Nature Photography

  • Nature Photography
  • Steve Laycock

    Up until 2014 I had not taken photography seriously only taking pictures of kids growing up and family.

    In 2014 I joined Stafford Photographic Society after being introduced to them by my daughter in law. I quickly realised that I was not very good and entering competitions was an eye opener to just how bad I was.

    I persevered and leant a great deal from other members who were always willing to help and advise.

    I quickly learnt that as an Engineer I was not very good at landscapes and arty type photography.

    My main interests are Wildlife, Nature, Macro and sport and I am still learning.

    If I have problems with anything a great source of information is YouTube which I regularly use.

    When I joined Stafford Photographic Society I joined in Class 2 for beginners and Intermediates.

    I have been in class 1 for 2 seasons now and believe my photography is much improved on when I first started in 2014 and this is down to the help and encouragement of the members.

    I currently use the OM Systems OM1 with a selection of Olympus lenses.

    Below is my Gallery of Best Images

    17 Hoopoe
    18 Samir-Farqun
    18.63 Parachute-Fungi
    19 Silver Studded Blue with early morning dew
    19 Silver-Studded-Blues
    19 Small-Heath-Coenonympha-pamphilus-on-Bell-Heather
    19 Taking the Corner
    19 Twig-Parachute-Fungi-Marasmiellus-ramealis
    20 Flesh-Fly
  • Tessa Bramall

    “I sort of became hooked on nature photography when a giraffe I was pointing my camera at turned around and looked at me and I took the picture and felt a connection.  

    Holidays with my children focused around nature and together we took many pictures of different birds, mammals and insects, learning and observing their characteristics and the environment in which they lived. 

    We joined the society many years ago and started entering competitions, readily accepting advice and guidance and we progressed after listening to many a talk and judges comments. 

    More recently I have been drawn to the sea and learnt more about long exposure minimalistic seascape photography using filters.

    Below is my Gallery of my more sucessful images

    19 -Transient-Light
    19 Brown Hare Stretching
    19 Celestial Dawn
    19 Listen-To-The-Bell
    19 Ocean Ladder
    19 Orange-Tip-On-Forget-Me-Knot
    19 Runway-24
    19 Silver Sea
    19 Small Skipper Roosting Before Sunset
    19 Treacherous
    19 Uttakliev-Eye
    19 Whitby Navigation Beacon
    19 Wild Sea
    20 Great-Crested-Grebe-With-Chick-On-Back
    20 House Sparrows
    20 House-Sparrows
    20 Incoming
    20 Large Red Damselfly
    20 Male Orange-Tip On Cuckoo Flower
    20 No Boating Today
    20 Orange-Tip-On-Forget-Me-Knot
    20 Rain-Then-Shine
    20 Sea-Flood
    20 Subway
    20 Tidal-Pool-Fisherman
    20 Twilight-Path
  • Peter Owen

    I have taken photographs since the age of 11 and joined Stafford Photographic Society following my retirement in 2018.  I enjoy all aspects of the Society and find it to be a friendly, inclusive and enjoyable outlet For my photography.  I am a member of the Society’s Committee and undertake the role of PDI coordinator.

    I enjoy the majority of photography genre’s and currently shoot with a Canon DSLR and a Leica compact camera.

    Below is a gallery containing a selection of my images.

    16 Lladwyn-Island-Anglesey
    16 The-Hokey-Kokey
    16.7 Bernina-Express-Switzerland
    16.7 Sunset-at-Conway-Estuary
    16.7 Sydney-Skyline
    16.8 Just-Me-and-the-Sea
    19 Adams-Plaza-Bridge-Canary-Wharf
    19 Deer-Calke-Abbey
    20 Another-Day-in-the-Office
    16 Lladwyn-Island-Anglesey
  • Angie Tucker   EFIAP/g  DPAGB  BPE4

    My brother bought me my first camera when I was 7, but it turned out not to have any innards, so I didn’t get my first working camera until I had my first wages at 16. I dabbled a bit before we had a family but didn’t take up photography as a serious hobby until 2010, when I had my first acceptance in my first National camera competition. This spurred me one to improve my photography and earn some distinctions. My first camera was a Practica but I soon changed to Canon and have always been happy with my choice. I recently changed all my equipment to mirrorless due to the lighter weight, ease of use and exceptional autofocus, I am now the proud owner of a Canon R5 and R6 as well as a good range of RF (mirrorless) lenses which include telephoto, wide angle, and macro. I love all aspects of photography, including macro and still life, and love entering all levels of competitions as I believe it gives you an incentive to improve your photography. I know I try harder if I have competitions to enter.

