March 2018 Outing

Margate Outing Report Monday 5th March 2018

Up at 4.00 am so that we could get to Botany Bay for the sunrise. Quiet traffic at first but soon got busier even at that time, especially towards London.

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January 2018 Outing

Greenwich Trip Report Thursday 18 January 2018

12 hardy club members ignored the windy conditions overnight on Wednesday and set off on a photographic trip to Greenwich. Some travelled there by car and others took the train from Billericay (at times varying from 6 am to 9.30 am)

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December Outing

Felixstowe Outing on Monday 4th December 2017

An early start to arrive there for sunrise and quite a cold morning but we like to suffer to make good photographs. We started at the sea defences and enjoyed the sun rise though it could have been a bit more spectacular. Then on to Languard Fort (closed in winter), nature reserve and a good view of the port. Breakfast in the local cafe.

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November Outing

Winkworth Arboretum Report

Twelve members went to Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming, Surrey on Monday 6th November 2017.

Winkworth is a National Trust property that is an 80 mile drive south around the M25. It doesn’t open until 10.00 am so we left at 7.00, perhaps a big mistake. There were many hold ups on the M25 and it took most of us nearly three hours to get there, and it was just as bad coming back.

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October Outing

Blickling Outing Report

Nine of us went to the Blickling Estate, a National Trust property, on Monday 2nd October 2017. It was a far drive, about 2 and half hours , and we were a bit too early for the Autumn colours.

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August Outing

Brandon Park Outing Report

Tuesday August 29th 2017

Fifteen of us went to Brandon Country Park in Suffolk. It was a bright day but rather windy. We hoped to see butterflies but there not as many as we would have liked, mainly cabbage white and red admirals, and some others on the heath area. They were not very co-operative … for me anyway. The dragonflies were more helpful and allowed us to get quite close for macro shots. There were large ones flying around the pond and I tried to get them in flight but they were too fast for me.

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July Outing

Rochester Outing Report

15 of us went to Rochester on Monday 17th July. Some of us left earlier and it was a good move. The Cathedral was very happy for us to use tripods and take photographs but warned it would be very busy later on.  We had a good time in the Cathedral then moved on to the Castle. That was challenging for photography as there was a lot of scaffolding around.

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June Outing

Gravesend Trip

On Monday 26 June a select group of 5 visited Gravesend. We were due to be 7 but one of our party, plus his wife, was unable to stay long enough to meet up with us.

The name of the town does not sound very inspiring but we were pleasantly surprised. We parked our cars in Tilbury and caught the ferry as foot passengers to take us across the Thames. After a much needed coffee we strolled to the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara Sikh temple. This is an impressive building erected in 2006 at a cost of c£15m. Much time was spent outside using wide-angle lenses to try to capture the full effect of the whole building. Speaking to the local Sikhs we were made very welcome and encouraged to go inside the building and continue to take photographs. Indeed after touring the temple, wearing appropriate headgear, we were treated to a light lunch in the community restaurant.

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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).

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April Outing

Trip Report:  Constable Country Friday 28 April 2017

For our April trip 19 of us travelled to Constable Country – the area around Dedham in north Essex made famous by the artist John Constable. A number of us started the day at around 9am in the car park at Flatford Mill and proceeded to walk along the River Stour, photograph Willy Lott’s cottage (of “The Haywain” painting), the bridge over the river and the local wildlife. Others started the day at Pin Mill, a small picturesque village on the river Orwell to the east of Dedham.

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March Outing

Dartmoor Outing Trip Report

Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25 March 2017

Eleven of us went to Dartmoor and we had a great time, both photographically and socially.

The journey down was fine, few hold ups and for my group a very pleasant pub lunch. Another member sent a a message about their meal at a Service Area ” at Salmonella services”.

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February Outing

Deal Outing on Monday 27th February.

A leisurely start and a good trip down to Deal. We had intended to go to Dover but the castle was closed and we had second thoughts . Deal seemed a better place. The weather was grey and wet but it got better as we neared the coast. 
It was blustery, cool and rainy but we all enjoyed the day and there were occasional spells of sunshine, most of course while we were having lunch in the pub.
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