White heron captures the magic of light

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In coming . . . Anne Lambe's Waikuku White Heron, winner of the Peoples' Choice Award at the Rangiora Photographic Society's The Magic of Light exhibition held at the Brick Mill iD Gallery, in Waikuku. PHOTO: ANNE LAMBE

By SHELLEY TOPP

A stunning image of a white heron landing on water won the Peoples Choice Award at the Rangiora Photographic Society’s The Magic of Light exhibition last weekend.

Waikuku White Heron is the work of Anne Lambe, a talented “hobby photographer” who worked in the manufacturing industry before her retirement.

Anne photographed the white heron earlier this year at the Ashley Estuary in the lagoon area, near the carpark. “It was quite challenging to photograph with the backlight,” she said.

Waikuku White Heron is a lovely example of how certain light can add beauty and create magic in an image. Anne took up photography 12 years ago when she was diagnosed with a serious lung illness which causes shortness of breath.

“I wanted something to take my mind off that,” she said.

“I am trying to keep active.”

Getting out and about to take photographs helps her do that, but she always carries a portable oxygen tank with her to help with breathing problems if they occur.

“It doesn’t pay me to get too excited when I see something I want to photograph like the white heron,” she said. She has learnt to take things quietly and believes that may have helped her get the heron image.

There were 100 images in the exhibition, contributed by 40 of the society’s photographers.

The exhibition was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week at the Brick Mill iD Gallery in Waikuku. Committee member and exhibition host Dave Woodcock said the society was happy with the event which was attended by more than 600 visitors with 21 images sold.

The exhibition was promoted alongside the Pegasus Bay Art Show which was also held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week.

“We have a good relationship with the Pegasus Bay School art exhibition team and believe it is a mutually beneficial arrangement that both run across the same weekend. We have promoted their exhibition from our venue and they have clearly reciprocated,” Mr Woodcock said.