Dal­ton tow­ers

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

What a lovely sur­prise to see a fea­ture on the great Stephen Dal­ton. (AP 30 Septem­ber). He was a new name to me back in 1981 or so when he ap­peared in a TV se­ries en­ti­tled Me and My Cam­era. . The pro­gramme was pre­sented by two AP reg­u­lars, Ge­orge Hughes and Joe Par­tridge.

Stephen’s im­ages on Ko­dachrome 25 were su­perb and beau­ti­fully sharp. If I re­call cor­rectly he used an old Le­icaflex SLR. One of his pic­tures was a bril­liant shot of a swal­low grab­bing a drink of wa­ter while on the wing, which I be­lieve was taken on a Has­sel­blad. It was so spec­tac­u­lar it would look like a dig­i­tally en­hanced shot nowa­days. But thanks to Stephen’s amaz­ing in­frared flash set up, the bird took its own photo as it swooped down to quench its thirst.

And Stephen was hon­est enough to ad­mit that. He said that he was prob­a­bly out shop­ping when that awe­some im­age was taken. His as­ton­ish­ing photos in­flu­enced me into try­ing a bit of na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy but, alas, to no avail. Great to see Stephen is still coming up with the goods though. Ge­orge Bidewell, via email We were de­lighted to fea­ture the great Mr Dal­ton in AP, par­tic­u­larly if it helped in­tro­duce his work to younger pho­tog­ra­phers. His work has had a huge in­flu­ence on na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy in the UK – Ge­off Har­ris, deputy editor

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