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Zuiko 4th July 2008 01:06 AM

Dates for your Diary
 
I have in mind a couple of more dates for FTU/E-System Days Out.

Saturday 16th August

I have a few ideas, mainly based in London as it is relatively easy for everyone in this part of the World to get to.

1) A visit to one of the classic Victorian London Cemeteries. Highgate springs to mind as the most famous but Brompton looks less restictive with longer opening hours and park status. Apparently it is now quite a haven for wildlife and, of course, there are numerous old tombs and headstones just begging for B&W infra-red photography, perhaps with a bit of diffusion for an almost supernatural Gothic effect!

2) If the above is a little too macabre maybe we could head for one of the Capital's wide open spaces. Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park or Hyde Park spring to mind.

3) London Aquarium would provide an altogether different photo challenge. Low light levels, moving fish, long exposures and/or high ISO - could we and our cameras cope? Anyone up for it?

4) Rainham Marshes should provide a real sense of wilderness right on London's doorstep, with some real wildlife and nature photographic oppportunities.

5) Or, for something completely different, I could investigate the possibilities for photography at an evening floodlit greyhound race meeting at Romford Stadium.

Do any of the above ideas appeal? or do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know your thoughts.


Sunday 9th NovemberThe autumn colours should be ablaze by then in Epping Forest. Note this date in your diary, more details to follow.

DTD 4th July 2008 07:32 AM

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You can imagine how tempting Highgate is for me – I'm afraid I don't think I'm up to traveling yet – maybe next year.

andym 4th July 2008 09:12 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Zuiko (Post 19439)
I have in mind a couple of more dates for FTU/E-System Days Out.

Saturday 16th August

I have a few ideas, mainly based in London as it is relatively easy for everyone in this part of the World to get to.

1) A visit to one of the classic Victorian London Cemeteries. Highgate springs to mind as the most famous but Brompton looks less restictive with longer opening hours and park status. Apparently it is now quite a haven for wildlife and, of course, there are numerous old tombs and headstones just begging for B&W infra-red photography, perhaps with a bit of diffusion for an almost supernatural Gothic effect!

2) If the above is a little too macabre maybe we could head for one of the Capital's wide open spaces. Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park or Hyde Park spring to mind.

3) London Aquarium would provide an altogether different photo challenge. Low light levels, moving fish, long exposures and/or high ISO - could we and our cameras cope? Anyone up for it?

4) Rainham Marshes should provide a real sense of wilderness right on London's doorstep, with some real wildlife and nature photographic oppportunities.

5) Or, for something completely different, I could investigate the possibilities for photography at an evening floodlit greyhound race meeting at Romford Stadium.

Do any of the above ideas appeal? or do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know your thoughts.


Sunday 9th NovemberThe autumn colours should be ablaze by then in Epping Forest. Note this date in your diary, more details to follow.

For cemetries how about Kensal Green which is good and the and the added attraction of the Grand union canal next to it.

I have Epping forest in my diary,that time will also be good for fungus as well as colours.Just a couple of suggestions.Copped Hall estate has lots of good colours and a herd of Long horned cattle.Also from here you can walk up into the Warren where there are lots of Fallow dear and Mucjacs.
From there its easy to cross Epping New Rd to the Ambresbury banks which are an Iron age earth works.
Copped Hall is an 19 centuary house which a present is just a shell.I will find a picture to post later.

See link below for map.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...5500&ay=202500

You can make a circular walk around these of about 5 miles.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5202328.jpg

HughofBardfield 4th July 2008 10:36 AM

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Highgate or Kensal Green would be cool. I've been meaning to go to one or the other for years. I don't know Brompton, but any of the big Victorian necropolises would have loads of photo ops. People watching should also be fun!

Not desperately keen on parks myself, but I can see the attraction. One might need to alert the security nazis at Hyde Park to avoid getting hassled , but Hampstead or Richmond might be fun. Richmond is also near Kew Gardens of course.

Rainham Marshes would be fun, as would the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. At the proposed time last year there seemed to be a lot around, especially waders and dragonflies, according to their website.

