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April’s Bird of Prey Workshop

One of the Barn Owls typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshops

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.

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Fancy some Dalmatian Pelican Photography in 2018?

A Dalmatian Pelican lands with little drama on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

With both our originally announced Dalmatian Pelican Photography trips full, we have the opportunity for a third set of dates to head to Lake Kerkini to photograph the wonderful & charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece.

One of the Dalmatian Pelicans strides across the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

As usual, the rooms are all on a non-sharing basis, all food is included in the trip & believe me, there is plenty of food served on these photography holidays – plus there are easy flights into & out of Thessaloniki, with airport transfers from the airport to the hotel & back all included.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands with little drama on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We include at least 3 shoreline feeds – if we can fit them in, this increases to 5, we also include 3 boat trips out on the lake in the early morning light – weather allowing, 2017’s trips were unique in that the lake was frozen, but this is not the norm!

You get to stay in a wonderful hotel, that is 500m from the lake, with all rooms on a non-sharing basis, & we don’t levy a single supplement either! Throughout the trip, you will have opportunities to photograph a wide selection of images; both portraits & closeup shots of perched Dalmatian Pelicans, pelicans calling, flying, fighting for fish; plus wider bird in the landscape images to show impressive backdrop to the lake with the snow covered Bulgarian mountain ranges in the distance.

Group numbers are strictly limited to allow everyone to get a great position on the boats that we use during this photography workshop to venture out onto the lake, whilst on the boat & during other activities, general advice will be given before the commencement of each element of the trip.

With a boat trip each morning & a shoreline feed each evening, we certainly hope to capture many facets of the Dalmatian Pelicans personality as they go about life on the lake – hopefully including take-off, landing & in-flight shots of these magnificent birds. The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday is suitable for mid-level & experienced photographers.

If you would like to join this trip, please view the events page here, from which you can send us a booking enquiry – the trip is priced at £1049 for the all the elements listed above as being included & will be conducted over the dates of January 7th to 11th 2018.

Photograph the White Horses of the Camargue in 2018

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (10 of 13)

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (4 of 13)

Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have 7 photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

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Puffin Photography Holiday in June on Skomer – one place available again

Normally, this does not happen, but we have had a place become re-available for our puffin photography holiday in June during which we spend three nights living on 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

This trip is to be held over the dates of June 17 @ 8:00 am – June 20 @ 10:00 am, & is to be lead by myself, David Miles, & Sean Weekly; the trip encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population & many other mammals.

Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. The island has the largest colony of breeding seabirds in Southern Britain Beginning in early spring, thousands of colourful puffins crowd the island, popping their heads out from the entry to their burrows, they skim the visitors to the island as they pass overhead carrying sand eels or burrow materials.

Additionally, they are often to be seen socialising in huge groups on the sea. The puffins, the “clowns of the sea”, are endearing & utterly photogenic. You can expect them to come within feet of you & even to walk between your feet – they also have an uncanny attachment to walking right up to a camera lens, making for some amazing close-up shots. It should also be noted that the landscape of Skomer lends itself to wider-angle shots, incorporating the scenic backdrop & birds in the foreground, to show the subject in it’s environment.

Skomer is not only about the puffins, although they are without a doubt the stars of the show. The more sedate razorbills & guillemots watch visitors from the rugged cliffs that make up the island’s terrain. If we are lucky, we might observe Gannets diving into the sea. It is also worth noting that inland of the island there are colonies of short-eared owls, these beautiful birds of prey fly & hunt during the day on the island.

The puffin photography holiday cost is £499 for the 3 night stay, this includes hostel-like accommodation in the converted farm house, breakfast & dinner, photography tuition from myself & Sean on an as-needed basis.

As mentioned, it is unusual for us to have a place become available at this late stage – if you would like to book it, please drop us an email using our contact page.

Deer Photography weekend workshops in Bradgate Park

A Red Deer Stag Amongst The Mist This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

If you are considering attending a Deer Photography Workshop during the deer rutting season of autumn 2017, then you should know that we’ll be taking the format, that has worked for us in the past, north for 2017, & they will still be led by Sean Weekly, but for 2017, we fancied a change of scenery & after some recommendations & Sean having looked into matters further, we have decided to relocate the bulk of our workshops for 2017 to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

A Red Deer Stag Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

The format is similar to that of 2016; that is an all-day session on Saturday, starting at 6.15am, after which you return to the hotel accommodation that we have booked, & included as part of the price; last year after the afternoon session, Sean conducted some image review sessions of the deer images captured earlier that day or provided a quick lesson in Lightroom processing in the evenings. The following morning, an early start sees you locating the deer & aiming for those classic deer images that Sean is well known for. After several hours of capturing images of the red deer, a break for breakfast that again we include in the price. The Sunday session continues until mid-to-late afternoon.

