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 Read more

We have a very special offer – we have three places available to join us in India in 2017, after our Tigers of Bandhavgarh visit, a trio of us are continuing on to photograph the Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary which is found in the Gujarat region of India.

For the Gir element of our Indian visit we will be spending 7 days in the region, with of 4 1/2 of those photographing the Asiatic Lions of Gir.

Gir Forest - Asiatic Lion

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We’ve got a single place that has become available for our Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-Wales, the place costs £200 & includes an evening session followed by a full-day.

Short Eared Owl on Rocks

We have two photography sessions, one, for several hours on the evening of Saturday 8th October, followed by a full day on Sunday 9th October. This is with a falconer that we have worked with for the last 4 year; this year, we are hoping for some autumnal colours & settings for the owls & other birds of prey, we will focus mainly on British species, but the fantastic Great Grey Owl will, of course, be making at least one appearance as well.

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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.

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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.

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One of the main reasons for staying on Skomer Island is the opportunity to shoot in golden light after the day trippers have left the island. But if the weather is kind, the opportunities carry on beyond the golden light period for another short session when even more creative Puffin images can be achieved.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer silhouetted against the evening sky - an example of the type of creative Puffin images that may be captured at the end of the day on Skomer Island

Sean sent us in a few examples of some the creative puffin images that he has been able to achieve at the end of the day from his recent stay on the island.

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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

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