A one-day client sales trip to Toronto afforded me a few hours to see the city.
Art installation, Flock of Geese in the Eaton Centre shopping mall
Downtown Toronto, as viewed from the CN Tower
Art installation in Toronto Airport, Ingo Maurer’s “Earthbound… Unbound”
I’ve not really taken many photos in the last few months, but a spur-of-the-moment trip to Madrid was a great way to get my photo-mojo back in gear. While there were few photogenic subjects in the city, the Botanic Gardens contained a wealth of stunning visual treats. I also put together another Colour & Form montage from the Botanic Gardens .
Close-up of Purple Iris
Water droplets on a leaf
Textured bark of bonsai tree
Water droplets on red bonsai leaf
Water droplets on bonsai leaf
Retiro Park, in central Madrid. A bright sunny day. Water fountains. Perfect conditions for capturing the water patterns of a jet of water, with time-frozen droplets of another fountain filling the rest of the frame.
The Natural History Museum houses a collection of beautiful minerals, gems and rocks. The sheer variety of colours and patterns made this a perfect subject for another of my Colour & Form montages.
After visiting the Natural History Museum, a few of us headed over to the neighbouring Science Museum to checkout the recently-updated LaunchPad exhibit. One of the displays demonstrated the phenomenon of sublimation (see the Wikipedia article on sublimation for a more detailed background). The simple set-up allowed small pellets of solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) to come into contact with water, whereby the carbon dioxied will sublime directly from solid to gaseous form, without becoming a liquid. The jets of gas spewing from the pellets caused them to skid around the surface of the water, creating mesmerising patterns.
I took part in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk, which saw 7,500 photographers in 230 locations around the world go out together and take photos of their home cities. As I’ve lived in Cambridge for a long time, and photographed many of the buildings and scenes, I decided to start on a project that has been long overdue – creating a “Colour & Form” montage of my home town. I’ve already created several of these from other places I’ve visited, notably France, Costa Rica, Barcelona, South Africa and Italy. I managed to put together this rather nice one from a 2 hour walk through town. I now have plenty of ideas for creating a dozen more “Colour & Form” montages for Cambridge, so I’d better get cracking!
Here are few of my other favourite photos from the walk:
Wooden hatch in Senate House Passage
Railings on Senate House
Old wooden door in Senate House Passage
Detail above the Gate of Honour, Caius College
Gate to Senate House
Water Lily in Clare Gardens
Bicycle in archway, Clare College
Old wooden doorway, Old Schools
On a bright and frosty December morning on my way to work, I was able to enjoy some prime time taking photos in the wintry wonderland of St. John’s College Backs. I’ve taken many photos of the St. John’s Backs in the snow, but this is the first time I was able to catch a slightly wintry view in bright sunshine, rather than overcast snow-clouds.
Ripples formed in the Cam as melting frost dripped from branches overhead
Frosty grass on the banks of the River Cam
Close-up of frost on a stone bridge
As the sun melted the frost on tree branches, water droplets formed pretty refractions of St. John’s New Court
A 71 megapixel panorama of St. John’s Backs on this bright frosty morning
More photographs from this wintry set are available on CantabPhotos
Haven’t had much time recently to sort through my latest photos, but as I’d like to update this photoblog regularly, I’ll add some older photos that haven’t had public airing yet.
Here’s one I took at Strawberry Fair in June 2006.