Club members entertain

Every so often the club gets an opportunity to hear presentations from some of its members and this kind of evening frequently throws up some very different photographic adventures and images. This was very much the case recently when five club members entertained us.

Mike Barrow went slightly back in time to show images of the time when the Tiverton canal burst its banks in 2012. This was a fascinating record of the damage caused and the restoration work which was done in very quick time to restore the canal in mid-2013.

Polly Knowles then took us to Costa Rica with a wide range of images of its wildlife and people. Here we saw creatures of the rain forest and the lives of the people in the towns and villages. She was also fortunate to get a shot of costa Rica’s highly active volcano without cloud cover obscuring its peak.

Peter Elliston followed with a deconstruction of a creative image he had made recently for one of the club’s competitions. Entitled ‘There’s not a lot going on down here today dear’ this showed an elderly couple outside their chalet failing to spot bizarre events happening before their eyes.

Paul Carter then provided evidence that wildlife photographers are either mad or dedicated or possibly both. Desperate to capture some Scottish mountain hares in the snow he made several journeys until both the hares and the weather were just right, ending up crawling through snow drifts to obtain his images.

Finally, Mike Bevan presented a medley of images including shots of birds taken beneath a specially constructed camouflaged burka made by his wife. This was followed by images from both home and abroad and included some excellent shots of a flypast from the Red Arrows accompanying a Vulcan bomber in its final flight.

This was a very enjoyable evening showing how active and diverse a hobby photography can be.