A Young Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography WorkshopA Deer Hind Pops Up From The Parkland Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

We have a deer photography workshop running on each of the 4 weekends through October, that is 7/8 October 2017, 14/15 October 2017, 21/22 October 2017 & finally on 28/29 October 2017. For each workshop, we have space for only 4 participants, this is to ensure that you get the maximum time possible from Sean, & that he can give you a suitable level of tuition & guidance.

A Red Deer Stag Within Woodland Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Accommodation for the various weekends is either at The Castle Hotel in Kirby Muxloe for 3 of the weekends or The Charnwood Arms in Coalville for the remaining weekend.

An Extremely Regal Looking Red Deer Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Join NaturesLens on a deer photography weekend workshop during October 2017

We have 4 opportunities in 2017 for you to photograph the fabulous red deer during their rutting season, the photography weekend workshop costs £325 – each weekend workshop includes tuition & guidance on the Saturday,  dinner & accommodation on Saturday evening, tuition & guidance from Sean on Sunday, plus breakfast during a suitable break in the Sunday morning photography session.

To hold a place on the workshop, we only require a £100 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

£200 off the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle photography tour

As a New Year special offer, we got a special on the NaturesLens Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday, we’ve taken £200 of the price – for a limited number of places the price is reduced to £999 from £1199 – the holiday package to photography the Shetland Puffins still includes a flight from Sumburgh to Fair Isle, several days on Fair Isle on a full-board basis, & a return ferry – dates for the trip are July 8th – 13th 2017.

Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle Special Offer

The trip will be lead by Kevin Morgans & he will be on hand to offer photography guidance & to spot opportunities to ensure that you get the best from the the photography tour that you can.

You don’t have to pay the full amount today, a deposit of £200 holds your place on the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle, with the balance due in early April 2017.

View the full details of the Shetland Puffins photography trip here.

Our Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop dates for 2017

A Photogenic Barn Owl Posed On Wooden Farm Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

You can view the individual event pages here – Spring 2017 Birds of Prey Photography WorkshopAutumn 2017 Birds of Prey Photography Workshop.

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.

The Wonderful Little Owl Inspects The Outside World From A Broken Barn Door Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

The Little Owl That We Have Available To Photograph Poses Perched On A Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop The Long Eared Owl Poses Beautifully On A Weathered Fence Post Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

The Peregrine Screams Out From It's Vantage Point In The Quarry Area That Is Available For Our Use Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

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.

A Portrait Of A Barn Owl Which Is Perched On A Wooden Farm Wheel Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

The Peregrine Falcon That We Make Use Of, Poses In Stone Quarry Photographed On The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holidays for 2017

Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

Following on from our successful photography holiday in September 2016, we are pleased to offer a pair of wildlife photography holidays to Slovenia to photograph the European Brown Bears, the first in May 2017 is focussed on the adult Slovenian Bear &, hopefully, their cubs, the second in September 2017 is to capture images of the Slovenian Bears & their yearling cubs, how will be more bold than those encountered during the May trip.

One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

We have included below a selection of the images that we captured during the photography workshop conducted during September 2016 – unlike the trip to photograph the Bears of Finland, both the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday, & the Slovenian Bears Photography Holiday do not require you to spend overnight in the hides, you exit the hides when the light has gone, return to the hotel, have a warming evening meal & sleep in the comfort of your bedroom

JOIN NATURESLENS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE SLOVENIAN BEARS & CUBS FOR YOURSELF

Slovenia is an increasingly important location for the European Brown Bear & their survival as a top-level predator within Europe & it is easy to see why. The lush forests provide the ideal habitat free from being hunted for the European Brown Bear to thrive & survive, our 5 day photography workshop in the midst the territory of these impressive animals provides an abundance of opportunities.

We have two opportunities for you to photograph the amazing Slovenian Bears, both costing £1599 exc travel to Slovenia itself – all transportation within Slovenia, breakfast, lunch & dinner, accommodation & guidance/tuition from Sean Weekly is included, the date for the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday is May 20 – 25, 2017, whilst that for the Slovenian Bears, who will hopefully be bringing their older & bolder cubs to the hides, is set for September 2 – 7, 2017.

To hold a place on either trip, we only require a 25% deposit from you, £400, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Please be aware, you will require lenses that let in the maximum amount of light – largest aperture or smallest f-stop – & a camera with which you are comfortable capturing images at a high ISO – the action is not fast-paced, so rapid FPS is not a deciding factor for equipment suitable for this trip.

