Last summer I spent a fantastic day learning about wildlife photography on Nigel Wilson’s photography course held at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. So when the opportunity arose to join the class again, well, you didn’t have to ask me twice. Here are some of the day’s images.
A few weeks ago I went on a one-day wildlife photography workshop at Port Lympne wildlife park ( http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne ), led by my favourite photography teacher Nigel Wilson ( http://www.photographycourses.org.uk ) and, as it’s been a rainy day here today, I’ve taken the time to sort through my images. I struggled with a dodgy telephoto lens during the morning, with most of my photos turning out blurry, but changed to a Nikon DX 55-200 telephoto lens after lunch and managed to capture some shots of tigers and lions (and a shot of cheetahs and a gorilla) that I’m pleased with. Lesson learned — always carry spare lenses! It was a very sunny June day, so I used a filter to cut out the glare — this was a huge help as well.
Here they are. What do you think?
The sun was shining us, quite literally, on Friday when my photography group (www.photographycourses.org.uk) visited the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, Surrey. It didn’t start out that way, though. I woke up several times the night before with the rain battering the window glass. “It’ll be done by 7,” I thought. But no. not done by 7, or 8, or 9. No cancellation email though, so I put on double layers and waterproofs and headed out for what was turning out to be a very soggy day.
But then, at 10, as we all stepped out of the canteen at the Centre, fortified by hot teas and coffees, the rain stopped. And, an hour later, some blue appeared in the sky. And by the early afternoon, we had sun. And the animals were as happy to see it as we were.
Somedays are days you know you will remember. Always. Friday was one of those rare days for me. I spent the day with ten other lucky photographers on a wildlife photography workshop run by Nigel Wilson (www.photographycourses.org.uk) at the British Wildlife Centre (www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk) in Lingfield, Surrey. We had the run of the centre to ourselves for the day, and it was marvelous. Here are a few photos of the delightful red squirrels, quick-as-a-flash weasels, a regal black mink, a tiny harvest mouse (about the size of your thumb), some very slippery otters, a hungry polecat, and some fierce Scottish wildcats. More to come tomorrow!