Links to Guests Photos from
Natures Photos Worskshops and Safaris
 
(All the photos on this page and the galleries they link to were taken by guests
on one of my workshops or safaris.)
 
I am always keen to provide a showcase for the excellent work that guests produce on my workshops and safaris. These are all displayed on my website linked to the pages providing details of the relevant workshop or safari. They have however proved so popular with visitors to my website that I have decided to publish a single page with links to each of the different galleries and thus save you having to navigate to the deepest recesses and corners of the site.Just scroll to the appropriate workshop below and click the "Guest Galleries" button.
 
If you too would like to produce photos like these and learn more about digital photography at the same time why not book on one of my workshops or foreign trips. There are links against each gallery entry to the web pages relating to each workshop which give much more information, dates, prices and availability. There are also links to feedback from those who have attended before you so you can get some idea as to what to expect.
 
I limit the numbers on all my workshops so that I can personally assist and support you and be on hand to help you improve and refine your photographic skills understanding better digital photography techniques and how to achieve creative images. My aim is quite simple, to help you master many of the field techniques required of a competent wildlife photographer and to come away having improved your technique, your knowledge of the subjects and with some memorable images.
 
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UK Trips and Workshops - Guests Photos and feedback

 
  Secret British Mammals Devon British Wildlife Centre Surrey UK Wolf Conservancy Near Reading
  Specialist Raptor Photos Workshop - Midlands Carnivorous Plants - Macro and Closeup Dragonflies - Wicken Fen
  Harvest Mouse Photo Workshop Fungi - Closeup and Macro Crocodiles of the World
 

Safaris and Tours Abroad - Guests Photos and feedback

 
  Big Cats of the Massai Mara
  Europes Great Preadtors        
Having spent many years studying and attempting to photograph British mammals I know first-hand exactly how difficult this can be as most of our native species are extremely secretive and some even nocturnal. I am therefore thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity to use a private wildlife collection in Devon as the setting for this 2 day workshop/safari.
 
With over 16 years’ experience working with wildlife film makers and photographers the owner has created a series of purpose built photographic and film sets where we can photograph an excellent collection of captive British mammals. This two day workshop / safari provides an unparalleled opportunity to photograph a broad range of British mammals with relative ease and in highly realistic and landscaped surroundings. We will have unrestricted access to photograph most species including the rare European beaver in an 8 acre enclosure where they have cut down their own trees to dam the river.

 
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This amazing location offers fantastic opportunities for photographing British wildlife. The centre has been especially created with large enclosures designed specifically with photographers in mind. Some of the major TV channels including the BBC use this venue regularly.
 
We have the centre to ourselves and privileged access into the pens with some of the animals so there will be no barriers or wire obscuring your view! You will come home with stunning photographs that would be extremely difficult in the wild, will have improved your photographic technique and learnt a great deal more about your camera and the wildlife.
 
Animals available at the centre include foxes, otters and wild cats - you will be able to enter all these enclosures for stunning photographs. Stoats, weasels, polecats, mink are all kept in enclosures carefully landscaped to provide really natural settings with logs, water and appropriate undergrowth. Other animals available include Badgers, roe deer, red deer, muntjac deer, snakes, water voles, frogs and more. This is a truly magnificent centre and provides unrivalled photo opportunities.
 
 
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Wolves are the legendary wild creature admired and feared in equal measure. Due largely to our irrational fear of these majestic creatures they have been relentlessly persecuted and are currently seriously at risk in the few locations where they remain. To photograph these powerful animals in the wild you would need to travel a long way and brave some difficult conditions which is why this workshop is so very special.
 
I am holding the workshop at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading the only place in the UK where you can see Arctic, European and North American wolves at one location. The centre is normally only open to members but because I am supporting their education programme I can offer these unique workshops at a very reasonable rate.
 
The wolves are housed in 4 large landscaped enclosures providing excellent opportunities for natural images. By special arrangement we will take some of the wolves for a “walk” over open farmland and though woodland. This will provide unique opportunities to take photographs in a range of different habitats including the wolves wading in, and drinking from, a stream and a small pond.
 
 
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This unique workshop is held at a raptor centre in North Northamptonshire where the birds are trained and actively used for hunting so are in excellent condition, very keen and very fit. Unlike many other centres and because these are working birds many are kept with the minimum of equipment making semi natural shots all the easier and much more realistic.
 
