The grey clouds had finally split on Saturday morning and the sun was climbing steadily in clear skies as I set off from Leeds to Ribblesdale deep in the Yorkshire Dales to get some more limestone pavement photographs in my portfolio. The limestone pavements can be tricky to photograph so, to put me through my paces I signed up to a Ribblesdale workshop httpyorkshire-photography-workshops.co.uk with trusted professionals Sam Oakes and Mark Sunderland to put me through my paces.
Malham For those who have not been you will be inspired The natural amphitheatre of the cove itself is something to behold. The vertical curving cliffs 300 metres wide and some 80 metres high are spectacular.
For over a decade now we have been returning to The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus TRNC very much in a holiday capacity to unwind from the stresses of busy jobs. We are really enchanted by Northern Cyprus and its people and so too have my aunt and uncle been as they bought a home in a beautiful village which is a home in the sun of peace joy and tranquillity which they generously share with the family today.
The weather had been its usual unpredictable self and a March workshop planned to coincide with the gannet inshore migration back to their seasonal nesting sites at one of the UKs major sites at Bempton cliffs on the Yorkshire east coast looked like being ANOTHER day of grey and miserable weather Then, all things changed thank goodness and, as it happened, a window of opportunity between passing weather fronts gave us all the opportunity for some predicted sunny blue skies for a great photo shoot. It didnt go all our way however.
The magic of North Norfolk has been drawing us back to the county like a magnet for many years. Come rain or shine we just love it. As wildlife enthusiasts and folk who like some creature comforts at the end of a day, Norfolks coast has everything to offer. The unique coastline and countryside always makes for an interesting stay and the wide open sandy beaches, unique salt marshes and rolling countryside with panoramic skies give North Norfolk its distinctive flavour. Inland in the open fields we have often seen hares running and boxing. Magical
No rendezvous with the birds today, wed have to wait to meet again another year we had a full days drive ahead of us with chauffeur planned to take us on a spectacular trip through the Western Cape National Park and on to the Cape of Good Hope itself.
After a great deal of travelling and many hours in the air, we finally arrived at our South African destination the impeccable 12 Apostles Hotel. The hotel is perfectly placed facing the Atlantic ocean some distance down the coast away from the bustle of Cape Town but close enough still to enjoy its attractions.
It has long been an ambition of mine to get some decent images of beautiful Owls and birds of prey. I have had some owl sighting, but never came close to getting anything with the camera. Now, finally, the offer of seeing a wide range of owls up close and photographing them on a dedicated Birds of Prey workshop with Paul Miguel was not to be missed
Despite buying the informative e-book httpwww.dojoklo.comFullStopNikonD7000Experience.htm created by Doug Klostermann explaining all the settings in detail for my new Nikon D7000, could I really fathom it still No The Nikon manual was also confusing. Time to recruit wildlife expert Paul Miguel and see if he could throw some light on the technicalities as a major part of the camera use was going to be for wildlife coupled with some big lenses either bought or hired.