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Photography & Natural History Lectures

Most group presentations are 90 min, with a break and Q&A, as well as versions to required length.  For universities, broadcasters, professional groups and individuals ½ and full day workshops are offered.   The focus is on learning.  Film/photo lectures include building skills, sharing methods to advance craft and bringing visual storytelling to a higher level, be it beginner or professional.  Simple tips learned over the years as well as novel techniques will provide ideas and suggestions for recognizable improvements.  My communication style is open and honest with audience inclusion.  The kind feedback comments below suggest we’re on the right track.

I am constantly updating my presentaions with fresh photographic work and new information. Please contact me for a list of my lastest talks or for more details.

FILM PRESENTATIONS

Authored Film Screenings

Why not try something different, screen an award winning film with the filmmaker.  These are personal projects, 50 minute BBC TV films I’ve made from concept to delivery.  Discover the nuts and bolts of the filmmaking process from the craft behind the ‘how did they do that’ cinematography to the unexpected behind the scenes stories.  Authored projects are useful teaching vehicles, entertaining and popular with clubs and universities alike.  From the original idea, pitching, planning, production, storytelling devices, editing, orginal music score, sound and narration record and finally to transmission, all is revealed.  90 min w Q&A.

HOTEL HELICONIA – Presented by Robert Lindsay

Hotel Heliconia is a popular jungle B&B.  Tenants include dazzling hummingbirds, rare white bats, gaudy frogs and yellow vipers to name a few.  Like a brilliant beacon the plants magnificent flowers lure many.  The plant and it’s guests each gain from the visits.  They can check out any time they like but can they ever leave?

Western Daily Press – “Breathtaking photography”

The Mail – “Amazing close-ups…. beautifully filmed”

Finalist Best of Festival, Merit Award for Photography, Merit Award for Educational Value – International Wildlife Film Festival

Special Award for Photography & Contribution to Biology – Festival de l’Oiseau France

Special Jury Award for Photography – Wildlife Film Festival Japan

A MOOSE NAMED MADELINE –  Presented by Richard E. Grant

A shrill calling Loon shatters the thick mist.  Standing tall an imposing Moose pivots her huge ears on a foggy, remote island.  At her feet lays a newborn calf, Madeline, too young to stand.  Madeline has a 50/50 chance to see a new year.  Here in the Canadian wilderness life is a struggle through the seasonal extremes.  Clumsy, awkward, and vulnerable in her buff brown coat Madeline is endearing.  With luck she may grow to be a forest giant like her mother.  No one, however, will accuse her of being a beauty queen.  Her thin legs are too long, her tail too short, her ears too big, her muzzle too odd, and in general she is just too lumpy!

After all she is a moose….’A Moose Named Madeline’.

The Times – Daily Choice **** “straight out of a storybook. Lovely restful television.”

Daily Mail – Pick of the Day **** “Richard E. Grant narrates this stunning film following the adventures of a Canadian Moose… Beautifully filmed… A gem.”

Sunday Times – Pick of the Week **** “A beautifully shot treatise on the fragility and determination of nature”.

Radio Times – Critics Choice**** “…spectacular photography.”

Best Cinematography & Finalist Best of Festival – Valvert International Wildlife Film Festival, Brussels 

Finalist Best of Festival, Merit Award for Animal Behavior, Merit Award for Music, Merit Award for Use of Natural Sound – International Wildlife Film Festival

BIG SKY BEARS –  Presented by Jeremy Northam

In Montana’s Rocky Mountains mother bear has only a short time to teach newborn cubs the ways of the forest.  Her summer camp covers everything from tree climbing lessons to trout fishing, complete with ant picnics.  Wolves, coyotes and even other bears would like to join the cubs for dinner, with the cubs as the dish!   What’s more if they don’t fatten up they won’t survive their seven-month hibernation.  Growing up isn’t easy in Big Sky Country.

The Sunday Times Knowledge  **** “..perfect mix of intolerably sweet bear cubs, achingly beautiful landscapes and extraordinary facts.”

Daily Express**** Without trying it was a little masterpiece.

The Express  “A mesmerizing look at an enchanting family of black bears. It’s a remarkable piece of film….”

The Independent ****  Pick of the Day

The Times – Daily Choice ‘Top Pick’  “…it is wondrous.”

Western Daily Press – ” Bravo, and more of the same please.”

Radio Times  – Critics choice “An enchanting and picturesque film”

Motion control tracking lapse time / time lapse with producer Vanessa B.  BBC PLANET EARTH

HOW DID THEY DO THAT!

A collection of Popular TV clips screened and deconstructed; field techniques, storytelling and behind the scenes tricks revealed. Various clips from BBC Natural History Unit Series such as Planet Earth and others.

Upcoming Public Speaking Dates~ 2020

JANUARY

16th Thurs 7:30

‘A Trip to the Tropics’

Cardiff Camera Club

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20th Mon 7:30

‘Hotel Heliconia’ 🎥 film screening

Abergavenny Camera Club

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22th Wends 7:30

‘Hotel Heliconia’ 🎥 film screening

Cwmbran Photographic Society

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23th Thurs 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Gwynfa Camera Club

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30th Thurs 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Tyndale Photography Club

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FEBUARY

18th Tues 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Hay on Wye Camera Club

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20th Thurs 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Backwell Camera Club

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24th Mon 7:30

Marvelous Macro’

Melksham Bee Keepers

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MARCH

5th Thurs 7:00

‘Mastering Telephoto’

Gwent Photographic Society

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9th Mon 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Caerphilly Camera Club

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12th Thurs 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Portishead Camera Club

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24th Tues 7:00

Trip to the Tropics’

Blaenavon Camera Club

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APRIL

1st Wends 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Bristol Photographic Society

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MAY

5th Tues 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Downend  Camera Club

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14th Thurs 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Port Talbot Camera Club

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JULY

10th Fri 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Rhiwbina Camera Club

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SEPTEMBER

8th Tues 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Bath Photographic Society

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9th Wends 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Ross on Wye Camera Club

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15th Tues 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Solihull Photographic Society

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17th Thur 7:30

Up Your Photography’

Tenby and District Camera Club

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OCTOBER

1st Thurs 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Stroud Camera Club

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5th Mon 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Cirencester Camera Club

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7th Wends 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Wellington Camera Club

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9th Fri 7:30

‘Marvelous Macro’

Barry Camera Club

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13th  Tuesday 7:00

‘The Private Lives of Bees’

Gwent Wildlife Trust ~ Usk

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16th Fri 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Frome & Wessex Camera Club

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18th Sunday 10:30

Midland Counties Photographic Federation, Smethwick

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19th Mon 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Droitwich Camera Club

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22nd Thurs 7:30

‘Big Sky Bears’ 🎥 film screening

Gwynfa Camera Club

November

3rd Tues 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Devizes Camera Club

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4th Wends 7:30

‘The Private Life of Bees’

Kennet Beekeepers

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9th Mon 7:30

‘The Private Life of Bees’

Bridgeend Beekeepers

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11th Wends 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Afan Nedd Camera Club

 

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Speaking Dates 2021

January

14th Thurs 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Beacon Camera Club

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February

25th Thurs 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Cheltenham Camera Club

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March

8th Monday 7:30

‘Up Your Photography’

Kidderminster Camera Club

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15th Monday 7:00

‘Marvelous Macro’

Shropshire Photographic Society

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19th Friday 7:00

‘Up Your Photography’

Morriston Camera Club

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April

6th Tues 7:30

‘TBA’

Hay-on-Wye Camera Club

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