• Richmond Park Deer Rut! - Sunrise session (incl Pro cameras/lenses to borrow!)

    Spankers Hill Wood Car Park


    Join us for a magical morning photographing the annual Red Deer rut at Richmond Park around sunrise! Home to over 600 freely roaming deer, Richmond Park is the largest enclosed space in London and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. September and October are the rutting months for the park's resident deer and we will be capturing the stags at their finest. Our event is unique in that we provide 3 dedicated telephoto setups for you to borrow if required (just bring a blank SD card!), so you don't need to own expensive telephoto gear! We also have Canon and Nikon branded extenders (1.4x & 2.0x) that can help you get the shots you want. We'll adjust numbers to reflect participant's equipment so everyone has the opportunity for some great shots! What did a previous attendee think? "These are the best shots I've ever taken. Thank you!" (Underlying the importance of being able to borrow the appropriate equipment for this event - something no other Meetup group does!). We will start at 7.45am sharp to start to track the deer. The park is open for vehicles from 7.30am (often 10 minutes before). Important - Please read notes in "How to find us" section regarding Sat Navs. Anyone who can get to West Acton station (Central Line) or North Ealing station (Piccadilly Line) at 6.50am and would like a complimentary lift (return) - can message me for more information (max 7 people). Safety: Be aware that deer are wild animals (obviously!). During the rutting weeks of the year the stags only have one thing on their mind and are pumped full of testosterone. This coupled with their size and pointy antlers makes them potentially dangerous as well as staggeringly beautiful. We will take all the precautions we can to manage the risks involved but members accepting personal responsibility/liability is a condition of attending the event. From the Royal Parks website: "Throughout the year, visitors are advised to: always keep at least 50 metres away from deer; never touch or feed the deer. Deer are wild animals, not pets; avoid getting in between two deer; and never photograph the deer at close range, use a long lens and consider taking photos at off peak times such as early mornings and weekdays. In short, you will need to remain alert, look out for those shooting with you and don't get too close. Suggested equipment: Telephoto lenses eg[masked]mm,[masked]mm, or greater. Don't have a telephoto lens? We'll have at least 3 telephoto setups for you to borrow – just bring a blank SD card (don't forget!). We also have 2 x branded 1.4x (Canon & Nikon) and 2.0x for (Nikon), so potentially we can help 6 photographers with equipment at once. Tripods/monopods not usually required unless you have a large telephoto lens. The weather will dictate your clothing, but suggest layers given the time of year (including a light waterproof top) and waterproof boots or walking shoes. We also recommend long trousers along with thick socks pulled up high to minimises chances of insect bites which the park now cautions visitors. As the grass will likely be wet in the morning a plastic bag or similar to kneel down on is a good idea. We will be near a cafe, or you can bring your own food and drink. This is an amazing spectacle and is not to be missed - especially in such a lovely setting. Note: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so I'll update RSVP numbers accordingly (ie myself +3 will mean 3 members from other groups attending).

  • Photography Day Tour - The stunning Bodiam Castle at sunset! - (incl entry)

    Join us as we visit one of the photographic jewels of mediaeval England, the picturesque Bodiam Castle in West Sussex! Built in 1385, to help protect against invasion from the French during the Hundred Years War, this impressive example of a moated castle provides us with plentiful compositional opportunities to take advantage of the beautiful symmetrical reflections available in the wide moat. We'll also explore within the castle walls and ascend the towers to admire the view of the surrounding countryside. Our visit will be timed so we can take advantage of being able to photograph the exterior after the tourists have left, allowing us to capture some iconic shots that would be difficult otherwise. We'll also visit 13th century Bayham Abbey, a secluded and little known ruins along the Sussex-Kent border. Bodium Castle: "Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once loosed, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind and, beyond into the courtyard, enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life." Bayham Abbey: Bayham Abbey was built from local sandstone in the first half of the 13th century and the ruins includes much of the church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th century gatehouse. By the 15th century the original design had been enlarged. Steeped in history, the abbey was suppressed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525 in his attempt to gain funding for two of his new colleges, before falling into the hands of King Henry VIII in 1538. Recommended equipment: Walk around/kit lens Wide angle lens Tripod – optional (recommended for long exposures - we'll have two to borrow if needed) ND Filters – optional (for long exposures – we have sets available to borrow - courtesy of Kase filters) Note: This tour is also suitable for "phone only" photographers Included: Entry to Bodium Castle and Bayham Old Abbey. Travel to and from central London (from Starbucks, Unit 1A Euston Tower, NW1 3DP), in our comfortable 8 seater vehicle, including a TV featuring videos about our tour subject and hand selected photographic magazines to learn from and inspire en route. Photographic tuition. Camera and lens setups to borrow if required (bring a blamk SD card) Battery charging facilities if required (just bring your USB or wall plug charger) Not included: Food and drink (two tearooms available at Bodiam Castle) Note: Please dress for the weather. Layers, hat, etc. It is England after all, so bring a light waterproof jacket/umbrella just in case and wear appropriate footwear for walking. Where we'll meet: We'll meet at Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP, at 9.00am (opens at 8.30am) and we'll talk about what to expect on the day and to go through previous photos and discuss settings, composition, etc. We'll be leaving Starbucks at 9.20am and expect to return back to London around 7.00 pm. Please make sure you check TFL to arrive at the meeting point on time as we will have to leave exactly at 9.20am sharp. Unfortunately, due to having to purchase the tickets, refunds will unable to be given if you are late, hence our meeting time is a full 20 minutes before our departure. Please be sure you can attend before RSVPing yes, as refunds can only be given if your place is taken by another participant. Thank you. Note: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so I'll update RSVP numbers accordingly (ie myself +3 will mean 3 members from other groups attending).

