Wild About Britain

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Well that was a great start to October! We gathered in the Whitchurch village hall for an evening with Ivor Porter DPAGB and his presentation ‘Wild About Britain’

As you might guess from the title his images for this are all captured in the UK – and quite a bit in the area round his home. So we started with some stunning close-up images of wild flowers. Ivor explained in detail how the shots were captured. They were notable for the way in which the selected plants stand out due to differential focussing.

Then there were the animals – again some very local - lovely fox pictures - and even grey squirrels!  All taken to show them in their natural habitats. But not all local – we saw stunning images captured during Ivor’s apparently frequent visits to Scotland especially to The Cairngorms. Here we were treated to beautiful photographs of deer, red squirrels and of course ospreys.

In previous visits Ivor has shown us images taken in his garden – some using his reflection pond. He didn’t disappoint this time either – although the pool has now apparently gone. He also captures beautiful photos of birds such as woodpeckers by carefully placing branches (he seems to be an avid collector of these!) a discreet distance from his hide and baiting them with nuts etc.

Having a little time at the end he showed us a few of his wildlife images captured in foreign climes – all stunning!

So – what a great evening this was! It showed what can be achieved in wildlife photography close to home – and even closer by using your garden - a little bait and an awful lot of patience!  Oh – and he also finds time to be Chairman of the Oxford Photographic Society too!!

We all enjoyed your visit Ivor - and look forward to seeing more of your work in the not too distant future!


To see more of Ivor’s work in the meantime visit his website:




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