Jean & Kevin joined Jayne on our April 2018 Indian tour to photograph the Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh.
The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.
NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.
We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.
Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.
If you are considering attending a Deer Photography Workshop during the deer rutting season of autumn 2017, then you should know that we’ll be taking the format, that has worked for us in the past, north for 2017, & they will still be led by Sean Weekly, but for 2017, we fancied a change of scenery & after some recommendations & Sean having looked into matters further, we have decided to relocate the bulk of our workshops for 2017 to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.
The format is similar to that of 2016; that is an all-day session on Saturday, starting at 6.15am, after which you return to the hotel accommodation that we have booked, & included as part of the price; last year after the afternoon session, Sean conducted some image review sessions of the deer images captured earlier that day or provided a quick lesson in Lightroom processing in the evenings. The following morning, an early start sees you locating the deer & aiming for those classic deer images that Sean is well known for. After several hours of capturing images of the red deer, a break for breakfast that again we include in the price. The Sunday session continues until mid-to-late afternoon.
We have a deer photography workshop running on each of the 4 weekends through October, that is 7/8 October 2017, 14/15 October 2017, 21/22 October 2017 & finally on 28/29 October 2017. For each workshop, we have space for only 4 participants, this is to ensure that you get the maximum time possible from Sean, & that he can give you a suitable level of tuition & guidance.
We have 4 opportunities in 2017 for you to photograph the fabulous red deer during their rutting season, the photography weekend workshop costs £325 – each weekend workshop includes tuition & guidance on the Saturday, dinner & accommodation on Saturday evening, tuition & guidance from Sean on Sunday, plus breakfast during a suitable break in the Sunday morning photography session.
To hold a place on the workshop, we only require a £100 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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