‘An Eye for Action’ – Round Up

For many years Syd Cumbus has provided a summary of the week’s meeting to the Lancaster Guardian for their increasingly irregular social scene column. We’re now very happy to be able to also present these round ups on the website.

The President of the Society Christian Cable, welcomed Dave Willis from Shap, a photographer of some 20 years experience and who who specialises in outdoor sports action images.

A well travelled man, Dave has worked in Chile and Patagonia as an expedition photographer with Operation Raleigh and is also a visiting photographic tutor at Kendal College. Dave presented his lecture ‘An Eye for Adventure’ with 35mm images taken both on film cameras and with digital equipment. The opening sequence was a series of 61 images in both colour and monochrome of action shots of cyclists, mountaineers, yachting, kayaking, many with landscape features taken in the Lake District and the Cairngorms in Scotland.

Part two involved Dave explaining how each picture was taken, his technique of using ultra wide angle lenses at close distances to moving cycles and snowboarders. Dramatic images of yachts at Cowes Week and the Dolomites. He liked to include figures in many of the photographs by using people as actors and directing them into the correct position for the best image and to skilfully use flash guns to provide a different aspect to a picture. Members were able to choose an image and Dave would provide the reasons for taking it.

The vote of thanks for an interesting and informative evening was provided by Mandy Foreman.

Details about the photography courses that Dave teaches can be found on the Kendal College website.