The third seasonal course of this series was held on 25th & 26th January, and the first of 2014. I've had some really good workshops this past year, and this Woodland Bird course was up there with them.
With some new faces, old faces, and some attending in a professional capacity, it was a great group. Everyone had a good range of equipment and skills, and we started the Saturday getting to know the equipment, techniques, tips & tricks of bird photography. The weather tried it's best to dampen spirits with a heavy hail shower at one point - but we persevered and the sun came out for a few spells.
I set a challenge for the guys to get a coal tit shot over the 2 days, and I think most were successful, but as anyone who has tried will know - they aren't easy. That kept them busy for while!
Sunday was a better day all round, with more time in the woodland spent on how to construct a feeding station without affecting the environment, feeding techniques, and more ideas around how to produce quality small bird portraits and habitat shots.
We ended the day with some birds in flight over the lough, not an easy concept. But the guys all took to the basic techniques very quickly and all produced some very fine flight shots.
A very enjoyable two days - with some great people, food and crac!
Thanks to Andy Griggs and the education team for the hard work in organising, hosting and promoting the workshop - and Pauline in the cafe for the exceptional food and service as always. And last but not least, the participants who make it all possible - see you in Apri
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!