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King's Cross to King's Cross.....oh and Camden Market!!

A London Photowalk, not to be missed.  Probably the best photowalk ever - even better than the last best photowalk ever........Once again lots of different things to photograph and a chance to see an area that is a bit off the beaten track but well worth discovering.

COST: £1 each person please, payable on the day to cover meetup and organisational costs.

We're going to meetup at 10.30 am and set off at 10.45 sharp.   We'll meetup at the front of King's Cross under the clock and then have 20 mins or so to photograph both the outside and inside of this magnificent station.   The lattice roof is amazing and those who photograph the most famous platform get extra brownie points!! (9 3/4)!!

We'll then set off along the Euston Road in a west direction, past the British Library, the New St Pancras Church to Euston station and then head up past Mornington Crescent (if anyone knows how to play the game that would be great....and even better if some don't know how to play it!!!). We'll pass the wondeful art deco Black Cat cigarette factory........


Heading north we'll walk through Camden until we reach the lock.   Next to this is the famous market and we can spend an hour here in small groups to photograph the punters and the colourful stalls as well as grabbing some sustinence.


We'll agree a post lunch meetup time and place and then we'll walk east along the Regent's Canal.....- remember TV AM? - the eggs??

Eggs...


We'll walk past St Pancras Basin and visit the wonderful Old St Pancras church and gardens in which Thomas Hardy has his own tree in memory and you can see the old scarey St Pancras Hospital,  and then on to  Granary Square which is a part of the major redevelopment of the King's Cross site - try dodging the fountains - 1080 separate choreographed water jets..........., and then as far as Battlebridge Basin where the London Canal Museum is - for those who like boats!!  It's then a short walk back to King's Cross....maybe a pub before heading home.

Granary Square

TIPS AND TRIVIA:

• This will be a long day so please be prepared and bring water, sensible shoes, sunscreen, hat and brolly if it rains.

• Please come whatever your experience or whatever type of camera you have.  It is a great opportunity to learn from each other, so if you want help then please ask.

• King's Cross station was originally opened in 1852.  The station was used by the Flying Scotsman and also the engine 'Mallard' which holds the world fastest steam engine record.   It is also the station which will allow you to travel to Hogwarts - if you can find the right platform.

• There are several markets at Camden, the biggest of which is at Camden Lock.   This is renowned for its wide range of foods and also crafts and in the past clothes - I bought my first second hand pair of 501's here.....nice!

• The Regent's Canal is 8.5 miles long and connects the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin to the Thames at Limehouse Basin.  The canal formed part of a major redevelopment of the area around Regent's Park, which was designed by John Nash who also designed the main part of Buckingham Palace, the Royal  Pavilion, Brighton and the many houses around Regent's Park.

• As we walk along Euston Road, on our left we'll pass St Pancras Church, also known as the New Church as it replaced the Old Church which we will pass later in the walk.

• Near to Mornington Crescent is the magnificent art-deco Carreras Black Cat cigarette factory, with its bronze cats guarding the entrance.

• Hopefully we can have a game of Mornington Crescent on our way round - please read the rules before coming by clicking: HERE     

• We'll also visit Gasholder Park - an iconic part of the King's Cross vista was the victorian gasholder No.8 - which was dismantled and then moved and rebuilt to form a beautiful green park area next to the canal with surrounding appartments.


CHALLENGES:

• What makes a good photograph? - Yes all the technical stuff about focus, depth of field, aperture, speed, ISO etc etc etc.....but even if we know all about that (or not), we need a good eye to get that perfect shot...so I'd like us all to think as we walk around and share with each other what we see and what we want our pictures to look like and what we want the viewer to see!!  The picture could be visually appealing - loads of opportunities with the city landscapes, or it might tell a story - eg pictures that depict life, or a scene in time.... - whatever let's talk about it and share!! - So the challenge is 'That Perfect Shot'.

• I was going to kill off the Alphabet Word, but I have received so much correspondence requesting that we retain it, that I am setting an Alphabet Challenge today....... It's 'REGENT'   Good luck.

SO this should be a great day out - lots of new things and places to see and photograph, and good company and sharing thoughts and tips on the way. See you all there.

Remember all are welcome - whatever your experience and whatever camera you have.

Click HERE for map of route.

Peter

St Pancras Hospital


Choo Choo..

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  • David M.

    Another great day Peter. Thanks for all your work and ordering the weather :) it's so interesting to see how we all spot different subjects, viewpoints, styles etc. Thanks for all your company and laughs

    1 · May 14

  • June M.

    What a super set of photos. And it looks like you all had a great time too:-)

    1 · May 13

  • David B.

    May 10

  • Colin

    fabulous walk with great people

    1 · May 9

  • Martin

    Thanks Peter for organising a great outing and thanks to everyone else for making me feel welcome, had a really good time and will upload some images shortly.

    2 · May 8

  • Russell

    Good day out, thanks again Peter.

