ourselves. The evening meals either take place in our accommodation or in one of the local restaurants.

The Lofoten in Winter photography holiday is guided by Floris Smeets & Kevin Morgans.

Floris lives in Norway, speaks the language & knows the local customs. He works all year-round as a (nature) guide around his home in southeast Norway, in the rugged mountains of Dovrefjell & obviously also Lofoten. Floris knows as no other how to find & approach wildlife & has an impressive collection of pictures of difficult species such as wild reindeer.

Kevin is an all-round nature photographer & a veteran leader of NaturesLens workshops & photography holidays. He has visited Norway a number of times & worked closely with Floris in the past.

Together Floris & Kevin are rich in their knowledge of photography & they enthusiastically share that knowledge with all the participants.

The NaturesLens Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday is scheduled for the dates of 22nd-29th January 2017 & costs £2499 for all 7 nights on a full board basis with shared accommodation. The tour has a lower limit of 4 participants & an upper limit of 6.

You can view all the trip details here – to finish, here are several more images from the trip.

The imposing Lofoten landscape photographed from Utakleiv beach in WInter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday
Winter seascape - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

A selection of images from David Margetson captured on Skomer

We enjoy showing off what our photography tour & holiday participants achieve with us, so we’re happy to post this selection of images, captured by David Margetson whilst on the 2016 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday; which was lead this year, with a small group, by Dan Trim for us.

A puffin on Skomer Island clutches a bill full of sand eels - photographed by David Margetson on the 2017 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Staying on Skomer Island for 3 nights means you have the opportunity to re-visit images that you may have taken on earlier days & improve on them. Since island weather can be changeable, there is also the chance that you could end up with very different images from each day. Continue reading

David’s images of the Birds of the Spanish Plains

Earlier this year, David was part of a small group who headed to capture images of the birds of the Spanish plains with Pui Hang & myself, we spent a weekend photograph the various species that are to be found in the area.

Ordinarily, we had expected some of the species to have diminished numbers as they would have started to migrate following their successful breeding earlier in the season, however the season had been wet, many of the earlier clutches had sadly failed & so large numbers of birds remained & were trying for a second clutch – this certainly applied to the hoopoes, the bee-eaters & more.

The female adult hoopoe feeding one of the young from this years clutch - photographed on the NaturesLens Birds of the Spanish Plains Photography Holiday Continue reading

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