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)
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/
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]