One Of The Female European Brown Bears Watches Over One Of Her Cubs In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Lounges Amongst The Rocks Opposite The Tower Hide In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Female Adult European Brown Bears Stares Directly Into The Tower Hide - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One of the adult European brown bears resting in the Slovenian Forests - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday  One Of The European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests Peers Between Two Trees - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Large Adult European Brown Bear Females Sits Watching Her Cubs - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Young Adult European Brown Bear As Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The European Brown Bear Cubs Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday Bathed In Golden Light At The End Of The Day This Is Just One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday An Adult European Brown Bear In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday A Resting Adult European Brown Bear Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Found In The Slovenian Forests - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography HolidayOne of the female adult European brown bears emerges from the trees that form the large tracts of forest in the location of the Slovenian Bear Hides - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

One place available on our Seal Photography Workshop

One Of The Young Atlantic Grey Seals Found On A Secluded Beach Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

Earlier this week, we launched our new intensive Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Workshops for November 2017, the first set of dates that we launched filled quickly, the second now only has one place remaining available.

One Of The Young Atlantic Grey Seals Found On A Secluded Beach Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

You can join Sean Weekly, who is leading this workshop for us for 6 days & venture to the coastal region of Lincolnshire, photographing the impressive Atlantic grey seal within this bleak & dramatic landscape. You will stay in a hired cottage, which will provide you with comfort & convenience so that you can focus on obtaining photographs that you will cherish for years to come. You will benefit from private access to a secluded beach, which is used by the seals, which provides excellent viewpoints from which to capture them on camera as they rest & interact with one another.

An Atlantic Grey Seal Pup Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

There will be two main photography sessions per day; one early session as the sun comes up & the second taking place in the late afternoon & evening as the sun goes down, both giving you the chance to make the most of varied lighting & tidal conditions with your photography. Our unique & private accommodation provides the opportunity for an ethical approach to photographing the Atlantic grey seal colonies without compromising the welfare of these iconic mammals.

One of the atlantic seals found on a secluded beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

Our intensive Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Workshop includes 6 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, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

An older seal found on a secluded beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

JOIN NATURESLENS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC GREY SEAL COLONIES FOR YOURSELF

North Lincolnshire is well known for being of the most important locations for the Atlantic Grey Seals in the United Kingdom & it is easy to see why.The bleak & often harsh coastal landscape enables images to be captured in different conditions & lighting, our 6 night intensive photography workshop in the midst the territory of these impressive animals provides an abundance of opportunities.

With tony one place remaining available, our Atlantic Grey Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday costs £899 exc travel to North Lincolnshire & lunches – all transportation, breakfast & dinner, accommodation & tuition is included, the only remaining available date is November 11 – 17, 2017.

A New Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday for 2017

Sean & I have been planning this photography offering for a while, & we’re now ready to announce the details of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday that will be taking place during November 2017, which will be lead by Sean for NaturesLens.

An atlantic grey seal pup - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture One of the young atlantic grey seals found on a secluded beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture
When discussing ideas for the photography holiday, we decided that rather than it be one or two days, what we really wanted to offer was something immersive, something that would allow for the capture of strong images at both the beginning & the end of the day. We wanted to be able to offer an experience away from the crowds that gather to photograph the seals & their newborn pups, we wanted to offer something that would allow for intimate photos of the seals in an unhurried & respectful fashion. This lead us to develop the idea of a week long residential offering that will, hopefully, enable our participants to add a selection of fantastic male & female seal images & of course, those of their the young seal pups to their photography portfolios.

The NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday is held in a secluded location in Lincolnshire.

One of the young atlantic grey seals found on a secluded beach in Lincolnshire - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

The Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday has places for only 3 participants. The workshop includes 7 nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, in a cottage that we have hired. The best part is that the cottage has private access to a secluded beach that the seals make use of. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions each day, an early morning , pre-dawn session, followed by an late afternoon to early evening session that will run up until sunset. Your meals will be warming, homely affairs – think spaghetti bolognese & similar, we will ensure that there is plenty to get you warmed through & filled up after a long day on the beach.

Every day, you will be making a very early start, to take full advantage of the, hopefully, beautiful early morning light. This photography holiday is primarily an opportunity to enjoy photographing wild animals on location in their natural habitat, in an unhurried manner away from the crowds. Sean will be on hand to offer practical advice & guide you to get the best images that you can capture, & make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

Due to the location of the cottage & the private access that we have to the beach, we believe that this approach avoids the issues that have plagued seal photography, notably at Donna Nook, in recent years, but at all times, our photography holiday leader, Sean, will be mindful to ensure that the seals are not disturbed, are kept a respectful distance from & in no way is the seal pups welfare compromised. For this very reason, our lens recommendations on this trip will be at the longer end of the range.

The dates for the Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday are 18th – 25th November 2017 – & the cost is £849 for the whole week, including the  accommodation in the cottage, breakfast & dinner, & guidance from Sean on an as needed basis. If you’re confident & achieving what you want, then our leaders will not hassle you!

You can view all the trip details here – to finish, here are a couple more images from Sean

An atlantic grey seal pup laying on a secluded beach on the Lincolnshire coastline - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture
One of the young atlantic grey seals found on a secluded Lincolnshire beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

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