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Latest News
New Kingfisher Hide 2018
We are very excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for our latest wildlife course, photographing Kingfishers! Join us to photograph Kingfishers arguably one of the most stunning birds found in the UK. Very often only seen as an iridescent blue flash and shrill call as they whizz past. You will have the opportunity, with a little patience to photograph them in their natural environment, assisted by Jack who will help you with your camera settings and technique...........
2018 Calendars
Limited edition Wildlife Wall Calendar 2018 by professional photographer Jack Clegg. 
The calendar contains a selection of some of Jack’s favourite nature images, they are finished in high gloss colour on 290gsm paper and measure, image size is 11x8” open size is 11x17” 
Each month has a monthly diary view with space for you to keep a note of your appointments. Only £9.95 (plus P&P)
Competition Time
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?

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by rupert clegg 10 Dec, 2017

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!

Thank you

Jack & Alison

by rupert clegg 05 Nov, 2017
Don't forget to order your loved ones photography course gift vouchers in time for Christmas. Please contact us or use the following link to order and pay online.
T: 01643 702312  
http://www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk/gift/vouchers
by rupert clegg 28 Oct, 2017

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)!

www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk


by rupert clegg 15 Oct, 2017

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)!

www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk


by rupert clegg 07 Oct, 2017
RDR’s (red deer rut specials) 2017 Blog Post #1
Great start to this RDR sharing this amazing annual spectacle with one of our regulars Nicky Beckett. Nicky will hate me saying this but she has become a very accomplished photographer and has always had a natural eye for the capturing ‘that’ image. Thanks for superb company and all your hard work with us on the stalks. Lovely weather on Exmoor at the moment and I managed to spot several nice stags during the day, resulting in s everal successful stalks by Nicky and Jamie. A successful stalk for us is one that should leave the deer where we find them; respect their habitat and permits our customers to get some great images. Nicky managed to do all three extremely well and followed all our instructions during the day perfectly. Looking forward to the next two weeks just hope the weather is kind to us. I have posted a few sneaky snaps of my own while the guys were stalking. As you know, I never use my own cameras during courses so it was nice for me to grab these of a stag rounding up his hinds. Most people seem to be respecting Charles Harding’s NT ranger new deer sanctuary at Hurdle Down this season. Hope everyone does as it’s amazing how quickly the stag and hinds in there have settled down to their daily routines while several cars have been watching them form the hedge/boundary line. I personally think the sanctuary is a brilliant idea and I suspect it is because of some unfortunate ‘stalking’ (if you can call it that) last season. Alison will be contacting all course participants just to ‘touch base’ before your course as always. I am really looking forward to meeting new and returning customers for this season RDR.
Jack owner Exmoor photography

by rupert clegg 07 Oct, 2017

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


The Judges

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 Prizes

1st Prize

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.

2nd Prize

Winner will 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 Prize

Winner will receive an Exmoor Photography £25.00 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.
COMPETITION WEB PAGE CLICK HERE
by rupert clegg 02 Oct, 2017
I have added some new images to the featured images gallery on the website.  
http://www.exmoorphotography.co.uk/p903923067
Getting very excited now for the start of the Red Deer Rut courses we are now fully booked again this year. Really looking forward to sharing this amazing spectacle with new and old customers. Also, I have decided to run the red deer photo comp again this year for this years RDR customers, please watch this space for entry info. Also we are introducing a BRAND NEW photo competition for all our course customers new and old, again watch this space for details and how to enter! As always to book your course please use the website or contact Alison to book. T: 01643 702312   www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk
by rupert clegg 04 Sep, 2017
Limited edition Nature & Landscape Wall Calendars 2018 by professional photographer Jack Clegg. The calendar contains a selection of some of Jack’s favourite nature images, they are finished in high gloss colour on 290gsm paper and measure, image size is 11x8” open size is 11x17” Each month has a monthly diary view with space for you to keep a note of your appointments. Only £9.95 (plus P&P)
by rupert clegg 28 Aug, 2017
Exmoor Photography Courses, SALE ENDS THIS THURSDAY 31 08 2017 upto 20% off. So don't leave it to late to book yours. Please note the course does not have to be taken by Thursday just booked. Please visit the website, for further information, available courses and our customer reviews.
by rupert clegg 26 Aug, 2017

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.

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