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Stunning Cheddar Gorge is definitely worth a visit!

Cheddar Gorge is located in Somerset, England. After a recommendation, I decided to visit the area to get a glimpse of the gorge first hand. A quick check of the weather the day before showed a window of opportunity to head across the country and enjoy a sunny and warm day! The drive from London will take about 3hrs 30mins, give or take, depending on how many stops you make along the way.

Cliff-top views

 

You need to give yourself time to explore, so my recommendation is to leave early (6 am) in the morning so you can get there bright, early and find a convenient parking spot. It seemed to be busiest after 1 pm until about 5 pm. There is range of things you can do in the location to keep you entertained. The main attraction being Cheddar Gorge itself, you can walk down to Jacobs Ladder and make your way up to the Lookout Tower at the top which has some excellent 360 views. Note of caution, it is about 274 steps to the top, and you can pace yourself with small rest areas as you work your way to the top. Also, when completing the Gorge Walk, I saw lots of people making their way up to the Gorge which I think is free but the route is significantly more tricky for inexperienced walkers as there is no guidance or permanent footpath.

 

Winding roads back to Cheddar

The Gorge Walk itself is stunning, once at the top you can walk at a leisurely pace and follow the footpath as it straddles the Gorge. Great place for impromptu picnics, taking the dog for a walk or even a few selfies! You can come back down Jacobs Ladder once done or walk the entirety of the Cliff-top Walk which takes about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace. The route down is a little tricky so be careful and make sure you have donned your walking boots before making your way up to the Gorge. Once down you can enjoy a gentle walk back down to Cheddar along with a winding road and take a break at any of the wide variety of cafes or ice cream parlours ranging from Costa to local ones.

 

Gough’s Cave

After a short break, visit the Gough’s Cave and explore the stunning rock formations that lie underneath. It will probably take about 45minutes to see all the caverns and chambers although with the audio guide maybe even longer and look out for the Cheddar that is stored down there! If you have children, I recommend exploring the Dreamhunters Cave which is a much a more interactive experience of how prehistoric societies may have lived. After, why not stop for an icecream or even buy some Cheddar? You may want to end the day at the Museum of Prehistory which has some interesting exhibits with plenty of information to explore for about 30mins.

For the more active adventurers, you can even go caving or rock climbing! You will need to book this in advance.

Overall, this was an excellent day out, and I highly recommend a visit! If you have any questions or queries get in touch!

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Last weekend, I visited a classic car boot sale in King’s Cross, London. This area has been going through some serious gentrification. So, when I heard about this one-off event, I packed my camera and made my way down early Saturday morning. The day started off bright and sunny but as I drew closer to central London on my train ride it the clouds gathered, and it was becoming clear that this was going to be a wet affair!
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For a rather modest £5 entry,  you can get to explore the finest vintage fashion, accessories and homeware straight from the boots vintage cars. Alongside this, it was a great opportunity to dress up and make a statement.

What to bring with you?

– A digital camera can be your smartphone
– Fully charged battery and spare
– 50mm prime lens
– Waterproofs and cover for your camera!

What to do?

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Events such as these are a fantastic opportunity for you to meet people who love to have their photo taken. This is great for you as it will make your job easier in approach as more often than not they will be very receptive for you to take some pictures.

The Vintage Carboot sale

Carrying a 50mm lens is a perfect for this sort of event as it will give you high-end images while also getting you to think creatively on your feet. You will no doubt, have to move, and as a result, you will be able to find distinct angles and frames which will enhance your photography experience.
Taking the first step is always the hardest. By asking the question you have done half the work already, so don’t hesitate and get on and introduce yourself to people around you.
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Here is Simon, he sells vintage clothing with his son Jamie and his friend Jack. I initially started off by asking Jamie and Jack if I could take a picture of them together (thinking they were customers!) as they were manning the stall. We got talking about vintage leather jackets, and they recommended going to the East End to find outlets and stores which specialise in this. It was a bit of a hobby for them both, and during our conversation, Simon came in with a half finished cheeseburger. At first, I asked if I could take a photo of him and it was clear from his instant poses that he was very familiar with the process.
I told him about my interest in history and tales about my grandfather’s role in the British Indian Army during the Crown War in Burma during WW2. We exchanged stories of each other elders and discussed how modern life was very different to the world they lived in. It turned out that Simon was working with Channel 4 on producing some period dramas and now works with his son as part-time actors on vintage productions for BBC and ITV. The rain fell heavier as Jamie and Jack scurried to cover their goods to no real avail. This stall was a regular one-off and an opportunity for them to share their passion for the days gone by. We talk for quite a while and even posed for other photographers passing by.
As the rain died down and the cloud looked without the need to move, I carried on walking around the car boot sale, searching out nicknacks while seeing if I could spot the next photography opportunity. The temperature has certainly dropped a few degrees over the last few days as we head deeper into autumn. The footfall started to increase as new faces started to appear, more couples too!
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My favourite picture of the day was this couple; they looked deeply in love, and I love the chemistry between them in this picture.
The sun started to break through sporadically as I continued exploring the stalls, people in their element. I came across this stall and started talking to the vendor about his record boxes. A graphic designer by trade he has been buying these boxes for the last 20 years, with a keen interest in the boxes and not necessarily the records which sellers are keen to offload on to him. He told me recently he donated a series of records to a local charity shop only to be contacted a few months later thanking him for the £480 the records had earned them! I learned that records need to be kept upright at all times to maintain their posterity. Any deviation for this can lead to the vinyl ‘bending’ when I suggested stacking them flat he corrected me by saying the weight of the records can lead to them bending and consequently being damaged overtime.
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The sun started to shine through as I took some more photos and talked to more vendors. It was a fantastic event to go and experience. You can truly immerse yourself or just be a fly on the wall!

Introducing the DJI Phantom Drone over Shymbulak Ski Resort

An introduction to Shymbulak Ski Resort

In this video I will introduce the the DJI Phantom Drone in Kazakhstan.

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