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Autumn colour is now adorning the trees and our summer almost seems a distant memory. For me the spring and summer months bring many photographic opportunities in the UK. With daylight hours at there longest, it gives me a good chance to photograph at first light and also long into the evening. I had a few personal projects I was wanting to work on along with running photographic workshops for guests to take images of Kingfishers and Little Owls.

After landing back in the country from a successful trip to Uganda, I ran several Kingfisher photography days between April and June. It was great to see the young kingfishers darting along the river bank and watching them attempt to fish for the first time.  With up to 12 visits a day and long stays on the perches, the young Kingfishers would seem comfortable infront of the hide. If you would like to join me next year photographing Kingfishers, I have just released my 2016 workshops dates here: https://tomwayphotography.co.uk/kingfisher-photography-workshop-3/

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As most wildlife photographers will know, focusing on one species for a prolonged period of time can be very rewarding. The start of May meant that the time had come again to continue and improve my portfolio on Red Foxes. I have spent the last 3 years photographing the same family and it was a lovely surprise to see one familiar face again this year. The old dog fox had kept his territory again and was visiting most evenings.

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Through May and early parts of June the meadow is very lush with vibrant greens. July proved to provide little rainfall and within a few weeks the grasses had been bleached brown and the meadow started to look like a scene from the Masai Mara. July would normally be the best time to photograph the fox cubs at the site, and although the camera trap was showing up to 5 different individuals, this was all under the cover of darkness and they seemed nervous to come in front of the hide.

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Infact it was not until late August that the vixens would be seen to be visiting the meadow frequently during the daylight hours. Despite the lack of cubs this year and the odd evening where either the light was too poor to shoot or there was not a lot of activity, this year did result in some of my favourite portrait images of the foxes. I am praying for some harsh weather conditions this winter to photograph them in the snow, but if not I am looking forward to continuing the work with them next spring!

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Towards the end of May I had the chance to try my hand at horse photography. Increasing demand for framed prints and a commission saw me travel out to the Camargue to photograph the famous white horses. On a trip led by fine art ocean photographer Jonathan Critchley, we were blessed with some great conditions to work in. With stunning sunrises and atmospheric seascapes I was able to take some images that my clients would be happy to hang on their walls.

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Towards the end of the summer my Little Owl Workshops were in full swing. With mornings and evenings spent in the hide, my clients were able to photograph several visits to the perches each session. We had timed these workshops perfectly to coincide with two of the owlets visiting the site aswell as the adults. The long summer evenings meant we could shoot right the way through until 9pm giving us plenty of opportunity to take different images. I have just released more Little Owl Workshop dates for 2016. If you would like to join me on one of these days, please follow the link here: https://tomwayphotography.co.uk/little-owl-photography-workshop/

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Currently I am working on photographing the annual Red Deer Rut aswell as preparing for a few exhibitions coming up in November. I will be making my third appearance at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at the start of November and if you would like any private view tickets for the Friday evening you can email me to register your interest (t.way@hotmail.co.uk)

 

 

 

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