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The Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter

In A Snow Storm, One Of The Golden Eagles   Photographed During The Golden Eagles Of The Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

Northern Sweden in winter is spectacular – the landscape is made up of miles & miles of icy roads & snowy pines. At first, it looks lifeless, but once you get amongst the trees & utilise some fantastic local hides there are some great species to be seen & photographed! For the 2018 Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter photography holiday, We were staying near Skelleftea & had a great group; we were all looking forward to the next few days!

Once we arrived in the winter wonderland & settled into our home for the next four days, it was time to hear how the Golden Eagles had been performing. The outlook was good with visits happening every day in the lead up to our arrival!
On the first day in the hide, we had steady snow all day, excellent conditions! Not only did this allow everyone to take some wintery photos but it also allowed shooting all day as there was no direct harsh light during the middle of the day. The small birds kept us busy between Golden Eagle visits as they flitted about in the wintery conditions.
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Announcing two New Exciting Bird Photography Holidays

A goshawk image captured from the hides used on the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday

Following on from our Bears of Finland Photography Holiday announcement of earlier this weekend, today we are spilling the beans on a further two new bird photography holidays for 2017 that should be packed with superb opportunities to add some stunning images to your portfolio.

Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

An image of a Bonelli's Eagle - typical of the images that may be captured during the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the wilderness of the Sierra Morena, capturing stunning images of native eagle & raptor species. Observe these magnificent birds as they soar overhead, scouting out prey across the hills below.

Based in a rustic Spanish village, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species which the region has to offer. Small group sizes ensure that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by NaturesLens leaders where needed. Spaces are therefore limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Full details of the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday are available here – response has been great so far & we only have two places remaining available.

This photography holiday is being led by Sean Weekly, one of the NaturesLens guiding team since 2016.

Golden Eagles & Goshawks in Winter Photography Holiday

A goshawk image captured from the hides used on the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens in the snow-covered forests & mountains of northern Norway, observing breathtaking scenes as golden eagles & goshawks soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats. NaturesLens guides will assist you in taking stunning photographs of these impressive bird species, the Golden Eagles & Goshawks, as well as others, with the dramatic mountain landscape providing the perfect backdrop.

This is a wildlife photography excursion like no other, designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible. Book early as places are limited.

Full details of the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday are available here.

This photography holiday is being led by Kevin Morgans, a veteran member of the NaturesLens guiding team since NaturesLens first started.

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