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BCA News: Fall 2017

Photographic Master Class

Editor's Note: Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA was invited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) to speak about digiscoping at their 49th annual conference at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Every once in a while, a wonderful opportunity occurs and one must make a decision to take it, or pass it up. I was invited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), United Kingdom to speak at their 49th annual conference, October 6-7, 2017. IMI’s conference was held on the campus of the University of Nottingham at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, an elegant venue that included 21 meeting rooms, state-of-the art audiovisual and staging, and lighting facility.

My decision to accept was made in half-a-heartbeat, and for months I then planned my two talks. IMI Conference Chair, Roger Hickinbotham, a colleague I’ve known for decades, was the one who invited me to speak. Roger asked me to present a better than one-hour presentation, which he called: Photographic Master Class, and wanted me to speak about both digiscoping, and my natural science photography. He also asked me not to be too technical, but rather keep the talks “light” and share examples of my work. From my past digiscoping papers and talks I assembled a basic overview of digisicoping, and then assembled an extensive offering of images of natural science subjects which I’ve captured both in the greater San Diego area and from numerous photography trips to U.S. and Canada National Parks.

During my planning, I realized this invitation to speak before the IMI Membership was also a great opportunity to help “cross pollinate” about BCA with a like society. So, I incorporated my introductory remarks around four slides that addressed BCA’s activities including: YouTube technical videos; the Endowed Fund for Education (EFFE); BioImages; The Journal of Biocommunication (JBC); and BIOCOMM 2018. And I invited the IMI audience to investigate our Association by viewing our web site, applying for an EFFE educational grant, entering their work in BioImages, and attending and presenting at our annual meetings.

After months of imaging new landscapes and wildlife, preparing two PowerPoint presentations, and traveling to the UK, the big day had come! I was both anxious and thrilled to be finally making my presentations. The day’s schedule was filled with numerous workshops, commercial vendors’ exhibits, and their professional images salon. Their schedule also included the presentation of salon awards (Bronze and Sliver), and their Annual Business Meeting. After all of those activities were completed it was time for dinner which was a casual buffet including a full-sized pig which was cooked in a huge metal oven that was put on display near the salon. The meal was delicious…and then afterwards Roger introduced me.

My talks were well received and generated much discussion afterwards with individuals wanting to ask questions. The following day I also conducted three demonstrations with my digiscoping setup before the general session began, and again at the morning break, and also during the lunch hour. The demonstrations afforded attendees a hands-on opportunity to handle the equipment and experience its technical capabilities. It proved to be a very fun way to share, and to learn too!

Back home I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience, and I know one thing for sure, I made the right decision to participate and am most thankful to IMI for extending the invitation, and their kind hospitality. Plus I wish to thank EFFE for providing partial support of my travel expenses. It was an honor to represent BCA.

Read more about Bob Turner and digiscoping.

Bob Turner: Selected Images

Introduction to Digiscoping: Still Image Capture

Introduction to Digiscoping: Video Image Capture


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