Category Archives: Photos

Winter Walk

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We had a rather chilly but very pretty walk on the Wimpole Hall estate this morning.

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Here’s the view from near the folly:

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If you really want to see the whole picture from here, though, there’s another of my scrolly-panorama things here.

Then we walked back through the woods.

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The Morning Bathe

The morning bathe

Trying a tripod

tripodI got a new tripod yesterday, and took it out to play today (just very briefly while I was ostensibly walking the dog).

One thing I’ve been enjoying recently is stitching together multiple images to create a panorama, and a tripod makes this work very much better. But how to display the very wide images that can result?

Well, here’s one way.

And here’s another image from a slightly different viewpoint.

I quite like this effect, but even in this form, I’m using images that are 1/5th of the original size in each dimension. Here’s the smaller one as a 60 Mpixel image, for example, albeit not at full quality.

Now, interestingly, I have a printer which can take rolls of photo paper, meaning that I could actually print out something like this at a decent size. Anybody got a spare corridor in which to hang it, though?

Iconoclasm

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This bold new installation at Wimpole Hall asks difficult — some would say provocative — questions about the role of traditional art forms in a modern world.

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Echoing the delayed gratification of the wrapped Christmas gift, the artist seems to imply that the projection of the sculptor’s immediate intent onto the viewer’s consciousness is, in itself, best understood as an ephemeral dualism.

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The exhibition runs throughout the winter, and there is no charge for admission.

Textures

What is this strange exotic mix of natural textures flowing past the domed obstruction?

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And the answer is…. chicken wire!

At least, it’s a fence post to which chicken wire is attached. I photographed it twice using a macro extension tube in the low winter morning light, then stitched the two halves together before doing a reasonably high-contrast conversion to black and white.

Here’s a more conventional view taken a bit later from further away – using the same lens, as it happens, but without the macro tube.

Silver and bronze

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Cycling in the light

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A shot from this morning’s dog-walk to complete my ‘Frosty Grantchester’ triptych!

Running in the light

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From another frosty Grantchester dog-walk…

Walking in the light…

Walking in the light

This morning on a frosty Grantchester Meadows.

In the Beechwoods

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Yesterday morning’s dog walk.

Speed dial

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I bought this old copper telephone in a Delft antique shop many years ago. I think it’s probably Belgian or French and dates from around the 30s. I re-wired it to work on the UK phone network – not very well, I must admit – but the ringer was a pleasing sound. However, it’s many years now since we had a landline, and it’s just been gathering dust, so I’ve been taking some photos before putting it on eBay.

I can’t help feeling, though, that there must be a lot of history behind this shot. What did those labels mean to whomever wrote them? Whom did they call, what did they talk about? It has a few bumps and scratches, and I wonder where and when it got them? In some office move during the war, perhaps?

How fun it would be to have a time machine…

Rule of Thirds

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