Axminster Photography Group

Members Work

I strive for images that are graphic, simple and geometric. I like to think that observers are motivated to make sense of the geometry and imagine their own story line.
Whilst I appreciate the aesthetics of post camera manipulations, my objective is always to 'Get it Right First Time'. Interests are general with some bias towards Travel, Natural History and Steam Trains.
I started taking 'proper' photographs when I bought a patch of land to be kept as a conservation area some 30 years ago. That triggered my interest in natural history. I have an open mind these days and take a wider range of subjects.
Joined the Axminster Photographic Group in 2007 with the aim of developing my photography having just retired to Axminster.
Today I find that I always have my “iPhone” with me, this has and continues to produced some memorable images.
Additionally I have a Nikon P900 which has enabled some great wildlife images.
I like being outside – looking at flowers, plants, the wildlife that appear – too small and too quick mostly for me to capture successfully. Also on the beach - people watching and looking for shapes and patterns, and for unusual light.
My interests are in macro photography, landscape and some manipulation using software. In the macro field I take flowers, fossils and mechanical items, usually using a single light source and reflector. I was reluctant to adopt digital as I felt the quality of the image couldn't match that of a print. I now wish I had made the transition much earlier.
A happily retired traditional photographer, favourite subjects :-- Aircraft, Animals - wild and domestic and 'Painting with light '. A convert from Canon to Nikon enjoying relearning everything .
I enjoy a wide variety of photographic subjects, especially if they’re unconventional. Recently I’ve been working on my back catalogue of 35 mm negatives.
Having embraced the fascinating new world of the digital image I still find it is the final printed image that is my preferred output. Work in colour now allows many interpretations and I strive to convey the atmosphere of a subject. I still find monochrome to be an expressive medium and enjoy its strong graphic quality.
I have been taking photographs for a long time and my camera is always with me when I am out and about, enabling me to capture our beautiful countryside.
"I have always enjoyed travel. I strive, but rarely succeed, to capture what Laurence Durrell called 'The Spirit of Place'.
I’ve been taking photographs including cine film since a child. Whilst a member of the Lambretta scooter club I took photos at their events which were used in the club magazine. I also worked for some years for a Nottingham photographer in his darkroom printing black and white images…pre colour film. Then marriage and family photos followed. When I retired I joined a camera workshop to find out how to use a digital camera better. I joined Axminster and Sidmouth Camera clubs after gaining my LRPS.
"I’ve been taking photographs since I was a child, photography for me is second nature, - informing how I see things and how I interpret them. The Dorset countryside tends to be my main subject, although I take my camera everywhere and focus on anything that catches my eye."
'I have recently bought a 600mm lens, and By Jove it's a heavy beast. So, once I've finished my body-building for duffers work-out course, you
can expect a lot more wildlife photographs from me.'
Photography is very rewarding, being both a thing that you enjoy alone and one to share. It makes me more aware of the world around me and I find myself looking for potential pictures as I go about the day. Sometimes a dramatic sunset or landscape catches my eye or maybe an incongruous object or some intricate detail. I tend to favour pictures that please me and I don’t feel it necessary to take pictures that go out of their way to please others but I hope they do!
A range of images from group members taken during the lockdown.
A mixture of shots from Charmouth or elsewhere for a group critique in November 2020
The brief given to the photographers was to take three images, one of each category.
A selection of members' photos from a recent meet-up
A pair of outings on the same day in August 2020, arranged for daytime or evening so everyone had a chance to go.