Two excellent speakers - 13.11.19 - 20.11.19

This was Nick Corkill’s first camera club presentation. Nick told us about his past life, from serving in the Royal Navy to scuba diving instructor, to crewing on a Russian’s super yacht, to commercial diver and voice-over artist. He also spoke candidly of his struggle with alcohol dependency and how the wonderful trips he does now are life-affirming and a reminder to him that he is now on the right path.
He is a keen surfer and specialises in photographing surfers in places that don’t usually spring to mind when surfing is mentioned, including Scotland and the Lofoten Islands. He seemed surprised that he and his friends were the only ones surfing in 4–5 ? water in the fjords of Norway – most of us weren’t surprised at all! We were surprised at how close he gets to his subjects, shooting surfers slicing past him at 30 mph with a wide-angle lens. He says it helps that he understands the waves and trusts his friends. I suspect it helps to be a little bit bonkers. The temperature in the lecture theatre really helped to set the scene as well. We felt like we were right there!
We were also treated to some shots from warmer climes, including some wonderful ‘over and under’ shots in the clear water of the Bahamas – and with a swimming pig as guest star!

revolve around water sports and a complete disregard for his own personal safety, could achieve so much in just over 30 years - but he has. What appeared to be a life made up of random events and decisions was also one which showed some shrewd planning and an ability to sum up possibilities. This was emphasised completely by one of his earliest images of a killer whale hunting that made you gasp every time you saw both the still image and the video clips which followed. But it was his images from Uganda which were really eye-catching as well as technically remarkable considering what a short time he has been practising and studying photography. Not least was his image 'Night School' which was shortlisted for the prestigious Taylor Wessing portrait exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in 2018 or the one of the Ugandan boy painted in the colours of the national flag. Sometimes travel photography can seem to be exploitative but in Tommy's case it is far more a case of 'giving back'. His mantra is 'Every image has a name and every image is earned.' And building long-term relationships with his photographic subjects was very evident especially in his new project 'The Sleep Well Project' of which you can find details on his website at

Examples of Nick’s work are regularly published in various surfing magazines – testament to the quality of his photography and how it has helped to turn his life around.

Our next guest was a presentation from Alyn Wallace from S. Wales entitled 'Night Sky Wonders'.
I think we all left this presentation with stars in our eyes as what we saw was literally out of this world. If you had thought beforehand that this was just going to be a collection of images of the night sky, then from the very start it was clear that here was a very knowledgeable photographer who lived and breathed his work and one who could creatively show the wonders of the universe. 'Stunning' doesn't even come close to describing Alyn's images which covered the whole range of astral bodies, including planets, stars, constellations, the Milky Way, the aurora and the international space station. And how amazing that having tweeted his space station image that no other than astronaut Tim Peake tweets back from space how much he likes it!
Alyn's presentation also contained several audio visuals and whilst the images themselves were fantastic, it was the background noises off of excited spectators witnessing comets and the aurora, that made us feel we were there too. The same could be said of Alyn's description of how he enlisted a friend to perform a yoga pose in the distance against the backdrop of a full Moon in the middle of military manoeuvres. The resulting ET- type images captured creatively the scale of man in the universe.
At the heart of all of the images though was Alyn's knowledge of the night sky and the need for careful planning to ensure journeys were not wasted as a result of poor weather. This didn't always work out but Alyn's persistence, especially for an image of moonlight on a waterfall eventually led to something out of this world despite the fact that it was probably his most land-based shot. Except, of course for his final images of bioluminescent plankton!
There were many tips provided for taking good night photographs and Alyn's You Tube site is a good place to see what he has achieved.

A great evening but if you are going to try night photography, then you will need a pair long johns to keep you warm.