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Photographing the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon

A Grizzly Bear Making A Splash In The River Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday

My experience of photographing the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon could very easily read like one of those early childhood ‘what I did in my holidays’ essays. “I got up & then I got on a coach. I went to the airport & flew in a big plane to a place called Vancouver. I got into another, smaller plane & went to Whitehorse. It was snowy & cold. The next day I got in an even smaller plane & went to a place called Dawson City.  It was a Sunday; everything was closed. I stayed in a hotel & then we got in a helicopter. Then we saw bears & a wolf. Then we came home”.

That’s pretty accurate, albeit over-simplistic. It’s quite an adventure getting to Bear Cave Mountain, but boy is it worth it. Dawson City is a fascinating mix of history & modern. Many old buildings date from the Gold Rush era, in varying states of upkeep, & the trappings of modern life, but with a very Northern twist. A seasonal city that serves the tourist industry as well as still supporting commercial gold extraction. It was post-season when we were there but it was still fascinating & the people are welcoming.
The next stage of the adventure is the helicopter ride — two hours over the starkly majestic tundra & mountains of the Northern Yukon. Challenging & inhospitable doesn’t even start to describe it. The approach to the camp is ‘interesting’. There’s no sign of where the camp is & the pilot just took us down to river level & landed on a shingle ‘beach’. Only then could we see the camp through the trees. Settling in didn’t take long. There are only four buildings & a ‘room with a view’ – more on this later – the main cabin, three two-person sleeping cabins & a loo.
The message from the very point of arrival was that this is grizzly bear country & everywhere was a potential viewing site – yes, even the camp. And that, I suppose, is the key to the success of this place. Respect the grizzly bears & their environment & they will reward you. The local guides, Phil & Ross, were quick to induct us into the required behaviour – slow, deliberate movement, no talking unless necessary, & then very quietly. The philosophy is to give the bears nothing – no encouragement, no reward, & no bad experiences of humans. It works.

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Puffins of Skomer by Sue

Illuminated By The Softer Evening Light, This Puffin Poses For A Classic Skomer Image Photographed During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Skomer Photography Holiday

Sue joined our Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography holiday in June & has very kindly sent in some of her images for us to share with you.

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Finland’s Wild Brown Bears & other Wildlife from David Jones

One Of The Wild Brown Bears In The Rain Photographed During The NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday

David attended our Wild Brown Bears of Finland photography trip earlier this year. His primary interest is in bird photography, but when presented with the opportunity to photograph bears & possibly the elusive wolverine, he couldn’t resist.

The bear centre is home to some beautiful bird species such as the goldeneye. David was lucky enough to capture images of both the male & female & even a chick!
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Wild White Horses of the Camargue in monochrome

Portrait of fighting stallions typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of blog posts about the Wild White Horses of the Camargue. I will be heading out to the Camargue on Friday to lead our 2018 trip & thought it would be nice to showcase how these majestic steeds look in monochrome.

We always try to offer something a little bit different from other operators & in this case; we include a unique portrait session. This is an opportunity to photograph a white & a black stallion in a studio-like environment with both natural & studio lighting.

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A journey to photograph the South African Wildlife of Zimanga

An Oxpecker Sat On A The Neck Of A Giraffe Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday

Last month I had the pleasure of guiding a great group of guests on our South African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This tour is the perfect blend of traditional safari game drives coupled with some extraordinary hide sessions. There was something for everyone – majestic mammals, beautiful raptors & little birds.

Zimanga, the South African wildlife reserve is a 3-hour drive from Durban airport. Upon arrival at the reserve entrance, we transferred to the lodge by a land cruiser. We were greeted by giraffe, buffalo, impala, warthog, kudu & nyala as we drove the short distance to our accommodation – what a great start to the trip!
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The Black Stallions of the Camargue

Black stallion prancing during a portrait session typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

One of the things that make our White Horses of the Camargue trip unique is the opportunity to photograph black stallions.

We will have a session with a black stallion on the beach/ dunes and in the sea plus a further creative portrait session. Each session lasts around 90 – 120 minutes so there will be plenty of time to capture some truly stunning images of these midnight steeds.

Serge and I will be on hand to provide advice on settings to help you get the best images possible. There will be a chance in between sessions to look at our pictures for those who would like some extra tuition.

We will stay in the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes during our time in the Camargue. In our free time, we can walk the ramparts and take in the fantastic view of the eerie red salt lagoons and enormous sparkling salt piles as well as the canals that skirt around the town. So much to do and see in just five days!

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Wild White Horses at sunset in the Camargue

A perfect reflection of white horses walking in single file at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Wild white horses at sunset have long been a popular romantic image. Our tour to the Camargue offers so many different opportunities from exciting action to intimate portraits; from high key images to gorgeous sunset colours (weather permitting!)

The essential thing to remember when photographing at sunset is not to go anywhere. Just when you think that the best colours are over, sometimes, they are just beginning, so keep that camera handy until the light is truly gone. There is often a pause of several minutes where all the colours fade from the sky only for incredible intense colours to return as the sinking sun lights up the clouds that are higher in the sky.

If we are lucky, we may even get some reflection shots. When composing for your reflection shot, make sure that the top of your subject is not cut off at the bottom of your frame. Also, remember to shoot low. Getting down close to the ground can reveal reflected colours that are not visible when you are standing up.

During each of our sessions with the horses, there will be several Gardians on hand to herd the horses. They will skilfully drive the horses towards our cameras, giving us the very best possibilities for some fantastic photography.

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The White Stallions of the Camargue

White stallion leaping out of the surf at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Horses have long been depicted as a metaphor for the wild, the majestic, and the unbreakable. Their spirit and their loyalty have been used to inspire the imagination. The white stallions of the Camargue are both a well-known fixture and an inspiration for the people of the area.

The Camargue is a wetland area at the mouth of the River Rhône where the landscape is composed of vast areas of salt marshes. The legendary white horses have lived here for centuries, cared for by their “Gardians”. They are used to manage the bull herds and also provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the Camargue region on horseback.

Our tour offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent white stallions and capture images of them fighting and running in the surf as well as intimate close-ups. Unlike similar tours, our price also includes a special creative portrait session using daylight and continuous lighting. If you would like to capture images comparable to the ones below, why not join us?

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