Photography Workshop in June and July 2019 The Night Flyers

Privet Hawk-moths
Having seen several species of butterfly through February and March I can’t help but think it’s not going to be long before their underrated cousins the moths will be stirring in their cocoons and pupae after their winter dormant period. Thoughts of how time-consuming the husbandry of keeping and breeding moths is, collecting suitable food plants for individual caterpillar species and the daily cleaning out, miss one session and you could lose the lot to disease. Although hard work my fascination with the species has grown. To watch from a tiny egg to a caterpillar though several install stages , getting larger each time it sheds its skin, to pupae and cocoon and then morph into some of the most exotic looking insects in the world is just incredible and inspiring.

This will be my third year of breeding moths, last year being more successful than my first. I’m hoping with the knowledge I’ve gained I’ll have as much success this year too. My interest and fascination with these insects has grown so much so that I am in the process of building a large workshop with the sole purpose of breeding moths. This will not only help with the husbandry and breeding but will enable me to take on some of the foreign species such as silk moths, moon moths and atlas moths – some of which are as large as a dinner plate. My intention is to not only photograph them artistically and naturally but also to photograph them in flight too. Although some of the species such as the hummingbird hawk moth can be photographed during daylight hours most hawk-moth are night flyers.
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During the workshops, this being my second year, there could be the opportunity to photograph Hummingbird hawk-moths but the main focus will be on the night flyers. Both Elephant hawk-moths and Privet hawk-moths have done well over the past few years at the property where I run these workshops. Last year I had an Eyed Hawk-moth for the first time in the trap. I used this male to breed with my own female , resulting in rearing over 60 to pupation.The majority of these will be released back at the property to help build up the local population. The remaining will be used for photography workshops and breeding on.

Last years breeding produced as mentioned Eyed, Lime, Privet, Elephant, Convolvulus and Pine Hawk-moths. I am hoping that most of these have survived the dormant period and using the trap the night before the workshop, weather permitting, I’d hope there could be several species to photograph per session.

These workshops will be held on Monday and Fridays during June and July. If anyone is interested in these workshops please contact me. Here are some quotes from last year:

 “A beautiful location and an excellent selection of moths with lots of opportunities to take great shots’ Wendy .

“I certainly have some keepers and hopefully something I can use in competition at camera club! “Sue

During the morning session we will
1) start with a quick chat about what moths we have available from home-bred and the trap which will have been set up the night before.
2) We will then check that everyone is comfortable with their equipment and any questions can be asked. I will be happy to help.
3) We will then start setting up to photograph. Weather permitting there will be many possibilities from natural shots on bark, lichen, moss-covered logs, on plant leaves, fern fronds or maybe wild flowers, orchids etc in season. Also I will show you how I set up to do some more artistic shots.
If at any time anyone would like to stop for a quick break for a tea or coffee or need to use the loo then that’s no problem as it’s all close at hand.
Finish at 12.30

I use Nikon cameras and lenses. Macro and wide-angle and telephoto for different situations and effects. I sometimes use the pop up flash as a fill in light. I also at times use torches, LED lights, reflectors etc for different effects. All these will be available. I have also used my phone camera. Whatever set up you use let’s get the best out of it.

£85 per person.

For more information please ring me on 07734 103014 or use the contact form to get in touch. Thanks Tony.

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Macro and Moth Photography Workshops 2019

gorilla 1 (lympne)

Well hello to all out there.

Sorry I’ve not been able to post much of my photography for the past few months. So busy with one thing or another. I’ll start putting some up, going back through the year. Starting with a batch of images taken from a recent family trip to Port Lympne wildlife park.

Some photographers will say zoo or wildlife park photography is not like going on safari and capturing the real thing and perhaps an easy way to build up your library. Well firstly, not all will have the opportunity to afford the safari experience. Secondly, zoo photography is by no means an easy task. With wire, barriers, artificial surroundings and non native plant life.

Also, a great deal of patience is needed, waiting for animals to come out from there skulking dull hideaways.

