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30 Nov 2012 - 03:1494543
Your Photoshoot Locations
Please refer to this thread before posting!

Please share some of your favourite locations with us should the idea go through!
Links to photos you've taken there, your comments on the spot, Where it is, what genres you think it would be suitable for? etc

Post as many spots as you like but please separate each location per post to keep things tidy and easy to filter through!


30 Nov 2012 - 03:5494546
Freshfields | Liverpool
Victoria Road

Map
Point A - Entrance to the site
Point B - Freshfields train station
Roughly 12 minute walk between the two

Information
Site has toilets at entrance for easy changing - though these close at 6pm.
Entrance is free for those on foot - I think a small charge applies for vehicles. Park does not close - as there is a caravan park within the complex - but if you are staying after dark take torches! There are no streetlamps it can get very dark once the sun sets. Take a packed lunch - there is an icecream truck at the entrance but you wont find much else out there. Respect the park - it is a nature reserve so don't leave any of your litter - and as always BBQ's and fires are not permitted on the beach or within the grounds.

Traits
Offers a range of unique scenery including dense forests, huge, steep sanddunes, stretches of beach, empty fields and woodland paths. There is also a small forest of trees close to the shore that have been buffeted by the coastal wind so much that they all lean in one direction - it's very surreal.

Photos






Genres
Fantasy, [Hobbit, Game of Thrones etc]
RPG's [Tales of], Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, etc. Varied.




Last edited by Emzone (30 Nov 2012 - 03:58)
30 Nov 2012 - 07:3294549
St Botolph's Church - Northfleet, Kent

Map --> http://goo.gl/maps/Yrinm

Information

Nicely overgrown graveyard that has been neglected for quite a few years now. Gorgeously derelict with a lot of spaces for photos. Large church on the north side that still does weddings, though the actual graveyard is cordoned off, you can still access it by climbing over a small wall to the east of the church.

Traits

Overgrown graveyard with derelict grave markers, stones and large brick work that is partly collapsed.

:WARNING:

Best to put this here as well, the site is quite dangerous, with several of the larger stone structures in disrepair to a point where they can crumble under foot.

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30 Nov 2012 - 13:1694552
Brotherton Park & Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve - Bromborough, Wirral
North West England

Map

Information
There is a small car park off Spital Road.
Easily accessible from Spital train station, take a left when you leave the station and cross the road to walk down the first road you see (Vanderbyl Avenue). Walk to the end of the road for access straight into the park.
There is a small bed and breakfast at the end of Vanderbyl Avenue for any overnight travellers.
Other than that, there are no other services offered throughout the park so it may be worth taking food and drink (however there is an Asda round the corner from the site entrance).

Traits
Most impressive feature is the huge tunnel. This is not lit up however and only has a path on one side so be aware!
Has several bridges similar to 'Pooh-sticks' bridges (see Saria photo)
Also offers dense woodland, rivers, sprawling fields, staircases, edges overlooking lower parts of the forest. Lots of different areas to explore.

Photos


Suitable For
Fantasy
Fairy Tales
RPGS
Horror



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30 Nov 2012 - 14:1394553
Abandoned Pier (Riverwood Road) - Bromborough, Wirral
North West England

Map Link

To access the pier, take a left on the roundabout (off Plantation Road, towards Commercial Road). Almost immediately there are two small bollards leading onto an access path. Follow this path around and you will shortly come to a T junction on the path. There's a hill leading down towards the pier gate, which is always unlocked.

Information
This is right behind Croft Retail Park, which boasts a number of different restaurants as well as a big Asda. No need to worry about food if you've got a lot to pack.
There's also travel inns and a number of bed and breakfasts around Bromborough for overnight travel.

It is possible to walk from the retail park (lots of parking areas) however it's quite a big walk so be prepared! No train or bus access (unless you're prepared for the big walk. Closest train station is Spital). There is a car park further down the road from the exact location, however it's possible to park right outside the entrance to the path to the pier (we always do haha). It's on an industrial estate so the only traffic is usually lorries making deliveries and people taking driving lessons. Very quiet area.

Traits
Sprawling abandoned pier right next to the River Mersey.
Liverpool can be seen across from the pier so it's good for distance shots.
If the tide is out you can also make use of the gritty scenery on the shore.
Right next to some woods.
High grass area around access path.
(As a note, on the Rin Kagamine photo, this is only half the pier length!)

Photos


Suitable For
Anything really!



Last edited by Mungojerrie (01 Dec 2012 - 13:03)
30 Nov 2012 - 15:2594555
Arboretum Park, Nottingham

Location
To get to the Arboretum, you'd have to have someone who knows how to get around, but you can follow the tram line around to the park area.

