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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 13:18
Week 3 Theme 2 ultrawide aspect ratio


Biochemistry department extended
Date Taken: 2021-01-15 15:09:04 | Camera Make: SONY | Camera Model: DSLR-A900 | Lens: Tamron SP 10-24mm | Focal Length: 16 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/9.0 | Exposure Time: 0.025 sec (1/40) | ISO: 200 | 35mm Equivalent: 16 mm

This week I thought I would use 20:9 as my ultrawide aspect ratio as this matches the aspect ratio of my smartphone screen. Any of you passing by on a mobile device can click through to the Flickr mobile app and enjoy the image there full screen, or thereabouts.

The new biochemistry building in Oxford is a colourful magnet to photographers, with the fins on the side of the building catching sunlight most times of the day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 14:28
A very impressive building, and a very impressive photograph Howard. I love architectural photography but my Canon FD 35mm T/S hasn't seen the light of day for ages.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 15:58
Great shot of the Biochemistry Building - I'm amazed you could get it all in at only 16mm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 17:51
That is a smart building shot there! Sometime last year I started collecting a few 'tree vs building' shots to build a portfolio - will get around to editing one day. I would have much fun here (unless it is on a campus, in which case I might be moved along)!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 18:43
Brian, thanks for the comments - that T/S lens ought to be adaptable to E mount! In the meantime I'm using Lightroom to straighten things out.

Phil, the field of view is 107 deg for 16mm, so it squeezed in OK in that tight space where I was (with my back to the Pitt Rivers Museum). The hard part was achieving the 20:9 crop!

dCap, the Oxford Science Area is fairly open for access, with a small grid of roads through the University land. I've not heard of anyone being challenged taking photographs there.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 20:42
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Oh, I like that Biochemistry building pic. The lighting effect is quite striking and the building itself, rather special. I've passed it a couple of times in pre-2020 trips to Oxford University. There's a lot of wonderful architecture around there from different eras.

Fwiw @dCap, it's only if you try to enter the colleges that you would find yourself in trouble. If you know a friendly Professor from one of the colleges it's a lot easier
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 21:29
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

Brian, thanks for the comments - that T/S lens ought to be adaptable to E mount!
It is I use it coupled to my a7ii. Probably the best, and most affordable tilt/shift for E mount if you don’t mind manual focus.
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Week 3 Theme 3: Vintage digital


< The Church   The Perch >
Date Taken: 2021-01-17 14:38:33 | Camera Make: SONY | Camera Model: DSLR-A900 | Lens: 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 | Focal Length: 85 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/7.1 | Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250) | ISO: 200

Still with the A900 and here with the Minolta AF 24-85. The location is Binsey, a low-lying village to the west of Oxford and inside the ring road. The church is small and host to a well dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch, said to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's 'treacle well' in Alice in Wonderland. The Perch is a nice, thatched river-side pub, closed at the moment of course. And being thatched it has caught fire twice in recent decades.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2021 at 13:18
@Howard / @Wētā - I know a few campus buildings in some places are more integrated to the town/city so would be more approachable. Have only visited Oxford/Cambridge a couple of times - got the impression that uni buildings were scattered around the city. Went to a training course at some countryside estate of Cambridge uni once too, was a nice place!

The town I used to live had a 'campus' for the main buildings (spread out to a couple of extra locations now). Campus was/is used as a walking short-cut through to town by some locals (and one bus route). Walking through seemed acceptable - not sure if it is an old 'right of way'** or just easier to accept the passing footfall.

As a kid (on a BMX) I was moved on from this campus a couple of times (which is fair I guess, was probably trespassing). And I've been moved on from a business park (with camera/tripod) back in the late 80s as a kid - private property. Also got questioned by the police once (as an adult) taking photos of an ugly building. Pretty sure I kept receipt. I live in a country where we respect the police so it was a friendly event.

** to anyone outside the UK, a "right of way" is generally an 'old' footpath from A to B that has been absorbed by some private land. E.g. a town expands and a university campus pops up. There are quite strong feelings about maintaining access to old routes which are generally 100s of years old. And near impossible for the new land owner to revoke. So you get a 'right of way' through this bit of private land.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2021 at 13:56
Yes, the new shopping centre in Oxford (Westgate) is generally benign about photographers, but people with equipment that might be deemed as professional get questions. I suspect this is more about protecting potential income from fees that can be earned letting a site for photography than 'security' or related issues from a few years ago.

It is said here in Oxford that the reason you never see St Mary's (the University church to the south of the iconic Radcliffe Camera) in film shoots is that the vicar once asked far too high a fee of a film crew ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2021 at 20:43
@dCap

I've had the opportunity in recent years to stay as an academic visitor in a couple of the colleges (Mansfield and Merton) and got a tour of the New College by one of the Zoology professors there. It's definitely a place I'd like a spare few days to take photographs rather than do meetings all day...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 20:45
Interesting architecture the Biochemistry Building, well captured!
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Week 4 Theme 1: Peru trip April/May 2012


Date Taken: 2012-04-26 09:52:22 | Camera Make: SONY | Camera Model: NEX-3 | Lens: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS | Focal Length: 55 mm | Mode: Program AE | Aperture: f/9.0 | Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/400) | ISO: 200 | Location: El Ingenio, Ica, Peru | Latitude/Longitude: -14.693667, -75.113834

Still near Nazca and this time at the viewing platform above the desert, near The Hands and The Tree gleoglyphs. The small hills in the distance, close to the main north-south highway, also provide a viewpoint.

Near here is the Museo Maria Reiche, the museum dedicated to the work of the woman who did a lot of work on the Nazca Lines in the 20th century, and housed in her former home. Round the back they have one of the old vans they used to drive around, providing security to these important structures.


Seguridad Lineas de Nasca
Date Taken: 2012-04-26 10:24:48 | Camera Make: SONY | Camera Model: NEX-3 | Lens: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS | Focal Length: 55 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/11.0 | Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100) | ISO: 640 | Location: El Ingenio, Ica, Peru | Latitude/Longitude: -14.681903, -75.137231
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Week 4 Theme 2: Ultrawide aspect ratios


Oxford spires and snowscape
Three-frame stitch | Date Taken: 2021-01-24 14:07:48 | Camera Make: SONY | Camera Model: ILCE-7 | Lens: FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS | Focal Length: 70 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/5.6 | Exposure Time: 0.006 sec (1/160) | ISO: 100

So, when does ultrawide become panorama? This photo is 4:1 so I think it is very much tending toward the latter. We had a snowfall at the weekend and South Park is on the edge of Headington Hill and overlooking the dreaming spires of Oxford. The Dyxum software is never very kind to panoramas, where the fixed maximum width means that height (and detail) is sacrificed in the presentation. So you'll find a 2160p high version here, or you can go to Instagram and swipe through the panorama here.

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