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Wildlife Photography at its very best!

Simon Roy shares his considerable talent with a good gathering of members.
We at NRPS are very aware of how hard our secretary, Jill Toman, works to provide such a consistently high quality programme of speakers for our weekly Zoom meetings, but Simon Roy, who took us into the New Year with “Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer, surpassed all our expectations!

Yorkshire based Simon generously shared, not only his amazing images but the thinking, preparation and methodology behind them that make him one of the most renowned wildlife photographers in the country. Simon seeks to portray the beauty and the fragility of British wildlife through simple, well composed, pin sharp imagery that uses the subtle colours and textures of backgrounds to enhance the beauty of the creatures upon which he focuses.

Simon’s childhood interest in birds in his garden has flourished into a passion for creating awe inspiring shots beyond his window, in the bluebell woods and pastures of his rural Yorkshire. He waits patiently in the wild, striving for the natural image in conditions often enhanced by his own ingenuity, that accurately portrays the beauty and fragility of the subject, and the delicate balance of its behaviour in relation to man.

Simon’s images are simply stunning, as are the lengths to which he goes to create them. The simplicity of subtly chosen, sometimes constructed, backgrounds portray the beauty of the hare, squirrel, vole and fox bathed in early sunlight, or backed by bluebells and bracken. These belie the endless patience, specialist knowledge and careful preparation that are his trademark, and result in such high quality work so ably illustrated by the grouse up to its neck in heather, or the roe deer dancing amongst the flies, two of my personal favourites.

Quite simply, members had rarely seen or heard anything like it before, and really appreciated the extent to which Simon was willing to share the secrets of his success- down to the creative use of tea bags to age newly sawn logs to entice the voles , and his sewing skills and single focus points for sharpness. We thank him for a thoroughly entertaining and informative evening that will be hard to beat, and Jill for finding him!

Next week Suzanne Ladd leads an evening with her camera,and members are reminded to look to their entries in the Shepton Snowdrop Festival as the deadline is the end of the month.

Jenny Short 07.01.2022

There is a walk at Victoria Park in Bath today Friday 7th January led by Jane Richardson