Talks and testimonials

Diaries of a nature photographer, around the world in 90 minutes

My presentation is all about my trips to a large number of European countries and further afield. A lot of my bird photography is done from hides. The presentation covers how i go about finding the hides, the countries that i have visited and of course images taken from those hides but also some landscapes and more opportunistic images taken away from the hides.. The presentation takes more or less 90 minutes. I have presented to a number of Camera clubs and if you are interested to hear more about the presentation or if you would be interested to invite me , please drop me a line. The cost for the presentation is £50 within 20 miles of Great London and £75 further afield,excluding any travel expenses.



Colchester Photographic Society

Our club was treated to a superb Natural History presentation by Rene. We have had similar talks in this particular genre over the years, nature being such a popular subject and appealing to many of our members. Rene’s talk was up there with the very best of them and was interesting and enjoyable to all, not just to those personally drawn to this particular photographic subject.
The effort and enthusiasm he puts into his photography was very evident and a joy to listen to, as was his genuineness and humility.
The images, predominately that of birds, spanning Europe, America and other parts of the world, were excellent. What was enjoyably different was that Rene included pictures of the hides with their general surrounding areas and the environment within which the various images were captured. Refreshingly, the talk also included some examples of when various things didn’t always go to plan or when expectations were not quite met and why. In addition, his talk included  stories about when, on more than one occasion, just when the trip seemed like a failure, it was saved at the very last moment by the capture of some amazing images; all being testimony to Rene’s dedication and patience.
A brilliant evening so, on behalf of Colchester Photographic Society, a big thank you.

Keyworth camera club

On April 18th Dutch photographer Rene de Heer visited KCC and gave his presentation Diaries of a Nature Photographer: a trip round the world in 1 ½ hours to a packed room. The size of the audience being one of our best this club year, which included a number of visitors. If you missed this night, then you missed one of the highlights of this season.

Rene wowed the audience with stunning images of a variety of wildlife, although the vast majority were of his first love; birds. Rene also included the background to getting these shots, explaining and showing pictures of the terrain, the luxurious hides he got to spend hours in (see attached images), and maps showing where in the world he was; countries such as Spain (his current favourite place for nature photography), Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Belarus and Sweden.

Rene’s patter explained the difficulties and frustrations in achieving his goals, he told of the problems of being cramped in underwater hides and being fried in metal roofed structures. The elation and excitement at capturing an image of a creature he’d travelled so far to photograph was infectious. All this told with many humorous observations and tales of comical incidents that had the appreciative audience laughing out loud many times.

Rene had set up his tripod with an upper crossbar that allowed two cameras fitted with different lenses to be supported at the same time, and this attracted much interest during the break.

As this was our last presentation for the year we can certainly say the season has finished on a high and for that we must publicly thank Rene.

“Wow- how inspirational and what an incredible photographer”. “Rene’s passion for nature defiantly paid off with some absolutely stunning images” “A thoroughly engaging, sometimes witty and informative talk”. “One of our best talks”
“Would like to see more of Rene’s work”

I think Rene that sums up some of the comments I have received from members overnight

I was at the talk you did last night at the photographic club and I just wanted to say thank you personally. I really enjoyed your talk and your beautiful shots. It made me realise that some of the frustration I get with my attempts at photography is basically down to no patience ! You showed me that if I want that shot I need to plan and work for it 😀. Thank you it was a great evening. Wishing you much success on your next trip.