by Alan Godfrey March. 29, 2021 125 views

The camera club that I belong to organises get-togethers through the summer to give people the opportunity to get out-and-about taking photographs as a group.

Of course, last year these couldn't go ahead - but there was a brief opportunity for a socially-distanced photowalk around Cambridge one evening.

The main aim was Street photography, and I knew that the perfect camera for this would be my Ricoh GRIII; but Cambridge is such a beautiful city, and with so few opportunities like this, I couldn't help but bring my main DSLR with me too. It was such a mistake. It wasn't so much the extra weight, or inconvenience of carrying and juggling two cameras - but it hampered "seeing" the scenes properly.

Whichever camera I was holding, I'd be thinking about what I could get with the other - and switching back and forth took away from the joy of being in the moment.

I knew that it would be a mistake, but couldn't shake the fear of turning up only to find fantastic subjects that were out of reach by having the wrong lens. It's a bad habit and one that I need to shake.

Within a short amount of time, it was obvious that, as expected, the little Ricoh GRIII was the right camera to have. The urban space suited a wide-angle. It was discrete enough to not draw the attention of passers-by, and it made getting quick shots from odd angles more practical.

This was most valuable for this image. Arriving at Trinity Passage, I knew that I wanted to take a shot of the dark, winding street - with it's row of identical buildings and chimneys looking like it hadn't changed in 500 years. I was hoping for a cyclist or person walking along - but immediately spotted a large puddle near the entrance from last night's rain and knew a reflection shot was on.

Two Worlds, Cambridge, 2020

Two Worlds, Cambridge, 2020

The small camera allowed me to set this up, compose, and dial in the right settings quickly - with the back-screen showing me clearly what I was taking. I fired off a series of three or four images, and on reviewing later saw that one had managed to nail a bird in flight, right in the middle of the visible sky.

I was pleased with this image as it was taken. The Ricoh has a great colour texture to it's images, the leading lines were as I imagined, and the triangle of exposed sky fitted nicely.

It wasn't until a competition being run recently with the camera club asked for images under the theme of "Upside Down", that I thought to flip the whole image. I'd originally selected it because of the puddle reflection, but realised that the whole image took on a more ethereal and intriguing form completed turned over.

Happily, others seem to agree. The image score 19 / 20 in the competition - my highest score yet; and was selected as Photo of the Month - which has given me a huge boost!

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Bob Chappell 1 week, 1 day ago

Super effect Alan, next time I go into town (Cambridge) I'll look for where you took this.
The little alley (leading to the cathedral offices) near the east door of Ely Cathedral looks just as it must have hundreds of years ago too.

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Berckmans Peter 1 week, 5 days ago

Love the effect from the upside down

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Craig Casterline 1 week, 6 days ago

Amazing photo! I really enjoy the surreal appearance.

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Benny Law 1 week, 6 days ago

The high score and title of photo of the month were well deserved, Alan. There are so many qualities going for it.

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