Crazy Red Squirrels

PHOTO WORKSHOP – Meet and photograph the charismatic and sometimes crazy red squirrels. They’re fast moving and always engaging. If you think photographing them is easy, then think again! You’ll learn how to read their behaviour then be ready to capture some shots. There’ll lots of wild birds so we’ll photograph them too.

Shoot with a Pro Workshop

On this Crazy Red Squirrels photography workshop you’ll discover just why these amazing creatures are crazy as they move quickly. So we’ll be learning their behaviour as well as camera craft so that you take good shots. You’ll be shooting in Yorkshire Arboretum’s red squirrel sanctuary, learning squirrel behaviour and how to predict their movement to improve your photo opportunities.

Photographing red squirrels is harder than it looks, and this photography workshop offers the perfect opportunity to learn how to under the guidance of pro photographer Chris Coe.

When & Where: new dates coming soon
Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, YO60 7BY

It’s a fascinating three and a half hour workshop, introducing you to photographing charismatic red squirrels. There’s also a lot of bird life in the sanctuary so when/if the squirrels are quiet you can photograph the varied birdlife, including chaffinch, green finch, siskins, nuthatch, blue, coal and great tits, plus maybe a few passing surprises.

From 4pm we’ll have exclusive access to the red squirrel sanctuary enclosure so with such a small group, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get undisturbed squirrel action.

These creatures have real character. They can be both timid and bold, stationary and very fast moving so, as with most wildlife photography, taking the time to observing them can be really rewarding.

How many people: Places limited to only 5 photographers. Only 2 places left.

This workshop can be booked on its own or with the Quiet Nature workshop.

What’s included: Tuition and guidance from Chris, Yorkshire Arboretum entry fee, donation to arboretum, tea or coffee.

Price: £ 75; registered for Eye for the Light: £55

£115 for both workshops (when booked together with Quiet Nature on the same day). Eye for the Light price for both workshops: £90

Register for free for Eye for the Light to enjoy these savings!

Location – where is it:  The Yorkshire Arboretum is 120 acres of peace and tranquility in the heart of North Yorkshire, a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds within a collection of more than 7,000 trees from around the world. The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY.  Directions

What you’ll need: A long lens for this one (suggest 300mm or more) but you will still get some shots with shorter focal length lenses too. The squirrels move too fast to use a tripod for most of the shots but it’s worth bringing one in case the light levels drop. A better alternative here will be a small beanbag to put on one of the wooden rails, as this is much more manoeuvrable.

Will it take place even if the weather is bad: YES. There is a leaf canopy of foliage above a good percentage of this area.

Do I need to bring something to eat:  You can, but there is a very nice and affordable cafe on site where you can buy a delicious lunch before the workshop

Optional: Join Chris for a fun evening, pub dinner and chat (probably in Malton, the Yorkshire food capital).

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