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reat photos, great talk, great bloke. British wildlife photographer Andy Sands did not


disappoint when he visited Abbots Langley Gardening Society on Thursday, May 17. His presentation, called How to get the best


out of your camera, was in two parts. In the first half, his explanations of how he


stages some of the shots was truly an eye opener. I never would have imagined the set up of cages or glass tanks needed to photograph some of the more shy of the small fluffy animals that inhabit our countryside. The mink, the shrew, the short tailed field vole to name but a few however the stoat was magnificent. Andy went on to give us more tips using his


wonderful shots of flowers – a good move as we are the gardening society after all. Tips such as: isolate a group of flowers and use a telephoto lens to make that group stand out, or use a wide angle lens to include more landscape. His photo of the mayfly was breathtaking. He


used this to show us how the white balance can make a difference to a shot. He told us so much more and it was generous of him to pass on to us so many of his secrets. In the second half he showed us and talked


about many the animals and plants that are active while the dormouse sleeps away six months of the year. It was pleasing to see the hall was full and we


had so many new members. Future events:- Saturday, June 9: If you have any unwanted


plants maybe you would allow us to sell them at the Abbots Langley Carnival. Saturday, September 8: Our Annual


Gardening Show in the Community Centre. 2.30pm to 5pm.


The mayfly as captured by Andy Sands. Thursday, September 20: Blooming Marvellous


in the Manor House Sports and Social Centre. 8pm Sunday, September 23: Guided tour of the


Blooming Marvellous nursery. For more details visit www.algs.org.uk/ or


contact our secretary Jane, on 01923 447281. Pam Cotton


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