We conduct our Birds of Prey workshop in Mid-Wales for many reasons, the main one being that our falconer is also a farmer who has a great photographic eye. He has also allowed some of his buildings to fall into rack & ruin to give us some fabulous settings for our photography workshop. Continue reading →
Sean has sent in a selection of images that he captured whilst co-leading the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop during October 2017 – we are splitting them amongst a trio of blog posts – this is the first, focussed on what you’d probably describe as classic portrait images.
We always have a good selection of birds to work with; Steve our falconer ensures that the birds are in perfect condition for us & communicates with us the week before to ensure that the timetable for the sessions take in the best opportunities that we can offer.
One of the barn owls makes a guaranteed appearance on our workshops – we are lucky in that the land which we use has a large number of farm buildings on it that we can make use of – here Sean has framed the barn owl in a ramshackle algae-covered barn door.
Second appearance for the barn owl, this time framed in the broken window of one of the farm yard buildings!
A bird that has – to date – only made a few appearances on our Birds of Prey Photography Workshops, the kestrel, here posed amongst the heather.
Previously nervous, the kestrel was quite happy posing & here is seen posed on one of the fence posts at the back of the farm yard.
Always a rock-star as far as we are concerned, the long-eared owl that we have available is so chilled out & poses so beautifully, always alert & focussed on the photographers.
Until recently, the peregrine falcon had not been used on our Birds of Prey Workshops, however, gradually over the last three, this bird has become a regular feature, we almost always set up the shots for this bird amongst a small quarry area, which leads to some interesting textural contrasts.
Apparently now over it’s workshop-shyness, the kestrel looks to be ready to become a regular workshop subject.
An old favourite, the buzzard, five years ago, this female was first introduced to workshop attendees at one of our events, now, she doesn’t bat an eyelid – as long as she has food from our falconer, in exchange for posing at the top of one of his hills for the group.
2018 Birds of Prey Photography Workshops
Once again in 2018, we are running a pair of Birds of Prey Photography Workshops in mid-Wales; as mentioned above, Sean is taking over the reins from us, we cannot wait to see the results that our guests obtain with his guidance!
April 2017 saw David & I running the first of our Welsh Bird of Prey Workshops of 2017. This photography workshop is a particular favourite of mine because it is so relaxed & intimate due to the group size & everyone comes away with some fabulous images & new friendships made.
We brought some new props along to the workshop to mix things up a bit. These included a milk churn, a couple of storm lanterns & a variety of different wheels – perfect for getting a little creative as well as honing one’s composition skills.
We are happy to announce – & to be accepting bookings for – our Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop dates for 2017, as in previous years, these are to be held in a small village near Welshpool, these workshops are ideally suited to both amateur & semi-professional photographers looking to expand their portfolio. Photography leaders from NaturesLens will provide guidance & advice when needed to assist you in making the most of every photography opportunity.
You can be assured that we are already on the look out for some new props to bring up for posing the birds upon.
Spring 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – 22nd & 23rd April 2017.
The fresh spring air & green foliage make the setting hugely attractive for photographers, & if we’re lucky, there may even be a bluebell or two. Both Pui Hang & David will be on hand to assist you in honing in your composition & motion photography skills so that you obtain editorial-quality images to cherish for years to come. Over the Saturday afternoon & full day on Sunday you will have abundant opportunity to use the varied lighting conditions & different locations at your disposal.
We will have extensive access to our falconer’s land over the course of the workshop, providing you with optimum choice of positions from which you can photograph the elusive owls & raptors as they are held & released within the perfect controlled setting for you to capture impressive images. Our falconer has an experienced eye for photography, so he knows what nature photographers will be looking for & will assist accordingly when needed.
The format of this workshop consists of a special late afternoon/early evening session with an owl on the Saturday, giving you an amazing opportunity to get up close to this magnificent bird & take close-up images; followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday.
Autumn 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – 21st & 22nd October 2017.
NaturesLens invites you on a 1.5 day photography workshop, based near to Welshpool, capturing impressive images of birds of prey using the varied backdrops which the locality has to offer; including disused quarries, barn & farm areas & expanses of woodland. Our guides will offer advice to ensure that you obtain magnificent photographs of these bird species both posed & in-flight.
Autumn brings rich textures & colours to rural areas, as the leaves turn to red, gold & brown, & begin to form a soft blanket which covers the ground. This provides a stunning backdrop for nature photography, & the soft light & warm colours will allow you to capture breathtaking images of bird species.
For the fourth year running, NaturesLens are running a Birds of Prey Photography Workshop at the venue that we use in Mid-Wales.
For 2015, the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop is timed to allow for the photography of the birds in autumnal coloured woodlands. Accompanied by a dedicated falconer, this is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all levels of ability to get up close & personal with some amazing & charismatic avian predators both perched & in flight. Our highly experienced falconer who is always present, may even be able to accommodate special requests. We have access to plenty of beautiful backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, fields, fencing & a fantastic quarry setting to ensure a good variety of shots. There will be a mix of flying & static shots – we will endeavour to make use of a selection of the following species Buzzard, Red Kite, Peregrine, Merlin, Hobby, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Long Eared Owl & a brief session with the Short Eared Owl, plus at the end of the day we will have allowed time for photography of the Great Grey Owl – for this beautiful bird, you will have the opportunity for both perched & in-flight shots. The photography sessions will take place in a variety of locations, but should include the quarry backdrop, derelict farm buildings, autumnal coloured woodlands, old moss covered trees, fencing & farm gates covered with lichen. You will be able to get incredibly close to most of these charismatic birds of prey for some eye level frame filling portraits with natural backgrounds. But you are not limited to portrait shots alone, birds in their natural environment shots are also a key part of the workshop. Our falconer will do his best to hide the jesses to make the shots look as natural as possible. We will meet at 9.30am, the Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop will start at 10am & run through until 1pm, when we will take a quick lunch to avoid the midday to early afternoon light. The session will resume at 2pm until 4pm to get some nice light.
All photos on this page were taken by NaturesLens & are representative of the opportunities available should you choose to join us on this workshop.
Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light
For those who would like to cram in as much photography as possible over the weekend, NaturesLens would like to invite you to join us for a few hours of Owl Photography in the late afternoon/early evening of the Saturday. This will be an intensive 2 – 2 ½ hour session with the stunning Great Grey Owl in a variety of locations. The cost of this session is £80 per person. If you are interested in participating in our Great Grey Owl photography in evening light, please register your interest on our events page.
We can accommodate a maximum of two spectators at the Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – they must be accompanying a paying photographer & will be charged at £60 per person[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Further Information”]
Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop Availability