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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I woke up the other day, and it felt chilly for the first time since winter. Instinctively I felt quite excited. When I processed why that would be, I realised it was because I could feel autumn creeping in. To most people the end of summer is something they never look forward to. The end of those sunny days & warm evenings, and the loss of greenery to the gardens and natural spaces…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I really enjoy photographing farmyard animals and livestock, which tend to be overlooked by most nature photographers, as they’re not wild. You don’t get the ‘thrill of the chase’ feeling that you get when out looking for some scarce or timid creature, but on the flip side you do get to work with an animal which is used to humans, and that will allow you in closer, for a more intimate and expressive…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography What an amazing spring we had this year, and a better opportunity to enjoy it than ever before. At first, photography took a back seat for me. Uninspired and unmotivated, I busied myself with other things. But once the leaves started to come out, I suddenly remembered an idea I had last spring, and didn’t get very far with. I noticed for the first time last year, that there’s a period of 7-10…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography There’s no doubt about it; autumn is the best time of year to photograph deer in the UK. The crisp mornings and misty sunrises coincide perfectly with the red deer rut; a time when the deer are more bold, and most active. I missed some of this season; taking the opportunity to see autumn elsewhere in Europe, but I had two very good mornings in particular, when some obliging deer were kind enough…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography In Part 1 of this autumn photography series I was up in the Lake District, struggling with wide-angle lenses, but getting some nice photos with longer focal lengths. Part 2 takes the lessons learnt from Part 1, and features photos from closer to home, using only medium-to-telephoto focal lengths.   Staying Local: Ampthill, Bedfordshire Last weekend I swapped the 5 hour journey to The Lake District for a 5 minute drive to neighbouring Ampthill, to…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Ah, lovely autumn. Chilly mornings, dew on the grass, golden leaves, and roaring stags. It’s my favourite time of year, and I love to get out and follow the deer rut. It’s the best time to see and photograph deer as they’re not only less afraid of people, but also most active. I missed the rut last year, as I was in Australia photographing kangaroos and wombats instead, so this year I was especially keen…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography When we had snow last month, I posted some photos of the black swan on the icy lake, which I photographed during the afternoon. Earlier that morning, I visited my favourite local woodland; Aspley Woods, in Bedfordshire. Pine WalkwayA pathway through the tall pines, on a misty snowy winter’s day.Aspley Woods, Bedfordshire, UK. If you know me, you’ll know how much I like trees. And how much I like…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography We recently had a day of relatively heavy snowfall here. Probably 20 centimetres or so in places – which is a lot for Bedfordshire! It’s the most we’ve had in the last 10 years I think, as snow is a fairly rare occurrence these days. So like anytime it snows, I try to make the most of it and get out with my camera. Snow not only adds an interesting additional ingredient to nature…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography In 2015 I made numerous visits to photograph our nearby bluebell woodland, and I wrote this blog post to share my favourites that year. By contrast, 2016 wasn’t a great year for bluebells, and the weather wasn’t particularly conducive to the kind of photos I was after either. So after last year’s no-show, I was particularly keen to revisit the subject this spring. Sunset Through the LeavesAs bluebell season progresses, the leaves…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography | Red Deer Rut Photos – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography | Red Deer Rut Photos It’s no secret that deer are my favourite subject for local wildlife photography. I’ve accumulated a decent portfolio of deer images over the last few years, but I’m always looking to add something new to what I’ve done before. I try to visit the deer throughout the year but the best time to go is during the rutting season, and this post is a collection of images from…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE NIFTY FIFTY) Misty BirchesA birch tree wood, shrouded in mist.This is my favourite spot in my local woodland of Aspley Woods.Misty woodland photos are very much ‘on-trend’ right now, which is great because I’ve always loved trees and forests, and it’s great to see others enjoying the theme too.Fine art landscape photography, Bedfordshire. I started, like most people,…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography For the first time since 2013, we had snow in Bedfordshire this winter. So I took the opportunity to get out in it, and take some photos of the deer at my local deer park at Woburn Abbey.   When deer roam between the various areas of the park, they’re usually led by a ‘captain’ of that group. The more submissive individuals will follow that lead deer, trusting their…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I’ve written a few blog posts about deer before: But this time around I thought I’d follow the progress of photos throughout the deer rut season. As usual, I was visiting my local deer park at the Woburn Abbey estate. Britain has several fantastic deer parks up and down the country, so my advice is to get to know your local park. Each has pros and cons, but the biggest factor is you and…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This post is a review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, from the perspective of a photography day-trip, and is the first of a new series about captive nature photography. You can see my original discussion of nature photography in captivity here, along with my tips for better zoo photos.Other reviews in the series will appear here. Please note that this is an unofficial and independent review of my experiences in visiting.   WHIPSNADE ZOO As I…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography NOTE: This “8 Tips For Photographing Deer” article was originally published in Wildlife Photographic Magazine, November 2013 issue. Red Deer – Head On – Centred – On WhitePortrait of a red deer stag, in high-key lighting style.Placed centrally, staring down the camera lens.British Wildlife Fine Art Photography, Woburn, Bedfordshire, UK.   I have a few favourite subjects in my nature and landscape portfolio, but one animal I keep coming back…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A couple of weeks ago, I finally made the time to get out to the woods on a misty morning. We have a few pockets of woodland around Bedfordshire that are stocked with tall pines, which can be hugely photogenic in the right light. I’d wanted to photograph a Bedfordshire woodland in fog for quite a while, but it was never convenient to go when fog was forecast. On this occasion, I was able…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I’m thrilled to say that Woburn Abbey are using one of my photos on the cover of their new 2013 visitor leaflet: I was approached about this some weeks ago, and they’re now in use 🙂 I’m very happy to collaborate with Woburn in this way as it’s my favourite local spot, and I’ve taken some of my best photos there. To see it as the new Woburn Abbey…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I’ve photographed red deer in the snow before, but I’ve never been out with my camera as the snow is actually falling. Now, armed with a “weather-sealed” camera and lens combination, I took the opportunity to get some original photos of the Woburn deer in winter blizzard conditions. It was a tough environment to work in. Minus degree temperatures, a bitter wind, and wet snowflakes all around. But it made for such a…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I live pretty close to Woburn Abbey, and the surrounding Woburn Deer Park is my favourite local spot to spend time outside.   OVERVIEW OF WOBURN DEER PARK The house and grounds are owned by the Bedford estate, and open to visitors all year round. It seems to be a popular tourist spot, hosting the Abbey, gardens, tea room, and antiques centre. The surrounding deer have a…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A couple of weeks ago I took another visit to Priory Country Park, in Bedford. I went looking for some more Common Terns, but when I arrived I found they’d moved off already, making their way North for the winter migration. So I took the opportunity to concentrate on Bedford’s year-round residents – the Mute Swans.   I got lucky with a nice sunset, and I picked a spot…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography   I first noticed the Common Terns in June 2011. I’d never visited Priory Country Park before, and I was just there to see what sort of wildlife would be living so close to Bedford town centre. Right from my first visit, I was taken by these characterful summer migrants, and I set myself the challenge of photographing them in a new and interesting way. Well summer…

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