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Puffins in golden light on Skomer Island

an atlantic puffin stretches its wings before making a last attempt to fish for sand eels at the end of the day on skomer island staying on skomer island affords the possibility of capturing image

Part of the charm of staying on Skomer Island is the possibility of photographing the comical puffins in golden light. Once the day-trippers have left, our guests have the entire island to themselves. Plenty of opportunities to experiment with light & try something a little bit more creative …

An atlantic puffin stretches it's wings before making a last attempt to fish for sand-eels at the end of the day on Skomer Island - staying on Skomer Island affords the possibility of capturing images of Puffins in golden light

As the light starts to fade, more & more puffins fly inland in search of their burrows leading to opportunities to capture images such as backlit puffins in flight, landing shots, silhouettes or even something very different.

An atlantic puffin captured in the last light of the day - staying on Skomer Island affords the possibility of capturing images of Puffins in golden light With a bill full of sand-eels, one of Skomer's puffins is bathed golden in the last light of the day - staying on Skomer Island affords the possibility of capturing images of Puffins in golden light

Sean Weekly, the newest member of our team will be co-leading our Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday in July 2017 with team veteran, Kevin Morgans. He has recently returned from Skomer & his images are a great example of the sort of images you could achieve during the magical “golden hour” on the island.

Both Sean & Kevin are well-known for their creative use of light to produce award winning images & so to have both of them leading our July trip, well, our guests are in for a real treat!

Having just landed with a bill full of sand-eels, one of Skomer's puffins is bathed golden in the last light of the day - staying on Skomer Island affords the possibility of capturing images of Puffins in golden lightAn atlantic puffin comes in to land with a bill full of sand-eels back lit in the last light of the evening - staying on Skomer Island affords the possibility of capturing images of Puffins in golden light

WOULD YOU LIKE PHOTOGRAPH THE PUFFINS IN GOLDEN LIGHT WHILST ON SKOMER ISLAND?

Skomer is one of the most important locations for the colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add puffin images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, a three night stay on the island provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during the NaturesLens photography holidays are the comical puffins, which can be seen on Skomer in abundant quantities from mid-May through to July.

Our second 2017 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday, is proposed to be held in July, over the dates of July 15 – 18, 2017, some places still remain available on this trip, all bookings have to be confirmed by the end of September, but these trips normally sell out well in advance of the end of sale date.

A selection of images from David Margetson captured on Skomer

Silhouette of a gull photographed by David Margetson on the 2017 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

We enjoy showing off what our photography tour & tour participants achieve with us, so we’re happy to post this selection of images, captured by David Margetson whilst on the 2016 Skomer Puffins Photography Holidaywhich was lead this year, with a small group, by Dan Trim for us.

A puffin on Skomer Island clutches a bill full of sand eels - photographed by David Margetson on the 2017 Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

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A showcase of some of Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island

a serene portrait of one of the atlantic puffins of skomer typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the natureslens skomer puffins photography holiday

Although he is a veteran of leading photography holidays for NaturesLens with multiple trips to Poland & Fair-Isle under his belt, Kevin Morgans has yet to lead a trip for us to photograph the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer. Next summer, this changes, as he will be co-leading one of the regular trips that we run to Skomer Island. A popular trip that we’ve been running these for the last three years!

That said, Kevin is no stranger to puffin photography, or Skomer itself. He has lead our Puffins of Fair Isle Photography – you can read his report here – & he has visited & stayed on Skomer a number of times himself. The focus of these holidays is obviously the comical clowns of the sea & as such, we thought that our blog readers might like to see some of the recent additions to Kevin’s Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Portfolio, since he was kind enough to send us a good selection of images for us to publish here in this blog post.

A serene portrait of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A serene portrait of one of the Puffins of Skomer in the evening light.

The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday The spectacular evening light provides a gentle catchlight in the eye of one of the Puffins of Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, returns to the island having gathered many sand eels from out at sea - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of the Atlantic Puffins returns to dry land having gathered many sand eels from out at sea.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer preens itself amongst the sea campions that litter the island - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A Puffin preens itself amongst the sea campion that litter the island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A beautiful image captured as one of Skomer’s Puffins was illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun in the evening light.

Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Having just landed with a great catch of sand-eels, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, shakes itself dry.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, with a bill full of nesting material - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday A capture of an Puffin, with a bill full of nesting material, returning to its burrow on Skomer Island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, gathering nesting material to line the burrow with - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday One of Skomer’s Puffins, seen here gathering nesting material to line the burrow with.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, calling in the rain - typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Calling in the rain, one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer, appears to be bemoaning the weather that Wales is often blessed with.

Kevin is co-leading the July Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday in 2017. Additionally  he will be heading back to photograph the puffins of Shetland, more specifically Fair Isle’s colony.

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC PUFFINS OF SKOMER ISLAND FOR YOURSELF

Skomer is one of the most important locations for the colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add puffin images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, a three night stay on the island provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during the NaturesLens photography holidays are the comical puffins, which can be seen on Skomer in abundant quantities from mid-May through to July.

Our puffins of skomer photography holiday costs £499 for the 3 night stay on the island & is held during the dates of July 15 – 18, 2017.

Landscapes of Mid-wales

Night time photography in the Elan Valley typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Mid Wales Landscapes Photography Workshop

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

One of Skomers 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

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 holiday to photograph the Skomer Puffins in July is being lead by Kevin & Sean, & this tour 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 tour details here – the dates of the tour 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 tour 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 trip 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.

A small selection of images of Atlantic Puffins from John

one of the atlantic puffins of skomer island beautifully backlit flies against the dark cliff on the opposite side of the wick photographed on the natureslens puffins of skomer island photography h

John visited Skomer as one of the participants on our July Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday, this trip was led by Dan, & like our June holiday they spent three days on the island, with the clowns of the sea, the atlantic puffins.

Like our June holiday they had some very mixed weather conditions, but on the last evening, everything came good for them & the sun bathed The Wick in golden light, enabling the participants to take advantage & capture some beautiful images of the Atlantic Puffins that call Skomer ‘home’ for a short series of months every summer.

John has kindly contributed in half a dozen of his images for inclusion in this blog post, including this rather stunning back-lit puffin coming in to land.

One of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island beautifully backlit, flies against the dark cliff on the opposite side of The Wick - photographed on the NaturesLens Puffins of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

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Some of Skomer’s Puffins from Steen

An in flight puffin superbly captured the capture that everyone hopes to achieve photographed during the NaturesLens Skomers Puffins Photography Holiday

Every year, we delight in seeing the images from our photography holidays to Skomer, each & every year produces a different crop of imagery, & a different interpretation of Skomer’s Puffins by the guests that visit & spend 3 nights on the island – Steen has kindly sent in a selection of images from his visit to the island as part of the group that attended our June photography holiday.

A puffin class, it's eye illuminated with a catchlight from the soft evening light - photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer's Puffins Photography Holiday Continue reading

Want some Top Tips for Puffin Photography?

Gliding on the bay an Atlantic Puffin circuits Skomer Island join Kevin in 2017 on the July Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

You could do worse than joining me on Skomer next July; I will be co-leading the second of our Skomer Photography Holidays to capture images of the fantastic puffins, & being a veteran of puffin photography in various locations around the United Kingdom, including Skomer & Fair Isle, I will be on hand to help you achieve the best you can during your stay on the island!

Gliding on the bay an Atlantic Puffin circuits Skomer Island - join Kevin in 2017 on the July Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

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