Photograph wild birds of the Yorkshire Dales with wildlife photographer Paul Miguel. Capture close up images of Red Grouse, Curlew and Golden Plover on Swaledale’s wild heather moors.
Swaledale is the ideal location for this bird photography course in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Heather moorland is home to large populations of red grouse which can easily be photographed from the roadside. The early Spring Workshop also provides opportunities for curlew, lapwing, oystercatcher and golden plover. At this time of year the evocative calls of upland birds fill the air: male grouse call with outsretched necks; curlews bubble on on fluttering wings and lapwings utter their pee-wit call as they climb and tumble above the moor. The August Workshop concentrates on red grouse – with a stunning carpet of purple heather, the conditions are perfect for capturing beautiful portraits and creating colourful wildlife photographs.
These photography workshops are limited to just two people. Tuition will be given on exposure; lighting; shutter speeds and apertures along with techniques for focusing and composition. We start early in the day to make the most of the light as morning is often the most magical time for bird photography. We use the car as a hide, which can lead to very close encounters. With constant shelter we don’t need to worry about the weather – in fact, a rain shower can provide some of the most interesting wildlife photos! In the afternoon we set out on foot to search out red grouse using fieldcraft.
We break for a filling Yorkshire lunch in Reeth where we can review and discuss our images. This workshop is ideal for those fairly new to bird photography; experienced photographers will benefit from working at a very reliable and natural setting in Yorkshire.
These Yorkshire Dales Bird Photography Workshops can also be booked on a One to One basis or purchased as a Gift Voucher.
Cost: £175 per person
Dates 2017: Sunday 13th August (2 Places Available)
Time: 6.30am – 3.00pm
Maximum number: 2
What’s included: tuition; lunch with refreshments; transport during the workshop; feedback on images
Equipment: Lenses from 300mm upwards; beanbag; optional equipment – tripod/monopod, flash-gun
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