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Richard puts nature into focus with stunning shots

A former company director who turned to photography has snapped stunning shots from across Shropshire and beyond.

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Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir in Wales. Photo: Richard Kyte

Richard Kyte has been capturing the moment for more than 30 years, and said lockdown had given him the time to reflect on some of his favourite photos.

His most recent collection includes vibrant pictures from a butterfly sanctuary, panoramic views of a Welsh reservoir and moody scenes from near his home in Bridgnorth.

Based in Chorley, the 67-year-old is armed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

“I tend to have two or three years really full on with my photography, and then have a little break,” he said.

“It’s something I’ve done for the last 30 years and it’s all mainly self-taught.

“I used to live just outside Stratford-upon-Avon and managed to attend an evening college for a time, but I’ve picked a lot of it up by myself over the years.”

Richard said the secret to his craft was in the post-production.

He added: “When you’re an amateur you wonder just why your photos are never as good as the professional ones, even using the same camera.

“I’ve learnt that it’s nearly always down to some form of editing.

"Tiny adjustments to ever so slightly enhance the colours or correct the exposure makes all the difference.”

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