  • Lake District Workshop - Sponsored by Kase Filters! (incl transport & accom)

    Join us on this unique 7 day/6 night tour to explore the picturesque Lake District in colourful autumn with a small group (maximum of 5 participants only) guided by two professional photographers, and including all transport and accommodation! As a bonus - as if the amazing scenery isn't enough! - the best filter company in the business, Kase filters, is kindly sponsoring our workshop & will be providing multiple sets of their Pro filters just for us - so you can get the most out this amazing workshop! Guide Dion Hitchcock will be joined by Phil Buckle, a highly regarded landscape photographer who lives on the edge of the Lake District and specialises in running workshops in this gorgeous part of the country. Sample itinerary: Day 1 (9th Nov) – Journey to The Lakes We’ll collect you from central London & begin the journey to our lovely accommodation in central Keswick. As always on our tours we'll have photography-related entertainment & information on our flip down TV screen, along with assorted photographic magazines to browse through to inspire & learn on our journey. We'll also take occasional breaks at notable attractions en route to stretch our legs. We'll aim to check in, freshen up, then head to our first sunset opportunity at the spectacular Castlerigg Stone Circle. Day 2 (10th Nov) – Ullswater We’ll begin our first morning with sunrise at the iconic Duke of Portland boathouse looking down Ullswater towards the distant fells. From there we’ll pay a visit to Hallin Fell with a gorgeous view down two valleys, with Beda Fell in all its autumnal glory dividing them. During the day we will visit the powerful Aira Force, the most famous of the Lakes’ waterfalls, falling 70ft below a slate bridge into a rock pool & surrounded by Victorian landscaping. Day 3 (11th Nov) – Derwent Water Crow Park will start our day for sunrise looking down Derwent Water with Borrowdale Valley and the surrounding Fells beyond. Nearby is Isthmus Bay where you will find the remains of some concrete jetties looking towards the Cumbrian Mountains. Other options for later in the day are Ashness Jetty or Tewet Tarn. Day 4 (12th Nov) – Buttermere This morning we will head for Buttermere and once again put those Kase ND filters to work capturing the famous lone tree with tranquil views across the lake, followed by a short journey up the lake where we will have views of Char Hut and the autumn colours on the mosaic slopes of Haystacks. Later in the day we will explore the Southern shore of Crummock Water with several composition options of rocks or trees to choose from. Day 5 (13th Nov) – Great Langdale We’ll start the day at the River Brathay near Elterwater hoping for a touch of mist at sunrise with a couplet of oak trees and a small copse reflecting in the calm water. Later we will head down the Great Langdale Valley towards Side Pike & Blea Tarn both of which have gorgeous views towards the Langdale Pikes. Day 6 (14th Nov) - Lowther Castle! Our last full day will see us visit the incredible Lowther Castle, deservedly winning Cumbria's Attraction of the Year in 2018. We'll explore the beautiful & uniquely cultivated gothic ruins & have a chance to find wild red squirrels and red deer. Day 7 (15th Nov) – Return Journey For our final day in the stunning Lake District we will begin with a visit to Tewet Tarn, or even Castlerigg Stone Circle for sunrise with views towards Blencathra and Skiddaw fells. We'll then say goodbye to Keswick & journey back to London with full memory cards and many happy memories. Includes: Return transport from London, & in Lake District. Accommodation: An entire beautiful house! (self catering - restaurants & shops 1 min walk!) 2 x single rooms (King bed) £100 supplement each (on 1st come/1st served basis) 2 x twin share rooms 2 x Professional photo guides, tuition, + Kase filters! Not included: Food & drink. Price: £795 pp (£50 deposit, balance via Bank Transfer to secure place) Single supplement - see below.