Ormskirk Camera Club invite you to join them on Thursday 18th November either online or in person at the Guide hut in Moorgate Ormskirk L39 4RX for a presentation by Kevin Pigney on wildlife photography.
Visitors are welcome at a cost of £4 payable at the door on the night or by contacting Ormskirk Camera club on ormskirkcameraclub.weebly.com and the Zoom code will be provided at the same cost.
You can see examples of Kevin’s photography at https://kjpphotography.myportfolio.com/kjp-wildlife
I have been interested in photography for around four and a half years now and, although I have recently ventured into other genres, my main focus has been on photographing UK wildlife.
Fortunately, I have permission from a number of local landowners to use my camera on their properties and there are also a number of managed nature reserves within easy reach.
Working locally has the huge advantage in that it allows me to make many return visits to a location, thus enabling me to learn my subjects’ habits and behaviour patterns.
It also allows me to work out the best time of day in relation to direction of light and best positioning to facilitate a nice clear, uncluttered background.
For me, the key to getting good quality images is good fieldcraft and a lot of patience.
In my experience the biggest mistake I see people make is simply firing off their shutter when the subject is just too far away.
This often necessitates a large crop, which degrades the image quality so much.
I think it is fair to say my photography has developed organically giving me a style of image which I love.
Where possible I like to have good eye contact with my subject. I think the eyes bare the very soul of the creatures I photograph.
I like to achieve clean, out of focus backgrounds which show an essence of the environment without distracting from my subject.
I often like to make use of negative space, leaving space for the subject to run or fly into. Often the rule of thirds works well.
Finally, I find an image more pleasing when it has a fairly limited colour palette.
I am by no means suggesting this is the correct, or only way, but it works for me and produces images I find very pleasing to the eye.