Guy Edwardes: Exceptional wIldlife and landscapes

The camera club’s main event of the year took place at Wellington Junior School recently. Every year the club invites a wider audience to see the work of a major photographer. This year was the speaker Guy Edwardes whose landscape and wildlife photography is simply exceptional.

His reputation is such that it was not surprising that 110 photographers attended and they were given a real treat.

In fact, 'Wow!' which was pretty much the reaction to every image that Guy Edwardes put up and talked about.

Even if you've seen many images of puffins, albatrosses, the Angel of the North, Corfe Castle, Durdle Door or the Northern Lights then you would probably have not seen them like this before.
Photography is all about the use of light and an ability to compose and capture a subject in the best way possible. And from the very start Guy presented outstanding images of the wildlife of Costa Rica such as the many different varieties of frogs and hummingbirds in flight. We then saw animals and birds from many countries including owls, leopards, gannets many of which employed Guy’s preference for backlighting or the use of a mirror to throw extra light on his subjects.

The second half of his presentation concentrated on landscapes. There were some amazing scenes here many of which were taken either early in the morning or even late at night when it might be thought that photography was impossible. One of the most outstanding images in this half was an image of a lone sycamore tree in a hollow at Hadrian’s Wall with the night skies stars. This image was perhaps bettered only by shots of the Northern Lights taken in Iceland.

What also made this evening also so memorable was the way Guy spoke about each image without notes yet was able to give the technical detail for each of them. Not only were there details about camera settings, but there was also advice on tripods, how to analyse a histogram, what to fill a camera-supporting bean bag with and how to stitch images together.

Everyone who was in the audience will all have their favourite images from this event. But for this reviewer it was his shot of the unusual pancake ice in Finland as this showed Guy's technical and artistic vision to the full. A point and shoot photographer he is not! If you want to see some of the images just go to his website