I have just returned from nine days wildlife photography in the Shetlands. The tour was organised by Brydon Thomasson of Shetland Nature and guided by David Tipling, who is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost wildlife photographers. There were outstanding photographic opportunities with the wealth of birds that are to be found on Shetland as well as up close chances with otters, which were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip. Additionally, although not the primary focus of the tour, there were ample chances for landscapes and close ups of some of the unique flowers that grow there on the unique geology. The portfolio of images from the trip will be on my website within the next couple of weeks when I have worked my way through the 3000 or so pictures I took! There is one puffin below .. there always has to be a puffin if you visit Shetland!
As I have found with other top wildlife photographers on workshops in the past, the emphasis is never on the technical and always on the picture – lighting, composition and action are the keys. They focus on these elements, rarely going beyond relatively standard settings in camera.