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ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral

ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral - Four ePHOTOzine members meet up at the Wirral

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Members' Meetings

ePHOTOzine Members’ Meeting Saturday 18th October, 2003
by Steven Jenkinson (ePHOTOzine member stevenj)

The meeting was Anthony’s idea, and what a good idea it was too. Open to all members, the day started at 10am near the Historic Warships in Birkenhead. At least it did for 3 out of the 4 who turned up on time! Steven, Anthony and Garry were there at 10am sharp but Matt (aka Spiky Haired Love God) had other ideas. We waited until 10:45 when he eventually rolled up, claiming that he ‘couldn’t be bothered’ getting up!

It was Anthony and Steven who had Matt in their sights

ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral
So, on with the photographing we went. It was clear from the start that it was going to be a day full of innuendos and quotes. Kick-starting the day was Anthony – when he asked Matt what his new toy did (referring to his S2 Pro!), Matt’s reply was simply “it takes pictures!” Now there’s honesty for you. First stop was the boats – we paid £5.50 to enter the site with unlimited photographing. ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral
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This did not include the U boat (U534) which, incidentally set sail from Germany on the 1st May 1945. It was the very last U Boat that left German soil before the war ended. She was sunk on 5th May 1945. Thanks to Anthony’s over keen research for that! We spent about 2 and a half hours wandering about between a minesweeper, light ship, and submarine. There were some great photo opportunities including very fitting shots of some Coke and Pepsi cans, which just had to be there didn’t they – in a ship’s galley of all places!

After much photographing, and several rolls of film/memory card later, we decided that lunch was overdue. So off we headed to the nearby ‘Giggling Sausage’ café. All day breakfasts were the order of the day, and that set us up for the rest of the day’s picture taking. Except Matt of course, who decided it was all too much for him! He had a data with a studio, so off he went, declining the chance to photograph some more of the Wirral.

Next ‘port’ of call was Bidston hill. Some great photos here, of Bidston Windmill and an old observatory. By this time, Anthony’s new baby (Minolta Z1) was beginning to get on our nerves! Every time Anthony turned the camera on, Garry and Steven were reaching for their mobile phones, since it insisted on playing ridiculous melodies all the time! That’s why Anthony’s Z1 has now been dubbed a phone camera (not ‘camera phone’ might I add)!! ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral

Then it was off to Seacombe Ferry terminal, to catch some lovely shots of Liverpool from across the water. Such a lovely day made these shots possible across the River Mersey, with members comparing notes on the location of their places of work! A good few shots here and we were done – even the odd tripod made an appearance. All this, washed down by a bottle of fizzy pop afterwards! Typical.

Fort Perch at New Brighton was our next stop, with some extremely intriguing war exhibits at an old museum passing some of the time. Photo opportunities here were to include the Lighthouse and waves of the sea, as well as the ePHOTOzine advertisement in the sand! Oh, and not to mention Steven’s fascination with the flags on top of the Fort! The lighthouse was a particular fascination here, since the light was perfect with a deep blue sky colouring the waves.

And that’s about it really! All in all, a successful day out. Plenty of talk of recent ePHOTOzine issues, as well as some decent photos. Shame more people couldn’t drag themselves out of bed – like Matt! (Anthony’s words - not mine, Matt!)

ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral

ePHOTOzine members meeting at Wirral

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