Personally, I love the challenge of zoo or wildlife park photography, and would challenge any photographer, whether hobbyist, amateur or professional, to go to a zoo for the day and leave with more than a handful of images, worthy of putting to print.

Whilst doing this post, I’ve had thoughts of perhaps starting a photography workshop on the subject, with tips on how I go about creating such images. Probably one to one, or small groups. If you might be interetsed, please let me know, or conatct me through the contact form on this site.

I hope you enjoy the photographs below all taken at Port Lympne Wildlife Park.

batrian camel (lympne)
Batrian Camel
giraffe (lympne)
giraffe 1 (lympne)
gnu or wilderbeast (lympne)
Gnu or Wildebeast
gorilla (lympne)
gorilla infant (lympne)
Infant Gorrila
gorilla infant 1 (lympne)
Infant Gorilla
little monkey (lympne)
Little Monkey
macaque (lympne)
pallas cat (lympne)
Pallas Cat
white rhino (lympne)
White Rhino
white rhino 1 (lympne)
White Rhino
wolf (lympne)



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There are 59 species of Butterfly compared to over 2,500 species of Moths in the UK,with more species being establishing following migration from the continent probably due to climate change over the last decade or so. Moths occur in a wide variety of habitats from the coastline up to high altitudes. Although there are quite a few day flying Moths in the UK , most are night flyers so are seldom seen. Moths are masters of disguise and camouflage with many as stunningly colourful patterns as their day flying cousins, Butterflies. All in all a very fascinating species of insect to observe and photograph.
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As with all wildlife Moths are governed by weather conditions and so the amount of species caught in an evening before a workshop will change from a few to many different species with June/ July being the best time for Hawkmoths.
8 Cynthia moth
At times the sessions will be supplemented with various moths bred and reared myself such as migrant Hawkmoth (Death Heads, Spurge, Bedstraw etc). I’m also hoping, with a bit of work ,to be rearing some foreign species such as Eri Silkmoth Philosamia Cynthia and the largest moth in the world the Giant Atlas Moths. Eggs, caterpillars and pupae in season will also be available to photograph. On warm sunny days there will also be the possibility to photograph Hummingbird Hawkmoths (if you have the patience)
7 Spurge Moth
I will be setting up various ways to photograph the moths both naturally and artistically using various props such as moss, lichen laden twigs, branches, stumps, bark, stones and flowers etc.
My aim will be to send each individual photographer home with a set of images they will gladly be adding to their portfolio.
The workshop is open to all abilities and equipment. Macro and wide angle lenses being used for the most part of my work with the exception of telephoto being used for the Hummingbird Hawkmoths. Some smaller tele lenses with convertors may work just as well though.
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The workshops will be held from mid May onwards – each session will be from 9.30 to 12.30 on a Monday or Friday. The cost will be £75 per photographer and limited to 4 photographers per session. If there has been a really good evenings catch and anyone would like to continue the session there will be an additional charge of £30 per hour per person.A £20 deposit will be required on booking. only refundable if the session is cancelled or inclement weather. or you may rebook onto another session.
The setting will be on a private estate in the Sussex Downs just north of Chichester and the exact location will be advised prior to the workshop. Tea, coffee and a toilet will be available throughout the morning.
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Please view my Facebook account My Wild Life Tony Stevens where an ‘Event’ has been created to register interest.
Alternatively contact or message
Tony Stevens 07734 103014 or Amanda Starkey 07789 030107
About the photographer
Tony Stevens is Sussex born with a life long admiration for the surrounding area and in particular the wildlife within . Combining an artists eye with a good knowledge of nature has been my foremost advantage in the development of my style of self taught photography. My main focus is on British wildlife with several highly commended awards in top British wildlife photography competitions.
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“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

Scissor Arches
The Scissor Arches

(This post first appeared on Alan’s own website

I came across this quote recently and I couldn’t help but think of some of the truly magnificent cathedral buildings in this country. One in particular came to mind; – Wells Cathedral in Somerset, arguably one of the most beautiful in England and without question a favourite of mine.

