Steve's Place

Photography and Astrophotography

Talks for clubs and societies

I have been delivering talks to clubs and societies for a number of years, initially starting with amateur radio contesting and more recently a talk on Astrophotography or discovering the night sky and “a Hidden Jewel in the middle of nowhere” (Ascension Island).

Following on from the success of the Astronomy related talk, I had been asked to put some new talks together on some of the subjects and places around the world I have visited in pursuit of photography.

The talks I give are delivered to a variety of audiences and at an appropriate level. From general clubs (including WI and Rotary) to Photographic/Astronomy societies both large or small. I also provide outreach to schools and colleges as I am also a STEM Ambassador.

No two talks are the same as I continually refresh them with new content.

I can provide a projector, screen and laptop.

I travel across the whole of the UK and occasionally overseas delivering talks. I am also available at short notice (depending on distance) if your club has received a last minute cancellation.

The dates for my upcoming talks are here

The cost for an evening is £50 (+ fuel costs depending on location)

Please contact me for further information and bookings – sadly, I’m afraid these talks are best presented “in person” as I do not think Zoom would capture the humour and style.

Talks include …

Discovering the night sky – astrophotography using both camera lenses and telescopes including aurora photography from around Scarborough and the UK

A priceless gem in the middle of nowhere – Ascension Island

Scarborough and Ryedale – Photos from around the area

It’s a bug’s life – looking at life through a macro lens

I will be adding further talks to the collection and these will include …

Wartime Weekend – From Pickering to Levisham, candid photos of the Wartime Weekend

Durness – Auroras to waterfalls with a hint of chocolate

Life in B&W – observing the world through a lens in black and white

Amateur Radio Contesting – explaining the mindset needed on how to approach amateur radio contests to obtain higher scores even from a modest equipment setup

FEEDBACK received 

Stephen Bowden is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and recently delivered a presentation entitled “Photographing the night sky”. Photographs were shared of deep sky objects such as Galaxies and Nebulas including detailed images of our nearest star with most of these taken from his back garden astronomy observatory located near Filey in North Yorkshire. Stephen also explained in simple terms how the Northern Lights manifests together with photographs taken of the aurora from around the UK including Scarborough. Most of the photographs presented had been taken using Digital SLR camera(s) and Steve was happy to share “how” the photographs were taken so audience members with similar aspirations could do the same. A very different but enlightening talk that clearly demonstrated his passion and enthusiasm on the subject. The talk was extremely well received and generated much discussion with our society members. We look forward to receiving Stephen back again for another of his talks. {Discovering the night sky}

This is the 3rd visit from Steve and he offered a new talk he has written called a “Priceless Jewel in the middle of nowhere”. The presentation uncovered an absolutely fascinating experience documenting the life and scenery from a remote volcanic island in the South Atlantic. Steve was invited to Ascension Island and his photography culminated with some of his photographs receiving Royal approval and later progressed onto Stamps. Steve was very passionate about his experiences on the island and the talk was very engaging with several members later commenting they felt they were actually there. This was our societies largest gathering yet for a talk and we look forward very much to Steve’s next visit. Though we may need a larger venue. {A priceless Jewel in the middle of nowhere}

It was nice to meet up with you again. On behalf of the Beverley Photographic Club I would like to thank you for a very entertaining evening. Your presentation was humorous and very knowledgeable. There where some spectacular images especially of nebulas. You answered the numerous questions very well and in depth which is always a bonus. My personal favourite image was of the refueling plane and although you might have been lucky (your words) the sharpness of the silhouette against the moon was fantastic. Must be one in a million.Thank you again until the next time. {Discovering the night sky – extended version}

On Thursday, Filey Rotary had the pleasure of welcoming Steve Bowden to give us his talk ‘An Introduction to the Night Sky’. This was a fascinating talk where Steve showcased a number of his amazing photos and a few jokes and facts thrown in to make it very engaging and informative. {Discovering the night sky}

On behalf of the Ladies Filey Monday Club I would like to thank you so much for your talk last Monday. It was really good – I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I am sure everyone else did, and I look forward to your visit next year. {Discovering the night sky}

Thank you so much for a super presentation last Monday {Viewfinder Photographic Society}. It was evident from the number of questions that members were engaged and really enjoyed hearing about your astrophotography. Your passion shone through and I think will have inspired a number to have a go, me included. {Discovering the night sky}

Thank you for coming {Hull Ladies Circle} everyone really enjoyed it they were talking about it long after you had gone. We all shouted Goodbye, hope you heard us above the “chatter  & din”. They certainly want you back so watch out in 2025, as I am already booking up for the coming year. {Discovering the night sky}

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