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Topic: Where next in the UK and Ireland?
Posted By: dCap
Subject: Where next in the UK and Ireland?
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 10:18
Even if you are by nature a solitary photographer, you are likely to get a real buzz out of meeting up with other Dyxum members to take photographs. It is fascinating to see how others tackle photographic subjects and great to actually meet the people you have been conversing with on-line.

This topic is for discussion of possible meetings anywhere in the UK. Dyxum members are invited to suggest meetings and make preliminary plans in this thread. Once you have settled on a venue and date/dates, PM me or any other admin/moderator about having a specific planned event thread set up (this makes your event more visible to other members!).

Keep an eye on regions that are near where you live and, if you are visiting somewhere that has a group, why not drop them a line in their regional thread?

An index of all the regional threads, planned meetings and resulting photographs can be found http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=13590 - here

- Bob Janes


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anyone interested in:
- an Aug or Sep London Meet?
- an Aug or Sep Richmond Park (London-ish) shooting red/fallow deer

Thinking to the autumn,
- does anybody have any great locations in the UK to catch the oranges, I have a few local woodlands where I can snap 10-20 trees, but don't have personal knowledge of a big expanse of orange. Although there is a woodland a few miles from me that turns oragne but its a nightmare to get to and more than 50% of the time I go looking for it and get lost.

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 10:52
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

anyone interested in:
- an Aug or Sep London Meet?
- an Aug or Sep Richmond Park (London-ish) shooting red/fallow deer

Thinking to the autumn,
- does anybody have any great locations in the UK to catch the oranges, I have a few local woodlands where I can snap 10-20 trees, but don't have personal knowledge of a big expanse of orange. Although there is a woodland a few miles from me that turns oragne but its a nightmare to get to and more than 50% of the time I go looking for it and get lost.


Interested in both. I'm coming back from Devon the first weekend of August, but would be fine after that..

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 11:16
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

anyone interested in:
- an Aug or Sep London Meet?
- an Aug or Sep Richmond Park (London-ish) shooting red/fallow deer

Thinking to the autumn,
- does anybody have any great locations in the UK to catch the oranges, I have a few local woodlands where I can snap 10-20 trees, but don't have personal knowledge of a big expanse of orange. Although there is a woodland a few miles from me that turns oragne but its a nightmare to get to and more than 50% of the time I go looking for it and get lost.


Interested in both. I'm coming back from Devon the first weekend of August, but would be fine after that..


Also interested in both - would love to have a go at the deer with the 300/2.8 and lessons from "the master"! - but - I'm off to Skye for a week travelling over the weekends 11-12 & 18-19, so conflict with Bob except for 25-26 or 1-2 Sept [off to Scotland for 3wks on 07/09] - so unless then, will have to miss this one as well [typical - first summer in years that I'm away in July & Aug, and I'll prob miss 2 meets - damn!]

...as for autumn colour, when I went looking last year it seems [global warming?] that the colours don't really change until into November these days - and even then I didn't really have much success! - will be interested to hear others thoughts for locations [guess I should have a look at Sherwood!]

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: dCap
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 12:28
Yeah, I\m certainly keen on a Richmond Park fest. I will (well before then) have my tipster article on how to shoot deer at Richmond Park on my website. So it will be pre-reading for those that want it. And it will be wear old trousers day out, you need to knee to get in close, and you'll all love how close we can get.

Needs some homework on dates though, no rush. But catching the rut season is excellent, the stag Red deer are calling and look really sweaty and mean. Makes for some ace photography, but its the only time of the year when they will not walk away from you when you appraoch, meaning, they might walk AT and THROUGH you. I'll go into depth on-line in an article. The only safe way to do it is to ahve 360deg vision, you do not want to get between a stag and his rival, or a stag and his women. (unless you are me, and stupid!)

it would be good to have a couple of gatherings, I've never shot deer in a group before, but the best way to learn the technique here is to watch each other. It can be a fiarly long and cold day out though. The benefit being that you'd never get this close in the wild.

This is full frame, 300mm:

see the sweat on his neck ... it is not very clever getting this close

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Posted By: cjc181166
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 12:33
I'm up for a day of trying to shoot some pics of deer. August is big cats, October is 16mm only month, so that leaves November for the deer shoot? They should be rutting then.


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 30 June 2007 at 13:49
I might be able to do something that first weekend of August I guess, but would prefer the sunday as that would give me a day to recover from the journey back home...



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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 14 July 2007 at 20:41
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

Yeah, I\m certainly keen on a Richmond Park fest. I will (well before then) have my tipster article on how to shoot deer at Richmond Park on my website.


I assume this is off for now, [maybe until Chris picks up his 300/4 on the D200? - go away for a week & it's "all change"!!] - but I hope you're still going to do the website article [general, if not specific to RP ?]

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 14 July 2007 at 21:36
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

Yeah, I\m certainly keen on a Richmond Park fest. I will (well before then) have my tipster article on how to shoot deer at Richmond Park on my website.


I assume this is off for now, [maybe until Chris picks up his 300/4 on the D200? - go away for a week & it's "all change"!!] - but I hope you're still going to do the website article [general, if not specific to RP ?]

