Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshops
15 November 2013
Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshops
27 September 2013
23 September 2013
A colourful and evocative shot of farmland on the outskirts of Leeds. This was photographed after sunset using the subtle hues of pinks and purples. The after-glow really seemed to pick out the green colour in the newly sown young crop.
The exposure was about 4 seconds for this one on a sturdy tripod, with a ND grad attached.
20 September 2013
Judging by the redness of the hawthorn we may be in for yet another cold winter.!!
17 September 2013
Both workshops take place at the same farm in West Yorkshire on private land. Get in touch if you are interested in photographing some of the superb farmland wildlife.
Farmland Photography Workshops Updated
14 September 2013
A Glorious Grouse...
10 September 2013
Wildlife Photography is far from easy in the U.K., but Red Grouse can be a relatively easy subject to photograph. At a well know location in Yorkshire, these hardy birds can be photographed from the car, often at incredibly close range. With such reliable subjects I use the venue for my upland birds photography courses.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve photographed these birds, but a visit this August proved to be the best yet. I arrived early – around 6.00am. I wanted to make use of the early morning light that makes such a difference to the resulting images. It was only a couple of bends up the steep moorland track and straight away there was a stunning male right by the roadside in glorious heather. I slowed down, but alas, he was off… a good opportunity missed. Never mind – you have to put in the work to get good wildlife images and I wasn’t disheartened. I soon found a group of grouse sitting in the heather and captured some rather creative images by tilting the camera down and including the out of focus foreground heather. Perfect.!!
The rest of the morning offered few really good chances – apart from one. A couple of males were posturing on opposite sides of the road and I was lucky enough to get close enough to one of them. I could see him running towards the road and luckily he stopped for a couple of seconds.
The position was just wonderful (not like mine as I was contorted round shooting almost backwards out of the window..!) – the heather was perfect and the background was the distant shaded hillside, giving a beautiful bluish tone. Three shots and it was over. I was quite pleased with myself for holding it all together and capturing it in time. One of the best grouse images I’ve taken to date.
If you want to photograph these wonderful birds on the upland moors, book a Red Grouse Photography Workshop through www.naturephotographycourses.co.uk
Focus On... Red Grouse Photography
13 August 2013
A red grouse photographed slightly differently from the norm. With the grouse distant, I chose to tilt the camera down and use the vast expanse of out of focus heather to fill the frame with colour.
A blue sky would have been ideal, but this situation is typical - only by shooting upwards can you usually get the deeper blue skies that work so well.
Photographed at 6.30am in Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales.
09 August 2013
06 August 2013
I've been lucky to see this a few times over the past couple of weeks. It really is one of Nature's spectacles.. and carried out by one of our more common species in th e UK.
This starling flock must have been into the hundreds as it wheeled around slowly growing in number. The sky could barely have been much better to record them in silhouette...
Photographed with a 300mm lens + 1.4x extender; 1/2000 second, F6.3 using servo autofocus. I used AV mode to turn the image into a straight silhouette, with a slight bit of over-exposure compensation.
28 July 2013
Swans are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. To capture strong images of them you really need to use the very best light. This image was taken at around 8.30pm using the last rays of sunshine. The quality of light makes a huge difference and helps to maintain detail in the white feathers.
For this shot I used a beanbag and angle finder and photographed from the ground just a few inches above the water surface at the edge of the lake. Exposure settings are always difficult with wildfowl - I try to set an ISO that give me at least 1/500 second to arrest the almost constant movement on the water.
20 July 2013
It's a while since I've done this type of photography as I'm concentrating much more on wildlife these days.
Farmland provides some of the most distinctive images of the British countryside, but it's hard to do it justice. With a clear evening forecast I used the colours of twilight, and the still conditions, to create an evocative scene at the edge of a ripening barley field.
Photographed with a standard wide zoom and a 4 stop ND graduated filter. I got down low for this image and zoomed in to create a tight crop. Shot at about one and a half seconds at f11 on tripod. Photographically very simple to do - it all relies on good light and finding the strongest compositions.
16 July 2013
I was lucky enough to watch this flock gathering to roost in reed-beds at RSPB St. Aidans reserve. After a few images on the standard fast shutter speeds, I switched to a speed of about 1/60 second to create some motion blur. Good panning is the key. All the images were hand-held.
08 July 2013
Photographed at Bempton Cliffs on my Seabird Photography Course. Great light and perfect wind direction combined to give some amazing flight shots of these stunning birds.
More Gannets to follow soon.!!
30 June 2013
I'll now be changing the perches and backgrounds to capture a variety of images. I'm also hoping to offer the little owl hide for hire. email: email@example.com
28 June 2013
This was really tricky to photograph. My main concern was not blowing out the highlights so, as often, I used manual to adjust the exposure. Where to focus was a problem - I wanted all birds sharp, but particularly the adult's head. I increased the ISO to give me more depth of field and also a fast shutter speed as I was shooting hand-held. This was shot at around ISO 250, f8 at 1/1250 second - good all round settings to keep everything sharp but not too noisy. This shot was a real bonus as it captured some movement from the adult, and all three cygnets were parallel... a dream shot!!