Photo ops in and about Plymouth, England

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matt Clara, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    My wife has an opportunity to finish her master's degree there, and she
    wants to uproot the whole family for a month to do just that. I'm a bit
    opposed to it, as it doesn't sound like vacation, what with our 1 year old
    daughter coming along and me being the full time care taker in that
    situation, not to mention I'll have to take at least half the time unpaid
    leave and have a huge pile of work to come back to when it's over, and this
    study abroad won't further her career any more than finishing the degree
    here in the states will. So, tell me it's absolutely gorgeous, or a hip and
    fascinating part of england, and I'll probably give in. Tell me it's just
    ok, and, well, I'll likely be a "agin it".
    Matt Clara, Feb 18, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    O come on, where is your sense of adventure! It's only for a month!

    Peter, Feb 18, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Matt Clara wrote on 2004.03.01 @ 21:36:20 EST:

    Payback's a bitch, Matt.

    Alan Browne, Feb 18, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    Go for it Matt - sure you'll have some pain and inconvienience but the
    experience will be well worth it.
    Tony, Feb 18, 2005
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    Don't know about Plymouth, but generally:
    great beer
    food sucks big time...luckily, there a lot of Indian and Italian

    The part of UK I went to on business last year, was interesting
    photographically speaking.
    Of course the weather has its pros and cons. Because it rains everyday,
    the colors are really vivid. Never seen grass that green before. On the
    other hand, the lighting conditions change a lot and the light is
    generally dim.
    Paul Bielec, Feb 18, 2005
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    Syv Knight Guest

    It's close to some very nice landscape areas - Dartmoor, and the Cornish
    Not exactly hip - the lack of frost in the winter makes it a haven for old

    Nor is there much nice to photograph in Plymouth city centre (care of the
    Luftwaffe + 1960s town planners). But by the seafront there's the Hoe and
    the Barbican - good for people-watching, maritime heritage, fish market,
    crazy people diving into the sea.

    A few miles outside the city is Dartmoor - great moorland, mostly bleak and
    impressive, but also pretty bits and waterfalls and what nots - load baby on
    back and go for a walk.

    If you have time to travel a little further and do daytrips into Cornwall,
    the Cornish coast is a haven for photographers - rugged rocky crinkly bits
    dropping into the sea from rounded green hills, quite accessible in the car.
    Google for images - just don't get confused with Joe Cornish the British
    photographer, except he takes pictures of Cornish beaches too.
    Syv Knight, Feb 18, 2005
  7. I hope he has enough money left over to have all his wife's house dresses
    and aprons let out so they will fit around his girth........
    William Graham, Feb 18, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    you bitch you!
    Matt Clara, Feb 18, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    There should be plenty of stuff to see. You will be within a
    stones throw of the historic dockyards so there is HMS Victory,
    Nelson's flagship and HMS Warrior, the worlds first iron clad warship.
    There is bound to be a lot of stuff within an hours travelling by car
    if you have one and a lot lot more within 2 or 3.

    Try Portchester Castle. I think that there is a Royal Armouries
    Museum near by, with Napoleonic Fort and lots of artillery, anchient
    and modern.

    If you don't have a car then you will still be near a main line
    railway station, Portsmouth Harbour. From there you can get to
    Salisbury (notable for its cathedrial, 404' high and stonehenge
    (via a bus tour), Bath (historic Georgian town), Bristol, Newport
    and Cardiff. I believe Portsmouth Harbour is also on a main line to
    London Waterloo, so if you can't find things to do there you really
    are not trying.

    Also you could come out for a beer!

    For the web try:

    Peter Chant, Feb 18, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Plymouth itself isn't a fabulous city, but it is located in a beautiful
    area. Some spectacular scenery, and historically very interesting too.
    I've holidayed in the surrounding area a couple of times, and will be going
    back, repeatedly - a great deal to see.

    Doing some study overseas is also always a good thing, whether your wife's
    current employer recognises that or not, she'll surely benefit. The old
    cliche about travel broadening the mind is true, but actually living in a
    place, even for only a month, does an awful lot more fpr you than you ever
    get from just visiting as a tourist.

    I'd say go for it.

    (Of course, I just might drive down and visit...)


    PS - if you do go for it, we can talk off-line about some specific places
    you might want to see. P.
    Bandicoot, Feb 18, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    D'Oh. I replied regarding Portsmouth. You were talking Plymouth.
    It is a very pleasent part of the county, Devon. Unfortunately it
    is not quite so well suited to travelling to other parts of the
    county I described in my earlier post, but being rather pleasent
    itself that should not be a great issue.
    Peter Chant, Feb 18, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    I find any change of scenery gets me out of a rut and into shooting
    for myself more. Especially a foreign country because what seems
    commonplace to them may be weird or spectacularly beautiful to you.
    McLeod, Feb 19, 2005
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    Syv Knight Guest

    and I forgot to mention Cornwall's no 1 attraction - the Eden Project. Walk
    through a tropical rainforest in the world's largest greenhouse + much other
    stuff too. Many photo ops inside and out. About thirty miles from Plymouth.
    Syv Knight, Feb 19, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    Hell, it's only a month mate. Go for it. I've been full time care-
    taker since October, and have moved around the world (Netherlands,
    Cornwall, London, Caribbean, NY, S.Africa) much of it with my wife's
    work, and don't regret a minute! As for the work...a word of advice..
    no matter what you do, it will always be there. Work makes more work.

    Annnnnyway, Plymouth itself isn't anything too much to write home
    about, (not "chocolate box" as they say), but there are plenty of
    fantastic photo ops out & about. It depends on your style of photo,
    but Plymouth itself is full of character, like the gritty street
    life down on Union street, or the industrial world of the docks, etc.

    The prime site not mentioned yet is Isambard Kingdom Brunel's rail
    bridge over the Tamar. (The Tamar separates england from the best
    part of the country). The way to snap this one is from a train,
    and the journey from London Paddington to Cornwall is the most
    spectacular I know in UK. The most stunning parts are the redstone
    cliffs at Dawlish (near Exmouth) and the rail bridge over the Tamar.
    As others have mentioned, you should visit Cornwall, and a trip by
    train from Paddington to Penzance is a great way to start. St.Michael's
    mount at Penzance offers a lot of character, and I can name 1,000 other
    places in cornwall to go but that's another story. For the most part
    it would be useful to have a car.

    Unlike Plymouth, Dartmoor villages -are- chocolate box, and the
    stone hedges and wild ponies have a lot of opportunity for photos.
    If possible, go sailing and take pics of the harbour. Go up the
    Hoe and get an idea just what WWII did for the skyline. The
    Barbican could give some great night shots. For sport shots,
    try to catch the gig racers on the river or on the sea over at
    Rame head etc. Take the Tamar ferry and some great pub walks.

    Anyway, I would advise it, with one proviso: I went to the end
    of england for 3 months and stayed 10 years.
    Ken Tough, Feb 19, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Thanks, I've decided to go for it. Now it's a matter of getting the full
    month off.
    Matt Clara, Feb 20, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Good on yer! Let me know when you're over here.

    Bandicoot, Feb 21, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    You know you'll love it.
    Alan Browne, Feb 21, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Whereabouts do you reside, Peter? Anywhere near Plymouth?
    Matt Clara, Feb 23, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Nope, nearer to Cambridge. But I could drive over for a day or two -
    'specially if you had a floor I could crash on...


    Bandicoot, Feb 24, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Peter, what handle is it I'm supposed to "insert here"?
    Matt Clara, Feb 24, 2005
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