Charles Dodgson Award
I'm very pleased to say that I made it to the finals of the Black and White Charles Dodgson Award 2015 with my picture "Snow at Sunrise, Lindow Common" (featured in the "Dark Mercy" video above).
Is there some cosmic significance in this fact, seeing as it's the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, written of course by our friend Charles Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll), who was also a very keen photographer? Perhaps, dear reader, perhaps ...
I'm now very much looking forward to revisiting and photographing Northumberland next month, and then we also have the Lake District coming up in September and the Jurassic Coast in January. Spaces are still available on my two photography days at the British Wildlife Centre in September and December.
Booking is now open for all these experiences.
The highlight of the Lake District trip will be photographing the best supermoon of the year over Buttermere (weather permitting, of course), so that's one not to be missed!
You can view the current schedule of all the experiences on my website. Places are always limited so please do book early if you'd like to join one or more of these adventures.
African Safaris in 2016
With the expected arrival of our second child in October I'm having to temper my expectations for my safari programme next year a bit, however the two safaris most likely to proceed are:
- August: 14 days South Africa. Cape Town, West Coast wildflowers, whales & some of the best big cat photography available anywhere. Total cost including international flights from the UK estimated to be in the region of £4,950.
- September: 15 days Kenya. Amboseli, Samburu, Mount Kenya region, Great Lakes, and three full days in the Maasai Mara to photograph the Great Migration. Total cost including international flights from the UK estimated to be in the region of £7,500.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to join me for one of these fantastic trips. Once I have an idea of numbers I will then finalise the details (including costs) with my operators and travel consultant partners. I am not taking deposits at the moment, just expressions of interest, and you can be assured that I will keep you informed throughout the process.
Photography Experience Days at Denbies Wine Estate
Since my last newsletter I've run two photography experience days at Denbies Wine Estate and both were very well received. One participant wrote as follows about the experience afterwards:
"Adriaan was very easy to get along with, and was very good at tailoring the discussion. We covered numerous techniques and scenarios during the day. I now appreciate the benefit of coming off Auto, and experimenting with the camera in numerous ways. I also feel much more comfortable in creating good compositions, and will look at scenes through different eyes. This was all topped off by a meal in 'The Gallery' so all in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and great value for money."
You can read all the reviews on the booking page.
Booking is still open for the remaining two experience days on Sunday 6 September and Sunday 18 October.
Below is one of my pictures from the first experience day in May (which also features on the cover of my "Dance of the Demented Spiders" single); you can see more pictures on my blog.