Cheers

IDM


When I PMd him last week, his response suggested it was still on :-)

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 23 July 2007 at 11:35
I've moved this over from the genaral 'where next?' thread...

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 30 August 2007 at 12:16
Not strictly speaking a meeting, but is there anyone in Berwick-on-tweed who might be able to http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=19401&get=last#188508 - help rosie out? Sorry if anyone has already seen this...

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 03 September 2007 at 02:26
As per advice from Bob, I'd like to start fishing (ie a sub-thread) for/of an 'expression of interest' for a meeting in the Midlands (uk) area.

Now, as far as I'm aware "The Midlands" stretch as far as Nottingham, Stoke, Bromsgrove, Warwick and Daventry. That kinda area.

However, I'm in Coventry, corner of West Midlands and Warwickshire.

I'm not even sure yet of where to go in the area. There are a few military museums around, some tall things and a fair bit of Heritage.

For example, and please correct me if you have better ideas, we have.

Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon
Coventry Motor Museum, Coventry
The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham
Cosford Museum, Wolverhampton

I'm sure there is a Black Country Museum in the Black Country, but I'm not sure where it is. There are some ironworks / museum thingys at Telford too, Ironbridge?

I'm not a native of the midlands, but I've lived here for about 7 years. Due to work constraints I don't get to visit these, and some I haven't visited at all.

For other things, there is the Coventry Cathedral Spire which has been recently reopened at a height of 90 meters or there abouts. Which is still "very high" in my book too. Of course, you can always just stop halfway up!!! :)

There are about 3 Minolta Users I know about in the area, and of that one is enthusuastic about motor vehicles and cameras, and the other has been playing with Minoltas for decades!

Transport links. Well, we have trains, planes, busses and of course the humble car. A train is only a couple hours from London if that, but I'd think that the car would be a popular option.

I spend a lot of time out at night when I can, and here are some of my night stuff from Coventry.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/covltwt/sets/72157594555380449/

Cheers, Elwyn

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 03 September 2007 at 14:39
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

I'm sure there is a Black Country Museum in the Black Country, but I'm not sure where it is.


Certainly up for a meet - and went to the Black Country Museum last Friday [I'd describe it as being in NW Birmingham] - very good day, lots of photo ops, but (a) it got very crowded [holidays] & (b) because it depicts 'dim & dingy' living, dynamic range was a bit of a prob with shots including the sky - so I'd recommend weekday late afternoon [maybe in Oct/Nov] for perhaps the best lighting [and also no school parties].

...as to other locations, could also go up into the dales for scenics & towns [Matlock Bath, Bakewell, Buxton].

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: catlady
Date Posted: 05 September 2007 at 22:52
Stratford-on-Avon?

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 06 September 2007 at 03:34
Originally posted by catlady catlady wrote:

Stratford-on-Avon?


Um, yes, I suppose. I've not really gone much for Stratford in the past. I shall quiz the ex-in-law, he's from there... ;)

Elwyn

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 06 September 2007 at 03:39
But their hasn't been much response here yet over this either :( Perhaps everyone is caught up in the Sony release... :(

Either way, it depends on what people are after, as well as accessability...

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Posted By: catlady
Date Posted: 06 September 2007 at 19:13
Suggested SonA because I lived there for a few years a very long time ago and I know there's more to it than the tourist stuff.

However, second thoughts say Birmingham is a better bet...accessible by train and I'm thinking the canal bit, Gas Street.

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 12 September 2007 at 16:37
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

But their hasn't been much response here yet over this either :( Perhaps everyone is caught up in the Sony release...


I think it is down to the release; I lost sight of it myself, and I'm supposed to have special responsibility for moderating this bit! people will come back though - in fact have you noticed how busy the photograph forums have got in the last few days?

So far there are four possible takers, I think we just need to get the number of posts up to make it more visible - there is a possibility of another Dutch meet coming up soon, which might get people looking at the meeting threads :-)

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 00:55
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

But their hasn't been much response here yet over this either :( Perhaps everyone is caught up in the Sony release...
New toys, priority news...

Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

I lost sight of it myself, and I'm supposed to have special responsibility for moderating this bit!


Yes, but you're still allowed to have bad days and low days and days you just wanna spend on other things. ;)

Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

people will come back though - in fact have you noticed how busy the photograph forums have got in the last few days?

So far there are four possible takers, I think we just need to get the number of posts up to make it more visible - there is a possibility of another Dutch meet coming up soon, which might get people looking at the meeting threads :-)


I don't know how to take this further. As for people interested, there would be some locals joining in. Blake would be one, I'd think. And of course you know Matthew from April :)

I've no major probably with roaming. If it were in Coventry then within the city centre there are a few nice areas, including the Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, the urban side of the city and the Motor Museum. If you fancy a bit of nature there is the Canal Basin and part of the Canal network.

So, numbers? Where shall we start :D

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 01:01
Saturdays are probably best for me, but I could do a Sunday at a pinch (depending on family commitments).

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 01:08
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Saturdays are probably best for me, but I could do a Sunday at a pinch (depending on family commitments).
Hey, fast response !! ;)

Birmingham has some nice museums as well as the canals and the like. It has been a few years since I have been there, but with a bit of planning we can move forwards.

