RCPS Press Report 21st June 2017

The members of Ripon City Photographic Society are certainly doing well on the social side of things – meeting
at the Golden Lion for our monthly get together and the opportunity to head to the seaside! Plus there are many
now many local summer events to keep everyone supplied with a plethora of photographic opportunities.

Indeed, I have even heard a few members say the problem now is finding time to review and process all their
images – perhaps a job for the long winter evenings, well we have passed the longest day, so it won’t be long
now! However we still have the summer to enjoy with our next photographic get together at the Masham Steam

Engine Rally on 16th  July.

So the weather was more than kind for our trip to the coast, which also included the North York Moors Railway.
The report on the day is from Alistair Peterson: The day started at Goathland Railway Station where the first
steam trains of the day arrived at 10.30am and crossed in the Station platform, this is where the line changes to
a single track from Pickering. The weather obliged and it was absolutely glorious, the early start from Ripon
across the moors was well worth that effort. The station staff were on hand to explain the token system that
controls the safety aspect of changing to a single line and the cafe served up a welcome cuppa and home
made pastries. From there we discussed and agreed our day trip plan.

Then we moved onto Cowbar to park and access the best viewpoints on the cliff top North of Staithes Village to
photograph this idyllic coastal fishing village. At a leisurely pace, we then wandered around the village, talking to
locals and shooting the brightly coloured cottages, the day trippers, and of course the obligatory fishing boats
tied up in the harbour estuary. Lunch was, of course, the traditional fish, chips and mushy peas in the Cod and
Lobster Pub with a great viewpoint of the harbour activities, and of course some very welcome liquid
refreshment. Although one of the warmest days of the year, we were wafted and cooled down with a great fresh
breeze that was just made to measure.

After this welcome lunchtime pitstop, we headed further down the coast to our location of Saltwick just to the
south of Whitby Abbey; this location neatly avoided the weekend visiting masses and presented us with some
great viewpoints from the cliff tops. We then donned our Wellington Boots and took the steep descent down the
cliffs to access the beach below, we were very fortunate in that only a few people were occupying the beach
and enjoying this wonderful summer weather. As we were best-equipped foot ware wise to negotiate the
slippery seaweed and Kelp beds we meandered around the crystal clear rock pools and continued hiking along
the shoreline getting some great seascape shots and photos of the wrecks. The tide continued to recede and
we had the beach virtually to ourselves, however by 5 pm we were ready for a welcome rest break, so we
reclined on the rocks overlooking the distant Whitby Harbour Vista and reflected on what a great success the
whole day had been.
I have always maintained that the camera is only one part of the equation, you really need local knowledge to capture
your best images, and Stuart Holmes provided this knowledge in abundance. Stuart shared his wealth of
experience unselfishly, this provides the photographer with a great insight into the best lighting times, access
routes and access points, and naturally food for thought and ideas for planning future trips. Thanks Alistair for
your report and I hope we haven’t given away all the secrets for a successful photography trip to this part of the
coast.