Our in-house photographer also keeps our finances in check

Our Finance Manager, Elaine, will be the person our clients are used to picking up the phone to for any finance queries or receiving an email from each month with their invoices. But what you might not know about Elaine, is for the last 6 years, she’s been a member of a photography club.

With a his­to­ry of pho­tog­ra­phers in her fam­i­ly, it’s easy to see where Elaine gets her keen eye from.

My father was very inter­est­ed in pho­tog­ra­phy and would use our bath­room as a dark room to print his pho­tographs. I was bought a Kodak insta­mat­ic cam­era when I was about 8 and real­ly enjoyed it, but then stopped for sev­er­al years until I found out Canon had launched a mod­el that had auto­mat­ic focus­ing, which was just amaz­ing, the Canon EOS 1000F (I’m show­ing my age here as this was a film SLR). I saved up to buy one and that reignit­ed my pas­sion again. Over the years I realised my main inter­est was wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy, so I have grad­u­al­ly improved my kit as I obvi­ous­ly need­ed a good tele­pho­to lens, macro lens and a dig­i­tal cam­era! I now have a back­pack that I can just about lift. It was love­ly to be able to share my pho­tos with my father all those years later.”

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Lucky shot through the win­dow of the Man­ches­ter Sci­ence Museum

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The Green Giant pro­duc­tion line – This was Elaine’s take on a Cam­era Club table­top project’

Elaine’s increas­ing inter­est for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy takes her day trip­ping pho­tograph­ing ospreys, to trav­el­ling around the world in the search for griz­zly bears. In recent years she has trav­elled to Bemp­ton Cliffs (gan­nets), Isle of Mull (white tailed sea eagles and otters, if lucky), Lun­ga Island (puffins), Rut­land Waters (ospreys) and Dun­ham Massey many, many times dur­ing lock­down. Trav­el­ling fur­ther afield, Elaine has pho­tographed Hump­back whales, griz­zly bears, and moose on a trip of a life­time to Alaska.

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Div­ing gan­net caught on a pho­tog­ra­phy boat trip at the base of Bemp­ton Cliffs

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Osprey tak­en from hide near Rut­land waters

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Suc­cess­ful Osprey dive tak­en from hide near Rut­land waters

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Jump­ing Red Squir­rel tak­en at Hawes, Yorkshire

One of Elaine’s biggest pas­sions is the tough chal­lenge of macro pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s not all glam­ourous when get­ting amongst the mead­ows and streams to achieve that per­fect shot of but­ter­flies, drag­on­flies, dam­selflies, bees, and flow­ers. And she’s already plan­ning her next sub­ject mat­ters with a week­end away to Mal­ham Cove with the cam­era club and, Skomer Island for more puf­fin pho­tog­ra­phy. Bemp­ton Cliffs for the gan­net mat­ing rit­u­als is also on her list to vis­it. But for these, she’s got her eye on a new gadget.

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Bee fly on laven­der, France

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But­ter­fly reflect­ed in water droplets; anoth­er shot tak­en for a Cam­era club round project’

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Emer­ald dam­selfly, Tat­ton Park, Cheshire

I am now look­ing for my next cam­era and I’m won­der­ing whether to take the plunge and pur­chase one of the new Canon mir­ror­less cam­eras that have eye track­ing built in so you can track birds in flight at the push of a but­ton – which is game chang­ing for wildlife photography!”

Elaine being a mem­ber of the Davy­hulme cam­era club has been a big gain to the Foundry team. We often call on her exper­tise for any inter­nal pho­tog­ra­phy need­ed. But now, in light of World Pho­tog­ra­phy Day, Elaine is turn­ing the tables and set­ting all the Foundry team a pho­tog­ra­phy brief to get our minds tick­ing. Watch this space to see how we all get on under the watch of Elaine’s guidance.