It's just waiting on numbers and names. It would be nice to have more people from the midlands there too ;)

Elwyn

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 09:41
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Saturdays are probably best for me, but I could do a Sunday at a pinch (depending on family commitments).
Hey, fast response !! ;)

Birmingham has some nice museums as well as the canals and the like. It has been a few years since I have been there, but with a bit of planning we can move forwards.

It's just waiting on numbers and names. It would be nice to have more people from the midlands there too ;)


Friday/Saturday best for me during Oct/Nov [might even work well with the "One Prime" challenge] - and Birmingham easy enough to get down to - as mentioned previously, not sure a weekend would be good for the Black Country museum, but if there are other museums & canalside architecture etc then that sounds good...

...so count me in for one.

Cheers

IDM




Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 09:44
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

If it were in Coventry then within the city centre there are a few nice areas, including the Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, the urban side of the city and the Motor Museum. If you fancy a bit of nature there is the Canal Basin and part of the Canal network.


...missed this bit before responding re Brum - Coventry would be good too, and having never been there [that I can recall] would enjoy being given the guided tour [ideal days/mths as above...]

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 09:58
A 'guided tour' might be a bit much for me, I'm not a native to the area, and I would probably need to plan carefully where to go in either Birmingham or Coventry.

Weekends are probably a good time for me as well.

So far I think there are 3 on the list! Bob, me, Ian and possibly Catlady. However, Stratford upon Avon is a nice place to visit, but likewise I don't know much about that area. Even less than Coventry. But there are resources available :)

The only thing to consider are the places that close down after the prime tourist summer months....

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Posted By: catlady
Date Posted: 18 September 2007 at 23:01
Yes I'm in so long as I'm not in France!

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Posted By: richardn
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 00:21
Well, I live in Birmingham so a Midlands meet is an almost certainty for me to get in on.

I missed the Greenwich one, much to my frustration, so won't miss a Midlands meet.

One thing I must declare right now. Birmingham did not fire my interest in photography and I have incredibly few photos of the place itself so I'm not just the person to ask for ideas. Sad, I know, but the place just doesn't inspire me and maybe it should. I think it's a "can't see the trees for the wood thing", if you'll pardon the twisting of the phrase. It's always there and always has been as I've lived here all my life. I get most turned on by photographing places I visit that I've not been to before but maybe it would be a good thing to get out there with you guys and almost be "forced" into doing something I never do. There is stuff to shoot, it is just my jaded, blinkered view of the familiar that stops me doing it. It could be an excellent shove out of my comfort zone for me. If that makes sense!

In fact, the more of this I type, the more ridiculous my previous thinking feels but also cathartic this prospect is sounding to me! As I'm in for the "One prime lens challenge for October" I'd better find some things to shoot in Brum or I won't make it!

Anyhoo, Birmingham or anywhere else in the Midlands, I'm in. Also, although there is a a cross-post reference here - Ian fancies a go with a 300/4 from another thread, it'll be Bengeo's or mine by the sound of it - check out my line-up. If you want to have a play with any lenses I have for the day I am happy to bring along any that are of interest.


Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 00:49
Originally posted by richardn richardn wrote:

As I'm in for the "One prime lens challenge for October" I'd better find some things to shoot in Brum or I won't make it!

Also, although there is a a cross-post reference here - Ian fancies a go with a 300/4 from another thread, it'll be Bengeo's or mine by the sound of it


Richard - sounds like a good opportunity - thanks - but if (a) the Midlands meet is in Oct & (b) if I'm gonna join the "One Prime", I guess I'll have to ask for a "testing" pass coz there's no way I'm gonna manage the 300/2.8 for a month [my arms just wouldn't take the strain!]

Hope things come together & we can try the two out - really curious to see if all that extra glass is worth the weight! - and I'm sure there must be some architectural details that will make good tests for 'em

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: richardn
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 02:20
Ian,

TBH, if there is a Dyxum meet in the UK in October I think it would be good if the participants are granted a "bye" for the day on the Challenge. Otherwise that restricts me to the 100 SF for it and also applies restrictions to others, like you, which may take a bit of the fun out of the day.

Problem is, it does rather defeat the objective of the "Prime Challenge" as well! Otherwise, we'll have to work something else out. I don't think you are too far from me - Notts/Derbs from memory?


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 02:42
Originally posted by richardn richardn wrote:

As I'm in for the "One prime lens challenge for October" I'd better find some things to shoot in Brum or I won't make it!


Oooh! Contact! :D

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 09:00
Originally posted by richardn richardn wrote:

TBH, if there is a Dyxum meet in the UK in October I think it would be good if the participants are granted a "bye" for the day on the Challenge. Otherwise that restricts me to the 100 SF for it and also applies restrictions to others, like you, which may take a bit of the fun out of the day.

Problem is, it does rather defeat the objective of the "Prime Challenge" as well! Otherwise, we'll have to work something else out. I don't think you are too far from me - Notts/Derbs from memory?


