A BIG THANK YOU TO MY GUESTS AT MILLERS WOOD
HERE GUESTS CAN POST PHOTOS AND COMMENT ON THEIR TIME AT MILLERS WOOD.

THE MOST RECENT FIRST.
ALL PHOTOS ARE LOW RESOLUTION  TO AID SITE SPEED AND NAVIGATION.

Please leave comments and any suggestions here or email them with any photos to me at jstanton1@sky.com (all lower case)
Thank you,  all comments help improve Millers wood for everyone.

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Julie Foster
Hi John

Thanks again for a great day, my 3rd visit and some great photos

Hope to see you soon, for another relaxing day
Julie

June Morley and her friend Julie can on Saturday and started photographing the Bank voles and wood mice.They had a great time and then spent the afternoon in the bird hides.
Here is some of June’s shots from the day.

Hi John

Hope you are well
Sorry for delay I have been so busy but at last here’s some pictures for you
Speak soon

Steve

JULIE FOSTER
Hi John

Thanks for a great day, hope to be back soon, so relaxing, 3 of my favourite images from today

regards Julie

Debra Flynn & Karen
Hi John
As promised here are some of the photos from our Vole shoot the other Sunday, hope they are ok.
Karen and I really enjoyed ourselves, I think we learned a lot and I’d love to come along with a ring flash next time to see if I can some sharper shots.

John
Hi Debra,
Come and give it a try, that’s one of the purposes of me running Millers wood so we can all try out new things and learn and share from them, I think you both did great at your first a attempt and look forward to seeing you again.
Take care
John
Here is a link to more of Debra great work on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/debraflynnphotography/

Helen Wiggins
Hi John,

Just dropping you a line to say what a great day I had last Sunday and have attached a few pics from the day. Happy for you to use them in your guests gallery if you wish.

I think you’ve done a brilliant job with the hides and I was amazed how close we go to the birds which really helps to get good pictures…and I really enjoyed the chance to get pictures of voles too, both in the hut and out by the hides.

I am a member of another photography group, Adur Photographic Society and I looking to see if I could arrange a visit with them, if there is enough interest. Nevertheless I plan a return visit myself at some point.

Many thanks again
Helen
Your very welcome any time, see you soon

Hi John

Sue North
It was lovely to meet you on Sunday.

Colin and I had a lovely time.
On the Sunday the 12th march 2017 me and Colin went to Miller Woods for the first time and I got some lovely photos. It is a lovely place the hides are the best I have been in it is an amazing place one that you can be at home in I well be going back the soon.

Julie foster
Hi John

Thanks again for a lovely relaxing day. I joined you with Paul, Ian and Donna on Saturday 11th March.
Please find attached my 3 top photos from our visit. It was a 1st for me to photograph Birds in this way,

Annette Knight paid another visit, this time starting with the new vole set up and got some great shots from here first attempt.
Click arrows to slide photos < >

Tarina Hill
Hi John,
Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant day last Tuesday when I came over with Sandy.

Thank you for all your help and tips, I learnt at least 3 new things that will hopefully help me improve my photography. I loved what you have managed to achieve so far with the different set ups and your ideas for further improvements. I got some much needed practice and look forward to returning for more next year.

Best wishes for Christmas and the new year.
Tarina Hill

left to right Sandra White, Tarina Hil and Kay
Great spotte woodpecker by Tarina Hill

Philip Holloway
Some recent photos from Phil last visit and a short video taken by Philip back in October it can be see here   Phils video from Millers wood

John Walker
Hi John
Thanks for last week, thoroughly enjoyed my time and it is good to see how the site is progressing.
Take care
John
see more of Johns photos on Flickr here: Johns Flickr site

Russell Harvey
Hi John

Nothing that’s gonna win an award but i’m pretty happy….

No 4 was a bit unfortunate by given me some ideas – without the pellet in his beak!

Thanks, Russ

TREVOR ELLIS from the Natural World Photography Society to his club members.
Hi.
As photographers many of us photograph birds, we can go out and hope to find a subject in the right place where we are able to get a good view to take a photograph, we can also go to reserves where birds are attracted by food and water, the only trouble with this is that the birds are on feeders or perched on tree stumps etc that are covered in seed and we end up with images that do not look natural.
I have visited Millers wood at Handcross, a area of natural woodland that John Stanton is turning into a great place to photograph birds and other wildlife in natural settings from various hides he has constructed. John is a photographer himself so he his aware of what makes a good image and will arrange settings for you or you can arrange your own and even take your own props.
I know a couple of our present members have already visited Miller wood also Kate Radcliffe and Sandy White have visited a few times and liked it so much they have taken other photographer there.
If your not sure what is involved you can always visit and John will always show you around so you can see if its for you.
I am only endorsing this because I have visited myself and was very impressed. I have attached a few images taken there, they are not award winning images but I think they look quite natural.

