Tom Way – Wildlife Photography Extraordinaire!

Friday 14th Feb. saw a return visit for Tom Way, a Buckinghamshire based photographer who spends most of his life abroad, mainly in Africa, obtaining stunning images of the animal inhabitants of that continent.  Members and guests were riveted by close ups of lions, tigers etc. etc. and intrigued to hear the trouble and time Tom takes to achieve these. He very much favours monochrome images, perhaps not quite what is normally expected in such locations, but he proved that this really works. 

Tom told his audience that he has not quite yet achieved the absolutely perfect image and is still trying, they looked pretty OK to us! He always ensures that all 4 legs are visible and that backgrounds are subdued by use of wide apertures i.e. f2.8 usually. He also runs courses and safaris, gives talks and has won several international  awards for his work. His style is fresh, informative, and entertaining in the best sense.

He has a repertoire of talks, so hopefully it will not be too long before we meet him again.

Tom’s Website

PDI 1 Competition – 11th October 2019

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Our first PDI competition of the 2019/2020 season was judged by Daan Olivier FRPS AFAIP (–Contemporary-16052018—Daan-Olivier-FRPS). Originally from South Africa, Daan brought his warmth and good humour to judging an open subject with close to 60 images. He provided some constructive feedback covering composition and post-processing. Our Webmaster Bo Hansen was the evening’s winner, scoring 55 out of a possible 60 marks.

Friday 27th September – an evening of Audio-Visual with Les Spitz

Les has 33 years of camera club experience and is a frequent judge of AV competitions.  We were pleased to welcome him as our first speaker of the season, gaining an insight into the world of AVs (audio-visuals). 

Les gave us a tour around his photo slideshow software package of choice – He showed us how he uses the Timeline bar to rearrange the images into the order he wants and set the transition time between images, also showing us the range of transition styles available.   The audio aspect of the presentation (music and commentary) is added via Audacity ( – free to download software.  This software can adjust the volume and duration of multiple soundtracks.  Les told us he finds it extremely versatile for all styles of music and sound effects, plus spoken commentary.

Once we’d been through the technicalities, Les showed some of his AVs, which effectively took us on a virtual journey around the world.  We started in Venice during Carnival season with colourful and distinctive shots showing traditional Carnival costumes and masks.  We had a weekend in Paris, took a boat ride around the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, got close to wildlife in Kruger National Park, marked the Evolution of Surfing (Beachboys music, of course) and waited – with Polar Bears – for the freeze in Churchill, Canada.  Bournemouth wasn’t forgotten (who knew seagulls could be so artistic?) and we had a brief trip to the Isle of Man.

Les was an interesting and informative speaker and he happily answered all our questions.  We came away feeling that we knew more about AV presentations and could fully appreciate the expertise that goes into putting them together.

Report written by Janet Marshall