Tour de France came to Cambridge yesterday, which drew a lot of people and caused the university to close down. So at lunch time I took my camera and went out to photograph. On the way into town I passed a police officer and asked her how many people they estimated were in Cambridge today, “A few”. A typical British understatement, the area outside the Senate house was completely packed. I went up in St Mary’s Church, but it seemed more people had the same idea. In the end I found a spot with a decent view and settled in to wait for the cyclists.
The afternoon was a lot more fun, I met up with Christiana and two of her friends to play table tennis and take a few photos. I had brought my ND filter with me, which I have used in a previous blog post. This time we had two ideas, the first one was to take multiple shots and combine them into one photo to make a table tennis game where one person is playing with themselves. Writing this I just got another idea, we should have made it look like it was just one person running around the table to play a game of around the table ping-pong with a blurry trail showing the speed of movement. Anyway, that is for the future…
For some of the photos I knew ahead of time what I was going to make, for others (most of them!) I was just going with the flow. This made the post processing a very open ended affair and the final result was a mix of different themes.
I like these spontaneous photo shoots that just materialise themselves by bringing together fun and creative people. Just writing this blog I got new ideas for how to improve the next iteration of long exposure shots. If you don’t know what to do the rest of the day, why not call some friends and meet up somewhere and see where it takes you? Having some props usually helps to start the creative flow of ideas.