Mid Wales Landscapes and Wildlife

Mid Wales Landscapes and Wildlife
  • £495 /person
  • Deposit: £150
  • Location: Mid Wales, Elan Valley and beyond
  • Dates:
    • 5 - 7 July 2016
    • 17 - 19 October 2016
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Leader: Janette Hill and Richard Davies
  • Group Size: Max 10
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Overview

A chance to explore this enchanting area of Wales to take landscapes and wildlife images with your own private falconry display included.

This will be a fun filled experience with a view to seeing as much (or as little!) as you want of Mid Wales and what it has to offer.  From amazing landscapes to an abundance of wildlife you will not be short of subjects to photograph.    The days will be filled with opportunities to practice your techniques or to simply just watch and be amazed at the antics of the Red Kites at Gigrin and the speed at which a falcon will fly while  you are trying to take a photograph of it!

Evenings will be spent going through your images, if you want this, and advice given throughout the day.  Janette Hill and Richard Davies will be on site to help with the history and story of the areas we are visiting together with hints and tips for your photography. Richard will delight you with his tales of  Mid Wales. Chris, our falconer will also entertain you with his stories about his birds. Chris is one of the most sought after falconers in the UK

This is what our clients say:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Mid-Wales workshop; Janette’s style combined a little bit of challenge with plenty of room to go my own way, so I found myself taking shots I wouldn’t normally try without feeling coerced into something I didn’t want to do – an excellent balance between help when needed and freedom to experiment.  The falconry day was great fun and seemed to pass in a flash, which is always a good sign. And there was no danger of coming away hungry as Richard practically force-fed us the whole time – note this is not a complaint! All in all a relaxed, rewarding and enjoyable few days – thanks Janette!”    Steve T

“I have just spent a great few days with Janette on her Mid-Wales Landscape and Wildlife course.   Janette’s enthusiasm and  help cannot be faulted – she did not impose her own ideas for either subject, but rather gave advice/hints and suggestions as to how we could alter our own outlook on the various situations we were presented with each day, not to mention individual help (when needed) on how to get the best images for each situation.

Falconer, Chris, was a delight and pleasure to work with and his love for his charges was very obvious.  He too was a great to work with and did everything he could (without upsetting the birds) to help us get shots of them in the most natural and appropriate settings we could, whilst also ensuring we all got the specific shots we  had in mind.

I would not hesitate to recommend Janette to others who wish to spend a few days doing something a little different and in fact am look forward to joining her on another session in the near future.

Thanks Janette”.    Karen T

 

 

Client Testimonials

What You'll Learn

  • How to use shutter speed priority
  • How to use aperture priority
  • Why use shutter speed or aperture priority, what is the difference?
  • About histograms
  • Macro skills and techniques
  • about the flora and fauna of Mid Wales
  • Manual settings
  • The use of filters

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Client Testimonials

  • Peter M

    “I’ve just recovered from my second workshop with Janette, the Mid-Wales Safari.  The weather was rotten, we got wet and cold and lenses got rain on them and it was pure magic.  None of these things manifested themselves until we got back to the warm, welcoming B&B and a mug of steaming tea.    The farm was as close as possible to being home from home, the food was just like mum made, the hosts Jane and Richard were  warm , friendly and extremely informative  in exactly the way Janette is herself, always there but never imposing.      Photographically it was magnificent, the Elan Valley, Red Kites feeding and the day spent with Hawks and Owls. As to the farm breakfast was to die for.        I have no hesitation in unreservedly recommending this workshop to anyone who loves photography, great scenery, great birds. and great food.
    This Lady certainly knows how to pick places”

  • Fiona

    “The Mid Wales landscape and wildlife workshop provides a good balance of landscape and wildlife photography allowing people to understand the different requirements and appreciate the differences .  Janette provides help when required but does not impose when you want to get on and take photographs.    I went on the trip with a new camera and lenses.  Janette was very patient when I kept forgetting where the buttons were on the camera!  I was not expecting to come back with any good photographs, my aim was to learn how to use the camera, but with Janette’s tuition I managed to come back with some of the best photographs I have ever taken.    The accommodation provided by Jane and Richard was very good.   It was warm, friendly and a lovely place to go back to in the evening.    I would recommend this workshop; I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.”

