Uncle Steve's take on the North Wales Fuji meet 16th Oct 2011
I am having another go at doing my photoblog of the North Wales meet held by Mike Hardisty on Oct 16th this year. So for a fifth attempt, here goes. I am going to put the pictures in first and add the text later all being well. Yippee it all went OK this time. Thank goodness.
I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.
So the morning of the meet arrived and as arranged I collected Glynis from her hotel in Beaumaris. I have spoken to Glynis on the phone a couple of times but as this was the first time we had met (in the flesh) I think we were both a bit nervous but a quick snog broke the ice and it was like we had know each for years.
So off we set, we are meeting the others at 1030 so I had time to take a quick shot of the Telford Bridge from the Beaumaris side as we were not going to see it from this angle today.
So we all meet up, I have met Mike twice before (when will I learn my lesson!!!) Sharon and Nigel arrive only Jan was a no-show (not his fault). So off we set through the woods and down to the shore of the Menai Straits
Everyone's very pleased that the weather is kind to us and we get our first view of the Britannia Bridge
Everyone sets their gear up. Mike is keen and after setting his camera up...
tells us all of what he wants to do with this shot. He wants to do an HDR shot and describes to us how many shots he will be taking to work on later. You can see his shot on his own photoblog, published earlier this evening.
Mike is getting in the mood too
Glynis decided not to bring her tripod and goes for all her shots hand-held. Note the position she takes up!! Low level.
Glynis seems to be enjoying herself.
Here we some some rusty old workings and just behind him an old winching wheel!!!! Lol Nigel sets up too.
You will be seeing plenty of shots of the bridge in other blogs so I will not bore you with too many here. I decide to go for something a bit "arty" OK OK I will stick to Hover-flies.
I did decide to submit this one though of the iron-work. Impressive stuff.
So then we have a coffee at Waitrose in Menai Bridge and I suggest we go to Church Island. Arriving I see this Magpie on a headstone, I guess it should have been a Raven!!! Spooky
This the church of St Tysylio, a very small church built yonks ago.
I nip inside and take a shot of the window.
From the mount in the church-Yard we can see out first glimpse of the Telford Bridge. We decide to make our way to the Menai Bridge
On the way we find a stone circle, Nigel takes a rest on the sacrificial table!!!! Lazy sod!!
So it's onward now toward the Telford bridge. The day is very kind to us and it's quite warm by now.
Here the impressive stonework can be seen in detail. To think they did not have any mechanical equipment in those days, you cannot be impressed with what they achieved.
Then it's a walk up the hill and I take a shot from the centre of the road. So we then go in convoy to Caernarfon
We park in the Castle car park and start to take pics of this historic castle.
Nigel sets up his HS20.
The quay, this is where I caught a glimpse of a Kingfisher in flight, "Kingfisher" I shouted, most saw it but noone could get a shot.
Sharon and Nigel walk along the quay.
Glynis is always looking for another angle.
Nigel wanders off again
Well you have to have a shot of a bloomin Seagull dont' you? It's the law, it was in the doomsday book you know!!! Lol
I suggest that our team leader buys us all an Ice-Cream and to my delight he does, that's leadership for you.
Well would you believe it, right out of the blue, Alison surprises us all. She knew we would be arriving at the castle sometime during the day and in her own words she said "I feel we are in Ransome country" True enough, her senses were right and they found us. I was disappointed and at that time worried as to what had happened to Jan as no word came from him, but the arrival of Alison along with hubby Geoff made up for that.
As with other meets, within 5 mins we were chatting away as if we had known each other for years. Well in a way we have I suppose. We all got on like a house on fire straight away.
Walking around laughing and chatting we all took our own piccies
A face in the crowd. I think I am in love again!!!
and we had a little walk around Caernarfon and Alison took us to show where she and Geoff were staying. the menu looked very tempting and we went inside and booked for later that evening.
On our way around the surrounding attractions, we were all snapping away.
Someone said look at that Anchor, I looked over and saw Mike, Oh I said "Anchor"!!! Lol
The Autumn colours were very nice.
A coffee break in the square where we all discussed various aspects of our cameras and various areas of photography. Nigel gave Alison a quick lesson on her camera and guided her through some settings. Very interesting it was too. Mike chatted a bit about HDR. It started to get quite cold and we headed back to the quay to get some shots of the sunset.
All waiting for that "golden moment" when we thought the sunset looked at it's best.
Ready for the Sunset Shot
Here is my attempt. I took 37 shots at various stages of the sunset.
Nigel then showed us his method of Light Painting and I took this one as Nigel did the choreography and I thank him for producing what is nearly a perfect Orb. Thanks Nigel. I would just say that Nigel had gone to a lot of trouble setting this display up for us all. He emailed me before the meet asking if he should do it, (health and safety) I am so glad I said go ahead.
He then did his burning wire-wool show. Good innit!!!
Nigel really did a good job of constructing this "dome wheel" It's Christmas lights (LED) with batteries taped to the hub and when he sets it in motion
you get this effect. Quite impressive I thought.
So I take another shot of the Castle, in the dark this time and we all head off for that meal. We were all very cold and starving.
I would just like to thank Mike Hardisty for arranging the meet and to the other members who supported him on this meet. A pity Jan could not make it but that was made up for by the surprise attendance of Alison and Geoff.
I thoroughly enjoyed the meet as I do each time I attend one, this is my fifth now. I would encourage other members to try their best to attend one if they can. They are great fun, you learn a lot and make new friends.
I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking Alison for the prezzie she bought for us all. A lens cleaning cloth for each and everyone of us. What a nice thought, also, for the "special" prezzie she bought for me for getting one of her song titles correct on her "Monkeys song titles" photoblog. That was very sweet of you Alison. XXX
Thanks for your patience in my doing this photoblog.
- So it might be warmer now, but it wasn't long ago that it was Baltic, as this #Fujifilm #S9600 owner's blog proves! http://t.co/sNVjkZe48E
- Sending one of these (mic, not camera) to @geekanoids to have a play with and let us know what they think http://t.co/oMdKC1XbZX
- Not quite sure how this #Fujifilm #HS10 managed to stop this fast-moving subject in its tracks - that's some skill! http://t.co/I2Vz8rGj80
- Perfect for British weather... http://t.co/CcYvg6Zr3b #rain #waterproofcamera http://t.co/K7E42nz2LZ
- @Lensflaredave the best kind ;-)