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

 

 

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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.
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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)
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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

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The Scissor Arches

(This post first appeared on Alan’s own website http://www.alanfrostphotography.com)

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.

 

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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
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Welsh seascape by Gerry Gavigan
From the shadows
From the shadows by Matthew Gould
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Welcome Mouth, Devon by Sean Lewis
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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.