Bluebells & Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
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|2017 Dates & Prices:||No current dates planned, please check back for 2018.|
|Maximum participants:||8 per workshop|
|Private workshops?||No, sorry. Due to the short window of opportunity for this photography I am only able to run group workshops.|
I recommend a digital SLR with a lens up to 300mm. A wider angle / mid range zoom is also recommended. You may find a tripod useful depending on how well you can handhold your camera and lens. A polariser can be useful to enhance colours, contrast and reduce any strong glare. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity and a rain / weather cover is often worth packing.
Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are also required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream & insect repellant can be useful, just in case!
Our base and meeting point will be Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre within the Haggerston Castle holiday resort near Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.
Haggerston Castle Holiday Park,
There is ample car parking and toilets at the birds of prey centre. Please note, this workshop will take place out in the Northumberland countryside and there will be no toilet facilities available.
Please bring a packed lunch and cold drinks. Tea and coffee will be available at the birds of prey centre.
Very little walking is required but due to uneven ground this workshop is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.
If you’re travelling to the region I can recommend the following accommodation.
Whitton Cottage situated in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.
The Kestrel and Kingfisher lodges are very well located between Alnwick and Morpeth in Northumberland. Please contact me if you are interested and I’ll pass your details directly to the owners.
Kestrel Lodge, Felmoor Park.
Kingfisher Lodge, Felmoor Park.
The scene of a woodland floor covered in a carpet of brightly coloured bluebells provides a stunning backdrop for this birds of prey workshop in Spring 2016. We’ll be using a typically British selection of birds as our models… Long-Eared, Tawny, Barn and Little Owls, plus a Buzzard and a Kestrel too.It is difficult (or even impossible!) to predict exactly when the bluebells in our woodland location will be at their best for this workshop. As a result I am currently taking the details of people who are interested (no obligation) in joining me on this fantastic day. When we have our date(s) I will contact each person and bookings will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.
As usual, I keep group sizes small enough for tuition and I’ll be on hand at all times to advise on techniques and settings to ensure you take some fantastic photographs.
We’ll meet up at around 9.00am at our Birds of Prey Centre which is located just off the A1 a few miles south of Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland. We’ll start with a few introductions over tea and coffee, discuss a few camera settings and meet some of our incredible raptor subjects for the day. When we are all ready we’ll take a short drive to our bluebells location and the fun will begin. We can take a break at anytime throughout the day for refreshments and to review our photography so far. I envisage this workshop lasting around 6 hours, but you never know…. maybe more!
As with all of my workshops I will contact you in advance to determine your level of knowledge and discuss anything specific you’d like to learn. However, if you think of something during the workshop, just let me know and I’ll help as we go along. By the end of the workshop we will have increased your confidence and knowledge on how you can use your camera equipment to take some fantastic photographs. After the workshop I am always happy and willing to keep in touch with people to offer any ongoing help and feedback.