A Bug's Life and Fabulous Fungi

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Now how about that for an amazing evening then! It's last Wednesday I'm talking about when we were visited by Andy Sands with two of his presentations 'A Bug's Life' and 'Fabulous Fungi'.

Now this is a man who is not only passionate about his wildlife photography but who has an awesome encyclopaedic knowledge of what he's photographing. Each image is given a full description with the lifestyle and habits of each creature - all without a single note to hand! Amazing! And as if that wasn't enough - he knows all the Latin names too!! (what's Latin for Alan Copeland I wonder???)

So we started by learning all about the creepy crawlies around us. Absolutely superb images and interesting and detailed descriptions. We now know that every species of bee and wasp has its own predator ...... which has its own predator .... and so on! Fascinating how many survive considering the number of them that are eaten alive by some other creature's maggots!! (please don't read this whilst having dinner). Then we learnt about the fungi that are around us. Again great images - each a work of art on its own! Andy apparently uses photo stacking (which we are all familiar with courtesy of our own David Dare) in order to make sure there's front to back sharpness and that background detail is minimised. He did say how many photos are taken to produce one finished image - can't remember - but it was an enormous amount!

A superb evening - thanks Andy for coming to share your work with us - and we look forward to seeing you again in the not-too-distant future!


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