Personal message from Jack & Alison,
We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. This year has been another busy one and we would like to thank all our customers for your continued support, we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2018.
The new Kingfisher Hide is starting to take shape (new bigger hide). There will also be an exciting new addition for anyone attending next years Red Deer Rut Specials , sorry I can’t give any details yet, but watch this space. We are also in the process of developing another idea of Jacks; this will be possible group sessions 2 or 3 times a year, where customers new and old can meet us at a published location for some help/refresher with basic camera settings for a nominal fee. These are by no means a definite thing yet and will very much depend on Jacks free time.
Please don’t forget to book or recommend any of our courses to friends and family, or perhaps buy someone a course gift voucher .
The New Year is a great time of the year to visit the Somerset Levels with us, to see and photograph all the winter migrants.
Finally, for anyone who has attended any Exmoor Photography Course don’t forget to submit your competition entries, by the 1st of May 2018 as per previous newsletter. For all competition, entry details please click here .
Enjoy your photography, stay safe, keep warm and keep clicking!
Jack & Alison
Fog, wind, rain and a red sky!
Another great rut season again for us. Despite some interesting weather being thrown at us. I suppose it had to happen eventually, it is October on Exmoor after all. We just about managed to get all the courses completed with only a couple of days when the weather beat us. Very frustrating for me, huge thanks to the customers affected for your understanding and patience. I can prepare and control most things but not the weather.
Great customers again for this seasons rut, all of whom
have put the effort in during the stalks to get their images, while following
our field craft instructions perfectly. The
emphasis is always as little or no disturbance as is possible our absolute golden
rule. We do not interfere with their natural environment or habitat and we do
not use the deer sanctuaries or any private land (without permission). This can
get confusing at certain locations so if you are not sure, stay out, simple. This
course is about enjoying and photographing these amazing animals during the rut
season in the stunning surroundings of Exmoor National Park. It is not about
chasing them all over the moor. A proper stalk using the advice and field craft
we will teach you is great fun and can be very rewarding. Hopefully, this will
result in you being able to take some memorable photographs.
We always make sure that you are properly prepared for your day and will provide you with all the information you need during your booking, from wearing the right clothing to what lens and camera is suitable.
We only take 1 or 2 visitors out on the moors per day and have reduced the number of days we do this season to a more manageable amount. Sticking to our policy of avoiding weekends definitely helps. I have heard it has been rather busy! Exmoor seems to be getting very popular for hiking groups. Must be great for local campsites and B&B’s.
Finally, my huge thanks as always to Jamie and Alison for all their hard work. Especially considering the sad loss of both their mums this month.
Jack owner Exmoor photography
To book any of our courses please use the following link or contact Alison on T: 01643 702312.
Alison has already taken a booking for next year’s Rut (2018)!
3 stags & 12 hinds what can possibly go wrong?
We have watched it all kick off on the moors this week. Always very special to witness something like this and then realise you’re the only to have seen it.
The resident stag was bolving his head off at something but I couldn’t see what (too misty). He suddenly took off up the hill just as the mist cleared and had a quick fight with another similar sized stag, looked like a draw. While this was going on the unprotected hides had a sneaky visit from a smaller stag. I watched him quietly sneak up from the coomb, check if the coast was clear and was straight in and pinched six of the hinds! The original stag and his combatant then came back still parallel walking down the hill. The challenger eventually saw of him, so off he trotted still bolving away with none of his original hinds. Just goes to show that sometimes when you have a good thing, keep your mouth shut!
Superb customers this week, all of whom have put the effort in during the stalks to get their images, while following our field craft instructions perfectly. Stags and hinds left where we find or very close by, my absolute golden rule. Quite a few stags about, we also found new ones every day, if you know where to look!
Most people appear to be staying out of Charles (NT) new deer sanctuary at Hurdle, we have only seen a couple of infractions.
Many thanks as always to Jamie and Alison for all their hard work. Just have to do it all again, next week guys, looking forward to it, just need the weather to be kind to us.Jack owner Exmoor photography
To book any of our courses please use the following link
or contact Alison on T: 01643 702312.
Alison has already taken a booking for next year’s Rut (2018)!
The Jack Clegg Nature Photography Challenge Trophy 2018
(sponsored by Exmoor Photography)
Q, Have you
ever attended any Exmoor Photography Course?
Q, Would you like to see your favourite image printed on a large canvas?
A, Then why not enter the Exmoor Photography Course photo competition?
Competition Brief (see
competition rules below)
Entries must be images of wildlife in their natural habitat.
We are looking for an image that portrays wildlife/birds/insects/nature in their natural landscape.
For example could be spider on a web (macro), birds on a lake, deer on the moors, Starling murmuration, Bittern in the reeds etc.
I have uploaded some sample images below to give you an idea of what we are looking for. Don’t forget I am not judging the competition and will not see them until they have been. However, if I were judging them I would not be looking for technically perfect images, but images that show some thought has gone into the camera settings. I would be happy to see some subtle post editing, but not heavy ‘photo-shopping’ and definitely no cutting and pasting. Put simply I would want to see an image that meets the competition brief and has a ‘wow’ factor, perhaps some humour. Hope this helps, have fun and good luck.
Keep clicking! Jack
Naomi Cudmore MD, Editor and Designer, Exmoor Magazine
Charles Harding National Trust Ranger
Dr Nigel Stone
We are delighted that Naomi, Charles and Nigel have agreed to judge the competition (the first of what I intend to be an annual event, replacing the RDR competition). Alison and I are very grateful and really appreciate their involvement. They are all extremely talented people in their chosen fields and I am certain they will bring an interesting and professional perspective to the judging.
The winner will
receive a ‘jade’ cut glass engraved trophy that is yours to keep.
You will also receive a 24x18” premium quality photo canvas print of your winning entry. Our premium quality cotton canvas prints are printed on heavy weight 405gsm canvas using light fast pigment inks with a solid wood stretcher and are satin laminated for protection. And come complete with a picture hook wall hanger.
receive an Exmoor Photography £50.00 gift voucher.
The gift vouchers can be used to make purchases online at Exmoor Photography Gallery & Photo Gifts. We will also accept it as payment towards a photography course.
3rd PrizeWinner will receive an Exmoor Photography £25.00 gift voucher.
Photograph this seasonal spectacular with professional photographer Jack Clegg, assisted by Jamie Waters.
The red deer rut photography course specials are booking very quickly again this year. Don’t leave it too late to book yours; we only have limited spaces available.
Octobers rut is one of my favourite months of the year
and I am really looking forward to this year as I have been watching some
lovely stags on the moors most of which have now frayed their velvet growth and
are now looking majestic in full horn. As always please contact Alison on T:
01643 702312 to book yours or you can use the website links here. We will be running our photo competition once again this
year for all attending customers.