Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Cambridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition

As evident from this Blog I have not been doing much photography for the last two months. I did however enter photos into the selection process for this years Cambridge Camera Club Exhibition at the Guildhall (end of October).
Each club member is asked to enter between 3 and 12 photos for selection to this annual exhibition. This year we had an external judge look at the '500' photos that members had put forward. He was asked to select about 140 photographs to be exhibited. After this judges selection the club members present at the selection day then looked at those not selected to ensure that each member that had put forward photographs had at least one photograph in the exhibition. We show about 200 photographs. This was the first year I had participated in this selection day. It was a long day but extremely enjoyable.
I have had photos selected in previous years for the exhibition. Last year I had three selected. This year I again entered 12 photographs and to my surprise I had five selected by the Judge during the first selection round. I cannot tell you how please I was, particularly considering the high standard that many of the members of the club regularly produce. You should look at my blog list to see some of my favourite blogs from members.
The five photos are shown below. I have also included the seven that where not selected.
If you do get chance next October then a visit to this exhibition at the guildhall is well worth it.

A water lilley from our pond at home in Haddenham
White Plume Moth decided to land on our hall wall. A really lovely moth
Carnations, a tabletop exercise
Windows, taken on a Cambridge Camera Club 'competition' in April at the Cambridge University Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Taken in April on Hadrians Wall in Northumberlland. The rain could be seen coming towards us.
Here are the seven photos not exhibited.

A monochrome study of Tulips

On the A4

Red canoes - Mill pond Cambridge

Red Dress - Hotel in Northumberland

Reflected Hut

Durham Cross Bearers

Wind  pump on Wicken Fen

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

RAL 13th September 2012

On the 13th September I took a train ride to Didcot near Oxford and met up with my daughters partner, Nick, to visit the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Complex.

They had a photographic open day organised by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This is an annual event and was well worth visiting.

The STFC do organise other open days at different Labs across the country.

We were allowed to visit two Labs during the afternoon event. We visited the Optics Laboratory and the Materials Science Laboratory.
In the foyer exhibition room ....


In the Optics Lab
This lab, although better equipped, reminded me of my time at the old Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (CCAT and now the Anglia Ruskin University on East Road) when I studied HNC in Applied Physics in the late 70's.

A walk round the outside of the building


Off to the Materials Science Lab
...... 'playing with liquid nitrogen'

Our guide 'had a play too'

Blue tack being hammered into a wooden flock after being frozen in liquid nitrogen.

The other extreme - Heating ... 
 A 'hunk' of amber.

The day concluded with a walk to the Radio Telescope.
There were four or five labs open for visiting, each group had time to visit two. Going again next year we will be given the choice to visit two of the others.

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Making of Harry Potter

We, Amy, Sue, Lynn and I (and for the early films Mark) have seen ALL the Harry Potter films together.
We have
  • read the books and
  • listened to the Stephen Fry audio recordings
  • Seen the Films
  • Have the DVDs

Well Sue has seen the films.

It all started when Amy was about 10. To say that Amy, and her mum where obsessed with HP would be an understatement.

This weekend Amy has left for University at Kings College, London. As a 'well done present' Sue and I took her to the Warner Brother Studio near Watford to see the actual film set that has been turned into a major visit attraction.
Someone is excited!!! 












 (Left to right - Sue, Amy, Lynn)

Sue and Amy Listen to the audio commentary.

Around Bath - People and their Phones

Can't resist taking pictures of people taking pictures :)