Last weekend I had the opportunity to deliver a macro photography course to a sold out group near Omagh. Rarely do I get to deliver a course in such a picturesque setting - the An Creagan visitors centre sits in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains in Co. Tyrone, between Omagh and Cookstown. Natural peat bog land surrounds the site and provides an area rich in natural beauty and biodiversity. It is an ideal nature photography location.
We started the first day in torrential rain - luckily the course content meant that we had some theory to cover before people got down and dirty with their macro kit. Everyone had great camera kit ranging from Nikon d300's through to Canon and Panasonic & I was flying the ever lonely flag for Olympus! After lunch everyone got stuck in to some still-life macro flowers, moss from the peat bog, bog wood, and other assorted closeup stuff to test their newly learned macro skills.
Day 2 saw some drier weather come in - so we were able to spend all day outside. The morning session was based on flowers, rain drops on pine needles, fir cones and other naturally abundant macro subjects. The guys got some really great shots, and used their newly honed macro skills to great effect.
The afternoon session was less hands on from me and I took the group up on to the peat bog where the challenge was to find their own, less obvious macro shots amongst the barren bog landscape. They stepped up to the mark and I found them photographing slugs, beetles, and an assortment of textured closeups - a very talented group of photographers!
All in all, I had the pleasure of teaching a great bunch of people, who took to macro photography and it's tricky concepts straightaway - an absolute pleasure to see the passion for photographing closeup subjects develop!! I have to mention Martin Cassidy and the catering team at An Creagan - these guys know how to look after you, the restaurant staff are second to none, making me feel really welcome on my short one night stay in the nearby cottages. I'd encourage you to visit for some great food and craic, and to take in some wonderful natural scenery and wildlife while you are there.
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!