Or how about Regents Park Zoo? Haven't been there for about 15 years. I see Group Discounts are available if there's more than 10 people...

Having been to a number of dog races (dahn the "The Stow") I can see a lot of scope for that, especially for people shots.

Another thought that strikes me is the St Katherines Dock area. I was last there several years ago, but I remember it as an area with lots of opportunities for photography.

andym 4th July 2008 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by HughofBardfield (Post 19459)
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Having been to a number of dog races (dahn the "The Stow") I can see a lot of scope for that, especially for people shots.

I saw on the London news the other week that "The Stow"has been sold and will be as usual used for housing.
I used to live just round the corner from it and have many memories trying to chat up girls at the nightclub(usually unsucessfully).
A shame really.

knikki 4th July 2008 03:09 PM

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I'd be up for the Victorian Cemeteries, just a case of getting down to London village.

Zuiko 4th July 2008 06:04 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by HughofBardfield (Post 19459)
Highgate or Kensal Green would be cool. I've been meaning to go to one or the other for years. I don't know Brompton, but any of the big Victorian necropolises would have loads of photo ops. People watching should also be fun!

Not desperately keen on parks myself, but I can see the attraction. One might need to alert the security nazis at Hyde Park to avoid getting hassled , but Hampstead or Richmond might be fun. Richmond is also near Kew Gardens of course.

Rainham Marshes would be fun, as would the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. At the proposed time last year there seemed to be a lot around, especially waders and dragonflies, according to their website.

Or how about Regents Park Zoo? Haven't been there for about 15 years. I see Group Discounts are available if there's more than 10 people...

Having been to a number of dog races (dahn the "The Stow") I can see a lot of scope for that, especially for people shots.

Another thought that strikes me is the St Katherines Dock area. I was last there several years ago, but I remember it as an area with lots of opportunities for photography.

Some great uggestions, Hugh, particularly the Wetlands Centre. Only problem with the Zoo is we've already done Woburn and a change might do us good.

HughofBardfield 7th July 2008 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Zuiko (Post 19471)
Some great uggestions, Hugh, particularly the Wetlands Centre. Only problem with the Zoo is we've already done Woburn and a change might do us good.

Good point - I'd forgotten that!

shirley 9th July 2008 09:26 PM

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Count me in, I am happy to go wherever the majority wants.
I had been thinking of going to the wetlands centre anyway, especially as I have just bought a 70-300, but the cemetary idea sounds good.... in fact as I said anywhere would be great.*yes*yes

Thanks for organising John.

Zuiko 12th July 2008 01:44 AM

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Andy has pointed out on FTU that the Wetlands Centre would be best between Feb and May when the bird's plumage is at its best, so maybe we'll save this one.

For now, Kensal Green Cemetery/Grand Union Canal seems to be getting the nod.

Any other takers?

Barr1e 12th July 2008 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Zuiko (Post 19993)
Andy has pointed out on FTU that the Wetlands Centre would be best between Feb and May when the bird's plumage is at its best, so maybe we'll save this one.

For now, Kensal Green Cemetery/Grand Union Canal seems to be getting the nod.

Any other takers?

We are interested John subject to the date - Is it still the 16th August?

Regards. Barr1e

Zuiko 12th July 2008 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Barr1e (Post 19999)
We are interested John subject to the date - Is it still the 16th August?

Regards. Barr1e

Hi Barrie,

Yes, it is still 16th August - it'll be great to see you both again if you can make it. :)

Graham_of_Rainham 12th July 2008 12:43 PM

Re: Dates for your Diary
 
What a week, I've had...

Tax bills, Parking Tickets, Dead E-3, now I've been told I have to drive to Norfolk with the two 82 year old inlaws

So I can't now make this date. :(

I'll be thinking of you all having fun and enjoying the photo opportunities

Regards to all

Graham

Barr1e 12th July 2008 08:31 PM

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John -

We will be there.

Regards. Barr1e

Zuiko 12th July 2008 08:40 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Barr1e (Post 20036)
John -

We will be there.

Regards. Barr1e

That's great news!

*chr


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