There was a protest in our village, in support of a hedge. Actually the hedge was only part of the protest, a symbol of what might be lost in the event of unconstrained housing development which both extended the village and which lost us an ancient hedge. So we had a photo call for the local newspaper in preparation for another hearing by the District Planning Committee. The chap at the stepladder is the photographer for the newspaper.
A visit to London is always going to be good for some different photos, and Elephant and Castle, where there is a fair amount of development under way, was a case in point. Here is Strata Tower, a residential building with its own wind turbines in the top (not shown here). It’s a shame that the turbines may not be used because the vibration disturbs the residents in the higher flats. I liked the juxtaposition of cranes and architecture.
And a visit to family was the reason for my presence in London. Grandma reads to two small brothers.
But then Grandma stole one away to stay with her for a couple of days – Mum and Dad get a rest.
And on the way back to the station, we crossed the Thames, normally an attractive scene. This is Blackfriars Bridge, looking west.
Cold mornings persist this month, with high pressure dominating the weather for most of the week. That means misty or foggy starts with beautiful sunrise or sunset colours, with no cloud to obscure the sun. Here is my favourite wind farm, taken as I travelled north for some flying on Friday.
I had a tour of Cambridge earlier in the week, courtesy of the “Treasure Trail”. The tour was enjoyable and interesting and of course there were photo opportunities. I was sad to see that a couple’s life was outside in the cold.
King’s Parade, next to King’s College, is always a great place to get decent images. I used a Lumix GM5 for this shot, with no hood on the lens; the effect works pretty well, I think.
Sundials abound in Cambridge, and here is a rather beautiful example, at one of the colleges of Cambridge University.
I normally ask permission of someone like this before taking a photo, unless I think that they aren’t aware; this chap wasn’t yet playing and he was aware – hence the rather baleful stare, perhaps.
I never tire of this scene. I must have many instances, but this is the first time that I’ve adjusted the keystone distortion caused by a tilted camera. I adjusted it in Phase One’s Capture One Pro (v10).
I admit that I was trying to catch a candid of this friend in the Pig and Falcon pub, in St Neots. But I forgot that I had set my AF to Manual so he is out of focus . . . my story now is that I was interested in the lists of beers in this excellent beer pub. The current landlord has removed the kitchen and it is now a stills room where casks can be conditioned prior to tapping and pouring. There are many beers here, something for everyone.
The last pig in the Pig and Falcon’s décor.
The moon was full this week. I took this shot of Shuttleworth House (where is housed the Shuttleworth Collection of historic aircraft) just before the full moon. I think that the term is “waxing gibbous”.