Club Meeting, "Wet & Dry" with Larry Bedigan - Tuesday 13th September 2016.


On Tuesday 13th September, local photographer Larry Bedigan presented a projected digital image show of his photographs
at the second meeting of the new season at Morpeth Camera Club. Larry is a member of Tynemouth Photographic Society &
has a wealth of experience in many different genres of photography. Entitled "Wet & Dry" he explained that he intended to
display a cross section of nature images both above and below the water. Starting with a brief outline of the equipment that
he uses he expressed a preference for long focal length lenses with extension tubes. Using this method you can get closer
to your subject, fill the frame with more of it and still focus. This this was illustrated by a series of colourful Butterfly shots
taken indoors at Butterfly farm.
Staying above the water he continued with a selection of bird images including Great Crested Grebes, Curlew, and Barn Owls followed by action shots of a Kingfisher catching fish and birds in flight. Beautiful images of Gannets at Bass Rock, Puffins at
the Farne Islands and the aerial ballet of Terns fighting demonstrated that Larry is a skilled photographer.
Moving onto a different type of nature shot we saw a collection of small reptiles. Larry again explained the lighting set-up he
used to capture amazing colours and great detail in his images of different breeds of tropical frogs and geckoes. The show
continued with examples of landscape and seascape images before another change of subject to a set of studio portraits in
both colour and mono. Again the emphasis was on the importance of using the correct light to bring out the texture, shape
and features of the human form.
Returning to his theme of wet and dry, a project that he had called Collisions showed a series of images taken with a macro
lens of water and milk droplets frozen in time, falling into other liquids or colliding into each other to form unique shapes.
In the final part of his presentation Larry stated that he had been a diver for over thirty five years and that it was the field
of marine photography that excited him the most. A series of underwater shots followed that not only recorded the diversity
of the subject matter but the lifestyle and behaviour of the subjects. Cuttle fish fighting, Moray eels darting out of holes, Reef dwelling Clownfish in Anemone to the amazing camouflage of a Stonefish. Larry explained the cameras used, flash and strobe lighting and how he dealt with the problems that shooting underwater created. With images taken of wrecks in the Red Sea to Hammerhead Sharks in the Maldives it was a different and captivating presentation. He had stated earlier that he found the
technical requirements to capture the colours and diversity of life in a marine environment to be a fascinating challenge and
after viewing his work it was clear that he had succeeded with a set of excellent underwater images.
A question and answer session followed by coffee concluded a very interesting and enjoyable evening.

Davy Bolam.