Information
The park is open from 8 a.m until at least 7 p.m on weekdays, but on weekends and bank holidays its only open from 9 a.m.
A main problem is toilets and the fact that the park can, sometimes, have a lot of people running around. For cosplay, you will get a lot of stares and some people shouting, but nothing serious. Unless you're sensitive to that stuff, you can ignore it. Also, toilets. They're only open on event days. So you'd have to wear most of the cosplay and add the main parts on as you get there. Also, make sure weapons are only shown in photos, or people may report you, as my friend got reported once for a child's halloween axe prop as she was just holding it around town.
The park his disability access, but the hills are steep at times, but it's not hard to climb, if anything. There is on site parking, but I've never felt the need to use it, myself.
There is always a ice cream truck around inside the park, which is nice and there is also a small wildlife area, with birds, ducks and the sort. It's a nice area, even just to walk around.

Traits
The Arboretum offers flowered areas, trees, lovely scenery, but it can sometimes be ruined by rough fencing, but that can also be used to an advantage in specific photos, like decayed characters/areas. There are also parts of the Arboretum that can be used for multiple genres, like, what is called, the 'canons'. A small area of the Arboretum (that I haven't photographed too close to, yet) with a walled area that you are allowed to climb up with a form of bell tower, surrounded by four canon replicas. It is lovely.

Photos









Genres
The site can be used for just about...anything, if you put your mind to it.
As you can see I used it for Left 4 Dead 2's Ellis, which was a stretch to do, but the autumn leaves and the rugged fence and some brick walls (and holly bushes, aparently) made it possible. But, there are some stretches to genre...
I'd recommend;
RPG, Fantasy, Adventure, things like that. But, like I said, it can be stretched. I once thought that the tower/canon area could be used for the 'horror' game CATHERINE due to the bell area and just the bricked feel. If you take a good look at the website, you can see images and figure out how to stretch it.

If you're thinking of the area, contact me, I'm available most weekends and half terms. Here is the website link;

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3383


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30 Nov 2012 - 16:5494561
New Forest

Map

Information

The site is a national park and covers a huge area. You will need a car as to get to the site as there is no real public transport rout. There are wile horses in the new forest please try not to disturb them. There are no amenities and all the interesting posts are a long walk from the car packing areas.

Traits

Offers a large range of unique scenery. The site has many forests of different tips some open some dense Several different types on undergrowth. There are open planes hills valleys even a burned out dead forest. There are streams, rivers, marshes this site looks like medieval England only with out any buildings.

Photo Links

Location Scouting Trip
http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxseye/sets/72157624544790990/
Aisling Shoot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxseye/sets/72157624618729456/

Warnings

The site is huge and open and used by a lot of people so be prepared for people to ask what your doing lol. More seriously when you go out make sure your prepared to out there a long time as its a all the good spots are a great distance from the car parks. I recommend some good boots, some warm cloths and make sure you have some food and water. One last thing watch out for marshes if you go to far from the paths you can find your self in trouble.


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30 Nov 2012 - 17:2794562
Millennium Point Car Park (Birmingham)

This is quite possibly my favorite local location I use. I've only used this spot so far for fashion work but that's not much different to cosplay with regards to backdrops.I know when you read this you think car park but the back of it looks like some sort of post apocalyptic war zone.
MAP

Information

The site is easy to get to its a short walk from Birmingham city centre or if your going by car there is a car park on site. Directly influent of Millennium Point There is a large car pack you enter it via some gates. If you walk right to the back of the area you find a large open area. (Doesn't sound very great I know but you can get a lot out of it with the right angles)

Traits

Large open area, broken walls grafted. train lines in the back ground as well as city scope over head.

Photos





Warnings

The site is technically privet property for use as a car park but I've used the site a dozen times and no one has as much questioned me but there is always a first time hence this warning


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30 Nov 2012 - 20:5994571
Quote Mungojerrie:
Abandoned Pier (Riverwood Road) - Bromborough, Wirral
North West England

Map Link

To access the pier, take a left on the roundabout (off Plantation Road, towards Commercial Road). Almost immediately there are two small bollards leading onto an access path. Follow this path around and you will shortly come to a T junction on the path. There's a hill leading down towards the pier gate, which is always unlocked.

Information
This is right behind Croft Retail Park, which boasts a number of different restaurants as well as a big Asda. No need to worry about food if you've got a lot to pack.
There's also travel inns and a number of bed and breakfasts around Bromborough for overnight travel.

It is possible to walk from the retail park (lots of parking areas) however it's quite a big walk so be prepared! No train or bus access (unless you're prepared for the big walk. Closest train station is Spital). There is a car park further down the road from the exact location, however it's possible to park right outside the entrance to the path to the pier (we always do haha). It's on an industrial estate so the only traffic is usually lorries making deliveries and people taking driving lessons. Very quiet area.

Traits
Sprawling abandoned pier right next to the River Mersey.
Liverpool can be seen across from the pier so it's good for distance shots.
If the tide is out you can also make use of the gritty scenery on the shore.
Right next to some woods.


