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