A trip to Golitha Falls, Trethevy Quoit and Minions

As one of our regular summer outings PPC scheduled a trip out to Cornwall, specifically Golitha Falls, Trethevy Quoit and Minions which are all located on Bodmin Moor, one of our outstanding national parks. The whole area is dotted with mine workings and some of the old pump houses still remain. Minions in particular has a number of good examples ideal for photography. While ultimately just four photographers made the relatively short journey, we were expecting nine on the day, it was no less a great day out with lots of laughter and merriment, good food as well as some very good photographic opportunities. I'm pretty sure in fact that a number of the photos taken will make it into future competitions. For some examples of images taken on the day, take a look at our album here.

The day started at about 09:30 when we pitched up in two cars at the car park next to Golitha Falls. Contrary to its name, there is no single waterfall at Golitha Falls, just a number of small pinch points where the water cascades down into small pools below before continuing on its never-ending onward journey to who knows where. This though offers some excellent opportunities for slow motion photography if this floats your boat or, if you like playing around with lenses and light, some interesting opportunities for people watching etc. However, before I tell you of some of the highlights of this part of the trip, let me wax lyrical about the near perfect breakfast baps to be had in the small cafe next to the car park. They offer a variety of tasty morsels here, not least the Redneck bacon bapp enjoyed by some, and the Pioneer (basically a Redneck with an egg on top), enjoyed by others. This was all washed down with a good cup of tea, well, at the second time of asking as the first was practically stone cold! All in all, a well-deserved 8/10 for the breakfast! Personally, I could have stayed there all day but the others being total pests cajoled me into vacating my seat at the table to start walking the treacherous track that follows the river (or stream as it more appropriately appears to be) through the forest. To be honest, a much easier track runs higher up so no need to break ancles or legs if you prefer a more relaxed walk with scenic photographic opportunity. All in all I would say we spent a good couple of hours here although we didn't get very far into the mile or so walk that we could have done. Even so, a good start to the day.

Next on the agenda was Minions. Now, I know what you're thinking, how strange to find little yellow bubble shaped people with high-pitched voices on Bodmin Moor! Sadly, this proved not to be the case and in fact Minions is just a place - yawn. Well, it's actually a bit more than "just a place". True, it's a tiny village on the fringes of the moor BUT it contains a vast number of derelict pump houses from a bygone age when tin mining was in its heyday. Nuff said, cameras out and we spent a good couple of hours here vying to find the best vantage points to out-do each other. It's not easy of course as I suspect that these pump houses have been photographed from every conceivable angle at every possible time of day. Nonetheless, it's a great way to spend a few hours and good exercise to boot! There are a couple of additional places of interest locally here, the first being Hurler Stones, a Neolithic stone circle right next to the car park and the Cheesewring, which Mike and Lesley Bond walked to, which is an interesting array of natural stones - visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesewring for more information and some photos. Following on from all of this exertion we voted en-masse to have a cup of tea and some tea cakes at the local cafe. Very enjoyable.

The last point of interest on our journey was to be Trethevy Quoit, a Neolithic burial chamber which now sits alongside some considerably newer houses than would have existed back then. Again, if you want more information take a look at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/trethevy-quoit/. Its location doesn't make it the easiest place to photograph but it's well worth exploring all of the angles. Again, it's within walking distance of a small car park so accessibility couldn't be better.

Our day out concluded with diner at the Premier Inn in Liskard followed by a short drive back to Torbay. Overall, it couldn't have gone better so a big thank you to Stuart Chapman and Mike and Lesley Bond for a very interesting and fun day out.

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OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Tour 2022

This weekend was a veritable smorgasbord of delights as the much anticipated and delayed Pirates Festival and the OCRDA 2022 Aqua Adrenaline tour visited Torbay. In this article I am going to be talking a little about my two visits to the OCRDA event held last weekend at Torquay harbour as well as to show off a few images supplied by club members - once I have more I will also add these! In the meantime, you'll have to put up with a few from myself and Chris Vincenti - well done Chris.

The OCRDA, which stands for The Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association is run by a professional and highly experienced team of dedicated individuals. Chairman Bob McCarthy has been at the helm for many years with recent years having seen the sport grow massively in popularity with over 31 teams competing in the 2017 season. Joining up with Jetski Racing, Water Ski Racing, Zapcat Racing, Jet Ski Stunt displays, and stunning Flyboarding displays, the series has toured since 2014 as Aqua Adrenaline – combining a number of aspects to provide fantastic on water entertainment for spectators. As the sport has flourished, OCRDA have been welcoming more teams and more companies in terms of sponsorship for what promises to be another fantastic season in 2022.

The OCRDA 2022 event comes to Torbay as the first of eight heats in this seasons race calander. As always it is a hugely anticipated event both for the exciting racing it brings as well as the event in general. There’s always something interesting to see, for example Ducati were on hand to show off some of their bikes. This year, the first season after lockdown, the event was overshadowed by dull weather across the two days although Saturday did provide a little sunshine to warm the competitors and the crowd. Having been to a number of these events now over the years I have lived here in Torquay, visitor numbers were definately on the lower than average side but since the event coincided with the Brixham Pirate Festival perhaps that’s to be expected. Even so, it’s well worth planning your stay in Torquay to coincide with the event.

The racing normally starts at around 13:00 each day as there’s a lot of preparation and safety work to get through and this generally takes up the morning. Over a couple of hours in the afternoon, there are generally four races, two of which are jet-skiers and two are for the powerboats. Both offer exhilarating spectacles as the various contestants via for prime position during the race. The course itself is probably a good couple of miles from start to finish so the boats and jet skiers tend to get strung out over the 20 minutes or so of the race but if you are lucky, you often get some great shots as the head towards the bouy closest to the sea wall on Beacon Quay en masse. This is a tight LH turn as the boats race in towards the quay and often you will get three or four boats jockying for position as they hit (metaphorically speaking) the bouy for this turn. Given that the spectators are just 75 metres or so from this bouy as you can imagine, it can be quite a spectacle.

If anyone is interested, I have added a bit more detail on the gear I used plus some comments on the post processing of my particular images over on my blog at http://thecreativecamera.co.uk/ocrda-aqua-adrenaline-power-boat-tour-visits-torbay

 

Dyment & Poulson Cup Hand in Dates for 2022

Just a let you all know that the Dynent abd Poulson Cup entries have to be in by next monday 21st March, not the 28th as shown on the website. Don't miss the opportunity to get your entires in. You can enter a total of three entries, either two DPI and one print or two print and one DPI. You can of course enter just one in each or indeed, choose not to enter at all in any one of the competitions.

It's your choice. Good luck.

About The Club

Paignton Photographic Club is a long established photographic club with members of all ages and every walk of life. From 31st Jan 2022, regular Monday night meetings return to the Methodist Hall in Paignton where a wide range of guest speakers will talk about their photography and provide us all with hints and tips to help us improve our skill sets. Members are also encouraged to enter competitions which cater for every level within the club. For the 2021/22 season, our membership fee has returned to £40 for the year, pro-rata for members joining later in the season. Come join us today, new members always welcome. 

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