The theory is I leave work at noon, drive home, chuck things into a bag, and should be arriving sometime between 5 and 6. However, the difference between theory and practice is that in theory there's no difference!
Barry - I promise we'll drink your health.
Dave - the mist and rain is fine until it starts trickling photogenically down the back of your neck!
See you in the bar!
The weekend came and went very quickly and I guess that I'm the first home, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to say thanks to the brave hardy souls who made the journey to the wet, windy and very cold Lake District. I think it's also the time to say a big thanks to Leon and Dave Miller who were the prime movers in getting the meeting off the ground. I enjoyed our short but very entertaining time together and look forward to the next meeting.
Even though the weather was not very cooperative there was a fair amount of film exposed and I'm sure that one or two pictures of the weekend will emerge.
Likewise, a huge thank you to Leon and Dave for all the work they put into this. Great to meet everyone and put faces (albeit rather cold, shivering, slightly blue faces!) to names.
All hail the rugged few who challenged Castlerigg and lived to tell the tale!
(And, of course you were home first Les, the speed Peter drives...! )
despite all the setbacks (7 hour drive to get there, great light UNTIL we got our cameras out, then heavy grey featureless nothing , losing Les, Peter and David at the outset of the 1st day - not seen again until the Pub that evening, the cold and then a 7 hour drive to get home again), I had a fantastic time. I'm off to develop my films now.
Now, I reckon we should plan an Autumn meet - somewhere warm, dry and not too far ... any ideas?
Dave Miller suggested Avebury before - sounds like a great idea to me.
I seem to have drawn the short straw to write a report on our first weekend meet, so here goes.
Firstly it must be said that a large measure of thanks for the success of the weekend must go to the hard working staff of the Horse & Farrier Inn who made us all so welcome. They provided superb service, excellent food, always with a smile, and nothing was too much trouble for them, not even opening the kitchen some two hours earlier than usual to provide a wonderful breakfast prior to our predawn start on Saturday. The bar snug was converted, with their blessing, into an impromptu debating chamber on the Friday evening, and just as readily changed to a private dinning room on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
If any other APUG member is in need of first class accommodation whilst visiting the English Lakes then I cannot recommend this establishment too highly.
Check them out at http://www.horseandfarrier.com
It was with some trepidation that I arrived at the Horse & Farrier on the Friday afternoon in the company of my wife, and friends Jean and Tony Marlow. Would anyone else turn up? How would the group gel together? Would the choice of venue be successful? I neednít have worried on any of these points, for by soon after 6pm the others had arrived, and introduced themselves, and lively debate commenced.
Photographs were circulated as planned, and this also helped the icebreaking, photography was the language of the evening and the basis for a very informative exchange of ideas and techniques. If nothing else had taken place I felt that the five hundred mile round trip was warranted by that evening alone.
Saturday morning began with a predawn outing to nearby Castlerigg, an ancient stone circle that has been photographed almost as many times as El Capitan. The weather was, to say the least, inclement. We were greeted by sub-zero temperatures, exacerbated by gale force winds which rendered it difficult to maintain a footing. Several cameras took impromptu close-ups of the, fortunately, soft ground, as the wind took control, whilst grey lowering skies ensured that the film exposed was probably wasted; we shall see!
Les, Peter, and David viewed this comedy from the warm interior of Peterís Campervan whilst eating their breakfast. I couldnít find an argument to counter this action, so a move down to Keswick for morning coffee was arranged as soon as it was deemed decent to do so.
The next venue was nominated by Les, who, it must be remembered was being chaffered by Peter in his campervan. Now in case the wrong impression is given by the term ďVanĒ it should be pointed out that this vehicle more closely resembles a London bus than a common or garden van, so the turn of events that followed was even more surprising.
Having lead our motley convoy for a number of miles, Peter deemed it necessary to execute a rather neat U-turn at an impossibly narrow section of road leaving the rest of us to pirouette around the local bakers van. By the time we had completed this manoeuvre, and reversed direction, Peter had succeeded in teleporting his vehicle into a parallel universe, for search as we did, we failed to locate them. They eventually warped back into view in the Horse & Farrierís car park later that evening, a neat trick, the execution of which Peter was reluctant to divulge. It transpired that whilst they explored Buttermere the rest of us took in the delights of Watendlath, between frequent rain squalls, that by that time, we were becoming used to.
Lively debate again preceded, and accompanied the Saturday evening meal.
Sunday began at a rather more civilised time as we woke to fresh snow falls on the hills, and blue skies. It didnít last, by the time we had driven over the Honister Pass to Buttermere the clouds had returned. The biting wind remained to keep us awake. Several hours were spent photographing the waters edge of the mere, and adjacent falls before the attraction of the local pub overcame our resolve. Having retired there for a warming lunch we decided that it was appropriate to call an end to the weekend, many facing a long journey home, ready for a return to work on the Monday.
It was nice to be able to put faces to names during what, in spite of the adverse weather, proved to be a very enjoyable weekend. I thank all those that did attend, especially Leon for promoting the idea, and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.
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Thank you for the excellent report. It sounds as if it was a fabulous time.
Yes, thanks Dave. It sounds like a great time had.
Dave, that sounds a pretty fair summation of our exciting (pronounced "cold"!) weekend in the Lakes.
I would like to thank everyone for making my wife & I welcome at our firts appearance at an APUG event. I have been lurking here for some while and it is probably time to come out of the shadows now I have met some of the really nice people behind the avatars!
Thanks to Leon for the idea, and Dave for much organising and suggestion of picturesque vantage points - but can you please arrange better weather next time? Perhaps we should all come to Cornwall with Leon in a couple of months?? (only joking).
I'm looking forward to seeing the results from the others and keeping my fingers crossed to see if any of mine turn out at all - I was one of those fortunate enough to have the tripod and attached camera take a dive, lens first, into the very wet turf at Castlerigg! Luckily it was not an expensive piece of MF gear, but it does take a nice 6 x 9 closeup of mud & grass.....
I don't know if it was the weather, or the auspicious company, but I brought a few "toy" cameras along and they almost all gave up the ghost - at a rate of around one every two hours. Hmm, maybe it was the glare they got from Les & Dave?
Anyway, I'm up for more of the same later in the year - especially at Avebury.
Just a thought of something that I had meant to mention at the weekend, but immediately forgot about! (Itís an age thing Iím told.) Anyway the misplaced thought that has just resurfaced is that each of us Lakeland snappers should consider printing one of our pictures for each of the other attendees as a memento of the weekend. In short we would each need to produce around 10 prints of our favourite image and exchange one with each of the others. Something around 10x8 or less should suffice. What do you think, anyone up for it?
Given Lesí theory of capture success rate, I have a third of a decent image somewhere within my seven, as yet undeveloped films, so itís an offer based on blind faith on my part, however I have a developing session planned for this evening so the ratio of certainty may increase.
sounds like a great idea to me, although I'll hold full agreement until tomorrow when I've contatced my 5 films and really see if there is anything worth printing.
Originally Posted by Dave Miller