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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 holiday 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 holiday 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

Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire with Sean Weekly

We are excited to announce a new offering to the NaturesLens portfolio, a short landscape photography workshop to run immediately after our June Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday. This is a new workshop in West Wales, to photograph the Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire & it is to be lead by Sean Weekly.

The splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches in evening light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire 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.

One of Pembrokeshire's beaches captured in soft evening summer light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

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 ‘Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire’ are 20th – 22nd June & the cost is £399 for the two days.

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

Capturing the splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

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

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 holiday is already full. However, the photography tour to photograph the Skomer Puffins in July is being lead by Kevin & Sean, & this holiday 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.

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