The images of award-winning professional photographer Andy Parkinson and keen amateur Jeanie Lazenby feature on the covers of the Wild Nature Calendar and Diary, edited by John Beatty for the John Muir Trust.
Virtually all of Andy’s wildlife photos are taken close to his Peak District home. Jeanie’s love of landscapes was inspired by growing up on the Lancashire coast.
Here are their top tips for winter photography:
See the beauty in the familiar. Andy: “I like the birds that others overlook on your average duckpond. I revisit places again and again, building up an encyclopaedic knowledge of how the light falls and how it transitions throughout the year.”
Have the right equipment. Jeanie: “Wear the right clothing. You don’t want to get cold and damp so check the weather before you head out. And don’t forget a good sturdy tripod.”
Pick up on the subtleties in the light. Andy: “If you can’t go out at dawn, try going out for an evening walk after work. Notice the exquisite light just before sunset.”
Keep your filters clean. Jeanie: “Make sure you’ve got a cloth and spray cleaner. The last think you want is raindrops or spray. I learned the hard way – you get so exhilarated chasing the photograph you forget to check what’s going on in front of the camera.”
The 2018 editions of the Wild Nature Diary (£16) and Calendar (£12) are now available from www.wild-nature.co.uk. Or buy both for £26.