As of this evening, I became an official member of the VNF West Fotoclub. Today’s meeting was given over to a presentation by Han Bouwmeester, a Dutch wildlife photographer, who specializes in bird photography.
The first half of the presentation showed a selection of bird photographs taken in The Netherlands, many relating to specific project such as Kingfishers and Owls. The photographs and description clearly highlighted just how much work is required in preparation, study and sheer patience. This was not, of course, news to me, but nevertheless always a slightly depressing reminder.
Perhaps realising this, the second half of the presentation focused on a trip which Han leads to the UK, visiting the Farne Islands and Bass Rock. These photos gave a good example of places which are more within the reach of the average amateur photographer, who also has a day job! Following such an organized trip means that you can fairly easily visit places where you are pretty much guaranteed wildlife sightings, and subject to weather conditions, will always come home with full CF cards.
Other news from the club, the website is now online.