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

A showcase of some of Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island

Although he is a veteran of leading photography holidays for NaturesLens with multiple trips to Poland & Fair Isle under his belt, Kevin Morgans has yet to lead a trip for us to photograph the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer. Next summer, this changes, as he will be co-leading one of the regular trips that we run to Skomer Island. A popular trip that we’ve been running these for the last three years!

That said, Kevin is no stranger to puffin photography, or Skomer itself. He has lead our Puffins of Fair Isle Photography – you can read his report here – & he has visited & stayed on Skomer a number of times himself. 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 the recent additions to Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Portfolio, since he was kind enough to send us a good selection of images for us to publish here in this blog post.

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 A serene portrait of one of the Puffins of Skomer in the evening light.

The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye 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 The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye of one of the Puffins of Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, returns to the island having gathered many sand eels from out at sea - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of the Atlantic Puffins returns to dry land having gathered many sand eels from out at sea.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer preens itself amongst the sea campions that litter the island - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A Puffin preens itself amongst the sea campion that litter the island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A beautiful image captured as one of Skomer’s Puffins was illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light.

Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, with a bill full of nesting material - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A capture of an Puffin, with a bill full of nesting material, returning to its burrow on Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, gathering nesting material to line the burrow with - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of Skomer’s Puffins, seen here gathering nesting material to line the burrow with.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, calling in the rain - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Calling in the rain, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, appears to be bemoaning the weather that Wales is often blessed with.

Kevin is co-leading the July Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday in 2017. Additionally  he will be heading back to photograph the puffins of Shetland, more specifically Fair Isle’s colony.

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC PUFFINS OF SKOMER ISLAND FOR YOURSELF

Skomer is one of the most important locations for the colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add puffin images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, a three night stay on the island provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during the NaturesLens photography holidays are the comical puffins, which can be seen on Skomer in abundant quantities from mid-May through to July.

Our puffins of skomer photography holiday costs £499 for the 3 night stay on the island & is held during the dates of July 15 – 18, 2017.

Landscapes of Mid-wales

We are very pleased to announce & to offer a short landscape photography workshop to run immediately before our July Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday. This is a new workshop in Mid-Wales, to photograph the Landscapes of Mid-Wales & it is to be lead by Sean Weekly.

Lakes, valleys & mountains make-up the landscape of Mid-Wales - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

Sean is an award winning wildlifelandscape, & wedding photographer. In the days immediately before the Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday, Sean will be running a two night prequel to capture the ‘Landscapes of Mid-Wales’, similar to the images you can seen within this blog post that were captured by Sean recently.

Full-flowing waterfall photography in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes 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, & you’ll be able to capture images similar to the following.

Night-time photography in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography WorkshopCapturing the stars above the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

This is an workshop not to miss, especially if you are already booked onto our Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday. Many of the techniques that you learn on this workshop are directly applicable to the landscapes of Skomer Island, even more so if the clear skies happen & the astro photography is possible.

An example of the picturesque reservoirs & dams in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography WorkshopOne of the picturesque reservoirs & dams in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography WorkshopOne of the dams of the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

The workshop has places for 6 participants only. The workshop includes two nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the four main photography sessions, of which there will be two evening sessions, & two early morning sessions. Sean will be on hand throughout the day, but the bulk of the photography will be undertaken at the beginning & end of the days, when the light is best.

The dates for the ‘Landscapes of Mid-Wales’ are 12th – 14th July & the cost is £450 for the two days.

If you would like to join this workshop, please book using the booking form at the bottom of the main event page.

To finish, here are a several more images from Sean

Waterfal photography in Mid-Wales - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography WorkshopWaterfall photography in the valleys of Mid-Wales - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

Showcasing Sean’s creative Red Deer & Stag imagery

Creative red deer & stag imagery can be achieved not only during the magical “golden hour” but also, if the weather is kind, in the short time after the golden light period. In fact, this is probably the best time to do something really innovative with light & composition as evidenced here by Sean’s stunning, award winning images.

Sean's award winning image of a deer at dawn, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

We have always maintained that strong images can be achieved at the end of the day as well as at the start of the day which is why holidays such as our Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini offer late afternoon to sunset sessions (weather & light permitting) & we also offer afternoon to late evening Birds of Prey workshops. Sean’s beautiful images lend further credence to this belief.

A stag bellows in mist illuminated by golden light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly  A stag bellows in mist illuminated by the golden light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly  Proving that not all images of the deer have to be frame-filling, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

The NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has been designed to take advantage of sunset & sunrise with the first session commencing late afternoon through to sunset.  This is the perfect opportunity to try some evening photography & learn from Sean himself, before the more traditional early morning session.

An example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

The morning sessions have early starts, but the possibilities are endless if the light is good: a misty morning will lend atmosphere, rays of sunlight coming through the woods give rise to the feel of an enchanted forest, & Sean will be on hand to provide advice on composition, technique & even advice on deer & stag behaviour to enable you to achieve the best possible images.

Proving that not all images of the deer have to be frame-filling, a lone stag in the forest, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly

A stag bellows in mist illuminated by the cold morning light, an example of the creative red deer & stag imagery achieved by NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop Leader Sean Weekly.jpg

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND OUR RED DEER & STAG PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP?

If you would like to photograph red deer & stag on a workshop lead by Sean, who captured the images shown above, then you can book the 2016 Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop for £299 – the workshop includes one night’s accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.

The trip is scheduled to run over the weekend of October 8 – 9, 2016.

