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Flowering Plants - Photography and Myths - With John Archer-Thomson

Flowering Plants - Photography and Myths - With John Archer-Thomson

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Nikon Owner Evening Webinar

Flowering Plants - Photography and Myths
With John Archer-Thomson

Thursday, 30th May 2024

Start time: 7.00 pm BST
Duration: approx. 2 hours

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar.

Nikon Owner is delighted to invite you to our first talk by the celebrated writer, tutor and conservationist John Archer-Thomson, 'Flowering Plants - Aesthetics, Myths & Legends with a Dash of Technique.' It is taking place on Thursday, 30th May 2024. 

John Archer-Thomson has prepared an evening for the appreciation of the beauty of flowering plants (and their chums), the myths and legends associated with them and various approaches to photographing them.

Even though plants don’t run or fly away at the drop of a hat, they can be surprisingly difficult to photograph successfully. In his talk this evening, John hopes to share their beauty with you and suggest which cameras are useful for flower photography (spoiler alert, lots of different ones), which lenses (spoiler alert, all of them) and which other bits of equipment might be useful. There are some splendid myths and legends associated with our petalled friends, and it would be remiss not to include some of these as well. Modern life can dissociate us from the natural world, and John hopes this evening might make you more likely to slow down, relax and enjoy looking at the beauty of even the humble dandelion (Dent-De-lion, French for tooth of the lion) as a source of inspiration and joy. 

About John Archer-Thomson

John Archer-Thomson’s early years were spent in Lyme Regis, Dorset, and this coastal upbringing probably explains his love of the great outdoors. He was educated at Clifton College and then did a Botany & Zoology degree at Swansea University, followed by a master’s degree in Ecology at Durham University. Back in Dorset he joined his father as a member of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew and employment beckoned in the form of Conservation Warden for the Dorset Wildlife trust. A love of conservation and aptitude for communicating its importance led to a job as marine ecology tutor for the Field Studies Council at Dale Fort Field Centre, Pembrokeshire. He went on to become Senior Assistant Head of Centre there and decided south-west Wales suited him just fine. From 2012 he has been a freelance coastal ecologist, tutor, writer and photographer. And every year he leads the very popular Skomer Island & Pembrokeshire Coast workshop together with Simon Stafford.

A visit to Grays of Westminster in the early 1980s convinced him of the virtues of the Nikon system, and he has remained happily committed ever since (in the non-institutional sense). He has achieved a highly commended in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition and is an Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation. After contributing to Grays of Westminster’s gazettes in the early days, it was inevitable that he continued with articles for Nikon Owner magazine. At the time of writing, he has produced twenty-two articles and is rather excited to have taken the cover photo for edition number 82.

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