Sunday, 8 March 2009

Winter Pho-tours in Shetland 2009 / 2010

With the winter coming to and end, Shetland Wildlife are delighted to announce that they will once again be offering tailor-made winter pho-tours in 2009/10 to complement their popular photographic holidays in the summer. There is no set itinerary as such, and as your guide, I'll create the trip around your specific requirements and chosen subjects. I recommend a four or five day trip anytime from mid November - early March and over the course of these days, we could expect to photograph a wide variety of subjects including:

  • family parties of Whooper Swans
  • flocks of Long-tailed Ducks and Common Eiders
  • Great Northern Diver in winter plumage
  • Black Guillemots in winter plumage
  • Glaucous and Iceland Gulls
  • Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones
  • hauled out and swimming Grey & Common Seals
  • Twite and Snow Buntings at our baited sites
  • good opportunities for Otters (involves two night stay on Yell, Unst or Fetlar or 3 - 4 weeks notice so we can place hides at Mainland sites)
  • dramatic winter sunsets
  • the chance of the Aurora Borealis
  • chance to photograph Up Helly Aa (in late January 2010)

As your guide, I'll hopefully make you a more proficient photographer by showing how to:

  • Approach birds and set up your shots
  • Design the image - learn composition, pose, perspective and background
  • See and work with different lighting conditions
  • Understand exposure - we'll cover all metering techniques and what to use when
  • Study sharpness and long lens technique with converters and extension tubes
  • Improve your action and flight photography technique
  • Maximise your equipment: show you when and how to use what you've got
  • Use your flash - and remove your fears! I'll cover both fill-flash and main-flash
  • Learn simple digital darkroom basics with tips, techniques and much more!

Interested? Please provide an idea of what subjects you'd like to tackle and I'll provide a guideline itinerary and a price. You can e mail this to Shetland Wildlife or give me a call direct at the office on 01950 422483.