At f4 Photographic Group we normally have a 12 or 13 week Summer programme of outings to go and photograph things of interest. Various topics and genres – generally something to suit everyone and it’s planned well in advance. This year of uncertainty has brought a great deal of unhappiness to so many people so the fact that our activities have been curtailed to some extent is more of a minor irritation compared to severe illnesses and isolation.
However, the small number of outings we’ve managed have been attended well and after a long period of non-posting, I thought I share with you few images taken from the Summer Session.
We managed to get to Bempton for the gannets and puffins, The Marina in Hull, a selection of sites on the Hockney Trail, North Cave Wetlands & an outdoor model shoot in Hessle. The remainder of the time was spent utilising Zoom for various on line challenges and presentations
All we are being asked to do is stay home, stay safe, eat, drink, sleep and look after ourselves. It doesn’t sound that hard does it but we’re all getting cabin fever to some degree. At f4 Photographic, we’ve started to hold on line meetings via Zoom and of course we’ve had to change our programme to reflect the remote access via laptops. We had a “Photographs I took this week” competition which was quite interesting and we incorporated a macro inspired “Can you guess what it is yet?” element as well. We’re managing to hold our internal club PDI competitions but likely we’ll hold all our print comps later in the year to catch up.
Anyway, here’s a few “Photographs I took this week”.
Sue and the ladies of Haltemprice Walking Netball had a tournament last week with a couple of other fairly local teams. It was held at the Hull University facility where I photographed Men City recently. A brilliant place which caters for many different sports. There were supposed to be 5 teams taking part but 2 were coming from well out of town and with the current uncertainty about coronavirus I think they were erring on the cautious side, so 3 teams turned up.
The ladies had a good session and for some players, the term walking hasn’t quite filtered down. Nevertheless, Haltemprice came out on top and added another trophy to their almost full cabinet. Here are some images from the day :-
No, it’s not a typo! Men City is a not for profit project that aims to encourage more men to play football. Taking place four times a week, the sessions are relaxed but competetive and encourage men of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to participate in the beautiful game. there is no pressure to turn up every week with participants invited to attend as and when they are available.
Here is a link to their Facebook page where you can see more information, but to whet your appetite, here are a few images from last week.
I was asked by Chris Johnson of the East Riding FA – Clubs and Participation Development Officer, to cover the Hull Floodlight Football winter cup final between HUBS and Malet 2.0. It was a cold evening but the rain that had been forecast kept away until a 30 second flurry at the very end of the game. Here are some images from the evening, the game having been won by Malet 2.0 3-2. See the full report including video, match report and more images at https://www.facebook.com/FloodlightFootballLeague
It’s a while since I posted anything – I’ve had one of these viruses that seem to last forever and the inspiration just hasn’t been there. Christmas presents the opportunity to relax and enjoy the time of year with family and friends so Bowness on a sunny Christmas Day was lovely.
We met our “Christmas Friends” Martin and Maxine at Bowness for a good catch up and to enjoy our hotel on Lake Windermere. As the weather on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day wasn’t very accommodating we didn’t walk very far and didn’t go on the Boxing Day lake cruise, more of a meander around the area really. Grasmere was very quiet – in fact, one lad I spoke to on his way to the car park declared that “Grasmere was shut” and they were going.
Good company and a much needed break – here’s some of the few images I took :-
For my birthday this year Sue booked a cruise on the Saga Spirit of Discovery. We looked and booked about a year ago and there weren’t many cabins left then. The ship looked beautiful in the brochures and didn’t disappoint when we got to Dover. The whole experience with them was just great. I must admit that I was wary about how old our fellow passengers would be but was quite relieved when the Captain said that the average passenger age was 56. We came down to earth a bit when he said that this included the crew… (only joking).
Anyway, we had an unexpected bonus on the first day, sunbathing in the North Sea, on the way to our first stop – Kristiansand. The North Sea was flat calm and around 20 degrees so we found a spot out of the wind and laid out.
Kristiansand was pretty, the fish market was great, I could have spent a lot longer there. I remember when we had numerous “wet fish shops” in Hull when I was younger and this place took me back to those days, except for the shark’s head which I’ve already posted on FB. We got to Bergen for my birthday and went up the funicular for a great panoramic view of Bergen. I hadn’t realised that there were so many good walks to be had from the top – must be great in summer with more time to spend. Alesund was pretty the last time we were there but this time the weather had closed in and we had sun, rain, hailstones and wind for most of the time we were there. We took a walk in and went to the Art Deco Museum. There were films running showing how Alesund’s wooden houses were destroyed in 1904 and then rebuilt. Also some really good art deco pieces in the museum – especially a beautifully laid out dining room. The final stop was Haugesund. We walked around the town in the morning and in the afternoon we had booked a “Coastal walk to Ryvarden lighthouse” It was only about 2km there and 2km back so just nice to finish off the cruise. Unfortunately the weather was becoming quite unsettled by then and we had a drop of probably 10 degrees in temperature and an increase in wind plus somebody had set the rain to stun setting. I got one awful shot of the lighthouse – it is totally exposed to the elements (well it would be wouldn’t it) and then we walked back. It was described as 2km on mostly even surfaces but it actually went up and down like a fiddler’s elbow. Anyway The Norwegian waffles and hot tea made up for it!
Lovely ship and great Birthday prezzy thanks Sue xx
I suddenly realised I hadn’t posted any pictures of the Sesh this year. There were some great bands on and I walked my legs off, hopefully to great effect. I think some of the bands I photographed enjoyed the images by the feedback I got so that’s great!
Sue asked me to go along to a walking netball festival at Hull University last week. There were 4 teams playing, Haltemprice, The Cavers, Withernsea and Age Concern. It was a competetive affair with Haltemprice winning a trophy but it’s fair to say that it was a close session. The teams were celebrating the beginning of walking netball for them 4 years ago. There are more and more teams starting up in the area which can only be a good thing.
Gardone, where we’ve been to a number of times, is a pretty little place and we’ve enjoyed going there. Salo, just a couple of kilometers away, is a bit busier and has a lovely long promenade to stroll along – we decided to give it a go. The weather was hovering around and just above 30 degrees C for the time we were there – it was extremely sticky – and, unlike a lot of hotels, we couldn’t get the airconditioning down to “stun” setting. Lovely room though with a large lake view balcony. Thanks to a great set of people working there too.
It was an opportunity for us to visit The Dolomites – we’d not been up there before. We took a coach from our hotel at 7a.m and went up to Cavalese for a coffee and strudel stop, then Moena for a photo stop and finally up to Passo Pordoi at 2200m where we took the cable car up to 2950m, complete with snow – beautiful, but cold. However, as usual, there were holidaymakers up there just in teeshirts and some folk were sunbathing….
After lunch we came back down and stopped for coffee at Ortisei Sankt Ulrich, then finally arrived back at the hotel gone 7p.m. A lovely day out.