In a relatively rare event, Venus and Jupiter were both very visible and close to each other in the evening sky, with the Moon passing between them. Cambridge was blessed with clear skies throughout this period, so I was able to photograph the progress of the Moon relative to the two planets, across three nights.
Venus is above Jupiter in these photos, which were taken at Castle Mound, Murray Edwards College, and Senate House.
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Before my trip to Vancouver, I looked up some models for potential photoshoots while I was out there. Given I was already planning to do a shoot with my friend Cassandra, I thought why not take arrange another shoot or two and take advantage of some stunning scenery and new models.
Due to uncertain weather and my plans during the week, none of 4 potential shoots I’d lined up materialised. However, Amanda replied to my initial message while I was out there, and was communicative enough to arrange a shoot just after my shoot with Cassandra. Her portfolio mentioned that she had awards for her ballet, but there were no images taken by other photographers to show just how good she was.
When we finally met (at Second Beach in Stanley Park) for the shoot, the sun was about to set, so we just had enough time to quickly look through the clothes she’d brought along, and walk along the Sea Wall towards Third Beach, where I’d figured we’d have a clear view of the sunset over the water. The golden light was mostly obscured by clouds, but we had a few minutes just as we started shooting with great light, and Amanda had no problems climbing onto a boulder and striking some stunning poses straight away. The resulting stunning photos are testament to how quickly, beautifully, and perfectly Amanda was able to pose.
The light faded pretty quickly, and we carried on shooting beyond my eyes’ vision, until even the camera was struggling. However, we did get a couple of striking shots, including this one with great lighting from West Vancouver shining across the water.
More photos from this shoot at http://claude.gallereasy.com/gallery/404/
I headed down to Bournemouth to visit my cousin, and for a long-overdue second shoot with Dominique. Photos from that shoot next, but here’s a night panorama from Bournemouth pier.
I’d done a Cambridge Ballerina Project shoot with Helen in the winter, where she ended up standing on snow for ages without shoes, but she agreed the resulting photos were worth it! This time, it was the end of June, with warm evenings and no more exams, when Cambridge turns into an extravagant black tie party town, so we decided on a May Ball-inspired night-time ballet shoot.
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The 1-day-old moon looked rather pretty at twilight tonight, so I got my mojo on and took some photos from Castle Mound. The very visible Earthshine would have been enough to make for an interesting photo, but the conjunction with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) seals it.
I left a party at 5am, to find that it was VERY misty and cold outside. Unlike any sane person who would have headed straight to bed, I was feeling inspired about my photography thanks to a new friend, so I went down to the King’s backs to try to get some atmospheric photos. These were taken with my new Canon 50D – the better ones had the camera resting on a bean-bag, but some were hand-held at 6400 or 12800 ISO (very handy, if rather noisy).
I lasted about 20 minutes until I could no longer feel my fingers, and, content with my haul, crawled into bed at 5:30am.
King’s Back Gate
The Backs at night, in the mist
Continuing on from the camping trip photos, here are some more long exposure photos with multiple flash pops, and light trails.
While most of Britain was suffering torrential rain and floods, my friends and I were enjoying fine weather on the Norfolk coast for a weekend camping trip. While sitting round the camp-fire, someone brought out sparklers, which naturally led to people drawing and writing in the dark. I started taking long-exposure photos of these drawings, and then remembered a Strobist blog article, about firing the flash remotely from several locations in one long exposure. The results are shown below.