Shooting birds – but only with a camera!

Steve Race is  lead photographer at Yorkshire Coast Nature. From his start with a film camera in the early eighties right up to the digital era of today, Steve has acquired a great eye for wildlife photography. His passion for the natural world shines through on his workshops and tours with YCN. In 2013 Steve was one of the “commended” winners in the prestigious international “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition and also in the “British Wildlife Photography Awards”. His images have been used by the RSPB, Natural History Museum, the National Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and his work has appeared in several magazines and publications. In addition to his role on the YCN team, Steve works part-time as Community Education and Outreach Officer for the RSPB at Bempton Cliffs Reserve, East Yorkshire. He has also worked on projects with the national media and appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile, BBC Newsround,  Sunday Brunch and regional television programmes. A member of the RSPB, BTO, Flamborough Bird Observatory, Filey Brigg Ornithologist Group and Scarborough Bird Group. Steve has lived in the Yorkshire coast area all his life and has accumulated a vast knowledge of the different habitats and wildlife of this incredible coastline.

Steve’s illustrated talk to WCC was about how to go about photographing wildlife, in particular seabirds ranging from wading species, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Fulmars but not forgetting the inevitable Puffin. Most of the images were shot around the Yorkshire coast with Bempton Cliffs featuring strongly. The information given throughout the talk was of planning, understanding the behaviour of the bird being photographed, choice of backgrounds from out of focus ‘bokeh’ to sharp in focus dependent on the location, lighting and many other items. Not withstanding the seabirds we were shown many differing locations away from the coastal habitats which gave for a varied theme to the presentation.

Steve was also able to give a run through of a second presentation entitled ‘ Life on the Ledge’ which also featured excellent photography throughout. It’s theme was bird life on the coastal  cliffs and was a vivid account of the life and death struggle of the birds to bring up their young in such a hostile environment.

Members showed their appreciation after the conclusion with a hearty round of applause for a well received evenings presentation from a photographer on the top of his game. Another superb evening. If you want to see more of Steve Race’s award-winning photography simply click here.


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