A Tribute To Malcolm Leach

We were very saddened to hear that Malcolm Leach passed away on 6 November 2018.  Malcolm was a longstanding member of the club; in fact, he was a member for over 30 years.  He was a very capable amateur photographer and was expert in Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software for editing digital images.

Many members attribute their knowledge of these programs to the tutorials that Malcolm regularly presented at the club’s meetings as well as many one to one sessions with him.  He generously shared his time and knowledge with everyone.

Like several other members, he experienced developing film in the darkroom and the transition to the digital photography technology that we take for granted today.  His deep knowledge of digital photo editing, although grounded in traditional darkroom techniques, was based on having embraced the new technology.  “Dodge and burn” was a darkroom technique which can be replicated in several ways in Photoshop and Lightroom.  Malcolm taught us these and would regularly entreat us to use some Dodge and Burn to improve our photographs.

No one in the club can match Malcolm’s knowledge and practical application of Photoshop.   His images could be made up of umpteen layers and would often be a composite from several images.  Sometimes an image was to demonstrate a technique, sometimes just a bit of fun, and sometimes to be a competition winner.  Even those not intended to be winners often turned out to be!

We, as fellow members, are all at different stages of our photographic journey.  We may never gain the same knowledge as Malcolm, or have the skill and dedication to attain his level of expertise, but Malcolm opened our eyes to what might be possible, to look a little  further down the path, and he encouraged us to take more steps along that journey.

We will all miss Malcolm’s friendship, humour and generosity of spirit.

Below we show some of his work.

Green Parrot by Malcolm Leach
Green Parrot by Malcolm Leach
Fractalised Lioness by Malcolm Leach
Fractalised Lioness by Malcolm Leach
How Much Longer Mum by Malcolm Leach
How Much Longer Mum by Malcolm Leach
In A World Of His Own by Malcolm Leach
In A World Of His Own by Malcolm Leach
The Bird Expert by Malcolm Leach
The Bird Expert by Malcolm Leach
Angry Sky by Malcolm Leach
Angry Sky by Malcolm Leach
Slate Bridge by Malcolm Leach
Slate Bridge by Malcolm Leach
Stormy by Malcolm Leach
Stormy by Malcolm Leach
How Much Longer Mum_Malcolm Leach
How Much Longer Mum by Malcolm Leach
Fractalised Lioness_Malcolm Leach
Fractalised Lioness by Malcolm Leach
The Bird Expert_Malcolm Leach
The Bird Expert by Malcolm Leach
Just A Little Gin by Malcolm Leach
Just A Little Gin by Malcolm Leach
Off To Market by Malcolm Leach
Off To Market by Malcolm Leach
The Leader by Malcolm Leach
The Leader by Malcolm Leach
Dartmoor by Malcolm Leach
Dartmoor by Malcolm Leach

The Victor by Malcolm Leach

My Bums Burning by Malcolm Leach
My Bums Burning by Malcolm Leach
The Last Drop by Malcolm Leach
The Last Drop by Malcolm Leach
Evil Eyes by Malcolm Leach
Evil Eyes by Malcolm Leach
Whitby Abbey by Malcolm Leach
Whitby Abbey by Malcolm Leach
Ferocious Caterpillars by Malcolm Leach
Ferocious Caterpillars by Malcolm Leach
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In A World Of His Own by Malcolm Leach
The Veil by Malcolm Leach
The Veil by Malcolm Leach
Grand Canyon Exercise by Malcolm Leach
Grand Canyon Exercise by Malcolm Leach
Head of a Locust by Malcolm Leach
Head of a Locust by Malcolm Leach
Fountains Abbey by Malcolm Leach
Fountains Abbey by Malcolm Leach
End Of A Religion by Malcolm Leach
End Of A Religion by Malcolm Leach
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And They’re Off by Malcolm Leach
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The Red Devils by Malcolm Leach
Medieval Serf by Malcolm Leach
Medieval Serf by Malcolm Leach
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Des Res With Sea Views by Malcolm Leach

The Race by Malcolm Leach

Solace by Malcolm Leach
Solace by Malcolm Leach
Sunrise At Dungeness by Malcolm Leach
Sunrise At Dungeness by Malcolm Leach
Gormley Sound by Malcolm Leach
Gormley Sound by Malcolm Leach
Flower Forming by Malcolm Leach
Flower Forming by Malcolm Leach
In Custody by Malcolm Leach
In Custody by Malcolm Leach
Mt. Washington Cog Railway by Malcolm Leach
Mt. Washington Cog Railway by Malcolm Leach
Converted Water Mill by Malcolm Leach
Converted Water Mill by Malcolm Leach
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The Charge by Malcolm Leach
He's a Pussy Cat Really by Malcolm Leach
He’s a Pussy Cat Really by Malcolm Leach
The Last Drop by Malcolm Leach
The Last Drop by Malcolm Leach
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Thoughtful by Malcolm Leach
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Surreal Dreamscape by Malcolm Leach
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In A World Of His Own by Malcolm Leach
Langstone Wreck by Malcolm Leach
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Home On Leave Soon by Malcolm Leach
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Miss Practical Camera Club by Malcolm Leach
Lighting Up In The Shadows by Malcolm Leach
Lighting Up In The Shadows by Malcolm Leach
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Staring Lioness by Malcolm LEach
Night Flight by Malcolm Leach
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Arches by Malcolm Leach
Portrait Of A Locust by Malcolm Leach
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He’s A Pussy Cat Really by Malcolm Leach
The Flying Scotsman by Malcolm Leach
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Locust Face-off by Malcolm Leach
In For The Kill by Malcolm Leach
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Feline Beauty by Malcolm Leach
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Green Eyed Victorian by Malcolm Leach
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A Chat Between Battles by Malcolm Leach

The copyright in each image belongs to the photographer and all rights are reserved.