Sunday, July 27, 2014

Two Weddings, Two Venues and Two Big Problems

During July, I have photographed two weddings both at local 'stately' halls and both on hot sunny days. This gave problems of contrast and,yesterday, problems of keeping cool enough to get the groups together. The first was at Longstowe Hall, where the gardens are magnifcent, especially the herbaceous borders, the lake and the rose garden. 
The second was at Anstey Hall, which has the advantages of location being right next to Trumpington Church. 
Both weddings involved large numbers of guests and therefore a challenge for the group photos, solved yesterday by standing on a balcony above the gardens.
If you were a guest at either of the wedding and wish to see all the photos, email me the names of the bride and groom to get the right wedding!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Museum of Cambridge

I spent a couple of hours on Tuesday morning photographing some of the objects at the Museum of Cambridge (formally the Folk Museum). They wanted various cameos to illustrate their leaflet on forthcoming events: Discoveries in the Home, the Fens, Childhood and the Victorians among others.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fritillaries still Active at Gamlingay

There are still lots of Silver-Washed Fritillaries in Gamlingay Woods though they are beginning to look a bit tatty. However, there was lots of courtship going on and scent distribution. The rides look wonderful with a mixture of Purple Loosestrife and Meadow Sweet. We had the usual problems identifying whites but I think these are Green-veined White and Large White. It was a first sighting for us of Marbled White there. Lots of Meadow Browns and Peacocks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Paxton Pits

 Very hot and humid day for a visit to Paxton Pits. There was very little activity on the lakes except for a pair Great Crested Grebes that flew after each other across the water, attempting to escape from their vociferous offspring. Gatekeeper and Brimstone butterflies and Banded Demoiselles kept us happy until the heat got too much (33 degrees on car thermometer).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Silver Efex Comparisons

Some examples of processing with Silver Efex Pro (on left) and the equivalent file adjusted in Lightroom to be as close as possible to that achieved with SE. The differences show the reasons for choosing Silver Efex as my main monochrome tool. The last two have the same amount of highlight priority vignette applied after other adjustments in Lightroom showing the more natural effect with the SEP file.

Red Hat Society Visit Cambridge

While running a one-to-one photocourse in Cambridge yesterday, we came across these ladies brightening up the town in every way. Thanks Chris for enlightening about the Red Hat Society. There are more than 40,000 chapters in American  but also 100 chapters in UK ( They follow the  opening lines of a popular poem by Jenny Joseph to dress 'disgracefully' and to have fun. They welcome new members so if you fancy dressing up, visiting lots of places and celebrating birthdays etc in style then visit their website (

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

 With a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me.

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