As many of you know, this year I’ve largely been focusing on photographing and writing a monthly article for Photography Monthly magazine about the wildlife around an oak tree in Norfolk. As the year draws to an end I’m looking to organise the next phase of this project which is carrying out the same concept but with a MASSIVE tree in the Amazon rainforest. Alongside two other photographers, Nicholas Foxton and Tom Ambrose, I will photograph and catalogue an array of species that inhabit and travel around a single tree in the Amazon rainforest. From the ground all the way up to the canopy, 200 feet or more above, we will photograph as many species as we can over two months. We believe photography is a perfect way to inspire people from all walks of life about the wildlife in this area and in turn to motivate them into taking action, whether that be by supporting charities such as the World Land Trust or taking more direct action.
We’re funding our trip in part by offering the TRIP OF A LIFETIME to a small group of photographers at the end of our project. We’re offering a unique opportunity to come and join the 3 of us in the rainforest for 10 days; learning, photographing and participating. You’ll be part of the team whilst out with us and will get to join in on everything and anything you want to, ranging from climbing the tree to photographing birds, frogs and monkeys. More details of the itinerary can be found below.
We have LOADS more information about the project here: http://www.onetreeinabillion.com/the-project/ and here: http://www.norfolk-wildlife-photography.co.uk/international-tours/amazon-wildlife-photography-tour/
We haven’t advertised the trip yet and we already have four members, if you’re interested in joining us or would like to talk over the trip then drop me an email at email@example.com or call me on 07917 023 490. I hope that a few of you will choose to join us, it will be a fantastic adventure!
I’m happy to announce that my diving kingfisher photography workshop is now ready.
This workshop offers you fantastic repeat opportunities to capture THE shot that everyone wants; a kingfisher diving to catch a fish. The area is carefully set up to provide you with the best opportunities to photograph this amazing behaviour.
The fledglings are currently around and the adults will hang around for another couple of months so get this workshop booked in before it gets too cold!
For more information please visit the diving kingfisher photography workshop page.
It’s fast approaching that time of year again when one of the great wild events of England unfolds; the red deer rut. There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get photographing two of these massive animals in action. I will be running a week of photography workshops in October, you can find out more information here or feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been testing out the much anticipated Canon 200-400mm. I’ve put it through it’s paces on my Skokholm puffin trip. I can’t reveal what the verdict is yet but you can read my full review in next months editions of Photography Monthly and Professional Photographer.
I will post my photographs from the Skokholm trip shortly.
From now onwards the stars of the macro photography course will be joined by three very photogenic harvest mice. All are captive bred and have no fear of people which allows members to get close to photograph them on a variety of props. Alongside this members get to photograph praying mantis, stick insects and a variety of other mini beasts. After the morning tutorial – which includes everything all the way from macro basics to more advanced techniques like image stacking – we take a walk down to a lake on the farm grounds where a variety of dragonflies, damselflies, spiders, bees and much more can be photographed in the wild.
For more information about the macro photography course visit the course page.
Over the last few months I have been busy photographing for a project which is appearing each month in Photography Monthly magazine. For this project I am photographing the diversity of life which lives around a single oak tree in Norfolk with the aim of documenting everything from ants all the way to buzzards.
This UK project is preparation for a larger project which will take place next year in the Peruvian Amazon. In Peru I will be teaming up with two other wildlife photographers to replicate the UK Oak tree project but on a much larger scale and on an enormous fig tree deep in the rainforest. We will photograph and catalogue the wide array of species from the ground all the way up to the canopy, 200 feet or more above. We will document the bizarre and fascinating life forms around our chosen tree, ranging from tiny invertebrates all the way up to the large charismatic mammals such as jaguars, sloths and giant anteaters. Working with the World Land Trust and a local research lodge we have exclusive access to a host of researchers, methods and logistics that will assist us in compiling a visual catalogue of life in the area. We will combine traditional methods of photography with more advanced techniques such as extreme macro and using infra red technology. Such techniques will allow us to photograph tiny creatures with up to a 5:1 ratio (think of a flea being magnified to the size of a cat!) and to photograph secretive species using infra red beams which detect motion 24 hours a day. Combined, our project will provide the viewer with an inspiring and exciting portrayal of the complex biodiversity inhabiting our chosen tree.
The images from our project will be donated to the World Land Trust to help them raise money to protect rainforest habitats all around the world. We will also run an exhibition to raise awareness about the amazing diversity of life within rainforest regions.
For more information about the project please visit the dedicated website, One Tree in a Billion
I’ve teamed up with expert local naturalist David Diggens from Hidden Norfolk to provide an exclusive boat trip focused on photographing the extensive tern and seal colonies around Blakeney Spit in North Norfolk. With photography in mind, we’ll sail close to the shoreline allowing for you to capture beautiful images of both the terns feeding their young and the seals playing in the wash. A world away from the large tourist boats that speed up and down we will take our time to position the boat to get you the best shots throughout the course. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph common, sandwich and little terns, grey and common seals and a host of other wading birds.
Each trip is limited to just four guests and therefore the intial dates we have set out will likely sell out quickly. For more information visit the seal and tern photography workshop page.
I’m happy to say that the kingfishers have survived another tough winter and have returned to the river again. Activity levels are high already and the male is chasing around after the female in preparation for the breeding season. Last year the kingfishers raised three broods of young and I hope this year will be equally successful for them.
I’ve made a few changes to the area and it is now possible to change the perch so you can get creative with your photography and choose anything from mossy branches to bulrushes.
As a bonus, a family of otters have been frequenting the river on a regular basis so if you are really really lucky you may just get to see them too!
I’ve already booked up most of the dates but have just added a few more kingfisher photography course dates in April, you can view them at the kingfisher page.
Winter has arrived in full force and Norfolk is receiving a fair amount of snow. I’m making the most of this opportunity to get out there and capture as much wildlife as I can with beautiful snowy backdrops. The woodland birds hide is a hive of activity during these tough and cold days and it’s one of the best times to photograph the wild inhabitants of the wood as they get braver the more hungry they get.
There are a few spaces left on the woodland birds photography course over the next few months, visit the woodland bird page for more information.
One of the perks of being a wildlife photographer is that I get to see nature up close. However, sometimes wildlife just gets too close! I’m currently working on wide angle flight shots of my wild barn owl but it seems to want to take control of the other side of the camera!!!! Thought I’d share this photograph with you all, it made me laugh on an otherwise fairly bleak morning!
For more information about barn owl workshops please visit the barn owl photography workshop page.
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