Curlew by guest Ian Watson

Fortunate to work in many disciplines, I enjoy nothing more than passing on the knowledge I have gained over the years and helping others to achieve results they are delighted with. It is a huge privilege.

Last year I had some lovely feedback from guests and that has been added (unedited) into the main workshop pages.

This year’s Summer workshop was not the easiest, with cold winds and wet weather in early July making it hard to see some of the species we normally take for granted in Summer. Nevertheless, guests were patient and we got some good results.

One guest in particular was relatively new to photography, so it was a case of setting up his camera from scratch and starting from basics. A pleasant location; learning and practicing new skills with safe subjects. He was a fast learner, so as the weather improved we headed out with Simon, our guide, to a wonderful valley in search of Eagles and more.

We quickly found a Red-legged partridge perched on a wall, so quick as a flash the cameras came out. This was quickly followed by a few Curlew in a rugged paddock close to the road, then Oystercatchers, Grey Wagtail and a compliant Common Sandpiper.

The pictures below speak for themselves - using back button focus for the first time, the pictures are well composed, pin-sharp and shake-free. Not bad for Day 1 of a 4 days course.

I mentioned satisfaction - my guest’s feedback dropped into the Inbox yesterday - it is the first time I have ever reproduced a form in full, but I am truly delighted to share it here unedited.

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NB All feedback we receive is published unedited. Originals are available for inspection on request.

Red Legged Partridge by guest Ian Watson