Favourite Views – Don Bishop

Landscape photographer, Don Bishop was our guest speaker at the end of January. As the title would suggest the talk was about his two favourite places for his photography, he loves the unpolluted light and the varied land and seascapes of Hebridean Islands and also the muted tones of the moors and lakes of The Lake District.

After his hobby of steam trains and photographing them made him aware of the landscape around, he started to look at inspirational images to work out how they had been achieved, a self-taught photographer he took the leap into commercial work after having a few photographs published, happy not to have had to go down the ‘bread and butter’ route of weddings and portraits, he has a print business and gallery in Taunton, and also goes around the country exhibiting at shows.

Generous with sharing his methods of achieving countless stunning images we had a masterclass in the use of filters, tilt and shift lenses and shutter speeds.

An inspirational evening, Scotland beckons, apart from the thought of those midges, but Don chooses to go there in early spring to benefit from show capped mountains that make a good contrast to the azure seas and white sands (Togged out in layers of thermals, hats and gloves). If not Scotland then perhaps autumn in the lakes?

Rachel Cooper

I have been a club member for several years now and find I learn something whichever club event I attend. I enjoy the Studio Group evenings, but equally am happy photographing whatever the surroundings provide at home and out and about.

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