Brian Watkins
Hi John,

Many thanks for another great day at Millers Wood, I thoroughly enjoyed it and got some lovely images too.
What you’ve achieved so far is fantastic, the variety and volume of species coupled with the tranquil location and comfortable, brilliantly thought out hides is perfect.
You’ve been extremely welcoming and accommodating and I look forward to many more visits over the coming months.

Wishing you all the best

Brian

Thanks Brian, your welcome any time.
John

Pair of Great spotted woodpeckers by Keith Brooks 2-10-16
Keith Brooks 2-10-16
Keith Brooks
Hi John
Many thanks for an excellent afternoon photography. Attached is the woodpecker shot.
I feel very privileged to take photos at such a great location.

Thanks Keith glad you enjoyed the day.

The log on which Keith managed to get this shot is what I had in mind for myself, I cut this twisted log about a your ago and put it to one side for such a photo but it never materialised on my shoots, lucky bugger.
your barred mate.

 

I’ll put my photos on  Flickr shortly at     https://www.flickr.com/photos/keith_brooks/albums

 

 


ANDREW HOLLOWAY 2-10-16
Hi John,

Thanks for a great morning. I wish you all the best with your project and will certainly be booking the hides again
You can see more of Andrews photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskHW8SA9
Please click arrows or photos to see more.

ANNETTE 10-9-16
Annette returned for another visit, she has just started up photography and is keen to learn the art.
Herself and her partner Gary, rented the hides for the day and I set here up in the morning hide where she got to work on birds.
She is very new to all this managed a few keepers.

ANDY BRIDGE 8-9-16
Hi John,

I’ve attached what, in my opinion are the best images from the last Thursday.
I’m happy for you to put them on your website if you think they are worthy.

“I booked a Wildlife Photography course as a 60th birthday gift from my son and daughters. I didn’t have any great expectations as to what I would achieve, I was just hoping to learn something that would help me take better wildlife photographs. On arrival, John gave me a quick tour of the wood and the hides he has built then we were quickly on to setting the camera up for Aperture Priority and taking pictures. It would have been helpful if I’d taken the camera manual with me as some of the settings John wanted to demonstrate were hard to find. Throughout the day John imparted knowledge as and when required. At the end of the day I had well over 400 photographs to sift through and a reasonable understanding of Aperture Priority and how to use it. The best photographs from the day considerably exceeded my expectations. John’s enthusiasm for photography has encouraged my interest and inspired me to get to know more about my camera, its capabilities and image manipulation.”

Thanks for your time on Thursday, I really enjoyed the day.

Andy

John Walker returned for a couple of early morning sessions before work on the reflection pool.
With limited time he managed a few keepers.

You can see more of the sessions on his flickr site at:  John Walkers Flickr site.

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Sandra White
I recently had a visit from 2 talented lady photographers who spent the day at the hides, here is what Sandra had to say about here time there.

A great photographic day out set in a beautiful piece of English Woodland. If you like to photograph birds and other wildlife from the comfort of a hide then this is a place for you.
John has worked very hard to build 4 hides, one has a reflection pool, another is set up with perches and many feeders and the final hide is set in front of a pool with posts for the woodpeckers. There are many birds visiting so the photographic opportunities are endless.
I would highly recommend this location and will be returning again soon.
Sandra White.

John Walker
On the evening of the 28th April I had a visit from John Walker a wildlife photographer from Reading for a short 3 hour visit, in this time he managed to get these excellent photo’s.

Hi John,
A quick note to say ‘Thank you ‘ for Thursday afternoon.
I thoroughly enjoyed my self and I have to say that you have got a great piece of woodland and I think that you are doing a wonderful job.
I think that this will get better as it ‘matures’ and you will have a magnet for birds which will provide great opportunities in the future.
I look forward to future visits to see it progress (and to try and get some half decent photographs).
I look forward to coming again in the not too distant future and I wish you well in your endeavour.
Cheers
John Walker.

Mya Brambrick
On Sunday I was joined by Mya, a young keen wildlife photographer from Crawley and her mum.
We started out in the main hide where Mya got to work photographing the birds.
We changed a few settings as the light was mainly sunny and she had to be careful to not blow out the whites and Mya dealt with all conditions superbly.

MYA.
At the weekend I visited Millers Wood in Handcross for a bird photography workshop with John Stanton. John Stanton is a fantastic wildlife photographer who has recently purchased a piece of woodland and is starting to create a wildlife haven as well as offer bird hides that are available to rent and photography workshops.

I was pretty impressed with the workshop itself as the set-up is adaptable meaning I can get different shots.
It was also relaxed and not at all pressured so I could get the best shots of my ability.
John was very helpful and knowledgeable and advised me on my settings and how I can get the best shots with my camera and the light available.

Whilst I was there I saw many birds including Siskin, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Marsh Tit and Nuthatch.

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