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Epping Forest Photowalk

Following a talk given by Peter Warne to the Club in June entitled “A walk on the wild side” which related to the wildlife of Epping Forest, the club decided it would be a good idea to arrange an outing to the Forest with Peter as our guide.   On Saturday 17th September at 10am, 10 members of the Club met at Jack’s Hill Car Park in Epping Forest, all armed with cameras, tripods and an enthusiasm to learn about the forest.   Within 5 minutes of starting our walk we were not disappointed as we encountered over 5 different varieties of fungi and straight away the group started getting out their gear to make a permanent record of the various species.    Members were lying, sitting, standing, crouching, with tripods, without tripods, with flash and without flash and all snapping away trying to capture the life of the forest.   Throughout the day as we encountered items of interest our guide, Peter, kindly provided a detailed commentary relating to the habitat and whatever we had found.

Later on in the morning we visited the Deer Sanctuary but a decent zoom lens was needed and some slightly better lighting conditions, although we were lucky to see many stags that are likely to be getting ready for the rutting season next month. Peter showed some of us a shortcut to the Park but sadly some of the group had been separated and had to rely on instructions from me on how to get there, luckily disaster was averted as Peter kindly walked back to find them. After what seemed a lengthy break for lunch we proceeded back to the car park and on the way continued to find interesting subject matter. The stinkhorn that we had visited earlier in the day had been almost been eaten completely by the flies by the afternoon and this was a fascinating find. Sadly we also saw evidence of Fungi Rage as many of the lovely fungi we had seen and capture earlier by the pathside including two beautiful shaggy inkcaps had been destroyed probably by human feet playing football.

What amazed us all is that we didn’t have to walk far to find interesting subjects to photograph and the 7 hours we spent in the Forest seemed to have flown by. We had all learnt a significant amount about the plant life in the Forest and how closely linked the fungi are to the continued development of the forest. This is a venue that is definitely worthy of another visit perhaps in the Autumn for the rutting of the deer and the change in colour for the leaves.

Our thanks especially go to the patience and knowledge of our guide Peter Warne. Here are some of our members’ photos from the outing:

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Focus On Imaging

Focus On Imaging On Sunday 6th March a small gang of members from the Club attended the Focus on Imaging exhibition being held at the Birmingham NEC. This is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show which covers everything from image capture through to output and beyond. There were over 200 exhibitors (sadly no Canon representation) and product launches galore, including all the very latest digital cameras and equipment.

Motley crew with the minibus We set off at 8am from Braintree in a minibus provided and very kindly driven by David Beardwell, one of the members. Once we arrived any plans of staying together in small groups soon disappeared as we scattered amongst the various exhibitors. First of all we received an excellent demonstration of the Gitzo Tripod range and Jules and I made a decision that we needed to upgrade our tripods (not sure why but maybe the comments about my mini tripod had finally taken their toll). After this we wondered round the various exhibitors and were amazed at the range of products and services on display, there was certainly enough to keep both the keen amateur and the professional amused. It also wasn’t a great place to be in possession of a credit card with a limit remaining on it.

For me the most interesting chat was held with a member of the Royal Photographic Society who kindly explained the process of applying for LRPS and then the ARPS distinctions and this is definitely something I will be keen to work on in the next 12 months. Bargains to be had were many and for me the investment in the Manfrotto 190PROXB tripod and three way head was great (£40 saving on lowest price I could find on internet). Lenses which were on the shopping list were not as competitive as the internet and other gadgets purchased by fellow members included a Wacom tablet, various books, lens pen and editing software. Great company and a great show.  We will definitely be back next year.

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Club Outing To Mersea

Despite the variable weather, several members of the club enjoyed a day out to Mersea Island for a photoshoot this weekend. Here are some shots from the day:

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