Club Meeting, "Out & About" with Keith Hildreth - Tuesday 11th October 2016.


Keith Hildreth, DPAGB, was the guest speaker at Morpeth Camera Club on Tuesday 11th October 2016, with his talk entitled
‘Out and About’. A member of Tynemouth Photographic Society, where he is Chairman of the Nature group, Keith has always
been interested in Natural History and this evening we were treated to a new presentation of his seasonal images. He stated
that his first inspiration of the day begins by opening his curtains to watch a variety of birds who are regular visitors to his
garden, which included robins, wrens, tits and nut hatches together with colourful frogs in his pond. Keith continued with a
selection of photographs taken when out and about, cute young seals, swooping owls, a beautiful red fox on a frozen lake,
swans flying in sequence, toads, hedgehogs, red grouse in heather and stoats and weasels among grasses and rocks.
Moorland scenes near Blanchland, burning heather, young plovers, well- camouflaged nesting woodcocks and brown hare
followed. Images of dramatic Routin Linn, Cauldron Snout and Gibson’s Cave waterfalls, milky water over rocks, dippers,dew
laden webs, wood anemones, celandine and marsh marigolds perfectly illustrated the beauty of Teesdale.
A wonderful collection of wildlife followed, boxing hares, roe deer, muntjac and weasels, red kites, nesting grebes,badgers
and barn owls. A lovely image of bluebell woods in diffused colours using a method of laying Vaseline on glass was followed
by blankets of garlic among larch trees, oyster fungus, orchids and vibrant red poppies.
A visit to the Farnes was illustrated with basking seals, shag and razorbills with young, herring gulls attacking puffins for
their sand eels. Bass rock’s gannets and their fluffy young, kittiwakes nesting at Dunbar castle, the Cairngorms in April with mountain hare, male capercaillie and Scottish wild cats then, on Arran, maganzas, oystercatchers, wheatear and guillemots.
Keith displayed his talent for using his macro lens with shots of Lunar Hornet moths, cardinal beetles, peacock butterflies,
painted ladies, and the stunning burnet moth emerging from its cocoon. A wide variety of owls, handsome male kestrels,
bank and water voles, harvest mice and delicate dragonflies, red fungi, ink caps, puffballs and spiders with their prey were
all included in Keith’s selection of images.
Bronze foliage, low sunsets and misty mornings, robins, waxwings, rowan berries, jays, snow bunting and Hooper swans
perfectly captured the autumnal atmosphere and finally, red grouse in snow, bittern on frozen lakes, frosty woodland and
swans on a glowing Martin Mere at sunset concluded Keith’s travels through the seasons.
A self confessed reluctant convert from film photography, Keith has successfully embraced the digital medium but stressed
that he has no interest in photographic manipulation. A short question and answer session followed where Keith generously
shared his techniques with the group. Club Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked Keith for a very entertaining evening after
which coffee was served.