Queen Elizabeth's Walk Barnes, London SW13 9WT, London
Join us for a full day shooting wildlife with tuition.
• If you want me to teach you how to use flash in wildlife photography during this day, then check this other Meetup.
Wildlife is prolific at the LWC. With over 200 species of bird recorded on site since 2000 there are also water voles, dragonflies, frogs, snakes, slow worms, bats, newts and butterflies, etc. The marsh frogs make an amazing sound at this time of year! And don´t forget the otters!
What will this workshop cover?
- An explanation about wildlife photography techniques (beginners and intermediate)
- How to tweak your autofocus system to the wildlife in front of you (birds and other animals)
- How to use rear focusing
- What to look for in a good wildlife photography - Constant group advice, individual 1:1 time with me
- Review of 5 best shots of the day, some editing advice
- Information about best gear for wildlife photography.
There are six hides, perfect for both watching wildlife and photography where you can see reptiles, amphibians and numerous dragonflies and butterflies as well as water voles. The itinerary:
[masked] Meet in the car park and get some great frog shots before the centre opens at 10.00.
10.00 From the entrance, head for the cafe and grab a coffee while discussing camera settings and tactics for the day. 11.00 Begin our first REAL photography session. First otter feeding.
13.00 Meet back at the cafe for lunch for those that want it, free shooting time for those who don't or who bring a packed lunch and want to eat on the job. Here we can also look at your shots and offer further advice if needed. 13.40 Head over to the otter holts for their afternoon feeding, with time to get into position and discuss camera settings.
14.00 Second photograph session - otter feeding. We will get some great close ups here.
14.20 Third photograph session - along the South Route. These are all wild areas and you can shoot from hides or in the open. In small groups we will shoot sand martins, herons, small grebe, woodpeckers, wigeon and more. There's also plenty of chance to capture those frogs!
15.00 The end of our organised day. Use the free time to visit any unseen areas, or areas you would like to return to.
17.00 The reserve closes.
• Longer lenses best for capturing birds and close ups.
•OPTIONAL BUT CONVENIENT: Supports - Tripods (outdoors only may be cumbersome in the hides), monopod, beanbags, bags of rice or beans to rest your camera on! Lunch:
• Food - there is a cafe on site or bring in a packed lunch and drinks with you. Cost: •£11.91 entrance fee not included.
• If 12 or more attend this workshop we can get a entrance discount at £10.12 per person. Travel:
The 283 bus goes direct to the centre from Hammersmith bus station (stand K), or 33, 72 and 209 stop nearby (alight at the Red Lion stop, approximately 150 metres walk from the wetland centre).
Barnes rail station is just 25 minutes from Waterloo or 10 minutes from Clapham Junction. It is then a 15 minute walk to the wetland centre (or 5 minutes by buses 72 or 33). You can also alight at Barnes Bridge station then walk through Barnes village (about a 15 minute walk) or catch a 209 bus (alight at the bus stop opposite the Red Lion pub, which is approximately 150 metres from the Centre).
Hammersmith tube (on the Piccadilly and District & Circle Lines) is the nearest tube station. From here it is just a 10 minute bus ride (see above).
The London Wetland Centre is situated on Cycle Route 4, which includes access from the River Thames tow path.
Parking is free
As always check the TFL website for any delays on the day that may affect your journey.
NOTE: The price for this workshop includes TUITION, but the ticket must be paid separately.
You can get a discount voucher for your ticket here: http://www.smartsave.com/uk/london-wetland-centre
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.