28 March 2012

Curlews in the Fog

After half an hour sat in the car in semi-sleep, I decided I might as well get out and take my chances. The fog was so thick that visibility must have been down to about thirty feet. Still, I had bothered to drive here, so it was a waste not to try something. Walking slowly through the fields, I saw little, apart from the occasional woodpigeon or flock of crows resting in the tree tops. Suddenly I heard one of the most distinctive calls in my memory banks; that of the curlew. I turned quickly to see a lone bird appear out of the fog, calling as he flew past.

Around twenty minutes later I was treated to an even better sight - a pair of curlews that did a circuit around the field, giving me ample time to compose and track them in flight. The dense fog made for an interesting low contrast image, and great atmosphere.

I am currently looking to arrange farmland wildlife photography workshops on this farm in Yorkshire so watch this space or keep an eye on my photography course website www.naturephotographycourses.co.uk

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22 March 2012

Dancing Grouse

Dancing Grouse by Paul Miguel
Dancing Grouse, a photo by Paul Miguel on Flickr.

I photographed this agressive male as he chased a younger bird. He was a real brute!!

Landscape Photography in Ribblesdale

When I first started offering photography workshops I wasn't too sure how much I would really enjoy it. Over the past few years running various photography courses in Yorkshire, I've learnt a lot and met many new people. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy spending these days with like minded people, creating images within some of the best scenery in the U.K.  The following images were taken on a landscape workshop in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. We visited three locations during the day - each one with a completely different feel, demanding different techniques. The limestone pavement was shot at Winskill near Langthwaite, a cracking location high above the valley with a classic lone hawthorn tree.

Down in the valley at Stainforth Force, I did something I never do. I had a go with some black and white! Now, I don't think I will ever be an Ansel Adams, but it's good to experiment; move out of your comfort zone, and try something different. That's one of the things about doing workshops - it often prompts you to be a little more creative, and I do believe that all photographers can only benefit from watching others and how they work...