Knights Tournament Framlingham Castle

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.

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The blazing hot sunshine soon brought out the crowds which helped to boost the atmosphere as the tournament proper began.

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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.

This time the weather held

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.

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I think I have a few ‘keepers’ from the day with one or two that may end up in a competition.

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Rain Stopped Play

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.

An evening at Landermere Quay

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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.

Highwoods scouting trip

I took the chance whilst in Colchester recently to scout Highwoods Country Park in Colchester for a possible future photographic shoot. What a great place to while away a few hours, with a lake, pond, streams, woodland and open grassed areas all of which are home to a wide range of flora and forna. I shall definitely be back.

 

The main entrance and car park is off Turner Road in Colchester near the General Hospital with very reasonable parking charges. The interesting visitor centre is also situated by the main entrance, as are the toilets.

Thoroughly recommended.

Madeira Wasted

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I’m just back from a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in Madeira. Yes I have a few hundred shots from my weeks stay but they are just holiday snaps. Don’t you just hate the budget airlines that restrict the kit that you can take along? Of course, I’m not mentioning friends and family that give one the hurry up!

Clacton Camera Club

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.

Maldon Shoot

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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.

West Mersea Shoot

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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!

Clacton Air Show

Red Arrows

Two great days of sunshine and broken high cloud not only brought out the crowds but ensured reasonable conditions for photography. The Red Arrows rarely disappoint.