I did wonder if it would be no bad thing, since it's all too easy to fall into the trap of 'hmmm, that looks like an interesting shot they're taking - I'll get one too' - I'm as guilty of it as the next man - whereas if we all have different FLs or image-parameters it might help by making one think more about how a similar object/view looks with those differences - not sure if others would agree ???

...but certainly, could try another, separate meet [outside "prime-time"] to compare the 300s - one idea that has just occurred is Twycross Zoo [L9 admit] - went there about this time last year and found myself using the 75-300D [at 300] quite a lot, so might be worth considering - and I'd guess its about mid-way between us ? - and similar distance for Elwyn & others too if interested ?

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 11:23
Do we actually want to launch this as a meeting now? - I know we don't have a time (or place), but we could always load those in after... If people are in agreement I will lift the relevant posts from 'where next' and use them to start the new one...

...I'm sure a Bye is applicable here - musta admit if such a thing had been permitted last time I may well have done it - but I had the tour going past the bottom of my road, and I didn't think I could shoot it with a 24 (as it happened I couldn't shoot it very well with a tele-zoom, but I'll mark that one down to experience!)

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 11:25
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

...but certainly, could try another, separate meet [outside "prime-time"] to compare the 300s - one idea that has just occurred is Twycross Zoo [L9 admit] - went there about this time last year and found myself using the 75-300D [at 300] quite a lot, so might be worth considering - and I'd guess its about mid-way between us ? - and similar distance for Elwyn & others too if interested ?

Cheers

IDM


Sounds good to me... I'm still kicking myself for missing the cat meets...



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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 11:42
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Sounds good to me... I'm still kicking myself for missing the cat meets...


Bob - if you wanted to come up for it I could meet you at Loughborough or Long Eaton [my local (little) station] - but the return fare is L50+ [as I found earlier in the year...] - so if MarkT sets up another day at the Cat Survival Trust [already discussed at last meet & elsewhere - possible 300mm compare with Bengeo] later in the year that might be easier/cheaper to get to...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 13:13
Train costs may depend on how long you book in advance, but I think I might be tempted to drive in any case - Should be able to reach Brum in 3 hours, but it takes 90 mins to get to Euston or Kings X/St P from where I live... If anyone else was coming up from the London area I could maybe give them a lift :)

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 22 September 2007 at 19:51
Another suggestion in the Midlands area following an afternoon out - http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=20653&PID=204309#204309 - Lichfield

...certainly plenty of architecture - the cathedral is free to enter [as far as I know - didn't go in today as special ceremony taking place] - and plenty of other old buildings within easy walking distance.

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 23 September 2007 at 15:03
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

Another suggestion in the Midlands area following an afternoon out - http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=20653&PID=204309#204309 - Lichfield

...certainly plenty of architecture - the cathedral is free to enter [as far as I know - didn't go in today as special ceremony taking place] - and plenty of other old buildings within easy walking distance.

Cheers

IDM


I could say the same about Coventry :D

Architecture, Modern stuff, Urban, and a few nice bits too ;)

I've not been to Lichfield much, mostly with work, but I have the resources locally to make up a plan.

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/United_Kingdom/England/West_Midlands/Coventry-314735/Things_To_Do-Coventry-BR-1.html - Link

The New Cathedral (next door to the old one, which wasn't a cathedral but was originally just a church.... I think...)

The Bronze Statues

The Old Cathedral (see above)

The Council House

The Whittle Arches (I wondered what they were called :))

St Marys' Guildhall

The Herbert Gallery (another place I've not been to yet)

Coventry Transport Museum (oooh, I've been here :D)

Holy Trinity Church

On the outskirts we've got places such as the Coventry Air Museum. It's not as large as other places, but the time I went there it had a fair bit of stuff for quite a small site. Next door there is a train museum but I don't think that's open yet :(

The War Memorial Park is just down the road, and has the Park and Ride carpark next to it, which is an option for those driving up. Apparently thre is an avairy there too, which I didn't know :(

There are plenty of old buildings in Coventry, old structures and history. I've mainly concentrated near the Cathedral because I've not dug much into the other history yet. Slow coach and all ;)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/covltwt/sets/72157602121285762/ - My 'Coventry' Flickr Set

And I suppose it would do some good to get out and explore the local area.

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Posted By: YourFunnyUncle
Date Posted: 24 September 2007 at 22:50
I'd love to come to this, but I'm going to be in Mexico from the 21st of October 'till the 11th of November so if it's between those dates I obviously wouldn't be able to make it. Birmingham or Coventry would be fine for me as I can easily get the train there from York.


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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 24 September 2007 at 23:09
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Do we actually want to launch this as a meeting now? - I know we don't have a time (or place), but we could always load those in after... If people are in agreement I will lift the relevant posts from 'where next' and use them to start the new one...


OK, do we want Bob to get this underway ? - I can't do the weekend of 6th, so [purely selfish] how about 13th or 14th for either Coventry or Birmingham - not sure if the Sunday is better to avoid shoppers, or are the city centres both big enough to avoid these ?

...I won't be looking for a "prime pass" unless Richard & I both bring our 300s [prob. won't carry it around with me!] so will be glad to go somewhere new with just the 5D+28mm.

How about it - how many can make those days, or prefer earlier/later ???

