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. ONLY 5 PLACES. Discount for registered Eye for the Light readers.

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When & Where: new dates coming soon
Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, North Yorkshire YO60 7BY
Eye for the Light - Crazy Red Squirrels

A fascinating three and a half hour workshop, introducing you to photographing charismatic red squirrels (it’s a lot harder than it looks!). You’ll be shooting with Chris Coe in Yorkshire Arboretum’s red squirrel sanctuary, learning squirrel behaviour and how to predict their movement to improve your photo opportunities.

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 mid-morning.

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

Or £115 for both workshops (when booked together with Quiet Nature on the same day).

Register for free for Eye for the Light and get an extra £20 off each workshop.

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 to 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).

Eye for the Light - Crazy Red Squirrels

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.