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    I'm travelling down on the Friday afternoon and checking in to The Inn With The Well when I arrive.

    If Keswick is anything to go by, Fri evening will be catching up with what everyone's been up to, checking out each other's prints and planning the rest of the weekend.

    The bar may also feature at some point...

    Saturday will probably start with a dawn shoot at the stone circle at Avebury (am I right, chaps?), unless it's piddling down in which case there's not a lot of point.

    Full English Breakfast (or a bacon sarnie at least) may also feature at some point...

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    Well, the BBC and the Met Office have sunshine forecast for Friday and Saturday (FWIW!)... Saturday sunrise is at 07:20, Sunset at 18:10. It is almost a full moon (94%) in case anyone is interested: moonrise at 17:30 set at 04:22.

    A few ideas about locations:

    *West Kennet Long Barrow: only problem here is a 1/2 mile trek uphill...
    *The Avenue, Avebury/West Kennet: double row of about 50 standing stones (half missing). Parking for 5-6 cars. Popular with dog walkers (never sit resting against a stone...).
    *Silbury Hill: only one place from which to photograph it (car park). The area around it is off-limits. Very weird looking - must have been weirder before they decided to run the A4 right next to it <sigh>.
    *Avebury: must have been weirder before they decided to build a village in the middle of it <sigh-with-knobs-on>...
    *Lacock Abbey/Museum/Cloisters: costs about £4.50 for the museum and cloisters unless you are an NT member. You can photograph in the cloisters and the grounds.
    *I hesitate to suggest going south to Stonehenge on the grounds that it is a weekend... (and the fact it is run by English Heritage, who use it as a cash-cow and who will be the first up against the wall, come the revolution)...
    *The flight of 16 canal locks at Caen Hill near Devizes was mentioned - never been there but looks interesting.
    *Several places north, into Oxfordshire, such as Great Coxwell Title Barn (NT) and Uffington White Horse/castle/the manger & The Ridgeway (1 mile walk to Waylands Smithy along The Ridgeway is entirely optional!).

    Looking forward to a finding out what Dave has been up to with Les...

    Cheers, Bob.

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    Haven't been to the Long Barrow or the Avenue, but would be interested in checking them out (dog poo permitting!). I had a go at Silbury Hill a couple of years ago but found it very difficult to get the light and angle working for me (YMMV!).

    Despite the village, Avebury is still a location I'd favour, although I find that there do tend to be a good many pedestrians wandering through your shots... Lacock is worth a visit and the village would be very picturesque, if the streets weren't all lined with cars. Nice old churchyard there too ISTR. If the locks are the ones I'm thinking of then they're quite promising. If they're not then they still sound interesting.

    I second the vote not to include Stonehenge in our locations. Expensive and crammed with people/coaches, methinks! Open to suggestions on other locations.

    Are you bringing some prints too, Bob?
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    I am so gutted you cant believe ...

    Bob - you can photograph silbury from loads of locations other than the car park - you get a great view of it from the path up to West Kennet Barrow and from the foot path from avebury circle too. the walk up to west kennett from the layby on the a4 isnt too bad really. West Kennet LB is excellent to visit but quite difficult to photograph (a great place to spend the night though, have done many times).

    Full Moon? superb for some night-time photography - doubly gutted!

    Another nice (but challenging) location would be to make your way just past swindon to Uffington whitehorse & castle (hill-fort)/ wayland smithy long barrow. Difficult to photograph, but lots of potential ... Charlie Waite and Barry Thornton made some quite nice pics of the white horse there.

    Have fun everyone, looking forward to hearing all about it

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    I hesitate to say this but i print on inkjet due to lack of space/experience. Will I be black balled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlapp
    I hesitate to say this but i print on inkjet due to lack of space/experience. Will I be black balled?
    Not by me. There is still time for you to repent and take the one true path to salvation.
    Regards Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlapp
    I hesitate to say this but i print on inkjet due to lack of space/experience. Will I be black balled?
    Not by me either.

    Leon - We'll drink your health mate (and to the downfall of your evil overlords!) and hope to see you in the spring. Are they at least refunding you for your Crown Mono tickets?
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    Thanks Guys. I would love to learn wet printing sometime. Having said that B&W mag have been doing some stuff on injet printing - so it must be OK!!

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    Nope. Sorry, Schlapp. Not going to go down the a. vs d. route on this thread!

    Does anyone (conditions permitting) fancy a night shoot around anywhere? Avebury circle springs to mind, but there's that road through the middle of it which (from experience) can be frustrating in low-light situations.
    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    Yes, I will bring a few prints along... I'm not afraid... not at all... nope, not me... Uh, Uh, no way... definitely not...

    I walked up to W. Kennet LB with LF gear last year so if someone as hopelessly unfit as me can make it with 4x5... Looks like Wiltshire will require a more active response to reach a good location than the Lakes did. Just grabbed an OS map - didn't realise there was a path around the north side of Silbury hill...

    I've been meaning to get some moonlight shots of stones but not had much luck (I'm rubbish at moonlit shots at the best of times and the 20 minute exposures just compound my capacity to mess up. Last time I tried it my lens fogged up & wouldn't clear - waited for over an hour). One possible location is W. Kennet LB as it is well away from any roads.

    Cheers, Bob.

    P.S. I seem to have booked myself into The Inn with the Well for Friday & Sat... Was going to camp... chickened out...



 

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