4th February 2019. Alex Nail – “An evening with …….”

 

Alex Nail and his presentation might well go down as the most exciting, life changing and thrilling examples of commitment to searching and completing the art and science of photography that we will ever see at SYPC.

For all of the previous day it felt like the night might bring an inversion, I’m not sure what exactly caused this notion, but something was different in the air. That night I awoke from my half-sleep to find a valley full of clouds. We headed out to a viewpoint over Pyramid and Column to find them just poking through the mist with the Milky way arcing above. The moonrise was unexpected but ultimately created one of the most impossibly beautiful sights I have seen in the Drakensberg.”

Alex’s evening took us through a rambling mixture and adventure by a young professional photographer who seeks to go into the wildest of places with a target image in his mind and follows it through to perfection.
Through careful and finely judged planning Alex and his parties and walking companions took us to The Northwest – The Scottish Highlands, The Isle of Skye, Iceland, Greenland and the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa.


“I’ve shot this view in a variety of lighting conditions now, but every time I am there a new opportunity presents itself.”

 

 

To describe his work as just landscape photography is a gross understatement. He is a great advocate of composition, a student of weather conditions, including rough camping, he knows what he wants, where to find it, and is dogged in his determination to achieve the very pinnacle of breath-taking views and stunning abstract open-air images, and time-lapse videos.

 

A visit to Alex Nail’s  website at – http://WWW.alexnail.com  is essential

28th January 2019. Graham Harries – “What I Do”

Monday 28th members of SYPC were privileged to witness a truly inspirational and thoroughly entertaining presentation by Graham Harries from Llanelli.

Graham was very keen to point out that he supported photographers who ‘did their own thing’ and did not follow the crowd which was again demonstrated by his ability to look for something different in the most formal of scenes, whether a sporting venue, a rock concert or indeed a wedding.

Not one to be left behind he has also embraced drone photography and video photography, leaving us all speechless with a wonderfully crafted sequence based on his time in Iceland.

Needless to say we are all looking forward to a return visit.

7th January 2019. Ric Harding – “Some of my wildest moments”

Our speaker, Dr. Ric Harding (EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE4*), treated us to a feast of photographic delights covering both a variety of subjects and venues.
The evening began with a whistle stop tour of Ric’s background into photography, from University watching “The Who” in concert to post graduate work, travelling, for 3 years in France to a foundry in Metz, enjoying playing rugby for the local team then further high level studies finishing with a PhD in materials science and working in research at B’ham University.
His first series of delights for us demonstrated a modest formula for the establishment of the DEPTH of FIELD for macro photography, this was verified by seeing the actual depths by photographing a metric ruler’s scale – excellent! The subsequent set of images showed wonderful images of insects taken in his garden, flies, shield beetles, ladybirds, damsel flies and many more, these extended to similar work done in the tropics.

Ric’s travelling partner was often his wife and he now diverted his attention to recording a visit to Africa, to the Namib desert.

The huge extensive red sand dunes formed monuments across the desert landscape and great care was needed to protect expensive cameras from ingress by sand.

He was able to enjoy a balloon trip over the desert and of course this elevated position provided stunning views – he himself described it as the “journey of a lifetime”.

The photo thrills continued with birds, animals, mainly brown bears fishing, abstract grab shots and coastal seascapes.

This particularly focused on a trip to the USA and the State of Oregon where the rugged coastline, often immersed in sea fog, showed us an area not often seen.

The rocky crags gave way to coastal caves, created by the ceaseless activity of the sea, which provided hiding places for seals and other aquatic mammals.
Ric’s final series was drawn from his many visits to the North East of England which included all manner of delights from castle’s to sea views, birds and rock formations, these began at Lindisfarne and continued southwards down the fierce North Sea coast.
We were spellbound, a very special night.