Category Archives: Cambridge

U3AC Photo Forum 7 – What Makes a Good Picture?

Gerry Metcalfe, camera club member and photo judge of 20 plus years took the Forum through the challenges of judging.  The post on 21st July 2017 covers an earlier presentation to the U3AC by Gerry.  His views on judging? ‘It’s … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 5 – Post Processing

Using Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efx, just three of the wide range of packages available, Sue Fifer and Molly Warrington showed how easy post processing is in the digital age compared with the time of silver and chemical baths.  If … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 5 – Travel

Alan Bird’s discursive 14 point introduction to travel photography: 1. Define; 2. History; 3. Key photographers; 4. Perspectives; 5. Own experiences; 6. Photographic equipment; 7. Luggage; 8. Security; 9. Travel logistics; 10. Risks; 11. Security; 12. Ethics; 13. Some of … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 4 – Landscapes

Mike Morrish started his class by saying that, for him, looking at a landscape and responding to it emotionally was more important than the photography.  Working through examples by Don McCullin, Colin Baxter, Ansel Adams, Charlie Waite and Fay Godwin, … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Waiting for snow?

Randy Pangborn commented on my post ‘Gunnar Ekelof in Hadstock’ (27th February 2015) and suggested I read Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.  He quoted the last verse: The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, / But … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Beech Lore 5

‘Healing: In The Bach Flower Remedies Beech is used against mental rigidity, fault finding, intolerance, arrogance and lack of sympathy.  Meditation: Meditation with the Beech helps us relax and let go of fixed ideas, which hinders us and our development. … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 3 – History of Photography

Today I presented ‘A (Partial) History of Photography in 20 Photographs’ at the Photo Forum.  It was partial in both senses: it covered only a small part of the history; and it reflected my tastes and choices.  I aimed to … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Lore 4

‘Beech is linked with time, wisdom and knowledge but especially written wisdom, as the Beech was used in thin slices to write upon and form the very first books. This is corroborated by the fact that Beeches were called ‘Boc’ … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Lore 3

‘Ceridwen as Henwen, the great white ancient sow, was said to possess great wisdom from eating nuts from the sacred Beech tree which for Druids symbolised ancient knowledge and tradition (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm— Druid Animal Oracle). In Greek legend … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Lore 2

‘Beech is known for her generosity of spirit, she gives both protection and nourishment, as she fans her branches out into a broad canopy that is useful for shelter and her beech nuts used to be a valuable food source. … Continue reading

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Anti-pictorial?

I rarely take of what I think of as traditional, pictorial photographs of subjects that might generally be thought of as beautiful, charming or otherwise attractive.  I’m not immune to beauty and enjoy it in its many forms, but that’s … Continue reading

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Ermine Moth – Nine Wells

Ermine moths are usually white or pale grey with many dark speckles, hence the name.  The larvae make spectacular and ghostly communal web like nests for protection, allowing them to gorge on trees, sometimes stripping them bare.  The trees may … Continue reading

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Attenborough Building

Yesterday afternoon I visited The Attenborough Building – ‘a conservation Campus like no other’ – as part of the Open Cambridge Programme.  It was good to see the clean, elegant lines of the Dowson/Arup building revealed after an environmentally sensitive … Continue reading

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Murray Edwards Art

Adventurous visitors to Cambridge become urban explorers and discover that the City has much more to offer than the bustling centre and its ring of ancient colleges.  Those who climb the unenticing Castle Hill will be rewarded by the artscape … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Regeneration

Natural regeneration of woodland is the process by which dying trees are replaced by new ones growing from seeds that fall and germinate in situ.  Over much of the last two to three hundred years foresters have restocked and created … Continue reading

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