Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snow in November

Not had much time for photography recently but wanted to record the November snow on my blog. This is partly for Brian and Sally out there in Thailand basking in the heat. Also because I make a diary book of the blog each year and like to have any unusual weather patterns to look back on. The diary is very easy to make using Blurb books. There is an option Blog to Book and this downloads all the blog entries into a 7 by 7 in book. I do quite a lot of moving of pictures to adjust the page layouts as it comes in with one post per page.
So far our part of Cambridgeshire has only had a light cover of snow but more is forecast so watch this space.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Night Photography in Cambridge

This was taken when it was completely dark so the trees are lit just by light from the buildings opposite. 30 sec exposure, f4 and ISO800. It was then colour corretced taking the cloud as neutral grey.

Other shots taken on the same night but using smaller aperture to give starburst effect to lights

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ultra Macro

Three images from a trip to the Botanic Gardens using the 50mm macro with life-size converter and a 25mm extension tube.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Birthday Party

Fun at a first birthday party for Isla. If you were at the party and wish to view the photos they are at http://www.photoboxgallery.com/4214. The password is Isla's brother's name.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Edith's Embroidery

Here is the display of my mother's embroideries in the Church, which we photographed before we took them down after the Funeral on Thursday. They encompass nearly 70 of her 98 years and show many changing styles and interests. The beautiful fire screen sampler is probably the earliest piece depicting a different flower for nine months in very fine needlework. The 'zoological' ones were inspired by my drawings while I was doing Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Later pieces show visits to Kew, bluebell woods, New Zealand rain forests and an East Anglian carved angel roof.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Trinity Punts

A couple from a morning in Cambridge with Linda and Robert showing the different pictures you can get from the same spot depending on the aperture (f3.5 in first; f8 in second) and where you make your focus point.

Very dull lighting but a bit of mist to add some atmosphere.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cambridge Infrared

Posting a few infrared photos from a trip this morning with Martyn and David. I have also put a Gallery of Cambridge Infrared photos on my website

I love the colours that some scenes like Clare Chapel produce in infrared and it also shows the differences in the various materials used for clothing. All the gowns in the procession are black to our eye but synthetic materials obviously emit a lot of infrared compared to cottons or wool.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


For those who knew her, my mother, Edith Grady, died early Saturday morning at the age of 98. She loved Westonbirt and so I continued with a long-arranged weekend trip to see the autumn colours with Phil, Shelagh and Miles - thanks for your company. We were rewarded for getting there early by a beautiful misty morning with all the trees decked in dew drops. The leaves have gone from many of the trees but there were still some hanging on making wonderful backlit subjects.

Cambridge Firework Display

A couple of images from a very wet bonfire night on Friday in Cambridge. The fireworks at one stage were vanishing into the clouds and smoke so lots of oohs and not many aahs. The crowd scene at the end was my favourite from the evening.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Goodbye to Guernsey

Final early morning view from my bedroom window and time for a short walk along the coast before getting flight back to UK. Many thanks to my hosts, the Guernsey Salon for looking after me and showing me their beautiful island. I will be back.

Monday, November 1, 2010

More like August than November

Today has been a wonderful warm and sunny day. Thanks Jan for showing me round today. It was certainly all about the sea and the variety of colours and forms that the sea takes. We started with placid blues at our first stop going on to the varied colours in the sea bathing pools. The waves were building up there - enough to surprise me and wet my camera. On the other side of the island, the waves were crashing over the rocks giving a great display and yet with emerald seas and warm hands.

Guernsey dawn

Three images of this morning's sunrise (not so early now!) - I was using 8-density neutral filter to slow down the shutterspeed in the first two. The last image shows the Peninsular Hotel and its wonderful location right on the sea.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so