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    Posted: 14 November 2019 at 11:05
I went on my first Photowalk last week. Co-organised by the Oxford Flickr Group and Oxford Photowalk Group the theme was architecture.

We were very fortunate with the weather, bright sunshine after a few days of rain meant lots of puddle shots judging by my co-walker's activities.

I decided to take a couple of old zooms - the Minolta AF 35-70mm f4 and Minolta AF 100-300mm xi (they need exercising from time to time) and a 20mm prime.

I started with the 35-70:

1 Oriental Institute doorway, Pusey Lane. Not what we were brought to see, but I liked it.



2 The puddle shot - Pusey Lane.



3 St Cross West Quad - Pusey Street.



4 A snatch of Victorian gothic, part of St John's College I think, St Giles.



5 Keble College Sloane Robinson Building, Blackhall Road.



6 Keble College Sloane Robinson Building, Blackhall Road.


7 St Johns College Kendrew Quad, Blackhall Road.



8 More Victoriana at Keble College - taken from Blackhall Road.



All A99ii + Minolta AF 35-70mm f4

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That's a very nice set Phil.
A shame you haven't numbered them, but #2 is my absolute favourite!
TFS
(PS: #3 seems to have a big dustbunny in the sky above the building)
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Thanks Fred - now numbered and de-bunnied (strangely less obvious in the RAW image).
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Great series, but one question from a very dry big land downunder.
What is that reflecting stuff on the cobbles in #2.

or is should that be
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Originally posted by happyjack happyjack wrote:

Great series, but one question from a very dry big land downunder.
What is that reflecting stuff on the cobbles in #2.

or is should that be


Double this. TFS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2019 at 09:56
A very nice set, Phil. I'm sorry I missed you there - I'm one of the guilty parties when it comes to puddle shots.

Will you have more from the Science Area?
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Oh, I do like the puddle shot!
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

A very nice set, Phil. I'm sorry I missed you there - I'm one of the guilty parties when it comes to puddle shots.

Will you have more from the Science Area?


Thanks Howard - I am about to post a few from the Science Area.
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At the end of Blackhall Road I decided to switch to the Min AF 100-300xi for some nice (hopefully) close up shots. However, when I extracted it from my bag I found it wasn't my 100-300 at all, I had picked up my Min AF 35-200xi by mistake! Normally I would not deem this a disaster, but my 35-200 was out ready for a trip to my shed for some remedial action on a sticky iris! Nevertheless I decided to see what I could do with it and found that it worked quite well even stopped down a bit - the aperture control is still distinctly dodgy, but perhaps it is not an oily iris after all.

9. The next phase of the walk was through what is referred to as the Science Area - I don't know if this is an official title or just a convenient way of referring to this cluster of university buildings dedicated to a range of sciences. There are a number of plaques marking various groundbreaking achievements of the buildings' occupants over the years.


10. I have no idea what building(s) are depicted, but I like the juxtaposition of the old and the new.


11. The star of the show in this part of Oxford is the New Biochemistry Building.


12. Even modern buildings have to provide an alternative means of escape - I'm afraid I don't know the name of the attached building!


13. Snuggled in amongst the increasingly large buildings of the Science Area is the Victorian lodge.






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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2019 at 18:16
Beautiful series, Phil! Obviously that has been a rewarding walk (depsite the len problems).

I find #10 to be an outstanding architectural image. I think #1 and #11 are deserving praise as well. I deem it to be legitimate to correct their perspective, though, and create parallel verticals. In cases of cropped images of buildings - showing details or providing a partial view - without any sky in them this usually works, IMO.

Great work!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2019 at 22:21
Thanks Harald - much appreciated. I certainly got a lot of shots from the 2 hour stroll - and it was an interesting experience to shoot en masse (there were about 40 photographers on the walk).

I have played with the two images, parallel lines are not that easy, but getting some bit more perpendicular helps a bit I think:

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As we left the Science Area I changed lens again, this time to the Minolta AF 20mm f2.8. The final stage of the walk was through the old John Radcliffe Hospital site that is now owned by the University and is being extensively redeveloped.

14. The new Mathematical Institute with the far from new Radcliffe Camera peeping over.


15. In front of the Mathematical Institute is a paved area, known as the Penrose Pavement. Needless to say it has a mathematical story to it: As you enter the new Mathematical Institute here in Oxford you are confronted with a pattern of beauty and intrigue. Designed by Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, and expanding on his discovery of almost thirty years ago, the Penrose Paving is constructed from just two different diamond-shaped granite tiles, each adorned identically with stainless steel circular arcs. There are various ways of covering the infinite plane with them, matching the arcs. But every such pattern is non-repetitive and contains infinitely many exact copies of what you see before you. More ...


16. Closer to the paving.


17. Walking into the sun I took this shot - some ghosting (it's an old lens), but I like it. Not that it's a patch on Howard's shot of fellow photowalkers taken at much this time (flickr/facebook? Can't remember where I saw it). Come to think of it his shot of the Penrose paving was great too.


18. The Blavatnik School of Government.


19. Closer to the Blavatnik.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 November 2019 at 00:07
Excellent work, Phil. Some of mine are quite close to these shots and I'll do my own themed view in a few days. I hope it'll be of interest to have contrasting and similar views, a sort of virtual Dyxum mini-meetup, if you will.

#10 is the New Chemistry building, and I love those chimneys or extraction vents. They always catch my eye ...

Thanks indeed for sharing.
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Hi Howard, thanks for the building ID. It's amazing how much building the University/colleges have been doing in recent years - austerity seems to have bypassed them. I look forward to seeing more of your shots.
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