11 March 2013

Falconry Photo Experience Day

My first Photo Experience Day with Falconhigh was last weekend.  First time working with someone new, you never quite know what to expect.  I am very happy to report that my expectations were met and surpassed.

Falconhigh is located in the grounds of Brambridge Garden Centre, an upmarket garden centre roughly midway between Winchester & Eastleigh.

Phil and his fellow falconers looked after my group of photographers excellently.

In the morning we had a chance to get to know the birds, with static shots on rocks, branches, gate posts and then getting a chance to hold and pose with several of the falcons.

After a very nice lunch at the garden centre cafe, it was time for the real challenge - trying to capture the birds in flight.  Never an easy subject to photograph, our job was made quite a bit easier by the patience of the falconers (and falcons) who over the following 2 hours gave us plenty of opportunities to get "the" shot.  So much fun was had that the event overran by 40 minutes.

If you like photography, and you like falcons, then you really need to combine the two and do a falconry day.  I'll be running more Falconry Photo Experience Days for sure!

A huge thank you to Phil, Darren and the other falconers whose name escapes me.  They understood our needs perfectly and, I think I can speak for everyone who attended here, gave us a really great day out!

Photo credit:  The photo of the owl sitting on my lens was taken by Trevor Morecraft.  Cheers for the photo Mr M!

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