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A Riverfront Inn in Wales

A Riverfront Inn in Wales circa 1987 A digitally restored 35 mm photo.

I took my first trip to the United Kingdom in the late summer of 1987. It was a two-week guided bus tour, which began in London. We then worked our way north through Wales and onto Edinburgh, Scotland, then back down to London. I was traveling alone, and so was a woman from Seattle named Anne. They paired us up as roommates, and we’ve been friends ever since.

Our tour included a brief visit to Wales, and by brief I mean lunchtime. We stopped for fish and chips. It was my first experience having real, British fish and chips, with the fish being wrapped in newspaper. It was, in a word, delicious. After lunch we had to get back on the bus. Wales is a beautiful country. It has a lot of mountains, which creates some spectacular scenery. Thankfully, I was able to take photos from the bus window. 

I was using my Nikkormat FT3 35mm SLF camera, along with a polarized lens filter. It’s the perfect filter for shooting through glass as it helps eliminate unwanted reflections. The only disadvantage I had was the camera itself. It was fully manual. I had no auto focus or continuous shooting mode, but I still managed to get a couple of great photos. Good photography is about working with what you have, even in less than ideal situations.

Gayle Martin


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