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: catlady
Date Posted: 25 September 2007 at 00:03
That weekend 13/14 is ok with me, either day.

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 25 September 2007 at 09:48
I've got a party to go to that Saturday evening, which I think would rule me out for both days...

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Posted By: richardn
Date Posted: 25 September 2007 at 21:45
The middle two weekends would be OK for me. I wouldn't be able to do the 6/7th or 27/28th as it currently stands.


Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 25 September 2007 at 22:24
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

I've got a party to go to that Saturday evening, which I think would rule me out for both days...
Originally posted by richardn richardn wrote:

The middle two weekends would be OK for me. I wouldn't be able to do the 6/7th or 27/28th as it currently stands.
OK - how about 20th/21st ? - could you make that Bob ?
Originally posted by catlady catlady wrote:

That weekend 13/14 is ok with me, either day.
...and how about you, Pat - is that following weekend possible for you ?

And waiting to hear from YourFunnyUncle and Elwyn [and friends]...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: YourFunnyUncle
Date Posted: 26 September 2007 at 00:11
13th or 14th would be the best for me. I have an Open University exam on the 8th so the 6th or 7th wouldn't be so good. The 20th and 21st weekend I'll be off to Mexico.

I won't be upset if the consensus is for another weekend. My life isn't usually so hectic, so I'm sure I'd be able to make the next one, wherever that may be. :)

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Posted By: catlady
Date Posted: 26 September 2007 at 09:21
Might be going to France 20/21, not sure at the mo; not to worry if that weekend is better for most people.



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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 28 September 2007 at 22:17
Originally posted by YourFunnyUncle YourFunnyUncle wrote:

13th or 14th would be the best for me. I have an Open University exam on the 8th so the 6th or 7th wouldn't be so good. The 20th and 21st weekend I'll be off to Mexico.

Originally posted by catlady catlady wrote:

Might be going to France 20/21, not sure at the mo; not to worry if that weekend is better for most people.


OK, so two out for the 20/21 vs one for the 13/14 - anyone else have preferences or commitments ? - Elwyn, if it's likely to be your fair city, what days can you make ?

Sorry to push, but only two or three weeks to go...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: mikef
Date Posted: 29 September 2007 at 00:05
I'm not likely to be available any weekend in October, so you can ignore me for this one, but might be interested in future events, as long as reasonably accessible by public transport from rural NorthWest. (Currently Cheshire, trying to move to the Peak District.)

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Posted By: bonneville
Date Posted: 30 September 2007 at 16:05
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

As per advice from Bob, I'd like to start fishing (ie a sub-thread) for/of an 'expression of interest' for a meeting in the Midlands (uk) area.

Now, as far as I'm aware "The Midlands" stretch as far as Nottingham, Stoke, Bromsgrove, Warwick and Daventry. That kinda area.

Cheers, Elwyn


I live in Rutland, which I am told is East Midlands, but I am certainly up for a get-together sometime in the not too distant future anywhere within striking distance.

Alternatively, are there Dyxumers in the east Midlands at all?


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 30 September 2007 at 16:21
So, if not the 20/21 how about weekends after that? I stress if I am able to attend I'm quite OK about giving others a lift up... I can take 5 passengers.

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Posted By: YourFunnyUncle
Date Posted: 01 October 2007 at 20:39
Personally I wouldn't be able to attend until 17th/18th of November, as I'm in Mexico for three weeks from the 21st Oct to 11th Nov. However as I said, don't feel you have to wait for me.

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 10 October 2007 at 23:25
Sorry for my lack of input. Had a few, ahh, complications at work and all

Whether it is Lichfield, Birmingham or Coventry I'm pretty flexible, but either way confirmation is a good idea to get things, er, in motion...

Of course, it could be someone else doing things... But as I'm in the midlands and initially suggested it.

I do recall the area mention in Birmingham but the last time I was in Lichfield was when the DHSS/DSS building was refurbed 3 years ago... with work Needless to say, I didn't explore much

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 29 November 2007 at 16:45
Does anyone think we have any chance of getting something together before the spring? I'd still like to do somewhere in the Midlands (different for me), but I'm aware that light and weather are against us...

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 29 November 2007 at 20:12
Funnily enough, was out with Dad today & ended up in Lichfield - excellent afternoon light on the cathedral front this time of year - but with the days as short as they are it may be better to wait until Easter unless there's any special events to encourage a get-together in this area...

IDM


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 04 December 2007 at 18:53
There is always an option of starting earlier, and then practising with some night / evening photography ;)



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Posted By: dCap
Date Posted: 21 December 2007 at 23:29
I did hear a rumor about a midlands area meeting ........ did it happen, or are we waiting on the winter ending first?

BirminghamCanalSide?

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 21 December 2007 at 23:43
It hasn't happened yet - I know Elwyn (Saratoga) is keen to get one going in the new year...

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 26 December 2007 at 07:55
There are a couple choices at the moment.

Birmingham Canal Side, City Centre or Lichfield City Centre. With the latter Ian Middy I think is the offerer of that one....

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 26 December 2007 at 08:21
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

Birmingham Canal Side, City Centre or Lichfield City Centre. With the latter Ian Middy I think is the offerer of that one....