The centre has a wide range of different raptors including many species of owls, falcons from the small Merlin right up to the magnificent Gyr Falcon, a wide selection of eagles and hawks. It is part of a splendid 3,000 acre private estate providing us with excellent opportunities to photograph birds in a wide range of natural settings. We will have access to the whole of the estate and working with the owner and head falconer I have selected a number of natural settings for us to use to photograph the birds. During the day we will have ample opportunities to photograph a range of birds, from owls to magnificent eagles and challengingly fast falcons.
 
In addition to static shots we will have the opportunity to practise more taxing flight shots. We will start by encouraging some species to fly the same path repeatedly thus enabling you to practice and fine tune your tracking abilities before attempting to photograph the large falcons the true high speed masters.
 
 
 
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Fungi are the perfect subject for the keen close up and macro photographer. They come in a huge variety of colours, shapes, and sizes and the peak autumn season when i run this workshops reveals them at their best as wonderful subjects to photograph. Once you know where to look for them and have mastered the basic photographic and lighting techniques they are an excellent subject to practise and perfect your close up and macro photography skills.
 
To improve our chances of success and to help us learn more about fungi I have teamed up with Justin Long, an experienced mycologist, who has been studying fungi for around 15 years. Having led very popular adult education fungi forays since 2008 he is the perfect person to introduce us to this exciting subject and from whom to learn more about identifying different types of fungi including the dangers of certain varieties.
 
Macro and close up is a field of photography which all too often can seem baffling and expensive. Through this workshop I will attempt to dispel both of these myths and to help you to understand just how easy and fun it is and can be. I will introduce you to some of my preferred techniques for photographing fungi looking to take best advantage of what natural light is available as well as how this can be augmented to optimise the settings the subjects are found in.
 
This is always a very popular workshop.

 
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Carnivorous plants are a fantastic and fascinating subject for the keen macro photographer. This is a unique workshop offered nowhere else and aimed at the keen nature photographer who wants to try something different. To really appreciate and capture an image of these small delicate plants you have to get very close and thus they are ideal subjects for macro work.
 
I have nearly 40 years of experience of macro photography and regularly give talks on the subject to camera clubs and other interested groups. I have teamed up with Andy Wilkinson the owner of Triffid Nurseries one of the country’s premier growers and breeders of these fascinating plants. He has the largest range of carnivorous plants available anywhere in the UK and with his help I am now able to offer the unique opportunity of almost unrestricted access to photograph a very wide range of superb specimens.
 
The day will start with a talk and tour provided by Andy and the bulk of the day will be spent behind the camera. Each guest will get the opportunity to take ultra-close up photographs of a selection these very special plants as well as an opportunity to photograph the wider range of species grown at the nursery.
 
This workshop is the ideal place to learn more about macro photography whilst also capturing some unique photos.
 
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Dragonflies are a challenging but rewarding subject for the macro photographer. They are the animated flying jewels that are a true sign of summer in the British countryside and make really interesting if not challenging subjects for photography.
 
This unique workshop is offered nowhere else. It is being run jointly with staff from the Dragonfly Project at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire www.dragonflyproject.org.uk. With nearly 40 years’ experience as a wildlife and macro photographer I will provide the photographic tuition and they will work with us helping us to find subjects to photograph, assisting with identification and providing background information and on these fascinating insects.
 
The day will start with an introduction to Dragonflies from the Project team and I will provide a practical introduction to the photographic techniques. The majority of the day will then be devoted to photographing dragonflies and damselflies in the reserve as well as larvae in tanks in the Dragonfly Projects base. Group size will be kept to a minimum so that I can provide individual or small group tuition as required and in the field and the Project team can work with individuals.

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As Britain’s smallest British rodent harvest mice are the only old world mammal to have truly prehensile tails which they use to help them climb. They are extremely active and agile climbers feeding in the stalk zone of long grasses and reeds. I was introduced to this little mouse nearly 40 years ago and I have been fond of them ever since.
 
All this makes them fascinating and attractive subjects for wildlife photography a project I first undertook 35 years ago but have revisited recently. Having established a colony for this project I am now thrilled to be able to give others the opportunity to photograph them for themselves.
 
This is a chance to capture some really stunning images and to have some fun at the same time. The workshops are ½ day and I limit the numbers to 4.
 
Just a word of warning - photographing harvest mice is addictive !
 
 
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Crocodiles of the World
 
Crocodiles are some of the most feared and yet revered predators on the planet. Photographing them is a real privilege but extremely difficult without travelling to the exotic locations where they live. I have joined forces with Shaun Foggett the owner of Britain's first and only crocodile zoo to provide probably the very best opportunities to photograph these exceptional creatures in the UK. Nowhere else will you have the opportunity to see such a wide collection of crocodiles, alligators and caimans.
 
