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tony hamblin

Tony has been interested in the Natural World since being influenced by his infant school teacher.
In his teens, cycling to the Somerset levels and to the newly formed Slimbridge site where he met Sir Peter Scott,
Birdwatching without binoculars, he could not afford to buy them.

A camera was added to binoculars when he was at work in 1955 saving two months small salary.
This Ikon Contina served well to record but when Mark became interested in photographing birds, aged 10 he bought them both Pentax ME Supers and 70 to 210 Sigma lens and 300mm prime Pentax lens.

A darkroom was constructed and many happy hours were spent in processing black and white films and making prints for the Zoological Photographic Club Folios.

Eric Hosking invited me to join the ZPC in 1984.

Eric's use of Olympus cameras influenced Tony to buy an Olympus OM2N and after winning one in a competition they became his workhorse cameras.
Nest photography was achieved using twin Brauns flashes, evenings and weekends often in poor light

Then came Canon film cameras and lenses.The 500 manual lens was superb, to be replaced by the IS L version which is still the lens of choice for bird photography .

Reluctant at first to join the digital entrepreneurs he did succumb and has never looked back.
Especially as digital opened up a whole new way to accomplish birds and dragonflies in flight with the innovative Canon 1D Mk 2 which has not been surpassed in its ability to capture moving subjects.

Tony became President of the ZPC in 2007.

He is an experienced International judge and has many awards for his nature images.

Since being seriously ill 2 1/2 years ago, photography and in particular the folios have been instrumental in keeping him going.
The ZPC and NPS postal portfolios have proved to be inspirational and spurs him on to do more despite the difficulties in mobility.
Even more photography has been achieved this year (2011) than ever before with help from friends.
Mammals, Moths, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Landscapes, Macro and Flora all adding spice to his favourite, photography of Birds.
Particularly in flight, hand holding the 500mm lens with much difficulty.

Long may it continue!

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