I've only visited Lichfield a couple of times, so don't know it that well apart from around the Cathedral [which, as mentioned previously, is probably at its best late afternoon at this time of year] - I suspect Brum would offer more "all-day" variety akin to London - or Coventry for your 'local knowledge' advantage...

...but weather has to be the concern - if shooting industrial architecture, then overcast/miserable maybe doesn't matter, and as your recent HDR series show, after dark things can look good with lights on rainy surfaces - but for the main part of the day if the lights poor it can make for frustrations unless anyone can suggest subjects that suit such possible 'flat' lighting [the only one I look for at such times is flowers - again, not the best time of year!]

...of course, we might get lucky with a glorious, crisp day [hmmm - what's that pig doing flying past the window?]

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: mtiller
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 00:25
I'm thinking about organising another Big Cat weekend if anybody is interested. Possibilities are Santago/Cat Survival Trust in Herts and Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.

Anybody interested? I'm thinking April/May.

Mark


Posted By: bengeo
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 00:48

Mark,

Yes, definitely interested in both.

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 09:48
Mark - yes, very interested, but mark me down as a maybe since finances may dictate otherwise by that time...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 10:36
Mark - Santago would be of interest to me.

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Posted By: raphdedge
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 13:16
I'm interested in both, particularly Santago. I am very busy during those months, so please mark me down as a maybe.


Posted By: mtiller
Date Posted: 15 January 2008 at 23:38
Hi All,

Ok, this is enough interest to start planning a trip I think. I definitely want to go to Santago at least once this year, so that would be my preference anyway. I will also find out about possible dates for Wildlife Heritage in Kent. There is an airfield very close by that sometimes has airshows. If at all possible, I'll try and get a date that coincides with flying display. Last time I was there, I manages to get a couple of shots of a B-17.

I'm flying out tomorrow evening to Australia and I won't be back until the 3rd of Feb. I'll try and get online while I'm away, but no guarantees, so if I don't respond, don't panic!

If people want to start considering dates for Santago, Sundays are more likely to be available than Saturdays.

Mark




Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 22 January 2008 at 00:41
Is anyone going to focus on imaging at the NEC?
Meeting up for a coffee would be a nice idea if people are going to be there anyway.

Andrew


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 22 January 2008 at 02:01
Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

Is anyone going to focus on imaging at the NEC?
Meeting up for a coffee would be a nice idea if people are going to be there anyway.

Andrew


Hmm. A month away...

The NEC, 24 - 27 February 2008, Halls 9 & 10, www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk
Car Parking L8.00

I think I'd be interested ;)

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Posted By: Mick
Date Posted: 22 January 2008 at 03:49
Thanks, guys. Think I'll sit this one out as I'm still stuck in the middle of nowhere. Literally. Went yesterday to one of the most famous waterfalls in the world - if you believe the website - Amicalola Falls in GA, US. Fine 'cept there's no water. Why on Earth do I choose to go to a waterfall during Georgia's most fierce drought of all time??

I ask you...!

(Probably 'cos there's little else to do...especially at 23F)


Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 22 January 2008 at 09:23
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

Is anyone going to focus on imaging at the NEC?
Meeting up for a coffee would be a nice idea if people are going to be there anyway.

Andrew


Hmm. A month away...

The NEC, 24 - 27 February 2008, Halls 9 & 10, www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk
Car Parking L8.00

I think I'd be interested ;)


Unfortunately I'm in the Netherlands that week, otherwise would like to have met up...

IDM


Posted By: alig
Date Posted: 24 January 2008 at 15:08
Hi,Andrew I will going on Tuesday 27th along with another Minoltonian and would you believe someone from the N**** darkside.

alig.

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Posted By: BigPete
Date Posted: 24 January 2008 at 15:49
No Sony at Focus on Imaging!


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 24 January 2008 at 22:22
Unfortunately I have to teach photoshop classes on monday and tuesday evenings so it looks like sunday for me. I think you might get some good deals on the tuesday. Have fun.

Andrew

P.S. just because there is no sony there doesn't mean there wont be camera world / calumet etc selling sony stuff. And it doesn't matter what camera you have for filters, tripods, lens pens, camera rain coats etc.


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 00:29
Is it working something out for early Easter or something?! In the Midlands, on a weekend when 'others' can make it ;)

Lichfield sounds like a nice place.

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 00:36
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

...early Easter or something?! In the Midlands, on a weekend when 'others' can make it ;)

Lichfield sounds like a nice place.


Probably can't make the actual Easter weekend, but probably either side of it will be ok - certainly some nice old architecture in Lichfield, but Sunday might be best to avoid shopping crowds ?

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 01:11
So a Saturday in Lichfield either side of Easter Weekend???

It would probably help if I was organised and knew what dates they would be

If going by the western dates, then it is Sunday 23 March 2008. Otherwise the greek orthodox date is in April So I'm guessing we'll use the western date

Saturday 15 March
Saturday 29 March

These are the two dates that fit within you're guidelines Ian...

Do you want to take it further?

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 01:12
Name some weekends and I'll put them in the diary...

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 01:18
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Name some weekends and I'll put them in the diary...


Dude! You're too fast!   

How about the 15th or 29th?!

