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Teasel and Bee, by John Fletcher, of Ribblesdale Camera Club
Teasel and Bee, by John Fletcher, of Ribblesdale Camera Club

Another popular evening of presentations led by members at Ribblesdale Camera Club was started by Clare Drew giving an insight into how she is exploring monochrome.

Clare showed a selection of images of creative pattern shots using natural foliage, seashore pebbles, tree bark and also man-made material such as cushions, curtain tie backs, and timber floorboards, all given something extra by being shown in “black and white”.

This was followed with a selection of shots taken on a recent trip to India showing the comparison between the original colour image and the monochrome conversion. Clare also included some old family photographs taken in India many years ago by her grandfather and all were surprised by how her own recent images converted to monochrome came across as so timeless.

John Fletcher followed with a few wildlife images to demonstrate how ethics play a large part in natural history photography and how easy it is to pass off captive subjects as wild. Some further images demonstrated the club’s interpretation of what is acceptable for submission into the nature/natural history class of competitions.

Steve Proctor followed this with a presentation setting out ethics in relation to working with wildlife in the field and demonstrating how difficult it can be for bona-fide photographers to gain access, even with the best approaches, to some conservation bodies and how statistics can be manipulated for use in deterring any approach at all.

The idea of these two presentations was to stimulate a discussion on a subject that many members had been raising. A very good discussion followed which brought out many points and highlighted several grey areas where the personal integrity of the photographer is the only control on the finished image.