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alert_bri
12th May 2008, 04:11 PM
Hello everyone,

I must apologise for the short notice, but we have selected our main event for May to be based in Whitby this coming weekend (evening of Saturday 17th May to evening of Sunday 18th of May - most people coming for the Sunday).

I have struggled a little, to keep in balance the challenges for my time between communicating with the existing Olympus Photo Safari Group members, negotiating special discounts and access for our members, and compiling the field reports, based on the wonderful comments and feedback I've been getting... but I think we're rapidly getting on top of all that!

The good news is, that Olympus are beginning to take us much more seriously, and recognising that our active members are effectively champions of their DSLR products...

So, may I ask for your help - at this short notice in sharing any experience you have of the Whitby area? what do you remember as outstanding? that we may consider adding to our event itinerary...

Also, may I ask that if you know of any Olympus shooters North of Leeds, could you please let them know that we are planning a very exciting event this weekend in Whitby? and to drop me a line if they would like to be kept informed, and involved in planning future events for serious Olympus photographers in the North?

Thank you! I really appreciate your support, and we will be bringing you a very stimulating report in due course from this very special place...
Kind Regards

Brian

yorky
12th May 2008, 07:23 PM
Wish I could have been there but not enough notice owing to domestic reasons.. However, Just check out the North Yorkshire Moors railway, they may have started the steam service to Whitby.. Good views from the road bridge..

yorky
12th May 2008, 07:54 PM
http://nymr.co.uk/news/dont-miss-your-train

alert_bri
12th May 2008, 07:58 PM
Thanks Yorkie, I have the timetable bookmarked, and a contact with a volunteer who works on the railway.

Perhaps you can help us to plan the next one!

Kind Regards

Brian

alert_bri
13th May 2008, 06:31 AM
Over the last few months, we have earned the support of Olympus UK, through our efforts to bring 'serious user opinion' of their brand new products to our peers...

That will continue with the E-520, if you would be willing to assess the E-520, we would welcome and appreciate your company.

We are independent, serious Olympus shooters... so there will be no censure or editing - our credibility is based on our honest opinions being shared freely. We don't even pretend to be objective! we are biased by our experience and needs as serious photographers, and declare those preferences in our reviews. We leave the 'objective' reviews to paid, professional reviewers and their lab tests :)

Kind Regards

Brian

dbutch
13th May 2008, 07:26 AM
Hi Brian

Just thought I'd chip in that I found Whitby full of photo potential last year when I visited here are a couple of my favs from up by the Abbey and one of the moors railway.

You need to check out the Sutcliffe gallery

Sorry to far to travel this weekend

Cheers

Dave
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/508/thumbs/homeward.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1046)http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/508/thumbs/Whitby-1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=478)http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/508/thumbs/ticket_2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1047)

alert_bri
13th May 2008, 08:11 AM
Great stuff Dave, drop me a line and we'll arrange an event closer to home for you ;)

Kind Regards

Brian

DTD
13th May 2008, 08:26 AM
Whitby is a wonderful bit of the world – the ruined Abbey (as featured in Dracula) is worth a look. Afraid I won't be able to join you, but I'm off to the Yorkshire coast a couple of weeks later to take some photos. I'll also be popping in to the Olympus day at LCE in Manchester on Saturday.

yorky
13th May 2008, 09:29 AM
Hi, Just rememberd, whilst in Whitby..Watch out for Goths some of them are very photogenic. Staithes is well worth the effort it takes, Though a few cars can get down to the front but there is a path round the back which leads to the car park which has good views though quite steep.

alert_bri
13th May 2008, 09:49 AM
Fantastic! thanks for the tips and please keep them coming :)

Kind Regards

Brian

Yorkie
13th May 2008, 04:07 PM
Hi all,

Being from York I know the area well.

Whitby is a very good; depending on the transport and the time you want to vist and the subject you want you could also look at the North Yorkshire Moores Railway (http://www.nymr.co.uk/) as they run a service to Whitby.

This could open up other parts of the North Yorkshire Moors such as Gothland and Pickering, another great area. Dependent on when you want to go we could possibly book a carrage or a train, dependent on numbers. They run both steam and diesel services on the line.

