Radio host has an eye for images

A stag by John Boyd
A stag by John Boyd

Veteran broadcaster John Boyd was once told he had a face for radio but his pictures are well worth looking at.

The former Radio Leeds host, who interviewed the likes of Sir David Frost and the Duchess of York, is also a natural behind the camera.

An osprey by John Boyd

An osprey by John Boyd

He is a member of Normanton Camera Club and his picture of an osprey catching a fish, top right, was seen by an estimated 30,000 people as part of a touring Royal Photographic Society members’ exhibition.

Thousands of listeners know him simply as ‘Boydy’ but his full photographic title is ‘John Boyd LRPS DPAGB’.

John, of Rothwell, said: “I have always had at least a passing interest in photography. I was a member of Wakefield Camera Club for a lengthy period of time, I then moved to Normanton CC three years ago about the time I decided to try and specialise in wildlife pictures.

“This was shortly after I won the Rotherham Trophy in the annual Yorkshire Photographic Union competition with a Rugby League picture from my local club Oulton Raiders.”

A kingfisher by John Boyd

A kingfisher by John Boyd

His advice for would-be wildlife photographers is simple: “Research your subject, be patient and even then be prepared to fail. You do not get a coconut with every ball.”

The osprey picture was taken after two difficult and fairly fruitless sessions in Scotland. He asked a top photographer, who happened to be there, for some tips, and was rewarded with what is now his favourite shot. To see more of John’s pictures visit www.johnboydtakespictures.co.uk.

A red squirell by John Boyd

A red squirell by John Boyd