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Zuiko
10th July 2011, 03:01 AM
A contingent of E-System Group members, met for the annual Maldon Thames Barge Match 0n 9th July 2011. Heybridge Basin was selected as an ideal location to view the barges as they passed on their return to Maldon. Being near the end of the race this meant we could have a leisurely 1pm start with lunch in the sun at The Ship Inn, followed by a gentle stroll alongside the sea wall to find the best vantage point.

We allowed plenty of time as the progress of the barges was unpredictable and we had a long wait before they eventually come through. Mercifully the weather stayed dry, although we could see distant showers breaking out all around. The wind was quite strong and blowing against the barges, so they chose to use their engines for this leg rather than sail, which from a photgraphic point of view was a little disappointing. However, they still made a fine sight. Many thaks to Simon (the Saint) for arranging this meet.

Here's a few (quite a lot actually, sorry :o) pictures that I took:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_031_e_r_s.jpg

The obligatory group shot, minus me. Left to right, Andrew, Peter, Jim, Simon, Tudor and Dave.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_008_e_c_r_s.jpg

Three younger members, who were not so interested in the barges but had a great time together nevertheless!


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_001_e_r_s.jpg

Dingy on a slipway.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_039_e_c_r_s.jpg

Poppy.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_213_e_c_r_s.jpg

Poppy gets launched.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_293_e_c_r_s.jpg

Poppy goes to sea.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_067_e_c_r_s.jpg

Tide comming in.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_371_e_c_r_s.jpg

At last, a barge!


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_356_e_r_s.jpg

Making good progress under engine power.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_341_e_c_r_s.jpg

Some smaller boats managed to do it by wind power.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_343_e_c_r_s.jpg

Under full sail.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_349_e_c_r_s.jpg

Even this old tug joined in.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BARGE_RACE_2_071_e_c_r_s.jpg

Great light near the end of the day.

The Saint
10th July 2011, 08:54 AM
A few from me.

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%281%20of%207%29. jpg
I don't think this vessel will be taking part this year!

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%282%20of%207%29. jpg
Teasing us from afar!

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%283%20of%207%29. jpg

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%284%20of%207%29. jpg
Smaller yachts under sail power

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%285%20of%207%29. jpg
Thistle

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%286%20of%207%29. jpg

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%287%20of%207%29. jpg
The dog and the duck, the dog eye-balled that duck for sometime, but who put the lock in the way?

Zuiko
10th July 2011, 10:42 AM
Nice shots Simon. Regarding "Teasing us from afar," for those who weren't there I'll explain that the barges moored some distance away, round a bend in the creek, for several hours. Presumably this was to wait for the creek to filll with enough water from the in-comming tide, which begs the question why did the official information state the barges were expected back at Maldon by 5.00pm, surely they new the state of the tide? The other explanation, of course, is that they had to drop anchor for a few hours while the crews sobered up! :D

The "Dog and Duck" was exceptionally well seen, I walked right by that and didn't notice. :o But I was tired! :D Great day, Simom, thanks for organizing. :)

PeterBirder
10th July 2011, 12:05 PM
A great day out and great to meet some other group members at last.

Unfortunately I had to leave before the barges actually arrived so had to be content with this shot of the fleet, similar to Simon's with the Bigma. Did a quick measurement on Google Earth and estimate the boats were about 1.5 miles away at this time.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094265-2.jpg

Poppy

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094258-2.jpg

Mud Dog

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094263-2.jpg

Danger "Photographer at Work" ! (John)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094264-2.jpg

Stormy sky.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094268-2.jpg

Dereliction.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7094270-3.jpg

Regards.*chr

Zuiko
10th July 2011, 12:23 PM
Nice shots, Peter, except for the one of the fat, bald guy crouching over a boat! Love the mud dog and the stormy sky - and doesn't the Bigma bring those barges close! Shame you had to leave before they finally came by, but it was great to meet you. :)

