I’m making progress! Yes, the material for the new Wild Philippines book is starting to come together, which is just as well because the deadline is starting to loom!
So the latest development is that I’ve processed images far enough that I’m now able to publish a gallery of sample images. Yippee! That’s not an ironic yippee, I have to say – I’ve been struggling to reach this point for ages!
Anyway, you can see a few images here, but I’ve put together a much bigger gallery, of 40 photos, on the website. You can see all these photos by clicking on the link below:
There’s no formal system of putting in advance orders for Wild Philippines as yet – that will come later – but if you think you’re going to want a copy (or copies even) then get in touch and let me know!
May is almost over, which means that my spring photography workshops are in full swing, with three held this month, all of them in southwest England. All three have been both quite well attended and treated to some warm, sunny weather, making the photography a real joy.
Architectural and Travel Photography, Exeter
The first of the three courses was held in Exeter, in Devon, on 6th May, when the subject of our photography was architecture and travel. Much of the day was spent photographing both the historic and the modern architecture around the city centre, from the spectacular Medieval cathedral to a minimalist car park building. The evening, up until sunset, was spent at Topsham, a lovely riverside town just south of Exeter, where we used the golden evening light to photograph both some historic buildings and the town’s harbour and boats.
Exmoor in Spring
A week later, on 12th May, I ran my Exmoor in Spring photography course, which concentrated on coastal, woodland and moorland landscape photography. The day kicked off at the pebbly beach and tiny harbour of Porlock Weir, in the eastern part of Exmoor National Park, before moving westwards to the stunning riverside woodlands at Watersmeet, just outside the village of Lynmouth. The day was rounded off by sunset photography at the lovely Valley of Rocks, just outside the village of Lynton. Despite being doused by a short, sharp shower while we were in Watersmeet woodlands, we were treated to a fabulous sunset, providing magnificent views along the Exmoor coast to the west of Lynton.
Dartmoor in Spring
The trio of workshops was rounded off on 19th May by the Dartmoor in Spring course. This day was spent photographing initially in beautiful ancient woodlands along the banks of the River Dart, and was rounded off in the evening by a session out on the open moors, specifically on Bench Tor, a remote site with stunning views across the Dart valley. Throughout the whole of this course we were treated to endless blue skies and sunshine, a real treat out in the Dartmoor countryside.
Seeing photos from the spring photography workshops
I hope you like the small sample of photos here. If you’d like to see more go to the Course Images section of the website, where you’ll find galleries of images that I have shot during my various workshops. Click on the link below:
Continuing with the second Wild Philippines photo shoot, here’s a second video about a couple of days I spent with the Mabuwaya Foundation, working with Philippine crocodiles, in the far north of the Philippines.
This video shows reptile expert Joey Brown fitting a captively reared juvenile crocodile with a radio transmitter that will enable it to be tracked once it is released back into the wild. The young croc was due to be released the next day, so the transmitter had to be fitted then.
I’ve just finished the second photo shoot for the Wild Philippines project, so all the photography for that upcoming book is now complete. All I have to do is wade through thousands of photos and write 50,000 words to put the text together!
Working with crocodiles
A part of the second photo shoot was spent with people from an organisation called the Mabuwaya Foundation, who are working to save the Philippine Crocodile from extinction. This species is unique to the Philippines, and is highly endangered, with only about 200 left in the wild.
Here you can see the first of three videos that I took showing their work, including the release of three young crocodiles into the wild, one more step towards restoring the animals’ numbers.
Treating an injured crocodile
In this video you’ll see a sub-adult Philippine crocodile that was originally released into the wild some time ago, but which has come back to the Mabuwaya’s rearing centre due to injuries sustained when it was attacked by dogs.
The video shows the crocodile being brought out of one of the centre’s ponds and then receiving treatment to its damaged tail.
The two remaining crocodile videos will follow shortly, followed by more video diaries from the second photo shoot.
I hope you enjoy this video. I’ll look forward to your comments.
My latest book, Beautiful Devon, has just been published!
A fairly short book, Beautiful Devon is essentially a series of photoessays about the loveliest areas of Devon, a county in the southwest of England, and is intended largely as a photographic memento to this beautiful part of the UK.
Beautiful Devon is published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, and is available through all bookshops, both online and high street, and in the UK at least it costs just £9.99.
You can see sample photos and pages by clicking on the link below:
Finally, the last video diary for the first Wild Philippines photo shoot. This one covers a great day I had in the rainforest of Raja Sikatuna Protected Landscape, one of the last areas of natural rainforest remaining on the island of Bohol, in the south of the Philippines.
High humidity, very dense vegetation, tangled rattans, lots of wildlife…. It was a really good day on which to round off this trip, if a rather sticky, sweaty one!
The video diaries will resume in April, when the second (and final) photo shoot for Wild Philippines takes place. I hope you enjoy this last video.
The final underwater photography for this first trip for the Wild Philippines project took place on the coral reefs off the southwest coast of Bohol, in the south of the Philippines.
Specifically, we did a few dives around Panglao Island and the nearby Balicasag Island. The former is quite a large island, one of the Philippines most popular tourism attractions, while Balicasag is a tiny island, a marine reserve, a few kilometres off the southwest tip of Panglao.
The reefs here are superb, with a huge range of hard and soft corals, as well as quite a mix of both reef and pelagic fish. A really exciting place to dive.
The video below shows some of the diving done over two days around these two islands. I hope you like it! You can also see this video at www.facebook.com/nigelhicksphotography, where you’ll be able to share the video with your friends and followers.
In this the latest video diary around my Wild Philippines photography work, I look at the few days I spent in beautiful El Nido, a magnificent place of rocky islands close to the northern tip of Palawan, in the far west of the Philippines.
Diving here brought up photography of a shoal of snappers, several turtles, and some stunning corals.
I’ve been falling behind on posting my video diaries from the Wild Philippines project, sad to say. Actually, part of the reason is good, because the reason I’ve been falling behind is that things have been pretty full-on, with a lot of photography, thanks to a lot of help from quite a range of people. More on all that in later video posts.
For now, here are two video diaries about the couple of days I spent up on Mt Pulag, third highest mountain in the Philippines, at just a little less than 3000 metres high. It’s a story of dense, tangled, wet forest, lots of mud, followed by a day in sunshine on the mountain’s summit grasslands above the forest.
Needless to say, I hope you enjoy the videos. If you do, feel free to share the link and/or leave a comment.