Poldark

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall, we decided to visit Charlestown, a small port near St. Austell.  On arrival there seemed to be many more cars there than we remembered from previous visits – the car park was full and we needed to park about half a mile up the road and walk back in to the village.
On reaching the quay there was a very disappointing notice – the harbour & beach were closed to the public for the next three days.  It seemed we’d picked the wrong day to visit!
Then we noticed the crowds, the barriers and a number of vans from companies that provided “services to the movie industry”.  It seemed we’d unwittingly stumbled into the filming of the next season of Poldark!

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The harbour at Charlestown.

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Almost as soon as we realised what was going on, we got a glimpse of Eleanor Tomlinson.
Eleanor clearly wasn’t involved in the day’s filming but was happy to greet the crowd and pose for a few selfies.

We decided to go up to the other side of the harbour and get the long lenses out!

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This is where the action was taking place – a small market scene next to the walkway between the quays.

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The crowd gathered on the other side of the harbour.

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A mix of actors in costume and crew members.

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We seemed to have got there during the lunch break!

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A second actor we recognised – Richard Hope who plays Harris Pascoe, the banker.

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After lunch, attention turned to the market stalls.

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The Director

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Aidan Turner made his entrance.

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Walking over the bridge

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Walking back over the bridge.

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“I want you to go over to the other side of the bridge, then walk back over here.”

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The best shot of the day!

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Sharing a joke – not as sharp as I’d have liked but I had to include this one!

 

 

Hitchin Food Festival

It was the Hitchin Food Festival this weekend – a family day out to celebrate local produce and entertainers… and take some photographs of course!

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Guaranteed Niceness

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Dishing out the jam

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BBQ

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Serving up something

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The Cheese Knife

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Another BBQ

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Olive Oil

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Osinsky’s

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Deep in Conversation

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Serving Vodka

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Busker – with an unusual guitar

 

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Busking by the Memorial

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Busking must be stressful – when we went back a bit later he’d visibly aged!

 

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Plenty of Buskers!

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The Cheese Expert

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What else do you do at a “food festival”?

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Turkish Delight

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Are you looking at me?

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Hatter’s Cafe

All photos taken with a Canon EOS60D and a 50mm F1.8 lens.  Processed using Adobe Lightroom.

Letchworth at Night

It was the final Camera Club “evening outing” of the Summer, prior to the new season starting next week.  We met at the fountain in the Broadway and walked into town.  It was raining when we arrived but that soon stopped as the daylight faded, to remind us that Autumn is rapidly approaching.

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The Fountain in the Broadway.  You can see the clock tower of the town hall in the background on the right – and a group of photographers sheltering from the rain on the left!

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Marcus & Jeremy brave the elements to photograph the fountain.

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Park Bench – probably a bit wet to sit on at the moment!

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The Broadway Cinema – “Splash Test” seemed appropriate considering the weather!

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Down into the Broadway – it was getting quite dark by then.

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Morrisons?  I cheated here – the second ‘O’ was also out so I turned it on in Photoshop.

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Outside the Chip Shop

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Station Road.

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Blue Water Fountains

At this point we found ourselves outside a pub and the siren-call of the beer lured us inside, putting an end to the evenings photography!

 

Shillington Scarecrows

It’s the August Bank Holiday, which means it’s time for the Scarecrow Festival in Shillington.  We went for a two and a half hour walk round the village to see if we could spot them all…

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Drive slowly though the village!

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The chef at “The Crown”

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The Three Wise Scarecrows

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Good Afternoon, Mister President!

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The Odd Couple

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The one looked really lifelike!

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Another pub chef – this time at the “Musgrave Arms”

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Crow-ella De Ville

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Humpty Dumpty

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Traditional Scarecrow

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Family Gathering

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Go for the Juggler!

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Mister Fox

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Too cute to scare the crows?

 

Heybridge Basin and Maldon

We had a day trip to Heybridge Basin to meet up with Mike from the Photography Forum.  It was originally meant to be a larger meet-up but some others were unable to attend. They missed a good day out as Mike took us on a guided walk round the estuary and along the canal into Maldon and back.

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Heybridge Basin

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The uninvited guests – these wasps interrupted our coffee & toasted teacakes!

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“Daffodil” on the canal

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“Becky” on the canal.

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The canal

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“Bertha” at Maldon

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Maldon

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Found in Maldon!

Campton Plantation

Another Hitchin Camera Club evening photo-walk: this time to a wood between Shefford and Campton.  Amazingly, despite it being only 5 minutes drive from where I’ve lived for the last 30 years, I’d never been there before!  The plantation contains some interesting wooden sculptures.

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Squirrel and his acorns

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The dragonfly seat

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The owl bench

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Peace, Respect and Hope

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Helmet and Shield

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Light and Shade

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