Join professional photographer Victoria Hillman on one of her favourite nature reserves, for a creative & fun photography workshop!
If you enjoy watching and photographing smaller wildlife, such as dragonflies & damselflies, and want to improve or expand your photography skills and creativity, this workshop is for you!
We will be exploring a wonderful nature reserve on the internationally important Somerset Levels and Moors, an area covering approximately 170,000 acres. We will spend the morning at Westhay Moor, part of the Avalon Marshes. It is one of the finest remaining lowlands left in Britain and an important habitat for many different species. As such it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Westhay Moor is reclaimed from the remnants of industrial-scale peat extraction and has the largest surviving remnant of lowland acid mire in the South West. It is home to many different and interesting plant and invertebrate species including many damselflies and dragonflies and sundew carnivorous plants.
We will take a slow walk to the reserve from the car park keeping our eyes open for all kinds of wildlife, including amphibians and roosting invertebrates in the grass. We will take a walk around the mire and through the alder and birch woodland where we can find sundews and royal ferns and if we’re lucky green tiger beetles.
What photography topics we will cover
wide (f2.8) allows for blurring of surrounding areas
small (f9) brings more of the image into focus
artificial allows for different lighting options
backgrounds, foregrounds & surrounding areas
Fast shutter speed give crisp sharp images
Slow shutter speed with allow for movement blurring
Photographing In The Field
The welfare of the wildlife will always come first and we will not be moving any of the subjects or gardening around them for a better photograph
Instead we will look at how to use the habitat to frame and work with our subjects
We will cover some field craft skills, how and where to look for different species and how best to photograph them both for identification and more creative images
What To Bring
Camera(s), lenses (ideally a macro lens), compact camera also works if that is what you use and I would recommend a tripod if you have one
Outdoor clothing – waterproofs, fleeces, outdoor shoes, it can be very chilly at that time in the morning and very wet
Lunch/snacks/drink – these are not provided for this workshop
Important Information Including Health & Safety
- Please DO NOT leave any valuables in the car or leave anything visible
- There are ticks present so please be mindful of this
- If it’s a clear sunny day, please bring sunscreen/hat as parts of the reserve are exposed to the elements
- There are NO facilities at the reserve, please make a pit stop if needed before hand
- It can be wet first thing so it’s worth brining waterproofs, especially trousers
- The ground can be uneven in places but it is flat, we will be taking it very slow so we don’t miss anything
Contact us now to find out more or reserve places on what we expect to be a very popular workshop!