Skomer Puffins in July & Landscapes extension

We’re pleased to announce that Sean Weekly has joined our leading team, Sean has had a number of images awarded in recent years in British Wildlife Photography Awards & various other national & international competitions. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge that he will endeavour to share with those who are participating on the trips that he is a leader for.

Sean will be co-leading the June Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday with me, but sadly, the trip is already full. However, the photography holiday to photograph the Skomer Puffins in July is being lead by Kevin & Sean, & this trip has spaces remaining available on it.

One of Skomer's atlantic puffins stands proudly amongst the sea campion - typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

Kevin & Sean have different styles & both will be on hand throughout the Skomer Puffins trip to ensure that you get the best images possible. They will offer you advice & hands-on guidance on composition, birds in flight, & how to produce images with impact.

One of Skomer's atlantic puffins stands with just it's head above the sea campion- typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Island 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 Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

You can view all the trip details here – the dates of the trip are July 15th – 18th, 2017 & the cost is £499.

An lone atlantic puffin stands at The Wick - typical of the kind of image that can be captured on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

Immediately before the our photography holiday for the Skomer Puffins in July & the participants arrive to head to Skomer, Sean will be undertaking a two night extension to capture the ‘Landscapes of Mid-Wales‘, similar to the images you can seen below that were captured by Sean recently. This extension has 6 places only available for participants.

A rainbow appears over the mountainous landscape of the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop A picturesque reservoir & dam in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes 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 – but obviously this is weather dependent – hopefully it is co-operative, & you’ll be able to capture images similar to the following.

Astro photography in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

As noted above, the extension has places for 6 participants only; the extension includes two nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the four main photography sessions, of which there will be two evening sessions, & two early morning sessions, Sean will be on hand throughout the day, but the bulk of the photography will be undertaken at the beginning & end of the days, when the light is best.

The dates for the ‘Landscapes of Mid-Wales’ are 12th – 14th July & the cost is £450   for the two days.

Waterfall photography in the Elan Valley - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid-Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

If you would like to join this extension, please sign up by using the booking for at the base of this page.

Sean & I are currently planning a very exciting week-long photography holiday for late 2017, that we will announce soon; & in 2018, he will start his photographic year, by leading one of our Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photography holidays.

Announcing our Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

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As noted on another blog post, Sean Weekly has joined our leading team, & we will be announcing a series of workshops & photography holidays that he will be leading over the next year. Hopefully this will be a long & fruitful relationship, as we have been talking about events for several future years with him; but right now, we’d like to announce the details of the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop that he will be leading for us in October 2016.
As the sun rises, a lone stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop   As the sun rises, a deer is silhouetted bellowing into the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
When discussing the workshop with Sean, he reinforced the fact that strong images can be captured at the end of the day, as well as the start; this lead us to develop the idea of an overnight workshop that will, hopefully, add a selection of fantastic rutting red deer & stag images to all our workshop participants photography portfolios.

Sean has been awarded a number of times in the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his stunning red deer imagery & this is your chance to learn from Sean himself on an evening session, then a following morning session – light allowing, you will be capturing images similar to the following:

As the sun rises, a walks through the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at our hotel in Surbiton mid-afternoon on the 8th October, Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will then head to one of several deer photography locations in the area. From this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session. The next morning is an early start as you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

The Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions, an evening session, followed by an early morning session. The workshop will end on the Sunday when the light becomes too harsh to capture subdued imagery.

The dates for the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop are 8th – 9th October 2016 – & the cost is £299 for the two days, including the overnight accommodation.

You can view all the workshop details here – to finish, here are a couple more images from Sean

As the sun rises, a stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
A stag bellows whilst being silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

My thoughts on the Puffins of Fair-Isle

Fair Isle, measuring at just 3km wide & barely 5km long is Britain’s most remote inhabited island. It can be found marooned in the North Sea between Shetland & Orkney. Due to its location it is not the easiest place to get to. But once you set foot on the island, it truly is a puffin paradise & with almost 24 hours of daylight during June it is a photographers dream. The puffin population on Fair Isle may not be the biggest in the UK, but it is difficult to argue that it isn’t the most beautiful. Read on for my thoughts on the Puffins of Fair Isle & why Shetland, & in particular, Fair Isle, is one of the best locations to capture images of the comical clowns of the sea.

Posing with a gathered flower, one of Fair ISle's Puffins looks in a contemplative mood - photographed on the NaturesLens Puffins of Fair Isle Photographic Holiday Continue reading

A small selection of images of Atlantic Puffins from John

John visited Skomer as one of the participants on our July Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday, this trip was led by Dan, & like our June trip they spent three days on the island, with the clowns of the sea, the atlantic puffins.

Like our June trip they had some very mixed weather conditions, but on the last evening, everything came good for them & the sun bathed The Wick in golden light, enabling the participants to take advantage & capture some beautiful images of the Atlantic Puffins that call Skomer ‘home’ for a short series of months every summer.

John has kindly contributed in half a dozen of his images for inclusion in this blog post, including this rather stunning back-lit puffin coming in to land.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island beautifully backlit, flies against the dark cliff on the opposite side of The Wick - photographed on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

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Some of Skomer’s Puffins from Steen

Every year, we delight in seeing the images from our photography holidays to Skomer, each & every year produces a different crop of imagery, & a different interpretation of Skomer’s Puffins by the guests that visit & spend 3 nights on the island – Steen has kindly sent in a selection of images from his visit to the island as part of the group that attended our June photography holiday.

A puffin class, it's eye illuminated with a catchlight from the soft evening light - photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer's Puffins Photography Holiday Continue reading