On a cold and very wet Sunday in February a group of photography enthusiasts from as far afield as Poole & Essex descended on Longleat Safari Park. The weather forecast was for rain the whole day, but 10 of us made the trip and kept as positive as we could.
The one benefit of the awful weather was that only a handful of others had braved the elements, so the park was nice and quiet. When I say quiet, sadly several of the cafes are "themed" rather badly, and have loud music or overly loud thunder claps as "effects". I'm sure Longleat paid £1000's for these "features", but really, they spoiled the dining experience. If you are listening Longleat please turn the volume down a notch or two.
On a more positive note, a couple of features that were really good for photographers - a hot air blower in the tropical butterfly house that helps de-mist camera lens within just a few seconds, and a tripod that anyone could use in the Bat Cave. Small things, but kudos to Longleat for these.
A good time was had by all, and the photos that I've seen so far from
people who attended are really rather good indeed. Please don't let a
bit of bad weather put you off from going out and taking photos. You
might have to work a bit harder, and maybe not have quite so many
keepers, but it's almost always still worth the effort.
Would you like to join us on our next Photo Experience Day Social? Check out the website and get in touch. New people are always welcomed.