GREY SEAL MINI BREAK
The Grey Seal Mini Break is an Ideal place to learn Photography or just hone your skills, especially when you have subjects like the Grey Seal to photograph. These magnificent animals come on to land to breed in the winter months in the UK which gives the perfect opportunity for them to be photographed and watched.
You will see interactions such as mothers feeding their new pups, Bull Seals breeding with Cows and Bulls fighting to see who gets to breed. It is a fantastic time that is not to be missed for any wildlife photographer.
We do all this while keeping the seals best interests in mind. We will NOT get too close to the animals we will be always watching our surroundings and for signs of distress.
On this workshop we will be focusing on all the techniques that is required for photographing wildlife, including Shutter Speed, Aperture priority, composition, how to deal with camera shake.
We will also cover how to get the best photograph without disturbing the subject, how to approach the seals and to spot signs of distress in the animal.
The equipment that is best suited for the type of photography that we are doing and techniques to get the perfect shot which include camera-shake and how to get sharp pictures.
GREY SEAL MINI BREAK OVERVIEW
The Grey Seal mini break course is conducted in Norfolk over TWO days. Norfolk is a real hot spot in December for Grey Seals because it is in the middle of the pupping season so you can get a lot of interaction between the pup and the mother, and also mating between the Cows and Bulls, plus with the added fact that it is winter when the sun is low in the sky all day you can get some wonderful atmospheric shots. With the Seals been wild animals in their natural habitat the course is limited to two people per mini break as not to stress out any of the animals.
Equipment you will need
For this Seal Photography Workshop you will need a camera with a focal length of 300mm minimum, a 200-500mm or a 150-600mm would be ideal.
A tripod with either a video head or a gimbal head or a ball head so you have full range of motion, and a lot of warm clothes and waterproofs, you will also need good quality shoes that are waterproof as we will be on wet sand all day, a lens and camera cover is also ideal, spare batteries and camera cleaning equipment is also a good idea. You may also want a UV filter to protect your lens glass from the salt and sand.
What’s included in the price
This is a TWO day mini break which is either Thursday & Friday or Saturday & Sunday. We will be staying at the Sandcastles guest house in Great Yarmouth which has a 9.3 rating on Booking.com
You will receive the following. Accommodation for TWO nights (Wednesday and Thursday nights for the Thursday and Friday course, and Friday and Saturday nights for the Saturday and Sunday course)
Food is also included within the price Two evening meals provided by myself and a packed lunches provided by the guest house, plus travel to and from the location where we will be photographing the Grey Seals.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE is your travel costs to Great Yarmouth from your house and your travel back home after the course.
After each day of photography we will review our photographs and talk about them and how we can improve on them if needed.
Their will be a fair amount of walking involved so you will need a good level of fitness to do this course.
With only taking two people on this course it will leave plenty 1-2-1 time to spend with each student and also their is less chance of disturbing the Seals.
Because everyone has different levels of ability so we can concentrate on your abilities and get you those pictures that you always wanted.
The Norfolk coast is wild and rugged which makes a fantastic backdrop when photographing Grey seals. We will look to capture a wide variety of pictures from intimate moments between mother and pup to action shots, along with lots of portraits of these amazing animals .
What you may see on the Grey seal Mini break or take a look at my YouTube video below
With the nature of this photography, we can not guarantee that you will see all the animals listed. Also, the workshop will go ahead whatever the weather so any payment made is non-refundable unless extreme circumstances dictate otherwise and due to our opinion.
We will not be held responsible for any equipment damage, theft or personal injury while attending the workshop participants do so at their own risk!
If you pay a deposit you will be required to pay the remaining balance 48 hours before the day of the course. If you fail to pay the full amount before the day of the course you will lose your deposit and will not be able to attend the course.
Jon Ingarfield –
Grey seal photography mini break
Weekend spent with Steve photographing grey seals near Great Yarmouth. Steve was happy to tailor his tutoring of photography techniques to my level of experience and ability. I found the course to be both informative and enjoyable.
Date of experience: 14 January 2023
By Jon Ingarfield