By special arrangement we enter the enclosures with some species including the massive 3 meter American Alligators to achieve some awe inspiring shots with these magnificent reptiles just feet away from you. We will also photography baby crocodilians in a special set under artificial lights and if available crocodile eggs.
 
The zoo also has a collection of other reptiles including monitor lizards, snakes and terrapins. We will take a 5 foot monitor lizard out onto the grass (weather permitting) to get some fantastic “natural” shots.
 
This is a very special and always popular workshop and made all the more special by the warm weclome we get from the dedicated and knowledgable staff.
 
The following are a brief selection of some of the photos taken by previous guests on this workshop.

 
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Safaris and Tours Abroad - Guests Photos and feedback

 
  Big Cats of the Massai Mara
 
The Masai Mara is deservedly known as Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve, and is famous for the abundance of lion, the other big cats, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people. It is without a doubt Africa’s most well know and famous safari destination. Staying in luxury bush camps the big cats are definitely be on the agenda but we also have ample opportunities to photograph the wide variety of other wildlife this area supports.
 
With many years’ experience of East Africa and photographing its wildlife I have designed this trip specifically for the enthusiastic wildlife photographers interested in learning more about their camera and at the same time capturing some memorable images.
 
Each trip will be limited to a maximum of 8 people and is often less. We stay at Kicheche a small and extremely comfortable classic tented camp hidden in a beautiful acacia valley overlooking the Olare Orok stream. With only 8 tents the intimate and relaxed atmosphere gives you the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in this prime wildlife area of the Mara North Conservancy.
 
In addition to providing great photographic opportunities, this tour has been carefully designed to offer a wide appreciation of the natural beauty of Africa’s wildlife, people and the environment. The itinerary is constructed to give the maximum time in the field in order to provide you with unrivalled experiences and the very best photographic opportunities. My aim is simple, to ensure you have a highly enjoyable holiday where you can concentrate on your photography with truly unique opportunities to view and capture images of the natural world. All this whilst soaking up the very best wilderness experience in a comfortable and magic environment.

 
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Southern Tanzanian - A True Photographers Paradise
 
Southern Tanzania is far less frequented by the western tourist but yet has some largest and best preserved parks in East Africa. It therefore offers the real bush wilderness experience in an area with some of the purest remaining tracts of unspoilt game parks in Africa. It is home to a select group of national parks and reserves covering truly huge areas and offering superb and really remote game-viewing opportunities. Safaris in Southern Tanzania are based at small camps where local safari guides drive you around in completely open 4WDs and boats. These provide truly excellent photographic opportunities and allow you to enjoy a real feeling of wilderness.
 
In keeping with the unspoilt nature of the environment, the properties in these parks are of the small, low-impact variety, mainly taking the form of small permanent tented camps. The hosts of these camps don’t attempt to compete with the majesty of the wilderness to be found around the camps but still maintain the luxuries we have become accustomed too. Each tent has low wattage lighting and is comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and flushing toilet.
 
This trip is designed for the enthusiastic photographer interested in exploring two of Africa’s finest wildlife areas - the vast Selous Game Reserve and wild Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. We’ll spend four nights in the Selous exploring the Rufiji River (East Africa’s greatest waterway) and surrounding woodlands by boat and by vehicle, before heading off to Ruaha for a further four nights of spectacular wildlife viewing particularly for elephant and giraffe.
 
Safaris in Southern Tanzania offer the true African wilderness experience whilst staying in comfortable well equipped and modern camps. With many years’ experience of East Africa and photographing its wildlife I have designed this trip specifically for the enthusiastic wildlife photographers interested in exploring learning more about their camera and at the same time capturing some memorable images.

 
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Wild Europe's Great Predators
 
Staying in a guest house in the foothills of the Bavarian National Park this 5 day workshop permits us to spend over 3 1/2 very full days in the field taking photos. With the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic this forms Europe’s largest unspoilt woodland. In this beautiful landscape, wildlife such as brown bear, wolf, and lynx still roam free.
 
Within the National Park the two large areas with specially designed wildlife enclosures allow usto capture those “once in a life time” images of some of Europe’s most endangered and enigmatic species. These enclosures are vast, the largest being tens of hectares in size and all are within the natural forest providing superb backdrops for your photographs. This approach permits the animals to live naturally, whilst still providing us with good opportunities to observe and photograph them – a true wildlife photographers dream!
 
There are over 30 species of mountain and forest animals to photograph within this stunning environment including mammals such as grey wolves, brown bears, lynx, wild boar, otters, European bison, wildcat, red deer, elk and birds such as capercaillie, black grouse and hazelhen and numerous birds of prey.
 
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