Category Archives: Cambridge

U3AC Photo Forum 18 – A Sense of Movement

Alan and Tim set the brief for this session: ‘Friday’s theme [is] “a sense of movement”. The obvious shots would be: wildlife, birds in flight or animals running; sport of all kinds; sailing, aeroplanes etc. More creatively, anything you interpret … Continue reading

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Totem

A totem pole is carved and painted log, mounted vertically, constructed by the native people of the north-western coast of the US and Canada. They come in seven main kinds: memorial poles; grave markers; house posts; portal poles; welcoming poles; … Continue reading

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Why Blue Rope?

I had a moment of realisation in the Botanic Garden of Wednesday (actually one of many revelations that morning, but they are part of another story).  Asked to explain why I took photographs of the ubiquitous bright blue rope, for … Continue reading

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Prayer Flags

These warning tapes flapping in the breeze are reminiscent of Buddhist prayer flags.  Yellow symbolises the element earth and the east; horizontal flags, are called Lung Dar.  Prayer flags should always be still and it is considered disrespectful if they … Continue reading

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The Knowledge

The writer Patrick Leigh Fermor believed passionately in having well-stocked shelves of reference books close to hand, ‘…and they must be near the dinner table where arguments spring up which have to be settled then or never.’  The knowledge is … Continue reading

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Travel Bags

I’m sure there is a thesis to be written on what our travel bags say about us.  Travelling writers would provide good case studies. Patrick Leigh Fermor, about to set out on his trudge across Europe in 1933, stopped off … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 16 – Next Term’s Topics

Topics agreed for next term, in no particular order: Photojournalism – with Brian Harris Street Photography – members’ photographs Cityscapes and architecture – members’ photographs Points Of View 1 – outdoor session taking photographs in City centre Points of View … Continue reading

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Rana Begum, No. 764 Baskets

The opening exhibition at the new Kettle’s Yard includes No. 764 Baskets, 2017-18, by Rana Begum.  It‘s a site specific sculpture made up on a thousand bamboo baskets, hand woven in Bangladesh.  ‘The work draws upon the artist’s childhood memories … Continue reading

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Cafe Culture 6

‘Fantastic food in the centre of Cambridge’, is how the Michaelhouse Café promotes itself.  The web site explains: it ‘is one of Bill’s Cafés founded and operated by food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell. Bill has been involved in Michaelhouse … Continue reading

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Budgens

One of the advantages of living in this otherwise unremarkable bit of suburban Cambridge is being near good local services.  Having Budgens just five minute’s walk away has been so convenient.  Not always the best quality, but a comprehensive range, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 12 – Macro Photography

Adventures in small things with Chris Thomas.  A largely technical, ‘how to’ presentation, but none the less interesting for that.  Chris eschews expensive specialist macro lenses and relies on converters, supplementary lenses, extension tubes, reversing rings and the lens from … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Street Photography

‘Street photography: observing or connecting?’ was the question Jane Lynas and I posed to the U3AC Photography Forum yesterday.  Our starting points were that street photography: pictures people and everyday life in public spaces; relies on serendipity and ambiguity; explores … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Snow 2

The snowfall was light, directed by a gentle wind.  In the woods snow settled on branches outlining them in graphic sketches of black and white; in open places the drift painted the trunks is white, as though seen in a … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Snow 1

At the beginning of November I mentioned that I hoped to photograph the Beechwoods in snow.  On Sunday 10th December I awoke to about three centimetres of snow on the ground with more still falling.  Wrapped up well, and with … Continue reading

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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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