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 09:42
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

So a Saturday in Lichfield either side of Easter Weekend???

Saturday 15 March
Saturday 29 March

These are the two dates that fit within you're guidelines Ian...


Sorry, my poor choice of wording - I meant Sundays might be better as no shopping crowds - the streets are fairly narrow and there are market stalls down some of the older [more photogenic] ones on Saturdays

- but, of course, the upside with a Saturday is more places [for eat/drink etc] open - and better if you want to try street/candids as well as architecture [although how candid we could be with more than a few of us is debatable, lol].

I don't mind either day - parking might be more difficult on a Sat, unless we met up out-of-town somewhere and then just took a couple of cars in ?

Are you interested Bob, or too much of a trek ?

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 10:18
Definately interested - I've put it in the diary... no evident clashes with either date... must find out where Litchfield is...

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Posted By: jimbo
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 12:07
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

must find out where Litchfield is...


Litchfield is on the A34 south of Newbury, but I think everyone else is going for Lichfield in Staffordshire...




Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 17 February 2008 at 12:18
Originally posted by jimbo jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

must find out where Litchfield is...


Litchfield is on the A34 south of Newbury, but I think everyone else is going for Lichfield in Staffordshire...


Yeah, thanks for that. I would have replied...

http://tinyurl.com/2h4sdr

And for a postcode, this is for the cathedral: WS13 7LD

So, Sunday is better ;)

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Posted By: dCap
Date Posted: 22 February 2008 at 20:22
ping:dCap here ... might gate crash one of your meets, be warned you need ear defenders to be near my camera

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Posted By: mtiller
Date Posted: 23 February 2008 at 11:18
dCap, you will always be welcome... I might even bring out a 7D for you to play with for old times sake :)


Posted By: dCap
Date Posted: 01 March 2008 at 21:41
Originally posted by mtiller mtiller wrote:

dCap, you will always be welcome... I might even bring out a 7D for you to play with for old times sake :)


thank you for the offer ... but I gave up playing with plastic toys nearly a year ago now

(couldn't resist)

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Posted By: bonneville
Date Posted: 13 March 2008 at 20:01
Sorry, being a bit thick (if you log in on 2 Apr you'll see why as I hit the big six oh and as the home page lists Dyxum birthdays I'll log in to see it as I doubt anyone else will know, or care!)

Anyway, I would love to join the meet at Lichfield but is there a specific date now, please?

Brian


Posted By: jimbo
Date Posted: 13 March 2008 at 20:16
You're best following http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=28358 - this thread where the dates are being bandied about...



Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 13 March 2008 at 20:41
Yep, although there haven't been many replies or many people agreeing to dates... C'mon People

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Posted By: mtiller
Date Posted: 18 March 2008 at 21:43
Hi All,

I went to Knebworth house with people from DSLR User magazine the weekend before last, There were 6 falconry display teams flying. I got some shots which are on the thread below.

[url]http://www.dslruser.co.uk/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=31&thread_id=4740[/url[

Most if not all of the same falconry teams will be at the show.

I am meeting 4-5 DSLR USer people there on Saturday from about 10.30 so if anybody wants to join me, details are:

Easter Thame Country Fair;
Saturday, Sunday and Monday March 22nd/ 23rd and 24th;
Thame Showground, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3JL

L7.50 entrance fee.

Details here:



Cheers

Mark

P.S. Be warned, this is not just Sony/Minolta shooters, but they are a friendly bunch.


Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 19 March 2008 at 13:00
Another 'event' I heard rumoured recently was an RAF flypast of the 'eye' in London on April 1st...

Now, I know what you are thinking, he has fallen for an April fool's prank - but it is the 90th anniversary of the RAF's formation.

Does anyone have any more info?

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 26 March 2008 at 10:29
In case anyone who's interested misses the thread - any takers for http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=28358&PN=2 - Lichfield 13/04 - please add your name[s]...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 12:50

Looks like Lichfield is on, but it's out of my 'catchment area', so:

Anyone interested in an East Anglia meet sometime in the next few months?

Reply here if interested, including suggestions of location, or date, or what sort of place (city, coast, nature, historic, ...)

I don't promise to organise something, but let's see whether there's interest.

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 14:24
@Dillitante:
I met up with the (crazy) Finns at Duxford last year, lots of good photo opportunities, cost about L12 to get in - could draw people from a reasonable area...

...Plus if you can get down to London on the Sunday morning you are welcome to travel up to Lichfield in my car - plenty of room (4 free seats at present)...

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Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 14:27
Yes, I would have joined you, but it was on a Monday, if I recall. I live just a few miles from Duxford.

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 18:42
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

...Duxford last year, lots of good photo opportunities, cost about L12 to get in - could draw people from a reasonable area...
Originally posted by dilettante dilettante wrote:

I live just a few miles from Duxford.

I wouldn't mind doing Duxford if there's any interest - I suppose ideally a flying day [although not one of the 'big' meets] but there are some 'hangar birds' I want to get shots of, particularly the TSR2...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 18:45
Originally posted by dilettante dilettante wrote:

Anyone interested in an East Anglia meet sometime in the next few months?

