Meeting Notes

Monday 15th May 2023 – ‘The Greater Picture’ by Tom Way

We welcomed our friend Tom Way back to the OLC for his latest presentation which he had finalised for us earlier in the day. He has just returned from four months in Africa and he included a number of his latest images in his talk. A treat for our club. I know members were looking forward to his presentation and once again Tom did not disappoint.

Tom is recognised for both his powerful and engaging portraiture of Africa’s large mammals.  Favouring a fine art black and white style his photography has been recognised in the world’s leading international photographic competitions.

Tom provided an interesting insight into his life as a fine art wildlife photographer. The demonstrations and tips he provided on the various camera settings and post processing he uses to capture those amazing and spectacular images were informative and helpful.

Tom has an easy yet informative presentation style and his passion for wildlife photography was evident. He is also very aware of the needs of the wildlife he photographs and his integrity and the need to keep animal welfare is always uppermost in his work. He has a unique style and last evening he generously shared with us some of his techniques and tips used to create his images.

He shared his approach with three specifics he looks for in his images:

  • Character
  • Lighting
  • Simplicity

He also mentioned camera club judging and how it can help develop individual competence.

But for me, the key point he said was – Take Images For Yourself. Perfect!

Many thanks Tom for a great evening.

David Watkins
Club Chairma