Club Meeting Report, Pick & Mix with Olive Taylor - Tuesday 29th March 2016.

On Tuesday 29th March 2016, Olive Taylor, a member of Blyth's ' Croft Camera Club ', gave a presentation entitled ‘ Pick
and Mix ’ at Morpeth Camera Club. Describing herself as ‘non technical’, Olive focuses mainly on wildlife, having a hide in
her back garden she is able to take stunning shots of wild birds that frequent the area on a daily basis. Not one to burden
herself with multiple lenses she makes good use of her standard 18-200mm and her favourite macro lens which she uses
with wonderful results.

Her show began with stunning macro shots of a spider, a charming coal tit fledgling, willow warbler, glistening wing shots
of dragonflies, a speckled wood butterfly on brambles, goldfinches, a pretty wren with caterpillar, a greater spotted wood
pecker on lichen, yellow hammers, a nuthatch posing on moss, dunnocks and a lovely shot of a wren among convolvulus.
Charming images of reed bunting on a gnarled branch, Roe Deer in the snow and peeking through foliage, back lit owls in
flight, kestrels and snipe in reeds followed.


On her travels to the Lake District and we saw sepia toned scenes of lakes and receding mountains in Wasdale & Eskdale,
Shetland fulmar chicks and guillemots, heather clad moorland in the Cheviots, and St Mary’s Lighthouse at dawn. Further
afield in Hudson Bay, arctic hares in snow, and a polar bear with young, Olive described temperatures of twenty degrees
below freezing and having the services of armed wardens for security. There were Inside Passage shots of low clouds over
forests, eagles, otters with young and mink with salmon and in Banff, reflections of autumn colours, mule deer, meerkats
and pine squirrels.

Olive held the audience captivated with many wonderful photographs; bright red hellebores, kingfishers, rats, wood mice,
backlit bluebells, macro shots of roses, dandelion seed heads and bee orchids, humped backed whales and waterfalls. A
stunning series of shots of a bittern among reeds and taking flight followed together with Blyth pier with pounding waves,
night time shots of the Tyne bridges, silhouetted trees at sunset and a study of a ram in sharp monochrome.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Olive for her presentation of such high quality photographs after which a question and
answer session followed with Olive explaining that she frequently uses hides and a 300mm lens to capture wildlife, only
using Aperture Priority on her camera she rarely uses a tripod as most of her photographs are hand held.

Olive proved to be a truly accomplished photographer and her presentation and dialogue were appreciated by all.