PeterBirder
10th July 2011, 12:36 PM
Nice shots, Peter, except for the one of the fat, bald guy crouching over a boat! Love the mud dog and the stormy sky - and doesn't the Bigma bring those barges close! Shame you had to leave before they finally came by, but it was great to meet you. :)

Thanks John I really enjoyed the day and the company.
I nearly titled that shot "Does my bum look big in this" but that would have been unkind.:rolleyes:

Regards

Zuiko
10th July 2011, 04:38 PM
Thanks John I really enjoyed the day and the company.
I nearly titled that shot "Does my bum look big in this" but that would have been unkind.:rolleyes:

Regards

Hehe, unkind, but very true! When I see myself in photographs it just underlines what a porker I've become since I became ill. I've gained over two stone and I can see where it's all gone. :eek:

:D:D:D

Melaka
10th July 2011, 06:11 PM
A few from me.

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%283%20of%207%29. jpg

http://www.frozendynamics.co.uk/Simon/Photos%20For%20E-systems/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race/Maldon%20Thames%20Barge%20Race%20%284%20of%207%29. jpg
Smaller yachts under sail power



Your smaller yachts are actually former fishing smacks which have been converted for recreational use. They fished for oysters, sprats, shrimps etc and a few were still operating under sail when I was a lad in the early 50s. The letter MN indicates a Maldon registration and any boats you saw with CK would have been registered in Colchester.

theMusicMan
10th July 2011, 07:09 PM
Hehe, unkind, but very true! When I see myself in photographs it just underlines what a porker I've become since I became ill. I've gained over two stone and I can see where it's all gone. :eek:

:D:D:D
But you're still fit and well enough to climb and walk the Blorenge, John... :)

Smashing set of shots, too.

@David - some super sailing knowledge shown there :)

Zuiko
10th July 2011, 07:36 PM
But you're still fit and well enough to climb and walk the Blorenge, John... :)



Hehe, Just - and it's not getting any easier. If I do that sort of walk now, it's all I can do in a day. Doesn't really compare to doing the Grey Corries or Mamores, the South Kintail Ridge or all the tops on Beinn Eighe, for example. But I'm thankful for what I've still got and even more thankful for what I once had. I do wish I'd done An Teallach while I had the chance, though, that's by far my biggest regret. :)

Invicta
10th July 2011, 08:05 PM
Many thanks to Simon and everybody for an interesting and pleasant day out.

I will post some photos but it may take a day or two before I will have some time to sort them out.

Xpres
10th July 2011, 11:00 PM
Thanks Simon for a great idea for a well spent afternoon. I've just managed to have a look at the shots I got - they seem very similar to those already posted...

I have a habit of using old lenses on my digi backs, this time I had my ep2 with voigtlander 15mm and also brought along a Sigma 1000mm and Tamron 500mm with a 2x converter fitted for a bit of fun.

Here's a few snaps...

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v20/p308026044-3.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v20/p39528269-4.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v24/p419164819-3.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v19/p462071804-3.jpg

These with the Sigma...

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v26/p197304514.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v25/p62241400.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v24/p502244262.jpg

Xpres
10th July 2011, 11:15 PM
I've a few more...

These with the extended Tamron...

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v20/p72025398.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v20/p127958960.jpg

Both mirror lenses were just about useable with the EP2 and viewfinder but only at very high ISO to get the necessary shutter speed, and then only when the sun was shinning. they are too slow for 4/3. Diffraction and noise...

In the end I took the converter off the Tamron which improved things a bit.

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v26/p511369215.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v19/p242522702.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v20/p514250637.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v19/p510148762.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v25/p66608778.jpg

http://xpres.zenfolio.com/img/v19/p147089616.jpg

Zuiko
10th July 2011, 11:44 PM
Hi Tudor, see you photographed me photographing the children - nice one!

