En­ter­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tion

Loughborough Echo - - CLUB CALL -

VIS­IT­ING lec­turer, Robert Fal­coner, de­light­fully en­ter­tained with great pho­tog­ra­phy and hu­mor­ous com­men­tary at

Sileby Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety’s meet­ing held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 26.

His slide pre­sen­ta­tion was en­ti­tled ‘ The Isle of Mull’, and con­tained pic­tures which were cap­tured on cam­era whilst vis­it­ing the is­land in 2005.

Dizzy thoughts of an on-line ro­mance turn­ing into re­al­ity prompted him to ditch his job lo­cally to ven­ture north to the Isle of Mull in the hope of ful­fill­ing his dream.

Torosay was his first port of call and from there he trav­elled around the is­land record­ing the fab­u­lous land and seascapes and moun­tain views as he did so.

Need­ing to pay his way, he quickly found work on the nar­row gauge rail­way based in Craignure trans­port­ing tourists along the pic­turesque 1½ mile track which of­fered su­perb views across the loch to the moun­tains be­yond.

Car­pets of colour­ful plants and wild flow­ers grew on ei­ther side of the track in the wood­land and Robert was in his el­e­ment.

Nat­u­rally form­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing cloud for­ma­tions on good days and bad days alike pro­vided amaz­ing pic­tures, as did the vi­brant colours of shops, build­ings, fish­ing and ferry boats around the har­bour at Tober­mory.

Work­ing through­out the day meant that he was able to pur­sue and con­cen­trate on his pho­tog­ra­phy dur­ing the early morn­ing, early evening and be­yond.

This proved to be ideal; the light­ing was of­ten per­fect and the re­sul­tant pic­tures were stun­ning. Mag­i­cal sun­rises and sun­sets were there for the tak­ing and Robert’s ex­per­tise be­hind the cam­era en­sured that great pic­tures pro­jected well on screen. Stun­ning re­flec­tions were also to be seen in the lakes and lochs of the moun­tains and trees above be­fore the sun dis­ap­peared be­low the hori­zon. Wildlife was aplenty. Puffins, herons, fal­low and red deer, amongst oth­ers, all proved to be very pho­to­genic, and the fan­tas­tic dis­play of blue­bells thriv­ing hap­pily in the open was an­other pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­nity too good to miss.

Ev­i­dence of civil­i­sa­tion in this part of the world was sparse, be­ing mostly de­void of peo­ple and prop­erty, and the beaches ap­peared quite pris­tine and un­touched, prob­a­bly be­cause of this. Quite idyl­lic. A back­drop of rugged rock and cliff for­ma­tions just added to the gen­eral ap­peal and pro­vided more great ma­te­rial for his cam­era.

Need­less to say, his au­di­ence never did dis­cover quite what had hap­pened to his on-line lady friend. Per­haps the pull of na­ture in all its glory, the peace and tran­quil­lity, com­bined with the wild and won­der­ful Isle of Mull proved too strong a dis­trac­tion, so maybe he for­got his rea­son for vis­it­ing in

the first place.

Mal­colm Coul­ton reg­is­tered the so­ci­ety’s thanks to Robert for his won­der­ful slide pho­tog­ra­phy which rep­re­sented pic­tures as taken and with no mod­i­fi­ca­tion – they didn’t need it!

The next meet­ing will be held on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, when Gian­piero Fer­rari, FRPS, DPAGB, FBPE, AFIAP, Sileby’s own renowned nat­u­ral his­tory and wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher, will present dig­i­tal im­ages cap­tured on cam­era whilst vis­it­ing the Falk­land Is­lands. ‘ Wild, Wet and Won­der­ful’ will en­com­pass what will un­doubt­edly be a mag­nif­i­cent evening of nat­u­ral his­tory pho­tog­ra­phy and much an­tic­i­pated.

Vis­i­tors and prospec­tive new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come to at­tend the So­ci­ety’s meet­ings which com­mence at 7.45pm for 8pm and are held at Sileby Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained from the so­ci­ety’s web­site, www.sile­byps.org.uk

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