Architectural Photography at Papplewick Pumping Station

14 September 2018

10:00 - 16:30

Papplewick Pump Station
Rigg Lane
United Kingdom
NG15 9AJ

Tel:01225 325 733

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Non RPS Member£99.00 
RPS Member£75.00 
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Papplewick Pumping Station
Situated in rural Nottinghamshire, Papplewick’s 200ft well was sunk in 1882 to supplement the water provision for the city of Nottingham. The massive twin beam steam engines were operational until 1969, when they were replaced by electric pumps. Today, fully restored, this temple of Victorian splendor still runs steaming days throughout the year.

This unique site, which is a scheduled ancient monument remains substantially unaltered and has several buildings housing a variety of smaller steam engines & boilers, which are also open for our exclusive use on this course.

We shall be on site as the boilers are being stoked, ready for the following weekend’s steaming session. The main engine house stands aside a formal lake surrounded by fine gardens. Inside, twin Watts beam engines sit in their sumptuously decorated hall which we may leisurely photograph without the interruption of the paying public throughout the day. We’ll be on hand with lighting and technical guidance to help you get the best shots. (Please note: the engines will be fired up but stationary on our photography day).

Your day will begin with a classroom tutorial, where composition and lighting will be discussed, together with exposure, and wide angle vs telephoto lens choice. You will be using ambient and artificial light and you may want to bring your fill-flash to control contrast and add mood to interiors.

Course Location:
Papplewick Pump Station
Rigg Lane
NG15 9AJ
Parking is at the top of the main drive inside the grounds. Please open & shut the big green gates and come up to the Station.  The classroom is in the education block behind the chimney.

Start:  9.45pm for a 10am start and the course finishes at around  4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

There is tea & coffee for refreshments but you will need to bring a  packed lunch, as Papplewick is in a rural location with no facilities for purchasing food nearby, although there is a kitchen for our use on site. There is free parking on site but being remote, public transport options are limited, so please ask for advice if you are unable to make your own way there.

Please bring
All Lenses, Spare  Batteries and a Tripod if you have one, if not we have some.
A notebook and pen and your camera Instruction book.

Additional Notes:
Our day includes some time outside, so do  dress for theweather and season.
Martine’s Mobile: 07957 165884

Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Email the event organiser
01225 325 733

Region: East Midlands, Bristol (HQ)