    Below is my gallery containing a selection of images.

    18 Tawny-Owl
    19 Bursting-Through
    19 Fireside-Seat
    19 Washday
    20 -Juvinile-Chacma-Baboon
    20 Grumpy-Landlord
    20 Juvenile-Bald-Eagle-In-Flight
    20 Painting-In-Progress
    20 Printer
    20 The-Longest-Prairie-Dog-In-The-World
    20 Yellow-Billed-Hornbill
  • Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB FIPF

    I started taking photographs as a teenager and joined SPS in 1990. I’ve been on the committee for much of that time, sometimes as Secretary or President, but mostly ‘dogsbody’. Though I enjoy most genres of photography, I have concentrated in the past 15 years on Audio Visual (AV). Through this interest, Carole and I have made many AV friends, and travelled, around the world, sometimes lecturing, sometimes judging international AV competitions. I am a PAGB AV judge and have been on distinction assessment panels for the PAGB and RPS. I was honoured to recently be awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation for my AV work. I’ve accumulated far too much photographic kit, but mainly use my iPhone and Olympus MFT systems.

    Below is my gallery containing a selection of images.

    19 Another-Welsh-Summer
    19 Tibetan-Knitter
    20 Another-Welsh-Summer
    20 Kelpies-at-Dusk
    20 Ornsay-Lighthouse-Skye
  • Miles Caven

    Like many others of a certain age, I became interested in photography in my early teens.

    Not much pocket money ,so film developing and contact printing was my starting point. A home made enlarger was a huge step forward for me. The tales I could tell, but not here.

    Now much older, I am a committed Sony user, Sony A7c Body.

    With Sony FE 20mm G, Sony 50mm f 1.8, Sony FE 24-105 G f4 and Sony FE f5.6 – 6.3 200-600 G lenses.

    I have no formal qualifications and am entirely self taught using pc, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC . For printing I use a Canon 9000 Pro A3+ plus printer.

    My subject range is general, with no specialist genre.

     A member of SPS for a good number of years and still enjoying photography.

    Below is my gallery containing a selection of images.

    16 Lladwyn-Island-Anglesey
    16 The-Hokey-Kokey
    16.7 Bernina-Express-Switzerland
    16.7 Sunset-at-Conway-Estuary
    16.7 Sydney-Skyline
    16.8 Just-Me-and-the-Sea
    19 Adams-Plaza-Bridge-Canary-Wharf
    19 Deer-Calke-Abbey
    20 Another-Day-in-the-Office
    16 Lladwyn-Island-Anglesey
  • Derek Gair

    I was a teenager when I first got interested in taking photos and bought my first decent camera, a Zorki 4 in 1968 when I was 17. In my early 20’s I was asked to take wedding photos of a deaf & dumb couple who could not afford a professional. I was 30 when I went to live in Zimbabwe for a few years and took wedding photos for two work colleagues, one of those was traditional African wedding and a truly jaw dropping experience.  During almost all of the many years since I have been asked to take many weddings, birthdays, christenings, people and organisations anniversaries, as well as other events. For example, this year I took five school events (I now have an advanced DBS Certificate – paid for by a school) This included my 3rd visit to Victoria Hall to take award photographs and 3 proms. All I request if I don’t know the people asking is a small donation to one of the two charities close to my heart.  

    I do enjoy going to the photo club meetings, chatting with members and seeing some amazing photographs even though my photos would be classified as ‘Picture post cards’ by a judge rather than competition photos. I am now retired and trying to get more into nature photography. I have also had studio lights for many years. I’m a Canon man, shoot in RAW and use canon free editing software and tweak in photoshop elements. 

    Below is my gallery containing a selection of images.

    andys Triathlon Challenge 18
    andys Triathlon Challenge 18