    2 · May 8

  • Peter

    Was I glad to get home!!!! - Thank you all for making it a special day out and I hope your feet have survived. It was a long walk - - my dongle says 14km!! - I hope you all enjoyed it although it was difficult to keep together all the time - apologies for this. Welcome to the 2 new members and I hope you come to many more - it was great meeting you both. Thanks once again for making it a brill day out. Peter

    4 · May 8

  • Nuno

    Thank you Peter for the most enjoyable day out in (hot!) London. It was very nice to see you all.

    2 · May 8

  • Geoff S.

    Great day, great company, great photo opportunities

    3 · May 8

  • Maz

    Hot, sunny, lovely walk and excellent company. Thanks Peter.

    3 · May 8

    • Peter

      That's the meetup site map link - meetup got it wrong......my map link at end of the description is correct - download it

      May 8

    • Maz

      Tongue sticking out. My train arrives at St. Pancras 10.36 so should be there for 10.45 baring slow train and little legs walking slow in the heat... so PLEASE wait for me.

      May 8

  • David B.

    I've decided to change my mind and not come along. I will be going to the B'stoke transport festival as it is only up the road.

    May 8

  • Russell

    Was all that correspondence concerning the alphabet word from, by any chance, Mrs Trellis from North Wales?

    May 7

    • Peter

      Dear Mrs Wade, just to let you know you look through the little end of the camera and not the big pointy out bit, yours expectantly, Mrs Trellis from North Wales.

      May 8

  • Philip J

    Hi Peter
    Apologies for last minute change, but I need to be back home earlier than envisaged. Definitely up for the next photo hack though... Hope you have an awesome day!
    Cheers Phil

    May 7

  • Martin

    Hi everyone, just wanted to say a quick 'hello' as this will be my first outing with the group. Really looking forward to it, although going by the weather forecast we're likely to be a bit frazzled, so don't be surprised if you see me jumping on a bus to Waterloo half way round!

    May 7

  • Geoff S.

    Hi all, is anyone else (those that are still going) thinking of taking a tripod?

    May 6

    • David M.

      I may be wrong but I don't think this will be a tripod friendly walk Geoff.

      May 7

    • Peter

      I agree with David - it's quite a long walk to carry it and unless you want to do specific long exposures you probably won't use it - but bring one if you want.

      May 7

  • Vanessa

    Been invited to a spontaneous BBQ this weekend, so won't be able to join you. Hope you all have a great day

    May 5

    • Peter

      Enjoy the barbie......see you soon P

      May 6

  • Kelly Pig R.

    I'm really sorry but I now have to work this weekend 😕

    May 6

    • Peter

      Sorry you can't make it Kelly - hope to see you soon - big hug to Zero. P

      May 6

  • Kathleen K.

    Sorry Peter, I can't make this now :-( Hope it's a great day and I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.

    May 6

    • Peter

      Sorry not to see you Kathleen - see you soon I hope. P

      1 · May 6

  • David M.

    Yet again Peter, excellent planning and notes. Thanks for all your work and preparation. I'm looking forward to another great fun outing and photography.

    May 5

  • Noeleen H.

    Sorry Peter, I am going to have to give this one a miss as have family over. Hope to see you on the next one.

    May 4

  • Alan T.

    Shame i'm at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival. next time

    May 3

  • Domnica D.

    Sorry Peter, can't make it now. See you next time.

    May 3

  • Charles M.

    Unfortunately it's the same day as the Basingstoke festival of transport; lots of photo opportunities right on my doorstep!

    1 · March 24

    • Keith B.

      Too good to miss. On my doorstep too, so I will give this one a miss. See you all on the next one.

      April 17

    • David B.

      If you are planning to meetup let me know and I will join you.

      May 2

  • David B.

    I said to Pete I wouldn't upload my photos on to Flickr ... but I've had what you might call a change of heart. My handle is dbowman1975

    April 25

  • Russell

    I think we should have an online game of Mornington Crescent beforehand, to get everyone in the mood (no prizes though!). We'll play by the Viscount Stansgate rules, which means you can only go left, except at stations where two or more lines meet. Feel free to join in by naming a valid station. Peter or I will judge whether a move is valid or not, in case you're not familiar with the rules. If you aren't, Google it :) I'll start us off with Tuffnell Park. Over to you!

    April 17

    • Russell

      That's a very obscure addendum Peter but fair enough. Since I suspect we aren't going to get many players I'll have another go, with Baron's Court. Obvious link with the Viscount there so I'm pretty confident.

      April 25

    • Peter

      Damn - restricts me a little......but Totteridge and Whetstone!

      April 25

  • June M.

    I am very sorry Peter but family commitments clad so I sadly can't make 8may walk.
    I hope the free space can be used by somebody on the waiting list.

    Hope to meet again though in this great group

    April 24

    • Peter

      Thanks for message June - hope to see you soon.

      April 25

  • Janet M.

    I've been dying to go to Camden Market but I'm on holiday that day.

    March 30

  • David A.

    Peter, this looks amazing, I was about to hit yes then realised I'm on holiday! I try hard to be in 2 places at once most of the time but ... so a reluctant no, I do hope you run this again! David

    March 24

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