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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Mark101, May 3, 2018.

  1. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I see Kew Gardens are opening their greenhouse after a 5 year refit. Anyone fancy a visit in summer? I recall our previous visits were quite enjoyable.
  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Would if I could. Son is always on at me to go. Don't know why he didn't join you for the last one. Practically lives there.
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I am interested but I do rattle round rather a lot so might only be able to commit at the last moment.
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Who needs to go to Kew when they can listen to Mary Hopkin's version...

  5. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    As I live in Ruislip now it's slightly less easy for me to get to Kew. I've been meaning to go again soon, so this could be the kick up the arse I need.

    Another meet-up? Good idea, who's up for it? Lesley? Adrian? Mark? Anyone else?

    I should say I'm hoping to retire and move to a dark site in Dorset soon-ish, maybe October so let's get a move on.
  6. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    I'm in
  7. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    We visited Kew Gardens last September and with mainly decent weather it was an enjoyable outing, except for the exceedingly bumpy ride on the land train or whatever it's called. The land train is towed around and appears to have no effective springing so when its wheels encounter shallow drainage gullies crossing the route, there's a serious jolt to passengers, and one's photo gear if stashed on the floor of the vehicle. There's lots of these gullies... Despite several of the "attractions" being closed (Pagoda as well as the temperate glass house), I didn't see any reduction in the entrance fee.
    On the UP-side, in Kew's shop, I discovered a delightful single estate coffee from Ethiopia, available both ground and as beans.
    We were staying nearby and got there by bus, and noted that local car parking seems difficult.

    Worth bearing in mind that in some glass houses, the glazing is tinted, and that for decent colour it is worth checking with a Custom White Balance - or, you could shoot in raw.
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  8. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Yep me too if we can sort an agreeable date.
  9. frank1

    frank1 Well-Known Member

    On another forum that I use there is a discussion on model related photography. The issue being restrictions on photography or possible restrictions. Might be worth your time if going with the camera to check the website. Students are required to buy a permit £50+vat.and so on.
  10. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a plan coming together

  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That is to use the gardens as a location for a commercial shoot. You are not allowed to take pictures of the gardens or buildings as such, only the models in the outdoor studio as it were.
  12. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Are ants and grasshoppers models?
  13. frank1

    frank1 Well-Known Member

    If they're topless then yes.
  14. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I'm not here! Well, not all here...

    Any thoughts on a date? We aren't going anywhere on holiday this year - though part of the time booked off 2nd half of June may be spent watching a new kitchen going in. July 12 is SWMBO's birthday if in the week is an option...

    ETA - Sunday is sacred to King Willow, especially as I'm fundraising this year - more details anon. .

  15. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Would you like this thread stickied?
  16. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I would like to, but I doubt if I'll make it.

  17. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Yes, thanks. Unless you'd rather I started a new thread in Forethcoming Events?
  18. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Stickied. :)
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  19. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

  20. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I'm also in on this one.

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