Morriston Camera Club
Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through The Welsh Photographic Federation






Isle of Wight

Four day trip, 7th to 10th August, 2015.

Group photo.

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We met at the agreeable time of 10.30am to begin our four day trip to the Isle of Wight. After a brief stop at the Chieveley services, we went through the New Forest to Lymington where we caught the ferry for a sunny half hour crossing to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

The drive to Sandown and our base gave us an introduction to the island, and it’s scenery. We arrived at the Burlington, but not after a further introduction to the narrow roads and sharp junctions our driver Phil was to encounter with his coach. Needless to say, he negotiated them all with true skill and professionalism!

After dinner at the hotel, several members of our party ventured out to discover the ‘delights’ of Sandown Pier.

Day two saw us off to Osborne House, one of the favorite homes of Queen Victoria, now in the hands of English Heritage. Whilst photography in the house was not allowed, the extensive grounds provided much enjoyment for the photographer and non-photographer alike.

Next it was on to Bembrige Mill. The most memorable part was the steep climb to the top to investigate the intricate machinery which worked the mill. The outside again provided much to entertain the photographer. Then, an early return to the hotel for dinner. (Some poor souls of course took advantage of the time to watch the Swans draw with Chelsea.)

Next morning, we set out for Godshill Village famous for it’s model village. The village itself proved popular with many of our party, whilst others visited the model village with intricate and amusing models.

We then crossed the Island to Freshwater Bay and Dimbola Lodge, once home to the celebrated early photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Inside, we saw reproductions of her wonderful portraits. We also had an insight into the complexities of the processes the Victorian photographers had to contend with. There were also exhibitions of contemporary photographers and exhibition of photographs from the Isle of Wight Pop festival of the early 70’s.

We then moved on to the nearby delights of The Needles, now a theme park. Many enjoyed the fun of the park, but others trekked up to the New and Old Batteries which overlooked the Needles themselves.

After dinner Jeff shared his knowledge of the art of Firework Photography, which proved very helpful in the firework display on Sandown Beach later that evening.

It was now time for our return home, again with a good return crossing and a visit to Bath, which is always a treat for all.

All too soon we were back again in Edwards depot in Llansamlet after another successful four day trip. Big thanks to Richard and Marie for the work they put into the trip, not forgetting Carol who looked after the financial side. Thanks also to Phil our driver not only for the unforgettable skill but also for the helpful way he carried out his duties. We also enjoyed sunnyweather, much better than that endured back home.someone was looking after us!

Thanks to all.
Here’s to next year.

Ferry home to Lymington
Ferry home to Lymington

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