All the best,

Adrian. *chr

alert_bri
15th May 2008, 01:27 PM
I'm really sorry this is another late open announcement, but we've been planning this within the UK Safari Group for some time, and if you are an Olympus shooter in the North of England... I *promise* that you will want to do everything possible to get yourself registered for this event!

Please drop me an e-mail via my profile, or directly to brian.mosley@ukphotosafari.org to register for this and to receive advance info / help with planning of all future events.

Did I mention I'm excited? this is shaping up to be the best event yet!

Kind Regards

Brian

Zuiko
15th May 2008, 11:55 PM
I'm really sorry this is another late open announcement, but we've been planning this within the UK Safari Group for some time, and if you are an Olympus shooter in the North of England... I *promise* that you will want to do everything possible to get yourself registered for this event!

Please drop me an e-mail via my profile, or directly to brian.mosley@ukphotosafari.org to register for this and to receive advance info / help with planning of all future events.

Did I mention I'm excited? this is shaping up to be the best event yet!

Kind Regards

Brian

Hi Brian,

I'll be in London on the 17th for a Meet I've organised for Four Thirds User Group. We're at opposite ends of the country for this one, but in future when I organise an event I'll contact you to ensure we don't clash!

We should have a 520 to assess in addition to a good range of lenses, on what promises to be a great day.

Hope your event goes well and proves to be very enjoyable, as I'm sure it will. I look forward to seeing the pictures.

Have a good one,

John

yorky
19th May 2008, 06:32 PM
So! Did the day go well?

alert_bri
20th May 2008, 10:59 AM
Hi Yorkie, yes... the event was our best yet! (which is some going ;) ) - we're working on our report now.

Here are some shots which weren't good enough to go into my selection for the group report - we had an awesome weekend!

E-420 + 12-60mm SWD
1/160s f/8.0 at 60.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97327408/original.jpg

1/60s f/8.0 at 12.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97326631/original.jpg

1/200s f/5.6 at 12.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97321046/original.jpg

1/400s f/6.3 at 12.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97323015/original.jpg

I'll post more as I get the time to convert them.

Also, we're getting together tomorrow in the Peak District with more Safari Group members, to compare the E-520 with the E-510 and E-3, using a variety of lenses etc... just having some more fun. If anyone is within reach of the Peak District and would like to join our group, please just drop me an e-mail at brian.mosley@ukphotosafari.org.

Kind Regards

Brian

alert_bri
26th May 2008, 08:12 AM
Just to follow up on this thread,

the ad-hoc visit to the Peak District was very productive! it was a 4am start, but the sunrise was a nice reward...

E-520 + 12-60mm SWD
1/100s f/8.0 at 12.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97463311/original.jpg

Handheld 1/2 second shot... IS works!
1/2s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97464102/original.jpg

I also met with fellow Safari Group member, Rich Simpson in Matlock to try out his Leica 14-150mm OIS on the E-420... so good that I've ordered my 14-150mm lens already!

E-420 + Leica 14-150mm OIS
1/100s f/5.6 at 150.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97461726/original.jpg

1/160s f/5.6 at 150.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/97461732/original.jpg

We are working on the follow-up report to Whitby now, and it's looking fantastic... should be another few days before we can get it published, but in the meantime, we have a selection of highlights from the Safari Group members here :
Safari Group Event Highlight Shots from Whitby (http://ukpsg.squarespace.com/event-highlights/may-2008-whitby/)

It's interesting to note the variety of Olympus kit demonstrated in that gallery!

Kind Regards

Brian

DerekC
26th May 2008, 08:47 AM
The Whitby UK Photo Safari Group event was a great day out. The area is a excellent part of the country with a massive choice of locations.
The event was very well organised by Brian. The group is growing with good attendance at every event. What a great way to meet like minded people and get to use different Olympus kit. The sharing of ideas and opinions definitely helps to improve your photography.
Here's a couple of shots I took on the day at Robin Hoods Bay.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Whitby7.jpg
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Whitby5.jpg

Looking forward to the next UK Safari Group event.

Derek C