This is St Edwards Passage in the heart of the city. It takes you from the edge of the marketplace directly onto Kings Parade and the beauty of Kings college. I've always enjoyed taking photos here - so much so that this and next weeks posts both feature images from St Edwards Passage. I don't really know why I like it so much - I simply stopped there during a morning shoot and starting to try various shots and angles!
I love to capture images which are just that little bit different. Something which shows a typical location or object but with a different take on the norm, a slight twist. Sometimes they work well, sometimes less so. In this particular instance I placed the camera directly onto the ground with a wide aperture setting and along a pavement crack to create my first "worms eye view" shot (more of these will appear in the future). I've found that shooting along a pavement or wall creates a very different view of the world. The angle changes completely and the change in perspective really pulls the audience into the image.
As with many photographs, I happened to be in the right place at the right time with this image. Once again early in the morning the recent rain had left several puddles along the centre of the pavement. As a I positioned my camera on the ground I noticed the almost perfect and crystal clear refection of Kings College. I then had to wait for what seemed like an age to get a moment when no one was walking across the Shot. It seemed that everyone in Cambridge at that moment decided to walk past where I was sitting! Finally I managed to get a handful of shots.
With this style of photography there is a degree of hit and miss to the process - mainly because unless you want to lie on the ground, SAS style you really cannot see what the viewfinder see's. This resulted in several of the photos not being as perfectly sharp as I would have liked. One image luckily managed to be both in focus and a managed to get the puddle and the reflection perfectly in the centre of the shot. I played about with various colourisation's and settled on a chocolate coloured monochrome effect using Lightroom.
Taken with a Canon600d with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / iso800 / F6.3