May 16th – *Note programme change* Austin Thomas, brilliant wildlife photographer based in the North West. Also hand in for the Annual PDI Competition.

Article by Mal Holmes     Thurs 16/05/19

 

What a fantastic night it turned out to be !!!

The Society once again welcomed Austin Thomas… A world renowned wildlife Photographer, judge, and all round good guy…

Austin was called in on short notice, when one of our guest speakers cancelled, so checking Austin’s availability (if he was in the UK), he agreed to come along to tonight’s Society meeting, and enthral the membership with his superb wildlife imagery, his visit made for another one of those memorable nights, which only a handful, of regular ‘special’ speakers give us…

Those of us who have watched Austin’s photographic progression over the years, and who can recall past visit’s to the Society, once again marvelled at the depth of commitment Austin shows towards his genre, especially taking into account the fact that he holds down a full-time career as an Electronic Engineer…

For the newer member of the Society, Austin told the membership about his own photographic journey from picking up his first camera in the early 2000’s, to the advanced equipment he is using today in order to capture these SUPERB images, which all members and even the more experienced ‘wildlife’ photographers amongst us, gasp in admiration fo his total dedication and completed art-work, which he captures at the most appealing angles, and in the most surprising positional poses, from the UK and world in general. Of course when we saw Austin’s African series, the Society was extremely appreciative, at his once again superb, captures of animals over and above what many animal photographers would settle for…

However… in saying this, Austin moved on to how he photographs animals and birds, within a mere 2 mile radius of his own house in Lancashire, and even to a specially erected and sunken hide in his own garden, showing that superb wildlife imagery, can be obtained within our own gardens, using simple pop-up hides plus our own equipment, a bit of knowledge and a lot of patience… but in saying this… that ‘special’ shot is always there for the taking…

Austin answered many, and all questions on his photography techniques, settings, lenses and equipment, even showing the membership how he obtains many of his shots, and the settings used to create some individual shots of his fantastic series’s.

the night ended with Paul… giving an extremely well deserved vote of thanks to Austin, especially stepping into the breach at such short notice… and I know for a fact, that Austin has been booked for another return visit… very soon, when he will show our members even more of his outstanding, award winning camera craft…

Personally… A definite date to add to my own Diary !!!

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We know that you will enjoy looking at Austin’s work on his website     http://www.austinthomas.co.uk
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Cheetah by Austin Thomas

Cheetah by Austin Thomas

“This evening, you asked how I manage to get such a low angle when photographing from a vehicle on my Photographic Safaris in Africa.

Well I had a rummage and found this picture of me “in action” taken by a client, to show one such method. Comfortable ? NO. Meets the objective? YES. We take turns sharing the uncomfortable position to make sure everyone has the chance to get a shallow angle.”

Austin getting the angle!

Austin getting the angle!