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Historic Rochester - A day trip back in time

Situated on the river Medway in Kent, the medieval cathedral city of Rochester is rich in history and beauty, inspiring Charles Dickens to feature various locations of it in his novels and short stories. Still well preserved, it combines 11th century fortifications together with the wide streets, ornate lampposts, quaint dwellings and lavish mansions of the Victorian age. And only 37 minutes from central London.

Highlights of the day include:
Rochester Castle - regarded as one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England (the grounds are free to enter, £5.60 for admission to the Keep). Both Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle are run by English Heritage so if you are a member of English Heritage, entry is free.

Rochester Cathedral - second oldest cathedral foundations in England after Canterbury (free entry)
Other places of interest in the heart of Rochester include the Guildhall Museum, Six Poor Travellers House, and Restoration House. (see http://www.visitmedway.org/ for further information)

Optional excursion:

Upnor Castle - 16th century artillery fort on the Medway river (will require sharing a taxi at a cost of approximately £2-3 per person each way, along with the £5.60 admission)

Also, for those interested, there will be a discussion on basic HDR techniques. You will need to know how to use the manual mode of your camera to keep aperture constant whilst changing shutter speed or exposure value (EV). A tripod will also be essential to limit camera movement. It is not necessary to have a high end camera that can auto bracket shots. The discussion will focus on achieving HDR manually. http://www.freephotoresources.com/hdr-explained/

Train Tickets

Return ticket costs £19.40, but by grouping together and planning the same return journey it can be reduced to £9.70 each for four people making it quite a saving! (or £12.95 for 3 people). Return trains are every half an hour and take 35-40 minutes. Please arrive on time to get in on the group discount.

Please comment when you rsvp if you'll be meeting us at St Pancras Station or in Rochester.

Schedule for the day:
8.45am St Pancras train station. Starbucks (next to the National Rail ticket office and Boots, at the rear of the station).
9.25am Depart St Pancras.
10.02am Arrive in Rochester
10.20am Meet at Ye Arrow pub (Corner of Castle Hill and Boley Hill, Rochester, ME1 1TE. In between Rochester Castle and the Cathedral) for issuing of maps, discuss places of interest, numbers for optional afternoon trip to Upnor Castle, and discussion of HDR for those interested.
10.45am Off to explore!
[masked]pm Meet back at Ye Arrow pub to grab a bite, discuss further shooting options and the return journey to London.
[masked]pm Optional Upnor Castle excursion departs and will arrive back about 4pm.
5.56pm Sunset (for anyone thinking of photographing it)

Further links for HDR, such as software options, will be given closer to the day (please check the comments section).

Any problems on the day ring Dion[masked]

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  • Katherine B.

    Really sorry I did't make it but I am on antibiotics with a wretched chest infectioin!

    October 22, 2012

  • Dan B.

    Rochester is great for a day trip (or two)! The trip was well organized so we could both enjoy time together and also go off on our own.

    October 21, 2012

  • Alex

    Short & Sweet for me, I had to rush back to meet my friends flying in from Canada. I found Rochester Cathedral very interesting and a challenge.

    October 20, 2012

  • Lynnette

    Great day - Great people - Great venue - A big thank you to Dion for organising the day and your insight on HDR

    October 20, 2012

  • Hanlie

    A lovely trip back in time. Many thanks to Dion for the brilliant organisation!

    October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    More Dickens than expected, but not in a bad way.

    October 20, 2012

  • Brian P.

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  • yigit

    Old enough to smell damp.Which is good. :)

    October 20, 2012

  • Alex

    Sorry everyone, I've gotta shoot back to London. Cathedral was very good. Will post some photos next week.

    1 · October 20, 2012

  • Lynnette

    On my way to meet you at St. P's

    October 20, 2012

  • Patrick

    will meet you all at the pub

    October 20, 2012

  • Dion H.

    Hey Jedd,

    There's only one Boots and National Rail ticket office in St Pancras (at the rear of the station), under platforms 11-13 I believe, so if you head to there you should be fine.

    Here's a very short Youtube clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aXGvQdszTU

    See you tomorrow.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet you guys at St Pancras - though my memory of that place is that it's a) huge, and b) overflowing with a myriad Starbucks.

    October 19, 2012

  • Pete S.

    I'll be meeting you 'orrible lot at St Pancras - I've yet to take any HDR shots although my camera is perfectly capable, so this will be a good opportunity. Hopefully I won't come back with those nasty images that give normal people a headache ;)

    October 19, 2012

  • Brian P.

    I'm going from Penge East, so will see you all at Rochester station, or the pub.

    October 19, 2012

  • Nik

    Will catch the train from Victoria, see you at the pub.

    October 19, 2012

  • Alan S

    It's worth mentioning that Rochester castle and Upnor castle are both English Heritage properties. If you're a member of EH, remember to bring your card to get in free.

    October 18, 2012

  • yigit

    i WILL BE AT Arrow pub 1020HRS.

    October 18, 2012

  • Dion H.

    Hello again people. Just a reminder to check www.tfl.gov.uk in advance for the list of tube closures this Saturday. If St Pancras is a problem, as a couple of members have already pointed out, there are also services from Victoria, London Bridge, & Charring Cross - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for times.

    October 18, 2012

  • Dion H.

    Hello all. Here's some extra info about this Saturday (please read).

    1) The pub does not officially open until 11am so I'd prefer us to arrive as a group please. So anyone getting there earlier has their choice of meeting us either at the train station (10.02am arrival), outside the pub or in the beer garden at 10.20am, probably admiring the castle view or the cathedral's front which is 30 meters from the pub. Text me if any problems.

    2) Weather - current long range forecast predicts both sun & rain so bring the umbrellas in case. The good news is that clouds are great for HDR though! 3) Lens choice - standard walk around lens (eg 18-55mm) is fine, but if you own a wide angle lens, even better, as the wider the better for architecture.

    4) Memory cards! - if trying HDR please remember you'll be taking at least 3x the pictures you normally would so bring extra (and charge those batteries).

    Have a great week and catch you Saturday.
    Dion.

    October 14, 2012

  • Hanlie

    Will join at St Pancras but don't need the Group discount. If I can't find you all I will see you on the train or at the pub in Rochester.

    October 4, 2012

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