That Tamron 500 looks sharp without the converter, and the 15mm seems a real gem. I'm also amazed at the shots you got with the Tamron plus converter and the 1000mm Sigma, neither of them easy to handle with that amount of magnification! :)

yorky
11th July 2011, 08:59 AM
Hi, A great set of piccies, looks like it was a wonderful day! I just wonder if Scotland yard have down loaded the group picture "Would you buy a used camera from that lot??? :-("

PeterBirder
11th July 2011, 09:11 AM
I just wonder if Scotland yard have down loaded the group picture "Would you buy a used camera from that lot??? :-("

We did get some questions from residents and passers-by as to just what we were doing.:)

PeterBirder
11th July 2011, 09:25 AM
Hi Tudor, some interesting results from those lenses.

In your second set, second pic the skipper is an aquaintance of mine, Paul the owner of Topsail Charters who run the birdwatching sails that I take part in. "Thistle" is also one of his boats.
Good to meet you and the kids, great day out.

Regards.*chr

maccabeej
11th July 2011, 11:58 AM
Hi
I haven't even removed the card from the camera yet, hope to do so later in the week. Looks like some good shots especially after I left and the sun came out (coincidence??)
It was good to meet you all.
Jim

Zuiko
11th July 2011, 12:06 PM
Hi, A great set of piccies, looks like it was a wonderful day! I just wonder if Scotland yard have down loaded the group picture "Would you buy a used camera from that lot??? :-("

Nah, they're too busy taking bribes from phone hackers! :D

maccabeej
16th July 2011, 09:20 AM
Hi Everyone
Just got around to sorting out pics from last week. Didn't have a lot that was different from everybody else and nowhere near as good but here goes.

An attempt at an antique look (does it work?)
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36875)

Still Racing?
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36874)

Rope
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36876)

Door near car park
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-7.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36877)


Jim

maccabeej
16th July 2011, 09:22 AM
There were some who enjoyed themselves without cameras.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-6.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36880)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-5.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36879)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Maldon-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36878)

PeterBirder
16th July 2011, 06:10 PM
Hi Jim.
I think you did get some "different" shots.*yes

The "antique" look works well IMHO, an appropriate subject for this treatment.
I like the knots and door and the shots of the kids are great candids.

It was good to meet you.

Regards.*chr

Zuiko
17th July 2011, 05:45 PM
I think you are being a little modest, Jim! The "antique" shot is excellent and I love the rope and the old door - really wish I'd seen those two shots and am kicking myself that I didn't! :)

maccabeej
17th July 2011, 08:07 PM
Thank you John, but I'm not sure it is modesty. I look at a lot of pics. I've got so many books by great photographers that I look at my stuff and lose any sense of self-confidence. Hasn't stopped me trying but I suspect sometimes I'm a little hard on myself, you would have thought that would help me improve!! Oh listen to me its not even midnight after a couple of glasses of wine:o
Jim

Zuiko
17th July 2011, 09:03 PM
Thank you John, but I'm not sure it is modesty. I look at a lot of pics. I've got so many books by great photographers that I look at my stuff and lose any sense of self-confidence. Hasn't stopped me trying but I suspect sometimes I'm a little hard on myself, you would have thought that would help me improve!! Oh listen to me its not even midnight after a couple of glasses of wine:o
Jim

I think there are two things we should aim for in our photography. The first (and most important) is to enjoy it. The second is to be good at it.

It's easy to indentify if we've enjoyed it, we know that for ourselves.

Whetherr or not we are good at it is harder to quanitfy, but I think an excellent starting point is if another photographer wishes that he or she had taken your pictures. I really wish I'd taken the antique barge, the rope and the door, so without doubt they are good. I also like your shots of the children.

You mention books by great photographers; it's nice to have them in your collection as a constant source of inspiration and a standard to aspire to, but remember only a few can be great. Luckily, many more can be good and as long as you are enjoying your photography that's good enough! :D

Invicta
15th August 2011, 06:52 PM
Many thanks to Simon and everybody for an interesting and pleasant day out.

I will post some photos but it may take a day or two before I will have some time to sort them out.

I haven't forgot my photos from the event but I am having a problem with my HDR software not working. It seems Nik Software support are very poor and don't even bother to answer requests for an update on the support call I have open. I will try phoning again maybe Nik will be helpful but it seems they have not heard of customer support.