16 March 2014

Region: Northern

Saturday dawned overcast, and just grey. There had been a few really good days for photography earlier in the week, but this ‘free time’ during the weekend did not look promising. Nevertheless people left the breakfast table with plans to enjoy the day. There is a lot to see in Grange itself which today still retains elegance from its Edwardian heyday. The Cartmel peninsular and surrounding area provide a rich variety of places to explore.


As we reassembled around 3.30pm eager to see the first lecture of the day the clouds thinned and the sun broke through! There is a ‘law’ for things like that!


Our numbers had been swelled by RPS members from the local area, so it was full house to see John Chamberlin FRPS MFIAP APAGB. This print lecture was a treat, a miscellany of locations starting in Antarctica and the Falklands. Every picture we saw was of superb quality and meticulously presented. He showed us landscapes with deceptive simplicity, wonderful wildlife, detail in the landscape both natural – rocks and shapes, and man-made - details of graffiti. After the lecture many of the prints were displayed giving everyone the opportunity to have time to enjoy a closer look.


Dinner again was delicious and a time to exchange experiences of the day. There had been brief moments of thinning cloud cover when the sun almost broke through, but generally the lighting had remained flat. So conversations tended to concentrate on moments of magic and picture possibilities that might have been, not many captured in camera, most captured in the mind. Many too included a coffee shop visit with the attendant temptations of carrot cake, fruit and pecan slices, cheese cake and fluffy scones.


Ian Lyons ARPS entitled his first lecture ‘Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands’. He had the chance to take two trips to the area’ as part holiday and part work, in consecutive years. What an opportunity and what spectacular scenery. The colours in the ice, sometimes so vivid he had to tone them down and the surreal shapes were amazing. He presented his images ‘as they were’ with minimal manipulation. There were many penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, in groups which seemed to tell a story, a delight to see. The lighting conditions were magic. He visited the settlement and whaling station, now derelict, where Shakelton is buried. Then we saw icebergs, some the size of many football pitches – gigantic, flat tops, castellated tops and sculptured shapes, and all sizes in between down to ‘bergy bits’!

David and Hilary Shaw