Practical Group

The BPS Practical Group was set up in January 2014. It is open to any member who brings a camera and is prepared to share with the rest of the group.

We have had four excursions so far. The first, arranged at short notice to the new Library in Birmingham, was attended by three of us and provided some really good interior shots.

The snowdrops at Hanbury Church provided the attraction for an afternoon excursion in February and the churchwarden generously gave us access to the church belltower. Nice creative shots in the oblique sunlight.

Our third trip was to the Devil’s Spittleful near Bewdley. There were seven or eight of us who made good efforts with shots of the Severn Valley Railway and the heathland landscape.

The trip to Birminham’s Jewellery Quarter last Sunday was simply great. Ten of us gathered for a three-stop tour reconnoitred by Malcolm Landon and we wandered the area gaining ideas and inspiration from each other. As an experiment, those who were willing posed for the others and this proved not only to be successful but generated a wealth of good-natured banter.

After a pause for refreshment at Urban Coffee (recommended), we migrated to the cemetery with its catacombs. Plenty of opportunity to experiment – with the spring sunshine lighting up coloured umbrellas amid the gravestones.

As soon as the bluebells are at their best, we will run an evening trip to the woods in either Chaddesley or Dordale aimed at catching the oblique light as the sun sets. Perhaps the Dodford Inn will provide a mellow end to the day.

On May 8th we plan a mid-week visit to the Stow Horse Fair.

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