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A Nice Cup of Tea : George Brown

The summer is upon us, the evenings are getting longer, flowers are blooming. All bringing lovely opportunities for our Monday evening photography sessions. This month we'll be meeting in Loxhore Woods, Lee Bay, Crow Point, Combe Martin, and Appledore.


The summer challenge for May is Street Photography. You can submit up to 5 images. Please email them to brauntoncccomps@gmail.com by the end of the month.

The image above, A Nice Cup of Tea by George Brown, and the cover image, Striding Out by Vicky Dyson, are nice examples representing this months theme.


Further down the page is a selection of images from club members relating to this months outings.

 

2nd May: Bluebells at Loxhore Woods


It's a bank holiday, but for those who are around and want to get together we will meet at Loxhore Woods to take pictures of the bluebells.


Bluebells can be tricky to photograph for several reasons, e.g. the low/dappled light in the woods, the multi layered aspect of the flowers, etc. This article has some great tips for capturing beautiful bluebell shots, including recommended equipment, settings, and composition. It also includes some stunning inspirational images: https://www.alanranger.com/blogs/top-tips-for-photographing-bluebells


If you’re using satnav put in the postcode for Loxhore Church (St Michaels): EX31 4SS

Just before you reach the church you’ll see a cottage on your right with a large barn opposite with a parking area behind it. You should be able to park in there. Follow the path that runs along the side of the car park. When you come to the field, turn about 30 degrees to your right and you'll see a gate ahead of you that leads into the woods. Meet at 4pm.

 

9th May: Lee Bay


As low tide is at 6:43pm this is an opportunity to access the whole beach and Sandy Cove (via the pirates path). Sunset is at 8:52pm. For information about Lee Bay and some ideas of what to see/photograph you can download a document from the North Devon AONB website here: https://www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk/resources/lee-bay-ilfracombe-beach-profile


As you'll see in the doc, there is a free car park, which is pretty much opposite the beach. Drive right down through Lee towards the sea front. It's next to Active Escape (EX34 8LR). Meet at 6:30pm.

 

16th May: Crow Point and Estuary


You can hang out at the waters edge close to the car park and capture images of activity on the estuary, or take a walk to the groynes - either via the beach or over the boardwalk. It takes about 10 minutes to get the the groynes. They offer some brilliant photo opportunities. Especially at sunset and/or with filters. Have a look at the gallery below for some example images, and read Sue Shreeves blog article on slow water for some tips.


High tide is at 7:09pm. Sunset is at 9:02pm.


Parking is via the toll road, just off Swan Alley (in Braunton Marshes). There are barriers now and it's £2 to get through. Once through the barriers keep going until you get to the car park at the end. Meet at 6:30pm

 

23rd May: Combe Martin


This is a good opportunity for this months theme (street photography) as there should be lots of people milling around the village.


This video from Brian Lloyd-Duckett has some top tips on street photography in small towns, including examples from a small seaside town in North Wales. It's well worth a watch! Brian also talks about the usefulness of projects (he has some really good books for photography projects too).


If you plan to capture images at the beach, low tide is at 7:12pm, and sunset is at 9:11pm.


A good place to park is Kiln Car Park (EX34 0DN). Meet at 6:30pm


 

30th May: Appledore


This is another good opportunity for street photography. The colourful winding streets here are lovely for architectural photography. Additionally, there a some great spots to capture the sunset and activity on the water. Either on the main street along the waterfront, or by the RNLI launch ramp further round the coast.


Sunset is at 9:20pm. Low tide is 6:57pm.


See the details above for Combe Martin and Crow Point which include links to photography tips that can be useful for Appledore too.


The main car park (Churchfields; EX39 1RL) is at the end of the seafront. Meet at 6:30pm.

 


 


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