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Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire with Sean Weekly

We are excited to announce a new offering to the NaturesLens portfolio, a short landscape photography workshop to run immediately after our June Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday. This is a new workshop in West Wales, to photograph the Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire & it is to be lead by Sean Weekly.

The splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches in evening light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire 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.

One of Pembrokeshire's beaches captured in soft evening summer light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

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 ‘Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire’ are 20th – 22nd June & the cost is £399 for the two days.

If you would like to join this extension, please sign up by using the booking for at the base of this page.

Capturing the splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

Announcing our Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

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As noted on another blog post, Sean Weekly has joined our leading team, & we will be announcing a series of workshops & photography holidays that he will be leading over the next year. Hopefully this will be a long & fruitful relationship, as we have been talking about events for several future years with him; but right now, we’d like to announce the details of the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop that he will be leading for us in October 2016.
As the sun rises, a lone stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop   As the sun rises, a deer is silhouetted bellowing into the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
When discussing the workshop with Sean, he reinforced the fact that strong images can be captured at the end of the day, as well as the start; this lead us to develop the idea of an overnight workshop that will, hopefully, add a selection of fantastic rutting red deer & stag images to all our workshop participants photography portfolios.

Sean has been awarded a number of times in the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his stunning red deer imagery & this is your chance to learn from Sean himself on an evening session, then a following morning session – light allowing, you will be capturing images similar to the following:

As the sun rises, a walks through the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at our hotel in Surbiton mid-afternoon on the 8th October, Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will then head to one of several deer photography locations in the area. From this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session. The next morning is an early start as you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

The Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions, an evening session, followed by an early morning session. The workshop will end on the Sunday when the light becomes too harsh to capture subdued imagery.

The dates for the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop are 8th – 9th October 2016 – & the cost is £299 for the two days, including the overnight accommodation.

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

As the sun rises, a stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
A stag bellows whilst being silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

Single place available again for our Puffin Photography Holiday in June

Staring skyward at a gull one of the famous Skomer Puffins amongst the burrows – photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

One of the Skomer Puffins walks amongst the burrows – photographed on the Puffin Photography Holiday

June Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday

We have one place come available for the first of the two photography holidays that NaturesLens are running to Skomer in a few months, this space is for the June trip – if you’d like to attend, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk & we will send you the details by return. Last year’s trip was a massive success, so much so that we expanded it to three days this year, many of those who attended in 2014 are returning this year too.

Reminder about Dalmatian Pelicans in 2016

The first trip is full, & several places on the second trip have sold already, if you would like to join us for our five day trip, which includes three packed days of photographing this enigmatic bird then you can do so with just a deposit of £200 & pay the balance in November 2015. More details here

David Howse Dalmatian Pelican image photographed on a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

Black Grouse Lek Photography in Scotland

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

One of our personal highlights during 2014 was photographing Black Grouse in Scotland. We have photographed lekking black grouse before at a number of sites, but 2014 was very special! The setting for these sessions of black grouse photography was perfect & the conditions all came together. We are now able to offer this to others, but why stop at just Black Grouse Lek photography? Our trip consists of a packed pair of days which will allow you to also photograph red grouse & the ptarmigan, (a white grouse variant), plus we have great accommodation lined up & some of the best backdrops you could hope for.

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

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We have availability on the four days encompassing the Easter 2015 weekend, so that is either the Friday & Saturday or, the Sunday & Monday. Whichever days you choose, you should leave the pair of days with some fantastic shots, we certainly have done so in the past!

If the climb to the ptarmigan is not suitable, subject to the agreement of all guests, we can substitute in mountain hare, who at this time of year look brilliant as they are changing coat from winter coat to summer, often resulting in multi-coloured hares, some with brown body & white heads, others the inverse with white body but a brown head.

If you would like to book the NaturesLens Black Grouse Lek Photography Holiday, you can view full details here & send through an enquiry.

July 2015 Osprey Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday

We are happy to announce an osprey workshop for July, 2015; NaturesLens have secured accommodation & hide spaces for a stunning Osprey Photography Holiday during July 2015; these osprey photography sessions are one of the most exciting sessions of photography a wildlife photographer can encounter. The sessions typically start at 4.30am, the anticipation builds, the birds come in to fish, a splash as the bird dives to the loch an to grab a trout, then the lift-off … an exhilarating experience to photograph.

The bulk of the days are free for participants to catch up on sleep, however, one of the days does include an early evening session of Osprey Photography in the same hides. These evening sessions provide opportunities for backlit shots.

The NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, which costs £599, includes:

  • Two morning hide sessions for photography of the ospreys as they fish to feed their new offspring.
  • One evening hide session for photography of the diving ospreys.
  • Accommodation at the High Range Lodge Hotel from July 9th – July 11th.
  • Tuition as required.
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In addition to the Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, NaturesLens will, if demand is sufficient, run a 3 day trip immediately afterwards to Mull for several days of Sea Eagle Photography. This extension will include transport to Mull, three nights bed & breakfast accommodation, two public Sea Eagle Photography Cruises & two exclusive Sea Eagle Photography Cruises.

Autumn Welsh Birds of Prey Workshop

Female Buzzard on a kill. Photographed on the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop has now been moved to September to enable our guests to photograph the birds in stunning autumnal colours. Since this is the fourth year we have run this workshop, we decided it was time for a change to keep things fresh & interesting.

The location for this Welsh Birds of Prey workshop is a 500-acre working farm in mid Wales with stunning natural backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, open fields & a fantastic quarry providing wonderful colours & textures for a variety of shots.

Little Owl looking over textured tree photographed during the Welsh Birds of Prey workshop run by NaturesLens

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Intensive Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop

Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop

We are pleased to announce an intensive Great Grey Owl photography workshop on the evening prior to our main September Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop, on 27th September 2015. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Great Grey Owl, an owl which is always a favourite subject on our owl workshops. The emphasis will be on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with this stunning bird. The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop Continue reading

Spring Welsh Owls Workshop

Great Grey Owl and Tawny Owl photographed during the Spring Welsh Owls workshop run by NaturesLens

The NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls Workshop is timed to, hopefully, allow for the photography of the owls in bluebell woods. 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 owls.

Long Eared Owl in bluebell wood photographed during the NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls workshop

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