After the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf it’s hard to find a greater contrast than a sunny day on the banks of the Orwell watching and photographing the Pin Mill Barge Race.
If you like ‘street photography’ or ‘architecture’ then Canary Wharf has to be a great location for a shoot, but best contact the information centre and get a free permit just to cover yourself, then stick to the rules.
Spent a great day out on Saturday 8th August with a colleague at the Knights Tournament held in Framingham Castle. An early start saw us gain entry before the crowds and gave ample opportunity to chat to and photograph the various participants, all in their authentic costume.
The blazing hot sunshine soon brought out the crowds which helped to boost the atmosphere as the tournament proper began.
Who’d be a knight with over 5 stones of chain mail and armour to cope with in that heat!
A repeat of this event is definitely one for the diary.
Another well supported Clacton Camera Club outing, this time to Danbury Country Park and then on to Paper Mill Lock. There were plenty of opportunities for interesting shots at both locations but with more chances for ‘people shots’ at the lock.
I think I have a few ‘keepers’ from the day with one or two that may end up in a competition.
What promised to be a really good photographic opportunity at Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve the other evening proved a washout with heavy rain bringing an end to proceedings after half an hour or so.
The Reserve, which is run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, looks very promising and we were able to scout several interesting locations before running for cover.
I guess we’ll need to pay closer heed to the weather forecast in the future.
A very sociable evening spent with colleagues from Clacton Camera Club at Landermere Quay. The light faded quickly so any opportunities had quickly to be taken. Maybe one or two ‘keepers’ from the trip.
Although a keen member of the Alresford Camera Club I’ve been really struggling to make the Thursday club nights. I decided to the join Clacton Camera Club recently, which meets on a Friday. Both are excellent clubs and I can recommend them to any aspiring or accomplished photographer in the N.E. Essex area.
It is always helpful to view other photographers work and to get their views on your own, besides entering club competitions. There are always some good speaker nights in the programme too.
Don’t be shy, join in the fun.
Another afternoon, another trip out, this time to Maldon and the Chelmer Estuary. Low tide and lots of glistening mud in the full sun with a cloudless sky. Some interesting detail shots to be had around the barges alongside the quay, but the jewels were to be found further out into the estuary opposite Northey Island where several old wrecks lay rotting in the mud.
Sadly other commitments didn’t permit any sunset shots. The ice cream was good though.
A very pleasant afternoon out in West Mersea, although the light was very harsh with clear skies. Not too much to show for a few hours but a couple of keepers as the sun went down.
It’s always so tiresome having to sit in the pub over a couple of pints waiting for the sun to set!