How many forum members using LF in the UK

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  1. paul owen

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    I wondered how many of the forum members here, using LF, are based in the UK? The reason I ask is that I have seen USA based members of the LF forum on photo.net ( Tuans LF Page) that have "formed" an impromptu group of LF users that meet for LF landscape workshops. There are no fees involved but an opportunity to meet like-minded photographers in a fiels situation and exchange experience/skills. It would be VERY easy to set up a similar "group" in the UK (shorter travelling distances involved - some of the US group are flying to these workshops!!). There are enough locations that would afford a great couple of days of field shooting, involving B&B, and travel sharing in (say) Scotland, The Lakes etc, etc. Anyone interested?
     
  2. HuwEvans

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    Paul,
    in principle I might be interested - though in practice I don't think it would really be easier or cheaper to do this in the UK as compared to the US. Our weather is so changeable that I seldom plan my photography very far in advance - usually the day before when I can get some sort of reliable forecast, and even then I frequently have to change plans when I actually see what the morning brings.

    You mention the Lake District and Scotland (the highlands, I presume). I used to holiday quite often in the Lakes and if I got one day in a week with decent photographic weather I used to count myself lucky. The weather was better in the summer (I was usually there in spring) but then the place was choked with tourists. When I lived in Edinburgh I used to make day trips up into the highlands or sometimes down to Cumbria, but still it was a case of making decisions at the last minute - nine days out of ten all I could count on was a uniform grey cloud base at maybe 1200ft.
     
  3. paul owen

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    I appreciate what you mean about the weather - but it could still be useful to meet other LF users - even if the rain stops play! Here in Wales the weather forecast doesn't seem to apply half of the time!! Any other ideas / suggestions most welcome!!
     
  4. HuwEvans

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    Yes - I agree it could still be good to meet up. Perhaps if it turns out there are a few of us within reasonable driving distance we could plan a day's 'meet'. ISTR from the 'Introduce yourself...' thread that you're in South Wales - whereabouts? I'm in Dorset, so that's two of us that are not too far apart.
     
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    Huw, just outside Cardiff. If there were a few "west country" LF users it would be a good idea to meet up - we'll see what the response is like!!
     
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    I would try to come to an informal meeting in somewhere like the Lakes. I live in Cheshire and I graduated to LF from 6x6 earlier this year!
     
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    Hi,

    Not from the UK, but thanks to the 'chunnel' not too far away from the south/east part of England. If such informal meeting would be held there I would/could consider to come over from the Netherlands.

    Huib
     
  8. Darwinean_John

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    LF Virgin

    As a long standing 35mm user of Contax kit I moved into Hasselblad (203FE) and Contax 645 during the past 3 years.
    I am now looking to move up to LF (for landscape and architectural) for the movements and bigger negs. I think a portable field system would suit best as I tend to trek for hours to find the right spot.
    I would like to join a UK-based LF group to initially fast track my LF knowledge and subsequently exchange experiences / advice with others.
    I am currently based in London but UK-wide weekends would be great.

    Any advice re an appropriate very portable easy-to-use Field system with all movements and top quality range of lenses would be appreciated!!!!
     
  9. Tlee

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    Myself and my Chamonix are in, I'm based in Worcester so pretty central. New locations are always welcome

    Tony
     
  10. paul_c5x4

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    Been using a 5x4 in the wastelands of Norfolk for about a year now. Have shot the obligatory mountains that we have in this area along with the usual tourist stuff. The Lake District has been kind to me on both occasions I've been up there with MF gear (November), and I'd like to explore the area further.

    Maybe we could have a day shooting in London too.
     
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    You might also consider other activities of mutual interest. In NE Ohio USA, just south of Cleveland, we have been doing this 5-6 times a year, for a 2 or 3 day weekend, for 1.5 years. Our APUG gatherings have ranged from 10-25 people coming from four states or a radius of about 200 miles. We have found that many of these people prefer to shoot alone, but love to gather to talk about like minded interests. Many do go out in a near by national park at break of day or sunset to shoot, but the prime draw that I have seen as host is the opportunity to share ideas, look at the work we are producing, discuss in person problems we are encountering, help each other and by doing so help ourselves.

    We try to schedule the events to coincide with an interesting photography exhibit at one of several local galleries or museums or a local photo swap meet. If none of these is happening when we want to gather someone has volunteered to show his or her specialty. Last event Peter Spangenberg gave a platinum printing demonstration using 5x7 negatives from a trip to China, interesting from many points of view. Having another possible thing to do has helped deal with weather problems. It rains in Ohio sometimes, but we try to schedule it at convenient hours. We have had someone in Pennsylvania or Michigan learn of free or inexpensive equipment available, announced it, and bring it to an event for someone several hundred miles away. We even got an enlarger donated to the local university’s photo darkroom. By giving a little each has gotten much in return.

    John Powers
     
  13. Ian Grant

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    There's quite a lot of UK APUG members who shoot LF and if you go to an APUG UK gathering your likely to meet a few.

    Ian
     
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    HI - Me too, I'm based in London but am willing to travel but not to far as I tire easily being somewhat disabled.

    Try posting on http://www.lf-photo.org.uk/forum/

    nn :smile:
     
  15. Martin Aislabie

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    Absolutely :D - we UK APUGers are a friendly bunch and try to get together a couple of times a year (usually spring and autumn) at various locations around the country.

    There is quite a range of formats and skills to be shared - we go somewhere during the day to shoot photos and then spend the evening discussing prints/cameras/the universe and everything else over a few beers in the evening.

    Everyone what ever their skill level and all camera formats are welcome to come along.

    What ever your photographic question - someone knows, its a great experience to get together and talk photography all weekend and everyone is made very welcome

    The UK APUG group post here - http://www.apug.org/forums/forum137/

    There is nothing to stop you starting your own thread about get-togethers

    Martin :smile: