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Socially distanced photography holidays & workshops

One of the young seals perfectly silhouetted against the sky photographed during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshop

We have been asked a number of times about social distancing & how our photography tours & workshops will change, if they need to.

These requirements for our photography tours will likely change whilst we adapt to a world with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced.
For our previous comments & our booking guarantee, you can read our main COVID-19 page.
The NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshops are amongst the first workshops that we will be running with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced
The bulk of our trips only take 4-6 guests, this means that we carry on as usual & social distancing is the new normal.
Most of our photography holidays do not see strangers sharing same room accommodation, so nothing will change there. Social distancing should be relatively easy; our policy has always been to have single occupancy at no extra charge for the bulk of our holidays unless the persons sharing the room are from the same household.
This applies to our U.K. workshops such as the seal photography weeks being led this year by Robin or trips further afield.
In the case of the seal photography weeks, we will be fully encouraging our guests to use their own transportation to & from the photography locations.
The NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshops are amongst the first workshops that we will be running with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced
On all our photography tours we will be asking the following
  • That participants maintain a 2m socially distanced gap from each other where possible.
  • That participants wear masks or face coverings at any indoor area made use of during the photography workshop or trip.
  • That participants understand that we will conduct regular temperature checks for staff & participants.
  • That participants confirm, prior to the photography holiday commencing, that they have followed current government guidance, including self-isolating if they (or their contacts) have tested positive or suffer any symptoms.
  • That participants have necessary travel insurance in place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography trip is taking place.
  • That participants have the necessary proof of negative COVID tests which have taken place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography tour is taking place.
  • That participants will follow the guidance & requests of our photography leaders regarding remaining socially distanced when requested to do so.
For transportation on our photography trips, we will be following the requirements & the regulations of the country in which the photography trip is taking place. Currently, these vary massively by country however, some are easy to answer straight away.
For India, we have only ever had one person per row on the safari jeeps & this is how it will be in the future.
For our photography holiday in Costa Rica, we use a 20-seater bus, so our guides & five guests should find it easy to remain socially distanced.
Greece has some interesting regulations & requirements, which means we will have to make some changes, but we will address those nearer the time.
For all other trips, we will be closely following the social distancing requirements & regulations of the respective country.
We will be requesting that all hotels, & other locations that we make use of, where practical, have a published COVID-19 risk assessment & procedures policy which has been made available to us & is in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography trip is taking place.

Sean’s images from the special set-piece setups that were available at our Autumn Birds of Prey Workshop

The barn owl perched on a vintage water pump photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales

We have been running our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop for a number of years now, so it is important to keep things fresh, especially for guests who have attended before. On this occasion, we took along a water pump & a wooden wheel to facilitate some special setups.

The water pump has been used before but we got so many requests to bring it to the autumn workshop that we couldn’t refuse. The shot we were trying to achieve was one where you could just make out the water pump. This involved experimenting with where to position the pump to ensure that enough light fell on the Barn Owl and playing with exposure settings on the camera. The barn owl perched on a vintage water pump photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales Continue reading

Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales – a monochrome look

Framed in a broken window, the barn owl photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales

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.
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Amanda shared some images taken during our Autumn Birds of Prey Workshop

The long eared owl, perched on a twisted tree, photographed on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Workshop

Amanda joined our Autumn Birds of Prey workshop as part of her birthday treat. It was her first time attending a photography workshop, but as you can see, Amanda has a real talent!

By spot metering on the owl’s chest, she was able to achieve a studio-like image of the barn owl.
The wonderful barn owl, perched on a vintage water pump, photographed on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Workshop
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Ian’s images from the Autumn Birds of Prey workshop

An image of one of the kestrels, perched on a gate post, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

We ran our Autumn Birds of Prey workshop a little later than usual to try & get more autumnal colours. Ian enjoyed our Spring Birds of Prey workshop so much that he decided to join us again.
An image of one of the little owls, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
The workshop started with our usual 2 hours Saturday taster session. The weather forecast didn’t look great, so we brought the workshop forward to avoid the worst of the rain.

We kept the sessions short so that the birds wouldn’t get too wet. Some, like the peregrine falcon & kestrel, didn’t seem to be bothered by the rain as you can see below. I love how Ian has captured the water on the birds’ heads.
A tight head shot of the peregrine falcon, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop Continue reading

Norfolk Seal Photography Workshops & Holidays

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Are you may have seen elsewhere, we have launched the follow-up to the 2017 week-long seal photography holiday – that, it has to be said, produced some beautiful imagery – with a week-long seal photography holiday in Norfolk, our first event, for Norfolk Seal Photography is to be conducted in November 2018, specifically November 25November 30 2018 & costs £999.

An inquisitive seal playing in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

An image of one of the new-born seal-pups lyiing in the dunes adjacent to a Norfolk Beach - typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Norfolk Photography Holiday

Sean recently spent several days in the area that the Norfolk Seal photography events will be conducted within, & we thought that you might be interested to see some of the types of imagery that he captured during his brief recce trip for us.

An image of one of the Norfolk seals silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A stunning image of a seal captured silhouetted against the setting sun typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events A mono image of a well fed seal pup on the sand typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Norfolk Seal Photography Events

Join Sean in 2018 to Photograph Norfolk’s Seals

In November 2018, Sean will be leading a week-long holiday focussed on Norfolk Seal photography for NaturesLens, specifically between the dates of November 25 – 30 2018.

The cost is £999 per participant which includes five nights accommodation in a gorgeous cottage on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis; your meals will be warming, homely & plentiful to get you warmed through & filled up after a long day on the beach. Numbers are limited to ensure that the trip is sustainable, ethical & enjoyable for every photographer.

Classic portrait images from our Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A classic portrait of a long eared owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A beautiful portrait of n inquisitive barn owl, peeking at the photographers from a ramshackle barn door, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Second appearance for the barn owl, this time framed in the broken window of one of the farm yard buildings!

A classic portrait of a barn owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A classic portrait of a kestrel amongst heather, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A classic portrait of a kestrel, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A classic portrait of a long eared owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A peregrine falcon peeks over the top of a small quarry area, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography WorkshopA portrait of a peregrine falcon perched, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Apparently now over it’s workshop-shyness, the kestrel looks to be ready to become a regular workshop subject.

A portrait of a kestrel amongst heather, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A portrait of a kestrel, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

An image of a buzzard against an angry welsh sky, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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!

The first of the 2018 Birds of Prey Photography Workshops is to be held during May, specifically May 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – May 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm, you can view the full details of the event & make a booking enquiry on the dedicated event page here – it would be great to have you join Sean!

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