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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A visit to a seal colony is one of the highlights of the British wildlife calendar, and having missed the last couple of years, I wanted to make sure I paid a visit to one this year. Compared to many countries, the UK is pretty tiny, but I still live about as far from the coast as it’s possible to get here. So it’s not easy to get out and see our coastal…

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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 It occurred to me recently that having bought my first proper camera in the summer of 2009, it had now been ten years since I first got started. So I thought I’d share a retrospective of how my photography has evolved over that time, and how it’s affected my style, and my approach to the art. I’m going to go through each year, and share one photo from that year and why it…

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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 Earlier in the year I was considering which animals I’d like to photograph as part of my On Black / On White projects, and I set myself the challenge of getting some more highland cattle portraits. I’ve got a few cow photos already, but I find highland cattle very appealing, and I felt I could still get something new from the subject. Fortunately, a friend and photographer Lawrence Smith found some highland cattle and secured permission from…

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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 I recently found a lone black swan on a local lake, coinciding with the period of snowfall we had here earlier this month. The combination of black and white was irresistible, so I spent a couple of hours with it looking for interesting photos. Black Swan & Frozen LakeBlack swan, on a frozen Lake.March 2018.Nature photography, Bedfordshire.   Black swans are indigenous to Australia but like many exotic species,…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This was my third trip to Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast, for a few days of puffin photography (Here’s a link to a post from my first visit). Generally speaking, I don’t like to repeat trips too much (since there’s a whole world out there to see!), but Skomer truly seems to be one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK. And more to the point; it’s certainly one of the best…

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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 This year’s calendar features some of my favourite nature and landscape images from the last 12 months, including some recent red deer photos, along with some local woodland, wildlife, and the Norwegian fjords & Swedish forests I visited this year. As usual, I’ve prioritised quality over price, so it’s not cheap. It measures 43cm x 23cm (17 x 9 inches), and it’s printed on 250gsm premium white satin card, with separate pages for each month. It’s…

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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 I first visited Forest How in 2014, and I wrote a blog post about that trip here. That contains an introduction to the place, and some tips for getting the best out of your visit. To briefly summarise; Forest How Guest House is a B&B in Eskdale, Cumbria, which is one of the areas of the Lake District where red squirrels are thriving. They’re totally wild, but they visit the grounds and gardens of the guest house where…

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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 At the end of last year, I was thinking about what I’d like to do more of this year, and one big one was to produce more black and white nature photography – both wildlife and landscapes. I’ve been enjoying learning more about the nature of black and white photography; what works, what doesn’t, and how to identify situations where black and white will work better than colour. It’s an ongoing process, but I…

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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 INTRODUCTION For four or five years now, in between more conventional photography, I’ve been working on a sideline project of “low key wildlife portraits“. It’s still an ongoing project, but I thought I’d share a selection of what I have so far, together in one blog post. A couple of years ago, I wrote an introduction to the project, and outlined the process involved, so I’m not going to go into that again too much here. In…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography For most of my life, I didn’t realise that bluebell woods are actually quite a British thing. Bluebells are something we take for granted in the UK, but in fact not many other countries are treated to this annual floral carpet. Bluebells require the climate, tree cover, and ancient woodland that we have here, and some of my favourites are amongst primarily beech tree woods. I’m lucky to have a spectacular bluebell woodland…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This post is a review of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, from the perspective of a photography day-trip, and is part of a series about nature photography in captivity. 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 can be found here. Please note that this is an unofficial and independent review of my experience in visiting.   YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK YWP is a…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography We’ve recently been decorating at home, and having finished the walls, it was nice to be able to put up some new prints up. So I thought I’d share how they look, as they’re always more enjoyable mounted and framed than on the computer screen.     These two are metallic prints, which have a reflective sheen to them, and adds an extra…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This post is a review of Marwell Zoo, from the perspective of a photography day-trip, and is part of a series about nature photography in captivity. 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 can be found here. Please note that this is an unofficial and independent review of my experiences in visiting.   MARWELL ZOO I first visited Marwell…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This post is a review of the British Wildlife Centre, from the perspective of a photography day-trip, and is part of a 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 can be found here. Please note that this is an unofficial and independent review of my experiences in visiting.   THE BRITISH WILDLIFE CENTRE…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This summer I finally got around to visiting Skomer Island. It’s famous for its seabird colonies, and mostly for its puffins. I’d wanted to visit for a few years, so with a couple of keen friends, we booked 2 nights, in order to give us the opportunity for 2 sunsets and 2 sunrises, weather permitting. As it happened, we had amazing luck with the weather, and got to make the most of both…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I’m totally thrilled say that I’ve won the Marwell Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Award 2014, with the photo below; “Leopard Cub In The Light“   THE COMPETITION It’s an especially interesting photography competition, as there are categories for both Marwell Zoo residents, as well as conventional British wildlife photography. In fact the winning photos in the ‘Native Wildlife’ category were particularly strong. I think that the combination of wild and captive…

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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 Three years ago, I built a hedgehog house, and (more importantly) dug a gap under our garden fence, in the hope of attracting hedgehogs to our garden. And last summer, we discovered the house had been in use and we started to see them regularly, throughout the spring and summer. Well they’ve been back this year too, and last weekend, I manged to get my first hedgehog photos. I’m still learning about them, and how much disturbance they’ll accept…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A couple of years ago, I took some ladybird photos in our garden, placing them in a red plant pot for an abstract surrounding. But I was never quite happy with the results. I’m not sure I reached the potential of the idea, and I’ve since bought a better macro lens too. So I thought this spring was a good opportunity to have another go at the ladybird macro idea. I used this glass…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Earlier in the year, Amateur photographer featured an interview with me, about my approach to nature photography. If you missed that, then fear not – Their sister magazine ‘Photo Technique’ have published the 5-page interview and photo feature in their May/June 2014 issue. Once again, it’s a huge compliment to be featured in a national magazine like this, and particularly in an issue featuring the likes of David Baker and Jamie…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography When we decided we had time to squeeze in a weekend away somewhere this spring, we thought it would be nice to see some red squirrels. I asked a friend from Flickr, Peter Trimming, for a suggestion as he has photographed red squirrels just about everywhere they can still be found in the UK. He very kindly recommended Forest How Guest House, in the Lake District, where owner John has spent the last three years…

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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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