Robert Canis visited the Natural History Group on the 18th November 2014, to present his talk ‘The Photographer’s Year’.
Robert lives in, and works mainly in Kent, sometimes on the local nature reserves. He has a range of special places where he knows he can find interesting flora and fauna. He takes full advantage of his knowledge and knows where and when to take his shots, as well as using these venues to teach photography to paying clients. He also takes groups abroad but keeps numbers small in order to give everyone a share of his attention.
Robert is extremely knowledgeable about wildlife, which shows in his work. As well as taking straightforward shots, some are very creative, especially those shot very early in the morning or late at night when he takes full advantage of the strange light effects. He did talk about lenses, ISOs and other technical issues, as well as telling us how he takes his photographs. His work is often published although he is still a very young man.
On the 18th October, we embarked on a trip to Canary Wharf. We travelled by train to London and began our visit at the Tower of London. Our aim was to see the poppies placed in the moat to commemorate the start of the First World War. Very moving!
We then caught the DLR to West Ferry and walked into the West India Dock area of Canary Wharf. We saw the Grade1 listed Docklands Museum building; we then progressed further to see the multitude of modern buildings. The range of materials, styles and designs made interesting photographic subjects, with glass and reflections everywhere, interspersed by dock water. We had a quick peep at the subterranean shopping area before returning to West Ferry Station.
Chris Jennings and Mark Westgarth were the group winners in our final quarterly print competition, judged by Rob de Ruiter.
Graham Wilcock and David Maskell both had their images picked as the overall winners by judge David Mendus in our 3rd Quarterly competition of the year.