Photofold Camera Club Trip to the Lake District 1st to 7th May 2019
For the club’s annual multi-day trip this year we chose Ambleside in Cumbria. This is an excellent central venue for exploring the central and southern lakes and also has the advantage of many hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. 11 of us travelled north on the morning of Wednesday 1 May (after club night on Tuesday) in 5 cars and stayed in 5 different hotels (no one hotel could cope with 11 single bookings).
Friday 12th April 2019
8 members of Photofold set off early in the morning to visit this North Norfolk coastal resort. A 2 ½ hour (110 mile) uneventful drive found us in the car park at 8am greeted by dry, windy weather. Happisburgh is noted for its coastal erosion and ever changing, and collapsing, sea defences.
Colchester Zoo Outing
Thursday 28th March 2019
Twelve of us went to the zoo, mostly at the start on 9.30.
It was a popular location and lots of photo opportunities. The challenge was to avoid the reflections on the glass. The orang utan was too far away in the morning but came close in the afternoon. The flamingoes and the otters seem quite a favourite for our group.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Outing
25th February 2019
10 of us went to the Chatham Historic Dockyard , a very good location and perfect weather. Quite difficult to get very original shots but our members usually surprise me. The submarine tour was very good and others liked the rope warehouse.
Gunners Park 31 Jan 2019
Ten members went to Gunners Park and Shoeburyness. Some of us got to the submarine boom at Shoeburyness just before sunrise. It was very cold, thick frost but no wind so the sea was perfectly calm at high tide.
Hyde Hall December 2018 Outing
Our December outing on 10 December was close to home at Hyde Hall, an RHS garden. As they only opened at 10am, closing at 4pm, our early start enthusiasts had to curb their enthusiasm and we left at a more civilised time.
Framlingham Castle & Woodbridge Outing
19th November 2018
A small group this time, just five of us, and we left at a reasonable time. The weather forecast was not great and when we arrived at Framlingham it was quite dull so we went into the Dancing Goat café for coffee and a bacon sandwich.
16 of us went to Windsor Great Park on Monday 29th October.
We chose a good day for the weather. A sunny day, quite cold but not too bad, and very light wind. The journey could have been better but only about a half hour delay on the M25! Some had a better journey.
Polesden Lacey (National Trust):- Monday 24th September 2018.
Sickness (and meetings with the Builder) struck the early car, so the “Dream Team” of Steve Stringer, Ray Waters and Chris Wooldridge were all removed from occupying the M25 at 5:00am and subsequently taking pictures at the National Trust Property in Polesden Lacey.
Devils Dyke and Borde Hill Gardens Report
Monday 23rd July.
An early start for some of us to the Devils Dyke near Brighton, a National Trust area on the South Downs. A very spectacular area with great views, though they are hard to create on the photographs. There were 12 of us and we spent the morning walking around the valley. There were butterflies but there was a good breeze which made it more comfortable for us, but that and the heat made the insects more flighty so again a challenge to get any good shots.
Elmley Marsh Report
Eleven of us went to Elmley Marshes on 25th June 2018 and as it happened it was the hottest day of the year, although quite a few even hotter since then. There is a long gravel drive before you enter the nature reserve and we saw quite a few birds on the way. It looked good.
Romney Marshes Outing Report 14 May 2018
Eight of us went to the Marsh. The weather forecast was not great but actually it was better than we expected. So some of us left at 6.15 am and arrived reasonably early so that we had plenty of time to photograph the iconic St Thomas a Beckett Church. We enjoyed doing the church and then ran run out of time so we weren’t able to explore the marsh.