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Photography Experience Workshop

Price: £164.00

Enjoy day photographing a large variety of stunning birds of prey at fantastic private location. With expert tuition from Andrew James, you will photograph the birds perched and flying in lovely natural countryside. 

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Date Added
12/16/2018
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ENJOY A day photographing a large variety of stunning birds of prey at location that is NOT open to the general public. You will get the chance to photograph the birds both perched and flying in lovely natural countryside. This day is limited to eight people to ensure all those  taking part have a great opportunity to take some superb photos.

You will be guided in the photography by Andrew James

Andrew James has worked on and edited various specialist magazines during a 26 year career in publishing but found the best use of his combined skills during a 15 year shift on Practical Photography. He also leads and assists in photography workshops and holidays in the UK and abroad and takes on assorted publishing and photography tasks.

About the day

The collection of birds of prey you will photograph includes Red-tailed Buzzards, Great Horned Owl, Harris hawk, Eurasian Eagle Owl, African Spotted Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Snowy Owl, Lanner Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Eagle, Great Grey Owl, Brown Wood Owl and Burrowing Owl.

Which specific species will be photographed on the day will depend on weather conditions and the temperament of an individual bird to conditions. For this reason we have to remain flexible and in all circumstances the welfare of the birds come first.

All the birds are in superb condition and you'll be able to learn a lot about them all from our experienced falconers . You will, of course, receive lots of camera instruction and creative help from both John and Andrew during the day.

Gear requirements

A great deal of care will be taken to ensure the birds and the environment they are in look as natural as possible. The following are my recommendations for equipment but for further advice please email me using the contact form:

  • Digital SLR, Compact System Camera or Bridge camera with manual control.
  • A lens that allows you to stand back from the birds and still fill the frame is needed so a minimum focal length of 200mm is best, although you may get the chance for some wider shots too.
  • Tripods are NOT allowed when working in a group and are generally unnecessary anyway. You may, however, use a monopod with your long lens.
  • A beanbag can prove handy for low level shots but is not an essential item.
  • Please wear suitable clothes. Expect to get a bit muddy or even damp so over trousers and a jacket are useful.
  • You will not be walking far but a pair of boots is recommended as the grass may be damp.

 

Important info

The welfare of the birds is always our highest priority and it is the decision of the handler as to whether the bird is happy to pose! In the unlikely event of severe weather that prevents the day from happening you will of course receive a refund.

The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Tea and coffee will be available but lunch is not included so please bring a packed lunch and we will have a break in the day for you to eat this.

The venue for the course is a rural location near Market Harborough, Leicestershire. There is plenty of parking at the site. Details on how to find it will be provided.

Event Dates
Currently available dates - 2024
Saturday 4th May
Friday 5th July 
Saturday 14th September 

You can select the option or add a note to your order to indicate if you want to book a particular date.

 
Gift Voucher Details 
The gift voucher pack contains a presentation envelope, gift voucher and details of the experience. This is sent First Class Post under plain cover to you or it can be sent direct to an address of your choice for the recipient. Please make sure you fill in the Gift Voucher Greeting so the recipient knows who sent it.  (no pricing details are sent) The day out can taken any time within 12 months of purchase subject to availability.
 
Deluxe Presentation Pack
Deluxe Pack
Make your gift voucher into something special with our smart green presentation box and gold bow. It includes a description of your day out, a real leather mini falconer's gauntlet (various colours) and falconry bell made by the ancient process in Lahore, Pakistan. This is a lovely presentation pack that will be a joy to unwrap.
 
Making your purchase is easy. There are options to pay by credit card or cheque and you can do it online or telephone 08456 522543 
 
Your order and voucher are valid for for the dates scheduled on the voucher. You can also telephone to check availability prior to purchase and we will make a booking and take your order.

You need to know

  • Experience Duration 6 Hours approximately

  • Your order and voucher are valid for for the dates scheduled on the voucher. You can also telephone to check availability prior to purchase and we will make a booking and take your order.

  • Weather can affect this session but light rain usually does not stop us going ahead. Please check our web updates or call to make sure all systems are go.

  • You will join a group of up to 8 participants for the session.

2 Product Reviews - Average rating 5 / 5 (Show All)
Excellent Photography Workshop with Andrew and John
- 10/14/2023
An excellent hands-on photography workshop, with guidance from Andrew and John. The setting (and weather) was perfect and there were a wide range of birds to photograph. Highly recommended if you are a beginner, or a casual birder like myself, who wants tread more
A grand day out photographing birds of prey.
- 10/11/2023
First time here for the photography experience, and it won’t be my last! A super day and thanks to the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, suitable for all skill levels of photographer. Starting with some static set-ups before moving on to flying the birdsread more
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