Colour Coordinated With The Art Gallery

iPhone photo in Tate Modern. This is the same woman who is sitting with her companion in the photo in ‘At Tate Britain


Why The Colour Shift?

I was at the Fitzwilliam Museum here in Cambridge a few days ago and happened to look up. I may have looked up and seen the ceiling and the cupola before, but if I did then I don’t recall doing it.

I took two photographs within a few seconds of each other. I used the same camera for both shots. I had the camera in Manual mode. And because the scene was dark and I didn’t want to bump up the ISO, I took two shots with different shutter speeds. The first was 1/125th of a second. The second was at 1/15th of a second.

I knew that the shot at 1/125th of a second would produce and image that was too dark but I had the idea of opening it up in post processing or perhaps combining the two photos in post production by layering them in Photoshop.

Yes, I know – that was a very badly thought out idea. But I was sat on a bench and braced against a column, and that’s what I did.

So far so good.

I processed both images in Capture One 20 and here are the two photos.


Why is the cupola in the 1/15th second shot blue and in the 1/125th second shot it is gold?

Cupola in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge at 1/15th second
Cupola in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge at 1/125th second

Table And Chair

There they are, a table and chair against a wall. They are part of the Permanent Collection in Tate Britain in London.

At first sight it made me think of Dostoyevsky’s writing table and chair that Tamara and I saw when we visited his apartments (now a museum) in St. Petersburg in July 2017.

But a closer look explained why this table and chair merited being an exhibit in the Tate.


OK, it is not high art. Perhaps not even art. It makes me smile though. I have this idea that the creator got the idea when he slammed a chair against a table and imagined for a moment that the chair passed right through and into the solid wood of the table.

If there is a revolution and all art is banned, they might be able to resurrect the table and the chair for future utilitarian use. The table would be easy; the chair might be a bit of a problem.


Chilean Rhubarb Leaves In The Botanic Garden

Chilean Rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) grows in the Botanic Garden here in Cambridge. The leaves are huge, maybe a metre (three feet) across.

It grows by a small stream near the Trumpington Road entrance to the Gardens.

A couple of days ago the leaves were all cut down and stacked in piles like this. They were blue rather than the green when they are growing. I wonder whether there is some changed in the acidity that causes it?

I have eclectic tastes in photographic subjects and this looked appealing.

I rarely know whether I will actually like the shot until I see it printed (or on the website). Actually, if it is a human face or an animal, then I often do know that I will want to print it.

But for other things, it is up in the air until I see it as a photo.

I wonder how many photographers think similarly?


Singing For Charity

Two people with antlers on their heads, one person with an Extinction Rebellion badge on their hat. Signs of the times.


Free School Lane

Free School Lane runs from Bene’t Street to Pembroke Street in Cambridge. Here is a view near the Bene’t Street end, and you can just see the craft shop at the end. Just a few doors down Bene’t Street is the Eagle pub.

That’s where Francis Crick announced that he and James Watson had unlocked the structure of DNA.

Watson and Crick worked at the Cavendish Laboratory, which until 1974 was here in Free School Lane. Turn around from this shot and walk back down towards Pembroke Street and the laboratory is on the left.