May Outing

Oxford 18 May 2017

A, smaller than usual, contingent of 9 club members attended this trip leaving early in the morning (5am or soon after). We had an easy trip to Oxford and parked in the Park and Ride service as city centre parking is notoriously difficult and expensive.

As we arrived separately we spent the morning in 3 separate groups. Two of us made for the city centre and spent some time in the early morning light exploring the area around the Radcliffe Camera building looking for different compositions. Paying £4.00 to ascend an adjacent church tower was well worthwhile given the different perspective that was then possible looking down on this iconic building. We later moved on to the Museum of Natural History and The Pitt Rivers Museum. As well as being full of interesting exhibits these buildings also gave us an opportunity to practise our high ISO handheld photography (12,800 ISO at one point).

Another group, after wandering around Oxford for a while, met up with an excellent tour guide (unpaid except for tips) who proceeded to take them around some normally inaccessible or rarely visited spots telling them all about the colleges and places they were visiting. In the opinion of some participants this was one of the best club trips so far. So perhaps we should explore the possibility of local tour guides in future.

At 1 pm we all managed to come together at The Chequers in Oxford High Street. We enjoyed a pleasant lunch whilst swapping stories of the places we had visited that morning. After lunch we split into two groups and all wandered off in the direction of the river to see if we could obtain pictures of punts and punting. Judging by the dearth of punt pictures in our competition I should say that we were all unlucky on that score.

We all arrived home early in the evening after a 2 1/2 hour journey eager to work on our images from the day.

The usual trip photo competition was subsequently held and judged by Colin Bush. Congratulations to Paul Sillence for the winning entry “Camera on Camera”.

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