Steven Galvin, LRPS gave us a fascinating talk about one of his favourite photographic genres, natural history. He focused on how he tries to enhance his composition to give a less formulaic image of the creatures he shoots. We saw flora and butterflies but very few birds, except an owl manipulated with software into a more pleasing background, a lovely misty morning landscape. By passing on his techniques Steven gave us ideas to improve our own images.

Steven uses focus stacking to ensure pin sharp images from front to back and some of the technical data showed as many as 100 images stacked into one. Steven saved the best shots until the end, a safari to Southern Africa, where shots of elephants were captured from a sunken hide by a waterhole. Stunning. Have a look on

August gave us a wonderful look at prints by Andrew Marker who spoke about his route to becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. The work that goes into making a panel of images, adjudicated by the RPS, is a very interesting process. Andrew eventually settled on a set of minimalist images of Santorini buildings, proving how many shades of white there are. Super stuff.

We will meet again on Wednesday 7 September to listen to Peter Greenway talk about taking images for book covers. If you would like to join us, we meet at 7.30 pm in the Adderbury Institute.

Finally, our annual exhibition will be in the Adderbury Institute on Saturday 3 September from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments so do pop along and have a look at our members’ work.

Anne Hunsley

Contact: Anne Hunsley
Address: The Institute, Adderbury