Just to add to this, there is a small field of high grass right next to the pier, around which is the path to the pier!


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04 Dec 2012 - 01:5794670
Some great locations being posted, keep them comings ^^.

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Some of the best locations I have found have been in Lancaster and Morecambe. Shame I don't live there anymore XD. Thankfully, my parents still do so I can still get there.

One of my favourites is Williamson's Park in Lancaster.

Information

It is a large public park towards the North of the City. It has large forest areas as well as a café and facilities. It is more well know for Aston Memorial which sits near the centre of the park. The park is free to use as is most of the buildings. You can access the top half of the Memorial itself which has some fantastic views (you do have to pay a small donation but it is worth it).

Opening Times

Williamson Park and all its amenities are open all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
• October to March: 10am to 4pm
• April to September: 10am to 5pm
Prices

Entry to Williamson Park grounds: Free
Entry to Ashton Memorial viewing gallery: £0.50
Entry to Butterfly House, mini beasts and small animal zoo:
• Adult £3.60
• Child £2.60
• Concessions £3.20
• Family ticket £11.50

Website
Williamson's Park, Lancaster

I have as yet to use it for a cosplay shoot but I am planning to at some point next year.

Traits
A fantastic park with plenty of areas to explore. Has various types of areas that would suit most styles. Great for all kinds of photography as well as costuming photos.

It is a very popular park so do expect that there may be people coming up to you asking what you are doing.

Warning!!!

As this is a public park run by the Lancaster Council do not take anything like weapons that are likely to be dangerous.

Styles
This location would most cosplay types. Especially fantasy and historical. As it is a Victorian park it would certainly suit Steampunk.


Williamson's Park 18 by Sephirayne, on Flickr


Williamson's Park 26 by Sephirayne, on Flickr

You can view more photos in my flickr gallery
Williamson's Park gallery by me


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05 Dec 2012 - 22:0394735
ERMERGAD EMI

Cannock Chase

Map
Information
Site has various tourist spots depending on what you're looking for, it's mainly forest-y areas with large woodland, lakes and small streams in various spots but does have some woodland paths and information centers.
Be careful of wildlife - mainly deer - as there are a fair amount wondering around and likely to get spooked easily. Activity center offers bike riding days so be careful that you don't end up on a bike route as you will be regularly interrupted during shoot.

Traits
Large forest / wood with lakes and small streams running though - Depending what part is visited.

Photos





Suitible for
Fantasy
RPGs


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Last edited by Om_nom_nom (05 Dec 2012 - 22:04)
06 Dec 2012 - 00:5694742
Birmingham City Center

Information
Birmingham city center has some beautiful buildings surrounding the market area that are brilliant for photo shoots. Downfall of this is the amount of people about - so if shooting here i'd be careful about people in the background - some of the buildings are too the side so it's easier to avoid any background people.
Locations such as the cathedral, fountains, museum and art gallery are brilliant for backdrops.

Traits
The City enter offers beautiful buildings to be used as scenery-esque photos, depending on what building it may be possible to get permition to shoot inside - Not the museum/art gallery.

Photos





Genres

Fantasy
Old fashioned (?)
RPG


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06 Dec 2012 - 01:3594744
Manchester
North West England

This will be added to since it's the city centre and thus has lots of spots - but here are three to start off with!

Map

Castlefield Metro stop #Tunnel

Very easy to find! You can just hop on one of the metros within the city centre and ride it to the 'Castlefield' stop. The tunnel in question is on the opposite side of track to the Hilton hotel [The largest building in Manchester]. It's literally right in front of the metro stop.



Information

As with all locations in this post - this is the city centre - you are going to have people in the background - people who will inquire to what you're doing, avoid weapons! Be polite and try not to block the routes, be wary and aware of your surroundings - I'd suggest not coming here at night as there are a strip of clubs at the bottom of the steps.


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Academy Steps
POINT A ON MAP

Map

Again accessible by the Castlefield metrostop - an easy route is highlighted in red from the station.


[Point A]

Large collesium like steps with a patch of grass at the top. Slight shelter constructed above the top as shown in top image. Leads down to the canal. Generally a quiet spot.

POINT B ON MAP



Easily reachable by a short walk from Point A on the map. A quaint little bridge, some old boats - all situated underneath the metro lines. /Generally a quiet place again easy to shoot in. Be respectful of the boats moored and watchful of the swans! I'm not 100% knowledgeable on the area itself but since it is generally a quiet spot be wary of your surroundings and company!

