Joe regularly gives lectures to the club members sharing his stunning macro images and his extensive knowledge on his subject matter. Many of Joe's shots feature in our Natural World gallery.
A few words from Joe:
"I took my first photo in 1947 using a camera owned by my cousin. My interest was to record the locality as it changed. I still follow that hobby to the present day.
I had very limited success in terms photographic achievement: I have LRPS and LIPF and followed this with AIPF and ARPS: the last success was in September 2009. On the negative side I failed one attempt at a Fellowship with the Irish Photographic Federation, but never tried with the RPS.
I joined Drogheda Photographic Club in 1999 but I rarely enter competitions as I have no interest in the photography genre that wins competitions.
My main interest is wildlife and sport photography as add-ons to recording the changing locality and my favourite lens is a 400mm 2.8 Nikon; it is a fabulous lens and sharp too.
During Covid, due to my age, I was confined to the garden area and the fields behind our house for the long period of lockdown. I decided to root out my 30 year old Sigma Macro and try to occupy myself at a new skill. I found the Macro photography a real challenge, mainly due to taking only live specimens in situ and not using stacking; (dead specimens are commonly used in Macro and stacking is routine.)"