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February 2018 Field Visit



Blessed with fine weather, members made their way to Portman, to visit and photograph the remains of the Ingersoll-Rand pumping engines and mine locomotives, resting on the tracks between Jose Maestre's 2.7 k.m., tunnel, built in 1957, linking the Gloria opencast quarry, on the far side of the hill with washing plant Roberto, overlooking Portman Bay.Locomotives and rolling stock, along with the rusting remains of Lavadero Roberto, provide members with good photographic locations. The grand condensation chimney from the Ocrelitana smelter can be seen on the adjacent hillside. Tele-photo., lens use was a must here. Just along the track bed, two water transfer pipes and pumping stations were observed, and photographed. These pipes transferred sea water, to another washing plant, further up the hill side. Members commented that it was good to see Portman Bay, at last receiving the clean up, promised for so many years.A well deserved lunch followed at Restaurant Vent El Descargagador, between La Union and Llano del Beal.Photo 1: Ingersoll-Rand pumping engine, manufacture in the United States.Photo 2: Mine engine, manufacture in Germany.

On 27th October the club held an additional activity event which was an outing to Murcia. Our previous workshop  on Night photography was then put into practice.  5 club members attended the outing-unfortunately, Sandra Wanklin, one of our member's was unable to attend as she was recovering from an operation. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her soon.

 We started off at the plaza by the Cathedral and then moved on to take photos of the pedestrian bridge across the river and some other photos of the surrounding area. We all enjoyed the evening and all managed to put into practice what we had learned from the workshop.

Exposure Details for above night pictures

Ghostly Exposure 0.62 sec @ ISO 320

Palace Exposure 1/5 sec @ ISO 320

Twin Bridges Exposure 1/8 sec @ ISO 12800

Murcia Bar Exposure 1/15 sec @ ISO 800


Val de Sol Activity Day 16th February & Night Shoot Gallery 24th February 2016

Field Trip to Guns of Mazzaron......................................................................... The club outing on 15th March 2016 was a trip to La Azohia near Mazarron. 4 club members attended the outing. We stopped off at a small beach just outside Mazzaron and we took a few photos. We then decided that as there were only 4 members and 3 had not visited the Guns (Bateria de Castillitos at Cabo Ti├▒oso) which were nearby, we would visit these instead of La Azohia. It was very interesting to see the guns and the scenery from there was beautiful. After taking our photos of the guns and surrounding views, we then went on to have lunch at a local restaurant nearby and then made our way back home after a very enjoyable day out.

3rd May 2016 - Sanaturio de la Fuensanta - We had an interesting scenic tour on our way to find the Santuario which is situated on the hill just outside Murcia town. Six members attended to take pictures of the interior. Afterwards we drove along the hillside and had lunch in the local museum. After lunch we had an interesting walk to pre BC excavations. Each member should select two of their pictures to bring along to the next club meeting on the 7th June for discussion