Month: March 2019

Down By The River Cam

This is one of the bridges over the River Cam down by the colleges in Cambridge. Shot with my phone, and the limitations of the image are clear enough. But does it matter? Among photographers, the obsession with looking at detail is known as pixel peeping. Another version: Third Version And this from my Fuji X-T2

Spring Is In The Air

Spring is in the air, and the light is getting interesting as the late afternoons draw in. It is not hard in Cambridge to find a scene that could be from another time. The bulbs in the streetlights are electric, but from here they could be gas. I shot this with my phone and I can see the limitations – but then, should I be looking that hard that I miss the other qualities in the image? If it isn’t obvious, I am thinking about getting another camera – a smaller carry-around camera than I have currently. My carry-around camera is on the limit of ‘carry around’ and it has a fixed 35mm lens. That said, I would be lucky to find something that has its capability (see the photo at the end of this) in a small camera. Or should upgrade my phone? Or just make the image a bit lighter before uploading it? The problem with the Internet (yet another problem with the Internet) is the access to forums where people discuss cameras, …

How To Measure Tall Trees With Your Hand

Lime trees, as the Tilia species is known in Britain, are tall broadleaf trees. There are small-leaved limes and large-leaved limes, and both have the same characteristic in the leaf. The leaves are lop-sided. One side of the base of the leaf is smaller and the base is set higher than the other side. So when they are in leaf they are very easy to recognise. In winter, with the trees being so close to where we live, I have come to recognise the upward slant of the branches and the fine tracery at the outer edges of the crown. Limes are also sometimes called Linden trees in Britain, but that is usually in classical literature. Whichever name, they are are not related to the Citrus family of trees that produce the limes that we eat. Google says that the tree is called linden, lime, or basswood in North America. They can grow to be very old, more than a thousand years old. I don’t know how old these trees in this park in Cambridge are, but I …