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Skomer Photography Boat-based Workshop

Join professional Welsh photographer, Andy Davies, for an unforgettable experience on the waters around Skomer Island to capture the stunning seabirds that come to the island to breed. The unique experience of seeing thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Manx shearwaters that come to back to the island's waters in the evening will remain ingrained forever and one can just imagine Sir David Attenborough commentating in the background.

Andy provides hands-on expert guidance to small groups in taking control of their camera to capture memorable images. Whether a complete beginner, enthusiast, aspiring professional or seasoned photographer, Andy gives comprehensive tuition to suit all levels in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. There is plenty of time throughout the workshop for one-to-one tuition.

Workshops begin in May when the breeding season for the puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Manx shearwaters is in full swing. The first three of these species are known as auks and the vast majority of these gather during in the evening flying around in vast gyres of birds before settling down in vast rafts in the sheltered bays of the island. Skomer has an estimated Manx shearwater population of 640,000 birds which is believed to be over half the World's total number. See a Year in the Life of a Puffin for information about puffins.

 

We will meet at 5pm and spend the first part of the workshop on land at Martins Haven where Andy will go through camera setup and techniques for shooting later on. We then board the Dale Princess at 7pm and spend time in South and North Havens before venturing out into St. Brides Bay to capture the stunning spectacle of the vast Manx shearwater rafts that form towards dusk. We return to Martins Haven at 10pm.

Numbers on this trip are limited to allow plenty of room to be able to move all around the boat. This trip is targeted at principally at gaining great photographic opportunities but non-workshop participants are able to come along and join the boat at 7pm at Martins Haven.

The Skomer Workshop can be combined with another day on landscape and/or wildlife photography. See here for futher details. News and images can be found here and on Andy's Facebook page here.

Workshop dates 2019
May 25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22rd, 29th
July 6th, 13th, 20th

 

Cost
Workshop £125. Non-workshop participants joining for the boat trip from 7pm to 10pm £65.

Location
Use the AA's route planner for directions. The location of Martins Haven and Skomer Island can also be found on Google Maps or the Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map.

 

Joining Instructions
Meet at the old winch at the top of Martins Haven beach at 5pm. Participants must text Andy on 07977 562321 to confirm their attendance and Andy will only reply if there is a problem. The trip is weather and sea conditions dependent.

How to book
Numbers are limited and workshops must be booked in advance. Contact Andy on 07977 562321 or email andy@andydavies.info If the Workshop cannot run you have the option of booking again, choosing another workshop or a full refund. If it is not possible for the boat to sail but the weather conditions are favourable, you have the option of an alternative workshop at the Deer Park and Marloes Sands.

Equipment required
Compact, bridge or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses. Focal lengths of 200mm and upwards for DX sensors or 300mm and upwards for FX sensors are good. Please ensure that batteries are fully charged. Camera manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skomer 2017 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2016 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2015 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2014 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2013 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2012 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2011 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2010 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2017

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2016

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2015

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2014

 

 
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andy davies photography & video tel ++44 (0) 1269 871870 Mobile: 07977 562321 andy@andydavies.info