Description

This mid week break in mid Wales will provide the opportunity for you to spend time in this delightful part of Wales taking photographs of the landscape and wildlife.

The place where we stay has its own pair of nesting Red Kites.  It will be our base while we spend the days visiting iconic areas such as the Elan Valley with its beautiful reservoirs and Abergswen where there are a number of nature reserves to observe wildlife.     We will spend an afternoon at Gigrin Farm, famous for Red Kites as it feeds them every single day of the year .  It is truly an amazing spectacle to see so many Red Kites at once.  You will also see Buzzards, Crows and the odd chicken!    We may also spend a day at Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park to photograph the waterfalls and possibly Dippers in the river leading up to the falls.

On the third day you will have your very own private falconry display at the farm where our Falconer arrives with a selection of Birds of Prey for you to photograph.  This will be a great opportunity for you to obtain some magnificent shots and  to practice flight shots of Kestrel, Falcons and Owls in addition to static shots of the birds in various poses and natural settings.

At the end of the trip you will go home with a great collection of photographs and happy memories of Mid Wales.

  • Included
  • Accommodation, Bed and Breakfast
  • Evening Meals
  • Falconers fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tuition
  • All transport
  • Guide fees
  • Lunches
  • Excluded
  • Personal Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal camera insurance
  • Day 1
    • Arrive at the Farm and settle in
    • Evening meal at the farm
    • Informal chat about landscape and wildlife photography techniques and skills, hints and tips!
  • Day 2
    • Hearty Breakfast and chat about the day ahead
    • Morning Drive to Elan Valley to practice our landscape photography skills
    • Visit Gigrin Farm to take photographs of Red Kites in the afternoon
    • Evening meal at farm and informal chat about the days activities and the day ahead!
  • Day 3
    • Hearty Breakfast and chat about the day ahead
    • Stay at the farm for your very own private falconry display
    • Practice static shots of birds of prey in various natural settings
    • Practice flight shots of Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Harris Hawk, Kestrel and Gyr x Saker Falcons amongst others
    • Have a go at Macro photography to capture the magnificent detail in the features of the birds
    • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to availability and weather! You will not miss out on photographic opportunities though!
  • Do I need to be fit?

    You will need to be able to walk short distances only as transport is provided.  You will also need to be able to carry your camera!   A reasonable level of fitness is required only!

  • I have a friend/partner who is not interested in photography but they would like to come for the scenery and a short break. Would this be ok?

    Yes of course!   You do not need to be a photographer to enjoy the landscapes and wildlife of mid Wales.  Everyone is made welcome and there is much on offer to enjoy without taking any photographs at all.    All non photographers are welcome.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    First Class!  You will be staying in a Welsh 60 acre farm with all rooms comfortably furnished and fully heated.   All linen and towels are provided.   There is ample parking and a separate shared laundry room.  All rooms have a flat screen TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and comfy leather chairs.

  • What is the food like?

    A good hearty breakfast will await you each morning with plenty of choice including, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, fruit juice, toast (made with home made bread), home made jams and preserves and all manner of cooked items for you to choose from.    Lunch will be rolls or sandwiches (with a filling of your choice) with cake, chocolate, tea and coffee.  Evening meals are all home cooked and three courses.   Tea and coffee is available at all times.     We try to provide exactly what you want to eat, you will not go hungry.    Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements in order that we can accommodate you.

     

  • What camera equipment do I need?

    Tripods are essential.  All cameras will be fine.  The aims of this course are for you to enjoy your photography.  You can take a photograph with all cameras, what is important is that you enjoy what you are doing and that you are happy with the images that you are taking.    As this trip includes landscapes and wildlife photography we recommend that you bring all of your kit together with your camera manual and we will spend time with you exploring the options available to you from wide angle shots to the use of zooms and macro.     Janette is on hand at all times with hints, tips and suggestions.     More detailed advice and information is provided with the joining instruction sent to you before each trip.

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