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PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP 1 - September 28

by Tim Wright - 16:23 on 28 September 2017

Ten of us made our way up to HMS Tern for a tour with Andy Holindrake and what an excellent tour it was .It remained dry and the  occasional sunny periods helped to give an atmospheric feel to the old wartime airfield . We were shown around the buildings and the layout of the airfield was explained .Numerous maps and photos of the various structures gave an excellent insight as to what it must have looked like when operational. The star of the show was the Control Tower with its integral Operations Centre ,an unusual design as they were usually in separate buildings .The cinema with it's projection holes ,stage and box office was easily recognizable and was where many wartime stars had appeared .Finally,a varied display of aircraft bits ,some from crashed aircraft,as well as other wartime memorabilia were viewed in the fire engine shed . Time had flown and we had to rush to get to our lunch at the Orkney Brewery.Many thanks to Andy for such an engrossing tour .

After an excellent meal ,we viewed three lots of photographs from each member . Papa Westray produced a lot of good photos with the birds,particularly the Puffins to the fore .The Knap of Howar featured heavily and an excellent B+W version caught the eye .Other subjects included the Airfield ,a striking yellow door ,bicycles stacked up for visitors and interiors and exterior shots of St Boniface Church.All in all a reminder of a lovely day out all those weeks ago .

The last meeting was a day trip to Flotta. We had taken 3 cars across to get around on a day of sun . Heavily featured in the photos were the Oil Terminal ,particularly the silver pipes of the processing centre ,and the Flare, looking great against a blue sky . The Rocket Launching site had lots of shapes to play with and one made an interesting frame for the Flotta Flare . Stanger Head was extensively pictured along with the scarecrow (?) on his tractor complete with luminous jacket and bottle . The church and grave yard featured too as did the Penguins and the school mural . Plenty to have kept us going for even another day too.

The project had been "Summertime " set some three months before . What a selection of summer photos from jazzy flip flops to walking in the Greek isles in the sun , flowers and flower gardens ,swimmers and ,unsurprisingly a windsurfer too . What a great summer everyone had had .

The next meeting is on Wednesday 25 th October at 10.30 at the Bay of Skaill meeting up by St Peter's Church .Lunch will be taken at a venue decided nearer the date when we find out where is open . The project this month is "Rubbish " (With or without added Rust ).

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