NB The date for this has changed - please check your diary.
Pack your bucket and spade, your skimpies and mankinis for a Day at the Seaside.
We're going to Brighton - the jewel in the crown of Sussex - let's catch up with Fred Hale, Pinkie and Ida as we search out Brighton Rock and everything else that Brighton has to offer - well from a photographic rather than a gangster viewpoint. From the superb beach and Palace Pier to the market area of North Laine, its graffiti and shops, to the quaint alleyways and shops in the Lanes, Brighton has everything going for it. The photography includes: people galore, from 'kiss me quick day trippers' to the local chic and camp elegance, beachlife - again people, the amazing pier, and the beautiful regency architecture.
We'll start the Meetup at 11.30am outside Brighton Railway Station to meet those coming on the train (for those driving there is parking nearby) and then we'll explore the bohemian North Laine area with its market and then walk around the outside of the Royal Pavilion and Dome - built as a holiday residence for the then Prince Regent - George IV. Then we'll enter the Lanes - the famous narrow streets, full of small shops - actually this used to be the original fishing village of Brighthelmstone.
After this it'll be time for lunch and we have a choice - one of the excellent pubs or cafes, or go down to the pier and have fish and chips.
After lunch I would suggest a walk along the pier and take in the air - there is a funfair for anyone who fancies a go on the Helter Skelter or Ghost Train. Lots of photo ops of and on the pier, people and the sea. Then we can wander down on the beach and capture more people or a different angle of the seaside view.
A walk along the seafront east towards Kemptown will lead us past Volk's minature railway, Madeira Drive towards the naturist beach - no photos please..........but if you fancy a dip then leave your speedos in your bag and the rest of us will turn the other way!! We could walk up the steps to Marine Parade with a view down on the seafront.
We'll finish when we get tired - I suspect about 4 ish and then maybe a cuppa somewhere and then home.
- BRIGHTON - any picture including the word Brighton - use your imagination and keep your eyes peeled.
- Brighton Life - could be a street scene, could be a shop or market shot, a tourist with ice cream or ketchup on their face! - anything to show what goes on in Brighton - ANYTHING!!!!!
- Lastly a picture of the seafront - the pier the esplanade, the elegant buildings.....
- Really Lastly - anything else but have a go at the three above.
I will be driving from Farnham/Guildford and can take 3 - AA routeplanner say 1hr 30 mins. Others who will be driving please offer lifts to others and those who want lifts please make it known so you can communicate with those offering...... Good train service from London and also Portsmouth and Southampton - direct trains.
Swimming cosies and speedos (no I'm joking).
If any sun high factor sun screen (factor 50), hat and water.
Camera - lenses - bring what you have as loads of different shots up for the grabbing. - no tripod needed unless you have something special in mind and have a strong back.
For the shots my advice is as before - keep looking around you for that special shot - be prepared to walk to get a better view and think about view points - crouch or high up (you can do this from Marine Parade for instance). For people shots - be quick - that shot will only be available for 1-2 seconds.But once again remember it is you that takes a good photo and not your equipment - you can get a good imaginative shot from the most basic camera so come along.
£1 Meetup fee plus getting there.
All in all it should be a brill day - even if not sunny. Look out for emails and updates as this meetup is a way off and I will look up parking places etc.
OK Here is the google map link for the proposed route:
Please read it, print it and bring it with you.
Parking I suggest Trafalgar St Car park - near the station (the station because we can meet anybody coming by train). Lifts - please if anyone needs a lift ask and if others can give a lift please offer.
I'm away on hol till 12 June so can't reply to anyone before then - however that leaves loads of time to buy bucket and spade and top up that all over spray on tan before hitting the Cliff Bathing Beach (look it up on google!)!!