12th October - An Evening of Sport and Natural History

A 30 strong audience from Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) sat ready for a wonderful presentation of Sport and Nature presented by our speaker for the night - Dave Wilkinson (CPAGB, AFIAP, BPE2*), from Bury Photographic Society (pictured above).

Tonight’s meeting was a night of two halves. The first half covered all types of Sport photography and the second half was devoted to Nature.

Dave got straight to the point making reference to his friendship with our Chairman Ian Whiston and making a light-hearted reference to the fact that none of his nature images were shot in Africa.

Dave, starting with motor sport, showed us a large selection of images taken at Oulton Park. He imparted his vast knowledge of the subject informing us where to take the best shots, how to avoid back ground distractions and what camera settings to use to achieve certain shots such as panning. He went over basic rules such as being able to see a rider’s face adds to the drama and the story so look for the rider with the clear visor.

Dave covered an array of sports photography: three-day evening, golf, side car racing, motor cross and canoeing to name a few. All with detailed interest totally gaining the focus of the audience. Dave was comfortable holding court and invited questions from the audience. He confidently answered queries in relation to technique, composition and photographic location throughout the course of the evening.

Dave advised us to visit sporting events on practice days because there was less pressure on the competitors allowing more chance for interactions. There was also a reduced crowd to cause distractions in your images. Dave encouraged us to go to sporting events in the wet weather by showing how the pouring rain can enhance the drama and the story of an image, especially motor sport, where water spray from the tyres is virtually guaranteed.

After tea, Dave switched the mood to Nature. Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) has a massive link with this type of photography and it is fair to say that this must be one of our favourite genres photographed during any year. Dave spent time telling us how he sets up shots to photograph garden birds including setting, lens options and other equipment such as hides and feeders and more importantly where to arrange these items to ‘bag a great shot’. Dave let us in to his secret locations: Leighton Moss, Norfolk, Marsh Side and Farne Island. He also encouraged us to use the Bird watching Internet Forums to get up to date locations to see some rarer birds blown off course during winter storms. Other images in Dave’s series covered deer and red squirrel.

This was a really interesting two-hour presentation with stacks of knowledge imparted on the audience, some fantastic action and nature images to review, all our questions answered and a light fluttering of humour thrown in for good measure. We look forward to Dave visiting us again next year.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.

Paul Wilcock
Press & Publicity Officer