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