Friday, 3 April 2020

Cherry Blossom and Magnolia

These shots were all taken on one afternoon, not far from home, whilst out on my government sanctioned daily exercise.  It was too sunny a day for flower photography, but the blossom looked too good to ignore.  Magnolias are a particular favourite of mine.  I love their bold size and delicate colour, and above all their transience.  More than any other spring flower, Magnolia blossom has a very brief window at it's best, before the wind takes it away.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Porlock Saltmarsh

I don't normally post just one image.  Three is normally my minimum for a blog post.  But, we live in 'interesting' times, and must make do with what we have.  In this case just one shot of the saltmarshes at Porlock.

Having been to Cornwall the previous day, we decided to cross over the other border into Somerset, to explore Porlock.  It was a calmer and greyer day than the previous one, and, as anyone who read the story of the 'Overland Launch' will know, Porlock Weir is a very sheltered harbour.  This all meant that the sea offered little in the way of interesting wave motion images.  But the main focus of our visit were the salt marshes and in particular a patch of petrified trees. These proved a little tricky to find and even trickier to get to.  By the time we reach the trees, there was little time available to get some shots.  This was the best shot I managed.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Bude Sea Pool

These images were taken at the start of the month, before all the current restrictions.

I was in Devon for a few days visiting my friend Vic.  Sea pools always make good subjects for long exposure and we knew there was a good example in Bude, so that was the first mission.  We were on site a few hours before high tide and were able to track the tide as it came in and topped the pool.

We had chosen a day of 'challenging' weather, a strong, and frankly bitter, wind with alternating sun and 'sharp' showers.  Despite doing my best to hold down my tripod, the wind proved too much for most the of the >30 second exposures.  I had a lot more success with exposures of around 1 to 2 seconds.  I particularly enjoyed capturing the movement of the water over the broad pool wall.


Saturday, 29 February 2020

Snowdrops at Benington

These images were all taken early in the month, before all the recent storms started.  It's been a few years since I last took a trip to Benington, so I thought it was time for a revisit.  The gardens of Benington Lordship are great, but this trip, like many in the past, I didn't get that far.  Instead I spent my time in the churchyard of the church of St Peter.  This too has a superb display of snowdrops, with the added attraction of the old gravestones.


Saturday, 8 February 2020

Kings Chapel In Green

Last night the chapel of King's College was one of a number of buildings across the country that were lit green, as part of Kidney Cancer UK's awareness week.  Several CCC members came out to photograph it.  I was there in time for blue hour, and the green looked superb against the dark blue sky.  Once the sky was full black, I concentrated on details and reflections.


Monday, 3 February 2020

More from The Mosque

Another set of pictures from the Cambridge Central Mosque.  Starting with some detail shots from inside, followed by some images from the Islamic garden and portico.  It was a rare sunny morning, which gave some interesting shadows, both in the atrium (see previous post) and the portico.


Friday, 31 January 2020

Cambridge Central Mosque

I recently took part in one of three trips by CCC members to the newly opened Cambridge Central Mosque on Mill Road.  Thanks to Alan for organising.

The design of the mosque was inspired by both Islamic and English religious architecture.   Worshippers entering the building pass first through an Islamic garden, followed by a covered portico and then an atrium, before reaching the prayer hall.  A connecting space between the atrium and prayer hall has access to wash rooms, but is also angled, so that the atrium can face Mill Road and the prayer hall can face Mecca.  A series of large wooden columns ('trees') dominate the portico, atrium and prayer hall.  These are reminiscent of fan vaulting in European Gothic church design.  In particular, the architects wanted the prayer hall to echo King's College Chapel.  The result is a beautiful, airy and contemplative space.