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ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre

ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre - The second annual meeting at the West End Centre near Blubberhouses

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On Friday June 11th, 12 intrepid ePHOTOziners descended on the West End Centre, near Blubberhouses in Yorkshire, for the second annual North West Members Meet. Once again, members had come from all over the country, and 7 members from last years meet were joined by 5 new faces.

ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End CentreDay 1
It was an early start for me as I headed up to Harrogate to collect Suzanne, then shopped for essentials (curry ingredients and alcohol) in the morning. We met up with Alan far too early at the West End Centre, where (of course) it was raining. Deciding on the sensible course of action, we decamped to The Woolly Sheep in Skipton, where Matt, Steve, Anthony and Colin joined us and the landlords lamb made a bolt for door(highly skilled, these Yorkshire sheep are!)

After lunch, a short drive back to the centre (or in Anthonys case, a large tour of Yorkshire well, what I did was, I turned left too soon.) and we were able to move in. Everyone found a room to dump their bags, then we headed off for the first outing for most of the cameras. The weather had brightened, and we strolled off down to the reservoir where the old village of West End once stood.

Stepping Stones (loweskid)

 

Taking plenty of photos during the gentle walk along the bank, we were joined by Edward, who had found the centre deserted and guessed where we were to be found (probably by using some sort of radar or something).

Back at the centre, Ian, Robbie, Vince and Graham arrived later in the afternoon. Once everyone had found a bed, the second outing was planned and the 12 set off in convoy to the pub, where Anthony managed to build on his reputation for eating very large puddings.

Day 2
Saturday was our main day for photography, and we drove in convoy again to Bolton Abbey in the morning where we met the first of the day-trippers, Alan (alansnap). Edward immediately wandered off, since he had such a long lens, he needed to be in the next county to fit the Abbey in the shot, which Graham opted for a lie down on the river bank. The rest of us wandered around engrossed in our own photography, stopping for a chat and an ice cream every so often.

ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre
Bolton Abbey (Anthony)
ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre
Matt gets up close and personal with some stones (Big Bri)
ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre
Alben, Big Bri and Swag at the Strid (Anthony)

Lunchtime soon came around, but Edward was nowhere to be found, so we all had to wait while Suzanne (the resident scout) tracked him down. Everyone then drove the short distance to the Pavilion, where after a small snack, we met the other two day-trippers, Magda and Paul Indigo.

The rest of the afternoon was then taken up with a meandering walk by the river Wharfe to the Strid, where we stayed for quite a while as everyone took turns shooting the water (and each other) from the few good positions.

 

A number of group shots were taken, although I was not allowed to do the honours after last years self timer incident.

ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre

(Left to right, on seat) Graham (ganstey), Vince (loweskid), Alan (alansnap), Colin (lightweaver), Anthony (anthony), Steve (swag), Brian (Big Bri), Matt (mattwaggie), Ian (digicammad), Robbie, Suzanne (SuziBlue), Alan (alben) (Left to right, on ground) Edward (kit-monster), Paul (paul_indigo), Magda (magda_indigo)

A great day ended with the departure of the day-trippers and Colin, and everyone else settling down to the Famous Birthday Bash. A homemade curry and plenty of beer and wine (and the odd tequila) were followed by cake scoffing and dancing to the wicked tunes from Anthonys camera. (OK, so I made up the bit about dancing). A short dolly mixture battle ended peacefully as we chatted about those things that are most important to us: beer, fast cars and missing friends. One member in particular was greatly missed, but I cant say who in case we embarrass him. Or her. Finally, unable to look at Edwards Rupert Bear trousers any longer, we turned in, just before Alan was getting up to shoot the sunrise.

Day 3
On Sunday morning, with many members having long trips ahead of them, we packed our bags, hoovered up the dolly mixtures and treated the odd hangover. After saying our goodbyes, everyone made their way home. We all agreed the weekend had been a great success plenty of socialising and a bit of photography too and agreed to do it again next year.

ePHOTOzine North West members meet at West End Centre
Anthony resting (Lightweaver)

Article by Big Bri

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