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November ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 1st December 2013

November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.

Colours And Shapes

Colours And Shapes

A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.

Southend Sundown

Southend Sundown

The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.

Wet And Green

Wet And Green

I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.

The Little Fishing Fleet

The Little Fishing Fleet

The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.

A View From The Jetty

A View From The Jetty

Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.

The Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge

We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.

Light Through The Trees

Light Through The Trees

Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:

Peeping Over The Wall

Peeping Over The Wall

As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:

Rainbow In The Gutter

Rainbow In The Gutter

I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:

Staircase Symmetry

Staircase Symmetry at Lacock Abbey

The Vortex

The Vortex

The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.

I have managed several more 50@50 images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember  again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.

Exploring Bath & Lacock

Posted by Caz on Monday, 25th November 2013

Last weekend I took a trip to the West Country with Alistair to visit Bath and the pretty village of Lacock. Bath is full of Georgian spleandour with plenty of architecture and landscapes to provide interesting photo opportunities.

We arrived late on Friday evening and took a wander around the town, seeing some golden light on the Abbey and purple illuminations on some of the Georgian buildings.

Look Up To The Tower

Look Up To The Tower

Purple Hues

Purple Hues

The next morning we took a walk along the river into town from the hotel, looking for some geocaches on the way. It’s always an attractive stretch to watch for wildlife and colourful boats:

Pidgeon Promenade

Pidgeon Promenade

Towpath View

Towpath View

The afternoon was spent at the RPS looking at some successful Fellowship panels – all useful information for planning future projects. We had a great dinner in the Brunel Brasserie in town, where I found an excellent shot for week 47’s 50@50 image.

Sunday dawned rather grey and cold so we decided to head to Lacock to visit the village and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey – former home of photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot.

Three Windows

Three Windows in the village

The Golden Nikon

The Golden Nikon at the Museum

Circle In The Roof

Circle In The Roof of Lacock Abbey

Elegant Georgian Room

Elegant Georgian Room in the house

Having not visited Lacock in many years, it was great to go back and have a proper look around the house and museum, something I missed out on last time.

As I was walking round with my top spec digital camera, I thought how far photography has come in the last 170-odd years. I’m sure Fox Talbot, who was clearly at home with “new technology”, would have been delighted and astounded with what we can now achieve.