You can also access Castlefield by crossing the bridge - which is a very beautiful area of Manchester - but one I've yet to do full exploration of personally



Last edited by Emzone (06 Dec 2012 - 01:40)
27 Feb 2013 - 20:0297783
North West Wales
Aberdarron - Pwllheli - Portmadog



This is a small portion of Wales and while I cannot pinpoint the exact location of each photo its not hard to find beautiful spots like these in various locations. (A lot of these spots were found while playing the left and right game with parents in the car)




Information

A lot of these include hiking trails - although when I went I was not in any form of suitable hiking gear and a lot of the spots such as the one above that was on the road between Aberdarron and Pwllheli highlighted on map. Some spots are near roads and have pull in areas for you to explore, (these places aren't hard to find when just casually driving).
Be warned of hikers and people with dogs and the average photographer, don't worry - most of these places are very friendly and if people question and you're polite I don't see you having much trouble from the odd stares.

(A) & (B)





First image is a drive up of the highest point of the Llŷn Peninsula - You can get to the top by car but for newer unsure drivers I would not recommend (Sheep are prone to walk along the side and its a narrow way up the side with hiker and cars coming both ways). There is however a parking place 2/3rds of the way up for those who don't want to risk trying to drive.
Few tourists populate the area and an obvious warning: Cliffs & Very Windy.

(C)



Genres
Fantasy
RPG


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28 Feb 2013 - 00:3297791
Manor Houses (Part 1?)
Stafford - Derby - Isle of white

Shugborough Hall; information

Be sure to check the Official Website for Tickets and prices.
You are not permitted to take photos inside the actual house as in most National Trust buildings but Photography is allowed on the outside grounds around the house (Which is cheaper than going inside the house anyway).
There are quite a few visitors but depending on the day visited, such as there are certain days for school groups and also special events - be sure to check the dates beforehand.


(IMAGE LINK FROM GOOGLE)

There are a few smaller outbuildings and bridges scattered around the grounds and it is best in summer when the gardens are in full bloom although this would be a main tourist time.
Warning; If you are to do period costumes be careful not to be mistaken for an employee.

Location
4 miles from Stafford

Genres
Period - Victorian / Edwardian
Fantasy

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Chatsworth House; Information
Be sure to check the Official Websitefor tickets and prices.
The last time I checked you were allowed to take photos inside the house (Although not entirely sure now) - If you are planning a proper time consuming shoot it'd be best to email ahead of time to check if it'd be okay beforehand save a wasted trip. This location can be busy at times but the the place is beautiful - even to visit. This location was also used in BBCs adaptation of Pride and prejudiced.



(BOTH IMAGES LINKED FROM GOOGLE)

The grounds around the house are large with small outbuildings scattered around the area with smaller gardens and water features in the immediate area.
Same warnings apply as from above.

Location
Derbyshire

Genres
Period - Victorian / Edwardian
Fantasy

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Osbourn House; Information
Be sure to check the Official Website for Tickets and prices.
While Osborne house is in a harder to reach part of the UK for most I still decided to include it for those who maybe to live in the direct area.
As far as I can remember you are not allowed to take photos inside and parts of the outside grounds are sectioned off - It's wouldn't interfere much as I find buildings such as this look better from a slight distance. The outside grounds are incredibly large and takes a while to get around the whole area. There's a large garden area and a small Swiss cottage area as well as walking trails that surround the house.


(IMAGE LINK FROM GOOGLE)

Be careful of interactive events going on around the house - it's one of the more popular tourist destinations and can be quite busy with tours and events being held around the house.
All the other warnings from above apply.

Location
Isle of White

Genres
Period - Victorian / Edwardian
Fantasy

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NOTE: It has been quite a while since I have visited these places so if you are interested be sure to check the websites and maybe contact them if you are not 100% certain, just to be sure if it's fine. I would not recommend the places if you weren't interested in visiting in general.
Even if not for a cosplay shoot I find these places beautiful for general Photography.

Feel free to add a Part 2 if any of you have a few manor houses to share!


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22 Mar 2013 - 17:4599562
Keele Hall (Staffordshire)

Location


Keele Hall is located on the campus to Keele University link to the wiki for more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keele_Hall

Information

Originally I wasn't going to post this location due to the difficulty in gaining access. Keele Hall is a 19th century mansion house. The all is used by the university for Weddings, Conferences and Events

Link to relevant page
http://www.keele-conference.com/2/keele-hall

To gain access you will need to lease with the university. How ever the picturesque grounds are open to the public when not in use but any events that might be running.

Traits

The privies links showing there official sites should give you a idea of what the location has to offer. Perfect setting for grand cosplays ball dresses, Victorian style back drops or grand gardens

Photos

Keele Hall set from 2010
http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxseye/sets/72157624696648519/

The Hall is located in the grounds of Keele university witch is full of amazing locations you most of which you are free to use most of the time this photo set shows 2 days worth of shooting at both the university and Keele hall
Amecon 2012
http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxseye/sets/72157631118121090/

Just remember to arrange permission before you organize a shoot hear


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