About Don Bishop Photography & Steam Recreations
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We are located at the WILLOWS & WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE, STOKE ST GREGORY,
Nr TAUNTON, TA3 6HY. Tel 01823 490952.
Our normal hours are 10.0am - 4.00pm Tuesday - Saturday. Sorry closed on Sundays & Mondays. We are open on bank holiday Monday's.
*We may be closed on some days due to being at a show/event so please check this website or call us before making a special journey to visit the gallery.
Unfortunately the gallery will be CLOSED between Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 25th February 2017 inclusive due to our attending the Glasgow show below. We will be open again as usual on Tuesday 28th February. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Friday 24th to Sun 26th February 2017 - Model Rail Scotland, SECC, Glasgow.
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PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS on both landscape and steam railway subjects are available and full details are given on the workshops page. The workshops are an excellent starting point for new users of DSLR cameras or a good photographic day out for more experienced photographers.
ABOUT DON BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY
Don Bishop has been a keen enthusiast photographer for over 26 years, initially concentrating for the majority of that time on photographing his other great passion - steam trains. He went full time professional in 2006 and increased the time spent on landscape subjects and now has a comprehensive collection of fine art prints available of coast, country and mountain areas of the UK and these can be seen on the Landscape prints section of this site.
Based in Somerset he has travelled all over the UK, often covering many miles out and back in a day, making images of memorable landscape locations with a mind to capturing these in wonderful lighting conditions. Much time being spent planning locations and working out the best light angles for the time of day and year of his visit, and frequently spending a long time on location waiting for the right light - if not deciding to return on another day/time of year.
It is Don's passion for warm colourful lighting that drives him to get up early and traval many miles to achieve the stunning images seen in his gallery at Stoke St Gregory in Somerset. Don is very passionate about getting the shot right "in camera" rather than working to create it at home in post processing software on his computer - spending enough time in front of a computer running a business as it is! To this end Don uses filters extensively to control the balance between light and shade in his images and to ensure the camera records what we see with ours eyes and not the limited spectrum of light and colour that a camera, without such filters, is limited to. Don uses the Lee Filters system on his Canon professional camera and lenses. More can be learnt about this on our workshops if you are keen photographer using an SLR camera. Hopefully all of this will come across in his images on the gallery pages.
Don's images are regularly published in magazines (in particular Heritage Railway, Steam Railway & Railways Illustrated) along with written articles on railway subjects and photography, books and on calendars, cards and video/DVD covers.
Don attained an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) in October 2006 after a 1st year as an LRPS member.
As part of his involvement in steam railway photography Don has organised many special events and photographic charters. His Steam Recreations group for like minded photographers was founded in 1994 to offer photographers a chance to attend some of the then new private photographic charters. Under this banner Don has now been running photo charters over a 20 year period and well over 100 charters have operated at locations all around the UK where correct locomotives and stock can be brought together to recreate past railway scenes, often with an emphasis on the West Country.
Photographic workshops on both landscape and steam railway themes are offered. The landscape workshops are for any keen photographers or those new to photography who may perhaps have recently obtained a digital SLR camera and want some field tuition on its use and capabilities. The workshops also appeal to more experienced amateur photographers looking for some inspiration and in seeing the potential of a location for a photograph rather than a simple snap. The steam railway workshops are designed to help either photographers perhaps not accustomed to taking pictures of steam trains to learn the special technique required, its not as easy as you might think, or those more accustomed to the hobby who would like to learn about taking pictures which put the train its landscape rather than just a train picture.
If you are interested in joining our photographic events, then proceed further into our site for details of forthcoming events & workshops and visit the galleries to see some of my work of UK landscape and steam railway images.
We are registered for VAT in the UK and our VAT No. 209 7581 85.