Wild Treasures of Lindisfarne

A socially distanced* photography walk exploring the flora, fauna & landscapes of Northumberland's Holy Island

Max 4 photographers / film makers

Next Scheduled Dates

Thursday 13 August 2020 -  SOLD OUT

Thursday 20 August 2020 - Sorry you missed it!

Wednesday 16 September 2020 - SOLD OUT

Friday 25 September 2020 - SOLD OUT

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Fitness level - easy to moderate walking for a day carrying your photography gear

I N T R O D U C T O R Y  O F F E R

Love photographing Britain's wildlife and countryside?

Love exploring on foot, breathing clean sea air and encountering a wide variety of photographic subjects?

Interested in putting a range of nature photography techniques into practice?

Want to spend time with like minded photographers on a safe and socially distanced photography workshop? 

This is for you!

*Please note: this is one of very few workshops we can run at the moment, and in the interests of safety social distancing measures will be in place throughout.  In accordance with current Covid19 advice we have limited the number of places to 6 and all participants will be required to wear masks (self provided) and remain 1+ metres apart at all times.  *For our full safety measures please refer to the booking section below.

Photographer Trai Anfield and wildlife guide Andy Howey invite you to explore Lindisfarne's natural treasures.  

 

This invigorating full day photography walk is the perfect opportunity to encounter a myriad of different natural subjects and practice many different aspects of photography:

 

  • practice your panning technique as fulmars glide at eye level along the cliff tops 

  • follow curlew, lapwing & plover in flight and grazing the shoreline, skylark and blackcap on the dunes

  • switch to macro and capture the orchids, bugloss and harebell that nestle in the dunes

  • while you're in macro mood capture the weird and wonderful insect life of these coastal niche habitats

  • put your fieldcraft into action to get close to roe deer peeping through swaying grasses, and seals on the rocks

  • perfect your landscape photography skills with iconic Lindisfarne castle as an ideal subject

  • beginner friendly relaxed atmosphere

  • already photographically confident? this is an ideal opportunity to learn new and more advanced techniques too

In addition to the wild subjects we will photograph, Andy Howey will bring along an example of one of the raptors that are resident here on Holy Island naturally.  This may be a barn owl, short eared owl, little owl or kestrel.  We will be able to photograph this bird close up and in authentic settings on Lindisfarne.

 

About The Day: Each One Will Be Unique!

Timings for each workshop date are very varied, and very specific, as Lindisfarne becomes completely cut off from the mainland by every high tide for a significant portion of each day.  Of course tide times and heights change throughout the year, so our own timings and schedule are governed by nature too!  Please see the booking section below for exact timings for each date.

Depending on when it is safe to cross the causeway we will try to either start early or stay late to take advantage of golden hour sunrise or sunset light. 

 

Andy grew up here and will guide us to his favourite spots that many visitors will miss on their visit to Holy Island.

 

Trai will be on hand to offer professional photography advice and share creative inspiration, getting the very best out of you and your camera. 

 

Generally we walk for around 3 - 4 miles through the dune system, along the shoreline, around the cliff tops and across the open fields and wetlands.  There will be plenty of stops along the way for photography and food.

The terrain is generally quite flat, and we mainly follow sandy tracks, but may also enter more overgrown areas too.

What Our Guests Say

"I was lucky enough to book on to the Treasures of Lindisfarne Work Shop on 20/08/20. I am new to wildlife photography and was a little nervous as I was not sure what to expect but these nerves were soon forgotten as both Trai and Andy are very relaxed and their passion for photography is obvious.

The location is exceptional it has everything from open fields, dunes, cliffs beaches and castles, with endless subject matters ( including deer, birds in flight, insects, seals, butterflies)  which allowed us to cover several photography techniques including macro, panning and landscape. 

All this has given me the confidence to explore a little more on my own and given me a greater knowledge which will help me improve my photography skills, along with some golden nuggets of information which can only be gained by spending time with a seasoned professional. 

I would highly recommend this to anyone regardless of skill level. I hope to attend another workshop soon." 

J Keegan

2020 Dates and Rates

Dates & Times 

Thursday 13 August 1210 to 2120 (inc sunset)

Thursday 20 August 0815 to1410

Wednesday 16 September 05.55 to 1235 (inc sunrise)

Friday 25 September 12:25 to 20:45 (inc sunset)

All dates and times are strictly in line with safe causeway crossing times and are weather dependent

Also available On Request All Year Round For

1-2-1 or Small Group Tuition

Min 1 - Max 4 photographers / film makers

Rates

To celebrate being able to get out and explore the fabulous Northumberland countryside we are offering a reduction of £40 on this  new and socially distanced workshop 

NOW £155 as part of a group of 3-4 people (usually £195)

£500 private individual workshop

£600 private 2 person workshop

Includes all photography / videography tuition, guiding, falconry

 

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks for the day

I N T R O D U C T O R Y  O F F E R

BOOKING

please click on the date you require and then follow the secure payment instructions through the checkout

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*BOOK SAFELY & WITH PEACE OF MIND:  OUR COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

A personal note from Trai

"The safety of my guests has always been uppermost in my mind, and I have given much thought to appropriate social distancing measures for my workshops.  Though these will be mandatory for the foreseeable future, you can still be assured of a wonderfully intimate experience with the wildlife we encounter.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to the measures below, and for keeping us all safe while we continue to explore new places and enjoy our photography!"

