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Main image: Crash helmets © Kate Lomax LRPS
Loomies Café meet up – 27th December 2015.
It is never easy, choosing a date for an outdoor photoshoot. December 27th as it happens, turned out to be one of those days where the sky was soulless, the visibility was marred by a fine mist hovering at ground level, and fine drizzle settled on everything from foliage to the, otherwise gleaming, chrome exhaust pipes of the custom motorcycles parked outside our venue, Loomies Cafe.
Loomies is situated on the A32 Alton Road near the junction with the A272 in West Meon, Hampshire and is a popular stop for motorcyclists.
As I drove along the A32 toward our venue, I considered that we would be very blessed indeed if anyone actually turned out on this seemingly grim December morning, for our first 'Meetup' event, to photograph what could turn out to be an empty car park of an empty Moto Cafe.
How wrong was I? Sixteen photographers arrived, enthusiastically grabbing a coffee and tucking into some breakfast while I checked everyone in and issued name badges to my ‘die hard’ group of photographers! Gradually, the rain abated enough for us to venture outside and investigate the surrounding landscape. Meanwhile, a few bikers started to arrive, the lull of a cooked Sunday breakfast overpowering the dampened spirits of post Boxing Day blues.
Some photographers stayed inside, getting involved in technical discussions and the debates about the merits of contemporary art photography. Others exchanged contact details whilst sharing their Flickr albums. The indoor photographers also approached breakfasting bikers, offering to take a portrait shot. This activity lifted both the breakfasting patrons and the photographers, and in next to no time, an upbeat and almost jovial atmosphere bounced around the eatery.
Image: Royal Enfield © Kate Lomax LRPS
Image: Colours of Nature © Kate Lomax LRPS
Looking at the shots taken on the day while browsing our Meetup Flickr site, https://www.flickr.com/groups/rps_southern/. The images are amazingly diverse, from landscapes to crash helmets, yet all reflect the day as it truly was. A good, social shoot, brimming with unique photo opportunities! Well worth turning out for!
If you are not yet a member of our Meetup group, please follow the link to join us!
by Kate Lomax LRPS