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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Well, right on cue tomorrow's weather has arrived. It's raining now, is due to rain all night and into tomorrow morning. By mid morning there's a chance it might be dry but still cloudy, with the possibility of some sunshine appearing around lunch time.

An early start therefore appears to offer no advantage so I will be in the cafe by 9.30.
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

See you about 9:30 then John. I'll probably end up there a little earlier if I don't over sleep, give the OM-D it's first wetting!

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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

If I do get there earlier I'll look out for you, Simon!
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Well still raining steadily, at least I've got a nice breakfast to look forward too!
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Isn't it horrible. Just googling the cafe location.
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

We had fun. The weather held until about lunch time when it chucked it down. Photos to follow.
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Yes, it turned out to be a much nicer day than I had expected weather wise.

Was nice to have a proper breakfast and a stroll to work it off. Good company too!

I'm going to have to go back again and explore the marshes more.

Storm clouds over the marsh


Trinity ship


Last of the dramatic tone (find it hard not to use this art filter, as it suites my tastes)


Interesting carving


Rigging


Trinity ship once the clouds had parted


Chain


Crabs


John, thanks to setting up the meet.

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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Hi Simon.
Looks like you had a good time,sorry I couldn't join you. You've got some good shots there, I keep resisting the Dramatic Tone filter but I can see I'll give in soon, your third shot of the boat is very effective. My favourite is the chain.

This afternoon I took over your "slot" and met up with Linda and John at Linda's
Photo Group Exhibition and very good it was too. I arrived early so while waiting for Linda and John I gave the E-M5 another workout.

The Church where the exhibition was held has an unusual churchyard which seems to have an allotment in it. Never seen that before.




There is a very nice flower bed in front of the entrance. A letterbox crop to remove the house across the road produced this image.


Yesterday Linda posted some nice shots of a Red Legged Partridge with chicks in the churchyard.Right on cue they turned up for me today.
Here are my "takes".





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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

Hi Peter, you got some good shots just at the exhibition, it was like another mini meet.

Perhaps we should have more dual purpose churchyards and allotments, the ground must be full of nutrients!
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Re: ESSEX COAST - TOLLESBURY - 24th June

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Hi Peter, you got some good shots just at the exhibition, it was like another mini meet.

Perhaps we should have more dual purpose churchyards and allotments, the ground must be full of nutrients!
Hi John.
I really enjoyed this afternoon, the exhibition gave me some new ideas and it was good to sit and chat.Sorry I couldn't stay longer.
To top it off I had a PM from Linda to say I have won a jar of toffees and fudge in the raffle. Linda has kindly taken it home for me and I'm going to arrange with "steambuff" to call in and pick it up on the way to Abberton on Wednesday.
Great day.

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Re: Essex Coast - Tollesbury - Now With Pictures!

OK, I've finally processed my pictures from the meet (last night I was busy watching England get slaughtered by Italy). I'm afraid I was in "details and textures" mood, so you'll have to make allowances.

An early start would have been pointless due to the weather, so we opted to commence the procedings with breakfast in the cafe at 9.30am, after a brief moment of panic when we thought it might not be opening. By the time we had finished the day was clearing up nicely, although there was still no hint of any sunshine.

I kicked off with a picture of this colourful old sloop (someone correct me if I've got that wrong) mud-bound at low tide.




Hmmm, the sky was doing no favours, so I decided to look for smaller details, one of my favourite pass-times. These gas bottles were first to catch my eye.




Next a casually coiled rope....




followed by a bag and a weed against a boat yard door.....




followed by a .... wall!




Expanding my horizons again I went for the big view .... of a tractor that has definitely seen better days.




Then, just as the sun made a welcome and unexpected appearance, I peaked with a shed roof!




Still with me? ....Why? OK, with the weather now dramatically improving we ventured out onto the salt marshes. Talk about windy! We had to watch out for flying tripods - literally! I was still in close-up details mode and found it difficult to wean myself off...............






.....but eventually I succeded.




Linda and Simon were brilliant company throughout.





And here they are sheltering from a particularly vicious squall of horizontal rain which caught us by surprise.




At least it was a good test for the weatherproofing of Simon's new E-M5.



Thanks for looking, if you've got this far!
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Re: Essex Coast - Tollesbury - Now With Pictures!

I really must go on that diet!
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I really must go on that diet!
And I really should join you!
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Re: Essex Coast - Tollesbury - Now With Pictures!

A nice series John, I like close ups and detail anyway.
I like the Light Ship shot and the one of Linda and Simon shows that none of you were going to let the weather win.

Overall result I would say is E-group 3 Weather 1.

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Re: Essex Coast - Tollesbury - Now With Pictures!

I like textures too.



This boat made an abstract pattern, and will dio as one in a series "Decay", a challenge by our club.



The forager in me was eying up the marsh samphire (glasswort).


So many subjects to photograph. I must drag Steambuff there.


There was this amazing chain...



Which we all had to photograph it was so brilliant.
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