I can't really do Essex or Suffolk now that dad's moved up here, but we could probably get across to Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire if there's any interest there...

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 18:48
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

Originally posted by dilettante dilettante wrote:

Anyone interested in an East Anglia meet sometime in the next few months?

I can't really do Essex or Suffolk now that dad's moved up here, but we could probably get across to Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire if there's any interest there...


Works for me, though is there anything in Lincolnshire to photograph?

Despite being on my doorstep, planes at Duxford don't do much for me, I'm afraid.

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Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 08 April 2008 at 20:15
Hope to be getting along to this:



Cheers

IDM


Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 00:19
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

Originally posted by dilettante dilettante wrote:

Anyone interested in an East Anglia meet sometime in the next few months?

I can't really do Essex or Suffolk now that dad's moved up here, but we could probably get across to Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire if there's any interest there...

Cheers

IDM


Yeah, I would travel to most parts of East Anglia too. It's doable certainly ;)

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Posted By: Saratoga
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 00:26
I'm available most weekends but they need to be preplanned. At the moment I'm working Saturdays until about July, but after that, well, we'll see.

Hopefully with the better weather other options would be open and available to us towards Summer. I am sure that other friends down here would and could come as well, such as Matthew, Blake, Mark, Franc and maybe even Andy ;)

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 00:37
Originally posted by mtiller mtiller wrote:

Can a moderator start a new thread for this please?

OK, it seems Ian Middy, cjc181166 and his other half are up for a trip to Cat Survival Trust in Herts. Since the required number is 4-8 we have enough (I'll be going)

Here's some info I put up about the place on another forum.

The Cat Survival Trust is also a breeding program and has a different range of animals. They have Caracals, Snow Leopards (the largest collection in Europe), Canadian Wildcats, 3 sub-species of Lynx, a Serval, Mountain Lions (including 2 youngsters), a Jaguar, 2 Amur Leopards and an Ocelot.

The Trust is a registered charity and is entirely volunteer run. They have a pet food shop out the front of the property that earns income to pay for a lot of their costs, however they also fund a 10,000 acre Sanctuary in Argentina.

They are not as well laid out for photography as the other site but have an interesting range of animals. We would be allowed inside the outer cage wire so that we would only have a single set of wires to shoot through, and if you position your lens properly against the wire, this isn't normally a problem.

Cost would be L25 per head including lunch and Tea/Coffee. Since this is a registered charity , the L25 will give you membership of the Trust for a year and the rest will be classed as a donation. Minimum group size is 4, maximum is 8.

I have taken photos the Trust on an Ad-hoc basis and on an organized day. I have always enjoyed photographing there.

They are moving a number of the cast to new larger cages in April (depending on the weather) So I would probably recommend May to make sure the animals are in the new enclosures as they will make photography easier.

Available dates for this? July is mostly booked out, and 3rd and 17th of May are booked as well as one weekend in June (to be decided). The non July dates is me taking people form DSLRUSER Forum.

The trust does not have the headline species of Lion and Tiger but they do have a wide variety.

So, who else wants to go? When do we want to go?

Cheers

Mark


OK I'm moving this posting to start the new topic, but this will act as a record of Mark's original posting...

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Posted By: mtiller
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 01:25
Originally posted by IanMiddy IanMiddy wrote:

Originally posted by dilettante dilettante wrote:

Anyone interested in an East Anglia meet sometime in the next few months?

I can't really do Essex or Suffolk now that dad's moved up here, but we could probably get across to Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire if there's any interest there...

Cheers

IDM


I went to the Raptor Foundation near Huntingdon last weekend and I'm itching to go back in better weather, They have 3 flying displays per day at 12, 2 and 4. Each display lasts an hour and it's a great chance to practice your bird in flight skills ! Entry is very reasonable at L4.95. fir adults. They have a cafeteria for food.

They do ask that if your photos are to be submitted for publication you let them know. I spoke to them and I got the impression they would be unlikely to refuse, but there maybe some publications they don't like. I suspect maybe birding magazines, but I may be wrong.

Cheers

Mark

P.S. I'll post a few pics once I have a chance to work on them.


Posted By: IanMiddy
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 08:57
Originally posted by mtiller mtiller wrote:

I went to the Raptor Foundation near Huntingdon last weekend and I'm itching to go back in better weather, They have 3 flying displays per day at 12, 2 and 4. Each display lasts an hour and it's a great chance to practice your bird in flight skills ! Entry is very reasonable at L4.95. fir adults. They have a cafeteria for food.


Most definitely up for this one! - out of interest, Mark, did you find the 70-200 was long enough at this venue, or did you have to add a TC ?

Cheers

IDM


Posted By: dilettante
Date Posted: 15 April 2008 at 10:06
Originally posted by mtiller mtiller wrote:



I went to the Raptor Foundation near Huntingdon last weekend and I'm itching to go back in better weather, They have 3 flying displays per day at 12, 2 and 4. Each display lasts an hour and it's a great chance to practice your bird in flight skills !


Yes, good photo opportunities there. I took this one there last summer:



My BIF shots were not so good!

Apart from the displays, there's not much to photograph there though. The birds are, of course, behind wire most of the time, so hard to get good shots.

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