Talented snapper has his work in the frame

Phptographer Melvin Nicholson on location in Iceland.

Phptographer Melvin Nicholson on location in Iceland.

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Amateur photographers got the chance to see the work of a professional who is a real inspiration to them.

Melvin Nicholson was the guest of Ribblesdale Camera Club and he took along a selection of work from his own personal collection.

Melvin’s approach is to think through the best kind of light to suit the subject, often leading to spectacular dawns and sunsets.

His idea of a typical photographic mission is to drive to Northumberland or Scotland in the evening after the traffic has quietened, have a few hours sleep in his car and set the alarm for before first light.

His photographs were spectacular in all senses. Even later in the day, or even night, he seemed to bring something extra to the most beautiful place.

Particularly striking was a series of night photographs of the Falkirk Wheel and a selection of lighthouses, bridges and rivers were given new life and interest.

To disprove that his photography was good because he knew every rocky seashore and valley in the British mountains in detail, Melvin, who runs a series of workshops, showed a series of pictures he had taken in Iceland just a few days before.

This was his first visit and he knew very little about the country. The images made a breathtaking climax to his talk and proves that his perceptive eye for a good picture works equally well in an unfamiliar place.