 

Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the workshop at all times.  This means you agree to adhere strictly to the government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which includes the wearing of masks when necessary.  Anyone not complying with safety measures will be asked to leave the workshop.  No refund will be offered in this circumstance.
 

Please do not attend the workshop if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.  

We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent infection.

- This workshop will be 100% held outdoors in the beautiful Northumberland countryside

- No group transport: we will travel separately to the meeting point

- Places are strictly limited to 4

- Please do not greet anyone by shaking hands and avoid physical contact at all times

- Only touch your own photography equipment

- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth

- Guests are asked to please arrive with your own masks (N95, R95, KN95 or surgical masks) and they must be    worn according to WHO safety standards.

- 1m+ distancing will be maintained
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all times 
- Trai will also wear gloves when helping with guest cameras


Other than that it will be business as usual with the most wonderful and creative photographic opportunities!

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT OUR COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

 

"At this time of social distancing, and the wearing of face masks when at a distance of 1 metre or less, it is necessary to continue with as many pastimes as we can.

Having experienced one of your Photographic Workshops I believe my safety and the safety of the whole group was well managed and at no time did I consider myself at risk. 

 

I consider the workshop met all necessary controls to maintain a safe environment.  At the same time, interaction was still possible to provide the necessary coaching along with questions and answers.

Overall, the session was without doubt a valuable experience.  I learnt some very useful tips and the day gave me further confidence to tackle tricky lighting conditions in the future.  Looking forward to other workshops!"

JIM IMBER, pictured above right attending our recent Raptors workshop

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Recommended Kit List

Please note that this will be a day in the field, so you will need to carry your kit for at least a couple of miles, though we will go at a very relaxed pace and will take breaks whenever needed.

  • your camera - we teach on DSLR, Video Camera, Compact, Bridge or even Smartphone

  • if you have a choice of lenses Trai recommends a telephoto lens extending to around 200-400mm for mammals and birds (if you're a very keen birder you may wish to bring an even longer lens) and a wider lens covering around the 24-70mm range for landscapes.  In addition, if you have a macro lens this could come in very handy for the smaller insects and flora which are in abundance at this time of year.

  • a light tripod could come in useful for landscapes and macro photography

  • spare memory cards and batteries - there's a lot to shoot here!

  • waterproof covering for your camera and lens just in case it does rain at times

  • sturdy and waterproof footwear

  • clothing in layers including warm and waterproof outer layers - prepare for anything!

  • in summer a sun hat, suncream and natural midge repellent may be handy
     

You'll need to pack fairly light, but do feel free to bring along any other equipment you would like to use that may enhance the end product, such as filters, remote release etc.

 

More detailed joining instructions are issued when we receive your booking, but please contact us with any questions. 

 

About Your Tutor

Trai Anfield

Your lead tutor is Trai Anfield, award-winning wildlife photographer, former BBC film maker and natural history presenter of BBC Radio 4's Living World, and TV production trainer for Channel 4 Talent. 

 

Trai is a hugely experienced trainer who mentored and trained during her 13 years at the BBC.

She  designed and delivered Creative Factual TV Production workshops for Channel 4 tv network in the UK for six years and has guest lectured at Princeton University on the undergraduate Digital Bootcamp. 

 

So on our safaris and workshops you not only get the benefit of Trai's photographic experience, but the unique option to learn wildlife videography from a BBC trained film maker as well.  

Trai's photography regularly graces international magazines and she has held several solo exhibitions in the UK and US.  She is Photographer In Residence at Alex Walker's Serian safari camps in Kenya's Maasai Mara and regularly designs and leads photographic safaris on five continents.

 

Trai is committed to supporting a range of conservation & community charities in the UK and Africa by donating time, resources and profits from her work.  These include Gorilla Doctors, Mara Predator Conservation Programme and Friends of Red Kites NE.

About Your Guide

Andy Howey

Your guide on this photographic exploration of Lindisfarne is Andy Howey.

Andy is Northumberland born and bred and still lives locally, keeping an eye on the best that each season has to offer across the region in terms of wildlife and landscapes.

Andy is also co-owner of Andy Howey's Birds of Prey & Reptiles, based in Northumberland.  He regularly works with Trai to provide photographers with intimate workshops learning to photograph British birds of prey in authentic natural settings.  

As a bonus on this workshop, in addition to the wildlife we will encounter, Andy will bring along a bird of prey that would naturally live here on Lindisfarne so that we can have a chance to photograph it in  a range of locations across the island.

Photo credits on this page: Trai Anfield plus Andy Howey & Jimsumo - thanks guys!

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