Photoshoots 2024

Date Location of Photoshoot
Friday February 16th Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury has a wealth of photo opportunities to experience.To coincide with Shaftesbury's Annual Snowdrop display we will meet at 1030am at Coffee #1 in the High Street.
Lead Steve Davenport
Saturday 16th March RSPB Radipole, Weymouth
With Spring on the horizon a lot of our birdlife will be active now and preparing for their mating season. RSPB Radipole is a wetland area with a wide range of birdlife to be seen. Grab your long lenses, or even your macro lenses and join us for a day enjoying our nature. Meet at RSPB Radipole visitor centre at 10.30am located at the Swannery Car Park. (The car park is pay and display)
Cafe and Loos on site.
Lead Elizabeth Jubb
Friday 26th April Thornecombe Woods / Hardy's Cottage
These woods are renowned for their bluebells and other spring flowers at this time of year. Spreading across many hectares there are a wide range of opportunities for woodland, landscape, wildlife and macro photographers.
We will be meeting at the car park, (which is pay and display) at 10 am where we can spread out to make the most of the spring woodland flowers. (All should wear appropriate footwear as some paths may be uneven)
Lead Steve Davenport
Wednesday 8th May Haddon Copse Farm Visit
Evening Farm visit starting at 6pm to Angel Cottage Organics, Haddon Copse Farm (between Hazelbury Bryan & Sturminster Newton).  Directions etc will follow nearer the time.
We will be given an introductory talk about the farm followed by a short guided tour then we can go off to photograph to our hearts content. On the farm there is a heritage apple orchard which should be in full bloom, natural hedgerows full of wild flowers. A couple of log wild honey bee hives. Pond and a lake. Chickens, Dorset Down sheep with lambs, Oxford Sandy & Black pigs with lovely muddy wallows!!, Ruby Red Devon cattle. Beautiful views towards the rolling hills surrounding Bullbarrow. Birds and insects galore!! A very special farm, not to be missed!
Numbers are limited so attendance will be subject to confirmation. Email will be sent closer to the date.
Lead Pam Watts
Tuesday 11th June Cerne Abbas
With Cerne Abbas preparing for its open gardens this visit will allow us to see the village at its most floral best. Being a fine example of Dorset Village life this photoshoot will enable us to explore all aspects of the village, from the wishing well to the Cerne Giant.
Lead Steve Davenport
Saturday 6th July Dawes Twineworks - West Coker
Dawes is Britains only surviving Victorian twineworks with its original working machinery. Once is a state of total collapse the twineworks has been restored by local volunteers. There are photo opportunities for people, machinery, historic artifacts as well as some historic input. A donation of £5 per member would be appropriate.
For more information visit West Coker Village website
Meeting time 10am.
Numbers are limited so attendance will be subject to confirmation. Email will be sent closer to the date.
Lead Mark Taylor
Sunday 25th August Portland Bill - Cowes to Torquay Powerboat Race
This annual event is always worth a visit. With the powerboats racing close to and across the Bill before heading off towards Torquay we will have an opportunity to capture some action shots. The boats usually arrive here at approximately 11am, but an earlier arrival is suggested as the area can become quite busy.
Meet at the Bill as arrival may vary anywhere from 9am to 10.30am.
Park in the Pay and Display Car Park.
Lead Steve Davenport
Sunday 15th September Wiscombe Park Racing - Motor Hillclimb
This is a scenic rural venue, with an interesting track, giving opportunities for action photos of motorcycle racing, people working in the paddock, spectators, moving motorcycles (and sidecar outfits)
Meeting places, times and ticket prices to follow.
Visit Wiscombe Park
Lead Mark Taylor
Monday 14th October Weymouth Harbour and Esplanade
This location gives wonderful opportunities at night for waterfront reflections. Whether it be around the harbour or along the Esplanade colour will be the theme for sure.This is an opportunity for us to practice our night photography skills in a relatively easy location.
Meet in Pavilion Car Park at 7pm. (Toilet facilities will be limited to local pubs)
Lead Steve Davenport
Wednesday 6th November Lead Elizabeth Jubb
Monday 2nd December Sherborne
Being very local to us all, Sherborne offers a wealth of photographic opportunities at night in both mono and colour. With the Christmas lights being illuminated this will bring an added dimension.
Meet up at the front of the Abbey at 7 pm.
Lead Paul Meyer
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