Looking down the nave and up towards the Scissor Arches, one can only marvel at the work of the labourer, the craftsman and the artist. The use of hands, heads and hearts are all very evident.

For the historians, the site of Wells Cathedral can be traced back to 705, although construction on the present cathedral began in around 1175. The scissor arches were added in 1338-48 and they resolved a real problem. As well as being quite beautiful they stopped the complete collapse of a tall tower which had been built in 1313 on weak foundations.

Photographically speaking the great Henri Cartier-Bresson said –

‘It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head’.

Remarkably similar to the quote by St Francis of Assisi don’t you think?

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Alan Frost, a member of The Image Circle, has recently been awarded an Associate Distinction by The Royal Photographic Society. The Society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought after by professional and amateur photographers. Over 1200 applications for Licentiate, Associate and Fellow of the Society are received each year with around 800 being successful. Submissions are held in different categories and are assessed by a qualified Panel of senior members of the Society. The Society takes great care in maintaining standards and in promoting excellence amongst photographers.

Alan’s monochrome submission was in the Conceptual and Contemporary category and featured 15 church images some of which are shown here, together with the hanging panel. In addition a statement of intent was submitted explaining what Alan hoped to achieve.

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Alan was naturally delighted to be awarded this prestigious award. He said – “I have been working on the panel for nearly 18 months prior to it being assessed. I was fully aware of the very high standard required by The RPS, so it is a great honour for me to have achieved this success. I have every intention of becoming a Fellow, but I think this can be likened to climbing Everest, so we shall see!”

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The Hanging Plan

Do visit Alan’s website where you can view all fifteen images and read his statement of intent. Please click here.



Although The Image Circle exhibition does not take place until November, preparing a portfolio of images ready for curation at a later date has to begin now. In fact it started some weeks ago when I decided my theme would concentrate on the landscape and environment of Chichester Harbour. Now, whenever I am out walking […]

Last week Alan Frost posted an entry on his blog, and wrote about his thoughts on the topic of the parameters he would be using ahead of the Exhibition. There are five images in the entry including the one featured here. To read about his thoughts click on the link –  Exhibition – my parameters — alan frost photography

There are many reasons why I am looking forward to this year. In early April I have been invited to present an evening talk to my local camera club; something which I have not done before. Later that same month I will be traveling to The RPS Headquarters in Bath with a panel of fifteen […]

via Exciting new challenges in the year ahead – including my first exhibition — alan frost photography

Click on the link above to read the post in full.

This coming weekend Tony Stevens will be selling a selection of framed and mounted wildlife prints and cards at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November – from 10.30am until 4.00pm each day. This bustling Christmas Market is located in and around the museum’s historic buildings, with over 150 stands selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more. Situated just north of Chichester in West Sussex, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is in the village of Singleton – PO19 0EU.

To see more of Tony’s work please click here.

Welcome to The Image Circle website. This site has been created by a small group of like minded photographers all based in West Sussex, United Kingdom. The group all share a passion for the great outdoors, whether that’s capturing landscapes, seascapes, nature, churches or even street photography.

Currently there are six photographers in The Image Circle. They are are: John Dominick, Alan Frost, Gerry Gavigan, Matthew Gould, Sean Lewis and Tony Stevens.

Here are just a few examples of their work – If you like what you see do click the ‘Follow’ button to receive updates by email.

Click on one any of the photographs and it will take you to their page on this website, where you can view plenty more images.

Ferns by John Dominick
North Stoke Church, West Sussex
North Stoke Church by Alan Frost
Welsh seascape by Gerry Gavigan
From the shadows
From the shadows by Matthew Gould
welcome mouth, devon
Welcome Mouth, Devon by Sean Lewis
Adder by Tony Stevens

The Image Circle will be staging their first public exhibition in The Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester, West Sussex in November 2017. More details will follow in due course.

In the meantime we will be posting regular articles, images and other interesting entries which we hope you will enjoy.